Ready, Set, Apply…. for the 2013/2014 school year!
It’s that time of year again, when the often-puzzling process of applying to schools begins.
The wonderous process of applying ONLINE (hallelujah!) continues and applications are now being accepted.
STEP 1: Get your PIN!
You need it to submit an online application. It will be mailed to you in a few days. https://apply.cps.edu/
STEP 2: Figure out which school you can/should/will apply for:
Also click Programs at cpsmagnet.org
The applications are here: http://cpsmagnet.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=72698&type=d&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=121674&hideMenu=1
Use CPS’ awesome new tool to see where schools are located and how they measure up: http://cps.edu/Schools/Find_a_school/Pages/schoollocator.aspx
STEP 3: Print or pick up the Options for Knowledge guidebook. Available online (coming soon!) and in libraries, park districts, schools any day now (high school later in the month.)
This guide will have details on which school have lottery enrollment (ie, neighborhood schools who have extra room to take kids from outside the ‘hood.)
STEP 4: Ask questions!
Always better to ask someone than to assume anything. Feel free to ask here, but http://cpsmagnet.org/apps/contact/ is a great place to get stuff right from the horse’s mouth and they are seemingly the most responsive office in CPS. I got an email response at 1am this past Saturday night. From a human.
STEP 5: When you’re good and ready and have done all your research, submit your application online. The deadline is December 14th.
WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR:
There will be separate Elementary and High School guidebooks. All 8th graders will receive the High School guide. Yeah!
There will be no CPS-sponsored school fairs this year however CPS will provide a Power Point deck (huh?) in place of that. So feel free to throw your own fair and show the deck.
South Look Regional Gifted center is enrolling again for grades 2-8
Pending board approval, National Teachers’ Academy is enrolling for a new gifted program for K-1.
South Shore is a new Selective Enrollment High School.
For info on consultants (who can help you navigate this process) and test prep services, see my resources page: https://cpsobsessed.com/test-page
(Thanks to these consultants who help keep me up to date on the latest happenings.)
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