Magnet cluster/Open enrollment (aka “neighborhood schools” notification delayed until May
Thanks to everyone who emailed me about the letter that went out about the delay in notification about Magnet Cluster and Open Enrollment schools (aka “neighborhood schools that have extra space to take kids.”) A copy of the letter is above. I just got back from NYC and I didn’t get one in the mail (and I did apply to a couple open enrollment schools this year, just as backup.)
The lists on the letter above show that the Selective Enrollment and Elementary Magnet school notification will still be in a few weeks. This also will not affect anything with you OWN neighborhood school. You’re always assured a spot at your neighborhood school.
I have to imagine that the delay in the neighborhood school notification has something to do with the upcoming school closings. CPS needs to see which schools will actually still have room to take students, I’m guessing. A school that ends up being a “receiving school” may end up not having room to take extra students once all the rearranging is done.
I’m also assuming that you can accept a SE or magnet spot and then switch that to an open enrollment spot if you’re so inclined in May.
Obviously this isn’t ideal because it’s better to have all your options at the same time.
On a side note, while I was in NYC, I went with a friend to pick up his son from a test at one of the Gifted & Talented schools that specializes in Math and Science. We waited outside while the kids finished the test and came out. Some kids were actually going on to take yet another test that same day (all 5th graders, trying for a middle school spot for next year.) One of the dads entertained us with a story of how the parents used to take turns taking the subway to take 8 6th graders across town to get to this school and the challenge of keeping the group of 12-13 year olds together and behaved on the subway and the walk to the school. Made me feel like we don’t have it so bad here. A little.
What are your thoughts on the neighborhood school delay?