2014: Annual Elementary MAGNET and NEIGHBORHOOD Mailbox Watch

March 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm 2,304 comments

Babar Letter

OAE has confirmed that letters are mailing out today.  Let’s see what Saturday brings…
If you’re willing to share, please include:

Grade applying for

Schools and Lottery #s
Proximity or other lottery

*2014 contest* the person with the highest lottery number (such as #832 at hawthorne) will win a prize!

As a VERY KEY reminder, SO SO SO much changes after these initial letters mail out.  So many spaces open up and people with VERY low lottery numbers ended up getting into some good schools last year.  So please, don’t despair yet.   This is just the first step in a somewhat long admissions process that will continue through September.

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  • 1. cpsobsessed  |  March 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    And THAT was my 450th post. Thanks for reading, everyone!

  • 2. curiousparent  |  March 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I wonder if they’ll send all acceptances today and no-acceptances tomorrow like they did last year…

  • 3. cpsobsessed  |  March 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    That’s an urban legend! (I think) 🙂

  • 4. Dunning Mom  |  March 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    If I remember correctly that was what they did last year. If you check comments I think you will see that the first batch got an offer, and the second batch, received the next day, got no offers. At least that is how I remember it – but maybe I was just blinded by my angry bitterness (we were in the “no offers” group).

    Yes, I am lucky enough to be doing this again exactly one year later, for a second child. Gag.

  • 5. Dunning Mom  |  March 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Also, for newbies out there who are already stalking the mailman even though the letters haven’t even been postmarked yet, please don’t freak out and put your house on the market if you don’t get any offers! Things happen. We got offers at 3 schools over the summer, even with high waitlist numbers. After despairing over the initial letter, our son ended up at a really great school. So chin up!

  • 6. Teasdad  |  March 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    What is school name?

  • 7. good luck everyone!  |  March 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    And, remember to post your KG lottery WL numbers (and tier) here!

    If you ask, the veterans on this board can help you make an educated guess as to whether you will get an offer (and when) based on previous years’ wait list movement! There are some good neighborhood schools whose wait lists move a lot (and quickly).

  • 8. TimeForADoOver  |  March 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Like Dunning Mom, I can’t believe that I’m going through this (horrendous) process again a year later… only it’s for the same child. While we’ve been content with his kindergarten experience so far, I still hold out hope for a “better” school. However, I’m starting to wonder if it’s a “grass is always greener” kind of situation. Just this week, I spoke at length with the mom of a child who attends what I consider the dream school for our family and was shocked at some of her stories. Things are happening there (and being somewhat swept under the rug) that no child should ever encounter.

    I will echo, however, others’ sentiments that wait lists for several solid schools move rather quickly (at least they did last year). Waiting, seeing and oftentimes having to respond in less than 24 hours is very, very stressful. CPS isn’t for the faint of heart.

    Good luck, everybody! See you on the other side.

  • 9. Momof2  |  March 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I remember receiving the call from GEAP office before acceptance letter for Gifted Program (K). That was like 6 yrs ago though…

  • 10. Fingers Crossed  |  March 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Posting so I can follow the conversation. Good luck to everyone!

  • 11. BridgeportMom  |  March 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Anxiously waiting….keeping fingers crossed!! =)
    Good luck everyone.

  • 12. ProudMaMa  |  March 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    It’s so true. When my son went through the process, we were wait listed for all the schools we really wanted. Over the summer, I frantically looked for an alternative. At the end of the summer, I got the call and we immediately ran down and accepted. Good luck to everyone…looking forward to reading all the stories!

  • 13. CPSMom  |  March 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks, CPSO, for writing. I have enjoyed reading each and every one of your posts all these years.

  • 14. lisabagg (@lisabagg)  |  March 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I just got an email that we got accepted into Hamilton for kindergarten. Any intel, group?

  • 15. cpsobsessed  |  March 21, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    From Hamilton? Or central office?

    That’s so….progressive!

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 16. BridgeportMom  |  March 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    They do this by email?

  • 17. GiftedAndClassicalMom  |  March 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Here we go again. Year 3. Got into last choice for one and second choice for the other. Gambling to see if we can get our first choices thus year. Ugh!!!!

  • 18. Hamilton  |  March 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    @14 We are sibling at Hamilton with no email, are you in the sibling pool?

  • 19. LynnJ  |  March 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Good luck everyone. I have watched this blog for well over a year almost 2 years and I can’t believe it’s my turn to be on mailbox watch. Fingers crossed everyone. I’m not certain if I will get mail tomorrow. Our mail delivery is terrible. Praying for a miracle. LOL

  • 20. LynnJ  |  March 21, 2014 at 6:55 pm


  • 21. LSS  |  March 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    @LynnJ ditto on all accounts. Been watching this for years and its finally my turn. And our mail is TERRIBLE. good luck to all

  • 22. LaSalle II Preschool  |  March 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    LaSalle II currently has openings for preschool.

    The “Ready To Learn” team will be taking applications on Wednesday March 26, 2014 from 8:00 – 11:00.

    This is a perfect opportunity for children who have been accepted to LaSalle II for Kindergarten to get to know the school building. It is also an opportunity for younger siblings.

    For the current school year, children must have been 3 or 4 on September 1, 2013. For the next school year they must be 3 or 4 by September 1, 2014.

    More information on the Ready To Learn application can be found at: http://www.cps.edu/schools/earlychildhood/Pages/EarlyChildhood.aspx

  • 23. MamaBlue  |  March 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I’m sure mail carriers love this time of year. All of those eyes…parents peering out from behind the blinds, trying to pretend they aren’t going to tear the front door off to get to the mailbox as soon as the mail lands and the carrier has turned his back. The screams of joy and relief, mixed with heartbroken sobs echoing through the air as they try to complete their routes. The angry stares they must face the next day if “the letter” didn’t arrive on day one. The desperation on the faces of those who had to wait all through Sunday and cling to the hope that it has arrived by Monday. Oh the HORROR!!!

    Hopefully this isn’t reality, but after talking to lots of parents (and after being honest with myself about my own level of obsession), I fear it is.

    Good luck to all! I hope everyone gets what is best for their child (myself included!)

  • 24. Mommy-of-1  |  March 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Subscribing. Good luck to all!

  • 25. olivia  |  March 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    subscribing – anyone looking for Pre-K – we have loved our 2 years at Solomon Elem. on the NW side.

  • 26. Amy  |  March 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Just wanted to echo what some other posters have already said: please don’t freak out if your letter comes and you’re wait listed for every single school. When our letter came last year (K, gifted + neighborhood, T4), we were wait listed for everything, and way down on most of the lists. We panicked, sold our house, and moved to the suburbs. Then August rolled around, and I started getting calls from all of these great schools that suddenly had a spot for my child. I think I got about five calls in total–FIVE!! I ruefully told each one that we had already moved, and on they went to the next family down the list.

    And can you guess what happened next? We hated the suburbs, sold our house, and moved back to the city just last week. Fortunately, we realized our mistake in time to submit our CPS application YET AGAIN. This time, however, we have the benefit of hindsight and know that we just need to cool our jets until the end of the summer, and something will work out. I know it’s scary not having your plan figured out right away, but please don’t freak out. It will be okay, I promise. 🙂

  • 27. GiftedAndClassicalMom  |  March 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Is Keller still a dream school?

  • 28. Lisa  |  March 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Email from Hamilton-really?? Since when do they do this by email?

  • 29. Diza  |  March 21, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Any other emails besides Hamilton?

  • 30. Jen  |  March 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I ended up with nothing for K last year, I had a couple schools where I wasn’t that high on the waitlist but did not receive any calls. Which schools were people getting calls from? I ironically received a call off the waitlist for PK the previous year, which I was not expecting, and given the 24hr decision deadline- I declined thinking I’d figure it out for K.Trying again this year for 1st, but realize my chances are much smaller at this grade.

  • 31. realchicagomama  |  March 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    A soupçon of skin in this game, but still subscribing.

  • 32. montessorimom  |  March 21, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    why does this process make me stress-eat?

  • 33. Dunning Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:16 am

    @30 Jen – the schools I ended up getting calls from were neighborhood lottery schools. I didn’t get any calls from magnets. It probably depends on which kinds of schools you put on your list. Neighborhood schools are less in demand than magnets so the lists move a little more quickly. We also got in off a charter waiting list.

  • 34. Chicago School GPS  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:23 am

    FYI- the letter will have a chart listing each school you applied to, whether you got an offer, were wait listed or not eligible, what queue you are in (sibling, proximity, tier, general) and your wait list number. Remember, tiers are only for entry years, so anyone applying to higher grades will probably see “general” as the queue.

    Wait lists do move all the way into September, while not much for more popular schools, sometimes others move a lot! Don’t despair after the first letter! And “yes”, no school is perfect, public or private!

    Anyone looking to find out what to do should there be no offers or multiple or missed the deadlines are invited to join us on 3/31/14 at 7PM at Metropolitan Schoolhouse for our “What’s Next? Decisions After Notifications: Elementary Edition” seminar.

    Good luck to all!

  • 35. NWside parent  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Last year the neighborhood lottery and SEES letters were mailed separately. We never received our lottery letter by mail, and instead had to have it emailed. We had an offer. We also received and offer to an SEES and received it the same day as other people, people with acceptances and rejections. I highly doubt CPS mails acceptances/rejections separately. If there are different mailing dates, I would guess they are because of logistics and are separated alphabetically or numerically (using the students CPS id).

  • 36. Rudey's Room  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Good luck to all! You are in my thoughts. Two years ago, this was a very stressful day for me. I didn’t get the school I had banked on – my own school, Andrew Jackson Language Academy. Flash forward two years, we are so very happy with the school we got. And it is an excellent fit for my daughter and for our family.
    I wrote about my experience on my blog – rudeysroom.com. Here’s my story. I hope it helps.

  • 37. Bowmanville Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

    We also received an email from Hamilton – we are not sibling nor proximity. We’re very excited because I have friends there who love it. Our older child got into two schools the first time around and I think we picked wrong (chose easier location and bigger school but wasn’t challenging enough for her) so did it all over again for first grade and she got into a SEES program. This has always been super stressful but it seems to work out eventually if you keep at it (even if it takes a year).

  • 38. UptownMama  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Another vote for patience – last year applying for K, we got into six schools between mid-August and mid-October, including Disney I, Alcott, Ravenswood and National Teachers Academy RGC. I even got a call for Oscar Mayer Pre-K in February. (Honestly, that was a bit ridiculous!)

    Good luck everyone!

  • 39. mel  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:37 am

    when do phone calls start?

  • 40. Fingers Crossed  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Phone calls usually start after the 1st round of acceptances. I’m not sure when the deadline to accept is.

  • 41. sesnault  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:48 am

    On a kinda’ unrelated note, but per a previous thread:

    Private school kids will now have to take the NWEA MAP exam for SE HS admissions, just like CPS kids. Apparently, the head of Catholic schools in the area is really mad about this (her kids have to take the exam on a Saturday morning, computer format that many Catholic school kids are unfamiliar with, …..etc.).

    I know most of us are happy that our kids will be judged that same way, no matter if our kids are going CPS or non-CPS before HS.

    This only seems fair.

  • 42. NancyP  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:04 am

    “Private school kids will now have to take the NWEA MAP exam ”

    Old news, but good same test is used It will most likely result in a greater % of private school kids getting in Selective Enrollment based on how the the test questions are assigned points based on level of difficultly. Score is not just based on # correct. At least that is my understanding.

    Good luck!

  • 43. JLM  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Posting last year’s threads for reference:



    Because of the school closures last year, magnet letters were mailed separately from those for neighborhood schools.

    Agree with those above that say to be patient. We didn’t get any initial offers for magnet or neighborhood schools, but eventually got calls from 5: Disney, #33, proximity, Peirce, #153, Courtenay, #3, LaSalle 2, #47, and Andrew Jackson, #13. We’re tier 4 and this was for K entry. The calls from LaSalle 2 and Andrew Jackson were during the first 2 weeks of school. All others were received during the spring or summer.

  • 44. 1stGradeBound  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

    If you’re applying for a non-entry year, how do schools determine how many spaces will be available at this juncture? I know that our current school hasn’t surveyed students yet about whether or not they plan to return in the fall. Is it safe to assume that our magnet letter will contain nothing more than wait list numbers?

  • 45. JLM  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

    #44 – 1stGradeBound – I assume they fill any spaces of kids that have left during the year, and may add a few this year due to per pupil funding. Definitely slim chances, but not necessarily impossible.

  • 46. cpsobsessed  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:25 am

    @1stGradeBound – also depends on the school. Full schools (such as say Blaine) probably don’t offer any until they are certain who is coming or leaving (and even then, the principals have to determine how many seats they should leave open for people who move into the neighborhood during the summer and don’t register in advance.)

    Other schools that are growing tend to allocate some seats up front (Pierce used to do this as they expanded.)

  • 47. hyde park mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:30 am


  • 48. PESP  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:33 am

    My child attends Agassiz in K which is a wonderful school – a truly hidden gem in the city. About 6 weeks ago the school surveyed the families if they will be returning in the Fall. So some schools do plan ahead.

  • 49. 1stGradeBound  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:33 am

    @45 & 46: Yep, hoping for a miracle! Then again, we don’t HAVE to switch schools; just threw our name back in the hat to see what options — if any — present themselves. You never know in this crazy system. Several acquaintances of mine had better luck, even with SEES, during non-entry years due to tiers not playing as much of a role. (We’re tier 4.)

  • 50. hyde park mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I was going to target,and saw mailman on our block,so I decided to pull over and wait for him! YES,it has come to this…..so anxious.

  • 51. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

    @1st Grade Bound – Last year our 1st grade lottery letter was all wait list numbers but we received about 4-5 calls over summer. Our magnet school also has not yet sent home forms asking if we will be returning so I would assume that if any initial offers are made for non-entry years that they would be for kids who moved mid-year, if even.

  • 52. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

    @50 Ha! I was like that several years ago. Good luck!

  • 53. SE parent  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

    @42 “will most likely result in a greater % of private school kids getting in Selective Enrollment based on how the the test questions are assigned points based on level of difficultly.”

    Then why are they so disturbed about having to take it? They seem to be bothered by the prospect of testing to your ability. Not sure if you are a current or soon to be CPS parent but I wouldn’t overestimate the value of a private school education over the many good schools in CPS.

  • 54. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:45 am

    @53 ” I wouldn’t overestimate the value of a private school education over the many good schools in CPS.” I could not agree more.

  • 55. Sara  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    We just got our Standard acceptance letter — this is for kindergarten. Waitlisted at three of four:

    Jackson, tier 3, #188
    STEM, tier 3, #96
    Murray, proximity, #46

    Offer from Galileo.

    Now waiting to see the SEES letter, which didn’t arrive today.

  • 56. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Interesting. Usually at this point in the day people would be posting some numbers. Wonder if letters were sent out super late and won’t start arriving until Monday??????

  • 57. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Oooops! There it is! The first report!

  • 58. LynnJ  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Lol @ Hyde park mom and I would have done the same thing. Bless your heart!

  • 59. Hoping for AC  |  March 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I just got mine for 7th grade general I will only share 2 the rest waitlist numbers are crazy & I am hoping for AC letter which didn’t come today!!!!!
    Offered at Franklin Fine Arts
    Sheridan– general 1

  • 60. Frustrated  |  March 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Applied at academic centers for my twins; the letter we got was for Disney II, which we applied to *last* year (and not this year), and has the same wait list numbers as last year. This is a royal screw up!

  • 61. mel  |  March 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    tier 4
    waitlisted at 16 schools, numbers range from 35 (stem) to 783 (drummond)
    did not receive selective enrollment letter

  • 62. Vstis  |  March 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    So selective enrollment letter Monday?

  • 63. Norwood  |  March 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Mail came. No selective enrollment letter.

  • 64. for 1st grade  |  March 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    We were offered the following for 1st grade for our twins- tier 4:


    Disney: 194 & 195
    Drummond: 118 & 119
    Franklin: 30 & 31
    LaSalle: 13 &14
    Meyer: 6 & 7
    Nettlehorst: 58 & 59
    Waters: 52 & 53
    Newberry: 204 & 205
    Alcott: 95 & 96
    interamerican: 19 & 20
    Burley: 182 & 183
    Audobon: 96 & 96
    Hawthorne: 295 & 296
    Burr: 67 & 68

    We did not receive SES letters in today’s mail.

    A quick way to tell if you have been made an offer without reading the letter is if the envelope contains two pages you have been made an offer(s).

    Good luck to everyone!

  • 65. Window  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm


  • 66. AlbanyPark Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm


  • 67. fried  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    In: Hawthorne
    Waitlisted under 10 at two schools
    All other in hundreds

  • 68. Bimmer  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Read lots of posta that Selective enrollment letters are not ready, will ship next week?

  • 69. Momof5  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    @53: As a mom of kids in both Catholic and SEHS, I can only speak for myself and some of my friends but the idea of taking the same test is not bothersome. I personally agree that students should be assessed as fairly as possible. I think the sticking point this year is that current 7th grade parents feel blindsided in that they didn’t know their kids would be required to take the MAP as well as Terra Novas. I can tell you that parents were a bit on edge during TN time and had they realized that test wouldn’t have mattered, well, I can only assume it would’ve been nicer not to stress out twice when once was unnecessary.

    To the point of the value of a private vs. public education, please remember that for some of us our faith is part of the equation. Having a faith based education may (for some) be well worth the sacrifice of the cost.

  • 70. cpsobsessed  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    @fried – what grade?

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 71. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Drummond – 160
    Mayer – 266

    2nd Grade:
    Hamilton – Offered
    Stone – 19
    LaSalle – 228
    Hawthorne – 141
    Blaine – not eligible
    Coonley – not eligible

  • 72. PatientCPSMom  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Good luck everyone, like previous posters mentioned it’s early in the process. Last year we only applied to the 3 centrally located CPS language schools and the day before school started we got a call we were accepted to one of these schools. While we were at another amazing CPS magnet school second language learning was a very important educational option for us so we accepted the offer. Our new school is just as amazing as our last. Good things can come to those who can wait. Be persistent and have a strategy you can have the education that best suits your child, but its lots of foresight and a little more luck.

  • 73. mel  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    tier 4
    burley 474
    drummond 783
    franklin 78
    galileo 52
    hawthorne 131
    jackson 65
    lasalle 451
    lasalle II 217
    pritzer 61
    skinner 659
    stem 35
    newberry 42
    stone 91
    south loop 479
    alcott 544
    audubon 565
    coonley and blaine not eligible

  • 74. Ir-2002  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Offered at Peirce for the 1st grade. I need an inside on the Peirce school please. Thx

    Disney II-132
    Hawthorne -468

  • 75. totismomi  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Pre k waitlisted all 4 schools.
    Inter american tier 1e 26
    , suder general 42
    , drummond general 213
    mayer general 457.
    Any thoughts from experience?

  • 76. Chee-kah-go  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Applying for K
    Tier 1

    No offers.
    Wait listed at:

    Jackson – 1
    Hawthorne – 11
    Galileo – 5
    Sheridan – 16
    Lasalle – 88
    Murray – 5

    Waiting for SEES letter Monday

  • 77. TwoChickens  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Four year old: Drummond WL 28, inter American WL 118, tier 4 E
    What are our chances at 28 for Drummond? I would think very slim.

    1st grader: pierce – offered
    WL at : Waters general 88, Drummond General 246, Inter American General E 56, Coonley not eligible

    No sees letter.

  • 78. Urban Mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    #76 — You will get into Jackson, Galileo, and Murray for sure, and possibly Hawthorne, based on last year’s numbers. Just figure out which you want because you may have to decline your first offer while waiting for the rest.

  • 79. Beth in HP  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Tier 4
    Wait listed at:

    Murray, proximity, #10
    Ray, #181

    No SEES letter today.

    We really like our neighborhood school (Harte) where our daughter attends pre-k, so I’m not sure that we will take an offer even if we get one. However, many neighborhood families haven’t embraced the school for years, and only about 25% of the students come from within our attendance area. Thankfully, that is on the upswing, as this year’s K class has a larger number of students from the neighborhood. I’d love to be able to walk my daughter to school AND have play dates close by:) If you are in the attendance area and you got a disappointing letter today, consider sending your child to Bret Harte. It’s a great, small school with lots of good things happening: our learning garden was just installed in the fall, our new playground is (finally!) being installed this summer, and we have a dedicated, stable staff and administration. We have smart boards in every classroom, partnerships with all of the Hyde Park institutions, and a small-school feel, as we only have one or two classes at each grade level. The most important thing to me, however, is that the school is moving to a more project-based approach in its teaching and learning. It is a work in progress, but it is a big step in the right direction, especially in a district so focused on testing. Bret Harte is definitely worth a look, and the principal is great about giving individual tours. Contact Mrs. Parks by email at sparks@cps.edu, or feel free to reach out to me. Best of luck to everyone in finding a good fit for your family!

  • 80. Jennifer Knkoepfle  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Galileo – offered
    La Salle II – Tier 4 – WL #1
    Jackson – Tier 4 WL #20
    Drummond – general WL #750
    We were wait listed at 16 other schools but those were the most exciting (i.e. possible WL numbers and the most ridiculous #750!!)
    Please let me know your thought on Galileo and La Salle II – if you can. Also we did not receive our SEES letter yet.
    Good luck everyone! 🙂

  • 81. Lisa  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    20 schools and zero offers.

  • 82. Chgoboys  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Tier 4- K Wait listed
    Mayer- 140
    Hawthorne- 385

  • 83. LSS  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Tier 4 K

    19 schools, no offers

    20 Ravenswood
    39 Audubon

    531 Mayer
    697 Drummond

    Will we hear from Audubon?

  • 84. Scanpennett  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Tier 4 – Wait listed
    Lasalle (proximity) – 100
    Hawthorne – 348

    Unless SEES letter comes back with better results it looks like we are stuck at Lincoln.

  • 85. 3rd grade parent  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Entering 4th grade
    Tier 4
    burley wait list 8
    Franklin wait list 119
    Hawthorne wait list 3
    We are happy with neighborhood school Peterson but wanted to keep options open. Any thoughts on burley or hawthorne?

    We did not receive gifted letter
    , or academic center letters

  • 86. Pie Chart Professor  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Applying for 1st grade
    Tier 4
    Offered Disney, Prescott
    Wait listed
    NTA 1
    Drummond 9
    Pulaski 30
    Burr 31
    STEM 33
    Agassiz 34

    Anyone know much about Disney or Prescott? Chance of getting a Drummond call?

  • 87. BridgeportMom  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Apply for K
    Tier 2
    No magnet offers!! 😦

    Jackson – 33
    Stem – 69
    Sheridan – 142
    Galileo – 78

  • 88. Cps mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    1st grade
    Newberry 121
    Disney 2 168
    Hawthorne 38
    Inter american 67

    3rd grade
    Newberry 34
    Disney2 53
    Hawthorne 16
    Inter-american 27

  • 89. Urban Mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Quick Question — Can you get offers at both SES and magnet or do they take your top pick meaning that if you get in at a magnet today chances are No SEES acceptance on Monday.

  • 90. BUCKTOWN mama  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Pre-k 3 wait list numbers:
    140 Drummond, proximity
    64 Mayer, tier 4
    14 suder, tier 4

    Think we’ll get into any of them by the start of school????

  • 91. awaiting results  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    @84. Surely you are being sarcastic about being “stuck” at Lincoln?

  • 92. 3rd-Grader-to-be Dad  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Tier 3 (3rd Grade), Currently @ Suburban Elementary (Lake Forest)

    Not Eligible:

    Wait listed (Lowest)
    Prescott – 1
    Franklin – 4
    Waters – 6
    Nettlehorst – 7
    LaSalle – 16

    Wait listed (High)
    Hamilton – 30
    Agassiz – 39
    Newberry – 58
    Disney II – 60
    Disney -82
    Alcott ES – 86
    LaSalle II – 124
    Hawthorne – 211

    No offers, but like the wait list position. Last year was offered Hamilton and Courtney, but declined both.

  • 93. chi866  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Hawthorne 168 (tier 4)
    Lasalle 65 (proximity)

    No SEES letter.

    Looks like will be going to our neighborhood school…

  • 94. LSmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    @89, you can get offers to both SEES schools and magnet schools. You can get multiple magnet/neighborhood offers, but only one SE offer at a time. @90, small chance at Suder maybe.

  • 95. Chicagoparent  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Got only accepted to Prescott for Kinder, tier 3
    wait list range from 15-500 for basically the schools listed above. Only know Prescott is a small enrollment school <300. Any parents know about this school?

  • 96. Galileo and Lasalle 2  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    My daughter started out at Galileo. We liked it for just the basics. Ist grade Teacher Ms. D is one of the best teachers in the system, REALLY! The early science program is fantastic. The school is lacking a progressive environment. The upper grade teachers are a bit old fashioned. PTO and LSC do not function well. Newer principal not sure how he is doing since we left.

    My daughter has been at Lasalle II since for 4 years. We both love it. I am so happy we transferred to this school. The languages are awesome, teachers are progressive and invested. PTO and LSC are very strong. New principal is forward thinking, works with parents and staff. The curriculum is always evolving, leveled reading and math. big new capital improvements every year since we have been there. Lots of art inside and out. new playground campus this summer! lots of great things happening, obviously I cant say enough 🙂 Also the student body is a little bit of everything in chicago.

  • 97. Sara  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Could anyone comment on Murray? I don’t know much about it since new principals came in a year or two ago. We’re wait listed there for K.

  • 98. Twinmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Entering 3rd grade.
    No offers, no SEES letter.
    LaSalle 2 – WL 5
    Burr – WL 5
    Alcott – WL 23
    Drummond – 31
    Agassiz – 35
    LaSalle – 123

  • 99. Jess Jones  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Tier 3 – kindergarten
    No offers.

    Wait listed (best numbers)
    Franklin – tier 3 – 18
    Courtenay – general – 74
    Waters – general – 91

    How do you think we might fare?

  • 100. Going into 4th  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Received magnet letter today, but no sees letter for either of my kids. I was looking to get my going into 4th grader into Disney I through the sibling lottery. He is waitlisted #6, I’m keeping fingers crossed!

  • 101. confused  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I’m very confused. Peirce is my neighborhood school, and it says not eligible.

    Best- Franklin-tier 4- spot 5
    Newberry- ” “-spot 10

  • 102. Another LaSalle II Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    For those offered LaSalle II or with low wait list numbers, be sure to attend the upcoming open house. Information is on the school web site but here are the details I copied from the home page:

    “On Saturday, March 29th at 11am we will hold an Open House for prospective PreK families and for families accepted through the lottery for 2014-2015.”

  • 103. Urban Mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This is because you can go to Pierce no matter what…you are not eligible through lottery because you already have a slot there.

  • 104. Wishful mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Going into 1st: all wait list numbers
    Beaubien, wildwood and coonley not eligible.
    Thorp 28
    Mayer 22
    Hawthorne 87
    Disney II 112
    Agassiz 80

    Offered Bateman. Any insight on this school?

  • 105. Portage Park/Dunning_MOM  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Last year applied for K tier 4 wait listed to Drummond (3??) InterAmerican(can’t remember) Disney II(can’t remember). SEES scores were 139 RGC, 97% math 92% reading classical but NO OFFERS ANY WHERE!! My daughter went to the neighborhood school which we do not care for but no other option because we just bought our house.
    This year Tier 3 applying for 1st
    Disney II WL-372
    Norwood Park– OFFERED 🙂
    LaSalle II WL-91
    Drummond WL-110
    Thorp (3-4 blocks from me) WL 134 in general
    Ebinger WL-29
    Edgebrook WL-90

    Not eligible for Wildwood, Prussing, Coonley, & Beaubian.

    Come on SEES letters!! Either way I am very happy with the offer to Norwood Park and will defiantly be excepting if no other offer from SEES but I still have my fingers and toes cross!! Is is Monday yet??

    Does anyone know information on Norwood Park? IF I accept this school does she automatically get dropped off the WL for the other schools? If I except a Magnet does she get dropped from the SEES list for the other rounds??

    Good Luck to all, 2 years stalking the mail man!!

  • 106. Relieved in 60630  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Received magnet/standard application letter today.

    Offered: Norwood Park

    Lowest Waitlist #s:
    Ebinger: 8
    Peirce: 8
    Thorp, O: 28

    Highest- 763 at Burley. Do I win for highest waitlist # (so far)?! 🙂

    A few questions: I know Norwood Park looks good on paper. Anyone have any insight on this school? Class sizes, etc?

    Does anyone think we have a chance at Ebinger, Peirce, or Thorp?


  • 107. Relieved in 60630  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Sorry, mine is for K. Portage Park/Dunnind_Mom- we must have posted at the same time. Hoping we both hear something about Norwood Park!

  • 108. Wishful mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    105 how did you get your tier lowered?

  • 109. Rogers park mama  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    20 apps zero acceptances. Low waitlist numbers are at schools not overwhelmingly better than our neighborhood option.

    Stone proximity 84
    Greeley 45
    New berry 55
    Agassiz 410
    Hamilton 357
    Lasalle II 117
    Burr 183
    Alcott 405
    Burley 72
    Hawthorne 292
    Franklin 223
    Lasalle 368
    Swift 34
    Chappell 76
    McPherson 26
    Ravens wood 57
    Prescott 171
    Pierce 121
    Clinton 53

    Was mainly interested in Burr, Franklin and Hamilton so glad we are going to private school.

  • 110. Unsure CPS mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Grade 2:
    Franklin 168
    LaSalle 277
    Alcott 49

    Grade 3:
    Franklin 93
    LaSalle 213
    Alcott 67

  • 111. Urban Mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Tier 2 – Kindergarten

    #35 proximity WL at LaSalle

    #69 proximity WL at Newberry

    #79 proximity WL at Franklin

    # 24 general WL at South Loop

    Does proximity wait list take priority over general WL?

  • 112. JLM  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    PreK3, tier 4, no offers:

    Drummond – 188
    Mayer – 268
    Suder – 74

    1st grade, general, no offers:

    Andrew Jackson – 387
    LaSalle – 277
    STEM – 38
    Disney II – 387
    Hawthorne – 70
    Inter-American – 88

    I’m very happy with my daughter’s current preschool, just applied because a free option would certainly be worth considering.

    Also happy with 1st grader’s school, but figured I’d apply for s**ts and giggles, and would have to consider a magnet because the sibling preference for younger child would be a plus.

  • 113. mel  |  March 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    i have #783 for drummond, think im winning so far : )

  • 114. confused  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm


  • 115. Gennatay  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Grade : K
    Tier: 1
    No offers

    A Jackson 46
    Skinner 435
    Hawthorne 57

    Anyone thinks we have a have for A Jackson?

  • 116. montessorimom  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Tier 3
    No SEES letter, as others have said.


    Anyone know about these schools? (I honestly did more research about SEES and based the rest on proximity.

    Waitlisted at 7 other schools, highest #=245, lowest #=36 (STEM)

    What do you think about Drummond at #119?

  • 117. TimeForADoOver  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Tier 4 for 1st grade:

    — Offer at Peirce (likely to decline)

    — Other decent WL numbers are Thorp (#12), Suder (#21) and Prescott (#24), although we’d probably decline these as well.

    Fingers crossed for a better SEES outcome. Otherwise, back to our neighborhood school we go!

  • 118. moon_mama  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Entering K, twins, apps linked
    Tier 4

    Hawthorne (proximity)-52/53
    Blaine/Coonley- not elig

    REALLY REALLY want Hawthorne…wait list mavens out there, what are the chances?

    We’ll see what SEES brings….

  • 119. Relieved in 60630  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    @mel- Must have missed that post! Congrats!!!! 🙂

  • 120. Peirce parent  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Peirce is hosting an Open House for prospective parents on Friday April 4th. Presentation begins at 8:30, building tour will follow.

    Join us!
    RSVP to Peirceopenhouse@gmail.com
    or 773.534.2440 (front office)
    Located at: 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. (b/t Clark & Broadway)

    Come meet our principal, teachers & parents and learn about our:
    PK-8th grade curriculum
    Enrichment programs
    Before/After-care program with the YMCA
    Middle Years IB program
    Parent involvement

    Peirce is a neighborhood school in the Edgewater/Andersonville area with a diverse student body. Our 13 National Board Certified teachers provide a balanced curriculum designed to meet the academic, cultural & social-emotional needs of our students.

    Our family has been a Peirce supporter for 5 years and we have appreciated the excellent teachers, fabulous facility and count our classmates as close friends.

  • 121. MamaBlue  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    No offers
    Tier 3

    Edgebrook 58
    Hawthorne 21
    Norwood Park 160
    Thorp O 110
    Burley 578
    Disney II 168
    Ebinger 52

    We are proximity for Thorp and were really hoping for a higher number. Any thoughts on our chances? I heard that anything under 30 stands a decent chance. Does this mean we have a shot at Hawthorne, or is it one of those that never gets beyond the very low numbers? We were also hoping for a better number for Disney II. Any feedback on our chances at any of them (obviously Burley is out!) would be greatly appreciated!

  • 122. MamaBlue  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I meant we were hoping for a LOWER number for Thorp!

  • 123. MamaBlue  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Sorry again….we are applying for Kindergarten!

  • 124. Wishful mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Does Disney 2 have proximity? If so what is the radius?

  • 125. Portage Park/Dunning_MOM  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    @108 Wishful mommy, we moved from tier 4. We just bought a home and I thought the neighborhood was tier 4 but we are off by ONE BLOCK!! Crazy.

  • 126. cpsobsessed  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Applied for 6th grade to 7 of the more popular magnets.
    All are waitlisted in the 48-115 range.

  • 127. Angela  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Tier 3
    Drummond – 450
    Inter-American – 204
    Jackson – 206
    Audobon – 635
    Blaine – not eligible
    Lasalle – 130
    Disney – 67
    Sheridan – 113
    Hawthorne – 331
    Sutherland – 167
    Murray – 47

    Any thoughts on Murray or Disney wait lists?

  • 128. Chimom09  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Hawthorne 87 Waitlist for K. Proximity.

  • 129. cpsobsessed  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    @mamablue, if you are applying for kindergarten, #21 at Hawthorne is unlikely. (remember, each tier has a list.)

  • 130. Peirce parent  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    106 Relieved – if this is for Kinder probably better than good chance for Peirce seat.

  • 131. LynnJ  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Lisa do u care to share your WL number?

  • 132. Bimmer  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Thorp tends to go far deep on the waiting list, most don’t take it unless no other choice.

  • 133. cpsobsessed  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    @127 Angela, I’d say Disney is in the realm of reality.

  • 134. pins & needles  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    For K
    tier 1:

    Burr 81
    Disney II 37
    Goethe 25
    LaSalle 97
    LaSalle II (proximity) 173
    Pulaski 14

  • 135. Relieved in 60630  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    @Bimmer #132- “Thorp tends to go far deep on the waiting list, most don’t take it unless no other choice.”

    Why don’t most take it unless there is no other choice?? Thanks for the insight.

  • 136. West Logan Square Dad  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    We are so happy for our son , he got a accepted to the following schools . Now the debate is which school to choose. Any input from Cps Obsessed followers?

    Applied for 7th grade

    Disney II
    Marine Leadership Academy at Ames

  • 137. LSS  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Anyone have insight into Audubon’s waitlist? We are 39

  • 138. LSmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    @111, the proximity and tier lists are separate, so if someone in proximity gives up a spot, they’ll move down that list, but if someone in say, Tier 2 gives up a spot they’ll call the next person on that tier list.

  • 139. Chris Kamberos  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    O.K Im new at this. And waitlisted for all 6 selected schools. Will I receive another list with classical & magnet waitlist or accepted results and scores?

  • 140. LSS  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Audubon for K. Thanks!

  • 141. LynnJ  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Bucktown mama I was 10 on Suder’s WL two years ago and did not get in. People usually don’t budge if they get offers from this school. Good luck.

  • 142. LSmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    @136, Disney II has a high school now, so that would give you a spot all the way through and seems like a huge plus.

  • 143. Bebe  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm


    I wouldn’t hold your breath for Hawthorne. They don’t usually get past number 10 for any tier.

  • 144. LynnJ  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    @awaitingresults I got a snicker too at the “being stuck at Lincoln” comment. It makes me laugh to know that some have great options already in their neighborhood but still apply for other schools. Wish I had those options! To each his own. Ijs

  • 145. Portage Park/Dunning_MOM  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    @106 in 2010 Norwood Park was ranked by the Chicago Mag as #14 and for their 2012 list it was not ranked but at the same time it only went up to 20 not like the 200 something as 2010. I know that it is better as far as scoring and over all student body then my daughters current school. So I am happy about that and hoping for the best. Anyone else with information on Norwood?

  • 146. Somewhat relieved we got something...  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    We are Tier II going for Kindy. No SEES letter yet. 7 offers, 2 magnet, 5 neighborhood that are mostly all “safety schools.”


    High waitlists:
    Stone – 8
    Hawthorne – 34
    InterAmerican – 26
    Disney II – 22

    Everything else was high wait lists. Will take Thorp unless we get a SEES offer. I expect we will get an offer from Stone as well at some point…not sure which I would take between Thorp and Stone.

  • 147. Omg  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I think this is good. My 3 yr old is teir 4 waitlist number 3 for Drummond.

  • 148. Ir2002  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I forgot to mention that we are in tier 4. We are #2 on wait list for Alcott –any chances for us? Also , our neighborhood school is Peterson-would like to know more about . Thank you in advance. Good luck!

  • 149. OIPmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    K, Tier 4, no magnet offers, Disney II is the only proximity.

    Waitlist, in order from lowest to highest

    Franklin 102
    Thorp, O 105
    Hawthorne 109
    Pritzker 142
    Edgebrook 151
    Disney II 246
    Disney 327
    Jackson, A 333
    LaSalle 442
    Mayer 537
    Burley 836

    I think i win a prize with Burley. 836?

  • 150. Mara  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    PK-3 Tier 4:
    Drummond 97 (proximity)
    Oscar Mayer 67
    Suder 5

    That sucks that Suder doesn’t move. I was a little excited when I saw a low number.

  • 151. NewHere  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    We are very new to this and applied only to SEES. No letter today. Curious what people are referring to as far as phone calls and emails. Is there another process after this? Can we apply to other schools directly? Or are these references to waitlist phone calls?

  • 152. anonymouse teacher  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    @92, what don’t you like about Lake Forest schools?

  • 153. Susan  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:39 pm


  • 154. Portage Park/Dunning_MOM  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    @151 the letter hopefully will come on Monday for SEES but the phone calls are give once people have declined a position at a school because they took another offer or move and so on. OAE will call people if they get an offer and they do several rounds. I believe last year they may have done 4-5 rounds that went all through summer and for some people even after school has started.
    Good Luck

  • 155. Mommy_of_1  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Tier 4

    applying for 1st

    Wait Listed:
    Stem 83
    Jackson, A. 53
    Sheridan 101
    South Loop 76

    Good Luck!

  • 156. waitlisted parent  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    @150 Mara, Suder does move, we were # 3 last year PK 3 and we got in late July. Good luck!

  • 157. Rogers park mama  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    136 I would choose Disney II and stay for HS!

  • 158. Omg  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    How far down the waitlist does Drummond go usually for teir 4? I’m really hoping she gets in. It will be very conveint considering her older sister will be attending lincoln park hs in the fall… Also, older sister wasn’t as lucky with the selective enrollment process…

  • 159. ruthie60607  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Got into Inter-American for pk-4. My child is incredibly happy at our private school, so we will likely stay there.

  • 160. agassizmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve posted this before, but we were waitlisted #24 for Hawthorne proximity 3 years ago. We got called a day or two before school started with a spot, despite the fact that I had been told that Hawthorne “never” gets that far in the wait list. However, they did not leave a message and were very rude when I called back a few minutes later, basically they felt they had done what was required by calling my cell phone one time and hanging up when they got voicemail. I believe they moved on to #25 without even waiting for me to call back. I only knew it was them due to caller ID. Luckily we had already decided to stay at our neighborhood school and I don’t at all regret that decision. But if you really want Hawthorne, I would definitely stay in touch with them on a regular basis to find out where they are on the waitlist and make sure they know you want the spot if it comes available. I had never contacted them because I assumed they wouldn’t get to 24. I was so turned off by my one interaction with them that I would never want my kids to go there.

  • 161. SoxSideIrish4  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    135. Relieved in 60630 | March 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I don’t know anything abt Thorp, but I did hear that they one of only 2 schools that had their kids the HS Algebra Exam on the first try. Sounds like they are good in math.

  • 162. SoxSideIrish4  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    ^^ that should read “pass the HS Algebra Exam on the first try.”

  • 163. Southmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm


    Jackson- 210
    LasalleII- 83
    Franklin- 105
    Pritzker- 216
    STEM- 100
    Skinner- 940
    South Loop- 538

    Looks like a winner for Skinner-940

  • 164. SoxSideIrish4  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    ^^and that 100% passed, not all schools that offer it have 100% passing

  • 165. AlexsMom  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    @102, thank you!

    This is what we got,
    Tier 1 K
    Offered: LaSalle II

    Jackson, 7
    Hawthorne, 23
    Disney II, 26
    LaSalle, 30
    Inter-American & Newberry, 31
    Franklin, 37
    Disney, 50
    Hamilton, 82
    Agassiz, 104
    Audubon, 263
    Mayer, 374
    Nettelhorst, 463
    Burley, 509
    Skinner, 553
    Alcott, 653

    Still waiting SEES letter. I will attend the open house at LaSalle II and take it from there.

  • 166. Z Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    For PK 3:
    Suder – 12, Tier 4
    Drummond – 65 (proximity)
    Mayer – 210 Tier 4

    Haven’t toured any of these yet. Any suggestions welcome – complete newbie here 🙂

  • 167. STEMmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Tier 4:

    STEM: offer (sibling lottery) will accept
    Stone: 6 (proximity)
    Galileo: 14
    Jackson: 53

    The rest are >121

  • 168. Relieved in 60630  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the info, SoxSideIrish! Very good to know.

  • 169. STEMmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    For kindergarten

  • 170. AlbanyPark Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Offer for kindergarten:

    Burley 535
    Disney tier 3
    Disney II 197
    Greeley 14
    Hamilton 289
    Inter-American 126
    Nettlehorst 179
    Pierce 62
    Peterson 35
    Ravenswood 197
    Stone 81
    Waters 296
    Agassiz 405
    Audubon 491
    Hawthorne 225

    Anyone have thoughts on Bateman or Prescott???

  • 171. Kourtney  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Tier 3
    No offers.

    Norwood Park 7
    Goethe 44
    Burr 66
    Franklin 71
    LaSalle II 104
    Newberry 111
    Audubon 139
    Courtenay 140
    Pritzker 159
    Waters 164
    Jackson 169
    All others over 200

    Anyone know if Franklin is possible?

  • 172. LynnJ  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    @somewhat relieved u hit the jackpot! Good for u!

  • 173. Logan Square Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Applied for PK-4 at:

    SUDER Waitlisted 61 (general)
    DRUMMOND Waitlisted 125 (general)
    INTER-AMERICAN Waitlisted 66 (Tier 4E)
    MAYER Waitlisted 150 (general)


  • 174. Anne Ellis  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm


    Hamilton – general – 449
    Ravenswood – general – 188
    Waters – general – 33

    We really really want Ravenswood – live one block out of boundary and love their arts programming and know families there – we had thought it *was* our school until we went on the website and checked boundaries.

  • 175. SR  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Tier 3: no offers

    Best odds:
    #5 proximity at Disney I
    #4 McPherson
    #18 Bateman
    #31 Greeley

    Others are above 125 including the one we really wanted, Ravenswood, at 271.

  • 176. Bebe  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Applied for 2nd Grade.

    Disney- offered

    Franklin 125
    I.A.- 27
    Jackson 170
    LaSalle 214
    LaSalle II 141
    newberry 168
    Drummond- 128

    Will decline Disney to stay at current school

  • 177. Ashley Fulton  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Applied for K:

    No offers. Lowest wait listed numbers:

    Stone – 53 (tier 4)
    Greeley- 68 (general)

    Anyone think there is a chance with Stone?

  • 178. Maaike  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Tier 4, K:

    Offered Disney.

    Lowish waitlist numbers: Thorp (2), Hamilton (33), Newberry (58).

    All other waitlist numbers over 90, most over 100. Disney II, Hawthorne, Greeley, Burley, Drummond (696 – our highest number), Stone, Franklin, Mayer, Jackson, LaSalle, LaSalle II, Inter-American.

    Still waiting for SEES letter.

    Anyone know how likely Hamilton is at 33?

    Assuming no SEES luck, we’ll be deciding btween Disney and Nettlehorst (neighborhood), and possibly Hamilton. Would love to hear thoughts on relative merits…

  • 179. Urban Mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Any incite into LaSalle’s lottery. We are #35 on the proximity wait list. I’m guessing that it does not move for this school, especially proximity.

  • 180. LSmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Just got our letters.
    For PK3, tier 3:
    Drummond 30
    Mayer 13
    Suder 51

    For 1st grade:
    Suder 2
    Hamilton 24
    Mayer 61

  • 181. Bowmanville parent  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Tier 4 kindergarten
    Stone offered – proximity
    McPherson offered
    Disney II – 15
    Peirce – 29
    Ravenswood -99
    All others over 100

    Anyone know if Disney II’s waitlist gets to #15?

  • 182. LSmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    @Kourtney, I don’t think Franklin’s list moves that much. Burr is pretty likely and if you’re interested in Goethe, you should let them know.

  • 183. realchicagomama  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    What do you want to know about Disney II? I am happy to answer any specific questions here or offline. I’m cpollicki at gmail.

    For the poster who asked about Bateman, the principal is apparently RE’s best friend.

  • 184. Kourtney  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    @LSmom- Drat. That’s what I was afraid of. Franklin was one of my top choices. Sucks to be a lower number but still too far away.
    Anyone have any feedback on Burr or Goethe? I’m in Logan, so the idea of having neighborhood parents appeals to me.

  • 185. Thorp Kindergarten Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Our daughter attends Thorp – Kindergarten, Mrs. Benedict – and we really love it. The Friends of Thorp group and the PTA are very active and there are some wonderful families that we have met.

    This is the 2nd year for the new principal, Mr. Toledo, and he seems to really care about the school and the kids and is very present in and out of the school – even manning the morning drop off spot this week.

    The school is working toward a playground and I am amazed at what the Friends of Thorp have helped to raise toward this goal – hoping there will be some equipment soon.

    Coming from a cooperative preschool, I also love the fact that there are parent project days each month where we can come to the classroom and help with activities for a few hours. It’s nice to get to know the kids and the process a little better – especially being new elementary school – I definitely shed some tears that first day! Oh, they also offered new families and opportunity to pair up with an existing school family if they wanted.

    I can’t speak so much to the older grades or testing, but we have loved Kindergarten so far and are excited about what’s next. Anyway – best of luck to everyone!!

  • 186. STEMmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    @177– My guess is that you have a shot for Stone, but it may be later in the Summer before you hear. A few years back one of my children received a wait list number a little higher than yours and we got a call earlier in the summer.

  • 187. Melissa  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Tier 3, K:

    Bateman (thoughts, anyone? I see a few others offered Bateman, also wondering about it)

    Murphy: 5
    Disney II: 27 (proximity)
    Waters: 43
    Ravenswood: 123
    Solomon: 147
    Pritzker: 226
    Burley: 263
    Audobon: 367

    Coonley, Blaine, Beaubien

    Waiting for SEES, hoping for luck with the Disney II waitlist.

  • 188. Relieved in 60630  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    @Thorp Kindergarten Mom…Thank you for the excellent feedback. Everything I have read about the school has been positive and your experience confirms this.

    I would love to know if we would have a shot for the school. We are tier 4 waitlist #28 for K. Do you have any idea about how far down the waitlist the school went last year. Thanks for any insight.

  • 189. Xty001  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Tier 4, K

    Drummond 518
    Franklin 51
    Mayer 371
    Newberry 238
    Disney II 174 (proximity)
    Thorp 21
    Hawthorne 53

    No SEES letter.


  • 190. feeling hopeful  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Kindergarten, Tier III

    Offered Disney and Agassiz, would love to hear thoughts…

    Low waitlist:
    LaSalle – 2
    Stone – 16
    Ravenswood – 24

    All seem like real possibilities, right???

    Highest number – 601 at Alcott.

    Do we really not have accurate info from CPS on how far schools have gotten on their waitlists?

  • 191. LynnJ  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Got the MAGNET letter only today. The numbers are dismal, with NO offers. This is for K-Tier 3:

    Disney I-223
    Pritzker-43 (general lottery)
    LaSalle II-175
    Murray-12 (I would accept if it was offered)
    Mayer-112 (general)
    Ray-157 (general)
    STEM-61 (would accept if it was offered)
    Disney II-23 doubt this will move
    Suder-203 (general)
    Skinner West-948 (general)
    Drummond-27 (general) might accept if offered
    Hamilton-224 (general)

  • 192. AlbanyParkDad  |  March 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    tier 3

    Bateman 17
    Stone 24
    Thorp 27
    Peterson 33
    Franklin 35
    Edgebrook 41
    A. Jackson 46
    Talcott 65
    Solomon 84
    Norwood Park 98
    Hawthorne 143

    Our Neighborhood school (Volta)is likely not an option, Bateman is nearby and has Pat Baccalieri and comprehensive gifted classes (both i think are pluses)…

    Any insight: Stone and Thorp, Edgebrook, Franklin, Talcott:
    How far down their lists do they tend to go?

    Someone mentioned that a lot of people turn down Thorp. Why– location or something else?


  • 193. AlbanyParkDad  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    post 192 was for kindergarten!

  • 194. realchicagomama  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Looks like Thorp reported going to 10 on WL for last year, based on a quick read of last year’s CPSObsessed thread.

    I suspect people turn down Thorp because of size or lack of playground, but I don’t really know.

  • 195. Halah  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Tier 1 PreK

    Drummond #13
    Suder #36
    Mayer #34

    Does this mean we have a good chance at Drummond?

  • 196. Pessimist60618  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I would have jumped at Thorp last year! We were #28 on Tier 3 lottery for k. They made it to #11 on the waitlist by the time school started and thus the end of that hope for us.

    Let’s see what this year has in store, though judging by all the 1st grade posters, it doesn’t look like the lists moved very much last year (we walked away without any offers).

  • 197. CPS Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    re: Norwood Park: My nephew started there this past year after attending his neighborhood school for 2 years and being home schooled for 2 years. He loves it, as do my in-laws. They love the teachers and the feel of the school.

  • 198. CPS Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    re: Thorp and no playground. I live nearby and drive by there daily. The kids make good use of the grassy area and walking path that is there; I see them out in all sorts of weather. So I don’t know that lack of playground affects them….

  • 199. Franklin hopeful  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    1st grade. Got much better results this year, than last year for K, which was a pleasant surprise.

    Super excited about Franklin WL #1. I know that they only have one kindergarten classroom this year. But I’m really really hoping that my daughter will get in.

    no offers:
    Franklin #1
    La Salle #4

    The rest are:
    Nettelhorst #14
    Burley #50
    Hawthorne #88
    Alcott #156
    Audubon #157
    Newberry #168
    Disney #262
    A. Jackson #332
    LaSalle #406

  • 200. fingers crossed  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    4th grade: all general

    Sheridan 74
    South Loop 35
    Stem 52
    Sutherland 56
    Blaine not eligible
    Disney 82
    DisneyII 144
    Galileo 24
    Ward,J 11
    Haines 6
    Kellogg 9
    Throp,O 60
    Skinner 119
    Stone 4
    Newberry 73
    LaSalle 59
    LaSalleII 89

    7th grade all general except Disney II

    Galileo 14
    DisneyII Tier1 1
    Disney 88
    Blaine N/E
    Sutherland 41
    Kellogg 45
    LaSalle 115
    LaSalleII 32
    Newberry 22
    South Loop 60
    Throp,O 9
    Ogden Hs 14
    Nettlehorst 38
    Mayer 33
    Haines 1
    Ward,J 10
    Sheridan 40

  • 201. chiteacher  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    @195 My son was on the wait list for Drummond last year (#4 Proximity) and we never heard from them. Can someone explain the wait list categories?

  • 202. Kristen  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Tier 4, applying for Kindergarten, Peirce is our neighborhood school.


    Wait Listed:
    Disney II-432
    Alcott ES-401

    Not Eligible due to near capacity:

    Other than the two in the 400s, the rest are relatively low, no? No clue, really. No SEES letter today. 😦

  • 203. Liz  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    We got a waitlist of #10 proximity at Disney II for 7th grade. I think we’re tier 1. Does anyone know how the waitlist works there?

  • 204. Mollykolly  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    @85. 3rd grade parent | March 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    For anyone hoping for Burley it is becoming less of a chance of getting in off the lottery. First of all, they auto wait list everyone because they are a Magnet Cluster and have to take neighborhood people first. Since Neighborhood people can walk in at anytime, they even wait until few days before school starts to let in siblings. K siblings were only taken last year for K, and barely got in. They did not take general lottery folks last year for K. I am not sure about the other grades, but the school is usually at capacity or over with the neighborhood and siblings. I am sorry for the not so optimistic news about Burley, but I don’t want you to hold out too much hope. There is usually a sibling wait list holding before the general wait list. Unless the neighborhood enrollment is low and sibling enrollment is low it will be hard to get in. Fingers crossed for you though. 4th grade might be easier to get in, but I know people who had sibs who couldn’t get in to this years 4th and they were high up on the wait list.

    Best of luck to everyone.

  • 205. thefourthrow  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    K, Tier 4:

    Offered: Prescott

    Mayer – 44
    Newberry – 44
    Lasalle – 61
    Burr – 61
    Franklin – 70
    Hawthorne – 71
    Suder – 74
    Agassiz – 112

    highest was Drummond, 773

    I see a bunch of other people with K Prescott offers, and like them, I know little about the school. I’d love to hear from a current parent, or thoughts on if we may get in elsewhere. I am so thankful to have any offer, though, we will probably go ahead and take it for the time being…at least, after we see how the SEES letters work out.

  • 206. RJ  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Disney 221
    A.Jackson 127
    Lasalle 467
    Pritzker 27
    Skinner 75
    South Loop 236
    Stem 131
    Frazier offered
    Franklin 204
    Burley 131
    All general Tier #1

  • 207. cpsobsessed  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    @201, regarding the wait lists – my understanding is that as someone turns down a spot, the school then will fill that spot with the next person from the appropriate waiting list (Tier 1,2,3,4 or proximity.) So they are potentially going through 5 lists at a time.

    The Tiers only matter in the entry year (typically Kindergarten.)

    So if you’re say #10, you need 10 kids in your Tier to drop out of their spots for you to get one.

  • 208. Lcm  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Applied to Mayer(neighborhood) and Drummond for prek3. Offered both.

  • 209. Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    For those curious about Drummond, we were wait list #1 (tier 4 preK 3 two years ago). We never got a call so I wouldn’t bet on it as an option but good luck.

  • 210. Lcm  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Prek3 applied to Mayer(neighborhood) and Drummond. Offered both

  • 211. Jessica  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Pk3-tier 2- waitlisted
    Mayer 48
    Suder 34

    Drummond 145

  • 212. Be  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    1st grade tier 3 (tried again for the heck of it)
    No offers

    Pulaski 9
    Hawthorne 29
    Hamilton 56
    Thorp O 125
    Disney II 447!

  • 213. Dunning Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Re: Norwood Park. My son goes there for K this year and we are in the sibling lottery for lil sis to go next year. We really love it.

  • 214. Omg  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Thx mom about your input on Drummond. I guess with being #3 on the waitlist from tier 4, I shouldn’t get too excited.

  • 215. Omg  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:02 pm


  • 216. Michelle Mottram-Dummeldinger  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    tier 4 kinder.

    Suder general-171
    Disney II proximity-173
    Pritzker general-350
    Thorp tier 4-6 (offer possible?)

    and, I think I win with this one…
    Drummond general 797!

    Really wanted Disney because it is so close, know some families, and my son visits the playground almost everyday in good weather. Chose the others based on Montessori, know teachers and/or families, and easy to get to from work and/or home.

    Also applied to Coonley, Skinner, and Lasalle but they weren’t listed on the letter. I’m so confused with SEES v. magnet acceptance. Should I expect another letter for SEES regardless of acceptance or not?

    Belding is my neighborhood school. My husband was really impressed during a tour with the principal. Any thoughts on Belding?

  • 217. Roebot  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    For K – no offers
    Pritzker 13
    Thorp 21 (prox)
    Norwood 21

    Fingers crossed but being able to walk to our neighborhood school isn’t too bad either after a winter of schlepping 30 minutes to prek every morning

  • 218. SEN  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Tier 4 K

    Coonley 2 (sibling)
    DisneyII 421
    Egdebrook 24

  • 219. EmpoweredToday  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm


    Mayer Tier 2-41
    Drummond Tier 2-52

    Not really sure what advantage if any I have with Suder, insight please?

  • 220. _catnet_  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    No good news on our letter today. Terrible numbers. Anyone know how far Ravenswood went on their list last year? Seems our only hope. Fingers crossed for SEES letters.

  • 221. Lost @CPS  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Is Disney Elementary still a good school?

  • 222. reenie  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    K tier 2 . No SEES letter yet.

    Offered Salazar, will decline (we live on the South Side and have a been offered a spot at a Catholic school where we were on the wait list for three years!)

    Wait lists
    Murray tier 2 52
    LaSalle tier 2 34

    InterAmerican General English 258

    Sabin tier 2 7
    Sheridan tier 2 40
    Talcott 13
    Telpochcalli 13

    Looks like we’re either going Catholic or charter–waiting for charter lottery results before final decision. We want dual-language English/Spanish more than we want SE for elementary school. And my car died recently for two weeks, which gave me pause about sending my kid farther away than either the Catholic or one of the charter options. (Note, we love our neighborhood school but they don’t do Spanish and that’s our non-negotiable.)

  • 223. reenie  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Re: Pierce–They have the IB Middle Years Programme and I just heard this week they are thinking about putting in the Primary Years, too. They have four K classrooms–I met one of the teachers this week. He (yay for male K teachers!) seemed nice. He’s clearly in the camp that thinks K is under way too much pressure to be the new first grade. A friend of mine’s son went from there to Lane Tech.

  • 224. Ale88  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    3rd grader
    Tier 4

    Waiting list
    Hawthorne 4
    Solomon. 3
    Norwood park 16
    Thorp. 62
    Edge brook. 57

  • 225. Epsilon Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Would any of these numbers generate a call before September? All are for K, Tier 4 except Murray. The more I think about this, the uglier my fingernails look.

    Jackson, 12
    Franklin, 31
    Hawthorne, 46
    Murray, 57 (proximity)
    Sheridan, 70
    Nettelhorst, 88
    Newberry, 134
    Alcott, 192
    Lasalle, 217
    Lasalle II, 219

    Highest number tops the list so far I think – Skinner, 885!

    Our SEES letter did not arrive today, so the watch continues.

  • 226. Mark  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Kindergarten, Tier 4

    No offeres.

    Burr – 30
    Lassalle 2 – 54 (Proximity)
    Galileo – 87
    Jackson, A – 87 (Proximity)

    All other schools were 100+

    Hawthorne – 336
    SouthLoop – 587
    Burley – 586

    Does anyone know how much the Burr and Lasalle 2 waiting lists move? Do we have a shot at either of them?

  • 227. JP  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    @lost@cps My daughter is currently at Disney and I am very happy! @reenie If you are offered a seat @Telpochcalli, I would tour first, when school is in session.

  • 228. window  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Tier 4 K


    Courtneay – 27
    Interamerican – 27
    Nettelhorst – 68

    all others range from 134-531

    Thoughts on Jahn?

  • 229. anonymouse teacher  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    @216, Heather Yutzy is the principal at Belding and she has a terrific rep amongst teachers system wide. She’s known as having really tough standards, but fair and competent and really in it for the kids.

  • 230. totismomi  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    When i got the letter today, i thought suder wl 42 had hope for pre k 4. After reading the posts from last year, I’m so disappointed.

  • 231. reenie  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    @227, thanks JP. I have toured Telpochcalli while school is in session. We know the school and the principal pretty well, and the language and arts focus would be really good fits for my son. If I had more faith in my car I would hold out for it but I really want a school that is one bus ride away, and it’s two buses to Telpochcalli.

  • 232. Jen K  |  March 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    @203: Disney II adds 50 seats in 7th grade, so a low wait list number might work out since some applicants will get into multiple schools and choose others. Much better odds than 1st-6th, anyway!

  • 233. sfward  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Got ours today. Best of luck to everyone. As someone who was really sweating it out a few years ago w k, I can tell you thinks event

  • 234. Edgewater  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    For 1st grade, all are general lottery:

    Ravenswood – 45
    Chappell – 15
    McPherson – offered
    Disney – 74
    Stone – 53
    Peirce – offered

    We will be declining both offers. Happy at our neighborhood school, Swift.

  • 235. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Tiers matter
    only the proximity is for K only…\
    is that what you meant to say CPSobsessed.

    For Murray, you can have a large number like in the 60’s and still get in. Two years ago I had number 11 and a friend had 9 on Sheridan for K and NO calls. I never called the school but my friend kept in contact and checked the list. I was 6 on the wait list for Lasalle, 4 years ago for 5th grade and we did not get the call until one week before school started and was the best decision we ever made. Two years ago when I went throught the process the only school that we got into was our sibling school. For Lasalle that year 2012 1/2 the spots went to siblings. I have another child starting K in the fall and once I get letter I will post the results.

  • 236. sfward  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    We got ours today. As someone who drove herself crazy with this a few years ago, I can tell you that everything eventually works out! Best of luck to everyone.

  • 237. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I actually meant to say tiers and proximity only matter for K. I just wanted to Add the proximity@cpsobsessed. Sorry for the statement.\

  • 238. Jane Mary Anne Morris  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Searched the internet to find out official date for Neighborhood School Enrollment for Kindergarten in Chicago – so of the neighborhood program (and I live in the neighborhood) what is the date of enrollment and what do they ever reject neighborhood kid because they are too full?? I know I should contact school but its Sat night and just thought I’d get the answer quicker here.

  • 239. Mom2Three  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Regarding Bateman, here is a recent article about it:

  • 240. Going into 4th  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Your neighborhood school cannot turn you away. As far as I understand it, you can enroll whenever you want, even after school starts.

  • 241. ChiMoM  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I am feeling very happy…but that could be the wine. 😉 Twins, Tier 4.

    Offers at LaSalle, Sabin, McPherson

    Galileo-19/20 T4
    Prescott- 104/105 General
    Pritzker- 307/308 General
    LaSalle2- 159/160 Proximity
    STEM-133/134 T4
    Agassiz-316/317 General
    Alcott-196/197 General
    Burley-571/272 General
    Mayer-341/342 General
    Mitchell-4/5 General
    Ravenswood-233/234 General
    Talcott-39/40 General
    Burr-94/95 General
    Chopin- 65/66 General
    Disney2-251/252 Tier4

  • 242. ABear  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Tier 4

    2nd grade
    Offered Disney

    Wait list:
    Hawthorne 15
    Newberry 35
    Stone 100
    Others > 200

    No offers

    Wait list:
    Newberry 40
    Stone 83
    Others > 200

    I’m nervous about the open floor plan at Disney for my easily distracted 6 y.o., so will likely stay where we are. I would like to take a tour if possible.

  • 243. Mom of Twins Too  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    1st Grade Bound

    STEM – 106
    JACKSON – 125
    BLACK – Offered

    No SEES letter yet!

    Girl twin already at McDade in Kdg. Boy twin currently at a different neighborhood school. AND WE WAIT!!!

  • 244. LynnJ  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I see very few Tier 3s getting offer spots based on the reports here. I could be wrong.

    @hydeparkandlasalle mom, so there is hope for me on the Murray waitlist of #12. We really liked this school when we visited. What are your thoughts on Murray?

  • 245. Jess  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Couple of questions :

    1) if we are wait listed for some schools but they do not list us proximity and instead list us as in a general or tier position, does that mean that the school is not considering a proximity lotto as holding any weight? Example being Waters, for which we are in the general lotto wait listed at #91 but we thought it was a proximity school within 1.5mi… was not sure why we werent in proximity tier.

    2) To be wait listed #18 in tier 3 for Franklin – does it seem possible that we could get in?

  • 246. FTP  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    @cpsmom re:thorp…as far as results they are mediocre, but as far as amenities they are far behind. Besides the playground, just from the outside the building looks like it’s abandoned!

  • 247. MomofMany  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Mail man didn’t come until 6:30. No Sees letters.

    6th grade:
    Edgebrook 33
    Hawthorne 68
    McPherson offered
    Thorp, O 14
    Alcott 32
    Disney 17
    Disney II 50

    4th Grade:
    Edgebrook 44
    Hawthorne 98
    McPherson offered
    Skinner 65
    Thorp, O 18
    Alcott 12
    Disney 58
    Disney II 4

    3rd Grade:
    Edgebrook 21
    Hawthorne 136
    McPherson offered
    Skinner 181
    Thorp, O 89
    Alcott 87
    Disney offered
    Disney II 140

    1st Grade:
    Edgebrook 158
    Hawthorne 179
    McPherson offered
    Skinner 354
    Thorp, O 63
    Alcott 151
    Disney 146
    Disney II 151

    Suder 231
    Drummond 404
    Inter-American (tier 4 English) 65
    Mayer 414

    Will decline all McPherson offers. Debating Disney for 3rd grader because we are more than 6 miles we won’t get transport 😦

    Praying we’ll get a call for our 4th grader from Disney II. Need a good Non-SEHS for him!

  • 248. Lost @CPS  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Newberry -WL, 2 general
    Mayer – WL, 5, general
    Drummond – WL 13, general
    Pulaski -WL, 16, general

    Hawthorne, LaSalle, Skinner, etc are 100s to 400s

    Accepted at Disney,

    What r my chances for Newberry? We going to accept Disney but need input on Newberry just in case.

  • 249. realchicagomama  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Disney II doesn’t bus at all, so don’t let the distance sway you.

  • 250. mel  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    if we are tier 4 and our lowest WL is 35 at stem is it safe to assume we will not be getting any offers?

  • 251. Mom of Twins Too  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Our WL was general also. Last year, it listed our tier. What does “general” mean?

  • 252. Tom  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Kindergarten bound here.

    Our neighborhood is Cleveland. We were offered Irving.

    Wait list results are:
    Drummond , General 219
    Galileo, tier 4 23
    Hamilton, General 281
    Jackson, tier 4 109
    La Salle, tier 4 129
    Ravenswood, general 206
    STEM, tier 4 108 (this was the school we hoped for)
    Suder, general 65
    Thorp, tier 4 94
    waters, general 373
    Audubon, General 633
    Disney, tier 4 237

    We are unsure what we will do at this moment about Irving. If anyone has experience with that school, I would love to know.

  • 253. Ohthejoys  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    No offers for us today!
    Tier 3
    8 schools wait list 135+
    Lasalle tier 3 WL #3

    What do you think of our chances?

  • 254. 3rd-Grader-to-be Dad  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    @152 – The language programs, from language to chess clubs for 2nd graders, but it just happens to be a better option than the current neighborhood school. I do want to get my 3rd grader to be back to the city in a good school though.

  • 255. Harriett  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Yay!! Sheridan for kindergarten!

  • 256. Kate  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Does anyone know the chances of getting into Disney I proximity wait list? We are 14 on proximity for K

  • 257. Angela  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Tier 3 Kindergarten
    Jackson (proximity): 155
    STEM (proximity): 73
    South Loop: 161
    Skinner: 654
    Disney: 66
    Disney II: 170
    Hawthrone: 179
    InterAmerican: 59
    LaSalle: 344
    LaSalle II: offered
    Drummond: 63
    Mayer: 300
    Suder: 218
    Alcott: 644
    Audubon: 652
    Burley: 425
    Blaine: not eligible
    NTA: 100
    Nettelhorst: 157
    Prescott: 177

    I will attend be awaiting the SEES letter and will attend the LaSalle II open house and go from there.

    Any experiences on LaSalle II that anyone is willing to share?

  • 258. LynnJ  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Why can’t CPS automate the letters just the same way they allow us to apply online. If you apply online, why not get an offer online? If you apply via paper, then you get your offer mailed via USPS. It seems so simple.

  • 259. Urban Mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Can someone explain how waitlist work — is there just general and proximity or do they have separate waitlists for tiers too?

  • 260. Dunning Mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    @258 Right! We all already have secure log-ins, with pins mailed. No reason not to put it all online.

    A couple times a week our USPS mail doesn’t show up at all. Not even junk mail. We can’t trust it. And no, we didn’t get our mail today.

  • 261. Colelong  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm


    Hawthorne (proximity) 127

    Lasalle (tier 4) 311

    Nettelhorst (general) 482

    Skinner (general) 531

    Franklin (tier 4) 87

    Agassiz (general) 270

    Blaine (not eligible)

    Burley (general) 62

    Really wanted Hawthorne, doesn’t look so good?

  • 262. 2nd grade parent  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    256 kate – probably a good chance. GL!

  • 263. RPmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    K, Tier 2
    Peirce – offered (sibling)
    Swift – 28
    Stone – 31 (proximity)
    Disney – 47

    3rd, Tier 2
    Currently @ Peirce
    Disney – offered
    Agassiz – offered
    Hamilton – 17
    Ravenswood – 14
    Swift – 10
    Stone – 19

    Waiting for SEES letters on Monday, unless those surprise us, we’ll stick with Peirce 🙂

    Good luck, everyone!

  • 264. Angela Zucker  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    No offers. Tier 4.

    Audubon 16
    Disney 56
    Chappell 65
    Stone 80
    LaSalle 119
    Solomon 126
    Agassiz 159
    Franklin 180

    Any chances for these?

  • 265. NWside parent  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Question for those who might know…my friend was wait listed for preK tier 3 at Suder and Mayer, both at 16. Any chance?

  • 266. Diza  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    RPmom – how do you like Peirce?

  • 267. WestTowners  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Tier 3, Kindergarten

    Pritzker: 16 (general)
    Talcott: 46 (general)
    Drummond: 676 (general)
    Skinner: 103 (general)
    STEM: 77 (tier 3)
    Franklin: 23 (tier 3)
    Newberry: 40 (tier 3)
    Columbus: offered
    Mayer: 35 (general)
    Suder: 186 (Suder)
    Burr: 214 (general)
    Chopin: 38 (general)
    LaSalle II: 98 (proximity)

    We have not visited Columbus, which is our only offer, does anyone have experience with this school? We are open to up-and-coming schools and willing to get involved.

    Hoping for a SEES letter next week, too.

    Thanks to everyone for their feedback–you have all been so helpful through this process!

  • 268. Wishful mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    @257 Angela. We lived lasalle2 after our tour. Good luck

  • 269. Wishful mommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Loved not lived 😉

  • 270. ecj  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    2nd grader

    Thorp- 144
    Disney II- 146

    Thank goodness we had already decided to stay at our private school for next year.

  • 271. Steve  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Anyone chance a 26 for Disney ll (proximity) will happen?

  • 272. unhappy with lottery- twins starting K  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Here goes: Tier 4, twins starting K
    We did not get in anywhere.

    Waitlists from lowest to highest:
    Nettlehorst general 8/9
    Sheridan tier 4 22/23
    Lasalle tier 4 32/33
    Galileo tier 4 35/36
    STEM tier 4 39/40
    Lasalle II proximity 58/59
    Andrew Jackson tier 4 66/67
    Burr general 100/101
    Drummond general 127/128
    Suder general 169/170
    Disney tier 4 184/185
    Newberry tier 4 204/205
    Hawthorne tier 4 227/228
    Franklin tier 4 245/246
    Disney II tier 4 294/295
    Skinner general 354/355
    Audubon general 517/518
    South Loop general 539/540

    Our neighborhood school is Talcott.

    Thoughts on our chances at any of the waitlisted schools?
    Thoughts on Talcott?

  • 273. oks  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Tier 4 – K

    Stone – offered (would love any feedback on Stone)

    Hawthorne – 6
    Burr (general) – 17
    Franklin – 23
    Norwood Park (general) – 32
    LaSalle – 47
    Chopin (general) – 58
    Courteney (general) – 63
    Nettelhorst (general) – 73
    Drummond (general) – 78
    Newberry – 96
    Burley (general) – 99

    >100 Thorp, Hamilton,Disney, etc.
    Our high number is 327 @ Disney II

    Any thoughts on our chances for getting into Hawthorne? (or any of the other better #’s?) Waiting on SEES.

  • 274. CPSconfussed  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    1st grade, tier 4

    offered: Peirce
    shortest waiting list: Peterson #1
    Longest waiting list: Disney II #521

    Question: Which school is better, Peirce or Peterson?

  • 275. MofK  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    K, Tier 4
    Offer from Disney I

    We are 52 on the Tier 4 wait list for Murray. How much does that school’s list move?

  • 276. JFC  |  March 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    19 schools applied.

    Hawthorn: offered. The one and only OFFER out of 19 applied, wow. We are 1.4 mile away per Google map, so I would guess we got in via proximity lottery, but not sure.

    Waitlist Queue Designation: General (G) Tier(T) Proximity(P)
    Agassiz: 90 (G)
    Burley: 57 (G)
    Hamilton: 410 (G)
    Blaine: not eligible
    Disney: 108 (T)
    Nettelhorst: 453 (G)
    Lasalle: 206 (T)
    Franklin: 146 (T)
    Andrew Jackson: 272 (T)
    STEM: 70 (T)
    Lassalle II: 60 (T)
    Burr: 188 (G)
    Drummond: 820 (G) Do I win the highest number prize? Ouch.
    Pritzker: 415 (G)
    Audubon: 335 (G)
    Newberry: 40 (P)
    Mayer: 637 (G)
    Alcott: 374 (G)

  • 277. MofK  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    @272 unhappy with lottery and @273 oks, a friend of ours got into Burr last year with wait list number 146. They got the call in July.

  • 278. lakeviewmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I live across the street from Hawthorne but I am on the “general” wait list, not the “proximity” wait list. Is there anything I can do to get on the proximity list?

  • 279. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    @241. I would take the spot at LaSalle. I have a future K in the school. My 8th grader is leaving for France on friday for 2 weeks with her French Class. Lasalle is a Language school so if you like that your child will have language everyday the school is for you.

    @244 Since I live in Hyde Park I have many friends very happy with Murray. We had such a high number on the waitlist for my older kids we never had the option to attend. My daughter goes to the Park district after care that is connected to Murray so she has many friends that attend the school.

  • 280. BuenaParkMom  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Historically, Disney 1 has completely exhausted their proximity waitlist. However, the last few years it has seemed like it has taken longer through the end of summer for them to do so. I suspect one of these years coming forward they won’t be going through the entire proximity list anymore.

  • 281. Bebe  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:07 pm


    Did you apply for K? Kindergarten is the only time when proximity is taken into consideration.

  • 282. RogersPark Mama  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Received magnet letter today. No SEES/SE/AC/IB letter (applying for 7th grade). Got #2 at Coonley (sib preference, daughter is in gifted there, soon-to-be 7th grader is leaving Decatur) and #2 at Nettlehorst. I’d really love to have my kids in one school, if only for 2 years of their lives. Hopefully a Coonley kid or two will take an AC spot or we will get gifted. Sigh… Neighborhood school is Gale. Not happening. Offers at 3 mediocre schools (Courtenay, Breneman, Chappell).

  • 283. mylittlepeony  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Tier 4

    Waitlisted for:
    Disney 158
    Hamilton 255
    Burley 497
    Disney II 107
    Franklin 195
    Hawthorne 80
    Jackson, A 208
    LaSalle 132
    Audubon 589

  • 284. Jose Ochoa  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Tier 2

    Franklin 94 (G)
    Newberry 81 (G)
    Stem 95 (tier 2)
    Ravenswood 16 (G)
    LaSalle II 118 (proximity)

    All others 114-729

    Anyone have thoughts on Ravenswood?

    What are our choices for STEM, Franklin, LaSalle II?

    We also applied for Rowe Charter. Visited it and loved it. We find out first week of April.

  • 285. RogersParkKate  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Here’s our quick story: son wait listed at ALL schools K & 1st the last two years, applied to 17+ each year (currently in catholic school-Kilmer is neighborhood school)…still we tested again this year…
    Tier 2
    Offered Goudy and Disney (amazed!!)
    Highest wait list #92, the past years were in the hundreds
    Excited, waiting for SEES…now what?

  • 286. lakeviewmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    @281 Oh, I applied for 2nd grade. Thanks.

  • 287. LynnJ  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Dunning mom when it snowed all those times I swear there were days we did not get mail.

  • 288. RogersParkKate  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Previous post re: 2nd grade

  • 289. Jose Ochoa  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    @284 kindergarten

  • 290. CPSconfussed  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    We live in teir 4, why all the waiting list are in queue of ‘general’? Is that because it’s first round?

    1st grade, tier 4

    offered: Peirce
    shortest waiting list: Peterson #1
    Longest waiting list: Disney II #521

    Question: Which school is better, Peirce or Peterson?

  • 291. JeffParkDad  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    We went through this 3 yrs ago with our son and now my daughter is going into 1st grade and I have some questions… I know the lists move more frequently for kinder, but do they honestly move for 1st grade? She is wait listed general for
    Any suggestions on which of these are better or if we even have a chance are welcomed. Thanx!

  • 292. Lisa  |  March 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    So many rejections. Doesn’t seem like a lot of offers out there.
    Twins for K tier 4
    Burr 152/153
    Franklin 7/8 – any chance??
    Galileo 68/69
    Goethe 12/13
    Hamilton 407/408
    Hawthorne 242/243
    IA 36/37
    Jackson 187/188
    Lasalle 336/337
    Lasalle II 160/161
    Mayer 680/681
    Mitchell 41/42
    New berry 152/153
    Prescott 110/111
    Pritzker 346/347
    Pulaski 112/113
    Agassiz 50/51
    Alcott 418/419
    Burley 366/367
    Stem 165/166

    The waiting continues…

  • 293. Omg  |  March 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Can someone please explain to me how waitlists work for pre k? How many are selected from each category? Proximity? Sibling? Tiers? Is one category exhausted then it goes to the next one? What are the chances of being selected by tier if your low on the waitlist?

  • 294. Mom2two  |  March 22, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Tier 4; 3rd grade

    Disney II offered

    @203 Disney II waitlist I heard went close to 11 last fall for 7th grade. Good luck! My son loves the 7th grade.

  • 295. Kathryn Jackson  |  March 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm


    First time with this process! Wow. Two tweens. Received magnet. letter today. Tier 2. Rising 5th grader currently at Agassiz.

    WT #s:
    Hawthorn: 33
    Nettlehorst: 29
    Thorp, O: 67
    Disney II- 21
    Audubon: 6

    Where might he get an offer by Sept? I know Disney II looks good on paper. Anyone have any insight on this school? Thanks!

  • 296. ChiMoM  |  March 22, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    @279 Thanks!

  • 297. realchicagomama  |  March 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I don’t think the waitlist will get that high on Disney II 5th grade, especially because spots will go to siblings first.

  • 298. Sashamommy  |  March 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    So comforted to know I am not the only one out here at 10PM on a Saturday night nail biting about this darn letter.

    Kindergarder – no offers

    Tier 3 WL
    Murray 28 (any chance here? feedback?)
    Disney 39
    Hawthorne 42
    A Jackson 124
    Lasalle I 125
    Franklin 208

    Sheridan proximity 12 (can I be optimistic? Anyone know if they have afterschool program?)

    South Loop general 106

    Really wish they sent the SEES letter today too…waiting continues…

  • 299. RPhappymamma  |  March 22, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Tier 3
    2nd grade

    Offered at Disney & Courtenay
    Disney II, #5
    Nettelhorst #12
    Hawthorne #224
    Burley #16
    Stone #102
    Peirce #1

    Will accept offer at Disney but hoping for a call from Disney II 🙂

  • 300. schoolstress  |  March 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    For 1st grade:
    Thought we might have better luck this time, but what was I thinking?

  • 301. agassizmom  |  March 22, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Only magnet schools have proximity lotteries/wait lists. And they only look at proximity for K. So if you applied to a neighborhood school for out of neighborhood enrollment, they have a sibling wait list (if there aren’t spots for all siblings) and then everyone else is on the general list. This is true even if it’s a “neighborhood magnet cluster” like Agassiz, where they are a neighborhood school but considered a fine arts magnet cluster. The magnet schools like Hawthorne, Disney, and LaSalle are the ones that have proximity wait lists.

  • 302. Momof3  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Tier 4, general
    neighborhood Peterson
    currently attend Parochial school. but the tuition and childcare (both working parents) is just unbearable.

    K: Disney II Offered
    Will accept, no questions

    2nd: Disney I – Offered
    WL #4 – Solomon – may consider based on the size of schools Disney I=850 , while Solomon is 350, both schools are 8/10 grades on great schools.com

    Child #3, will apply next year for her, fingers crossed she gets into 1 of the Disneys.

    Have been applying for the past 4 years. Very excited!

  • 303. bb  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    @reene Salazar parents pay for bus,75%of students are bussed,just an option.we carpool w 2 families all from Bronzeville/HP.Its a Level 1 school n expanded Spanish to 3x wk for primary grades.also now project-based teaching,wonder if this is a district-wide new thing.

  • 304. Kathryn Jackson  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    The rising 7 th grader got WL for Disnsey 2, #4, could that happen? Tier 2…

  • 305. mom  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:33 pm


  • 306. realchicagomama  |  March 22, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Yes, I think that could happen. Last year, they exhausted the WL (84) and then opened up a 2nd application window to fill the rest of the class.

  • 307. momof3boys  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:03 am

    @216 i don’t know much about belding, but mr schrauben is the best teacher ever! My son had him for kinder when he was at ravenswood.

  • 308. MofK  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:19 am

    @302, Momof3 –Disney I is 1600 students.

  • 309. JeffPark 60630  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:35 am

    No offers for us
    entry grade K
    Tier 4

    Wildwood-not eligible
    Norwood Park-150

    I guess its wait untill monday or tuesday for the SEES letter. If that doesn’t pan out, we will have to move. We toured our neighborhood school and we both didn’t like it at all. And the SEES we applied to, the locations don’t really fit our family as we live on the NW side and work on the NW side. Plus if kid #2 in the next year, doesn’t test into the same SEES’s (if) kid #1 gets into. It seems ridiculous to schlep two kids to 2 different schools to different areas further east from where we live and work.

    So yes if we get an offer for any SEES we are going to decline it, and just move from an area we really like.

    Sorry just needed to have a mini rant to.

  • 310. Momof3  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Yes, made mistake, Disney is 1600 large. Any suggestions: Disney 1 or Solomon?

  • 311. OTdad  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:07 am

    @292. Lisa:
    “Franklin 7/8 – any chance??”
    Last year, my daughter was waitlisted T4 #6 for Franklin. We got a call quite early. #7/#8 is almost a sure thing to me.

  • 312. WestloopMama  |  March 23, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Our neighborhood school is Skinner West.
    Our plan has always been to send her there, but this past fall there has been talk about sending all the 2014 Kindergarten classes (5 last year 3 hood, 2 classical) to the preschool location due to overcrowding. This would include all Kinder classes, neighborhood and classical.
    Parents would drop kids off at Skinner West building then they would bus them to the preschool location about a mile away.
    They would be bussed back and forth for PE and dismissal would be at the main building. I don’t really like this situation.I have heard from parents that they love the teachers but organization is really lacking in the admin. If we get any offers I may consider them.

    We received out lottery letter on Saturday, still waiting for the SEES letter.

    tier 4

    Wait listed all proximity
    Galileo 31
    Stem 45
    Jackson 84

    I wonder if Galileo or Stem will get down the proximity list to us?
    Anyone know about what happened last year?
    I will have to check to see if there are any open house for these schools.

  • 313. karet  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:28 am

    @309 Jeff Park,
    Before you decline an SEES spot, it’s worth considering the bus as a transportation option. You are in the busing boundaries for Decatur, Edison, and Skinner North (We are also in Jeff Park, Prussing is our neighborhood school). Our kid takes the bus home every day from SN with a big group of kids who live in the area. You get dropped off at your neighborhood school. We see kids getting of the buses from Decatur, Edison, Disney, etc every day. Lots of families are able to make these schools work, thanks to the bus option.

  • 314. Chicago School GPS  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:37 am

    For those wondering about wait list movement for 1st and other non-entry grades- it does happen, with more seats probably at 1st and 7th since there are RGCs (Beaubien, Bell, Keller), sometimes Classical (Decatur in a K/1st entry year), and AC programs that need to fill an entire classroom at those grades. First round letters are really just the starting point, since families are just now hearing their options and only after families notify their current schools they are not returning does a school know they have a spot to fill. Now is just the start of a domino effect. Hence, calls are made to wait listed families throughout the summer, as it’s up to current families to tell their school they are not returning and some families are more timely than others.

    Definitely take this time to visit schools again, since future rounds will not allow much (hardly any) decision time. We try to post any open houses we are aware of on our CSG Calendar, but the best bet is to call schools to ask if they will be having one.

  • 315. Ir2002  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Momof3-Solomon school looks good on paper , but in reality they have minimal parent involment , not many after school options . I personally think the school has many potentials ( perfect location, small, ets) all they need is good PTO-PTA , to push for some change.
    Our neighborhood school is peterson as well. , although we just leave few block from Solomon , but I have a daughter at Coonley and my son is on the WL….. Coonley does not go down their WL , school is overcapacity and they are building an extension to accommodate .

  • 316. jo  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I will be going through this again next year. Good luck to all!

  • 317. Nikki P  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Prek4 (tier 1). We applied last year and got nothing. This year:

    Suder: 339 (general)
    Drummond: 97 (general)
    Mayer: 466 (general)
    Inter-American: offered (English)

    Since we live on the South Side, going to Inter-American would be a hike for us. Since Inter-American is a half-day program, I don’t know if I can afford CPS tuition in addition to daycare costs. A lot would depend on getting the morning or afternoon class. Does anyone know if we can submit a preference?

  • 318. teamgbr  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Tier 1 – K

    Hawthorne – offered
    LaSalle II – 15
    Inter-American – 213
    Mayer – 273

    Confused because we also applied to Andrew Jackson, but it wasn’t listed. Any opinions about Hawthorne? Any chances of getting into LaSalle II?

  • 319. Sara  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Tier 4 K
    Burley 383
    Courtney offered
    Disney 2 proximity 152
    Drummond 656
    Hamilton 9
    Hawthorne 82
    Inter-American 179
    LaSalle 405
    LaSalle 2 85
    Mayer 233
    Ravens wood 300
    Thorp 47
    Waters 201
    Coonley Sibling 4
    Audobon 436

  • 320. Dunning Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Some waitlist info based on our experience last year.

    We were waitlisted in the 40’s or 50’s at Agassiz and got a call in May or June.

    We were #16 at Coonley and didn’t get a call. That was our lowest waitlist number.

    We were #36 at Norwood Park and got a call in late June.

  • 321. WL7  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:14 am

    WL#7 (general) at LaSalle for 2nd grade. I realize the non-entry grades are more of a crapshoot, but does anyone have any thoughts of our odds of getting a call? Thanks.

  • 322. SoCloseSoFar  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:14 am

    PreK 3, Tier 3, all wait listed

    Mayer 4
    Drummond 74
    Suder 80

    If anyone cares to comment on chances of Oscar Meyer, please do. Not feeling too optimistic that 4 families in tier 3 with give up a spot BUT we’ll see what happens this summer! I’ll be mentally prepared to accept the day before school starts if need be.

  • 323. If you are interest in Solomon  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Solomon is a jewel of a school, you’re lucky to have a chance at going there! Lots of attention to each student. New playground equipment made especially for KG and disabled kids. Very involved LSC. Quiet, peaceful neighborhood. They tossed out an allegedly not great performing new principal after just six months. I don’t think many LSCs would be that brave. A lot of religious diversity. You won’t see a huge number of AA or Latino kids there, but there are kids from pretty much every Asian and European nation there who are the first kids in the family to attend school in the US. And still the grades and scores are high because the parents care. There are after school classes, but no aftercare per se. All Aboard – a preschool a block away – watches many kids and helps with homework.

  • 324. reenie  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

    @303bb do you know how much the cost is to pay for bus service? Spanish 3x/wk would be a lot less than what my English-dominant son has been getting in preK, and he’s only just starting to speak it. And were you asking if project-based learning is a new thing across the district? I don’t know but that’s a good question.

    Overall, what do you see as the pros and cons of Salazar? I just think it’s too far but I’d like to know more about the school before I say no. And will they have an open house before April 11? (If they had one last fall we missed it–my son got sick for a week in the middle of the heavy open house action and I missed a bunch of them.)

  • 325. reenie  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

    @318 are you sure CPS got your application for Jackson? Do you have a confirmation by email? A friend of mine had problems with the online app when she applied and it didn’t register her application for Pulaski.

  • 326. Dunning Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

    @312 West Loop Mama – have you toured Hope school on Ashland/Washington? It is a CPS contract school (kind of like charter), about 5 min from Skinner. We enrolled our son there last year and were ready and excited to send him for Kindergarten, but then got a call from Norwood Park which is much closer to our home.

    If you live in the Skinner boundaries I would definitely check it out. The facilities are great, there is after-care, and there is even a UIC clinic in the building, so if your child gets sick at school they can see a nurse on the spot.

    The Principal and A.P. are young and enthusiastic, there is a learning garden, sensory gym, smart boards in every room, and the school is sponsored by the Blackhawks.

  • 327. terabobera  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Pre-K wait list for twins, tier 4
    Drummond 64 & 65
    Mayer 272 & 273
    Suder 99 & 100

    @teamgbr, my older son attends kindergarten at Hawthorne and he adores school. His teacher is top-notch and his classroom is a happy place. I know because they are extremely welcoming to parents and invite us to be involved and attend special events often (writers’ celebration, for example). It’s been a great year so far.

  • 328. Pie Chart Professor  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

    LaSalle II:
    Last year, we were tier 4, wait list 9 & 10 and got a call for one child two weeks into school.

  • 329. Jmom  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

    K, Tier 4

    Jahn and McPherson

    Hamilton 237
    Mitchell 69
    Prescott 120
    Pulaski 28
    Ravenswood 306
    Talcott 24
    Disney 312
    Disney II 145
    Drummond 48
    Hawthorne 467
    LaSalle 453
    LaSalle II 203
    Newberry 184
    Bateman 34
    Alcott 406
    Agassiz 34
    Burr 234
    Blaine not eligible

    Neighborhood School:

    Any info on Jahn and McPherson would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • 330. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Teamgbr – I’d say you have a good shot at LaSalle II. Hawthorne is a very good school. Make sure you tour both. LaSalle II has a tour on Saturday. If you call Hawthorne tomorrow they should be able to tell you if they are having one prior to acceptances being due as well. Not sure if it is an issue for you but LaSalle II does not have busing. The school opened after CPS discontinued busing for any new magnet schools.

  • 331. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Teamgbr – I also had an experience two years ago with a school missing from our lottery list. Be sure you call OAE about it and they can look into it. It has happened in the past.

  • 332. epb2009  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:43 am

    For Tier 3 our lowest WL was LaSalle II at #27. Last year, I know they got to at least #29 on the Tier 3 WL, so maybe there’s hope…

    Is there any advantage to having a lower tier? My understanding is that the remaining spots after proximity are evenly divided between the four tiers. Is that correct?

  • 333. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:43 am

    @321 Lasalle. I was 6 for 5th grade and got a call a week before school started 4 years ago.

  • 334. prek4  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:51 am

    We are Tier 3 – applied for pre-k 4
    WL everywhere
    #6 at Mayer
    #11 at Inter American

    in the hundreds for Suder and 400’s for Drummond

    I know people who have just recently gotten calls for Mayer for PreK so I’ve got some hope that we will get in eventually!

  • 335. MamaBlue  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Any hope of Thorp with a proximity waitlist # of 110? I know it’s a longshot, but I’ve heard they get fairly high into the waitlist numbers. Can anyone give me a tiny glimmer of hope?! It sounds like we don’t have a chance with our lowest number (#21 for general at Hawthorne)

  • 336. MamaBlue  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I just re-checked the letter and I guess we are #21 for Tier 3 at Hawthorne. Any chance??

  • 337. Bebe  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:00 am


    Probably not. My friend was #21 on Hawthorne wait list last year and didn’t get a call.

  • 338. cpsmama  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Fyi – Last year, we were tier 4 for K and had waitlist #10 for Franklin. Never got a call.

    Luckily we had sibling preference at Hamilton.

  • 339. Dunning Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:02 am

    @335 MamaBlue Last year we were in the 50’s on the Thorp proximity waitlist and we didn’t get a call.

  • 340. ABear  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Seems as though there were a lot of offers for 2nd grade at Disney. Any thoughts as to why? Is it usual for the school to have several openings for a non entry year due to the size? Also, how does evaluation and entry into the Disney gifted program work? Is there a separate waiting list?

  • 341. Going into 4th  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

    They may have opened up a new class. Last year I was told they opened a new 3rd grade and accepted 30 new kids at 3rd. (My son was waitlisted #54)

  • 342. Going into 4th  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Oh and to answer your other question, at registration all kinder kids are tested, the kids are then placed (gifted or general as well as which teacher they would see for reading) using those results. After they take the NWEA they may move reading classes later in the year. I just recently got a letter saying they wanted to test my daughter for the gifted class for 1st, not sure if that went home standard to every kinder kid or what.

  • 343. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

    My mail was delivered last night after 9pm.

    Results were better this year for Kinder. 3 years ago we were offered nothing but our Sibling school. Here are my results for Tier 3 for K and 3rd Grade.

    K tier3
    4 schools offered

    Lasalle offered (SIBLING)
    Ray offered
    Pritzker offered
    Prescott offered
    Franklin 186
    Harte 20
    Jackson 113
    Lasalle II 103
    Murray (Proximity) 133
    National 60
    Nettlehorst 300
    Newberry 154
    Sheridan 71
    Southloop 3
    Stem 30
    Skinner 81
    Disney 148

    We will decline Ray, Pritzker, and Prescott so I hope this helps someone move up.

    3rd Grade
    offered nothing

    Harte 10
    Hawthorne 171
    Jackson 51
    Lasalle II 150
    Murray 116
    National 5
    Nettlehorst 59
    Newberry 93
    Prescott 3
    Pritzker 8
    Ray 53
    Skinner 30
    Southloop 42
    Stem 9
    Sheridan 37
    Disney 41
    Franklin 103

    We are extremely happy with Lasalle but if we had options years ago (with my 8th grader) we may have stayed closer to home.

  • 344. PK3 and WL1 lottery results  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:21 am

    For PK3 (Tier 4):

    Mayer 76
    Suder 103
    Drummond 157

    For 1st grade:

    Agassiz 32
    Hawthorne 57
    Burr 70
    Burley 90
    Hamilton 93
    Thorp 109
    Franklin 268
    LaSalle 294
    Jackson 396
    Disney II 473 (!)

    My first-grader is at a great CPS school, where my PK3 can attend next year. So, we are probably staying put.

    For those of you with WL numbers at Agassiz and Burr, those wait lists move! We were in the 270s last year for Agassiz KG, and got a call in August. Burr moves through most (if not all) of its KG list as well. These are both great schools to consider.

  • 345. bb  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:30 am

    @reene Salazar is growing into a remarkable school.Its small n everyone knows ur kid.Teachers differentiate well but parent involvement isn’t very well organized since its a heavy commuter school.most kids r Hispanic,80%,so dual instruction is geared towards keeping those kids bilingual so they don’t forget Spanish.

  • 346. Lisa  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:31 am

    OT dad- thanks for words of encouragement about Franklin but I’m certainly not holding my breath. Other poster was #10 and no call so I think we are iffy. Keeping fingers crossed as I would gladly take the spots.

  • 347. prekcps  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

    PK4 (Tier 3)
    Suder 186
    Drummond 49
    Inter-American 67
    Mayer 322

  • 348. Kourtney  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

    @Dunning Mom – are you at Norwood Park now? Do you like it?

  • 349. WL7  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:41 am

    HydeParkLaSalleMom, thanks!

  • 350. GiftedAndClassicalMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I can’t believe we got a first round lottery offer after trying 4 years! 3rd grade Tier 4 Sutherland. Great news right? Then I here all hell is breaking loose and that they just fired the principal for next year. Somebody please tell me that this is still a good move!

  • 351. Twinmom  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:59 am

    @321 – we were WL 8 at Lasalle last year for 2nd grade and never got a call.

  • 352. Dunning Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

    @348 – Yes, my son is in Kindergarten and Norwood. We love it.

    There are only 23 students in the class, and there is an aide in there as well. I like that the school is so small – around 300 students, I think. There are only 1-2 classes per grade level.

    The PTA is always busy planning events. We can’t possibly make it to every event, there are so many. So far we’ve been to Movie Night in the park at school, the PK-2nd grade pajama dance and an an adults-only Trivia Night fundraiser (which was really fun).

    They use the Leaning Tower YMCA for before and after care. My husband and I both work so we use it and like it, but it is a little pricey and we are looking for an alternative for when our daughter has to go too.

    I should add that my son has special needs and we have found the staff to be very professional in working through the IEP process. The only exception is that we started out without a case manager, and the one they hired last summer has now quit and hasn’t been replaced yet.

  • 353. TimeForADoOver  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:01 am

    @Chicago School GPS: Thanks so much for the ounce of hope regarding non-entry year admission! It reaffirms what I’ve heard from several parents who had better luck for 1st and 2nd grade than kindergarten. Personally, I cast a wider net for magnets this year (20 vs. 12 schools) and while we’ve already received one offer that we’re likely to turn down, I anticipate receiving a few others this spring/summer. Unfortunately, our WL numbers for the schools in which I’m most interested aren’t looking probable. Oh well, that’s the game we choose to play. Still, the truth remains that kids do leave their spots for various reasons and there will be movement on many lists.

    Quick question — do you have any stats about the number of kindergarten applications this year vs. the past several years? It seems to me that last year’s pool of future kindergarteners was unusually large. Is this fact or fiction?

  • 354. BridgeportMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:07 am

    We got an offer for Newberry, can someone share their thoughts about the school. Thanks!

  • 355. Chicago School GPS  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:09 am

    @353- I personally don’t have any stats regarding application numbers, but have found that CPSO readers are great at getting that info and WBEZ usually digs that up as well pretty handily. If I get some stats by our 3/31/14 seminar, I’ll share them then. 😉

  • 356. Portage Park/Dunning_MOM  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:12 am

    @Dunning Mom I read some of the reviews of Norwood Park on great schools.org and there are some really bad reviews and being that I would be out of the neighborhood and saw a review of bulling due to the out of district status it makes me a little concerned. There are also some really good reviews as well so I’m just looking for some true insight on the school. My daughter would be going to 1st grade. Thank you.

  • 357. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:14 am

    @321 We were #7 for 1st grade at LaSalle last year and never received a call. It really is unpredictable though. People leave schools for so many reasons. If you get one or more people suddenly moving or accepting a SEES spot late in the summer or early school year a school may run through a list deeper than normal as people are more likely to decline at that point. Things happen.

  • 358. WL7  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Twinmom, thanks for the feedback. Definitely view our chances as being borderline.

  • 359. Jenn  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

    To all those with an offer or WL from Prescott, please check us out! You can visit http://www.prescottparents.com for all the reasons why Prescott is a fantastic option. Increasing test scores, growing enrollment, robust enrichment programming and an active “friends of” group (and PTA) makes Prescott a wonderfully inviting and rigorous school environment. I am happy to talk to anyone about all the great things Prescott has to offer. I am also willing to connect you with other Prescott Parents that share the same thought. Please reach out anytime. My info can be found on the Prescott Parents website. Good luck!

  • 360. WL7  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Evenonemorecpsmom, thanks.

  • 361. Dunning Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

    @356 We live out of the area, having gotten in through the lottery. We have not experienced anything of that sort. We’ve been to plenty of playdates and birthday parties, both inside and outside the school zone, and all parents have been fantastically friendly. I looked up the review you are talking about on great schools, and personally I think it is just one crazy person with an ax to grind.

  • 362. reenie  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Thanks bb!

  • 363. Portage Park/Dunning_MOM  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:21 am

    @Dunning Mom thank you for the response.

  • 364. One Year To Go  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Pre-K 4 with ridiculous wait list numbers:

    Suder: 206
    Drummond: 26
    Mayer: 272
    Inter-American: 35 (Tier 3)


    I’m seeing a lot of the same names popping up, so I have a question for the south side parents–How far are you willing to travel?

    DH and I both work in the Loop, and I had already decided that Suder would be the only school that I would remotely consider in this round. But I’m seeing some of my fellow south siders here with schools on their list that are further out than my arbitrary radius. If a school is way on the north side, it is by your job? Or do you not mind the drive?

  • 365. Dunning Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Also @356 – If your daughter is going into 1st, she might be in my son’s class! 🙂 We’ve met most parents and kids from the class now, and everyone is so nice.

  • 366. jokatz2  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

    First time through this. K tier 3.

    We are in at LaSalle, Prescott and Jahn.

    Suder wait list 10.

    LaSalle II proximity 81.

    Thoughts on LaSalle and Prescott?

    Chances of getting into Suder or LaSalle II?

  • 367. TimeForADoOver  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

    @355: I was asking out of curiosity more than anything else. Until yesterday when magnet letters arrived, there hadn’t been too much discussion regarding elementary admissions on CPSO, whereas the board was buzzing the whole month of March last year (if memory serves me correctly). Plus, my son’s K class at our neighborhood school is significantly larger than the year prior. It’s just a hunch that he was born the “wrong” year, lol.

  • 368. Isa Asi  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

    @oneyeartogo #364 I was wondering the same thing. The drive alone would we 45-1hr and I was hoping to register my daughter for some park activities but with the drive this would be impossible. I know education is important but 2 hrs in a car, is it really worth it? My neighborhood school is not bad but I was hoping for better.

  • 369. LSmom  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Last year for K we got a call for Agassiz in July, our wait list number was in the mid-70s.

  • 370. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:33 am

    jokatz2 — I can almost guarantee that you’ll get an offer at Suder, although it might not be until late July/early August. I was surprised how deep they went into their K list last year (i.e., high 20’s). I don’t think that you have a chance at LaSalle II, though.

  • 371. WL7  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Does anyone know if Burr has sibling preference for the younger sibling when they apply to K? Thanks.

  • 372. Ir2002  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Any insight on Alcott- how far down do they go on their WL ? We are #2.
    Thank you!

  • 373. jokatz2  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Thanks ChicagoMom. Looks like we are going to do our spot at LaSalle. Anyone have thoughts about LaSalle v Suder? We are in Ukrainian Village. Although travel really isn’t an issue. I appreciate everyone’s insights and help!

  • 374. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:40 am

    lr2002 — You’ll get an offer, no question. We were in the high 60’s last year and got a call in late spring.

  • 375. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’d choose LaSalle over Suder. Definitely. While I know many people are blown away by Suder, I wasn’t at all and don’t understand the hype. You really lucked out with the LaSalle acceptance. Congrats!

  • 376. NCG  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I was placed on the wait list for 3 schools and not eligible for two. Not sure if I completed the application incorrectly and honestly can’t remember. Was it based on areas I am willing to travel or where I live?

    Best wait list number: Alcott: 10

    What are my chances? Also concerned that I”ll “miss the call”. When we were called about Pre-K, I missed the call and they moved on to the next person on the list.

  • 377. NH  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:45 am

    For k.
    Lasalle: offered
    Beaubien: neighborhood

    Any suggestion b/w these 2? Appreciate any input!
    Thank you.

  • 378. Mom of two  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Can anyone give thoughts/opinions on Solomon v. Jahn v. Stone? Thanks so much!

  • 379. Sarah  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:03 am

    K – tier 3
    Talcott – offer
    Prescott – 55
    STEM – 62
    Columbus – 66
    Alcott – 77
    Jackson – 93
    Everything else way over 100…all the way up to 595 at Drummond.

    Anyone know how fast the wait list moves at Prescott, STEM and Jackson?

  • 380. LynnJ  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:09 am

    @298-Sashamommy Looks like we selected similar schools. Unfortunately there will not be alot of feedback on wait lists and schools on the south side on this blog. 😦 We are waitlisted #12 for Murray. Not sure if there wait list to moves.

  • 381. jokatz2  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Thank you so much ChicagoMom! I appreciate it. Do you, or anyone else, know if LaSalle has a sibling preference? We have a two year old.

  • 382. MamaBlue  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Well, not very encouraging feedback….but I appreciate the honesty! This process SUCKS!

  • 384. curiousabout1st  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Does anyone know how much wait list movement to expect for Edgebrook going into 1st. Would a wait list number in the teens have any chance?

  • 385. Chris Kamberos  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Really are people not concerned on the southside? I don’t see any of the schools I considered.

  • 386. LynnJ  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:24 am

    @Dunning Mom, looks like the deadline just passed for the admission process for the Hope Institute.

  • 387. LSmom  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

    @371, Burr does have sibling preference. In theory, all spots could fill up with neighborhood children but I don’t think that is likely. We’ve been very happy with the administration, teaching, and other families at Burr.

  • 388. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

    jokatz2 — Yep, which makes your offer all the sweeter! Seriously, you lucked out! (I’m envious.)

    Sarah — I hate to break it to you, but your chances of getting into STEM or Jackson are slim to none. There’s very little movement on their WLs. However, you’re more than likely to receive an Alcott offer eventually and I really like this school (more so than Talcott).

  • 389. GiftedAndClassicalMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:31 am

    After 4 years we just got our first lottery offer!
    Tier 4 – 3rd Grade Sutherland! After researching, I found out that they just fired their principal for next year! Drama! Please tell me that Sutherland is still a good choice if you have some insight.

    We are in the 50s for all other schools we applied for. My other son is in the 100s and 200s at all other schools and WL 50s for Sutherland 1st grade.

  • 390. WL7  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:31 am

    LSMom, thanks. We live across the street from the Burr boundary and currently send our daughter to a magnet school. We like the thought of sending her to a school that is walking distance and our considering transferring her for that reason. Burr is the closest school to our house. We have a low waitlist # (3) for 2nd grade, so I’m optimistic she’ll get a call.

  • 391. Fingers Crossed  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:31 am

    @385 Chris I’m on the south side. What schools did you apply to?

  • 392. GiftedAndClassicalMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:33 am

    To Chris Kamberos, I’m representing the South Side Chris. I just got into Sutherland but am also awaiting the South Side classical and gifted school offers. Good luck.

  • 393. Dunning Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:37 am

    @386 LynnJ – I think they do their lottery at the same time as CPS, but as far as I know if they don’t fill all of their classes so they still recruit up to the first day of school. I work down there and there was a banner all last summer saying they were still enrolling. Those who are interested should give and call and find out if they are full yet.

    They have a separate lottery for kids with IEP’s. Last year we were #1 on the waitlist and got in. But I think they can only take 10 per year for their special needs class,

  • 394. Carla  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Tier 2 – k

    Galileo 3
    Stem 5
    Owen 29
    New berry 32
    Franklin 36
    Murray 47
    Ward j 59

    What would our chances be?

  • 395. Chris Kamberos  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:39 am

    We got 56 for Sutherland for 1st grade Clissold 35 Vanderpoel 43 Kellogg 38 & Southloop79.All waitlisted

  • 396. Sashamommy  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:40 am

    @380 LynnJ – there are so many of us parents on the southside hard to believe there is not more dialog from us about our options. So in the spirit of that…went to the open house at Murray and while I wasn’t impressed at all with first part of the tour I jumped groups midway and ended up in the principal’s guided tour. World of difference and really got me interested in the school. We are in bronzeville so I know I will have to drive one way or another. The commute to hyde park I could handle and they have the attached park district afterschool program.

    I like Sheridan and have a decent proximity WL # but I think they only have “classes” for afterschool so afraid that would be too cumbersome trying to figure out something.

    Also looked at NTA and wanted to be so much more impressed but the open house I went to, and admittedly it was one of the first back in October, actually turned me off. On the plus the school is beautiful, the gifted classroom teachers seem very involved and to care. I got weird answers when I asked about afterschool and level of parent involvement though. But keeping them in mind anyway and trying to find some other feedback from other parents out there.

    Some friends have had experiences good and bad with other schools on the southside so I am happy to keep the discussion going, though my experience wont necessarily be first-hand.

    Other southsiders out there? Lets try to fill in some missing info on schools south of cermak (and not at all that I am only looking south, but commutewise am trying to be realistic).

  • 397. LynnJ  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:41 am

    @Chris Kamberos, what schools have you considered. There are a few of us here posting from the south side. Not many, but we’re here.

    @One Year to Go, I really did not want to go as far as North Ave to the North. But due to the fact that I have no neighborhood options, I cast a wide net, but did not get any magnet offers. The best chances I see now are at Murray-WL 12 (which I would accept because we live in Bronzeville), Disney II-WL 23 (this commute would kills us), Drummond-WL 27 (again concerned about commute time).

  • 398. Sashamommy  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:44 am

    And meant to mention, applied to 4 other southside schools they are just part of the next SEES letter so didn’t include them in my inital post.

  • 399. Chris Kamberos  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:45 am

    My guy goes to NKO in Hyde Park. He has 11 hr days now. Its to much no matter how much he loves his school.Hoping for Keller!

  • 400. FirstGradeBound  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Any feedback on Stone and Thorp? Pros, cons? It seems Thorp has considerable WL movement, but what about Stone? We have fairly low #’s for both, so I want to be prepared in case of a 2nd or 3rd round call.

  • 401. Carla  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:50 am

    @399 hope you get into keller my daughter goes there and loves it

  • 402. Chris Kamberos  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Me to! I went to the open house it was so nice. There is not a lot of current info. ot there. Do you know if we get test score or another letter?

  • 403. Carla  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:55 am

    You will receive another letter for the gifted and classical schools

  • 404. Chris Kamberos  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Thank God! At first I thought something went horribly wronge. I know Keller starts at first so our odds are a bit better. They have 20 some seats open who know how many applicants?

  • 405. jokatz2  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    @ChicagoMom thank you so much for the feedback. You have made my wife very happy. That’s something I’m able to do only every couple of years!

  • 406. One Year To Go  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I’m watching the posts for the southside schools as well. Things don’t get serious for us until next year (hence, the username), but we are lucky that our neighborhood school is a viable option.

  • 407. Chris Kamberos  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Best of luck! It seems as the southside isn’t as aggressive or folks just don’t have timefor all that!lol

  • 408. TimeForADoOver  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    @406: What’s your neighborhood school? Just curious as we also live south.

  • 409. Mom of two  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    @firstgradebound- I am looking for info on Stone as well. We have #13. I wish I had some great insight for you!

  • 410. Chris Kamberos  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Mine is Bernard. Its on probation last I heard. Not so good!

  • 411. TimeForADoOver  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    @Mom of two — Stone’s stats look good to me on paper, but I know very little (read: nothing) about this school. I remember posters saying favorable things about it last year; however, since it wasn’t on my radar, I didn’t pay much attention.

  • 412. AlbanyParkDad  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    @356, dunning mom—

    We are waitlisted at Norwood Park and just reread the Greatschools page—really seems like the 2 scathing reviews are written by the same person. Who knows? Overall seems like a well performing warm school.

  • 413. One Year To Go  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    @408: Pershing
    We were more excited about it before they closed Pershing East because we liked the small size of the school (only K-3), and the scores were amazing. In the CPS kerfuffle, they merged East and West, so now it’s K-8, and while the merged scores aren’t as high, it’s still a level 1. I haven’t toured yet, but I know a few people who have sent their kids there and were pleased.

    So this year, I’m on the lookout for other neighborhood schools/magnet schools to add to my lottery list, and I’d rather stay south than have to cross the Loop in morning traffic and circle back again to get to work. Ugh.

  • 414. Sono mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    New to the area, any help on possible wait list chances would help. Neighborhood school is Jenner which from everything we heard is not good. We are #6 at Columbus and Burr (general). We are mid 30’s at Hawthorne (Tier 2) mid 30’s at Franklin and Newberry which are both proximity. This is all for K. Thank you.

  • 415. Mom of two  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    @timeforadoover thank you so much! Any ideas about Solomon?

  • 416. JeffParkDad  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    @1stgradebound and @mom of two- we are also looking at Thorp and Stone as well as Solomon. Very low wait list numbers. Last year’s thread on Solomon stated they are sparse with minimal parent involvement. Are there upper grades for Solomon? Of the three, which is the pick of the litter? Help us out NW side parents!

  • 417. Relieved in 60630  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Dunning Mom: We also received an offer for Norwood Park but for K. I have 2 other children who would eventually need a spot. Does the school generally take out of area siblings? Also, are the class sizes still pretty small 1 grade and up? Thanks for any info.

  • 418. TimeForADoOver  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    @Mom of two: I also like the stats of Solomon. It’s a smaller, neighborhood school, whereas Stone is a magnet. Their scores are on the high end, particularly for math, with a nice mix of demographics. The fact that they teach Mandarin is a bonus; I prefer this language to many of the others they teach at CPS. It sounds like you’ll have some solid options.

  • 419. 60625 Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    @Jmom We started at McPherson, Lincoln Square’s Neighborhood School, last year for Kindergarten and have had a great experience. We have a wonderful, seasoned teacher, 17 kids in our class and our son has art, music, and World Language (Spanish) each week. We also have a great crew of families from the neighborhood who are friends and our village – e.g. kid play dates, mom play dates, team for pick up and drop off, etc. There is an active Friends of McPherson group and a campus master plan that will mean a new playground, learning garden and outdoor classroom this summer and a new turf field next summer. Happy to share more.

  • 420. UptownMama  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    @396 We’re in the gifted K at NTA and have been happy. There is now a JCC-run afterschool program which is just wonderful – very nurturing and flexible as to day of the week and backup care. (We use it 1-2 days/week.) There’s also increasing parent involvement with a lot of interest/energy from parents in our classroom. It’s early, but I think the building blocks are there.

    Also, as you mentioned, the facility is fabulous. We’ve been very happy with the specials (art, music, swim, gym, technology). The only downside for us is that it’s a tough commute (from the north side) but not bad from a lot of the south side; it’s just off Lake Shore Drive, which makes for a relatively easy commute.

  • 421. Mom of two  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    @timeforadoover- thank you! I really appreciate it. Yes- I had the same feeling about Solomon but may have to check it out in person. We feel very lucky this year. Thanks, again.

  • 422. GiftedAndClassicalMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    To the 3-4 south siders on this blog (ha ha ha), I don’t think a lot of us know about this blog. Anywho, to the Murray WL 12, you may get a call in Sept. My kg was 12 and got called last Sept., but we had already accepted a SEES slot. We were in the 20s or 30s at Clissold and also got a kg call in Sept. Kellogg is my neighborhood school and after touring and checking scores, I just can’t. I always thought Sutherland had more going on, but I’m worried with the new principal firing drama.

  • 423. Mom of two  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    @if you are interested in Solomon- sorry- I just saw your post. Any ideas why seemingly so many offers for K have been made this year?

  • 424. Stone Parent  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    @273 and @400 – I have a Kindergartener at Stone. We’ve been very happy with the school thus far. We love our teacher. In fact, both Kindergarten teachers are great and work together as a team. When I was vetting the school last year, one of the common negative comments was around the principal. It seems that a lot of the families of older children have an issue with her, but I personally have found her to be very approachable, she’s attended all the school events I’ve been too and seems very involved. I get the sense that she knows how to navigate the CPS system well. The assistant principal is awesome. Knows every child by name – he’s been very responsive and helpful to us when we had to deal with some issues our daughter faced on the bus. I like that it’s a (relatively) smaller school. When I’ve called into the office about my daughter, they know who she is (once I say her name, they know what class she’s in, etc.). Parents are involved – lots of fund-raising for the school and they just put in new AC, windows and a playground a year ago. A big focus on the arts. Each grade is paired with a Chicago arts organization (in K it was puppetry, next year it will be tap). They do a holiday assembly, spring musical. Lots of specials – she has technology, art, library (librarian is amazing), gym, Spanish and music. I’m impressed by what she’s learning. She knew her letters and letter sounds going into K and at this point can read fairly well (it’s still not easy for her, but she knows how to do it – whether she wants to do it is another story….). There is an after care program that is supposed to be very good. My complaints are primarily CPS driven not school drive. Class sizes are large. She has 30 kids in her class. Her teacher manages it well. I’ve heard the class sizes go down a bit in older grades. I hope that helps!

  • 425. Dunning Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    @417 – Siblings at Norwood are placed through the sibling lottery each year. My youngest is 4 now and going into K in the fall, and we are waiting on the letter to find out if she got in. I think they generally take all the siblings each year (from what I’ve heard) but technically it’s not guaranteed.

    As far as class sizes, I don’t know the specifics for the higher grades.

  • 426. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Here is some info on LaSalle.

    We love the school. We have been commuting from Hyde Park for years now. This is a language school and if you participate to travel, you Host a child in 7th or 8th and then your child travels to the country of study with the same child you hosted. We have Art, Music, and Dance and Electives in 7th and 8th grade. In 5th grade on they will have 4 teachers. My 8th grader took Alegrba this year. Class size becomes smaller in 7th and 8th grade so there is only around 50 kids in 8th grade. For what I have heard without any official figures, 4 got into Northside Prep, 5 Walter Payton, 6 to Jones and a bunch more into WY and Lane and 10 plus to Lincoln Park IB and Double Honors. The test scores are all on the CPS website for you to check out. Diversity is also the perfect balance. Feel free to ask any questions since I will also have a child in K this fall.

    And to the post of the 2nd grade lottery last year that did not get a call with a low number. My daughter is in that class and there were more siblings than ever that year. I know people leave or move all the time. When she was in K on the first day of class there was still 2 spots open and they were still calling.

    To all the new parents like someone said on this blog, stay in contact with the office and let them know who you are and your number.

  • 427. Mom of One  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    We received no offers for kinder and the only WL hope is Lasalle tier 3 #3. Is it realistic to think we might get a call?

    Thanks in advance for any feedback!

  • 428. LynnJ  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    @sashamommy, I agree that we need more dialogue for south side schools and hope others that have first and second hand experience would help fill in some gaps.

  • 429. Jmom  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    @419, thanks, very helpful!

  • 430. Thorp K mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    PreK3, Tier 4: Drummond #79
    1st grade, general: DisneyII #171

    RE: Thorp & Stone
    My son is in K at Thorp and friends with a K at Stone. We are both very happy with our schools. If one is significantly closer I’d go with that one.

    Our calls from last year all Tier 4: Thorp 6 (we took this one), Jahn 10, Stone 25, LaSalle2 46, Burr 136.

    We were #20 proximity at Disney II last year and no call. I wasn’t expecting one though.

  • 431. Another Stone Parent  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    For those considering Stone, it’s truly a great school. We have a kindergartner there this year and have been very impressed. Our son loves his school, and his teacher has been our favorite in cps so far (older sibling at SEES). Things that are great: parent involvement, welcoming atmosphere for new families, diversity, lots of outdoor space, bus transportation, several specials and a commitment to art and music, and we especially appreciated the care that was taken to ease the transition into kindergarten, for both the kids and the parents. Things that I wish were a bit better: communication from administration (it’s not bad; we just don’t hear much), a lunchroom (students eat in the classroom), and I can’t really think of anything else! I think one reason it doesn’t get as much attention as other magnets is because of its location (far north), but among parents up here it’s often near the top of the list. We felt very lucky to get a spot last year.

  • 432. Twinmom  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    HydeParkLaSalle mom – thanks for the insight on the school.

  • 433. Sam  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Disney II !!??!!?? I’m having a hard time believing 1000 kindergarteners (approx. 200 WL for each tier, plus offers) live within a mile and half of the school.

  • 434. anonymouse teacher  |  March 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    @419, Did you have Dawn McCarthy? She is a friend and was one of my children’s teachers. She is seriously one of the best of the best out there. I keep trying to get her to come teach at my school, but she loves McPherson. I keep crossing my fingers she’ll become a principal one day.

  • 435. Relieved in 60630  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks Dunning Mom!

  • 436. Keya  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Applying for Pre-K (4 year olds)

    Suder – general – 188
    Drummond – general – 226
    Mayer – general – 72
    Inter-American – Tier 1E – 36

    What is a tier 1E?

  • 437. Diza  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    436 Keya – English as primary language versus Spanish.

  • 438. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    @436 I believe that means Tier 1 English. Don’t they split applicants into English or Spanish as a first language pools since it is an English/Spanish immersion school?

  • 439. 0377Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Tier 4
    Wait list in 100+ for a bunch of schools
    Offered a spot at hawthorne
    #11 at lasalle II

    We are currently renting in Audubon and figured we would send our daughter there, but did the magnet process out of fear of being priced out of Roscoe village when we go to buy. Now not sure what to do. Everyone is saying we can’t pass up offer at hawthorne, but I’m hesitant because I love the idea of a neighborhood school vs. a “commuter” school. Anyone know what the community vibe is at hawthorne or lasalle II? Thoughts about Audubon vs. those schools? I know we have a good “dilemma” here 😉 thanks in advance!

  • 440. LynnJ  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Yes, like all, still waiting on the SEES letter. Did apply for McDade, Lenart and NTA. Would accept offers at any of them.

  • 441. aefulton  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    @431 my daughter is #53 on WL tier 4 for Stone. Think we have a chance? I would really love for her to go to Stone. I’ve heard great things about the school.

  • 442. Parent of two  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    @343, we received an offer for LaSalle for 1st grade, any feedback will be greatly appreciated. My son is currently attending Disney and is very happy there? Not sure whether I should move him or not. Does LaSalle offer any after school care? If they do, til when?
    For Pre K3, my 2nd child is on the wait list 13th for Drummond, would we have a chance of getting a call?

  • 443. Julia  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Tier 3

    Acceptance at Agassiz
    #3 tier waiting list at Franklin
    #3 at Prescott
    #13 proximity at Stone
    #37 Tier at Newberry

    There are others, but I can’t remember the waiting list numbers.

  • 444. reenie  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I’m a southsider too. Waiting on SEES (Skinner West, NTA, Carnegie) and looking at Catholic and charter options. When I did the applications my car was working fine. Now it’s acting up and we can’t afford to replace it. That is affecting my view of our final choices. We live south of Pilsen but have been going there for preschool and the commute is pretty managable, so likely to go Catholic in Pilsen if we don’t get in Namaste Charter (closer to our house). Our neighborhood school, Chavez Elementary, is level 1 and I like the principal, but we want dual-language with Spanish and they don’t do it.

    I’m self-employed so we could theoretically manage a longer commute–that’s why we applied for InterAmerican even though we knew it was a long shot.

  • 445. Zoë McQueen  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:38 pm


  • 446. Magnet vs Neighborhood School Dilemma  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    0377Mom – That is a great “dilemma” to have! Probably a couple things to consider. No right or wrong answers, just what is right for your family. 1) Is the long term school picture or having a neighborhood community vibe for kindergarten, even though child would most likely change schools in the future, more important to you? 2) How important is flexibility in regards to where you will buy? Having a guaranteed spot at a magnet gives you freedom in regards to where you may decide to buy, but if the neighborhood school community culture is very important to you, maybe you are willing to spend more on a home within school boundaries of a desired school so that you can send your child to the neighborhood school? When you move would you prefer to send your child to the neighborhood school any way, even if they were previously attending a very good magnet? Or, perhaps you would consider moving near the magnet where your child would be attending school? 3) This may very well be the only shot you ever get to accept an offer at Hawthorne. Are you willing to give that up? If you try it and decide it is a no go, you can always send your child to your designated neighborhood school but not the other way around. 4) Which of the two magnets are nearest to where you think you will likely be moving in the future?

    And in regards to your question about community feeling at commuter schools. My child attends a magnet. I won’t name it as I think the point can be valid for any “commuter” school. We love the school. It has been for the most part a positive experience and we are keeping our child there but we are not a proximity family. We drive about 4.5 miles one way and as a result I do not have a big feeling of being part of the neighborhood “community”. Now, there definitely is a “community” component in the school, but it tends to be among the families who live nearby. Their kids attended preschool together, they are neighbors, they have an investment in the immediate neighborhood, both emotional and financial. Their kids are on the same park district sports teams, take extracurricular classes that are located nearby etc… I have heard the same sentiment from some other families who do not live near the school. It is not in any way that the neighborhood parents are trying to alienate the commuters. The “proximity” families are all very kind to us. We are invited to events which we gladly attend and the parent organizations really do try to be very inclusive of everyone but there is always just the simple reality of geography, commuting and where your family is spending the majority of their time outside of the school day. However, for us, the quality of school issue is more important than the geography and “neighborhood community” aspect so we are sticking with the school. If being part of a neighborhood school community and walking to school is very important to you, then a magnet where you do not live nearby and have a commute may not be what you want. For us it works. For others it may not.

  • 447. Suder Expatriate  |  March 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Take Lasalle over Suder, Yes! Do your self a big favor and take Lasalle. Many parents are thrilled with Suder untill you hit 1st grade. Suder is not a stable choice. I know I was there and left. The same bs is going on with the new administration. Suder is smoke and mirrors. Take the school with a solid reputation. Trust me you dont want to feel stuck.

  • 448. MayfairMama  |  March 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    @383 and 384 re Edgebrook – We got a 2nd grade seat a week into the school year with a WL number of 12.

  • 449. AlbanyParkDad  |  March 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    hmmm… down to 12 for a 2nd grade slot make me think our 41 for K might give us a shot. Thoughts?

  • 450. 0377Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    @446. Thanks so much for your reply! Definitely thought provoking and helpful to hear about your experience. Appreciate you taking the time!

  • 451. Bebe  |  March 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm


    My kids go to Hawthorne. A LOT of the kids who attended the school are from the Lakeview/ Roscoe village area. This is because of the proximity lottery so it does sort of have a neighborhoodish feeling going for it.

  • 452. Dunning Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    What are people’s thoughts on putting close-in-age siblings in different schools? Besides the obvious inconvenience of it – is it bad for them in other ways? What if one gets into a SEES and the other doesn’t? What kind of long term feelings come of having them in two different schools? Will they still be close friends with each other?

    I have been stuck on the idea that my two need to be together. I grew up in a small town where there was only one school, so I was always with my sister. Plus, my son is disabled, so I’ve always thought I needed his sister to be there with him. They are 22 months apart in age, but only 1 year apart in school.

    But what if she gets into a SEES? Or what if she doesn’t get into Norwood on the sibling lottery (we didn’t get our letter yet)?

    I guess we’ll know our choices tomorrow. But I’m curious about other people’s feelings on this. Would you split up your kids?

  • 453. Going into 4th  |  March 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    We are a south side family, too! Far south, actually and our neighborhood school is NOT an option. We commute to Disney everyday, which is hard, but we didn’t get in anyplace south, Clissold’s Montessori, Sutherland, Sheridan, etc, no SEES offers. We applied for four yrs to Namaste and never got in. I currently have one at Disney and one at Saucedo in Pilsen/Little Village.

  • 454. ChrisK  |  March 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks to the southside moms for the feedback.We applied to Namaste last year but no luck. Heard tons of good things about it.

  • 455. AlbanyPark Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    If anyone has questions about Namaste I am happy to speak with you or answer ?s over email. I worked there for several years. I know the decisions are tough so if I can provide additional insight I am happy to.

  • 456. BridgeportMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you UptownMama for your input on NTA’s gifted program. Keeping my fingers crossed for the SEES letter. 🙂
    Is there anyone out there have any input for NTA’s regular program?
    No magnet luck for us and NTA is the lowest wait list number for us (32 general).

  • 457. RG  |  March 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    We only got wait-listed. We’re Tier 4 and have relatively low numbers at:

    Newberry – 4
    Disney – 11
    Disney II – 55

    Anybody think we have a shot at any of these?

    Neighborhood school is Chapelle.

  • 458. Ir2002  |  March 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Any insight on Peirce would be greatly appreciated for the 1st grade. Our neighborhood school is Peterson -don’t know much about either.
    Thank you!

  • 459. Kate Cabral  |  March 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Another south sider here! Happy to see some south side discussion. We’re in McKinley Park, near Bridgeport & Chinatown.

    We’re Tier 3 and got K offers at Gunsaulus, Pritzker and Burr.

    Gunsaulus is most convenient but am not sure about the school otherwise, even though it’s a magnet. I saw somebody else ask about it, does anybody have any info?

    Burr looks so wonderful and exciting but we fear it’s going to be much too hard logistically. I think somebody asked about (essentially) setting up your own busing service (my rough description). If we had a way to get our son to and from Burr, even at a cost, we would jump at it.

    I’m another parent wondering if the inconvenience of commuting to an “amazing” school is worth it compared to conveniently attending a decent school near home. We also have a 1.5 year old in daycare near home.

    Schools we were really hoping for but got waitlisted at are Jackson (127), Sheridan (89), and Stem (56).

    Our next most realistic options are the Bridgeport and Chinatown & near south schools:
    Galileo — 74
    Haines –19
    McClellan — 5
    South Loop — 339
    Perez — 22
    Walsh — 48
    Ward, J — 33

    And others that are out of our reach or won’t work:
    LaSalle II — 60
    Newberry — 19
    Pulaski — 106
    Skinner — 489
    Suder — 227
    Columbus — 10
    Drummond — 546

    SEES we’re waiting to hear about are:
    1. National Teachers Academy — We toured NTA in the fall and I have mixed feelings about it. I appreciate the comments that have already been posted.
    2. Skinner West — We live just north of the southern end of the busing boundary
    3. Pritzker
    4. Skinner North
    5. Lenart
    6. McDade

    I’m loving this discussion! I’m definitely CPS Obsessed!

  • 460. Another south sider  |  March 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I’m also a southside parent. I have a 4yo so will go through this craziness next year. I visited several schools last fall, including Lenart, Murray, Shoesmith, NTA, Keller, and McDade. They all seemed like they’d be fine, although I think I’m more laid back than many others might be, and truth be told I was least impressed with Murray, which I gather is popular. All that said, I’d love to hear more about southside schools, and I’m happy to share my impressions of the ones I visited with anyone who’s considering them.

    I’m in NTA’s boundaries, and I’ve visited the school enough to feel confident in both the gifted and regular classes. If we stay where we are, that’s where I’ll send my kid to K.

  • 461. South side mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Waiting list
    Kellogg 23
    Higgins 4
    Ashburn Offered
    Agassiz 46
    Dixon 19
    Vanderpoel 10
    South loop 133
    Black 51
    Owen 26

    I don’t know a lot about Ashburn it’s on 8300 S. Louis.
    Can some one help me with any info. About this school. They do have a gifted program. They have a partnership with CGP.

  • 462. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    As a South Looper, I can tell you that the buzz is definitely building around NTA. While I didn’t even rank NTA last year for K, despite its super close proximity, it made it toward the middle of my SEES list this year for 1st grade. Not only do I personally know several families in the inaugural RGC program who are really happy with it, I’ve heard of others within the boundaries who are committed to turning around its neighborhood program. They’re all great people with great ideas. The transformation certainly won’t be immediate; however, I bet that it’ll be a popular south side school choice within the next 10 years. You just need to have a pioneer mentality to ride with (and help facilitate) the changes.

  • 463. WY dad  |  March 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    For 2nd grade, Tier 4, all general:

    Prescott – Offered
    Alcott – 20
    Agassiz – 31
    Audubon – 15
    Nettlehorst – 89
    Lasalle – 77
    Mayer – 40
    Newberry – 49
    Skinner – 197
    South Loop – 26
    Hawthorne – 13
    Burley – 47

    Will most likely decline Prescott.

    No RGC or classical yet. These wait list numbers are hugely better for us this year vs past years (probably because of non-entry grade.) Still not sure how much these numbers move for 2nd grade and up.

  • 464. One Year To Go  |  March 23, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I visited NTA a few months ago during the open house season, and I was really impressed. (My review is on this blog somewhere.) I plan on picking it as #1 on my SEES application next year. I don’t even think it’ll take 10 years, ChicagoMom, especially with South Loop’s program phasing out. The attendance boundary for NTA is sparsely populated now that the projects are gone, leaving plenty of room (for now) to take out-of-boundary kids/siblings of the RGC kids. The location is great for those of us who live on the south side, and its proximity to the Loop is perfect for anyone commuting in on the Ryan, Stevenson, and LSD.

    I would absolutely be willing to be a pioneer parent and contribute to the growth of the school should DD get in.

  • 465. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    @464: I actually don’t consider attending NTA’s RGC as pioneering, per se. That category, in my opinion, is reserved for those who participate in the evolving neighborhood program. After all, it currently lacks diversity of any kind and has a history of behavioral issues amongst the student body. If your daughter doesn’t get into the RGC, will you still send her there? This is the true test.

  • 466. SEESandCharterParent  |  March 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I have 2 sons, 2 years apart. The older is at a RGC and the younger is in a Charter school. We were a bit concerned going into it, but now we can’t imagine it any other way. Each kid is in the right place for them. It’s not the best in terms of logistics, but not terrible. The kids get along well (as well as any siblings). We’ve seen no real downside and given it to do over, we would make the same choices.

  • 467. LynnJ  |  March 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    @chicagomomofboys you are right regarding NTA and considering the pickle south loop school is in with losing it’s gifted program and phasing out grades it will be a great opportunity for those that live outside of the attendance boundaries of south loop school. I ranked NTA third on the SEES application.

  • 468. WL7  |  March 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    @457. You should get into Newberry. Make sure you follow-up with their Assistant Principal though. In some years, they have not gone numerically through the waitlist.

  • 469. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm


    Lasalle has the Right at School program for aftercare. I think it only goes to 5:30pm. I know many parents that use it and seem happy. I use a private bus service that busses to the park district closer to home with a 6pm pick up time. If you are within 6 miles of the school and qualify for bussing you can request that they are dropped off at the Chicago Park District Aftercare programs. I am 10 miles away from the school so it was never an option for me.

  • 470. CPS Mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    @Dunning mom: My 4 children are close together in pairs: first two are 13 months apart, last two are 51 weeks apart. Oldest is at an AC. Her 6th grade sister hopes to follow her, but we won’t know until scores come out. And she wants to be at the school for the school itself, not because her sis is there.

    So they’ve been in different schools for almost a year now. When they were in the same school, they rarely saw each other — different grades were on different floors or different buildings, had different recess and lunch times, etc.

    They enjoy each other’s company even more now than before because they’re having different experiences….they look forward to getting home at the end of their day (different dismissal times) to talk about what went on, what they did, etc. They don’t get “nit picky” with each other any more, either. Whether from maturing or being in different schools, I don’t know…maybe a little of each.

    They had their own groups of friends when in school together, but each group always got along with the other so they mingled when they got together.

    It was nice having them at the same school when the 6th grader had bully issues 2 years ago…having her “big” sis there next to her before and after school and at out-of-school functions kept the bully in line when adults weren’t readily available or were otherwise busy.

    If my 6th grader doesn’t get into an AC, she knows it’s not the end of the world…that she’ll wind up right where she needs to be in the long run. She just really wants to go where her big sis is because the school and its students are “awesome!” and it has nothing to do with her sis being there.

    Some days I would LOVE to have the convenience of 1 pickup and 1 dropoff (I actually have 3 because one starts at 8, two start at 8:15, and one starts at 8:45), but that’s okay. At least I get alone time, with my own music, in the car!

  • 471. One Year To Go  |  March 23, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    @ChicagoMom: I’ve already decided to put the neighborhood side of NTA on my application, and should DD get into the school, I would consider it. I met the K and 1st grade neighborhood teachers during the tour, and much of their approach in their classrooms mirrored what the RGC teachers were doing. I also liked the principal, and I appreciated his enthusiasm and openness. For example, he gave me his email and encouraged me to come by during school hours to see how the school felt with all the kids present. Then again, our enrolling in the school would not diversify the school on the “demographics” chart, so really, I would probably feel like less of a pioneer than some.

  • 472. Peirce parent  |  March 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    @458 (reposting from above)
    Peirce is hosting an Open House for prospective parents on Friday April 4th. Presentation begins at 8:30, building tour will follow.
    Join us!
    RSVP to Peirceopenhouse@gmail.com
    or 773.534.2440 (front office)
    Located at: 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. (b/t Clark & Broadway)
    Come meet our principal, teachers & parents and learn about our:
    PK-8th grade curriculum
    Enrichment programs
    Before/After-care program with the YMCA
    Middle Years IB program
    Parent involvement
    Peirce is a neighborhood school in the Edgewater/Andersonville area with a diverse student body. Our 13 National Board Certified teachers provide a balanced curriculum designed to meet the academic, cultural & social-emotional needs of our students.
    Our family has been a Peirce supporter for 5 years and we have appreciated the excellent teachers, fabulous facility and count our classmates as close friends.

  • 473. Smassi  |  March 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    New to chicago and my daughter is 35 on the wait list for Hawthorne and 78 for nettlehorst. I hear everyone saying things move a lot but what are the chances she gets into either school. We are renting our current place and have to decide whether we move or buy as owners are selling. We like our place but not our school.

  • 474. Mamabear  |  March 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I’m sorry if this was asked already but does anyone know how far down the Hawthorne proximity list they went to last year?

  • 475. LynnJ  |  March 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    This is the first time I’m hearing there is a school called Namaste. I will google and hopefully find the schools website. Would love to hear more about their admittance process.

  • 476. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I don’t blv hawthorne goes very far down any of the lists.

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  • 477. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    @smassi, just spoke to a friend from nettelhorst. They are growing fast with the neighborhood kids and he thinks it’s unlikely they go far down the list. They hold a sibling lottery first to try to get all those kids in.

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  • 478. Rose  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    This is our first experience with the lotteries. We are are applying for kindergarten. We are wait listed at every school.

    General lottery
    Edgebrook – 12
    Farnsworth- 24
    Hamilton- 121
    Norwood Park- 212
    Ebinger- 147

    Thorp- 33, proximity

    Disney II- 3, tier 4

    I would appreciate any insight on our chances at Disney 2, Thorpe and Edgebrook. Thank you!

  • 479. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Namaste is one of the more successful charter schools. Application is completely a lottery process. I think parents wish they’d open more schools but they seem to want to stay focused on their one location (versus some other charters who are chomping to expand.)

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  • 480. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I think if you are lotteried as #1-5 anywhere you have a decent shot (although never any guarantees.)

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  • 481. Smassi  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    We are 35 on proximity for Hawthorne. Does that help us since I think Hawthorne does 40% proximity lottery?

  • 482. Cautiously Optimistic?!  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Our WL for kindergarten:

    Mcpherson – #5 general
    Solomon – #11 general
    Bateman – #14 general
    Chappell – #17 general
    Peterson – #18 general
    Aggasiz – #25 general
    Prescott – #28 general
    Stone – #63 – proximity

    The rest are all over 100.

    We feel pretty lucky with some of our WL numbers, but I’d love any thoughts on our chances on getting into Solomon, Chappell, Peterson and/or Stone. We are open, but curious/interested in those. I’m grateful for any help/insight? Just trying to figure this out for the first time.

  • 483. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Keep in mind that hawthorne has a siblings to allow in as well which keeps the # of seats limited. I believe they have 2 kinder classes. You remove siblings, that is probably a max of say 45 seats. That means around 16-17 proximity seats max. I doubt they’d get past #10 on the list, if even, sad to say.
    Stranger things have happened of course…

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  • 484. Bebe  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm


    They have more proximity spots, but it’s really unlikely that too many people are going to turn down a great magnet school that is super close.

  • 485. West Logan Square Dad  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    @ CPS Obsessed. Which school is better? Disney II or Pritzker? My son got accepted for 7th grade for both schools. Which school sends majority of kids to selective enrollment high schools? Any info on Marine Leadership Academy at Ames? Looking for info by 04-11-14 deadline.

  • 486. Sarah  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for your thoughts on wait list movement at STEM and Jackson. Since Prescott and Columbus are the only other low wait list numbers we have, do you know anything about how the lists move there? Do you have any thoughts on either of those schools?

  • 487. realchicagomama  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Rose, I think D2 is possible at WL#3 for K, but the WL aren’t likely to move before May.

  • 488. Jenn  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I have been with Prescott for many years. My daughter is in 4th grade and my son is on 1st. We love it. Call me if you want to talk in detail. 313.848.0570

  • 489. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    D2 is probably your best bet because they get entry into the D2 high school which is a good backup (or possibly even first choice, I don’t know enough about it yet.)

    If that is pritzker RGC for 7th you could be taking a risks with grades in that key year unless you think he’s ready to hit the ground running with more advanced work.

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  • 490. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    @jenn, can you post a little more about prescott? It seems people ask about it every year.

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  • 491. Rose  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks for the feedback. Looks like I will be waiting patiently!

  • 492. Teasdad  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    PreK tier3:
    Drummond – 12;
    Mayer – 35;

    1st grade:
    Burley – 2;
    Nettelhorst – 6;
    Audobon – 29;
    Hamilton – 62;
    Disney II – 68;
    Alcott – 107;
    LaSalle – 117;

    Enyone has anyinsught how possible is Drummond for PreK or Burley/Nettelhorst for 1st Grade?
    CPS GPS? CPSObessesed I know you were applying for higher grades.
    Thank you and good luck to all.

  • 493. Sarah  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Very good to know, Thank you! We’re wait listed 55 for kindergarten so not super low but still hopeful we will get a call.

  • 494. Ashley  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    This is our first year in the lottery and I am so confused about the entire process.

    Applying to K, Tier 4 and had the following results:
    Burley 636
    Drummond 485
    Jackson – 215
    Mayer – 123
    Nettelhorst- 552
    Waters – 82
    Skinner – 485
    Disney II – 123
    Franklin – 57
    Hamilton- 79
    Lasalle 102
    Lasalle II – 51
    Hawthorne – 461
    Agassiz – 336
    Alcott – 390
    Audubon – 169
    Edgebrook – 206

    We aren’t eligible Coonley or Blaine….why is that? Do we have any chance of getting into Franklin or LaSalle? I am trying not to get discouraged but I’m not a fan of this process at all.

  • 495. UptownMama  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Re: NTA. We will test our younger daughter for SEES at NTA, but would seriously (very seriously) consider sending her to the neighborhood program if she doesn’t get in to the RGC.

  • 496. realchicagomama  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Disney II’s oldest class is only in 7th grade this year (2013-14), so the SEHS acceptance rate isn’t a useful metric on which to judge Disney II. There were some students who tested into ACs for this year and only one student who actually left to take the spot; most chose to stay at Disney II for 7th grade (and beyond?). The obvious advantage of Disney II is that your child can stay at the school through HS whereas at Pritzker, you’re going to be back in this game again in 2 years.

  • 497. Sara  |  March 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Anyone have thoughts on Courtenay or Belding (my neighborhood school)?

  • 498. RogersPark Mama  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    We also got an offer from Courtenay. Not happening. I’ll homeschool first, before Courtenay or Gale for a 7th grader leaving Decatur.


  • 499. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    @rogerspark mama, what made you decide to apply to those schools if they’re on your “no way list? (Just curious)

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  • 500. Disney II  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    A friend shared this about Disney II recently. Child started in 7th grade at Disney II this year. Child came from a SEES.

    We are very thrilled with current school (Disney 2) and it won’t be a surprise at all if we decide to stay there. In fact, as of last week, all the more inclined to stay. Child is taking all honors classes, as well as 9th grade Math and Physics (this is in 7th grade!). Socially, doing well and really likes peers and teachers. The teachers are top notch and are so supportive of the the progress of students. The principal by far is the best one that I have encountered at CPS.

    Last week the principal told me at an event that Disney 2 magnet had 7500 applicants (crazy) for their programs this year. With the introduction of a Capstone AP program next year (which Lane is also starting this year), she wants it to be on par with the other selective enrollments schools. This was the first incoming class and we took a chance on it .. child is thriving there. I am sure the other parents can attest to similar situations.

  • 501. RogersPark Mama  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Finally got to copy all our digits. East Rogers Park, neighborhood school is Gale, on academic probation longer than we’ve owned our home (a decade) with no improvement. From what we understand, under NCLB, those with truly failing schools get a lottery preference. This is hard to confirm, but I’m 100% certain I’ve read that in CPS literature twice before as we’ve gone through this process (I can no longer find that statement, but given we always get several crappy, but better ish than Gale offers and exceptionally low wait list numbers, I buy it completely). Rising 7th grade, leaving Decatur Classical. Sister is in Coonley RGC.

    Coonley #2 (sibling)
    Nettlehorst #2 (general)
    Boone #3 (general)
    Bundlong #4 (general)
    Goudy #8 (general)
    Peirce #11 (general)
    Waters #13 (general)
    Burly #14 (general)
    Stone #18 (general)
    Hamilton #19 (general)
    Ravenswood #21 (general)
    Audubon #23 (general)
    Disney II #25 (general)
    Hawthorne #51 (general)
    Disney #102 (general)

    Offered Brenneman, Chappell and Courtenay

    Ineligible for Blaine, Beaubien

  • 502. Lost @CPS  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Can anyone share any insight with Disney and Newberry? We got accepted at Disney and WL 2 general at Newberry.

  • 503. RogersPark Mama  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    @cpsobsessed, Courtenay info was misleading because on paper it looked excellent… What I missed in the overwhelming apps process, was that they’d merged with Stockton in the school closures last summer. In apps process, everything was still rather new, and since there’s been a lot of press and parental talk about the violence and disruption at Courtenay. With a 7th grade boy, I’m not comfortable with that kind of hostile environment. Kindergarten, I’d be less weary and consider the growing pains stage.

    Chappell isn’t looking horrid, Breneman I need to tour. But bottom line? When your neighborhood school is Gale, even mediocre schools are better than the neighborhood school sitting in a gang-stronghold on the other side of Howard.

  • 504. RogersPark Mama  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Also should say, I toured Courtenay last year for my daughters apps process and thought it was wonderful. CPS really jacked up a good thing.

  • 505. Lisa  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Anyone have any feedback on Agassiz or Mitchell? Good or bad reviews?

  • 506. RogersPark Mama  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Oops. Disney II wait list spot is #25 (tier 3), not general.

  • 507. south logan mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Not a whole lot of tier 1-ers on here. We applied only to Drummond and got wait list #4 for Tier 1. Do we have a shot?

    Any insight on movement for tier 1? My theory is that it would move slower than a tier 4, given that tier 4 kids probably have more choices/flexibility in choosing a school.

  • 508. VMG  |  March 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Tier 3, K, no offers
    Disney (T3) 18
    Hamilton 389
    Hawthorne (T3) 67
    Ravenswood 192
    Waters 181
    Audubon 60
    Chappell 51

    We’ll see if anything comes through for SEES, but not holding our breath. Most likely we will dive in to our neighborhood school and work our butts off to make it great.

  • 509. Sara  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Sounds like Courtenay was a gem! Older daughter is at Coonley so will keep fingers crossed.

  • 510. Jenn  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    @cpsobsessed, Prescott is a small neighborhood school located in Lincoln Park. What people love most about the school is it’s size. It is small enough that all the kids know all the teachers and all the teachers know all the kids. It is small enough that Principal Roche greets every child by name every day as the bell rings. It is small enough that every child feels safe and secure. Our teaching staff is outstanding (most if not all are nationally board certified); our scores have increased significantly over the years (in fact, we were honored last year by CPS for top academic growth); our enrichment programming continues to expand offering everything from chess to eukele to Emerald City to battle of the book; and we have an active parent community with both a friends of group (Prescott Parents) and a PTA. To learn more, check out http://www.prescottparents.com.

  • 511. Parent of two  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    @ HydeparkLaSalleMom – Thanks so much for your reply! I think we’re right at the border of 6 miles requirement. Per Google map, it’s 5.6 miles but not sure how the school calculates the distance. I’ll call the office and ask. I saw many good comments about the LaSalle at great school.com. It will be a very difficult decision.

  • 512. Chicago Mama  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    We applied for Pre-K 4 —

    Drummond waitlist 445
    Mayer waitlist 159
    Suder waitlist 343
    InterAmerican 26 (Tier 4)

    Any one know if InterAmerican’s waitlist moves? Thanks and good luck to all!

  • 513. Chee-kah-go  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I do agree that us tier 1 people are underrepresented on this site but I wonder whether tier 1 is underrepresented in the number of total applications submitted vs other tiers. Anyone know? I would say that tier 1 folks do have less options in schools as the neighborhood options are usually less than mediocre, tier 1 folks likely can’t afford the private school option, and/or tier 1 families may not easily be able to move into another neighborhood or into the suburbs.

  • 514. claire  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    If you’re looking for more information on a school, you should check out the CPS 5 Essentials Survey, given through U of C. It is given at every CPS school and all teachers and students grade 6+ take it. It asks questions about classroom culture, teacher quality, administration, and instruction.

    Here’s the link:

    It’s really interesting, especially the student results. A lot of “great” schools don’t look so great, and vice versa.

  • 515. South Loop Dad  |  March 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    We are tier-4 with a son heading into K. Our neighborhood school is NTA – the facility is fantastic but less impressed with the school administration. The RGC teachers I met at the open house were very impressive, as were the student tour guides (hmm, they were too old to be RGC, so maybe the regular program isn’t so bad). The music and art rooms have soaring ceilings with inspiring views of the Loop. Full-sized gym as well as swimming pool (actually U-shaped with a zero-entry section; kids have to pass tests to move into the deeper sections). This summer construction will start on an artificial turf soccer field and running track. I’d say it’s going to be a very desirable RGC once the administration is sorted out.

    Our wait list numbers are as follows:
    Alcott #8
    Lasalle II #43
    Galileo #62
    Lasalle #74
    Franklin #204

    Do you actually get a phone call if your number is hit, or do you get a letter or an email? It seems we are highly likely to get a spot at Alcott, can anyone comment on the others?

    We are also waiting for the SEES letter – we did apply to NTA RGC as well as others, hopefully we will receive good news with that.

  • 516. JFC  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    @514. Very telling information certainly. We got accepted into Hawthorne, so I’m looking at their data, https://cps.5-essentials.org/2013/s/609974/report/report-5essentials.pdf

    Supposedly one of the premiere school based on information here and other sites, yet, looking at the report, “Principal Instructional Leadership Performance: Very Weak”, alarming, dig deeper, the survey results from 2011 to 2012 to 2013 went from 90 to 99, then bam, down to 4!? How is that possible? Is the new Principal THAT bad?

    I’m curious what other parents there think of this report on Hawthorne as many metics went down significant from 2012 to 2013.

  • 517. Meeshy  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Pk3 wait listed
    Drummond proximity 72
    Mayer tier 3 147
    Suder proximity 34

    Does the proximity wait list at Suder historically move faster or slower than the general wait list?

  • 518. NIse  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Going into 4th Grade Wait listed General Tier 1 Sheridan #4
    Going into Kindergarten Wait listed Tier 1 Sheridan #56
    Wait listed Tier 1 Saucedo
    Offered Tier 1 Gunsaulus — currently 3rd
    grade brother attending

    Does anyone know what are the chances of child going into 4th being called by Sheridan are? What is General?

  • 519. realchicagomama  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Holy cow! Not to make an example out of Hawthorne, but what is kind of scary about that report is that if you drill down deeper into Instructional Leadership, 78% of the teachers report that the principal carefully tracks student progress and 60+% of them say the principal sets high academic standards, which could be OK on its face if 50% of teachers didn’t also say that principal doesn’t understand how children learn or 66% of teachers didn’t also say that the principal doesn’t know what happens in their classrooms or 60% of teachers didn’t also say the principal doesn’t set a clear vision for the school.

  • 520. CPS alum  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    @383-384 re: edgebrook
    Currently the kindergarten classes have 28 and 26 kids each. I know of one child that is moving this summer. I don’t kno of anyone else leaving. Just keep in mind that edgebrook usually waits until the first week of school before calling. Since they wait, the can make it down the list a bit since many people have already chosen a school by that time, but thee is no guarantee they will call at all.

  • 521. 2 girls  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    tier 4, 1st, offered Disney, anyone have insights? Large school, my daughter is coming from small parochial school.

  • 522. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    @parentof2 – if your child will be bussed from the far edge of the bussing zone, keep in mind that the ride is much longer than if you drove the child yourself – some kids are picked up in the morning a good hour before school starts.

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  • 523. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    @teasdad, I blv drummond barely moves.
    Burley and nettelhorst are distinct possibilities for 1st.
    Audubon and hamilton may even pan out.

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  • 524. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    @2girls – large schools can offer a lot that smaller schools can’t – activities, sports, friends, etc. I think the bigger question is how she’d do in a cps environment and likely a bigger classroom.
    It probably depends on the kid. Those who need more personal attention and nurturing (beyond that of a typcial first grader) may do better in private. But other kids like the energy level of a bigger school.

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  • 525. Turtle mom  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Tier 4, going into 1st

    Blaine not eligilbe
    Burley 170
    Greeley offfered
    Lasalle 220
    Newberry 44
    Hawthorne 2

    Any thoughts about wait list for Hawthorne? We’re going into 1st, not K so not sure how much movement there will be

  • 526. BridgeportMom  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you all for the input on NTA.
    Will be stalking the postman tomorrow again! 🙂

  • 527. Portage Park/Dunning_MOM  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    If I except a seat at Norwood Park, will my daughter still stay on the WL and be called to any of the schools she is WL on? Although the lowest WL number she is 29 for Ebinger, 90 for Edgebrook and 91 for Lasalle II. If so, does anyone know how far these schools go on their WL for 1st grade??

    Thank you.

  • 528. VincentJ  |  March 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Kindergarten (living in Bronzeville)
    Wait listed on all

    Murray, 6

    Agassiz, 29
    Alcott 171
    Haines 62
    Harte 19
    Ray 230
    South Loop 528
    Suder 7
    Sutherland 14
    Ward, J 113
    Shoesmith 60
    Skinner 663

    Tier 1:
    Disney 46
    Franklin 22
    Galileo 6
    Sheridan 3
    LaSalle II 39
    Jackson, A 23

    Looking for some insight here. If I get a call and accept, is my child removed from getting future calls? I’ll sell my house at a loss before I send my kid to our neighborhood school, so I’m pretty much jumping on the first school that calls, but with 7 schools with WL in the 20’s or lower, I’d like to know if we accept at a school that was #5 on our list, we’re not passing up on getting called from our #1 school.

  • 529. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:02 am

    527 @ 528. If you accept a spot offered via lottery, your child will remain on the wait lists for all other schools you applied to and you can receive other offers. It is possible that you could receive numerous offers all the way through summer and into the beginning of next school year.

  • 530. VincentJ  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:22 am

    In response to info from South Siders, I’ve noticed quite a few people posting wait lists for schools on the south side, that I think would only be interested in by parents who live in the area. No offense, but I don’t picture parents from Lincoln Park driving to Hyde Park for Ray, or Murray. But I do see plenty of us willing to drive to Lincoln Park (for the record, I did so because my wife works just north of Lincoln Park).

    I can’t believe how many of us are commenting on this blog about driving all over the city, but yet we live right next to each other. I’d bet if enough of us pooled together, we could help turn around some of these neighborhood school we refuse to send our kids to. Yet I have people like my neighbor, who’s child took the buss, then road the red line from 47th to Payton for four years, instead of going to Kenwood, or even Jones.

    I know it’s easier said than done, but my two nephews went to Prescott a few years back and my sister was part of the group that lived in that neighborhood and formed the parents group and enrolled their kids there. I just got done telling her about how many people are looking at that school now. It can be done.

    I know about 20 parents alone with pre-k & K children who live in the boundary of another local school, but don’t enroll there. I understand, nobody wants to be the first., so I think most of the South Side, is always going to end up being last. Sorry for the rant.

  • 531. JBSL  |  March 24, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Wait listed for all schools applied
    South Loop
    Andrew Jackson
    Skinner West

    All numbers were high, except for
    For 3rd grade @Stem Tier 1 #20
    For 7th grade @Andrew Jackson Tier 1 #17

    Still waiting on SEEL and ACL Letters.

    We are currently parents at Lasalle II.

    Our 6th grader started out at Galileo. As stated by a previous parent, It was ok for just the basics. The early science program is fantastic. The school is lacking a progressive environment. The overall environment is a bit old fashioned.

    Both of my kiddos have been at Lasalle II for the past 4 years.
    -The languages are awesome
    -Most of the staff and New principle are progressive and invested.

    Overall our experience for preschool and grade school at Lasalle II has been excellent, but in the last year and half or so, we’ve come to realize that their middle school is lacking greatly and is in need of much improvement. We are really hoping for a stronger start into 7th at a SEEL or ACL.

  • 532. 0377mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 7:07 am

    In response to concerns raised by 516 and 519 – Can anybody who is currently at hawthorne address the questions raised about the new principal? Does there seem to be discontent? What direction does it seem that the school is headed in? Thanks in advance!

  • 533. 0377Mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Friend just got acceptance email from Skinner North. Looks like some RGC and Classical schools are emailing out acceptances.

  • 534. terabobera  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:10 am

    My son attends Hawthorne, and I had no idea there was so much discontent. It certainly hasn’t colored our K experience at all–it’s been a great year! The survey does say that principals who are new may get low marks. From what I understand, the last principal was much beloved and her leaving definitely caused some upset. I’m definitely not “in the know” about any of this, but I do take this survey taken during a new leader’s first year with a grain of salt. All of our interactions with leadership and staff have been very positive.

  • 535. TimeForADoOver  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:14 am

    @533: Never fear if you didn’t/don’t receive an SEES acceptance email. Last year, Skinner North was the only gifted or classical program to alert families via email and it was their first year doing so. I was bracing myself for this today.

  • 536. JK  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Regarding Alcott…you should definitely get in at #2. We were #5 two years ago and got a call the day after responses were due. We’ve been very happy there. I’ve heard that they are opening up a third classroom for KG next year, but I’m not sure if it’s official.

  • 537. Trish  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Do you know if the e-mail policy is for all grades, or just kindergarten? Our daughter is applying to 4th grade SEES and was wondering if it would likewise be an email notification.

  • 538. TimeForADoOver  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Trish — I’d assume all grades, BUT I still question how the non-entry year admissions work. With a set number of spots, there’s no way schools like Skinner North know exactly how many current students will return next year. (I’m personally aware of a 1st grader at SN who is on the fence.) My guess is that there are an extremely limited number of non-entry year spots available immediately, based on what the schools already know, and additional offers (not just through 2nd and 3rd rounds) will happen throughout the summer. Just a hunch, though.

  • 539. west rogers park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Applied for 6th grade with following results:

    Hawthorne: 11
    Stone: 42

  • 540. west rogers park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Re: non-entry years (@538/537)

    However, I believe 4th grade is the year they raise the class size so there are a few spots added. Some schools may also have children that transfer mid year- that has happened a few times in my child’s class.

  • 541. HappyMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:09 am

    My daughter got accepted into Andrew Jackson and Mark Sheridan. Which school is better? Any advice would be appreciated!

  • 542. Smassi  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

    How much movement have you all seen at Alcott for kinder.

  • 543. CraginMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:17 am

    @505Lisa–My kids began at Agassiz about 6 years ago, one in tuition pre-k and the other in 1st grade. For the younger grades it was great–great teachers, good specials, involved parents. Now that I have a 4th and 6th grader, each year moving forward becomes less impressive and more frustrating. With the 6th grade, parents are MUCH less involved, kid issues are getting bigger but teachers don’t seem to know how to treat tweens, and leadership is not impressive in handling these issues. Curriculum is middle of the road too. My daughter is technically not gifted but very unchallenged. She takes every chance for extra work but still feels the class is taught at a pretty low level. Bottom line it’s a decent school for the young kids but doesn’t rock the middle grades.

  • 544. WLMOM  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:23 am

    @541: Andrew Jackson is better than Sheridan in every aspects. Sheridan is a good school too. Don’t get me wrong.

  • 545. 2boys-mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

    We’re still waiting on a SEES letter for one of ours, today hopefully. How are K and 1st parents able to apply for spots at S. Loop? We’re there right now and were told minus a handful of principal exceptions all were neighborhood families since the neighborhood enrollment is so high. I know older grades are still open for the gifted program.

  • 546. @nu$#@  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

    K –
    Hawthorne – WL 20
    Skinner West is our neighborhood school. Havent received SEES yet. The worst case is Skinner west if SEES doesnt bear good news.
    So what is the huge difference between skinner neighborhood vs classical?

  • 547. Peirce mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Peirce comment – Our waitlist number was around 75 last year. We got an offer the week before school started and jumped on it – it was our first choice. We love it. It’s a great community. Professional, thoughtful, responsive teachers. 24 kids in my kids K class. Really well-organized. Very active Friends of Peirce organization.

    My theory is the school was slow to take kids on the wait list last year because of all the closings – they were worried they’d get lots of walk ins and be overcrowded. I bet they move a little faster this year. I think they ended up going pretty far down the wait list right before the start of school last year – like into the 200s. I could be wrong about that. You could check the CPSObsessed posts from last year to see if I’m right.

    If you got in or are on the wait list, go to the open house and check it out. I bet you’ll be impressed.

  • 548. Urban Mommy  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Can anyone tell me about the gifted program at Ogden. Do you have to attend to test in or can you apply from private?

  • 549. Meaghan  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

    After seeing a few inquiries about Prescott, I’m compelled to post! We have a kindergartener at Prescott and, simply put, we are in love with the school. For anyone who feels he or she doesn’t know enough about Prescott to make an informed decision about an offer, you would be doing your child a favor if you could take time to check it out.

    For starters, the kindergarten team is amazing. The teachers, student teachers, and SECs are wholly invested in each child and make the school an inviting place to learn. The kindergarten curriculum is interesting, current, and thought-provoking – great for the students’ growing minds. The reading and writing units are sophisticated and exceeded my expectations (given that my daughter could read and write before she started kindergarten). Students receive a lot of individualized help, especially at the top and bottom of the learning curve, so that all students meet and exceed their grade level benchmarks.

    Outside of the classroom, the students enjoy the adjacent playground, lunch in the cafeteria with classmates, access to the school library, daily art classes, and plenty of time in the school gym. For a small city school, those “extras” are priceless. The free and fee-based extracurricular activities are so plentiful, we hardly have enough days in the week to participate in everything that my daughter wants to try. Fridays are a day without after school activities, and my daughter begs me to send her to after school care hosted by the YMCA just so she can be at school a little bit longer.

    Really, can you get a better endorsement for kindergarten than a kindergartener never wanting to go home from school?

    Finally, a note about the school community: it is strong, led by parents and staff who are passionate about education and the quality of the students’ school experience. The school staff and parent advocates work well together to make the best possible decisions to continue to improve Prescott for all of its students and their families.

  • 550. Portage Park/Dunning_MOM  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:51 am

    So the mailman/woman stalking begins. In a perfect world everyone that works as hard as we do to get our children into the best school gets excepted but unfortunately it doesn’t work this way. I know my anxiety level is about a 100 right now and I have to leave in a few to see patients so I can’t stalk as much as I would want to. So I want to wish EVERYONE (North/South/East/West) a GOOD LUCK on getting your children into the school you are working so hard for.

    Some words of encouragement:

    “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
    ― Maya Angelou

    “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
    ― Maya Angelou

  • 551. 60625 Mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:51 am

    @434 We love Dawn McCarthy – she is remarkable! We actually had Barb Czaja – who is equally awesome! There are so many wonderful teachers at this school and an authentic focus on the whole child. Plus, the International Baccalaureate Program for the middle years is in place and there are plans are in the works to bring the Primary Years program to McPherson soon. We are loving walking to school everyday – and highly recommend it! 🙂

  • 552. jfcheng  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

    @546. I’ve heard second-hand that the administration at Skinner West has made no secret that they prioritize Classical program over the neighborhood program, in various aspect of daily life such as. resource distribution, even sometimes naming calling the two groups to differentiate, which has sipped into student culture where students now are calling each other out for belonging to one or the other group, . It makes a very contentious culture amongst the two parts of the school. Albeit the school is still performing well in test scores. I’ve also heard the school is getting super crowded and rumors of busing earlier grades to a separate site.

  • 553. Sara  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Another southside mom here (Hyde Park), and I reported our WL/offer in post #55.

    Just wanted to say that it feels like the more research I do, the more overwhelmed I feel. I did a fair amount of research before submitting the K app last fall, but I missed schools like Sheridan and LaSalle, which I would have strongly considered.

    And now I’m reading through the 5E report referenced in post #514, and I’m even more confused. Schools like Murray, which was our top-choice magnet, look unacceptable on that survey.

    Watching for the SEES letter to come soon (today, oh please!), but I’m sure it will just make things even wackier.

  • 554. Trish  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:56 am

    (#546) We are in the same boat. Daughter’s current school is in suburbs, but we will be living in West Loop and we are in the Skinner West neighborhood attendance boundary. She tested really high on Cogat and MAP and is currently in gifted program, so we were hoping she could transfer into Skinner North or Skinner West Classical for 4th grade. If not, she would be in Skinner West Neighborhood, but I was concerned it might not be accelerated enough for her.

    We haven’t received letter yet, but no email, so I assume the worst. Does anyone have input on Skinner West Neighborhood Program? I had also considered the neighborhood program because the kids would all live in the immediate area (I assume), and it would probably be easier to have friends outside of school hours.

    Any input on Skinner West Neighborhood Program would really be appreciated.

  • 555. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:59 am

    When you look at the 5E survey, make sure to check what % of the school/teachers participated.
    Some schools do better than others at getting wide participation.
    If the % is small, take it with a grain of salt.

    That’s my researcher PSA for the day. 🙂

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  • 556. 2 girls  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

    @ 522. – Thanks cpsobsessed. We are very excited for my daughter. I know she will do well at Disney and we will support her and the school all the way! I also wanted to thank everyone for your comments, it really makes a difference to navigate the proces. Good luck to everyone.

  • 557. cmd  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Tier 4, applying for kindergarten
    Aggasiz – offered (sibling)
    Goethe, General, #60
    LaSalle II, tier 4, #70
    Prescott, General, #122
    Pritzger, General, #166
    WL with #s above 200:
    Disney II
    Not eligible for Coonley

    We’ll go with Agassiz – my older daughter has done really well there, and we’ve been happy with it. In addition to academic considerations, we need a school with a full-time nurse (my older one is a Type 1 diabetic), and Agassiz’s administration and teaching staff have been very responsive and helpful. Almost shockingly so, in fact.
    The big surprise for me on this list was Prescott – 3 years ago, it seemed like everybody got into Prescott who applied, at least from my area (Logan Square/Avondale Triangle). I knew it was really turning around, but moat of the people I know who applied were waitlisted.

  • 558. LynnJ  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

    @BridgeportMom, I have remorse now because I ranked NTA as third for the SEES process. Good luck for us both.

  • 559. Anonmom  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Prescott has typically called pretty far down the wait list (at least 197 last year), and had a spot or two available in K when the school year started. I know that can change from year to year, and it sounds like a great program.

  • 560. LynnJ  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    @VincentJ, it’s interesting your are Tier 1 living in Bronzeville. I am Tier 3 and live in Bronzeville. I am #12 on the Murray wait list as Tier 3 and your are on the same waitlist as proximity. I do not understand how they determine these tiers and it’s interesting that few blocks would make a difference in your tier.

  • 561. Franklin hopeful  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Does anyone know what is the process for kids currently enrolled in magnet schools? Do families have to notify school by a certain date if they will be returning in the Fall? Do they have to notify school at all about attendance for the following year? Just trying to figure out my chances of getting into Franklin with #1 WL for 1st grade.

  • 562. Sara  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

    @555 Thanks, cpsobsessed! I hadn’t noticed the % of participants.

  • 563. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I would add in regards to the surveys. Be sure to check “who” responded in regards to the area you are looking at. Could be teachers, students or parents.

  • 564. LynnJ  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

    @happymom, I personally would chose Andrew Jackson. I have a friend that has two children there and I have visited. They are beyond overjoyed with the experience their children are having.

  • 565. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Franklin hopeful – magnets send a letter to families asking them to state whether or not they plan to return next year. Many schools have not yet sent home the letter but likely will very soon.

  • 566. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

    @frankin hopeful: as you can imagine, nobody will give up a magnet seat until they’re 100% sure they have something else.
    So parents can wait until the end of the school year or even through summer to tell the school they’re not returning.
    Heck, they can even just not show up the first day in Sept (although if the switch to a diff cps school, the old school would find out.)
    My son’s RGC asks us for our intent each year but that hasn’t happened yet.
    So that’s why the older grade seat process tend to drag out a while and can show movement the first week of school.

    If there is a school you really want, it can be worth it to try to stay on their radar in a polite way through sept.

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  • 567. unhappy with lottery- twins starting K  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

    CPS Obsessed, any feedback on this? Noone really commented on our chances, so I’m trying again….

    Tier 4, twins starting K
    We did not get in anywhere.

    partial waitlists from lowest to highest:
    Nettlehorst general 8/9
    Sheridan tier 4 22/23
    Lasalle tier 4 32/33
    Galileo tier 4 35/36
    STEM tier 4 39/40
    Lasalle II proximity 58/59
    Andrew Jackson tier 4 66/67
    Burr general 100/101

    Our neighborhood school is Talcott.

    Thoughts on our chances at any of the waitlisted schools?
    Thoughts on Talcott?

  • 568. realchicagomama  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

    @561, I can’t speak for all schools, but at our school (Disney II), they operate that families are coming back unless you tell them otherwise. And in my experience, people don’t generally leave the school unless they are moving out of state or the city (and I can think of a few instances where people moved out of the city and didn’t get ejected from the system until registration in the fall when they had to prove residency and couldn’t). People don’t inform the school until they are absolutely, positively, 100% sure they are leaving – to the point that they moved and then tell the school.

  • 569. LSmom  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

    @567, I know Burr called that far last year.

  • 570. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:28 am

    @unhappy, I suspect you’ll get into one of those, just not sure which… (I know that doesn’t help, and it could be late summer til you find out.)
    What is your backup plan?

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  • 571. Kourtney  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Any Burr or Goethe families out there? I have a feeling we’ll be deciding between those two. We’re a Logan Square family.
    Also, is it possible to search last year to see how deep a given school went into their WL?

  • 572. Sam  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Last year my twins were WL 5 and 6 tier 3E at Inter-American. The school called 2 weeks into the school year with 5 open spots for Pre-K. Two of the spots never got filled.
    We are a non-Spanish speaking family. We were a little hesitant since it was 2 weeks into school and with the language curve we thought it might be too much for the kids. But they had each other so we gave it a shot. The kids love it. They really are learning Spanish and all kinds of other stuff. Apparently the principal is new this year, so I am not sure how it was before. And our kids are only in half day preschool so we are a little limited on knowing the whole school picture. I do know there are lots of opportunities for parents to get involved with the school.
    We drive about 20mins each way to take them to school so we applied to the lottery for Kindergarten to see if we could find something closer. I am very happy we took the slot at Inter-American last year because it would be so depressing to look at these 100+ WL numbers knowing my only other options would be the not so great neighborhood school or the expensive private. And there are a lot of schools on my list that I now would not choose over Inter-American after spending a year there.
    I see a lot of WL number for Inter-American as there were last year, so I am surprised they never filled the English speaking spots. I am assuming that people might feel a little intimidated by the language program, as we did. Go ahead, give it a try, it really is a fun school.

  • 573. @567  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

    @567–We were #20 on the Tier 4 KG WL for Sheridan last year. We got a call two days after school started with an offer. We declined because we were offered a great school closer to our home. So, it’s a maybe.

    You will almost certainly get into Burr, which is a great school. We were #92 last year, and got a call about a month after lottery letters went out. Note that some schools call without leaving a message. (I believe Burr was one of them.) If you used a cell number for contact, you can figure out who called you and you should call back ASAP. Otherwise, check these boards for WL movement,and/or call the school to let them know you are interested and would accept the spot.

    I’m not sure about Nettlehorst . . .

    As for Talcott, I’ll bet you can call and get a personal tour. I never torueed, but spoke with the principal and drama teacher, who were quite impressive and offered to give a personal tour. I believe the school has an optional bi-lingual program, and that there was a large exodus of Inter-American families some years ago. If I were

  • 574. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

    @560 The Tiers can change from block to block. In my opinion it is based on the census tract. I live in Hyde Park and a Tier 3 but accross the street is Tier 4 (which is most of Hyde Park Proper). I work for a bank and we use the same system to give away CRA (community reinvestment act) funds for new purchases. Banks use a 4 tier system which I am pretty sure is where CPS uses some of the data (but I could be wrong). Low, Moderate, Middle, and Upper. Low to Moderate get the money and Middle and Upper do not. ONCE AGAIN…i KNOW HOW PEOPLE ARE ON THIS BLOG. This is my opinion. Take or leave it. LOL

  • 575. Angie  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:46 am

    @571. Kourtney: here’s last year’s elementary school thread. That should give you some idea about the wait list movement.


  • 576. Teasdad  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:47 am

    So sorry for this, but, can anyone post what is deadline date for 1st round SEES acceptance?

  • 577. LSmom  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:49 am

    @Kourtney, we’re a Logan Square family at Burr. We really like it, the kindergarten teachers are wonderful and there’s a lot of parental involvement. We were deciding between Burr and Goethe as well, and chose Burr because they have before/after care, and we liked the Japanese program.

  • 578. ncm  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Has anyone got an actual SEES letter in their mailbox yet?

  • 579. realchicagomama  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    April 11

  • 580. Amanda GuninActOne  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

    PK3 Tier 4
    Drummond 66
    Mayer 252
    Suder 51

  • 581. LynnJ  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:57 am

    @ HypepartLasalleMom, thanks for that feedback. I get completely what you are saying in your explanation of the tiers. It’s CRAZY in my opinion. We are not poor, but certainly not rich but feel we get squeezed and screwed for everything! We make just enough to get all our bills paid each month and maybe go out to eat each payday. LOL

  • 582. LynnJ  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

    People are on the SEES thread talking now. People got acceptance phone calls and emails this morning from Skinner North. At least 4 people on that thread reported this. I didn’t get either, so that tells me my child did not get in! Go check out the SEES thread.

  • 583. Ashley  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Do we have any chance of getting into LaSalle II for Kindergarten, if we are #51 on the waitlist (proximity)? Also, why are we ineligible for certain schools that we applied to (such a Blaine). Certainly don’t want to make the same mistakes twice if we have to do this again next year. Any insight is greatly appreciated!

  • 584. Another mommy  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

    For the one parent that wanted to know about how far down does the wait list goes at Hawthorne…the highest number I heard was 16, two years ago. The family got the call literally the week before school started. We have been there for 5 years.

  • 585. NH  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Thank you, hydeparkLasalleMom!
    I love to hear your experience at Lasalle. Our son got offered for K at Lasalle. And we are debating if we should to to Beaubien, our neighborhood program or commute to Lasalle. We are waiting to hear about his test for SEES too. So we will see.

    Q: I saw some posts about ??school safety. Any comments on this topic is greatly appreciated!

  • 586. Another mommy  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Oh, that was for the non-proximity lottery.

  • 587. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:19 am

    @530 VincentJ. I have that same conversation with fellow Hyde Parkers on schools here in HP. If we all banned together and sent our kids here and supported the schools here on the Southside, they could turnaround. I have a Senior at Kenwood and asked him if any of his friends are living in HP boundry and he said not really. It is sad that I need to send my kids to schools in Old Town and Lincoln Park. It was so hard to get into Jones this year and for my 8th grader will be attending the Lincoln Park double honors program. Years ago we never got spots at Murray or Ray so I had to expand the lottery distance and that is how we ended up at Lasalle (which has been the best thing).

  • 588. Vikingmom1  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

    7th grade, offered a spot to Disney II. While we will still wait for the AC notification, we are very excited about this. I think this will be a good fit for my son, and glad there are a large number of new kids who will attend, so he wouldn’t be one of the only ones. I was really impressed during the open house.

  • 589. HSObsessed  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I was wondering whether those of you posting would also add what your neighborhood school is. For some of the posters above, I see that they got “not eligible” responses to schools like Blaine and Nettelhorst, but I don’t understand if that’s because they are within the school’s enrollment boundary and therefore “not eligible” for the lottery, or whether it’s because certain schools are only doing a limited lottery only, like only for siblings.

  • 590. Wailing Weng  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

    For 1st grade – Does anyone know if you can lose your space at the current school after accepting the offer at the other school? What if you change your mind after the school tour since some schools don’t offer any tour prior to the acceptance? Any comments/feedbacks are greatly appreciated!

  • 591. west rogers park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:41 am

    If you reside in the neighborhood boundaries for schools like Blaine, Nettlehost, Coonley, there is no need to apply– you are automatically in. The magnet letter we received Saturday listed a number of schools that are only accepting/waitlisting siblings because the schools are at or near capacity. I hope that helps. I don’t know if this information was available when the application period was open– otherwise it would have been a waste to apply to those schools.

  • 592. South Loop Dad  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

    All – a status update of post #515. We were #8 at Alcott and received a call this morning with an offer. That was fast!

    We accepted the offer, but will wait for the SEES letter.

  • 593. moon_mama  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

    @HSObsessed- I believe Blaine and Coonley in the end were not available for the lottery due to overcrowding/near capacity. Frankly I was surprised to see these two schools on the application at all due to this fact.

  • 594. Alice  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

    812 at Drmmond :/

  • 595. Ir-2002  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

    @south loop dad-for what grade was it? We are #2 for the 1st grade. Thank you!

  • 596. Yet Another South Sider  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:48 am

    @364 and other south side parents wondering how far some of us are willing to travel: 9.5 miles to be exact. Live in Bridgeport and have been commuting to Mayer in Lincoln Park for 3 yrs now. I know of at least two other families that have our same commute. I work in the Loop, so I’m able to drop off at school in the morning before heading to the office. I then pay someone to do pickups and drop off my kids at home with our nanny who watches my younger child (she doesn’t drive, so she can’t do pickups). Is it a pain and do I wish we were at a closer school? Sure, but the benefits of how well my kids are doing at Mayer and how much they enjoy going to school far outweigh the cons. So we will continue to do it for as long as we can.

    My oldest child got into Skinner West Classical program last year for K and while much closer to home, we opted to keep him at Mayer for two main reasons: 1) Because Mayer is Montessori, he is still able to work and develop at his own pace; 2) So we could eventually have all 3 children in the same school.

    We did also apply to Jackson, Sheridan and Namaste for K, but did not get in.

  • 597. Vikingmom1  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

    @realchicagomama — I cannot seem to find the start/end times for the school day on the Disney II website. Can you tell me?

  • 598. saree h  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Alcott will accept a lot of kids from the list because they are underenrolled and struggling to stay open. I would be very aware going into an Alcott acceptance of the underenrollment fact and the fact that they were condsidered for closing just last year.

    As for atmosphere be ready things happening like the music teacher leaving because his salary wasn’t paid for (about) 8 months, although millions are being poured into a face-time for the neighborhood ‘field of dreams’ playground. Moms of kids under 5th grade are mostly over-involved non-working caucasian moms. I think there may be one or two Asian children and one ore two Hispanic in each grade under 5th. Maybe a couple of Indian and or Pakastani kids. Upper grade population startlingly different racially than lower. We rent in district and could go there, but luckily got out through the lottery last year.

  • 599. Kate Cabral  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    @Yet Another South Sider:

    Thanks very much for your post! Especially since you’re in Bridgeport, I’m nearby around 35th & Ashland in McKinley Park.

    We got into Burr for K and transportation is almost our only — but big — concern. Everything about the school looks amazing to us! We would seriously consider hiring somebody like you described, but how did you find somebody? I tend to get bogged down in logistics and details, so I apologize and don’t know how much you’re comfortable sharing. But did you find an individual on Craigslist or SitterCity/Care.com? Some other way? Or is there a company that provides safe transport services for a kindergartener? And how much does this cost (ballpark)? I expect and am happy to pay something, of course, but not if it’s the same as hiring a limo every day 🙂

    Any other insight you’re comfortable providing is appreciated!

  • 600. WorkingMommyof2  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Blaine and Coonley had to be on the application so that CPS could run the sibling lottery. I believe in the Options for Knowledge guide there was a note by those schools indicating that only siblings would be considered. I don’t think that was made clear on the form you filled out, just in the booklet.

  • 601. Mayra  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I’m a newbie on this site. Received my letter on Saturday. No luck on any of the schools we applied for. Both my kids on the waitlist.

    Here is my info. Do I have any chance of getting both my kids into one of these schools? Thanks for your help.

    Tier 4

    Disney II
    6th grader number 12 waitlist
    4th grader number 29

    Alcott ES
    6th grader number 1 waitlist
    4th grader number 9

    Lasalle II
    6th grader number 7 waitlist
    4th grader number 81

    6th grader number 4
    4th grader number 28

  • 602. Angie  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    @598. saree h: ” I would be very aware going into an Alcott acceptance of the underenrollment fact and the fact that they were condsidered for closing just last year. ”

    Alcott is Level 1 school, so it was never in any real danger of closing. To put it in perspective, a very popular SEES Skinner North was also on the initial closing list because it is in the process of adding grades, and will be underenrolled for the next few years.

  • 603. realchicagomama  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    @597 – K-6 campus is 8:30-3:30p; 7-10 campus is 8:15-3:45. However, the hours have bounced around over the years so I am not sure how set in stone these start/end times are.

  • 604. South Loop Dad  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm


    It was for Kindergarten.

    @saree h

    Thank you for the insight. We will look at the issues, especially with teachers leaving. I have been offered an introduction to a member of the LSC via a preschool connection.

    The school report from CPS shows 507 students and a capacity of 700. The 10-year projections show a max of 528 students – the school doesn’t appear to have any intention of adding classes. Honestly, 70% full doesn’t sound remotely like a problem.

  • 605. Alcott mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm


    Alcott may is absolutely not “struggling to stay open” and has not been threatened with closure. (CPS did suggest trying to merge Alcott with Lincoln 1-2 years ago, but that did not happen, in large part due to the push back of Alcott and Lincoln families who are very involved in their respective schools.) They get over 600 WL applicants for KG each year, but have tried to keep classes a reasonable size. It is a highly sought-after school, and could not possibly accommodate all of their applicants. They are only “underenrolled” by CPS’s skewed definition because they don’t pack 32+ kids in a class and want to keep some rooms dedicated to specials.

    Perhaps you are confusing Alcott with a different school . . . .

    For those of you with offers, or good WL numbers for Alcott, it is a wonderful school. Our experience with the teachers and administration has been excellent. And the school has incredible parent support.

  • 606. saree h  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Underutilized Alcott. An easy way to check under utilization of any school is to look at the Chicago Public Schools Utilization Index. Alcott is about a minus 35 utilized.

  • 607. saree h  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    That’s why one of the plans to help overcrowded Lincoln was to put Lincoln kids into all the empty Alcott seats.

  • 608. Stacey  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Wonder if I’ll win the contest, my daughter got 523 for 1st at Disney II.
    Best shot we have is #8 at Belmont cragin.
    And she was offered a spot at decatur.

  • 609. saree h  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Yeah, it would be nice if all schools were so under utilized, with small class size.Unfortunately parents don’t make the utilzation rules but CPS uses them as guidelines. Many predict that a charter will be housed in Alcott in the next four years, one that would pay a high price for the new field of dreams.

  • 610. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Alcott may technically be underutilized presently, but that’s quickly changing and it’s on its way to becoming one of the better Lincoln Park elementary schools. I know lots of families (many high income) who love it there. Case closed.

  • 611. saree h  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Yes, Alcott is figuring out how to get higher utilization numbers by letting in out of area children in. However that doesn’t help the under utilization argument. Meanwhile Lincoln kids are squeezed like sardines. Did the music teacher finally get his paycheck?

  • 612. Stacey  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Wonder if I’ll win the contest, my daughter got 523 for 1st at Disney II.
    Best shot we have is #8 at Belmont cragin.
    And she was offered a spot at decatur.
    Oh and an offer for Otis.

  • 613. lisa  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Cragin Mom – Thanks for the Agassiz feedback.

    Kourtney – We are also a Logan family trying to find a good CPS option. Goethe is pretty open to letting kids in. Our Burr number is pretty high. Tough decision.

    Does anyone have kids at Mitchell? Seems up and coming but not getting any first hand reports.

  • 614. Hyde Park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Called CPS Transportation to calculate if we qualified for bussing to Ray and Disney I, was told no since we live too close and too far, respectively. How the heck do parents make it to work on time if they must drive their kids to schools that don’t open until 8:30 ? Am I missing something? In case anyone is wondering, this is new to me because my oldest luckily gets bussed to a SEES, and so this is regarding my younger twins who got in at Ray/Disney.

  • 615. Andrea  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I have two questions for the knowledgeable folks here —

    1. How do you reject an offer from a school (other than waiting until April 11 to forfeit the spot)?

    2. If you accept a school that offers a spot in the letter, are you taken off the wait lists at the other schools? The letter seems to suggest the answer is no, but it seems counter to what I’ve heard.

  • 616. Mayra  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Sorry had to repost this comment. My Quere is general.

    I’m a newbie on this site. Received my letter on Saturday. No luck on any of the schools we applied for. Both my kids on the waitlist.

    Here is my info. Do I have any chance of getting both my kids into one of these schools? Thanks for your help.

    Quere GENERAL

    Disney II
    6th grader number 12 waitlist
    4th grader number 29

    Alcott ES
    6th grader number 1 waitlist
    4th grader number 9

    Lasalle II
    6th grader number 7 waitlist
    4th grader number 81

    6th grader number 4
    4th grader number 28

  • 617. unhappy with lottery- twins starting K  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for your replies. I guess our backup is to see how we’ve done on selective enrollment, consider moving to a decent neighborhood school, and to consider private, though we can’t afford it long term.

    Is there a central location for looking up elementary school open houses for those schools for which we are not so very far down on the wait list?

  • 618. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    @Mayra — Yes, both of your kids are sure to get an offer to Alcott. Newberry may also be an option for your 6th grader. The rest are highly unlikely to happen.

  • 619. 1moreSouthSider  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Hellooo Southsiders @396, 460, 397, 385, 391, 368, 392 and others! So glad to see comments here, although I admit it’s taken me all morning to filter through the million posts from Northsiders (hope I don’t get fired because I’ve done no work today).

    Please don’t think Southsiders don’t care about the process because it’s been the topic of conversation for all my daughter’s PK parent friends all year long. I actually can’t wait until pick-up time to find out results for her classmates. Most of us have been actively touring, attending open houses, Chi GPS seminars and the like since last year…just find it useless to posts on these types of sites since the conversations are so one-sided. I live in Bronzeville and absolutely refuse to go too far outside of my area because I work DT and my husband commutes to Merrillville, so don’t want to be too far away.

    We received offers for Ray, Pershing and Ariel. All EXTREMELY easy drives…almost a bike ride if we went to Pershing. We received decent wait lists for NTA (general = 3), Murray (tier3 = 17) and Harte (general = 32).

    I’m so pleased to see some of the comments on NTA because my daughter is amazing in music and art and their Specials classrooms are TO DIE FOR!!! There are so many +’s to NTA but I agree there are quite a few ?’s for sure. I do think if the South Loop neighborhood rallied behind the school that the general program would be just as good as the RGC. I consulted with Chi GPS and they confirmed that South Loop started out just like NTA and now see that South Loop is very much in demand. Just a matter of time in my opinion before NTA is reaches same level.

  • 620. RogersParkKate  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks all for some good Disney feedback. Since our 2nd grader coming from Catholic school of 200 accepted there and Goudy, any thoughts on Goudy? Their P5, scores, extra-curricular all look very decent. Significantly smaller school size…

  • 621. Mayra  |  March 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    @605.Alcott mom

    Does Alcott offer aftercare? I don’t see any information on the website regarding aftercare. Didnt get an offer but my wistlist numbers are good.

  • 622. Another mommy  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    @#605- Thanks for explaining that. I was confused there for a minute. I have heard wonderful things about Alcott.

  • 623. Cynthia Goldman  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    19 Schools, 17 waitlists. Anyone have thoughts on #29 at Alcott, or #55 (proximity) for Disney2? I am anxiously awaiting the gifted letters, but not very hopeful there…..

  • 624. Hyde Park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm


  • 625. rpmom  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    We already had received our magnet / neighborhood letter on Saturday so knew we were offered a spot, but must say I was pleasantly surprised to receive a “welcome” email from Agassiz just now. There’s something to be said for those schools that go the extra mile to make potential new families feel accepted.

  • 626. wait list calls  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Do you think April 11 will the earliest we can expect wait list call?

  • 627. Alcott mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Mayra @621. Alcott has a wonderful on-site after-school program run by Youth Guidance. It goes to 6:30, but there is an option to pay only to 4:45. They also have tons of enrichment classes (some of which are free!- There are two different time slots for enrichment: 3-4 and 4:15 to 5:15. Earliest drop-off is at 7:30, but there has been some talk about offering before-care starting at 7, if there are enough interested families.

  • 628. Vikingmom1  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    @603 thank you!

  • 629. SEVeteran  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Just wanted to wish everyone good luck, and also a word of comfort if your child isn’t on a list or hasn’t gotten an acceptance.

    My child was waitlisted for every magnet, many years ago (before the process was as transparent as it is now). We got no acceptances. It was a very stressful time, and in retrospect, unnecessarily.

    Our neighborhood school was great, and his graduating class sent many children to Payton, Northside, Young, Jones and Lane. I would venture to guess it was at a rate equal to or surpassing virtually every other elementary school in the city.

    Just by virtue of being on this site, and going through this process, you demonstrate your concern and interest in your childrens’ education. That is probably the single greatest predictor of academic success in elementary school.

    So, all is not lost if you don’t get the schools you want. Your active involvement and nurturing will do more for your child than any difference among these schools.

  • 630. mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks so much SEVeteran – really needed to read that! 🙂 Can I ask what your neighborhood school is?

  • 631. Chicago School GPS  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    @1moreSouthSider- thanks for coming to our presentations! We try our best to clarify the process and share what we know on schools, especially “hidden gems”. And we emphasize that there is no “perfect” school, public or private, and each family must make the final call if the school is for them, even if their identical twin sister loved it, they might not or vice versa. Our next seminar is Monday, 3/31/14 discussing “What’s Next? Decisions After Notifications” where we will continue to demystify the process and answer your questions. http://www.chischoolgps.com/CSG_ES_What_s_Next_.html

    Our website also has as many open houses as we know about listed on our CSG Calendar.

  • 632. Mayra  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    627.Alcott mom

    That’s great. I would definitely need aftercare and would be interested in before-care. I really hope I get a call from Alcott. I work really close to the school and this would be perfect for us.

    Thank you.

  • 633. Sashamommy  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    @629 SEVeteran – really appreciate that post. Just hearing others comments and having some of the same worries that I have is a comfort in itself. I am very grateful for this little online community right now. Wish it was not so complicated and agonizing.

  • 634. North 3  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Offer from Pitzker
    Tier 3
    Good luck to whomever is waitlisted.
    I don’t think we applied to Bell or Edison. I have to double check. I think just Skinner and Pitzker (location being the factor).

    Anyone know scores needed for Whitney and Lane Tech?

  • 635. CPS Appalled  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Well, this year we actually got some offers for 5th grade next year: Pritzker and Agassiz. Wait list numbers (general–no tiers for 5th grade):
    Disney II-125

    Can anyone share their experiences and impressions of Pritzker, Drummond, Peirce, Hamilton and Nettlehorst for older grades? We will decline Agassiz, as we had a negative impression after touring at the end of last year.

  • 636. North 3  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Offer from Pitzker
    7th Grade seat
    Tier 3

    Sorry forgot to add the grade info.

  • 637. Rudey's Room  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    @439 – Hawthorne is incredible! We are there and are super happy.

  • 638. angie  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Here we are again, four years after doing this with the older kid.

    Here are our results for our future kindergartner:

    Disney II Tier 4 WL #360
    Drummond general WL #143
    Franklin Tier 4 WL #199
    Hawthorne Tier 4 WL #167
    Newberry Tier 4 WL #126
    Sheridan proximity WL #100
    STEM proximity WL #43
    LaSalle Tier 4 WL #363
    Jackson, A offered accepting
    Galileo offered not taking
    Disney Tier 4 WL #172
    South Loop sibiling WL #10

    Need to see if she got into any of the SEES schools. Not holding our breath on that one but it gives us a sigh of relief that she has a spot at AJ. And we have to accept the spot by April 11.

    Is there any other information regarding Andrew Jackson besides their school website?

  • 639. Ruth Crisler  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Offered K slot at Coonley.

  • 640. Amy  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    To @95 and others considering Prescott…I want to let you know how much our family loves Prescott. My son has been at Prescott since Prescott Tots, prek, kindergarten and now 1st grade. Each year the school exceeds our expectations. The teachers are outstanding. If you call CPS, they will tell you Prescott teachers are the best in the district-85% of faculty holds one or more Masters degrees. Faculty graduated from Cornell, Stanford, Erikson Institute, U of I (Champaign), and MichiganState. Principal Roche was selected to participate in Vanderbilt University doctoral program in educational leadership. Prescott’s curriculum is progressive and challenging. I’m so happy with the amount of one-on-one attention my son receives daily. The school hosts family learning events quarterly, including Family Reading Night, Family Science Night and Family Math Night. The art teacher is amazing. Also, many extra-curricular activities are offered, including chess, Emerald City Theater drama class, Language Stars mandarin and spanish classes, violin, yoga and more. The parents group is friendly, motivated and working hard to continue to make Prescott the best school on the northside. I recommend taking a tour of the school. The next tour is April 8th @ 9AM. The school is a must-see with its mosaic tiled walls, art-lined hallways, hall of university flags and stunning library. You can also check out http://www.prescottparents.com for more details.

  • 641. Another LS Twin Mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Arrghhh! Still no letter! Anyone else? I received the SEES one today (no luck), but am still waiting on the magnet. Must have gotten lost? Misdelivered? Anyone know if they’ll tell you info over the phone?

  • 642. Ruth Crisler  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Tier 3

  • 643. Ruth Crisler  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Oops, I meant Tier 2.

  • 644. formerlymarriedtothepastor  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Tier 1

    Seventh Grade:
    Chopin WL #9
    Pulaski WL #16

    Fifth Grade:
    Chopin WL #8
    Pulaski WL #1

    Chopin WL #10
    Pulaski WL # 49
    Pritzker Offered (sibling lottery)

    Still waiting on SEES. We’re currently at Pritzker in the Fine Arts option and very unhappy. (Most of the unhappiness is with our 4th grader, our 6th grader has been ok THIS year but had MAJOR bully probs last year, and PreK is fantastic.) I applied to schools that are close to us as I don’t want to drive my kids to the moon and back for school. I’m seriously about ready to pull my middle one and do online charter. Fingers crossed for SEES!!

  • 645. parent  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    For the folks that received an offer from Stone–congratulations!

    Stone was our first choice, and so we were delighted–and couldn’t believe our good luck–when our child was admitted to kindergarten last year.

    The best thing about Stone? The families that make up Stone are an inspiring reflection of the world. This is rare, and worth *a lot* to us. We consider it to be an invaluable component of our child’s education.

    To start with, according to the Illinois State Board of Education stats, this year’s two kindergarten classes are 41% White, 25% Hispanic, 20% Asian, 13% Black, 2% Two or More Races (I should note that this appears to understate the actual percentage of students who are “Two or More Races”).

    But more important is the fact that many of our child’s classmates and school friends come from families from all parts of the globe: Pakistan, China, Nigeria, Turkey, Korea…the list goes on and on. (The winter holiday celebration–which joyously showcases and revels in this diversity–is a great memory for us.)

    There’s also real economic diversity, too. One morning I asked a mother about what they had done for her daughter’s birthday the day before (her daughter, who is one of the most impressive students in our child’s class, had previously made it clear to me that she was *very* excited about the upcoming event). As her mother described the festivities that took place, she mentioned with a warm smile that her husband ended up bringing home a birthday cake, “even though we can’t really afford it.”

    Overall, students seem united–race, ethnicity, and class don’t seem to play a role in who plays (or hangs out) with who. Just a lot of nice kids from solid families.

    As any kid gets older, they can become less nice or, at least, less cute and charming. But one thing that has impressed us is how considerate the older students at Stone are. Sure, they get rambunctious, but they prove themselves to be good kids, and many of them really look out for and serve as mentors to the younger children. I’ll add that it’s hard not to occasionally eavesdrop on the conversations of seventh and eighth graders as I bring my child to school, and as I once whispered to my wife, “This is great–they’re all nerds!”

    Our child has a wonderful kindergarten teacher who is warm, caring, smart, and full of energy. And as someone else mentioned, the school office knows every child by name.

    Ms. Esme Raji Codell, the school librarian, is fantastic (and nationally famous). James Brandon, the Assistant Principal, is wonderful and extremely hard working and warm.

    What’s not so great?
    There are 30 kids in our child’s class, which is simply too large. But as someone else noted, this is mostly the fault of CPS. In addition, you’ll find that this large class size is typical of popular schools in CPS.

    Barbara Onofrio, the school’s principal, is fine, but that’s about it. The school functions quite well, which suggests that she’s doing her job. But to some of us, she doesn’t demonstrate much vision or ambition. Above all, she just looks tired. While any principal has the right to look tired (it must be an exhausting job), Mr. Brandon (the Assistant Principal) seems to be doing the really hard work and yet always seems to have a spring in his step and a warm smile for students and parents. Principal Onofrio’s contract is up for renewal after next year (summer 2015), and some of us believe that Stone could do better.

    Stone’s campus is ok, but there is a remarkable amount of litter in the surrounding blocks. I bring this up because it might turn off prospective parents as they park and walk toward the school. But please don’t let this sway you–it’s a minor thing.

    Hopefully this provides a helpful assessment of Stone from one family. Overall? It’s great! We are so lucky that our child can attend Stone, and look forward to our other child attending in a year-and-a-half.

  • 646. reenie  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Wondering if we could start a South Side Obsessed thread for people to digest south side school options once all the SEES letters are out? I’d be willing to do a guest post to kick it off.

  • 647. Rudey's Room  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    @516. My daughter is at Hawthorne. I really really like the principal and am impressed with the quality of education she is receiving at Hawthorne. Moreover, she is very happy and is feeling comfortable at school.
    I am in agreement with @534, who said “All of our interactions with leadership and staff have been very positive.”

  • 648. @nu$#@  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    How far down the waitlist does Hawthorne really go? We are at #20 Tier 3 for Kinder at Hawthorne. Not too hopeful after reading the last couple of year’s threads.

  • 649. AlbanyParkDad  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    @645– thanks for the input re: Stone. Did your child come off the wait list for Stone? Any idea how far down they may go?

  • 650. Evelyn  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I have a child going into K and a 3rd grader who attends Ray. She was accepted at Disney and Newberry, wait listed #14 at Murray. He is #62. I’d like to keep them together but wouldn’t mind her going to Murray while he goes to Ray. I’m not sure what to do though.

  • 651. MayfairMama  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    @641 – We didn’t receive our magnet letter last year so they emailed it to me. I think I had to wait a few days before they would send it though.

  • 652. 1moreSouthSider  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm


  • 653. reenie  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Re: Talcott, our preschool lead teacher sends two of her three kids there and likes it (although she’s expressed worry that they are not challenging the boy enough). The dual-language and arts offerings with the museum partnerships are a draw.

    By the way I met Kenwood’s principal the other day and he seems very smart and focused on improving academic achievement for kids at all levels. Might be ripe for a neighborhood “invasion.”

  • 654. reenie  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Oh, and more on Namaste. As previously mentioned they hold a lottery. I believe this year there are about 200 applications for a max of 50 K spots, some of which will go to siblings. They have sibling preference but not neighborhood preference. So your chances are better there than in the CPS magnet lottery, but still pretty slim. We like their focus on healthy eating and exercises as well as their dual-language track.

  • 655. Sashamommy  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    @646 Reenie – great idea. I’d definitely post and follow.

  • 656. parent  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    @649 / AlbanyParkDad – we were on the wait list, but we just got extremely lucky: #1 proximity.

    I would look at last year’s magnet thread and search on “stone.” Go to some of the last mentions of the school in that very long thread, and you’ll see some numbers that might give you an idea of how high the numbers went.

    For what it’s worth, my understanding is that it’s better not to be on the proximity wait list (since people within proximity are usually thrilled to get into a good magnet school that’s nearby). Good luck – we obviously love Stone!

  • 657. HappyMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks to those who commented about A Jackson. I am doing my research. Seems like the principal is not very good in leadership, and that is kind of the only thing that is holding the school. Anybody has more thoughts about the school?

  • 658. HappyMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I also read something about the principal at A Jackson will be quitting in 2015 after his term is up. I wonder if it’s going to be a big change.

  • 659. Kate Cabral  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm


    Count me in for a South Side Obsessed post, great idea. Although I’d probably still read everything because obsessed. And I think it’s good to know what’s happening all over the city.

  • 660. Andrea  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    @626 – I know someone who received a wait list call today, so I imagine they are calling as soon as a spots are declined and are not waiting until April 11.

  • 661. Yet Another South Sider  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    @Kate Cabral – We live pretty close to each other. =)

    Don’t know if you feel comfortable, but if you post your email, I can contact you and give you more info. If you’d rather I post info here, I can do that too.

  • 662. Mandy  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Tier 2
    Drummond wait list 66
    Mayer wait list 79
    Suder wait list 39

    Do we have any chance??

  • 663. Deni  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Finally got my letter. This is too stressful. My daughter got no offers for kindergarten.
    Franklin proximity WL 22
    Lasalle proximity WL 70
    Lasalle II proximity WL 139

    Getting in to one of the Lasalle schools was our biggest hope (even more than a Skinner) but obviously there is no hope on those wait list numbers. Anybody know if Franklin is a possibility at a proximity 22?

    Not even sure we would take Franklin, Ogden is our neighborhood school and I’ve heard good things about it, and the facility is amazing.

  • 664. Deni  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Sorry, Lasalle II was a tier 4 WL 139, not proximity.

  • 665. Future LaSalle II mom?  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I’ve been frantically trying to find info on LaSalle II since we got our lottery letter and learned our one and only offer is there. Just thought I’d share that I actually found some YouTube videos online from one of their kindergarten teachers Mr. Lee Edwards, just search “Lee Edwards kindergarten.” If anything, I got a peek inside the classroom! I’ll be attending the open house this weekend too and I’d welcome any feedback on the school any may have. Thanks!

  • 666. One Year To Go  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Count me in on a south side thread!

  • 667. Lowery Mayo  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Got the letter today.
    Tier 4
    RGC: 133
    Classical: Reading 98; Math 98

    NOT selected for Coonley or Edison
    NOT selected for Decatur

    Maybe good enough for round two??

  • 668. Kate Cabral  |  March 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    @Yet Another South Sider

    Thanks!! It’s kate60608@gmail.com

    Any info you’re willing to share is welcome and appreciated! Now waiting for it to be time to leave work so I can get home and check the mail for the SEES letter 🙂 Thanks again

  • 669. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I think a South Side Thread is a great idea and hopefully could attract more South Side readers.
    If you’d like to make a guest post, that would be great – even just listing the schools to help bring up awareness.
    Otherwise I can just get it started for now, if you like (I have to work a lot for my regular job tonight so I can’t spend time doing much more than posting it…)
    Thanks! Great idea!

  • 670. LaSalle II Mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    @ Future LaSalle II Mom –

    So glad you will be attending the open house. I will be there and will be happy to answer any questions/concerns on Saturday. I can tell you that we absolutely love the school. The new principal is amazing. Our child’s kindergarten teacher is fantastic. The extras are as follows: gym/art/computer lab/library. They rotate each quarter. So they will have them at least 1x/week and then on the odd day they will have one of the extras 2x/week – it is on a quarter rotation. Foreign language is 90 minute classes 3x/week.

    They offer afterschool care through JCC with various enrichment programs.

    The family community is very strong and involved. The annual fundraiser is on 4/5. In addition to the open house, it might be a nice place for you to come and meet other LaSalle II parents and teachers. You can get more information relative to the fundraiser on the website.

    Hope to see you on Saturday!

  • 671. 1moreSouthSider  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    @650Evelyn – Can you provide comments on Ray? I didn’t make it to open house and we receive a K acceptance. Also waitlisted at Murray.

  • 672. Amy  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    @613 Lisa ~ I toured Mitchell over the winter and fell in love with it. Beautiful building, progressive administration, creative writing focus, and reasonable class sizes–all within a small school setting! It is absolutely our first choice for a neighborhood program; and if we don’t get in through the lottery, I suspect we will move to be within the neighborhood boundaries to ensure a spot for our son. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should.

  • 673. reenie  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    @669. CPSObsessed, I’ll send a guest post to your gmail soon.

  • 674. CraginMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I just noticed that one of my kids was WL for Disney II with “proximity” and the other child, also WL for Disney II with “general”…any thoughts on where I begin to correct this? Thx!

  • 675. AS  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Tier 4
    RGC score 125
    Classical reading 98%, math >99.9%

  • 676. surprised NW side mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    @674 Cragin mom–this is probably not a mistake. The proximity lottery at D2 only applies to a program’s entry years (e.g., KG). If you apply in later years, you are just in a general lottery (or a sibling lottery).

  • 677. mom3  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    We have been at Hawthorne through 3 principals now. The first one ran a very tight ship and the school ran smoothly because of it. She knew how to get things done.

    The next one was so fantastic and loved by everyone. She had been a teacher there, so the teachers loved her, too. It was a real team effort in everything and you could feel the love in the school. She trusted the parents and they spent tons of time at the school helping out.

    The new principal seems to like to have more control of the school and hasn’t seemed as welcoming for parents. He is in a tough situation because he also had to deal with the teachers strike, longer school day and common core during his first years at Hawthorne. I think that has made his transition very difficult and I don’t think he has the same trust in the teachers or the parents that past principals had. He is also trying to add his own touch and ideas. Some of those things have been cool, but maybe not everything. However, I think he is learning and is starting to turn around.

    He is very nice, the kids like him, and the school continues to be a fantastic place with very happy kids, lots of things going on, parents helping out, lots of learning, mostly great teachers (not all), etc. It is just going through some pains as we have someone new that doesn’t understand how things really worked well and didn’t need to be changed, etc.

  • 678. CraginMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm


  • 679. VincentJ  |  March 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    @Lynn J #560. I live about as far south & east in Bronzeville as you can (51st & Cottage). Some old timers around here call it North Washington Park, and refuse to call it Bronzeville. So that might be why I have a proximity for Murray. The tier one might have to do with a few senior citizen high rises in my census tract.

  • 680. Amy  |  March 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Entering 1st, Tier 4

    No letter yet, but I just got a welcome letter (by email) from the principal at Mitchell Elementary!!! I am beyond excited, as this was our first choice for a neighborhood school. I can’t imagine we’ll accept anywhere else even if offered, but we’ll see what the letter says when if finally arrives.

  • 681. SouthSideMoM  |  March 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    First time in the lottery our son was offered a spot at Disney 1 for first grade, waitlisted everywhere else

    South Loop-122
    Disney II-91

    Anymore feedback on Disney we are currently at a Catholic school which we loved but decided to enter the lottery to test other options.

  • 682. Real Chicago  |  March 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    RE: Prescott @3rd-grader-to-be-dad, @chicagoparent, @albanypark Mom, @thefourthrow @sarah, @WY Dad and others regarding Prescott. We have a one daughter who will be entering 3rd grade next year and another daughter we are choosing to send to Kindergarten next year at Prescott. We love it. It is not in our neighborhood but my wife and I have thrown ourselves into the school to contribute to its success. The teachers are outstanding. Over half the teachers are National Board Certified. Last summer Prescott was recognized by the CPS Board as having the highest growth in ISAT “exceeds” in the entire city of Chicago (500+ schools). Prescott was also recognized as being in the top 1% of growth nationally on the NWEA-MAP in reading and math in grades 3-8 (4 million kids were tested nationwide). Even the gym and art teachers are amazing.

    Each year the number of extracurricular activities grows along with the level of parent involvement. There is something for everyone – Smiling Strings (violin), Emerald City Theatre, Girls in the Game, Language Stars, Chicago Children’s Choir and some sports for the older kids. The aftercare provided by the YMCA goes until 6PM and is very well run.

    There will be a tour at Prescott on Friday, March 28 at 9AM and another on Tuesday, April 8 at 9AM. I encourage you to come and take a tour. Feel free to call me (Eric) with questions at 773-244-1110.

    I don’t check here often so please don’t reply to me here.

    Thanks to CPS Obsessed!

  • 683. CraginMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Got our letter.

    Tier 2

    Offer from LTAC–TAKING IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    Disney WL #4 (P)

    So relieved. Good luck everyone!!

    (we will wait to see if child #2 moves from #21 on the Disney 2 WL)

  • 684. VincentJ  |  March 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    @CPSObsessed & @South Side Parents.
    In regards to south side parents having a more info, why not add a south side board to the forums and give moderator access to a south sider you trust. http://cpsobsessedforums.com/forum.php

  • 685. parent  |  March 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Entering first grade — is there much movement on wait lists?
    Our lowest numbers are:
    Peterson 8
    Hamilton 9
    Alcott 12
    Thorp 17
    Are any of these possibilities? Thanks.

  • 686. SutherlandParent  |  March 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    389. GiftedAndClassicalMom,Sutherland’s principal was not fired. The LSC voted to not renew her contract after 8 years. She has appealed the decision to arbitration, so the situation won’t be settled for awhile (I understand CPS has unpaid bills with the arbitration association, so arbitration proceedings won’t begin until the bills are paid). However, no one at CPS seems to know a case where a principal appeal was successful, so the LSC is actively pursuing hiring a new principal.

    Yes, there has been a ton of drama, and a really disappointing amount of nastiness. I think people will either choose to move on, or they won’t. One of Sutherland’s great strengths has always been the sense of community, and I hope that can be recovered.

    There are some great teachers at Sutherland, although many good ones have left in recent years.

  • 687. Hyde Park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Between Ray and Disney I, we are gonna go with Disney. After looking at their website, reading reviews on greatschools,org, and comparing test scores, etc it seeems a much much better school. Ray is a level 2 school and Disney a level 1 per CPS website also.
    We will have to pay out of pocket for private bussing to school since we live more than 6 miles away, but it will be worth it. Call us crazy, since Ray is about 15 minutes away from us….I plan on attending Disneys open house….any one have any info on Disney?

  • 688. Liz30  |  March 24, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I received both of my letters one saturday (lottery) the #’s are 87/123/212. I also choose to have my son tested for selective enrollment schools I received that letter today. As for the selective enrollment testing OMG I feel like the scum of the earth!!!! My son tested well but not good enough to land in any of the schools I selected 😦 I feel so down!! I don’t know if it’s something I’m not doing as a Mom? It reallt has me low in spirits! Am I the only one or am I overreacting!!!!

  • 689. Northsidedad  |  March 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    The bestone I received was

    Mayer WL general 14…….What are our chances with Mayer before we go packing for the burbs? Any idead are greatly appreciated

  • 690. Hyde Park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    @688, Liz30,
    I felt just as you did when we didnt get any SEE offers for my twins. I spent so much money buying books to help them think critically, played mind games, read to them, did sight words, BOB books, etc.
    I did so much more than I did with my 7 yr old who goes to Edison. In fact he did none of these things. I think the first born child, without siblings around , tends to be more inclined towards certain things that prepare them to test well…being mostly alone, no one his age around, he just focused on other things….just my theory. In the end, its how you parent, how you shpw your kids that learning is important, that will help them the most.

  • 691. PESP  |  March 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    @505 regarding Agassiz it’s truly a hidden gem in this CPS obsessed world. Agassiz’s turn-around started approx 6-7 years ago with the support of the neighborhood and the Alderman Tom Tunney to make it a fantastic neighborhood school in Lakeview. The principle, Mira is dedicated to the school and students to make Agassiz a place to learn and grow. We live in the neighborhood and our child is in K at Agassiz. The class room sizes are small and no overcrowding! The teachers are all first class and dedicated to helping their students succeed. The boundaries for the school are small so that is why they open up to the lottery. It’s been a fantastic year for us. Agassiz families are dedicated to make this school shine for many years! I can’t tell you how many people ask me – where is this school? Seminary and George – on a nice quiet, tree-lined street.

  • 692. lakeview mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Just received waitlist letter for Hawthorne low #200’s – so I am not holding my breath. Severely disappointed. However, I am confused because the Queue was marked “General”, not “Proximity” – we live 3 blocks from the school. Does that mean that Hawthorne did not participate in a proximity lottery for residents that live within 1.5 miles of the school? Also, does anyone have any feedback on Nettelhorst? It is our fallback option. I have to decide whether to keep her in private school or go to neighborhood school Nettelhorst. Thanks everyone.

  • 693. Hopeful  |  March 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Any insight on Drummond pre k and if the waitlist moves by tier?

  • 694. Future LaSalle II mom?  |  March 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    @LaSalle II Mom – thanks for taking the time to write a bit about the school. I’ll have to figure out how to spot you on Saturday! And I’ll definitely check out the info on the fundraiser, sounds like a good way to get to know others at the school!

  • 695. Levski  |  March 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    tier 3, 1st grade RGC score 127, Classical: 98 reading & 98 math, in at Beaubien per today’s 1st round letter, open to network with any other 1st grader parrents. My son currently in K at Thorp magnet but strongly considering accepting offered seat at Beaubien? any advise more than welcome

  • 696. Michelle  |  March 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    @688 I think the worst part of this entire process is how horrible and self-doubting parents start to feel about themselves if their kids don’t get an offer. If I could give you a big hug, I totally would, as this process has nothing at all to do with your parenting. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Do you love your child? Do you invest your time in them? Do you play with them, let them explore their interests, guide their curiosity when appropriate? (I am sure you do). Then you’re doing your job and your kid, no matter if they go to a magnet school, selective enrollment school or neighborhood school is going to be absolutely fine. There are plenty of hardworking, creative, innovative, smart, talented, world-changing folks who came out of Chicago without ever stepping into a SEE school or magnet school. I hope you feel better about things soon.

  • 697. Hyde Park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    well said!

  • 698. Saraide  |  March 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    #681 – Southsidemom

    Curious… we are #69 at STEM also.

    Anyone have any insight on this?

    And wow… we moved here last summer. I knew the competition was fierce, but my daughter scored really, really well and still got no offers!

  • 699. New York to Chicago  |  March 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    We’re moving to Chicago from New York and just got the following results for K admissions (mail is slow around here). We’re Tier 1, I guess because we don’t have a Chicago address yet.

    Offered: Hawthorne, Disney, Frazier

    Disney II 61
    Drummond 669
    Edgebrook 332
    Franklin 66
    Hamilton 477
    Jackson A 32
    Lasalle 10
    Lasalle II 51
    Mayer 579
    Nettlehorst 504
    Newberry 28
    Pulaski 182
    Solomon 64
    Alcott ES 275
    Burley 210

    Not eligible for Beaubien, Blaine, Coonley, Prussing and Wildwood. We applied all over the city since we don’t yet know where we’re going to live!

    Obviously, we have some good choices – we’re leaning towards Hawthorne but seriously considering Disney. We’re also still waiting on the SEES letter. And we’re house hunting in mid-April, so we may also have a neighborhood option.

    If anyone has experience with Disney or Hawthorne, we’d love to hear it! Also with Lakeview/Lincoln Square/ Ravenswood/Edgewater/Rogers Park neighborhood schools. We are not going to get to visit any schools before the April 11 deadline for school choice, but I am hoping to talk to Disney and Hawthorne principals before then. Thanks!

  • 700. reenie  |  March 24, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    @696 we should all just print out your comment, put it somewhere prominent and look at it every day! Thank you!

  • 701. Evelyn  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Unfortunately, we just moved back to Chicago in January so I don’t have a lot of info on the school yet. When we left a few years ago, Ray was the gold standard in Hyde Park but now it seems as if people don’t like it as much. The school itself looks a little run down inside and it seems crowded, but that’s all I can attest to so far.

  • 702. Going into 4th  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I have a kindergartener at Disney, what would you like to know? 🙂

  • 703. stephanieschwab  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    @going into 4th – thanks! We’ve heard mixed things about Disney – open plan not for every kid, school is chaotic, parents not that involved. But our son is an outgoing kid, very verbal, coming from a gifted program in NY, so we think there could be some good affinity w/ Disney. What’s your experience there?

  • 704. Dunning Mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Our mail FINALLY came.

    Tier 4 – Kindergarten

    Norwood Park – Offered (sibling)
    Galileo – Offered (miracle)

    Jackson – 13
    Disney II – 36
    STEM – 7

    The rest are over 100. The highest is 797 at Skinner West.

    Having gone through this just last year and gotten absolutely nothing, I am shocked to have 2 offers and one single-digit waitlist number. Shocked. And relieved to not have to sell my house by August. 🙂

  • 705. hyde park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Re Disney I,I keep having second thoughts now,although I had chosen it over Ray for Kindergarten.My twins r very shy,not that outgoing with others…..not sure if they will thrive.I feel so upset this process didnt get us into any schools we ranked,we are actually in tier 1,which I thiught wouldve helped.Now we have to pay out of pocket for private bussing to any school,can barely afford it.I hate CPS.Disney parents,how do your kids get to school especially if you live more than six miles?

  • 706. Going into 4th  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    @stephanieschwab I am very happy with Disney so far. My daughter loves it there. I feel like they really meet the varying needs of their students. I am a huge fan of their walking reading approach to reading instruction. I know the pod system is not for everyone, but my daughter has never had an issue. I love that they get together in the middle of their pod to do things as a grade level rather than staying in their separate “areas”. There is a diverse student population, which was very important to our family. We are a commuter family, so I can’t really speak too much on the family involvement. The kinders put on a show last week and I was very impressed with the quality of the production, the sets and costumes were all made with the help of parent volunteers. There are monthly movie nights and the PTA seems like they work hard to have events that encourage family involvement. The school is bright and the children always look happy. They have a lot of resources available to their students that other schools do not have (I work at a CPS magnet and am jealous 😫 ) they have after care ($$) and offer great summer enrichment programs. I hope my ramblings have been helpful!

  • 707. CPSMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Yes, a Southside thread would be great. Currently deciding between NTA RGC and Sutherland (neighborhood) for K. Any experiences with either school is welcome!

  • 708. Going into 4th  |  March 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    We drive our daughter in everyday. We live on the far south side, it’s roughly a 40 min drive. We didn’t get an SEES offer, so we are hoping all kids get into Disney and then we will consider moving closer, at least to within bussing range.

  • 709. Daleidenh  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    We are #8 on proximity waiting list at Disney II. What are our chances?

  • 710. Rosalynn walker  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Would love a south side forum
    Entering k -offered lasalle & black #2 for vanderpoel # 5 for Grissom. Everything else is unrealistic w/the lowest being 22 & the highest being 178. Will probably accept Lasalle pending Sees letter
    Entering 4th – no offers currently at Black which I love #10 at Andrew Jackson
    Waiting on Sees
    Tier 2
    Does anyone know the uniform code for lasalle (yes I’m truly obsessed b/c I need to start planning his uniform now) any other comments about lasalle would be appreciated.

  • 711. AlcottParents?  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    We did not get any offers in SEES. Waitlisted #150 at Hawthorne…

    We are in Alcott neighborhood but I was hoping for some of the other schools…
    Should I stick with Alcott? We might stretch the budget and try for private school, but not sure if it is worth it.
    Any tips about Alcott?

  • 712. Robin  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    We are waitlisted for general #7 at Burley and Audubon #8 (the others are quite high)…any feedback on these numbers?

  • 713. cpsobsessed  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    @Michelle 696: Such a great sentiment about how this process is no reflection parenting.

    I would also add that in probably 99% of cases, by 1st grade, most families find a school that they feel comfortable with, which soon becomes a school they feel really good about.

    Except for the few instances of a “bad fit” I mostly hear about parents being happy with their CPS elem school, whether it’s a popular school, up and coming, or “off the radar.” Every school has pros and cons, but for the most part, CPS is filled with many conscientious teachers, principals, and parents who want to work together to make this work. Often the schools you don’t hear a lot about are the schools where parents settle in and get out of this crazy process.

  • 714. j. ascione  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    0 for 56 over 2 years. 14 schools applied to each year with twins over the course of two years. Really wanted Disney II, but are 380ish on the general waiting list (we didn’t receive a proximity waiting list number, which is troubling since we live well within the range). Belding is wonderful, but thought Disney might give us a chance at a good high school as I here the Disney II elementary will feed directly into the new Disney high school. Neighborhood high school is Schurz, which statistically is one of the worst high schools in the entire city. We have 4 children, so is getting all 4 into selective enrollment high school really going to happen? Not from what I’ve seen so far. Would HATE to move to suburbs, but dropping a quarter million dollars on private high school education for 4 kids over 6 years, not only is not financially feasible but seems not prudent (i.e. would rather save the money for college). This whole process is absurd and sad, yet I go along with it out of sheer desperation.

  • 715. Franklin Fine Arts  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    DS got offered Kenwood Academic Center! Yeah! He got an offer for a magnet seat at Franklin Fine Arts that we won’t be accepting! So number 1 on wait list for 7th grade you will be getting a call! He was also 3 on wait list for Sheridan!

  • 716. Keya  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    What is Galileo like? Just learned about the school this weekend.

  • 717. Wishfuldaddy  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Our best shot is Meyer general waitlist 14….what are our chances?

  • 718. Wishfuldaddy  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Apologies Mayer general 14

  • 719. Rebecca  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Tier 2

    Lasalle – 9 (Tier 2)
    Franklin – 10 (Tier 2)
    Lasalle II – 124 (Tier 2)
    Hawthorne – 44 (Tier 2)
    Pulaski – 39 (General)
    Mayer – 25 (General)
    Darwin – 5 (General)
    Goethe – 29 (General)

    We were offered a spot at Chase. I’m inclined to decline given that we have some good bets with Lasalle and Franklin. I don’t want to be too confident that we will get one of those though. Anyone have an idea what our chances are for Lasalle or Franklin?

  • 720. Liz30  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    @Michelle your totally Right your words have definitely made me feel better throughout the thread I saw that alot of kids didnt get picked not just my kid I think my entire family as well friends think I’m psycho I totally have been beating myself up about this entire process!!! I will continue to do my BEST as a mom and look for other options I didn’t mention earlier but we are waitlisted for

    Pritzker 223 or something of that nature

    So I’m going to keep hope alive and stay positive and see what happens!! It’ AMAZING how the world has changed when I was a child there was no lottery there was no fuss when it came to putting your kid into school even the best of schools that was a parents least of worries but Now oh how times have changed I told my Mother no one told me I was going to have to deal with all this HOOPLA when I was giving birth!!!

  • 721. Ashley  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Anyone here have children at Pritzker or Burr? Trying to figure out which option is best…our neighborhood school is Pritzker but our child got into Burr. Please help!

  • 722. hyde park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    ,@Going into 4 ,thnx for letting me know u drive to disney,I am encouraged.How do u get to work on time?! Do u see any private transportation companies that parents use?I knew of a couple but they dont go north,are mostly serving only south side schools.Id apappreciate any names….how do you like Disney I ? Im so glad they offer after care.

  • 723. Kate Cabral  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm


    I’m hoping somebody will provide more info because my son got into both Pritzker magnet and Burr for K. Both seem to have tons of positives but I have to decide if it’s worth the commute from the south side/McKinley Park. Good luck with your decision!

  • 724. Going into 4th  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    @hyde park mom, I’ve seen cabs in the drop off line, but never a private service. I’m willing to bet there are quite a few families in the Hyde park area that attend Disney, you could probably contact the PTA (they’re on FB) and see if they know of any families and maybe work out a carpool. The busses will drop kids off at a park district after care if there is space on the bus route. Park aftercare is considerably less expensive, we are going to look into that for next yr. The earliest you can drop off is 7:45, my school starts at 8:45 so I usually have enough time. Getting through the snow this winter has been a rough go, but I figure it will only get better after this! (I hope anyway)

  • 725. Ashley  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    You too Kate!!! If I learn anything outside of this board I will let you know!

  • 726. Teasdad  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    @692. lakeview mom – it is because you are not applying for entry level grade, i am assuming.

  • 727. Seth Lavin  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Hey @329, come visit Brentano! There are wonderful things happening there– lots of involvement and activities (newspaper, student theater, etc.). It’s Level 1 now, with scores just a bit higher than some of the options you’re considering. Teachers are fantastic, like Ms. Vinh who you can read about here: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140224/logan-square/brentano-elementary-teacher-keeps-student-engaged-science-technology. Our son is starting preK at Brentano in the fall and we’re big boosters. Plus nothing beats walking to school. Email if you have any questions/want help setting up a tour. SethLavin at gmail.com

  • 728. jennifer  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Tier 4, applying to KINDERGARTEN.

    Offered Smyth and Kershaw, both magnet schools with IB programs but unfortunately both pretty far from us. Will probably accept Smyth for now but hope that something better/closer materializes. The rest of the places we applied are listed below, vaguely in order of our preference. So, Agassiz is lookin’ good! We are at Disney I now for TBPK and LOVE LOVE LOVE it, but sad to be so far down their waitlist (although I know it goes on much longer!). Now about to plow through other parents’ past years’ info, if I can find it, to see which of these we stand a chance of making it into eventually….

    Hawthorne 478
    Disney I 136
    Stone 67
    Burley 387
    Waters 337
    Agassiz 9
    Disney II 113
    LaSalle I 271
    Pritzker 367
    LaSalle II 228
    Pulaski 96
    Solomon 133
    Frazier Int’l 6
    Skinner West 496
    Nat’l Teachers 125

  • 729. Another Alcott Mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    @#711 Alcott is a wonderful school! My daughter goes there for KG and she loves it. My daughter’s teacher is excellent – he works so hard for all of the students, often emailing later in the evening and putting in extra time on the weekends. She has learned so much and absolutely loves her teacher, classmates and the school.

    The administration is always working to improve the school and provides open communication about their vision and goals. You can find the information about the goals, 5 year plan and current status on their website at http://www.alcottcollegeprep.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=205932&type=d&pREC_ID=406639.

    Alcott also has a wonderful parent/school community. Many of the parents volunteer to help with different school projects. There is a lot of fundraising to support extra classes, teachers aids, etc.

    The school also has an after school program that goes until 6:30. Recently, they started a before school program that starts at 7 AM.

    I highly recommend Alcott!

  • 730. Another Mommy  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    @692, I think Nettlehorst is a fine school! I have friends there who absolutely love it. Lots of parents who could otherwise afford to go private send their kids there. You should probably find out if they are still offering tours. Go there one day after school and get a feel for the kids and strike up a conversation with a parent. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. If you can, pick up the book How to Walk to School. It is specifically about Nettlehorst. I got it on my ipad through Amazon. It is a wonderful read and will give you much insight and appreciation on how far the school has come. Good luck!

  • 731. Ravenswood parent  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Fyi, Not sure if this has already been posted:
    CPS Lottery letters are out, and we’ve added an extra school tour to our schedule to accommodate prospective Ravenswood families who have a decision deadline. If you know someone who is interested in learning more about Ravenswood School, please let them know that we’ll offer an additional tour this Thursday, March 27, at 9 a.m. No reservations are necessary, and tour-goers should gather in the multi-purpose room (enter the building through the middle doors on Paulina).

  • 732. WesLooWorkingMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    For 1st grade. Most of DD’s wait list numbers were ridiculously high; I don’t even know why CPS bothered to provide a number. I’d rather CPS said “not available” or something similar. Why pretend that there’s hope!?!

  • 733. RogersParkDad  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Any info on Waters? Anyone heard anything?

  • 734. SS  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Any info on Disney? My son got in for k.

  • 735. Cps mom of soon to be 3 at Hawthorne  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    About Hawthorne-
    Someone posted a link about the “weak” principle- the report is from 2013. Our former Principle, who was wonderful and left for a higher up job in CPS, left midyear 2012. I believe your report covers the space in between those the old and new Principle. Last year was the first year with our new Principle, and he is amazing. Google him out of curiosity- Nate Petrini. You can read how he slept on the roof of our school last year because the entire school met their literacy reading goals. He set up a live webcam and read bed time stories to the students. We has tremendous energy, and our overall scores moved us to the number 1 non-selective enrollment school in Chicago.
    He has new idea and new goals for the school, and as a mother of two, next year three students at this school, I feel grateful every day that they are a part of this amazing community!

  • 736. South side obsessed  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    So many of us south siders are posting about how we are going to get transportation to north side schools. I know two transportation companies (one is in Hyde Park) Maybe once we have accepted we should start a forum on transportation. If we pool together then we could probably get someone to take us for a group rate.

  • 737. MomofMany  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Some people mentioned private bussing if you are outside of 6 miles. How does this work? Need to find transportation from Dunning to Disney.

  • 738. jlc12  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Did anyone get into Disney II for K?? Have heard lots about Hawthorne, Disney I, Lasalle.

  • 739. SS  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    When is Disney’s open house?/tour?

  • 740. South side obsessed  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    @737 you have to find a private transportation company. They usually have either mini vans or passenger vans. Your best bet is to ask the school which companies already come to the school. It is cheaper if they are already coming to the school. I have paid as little as 60/month for one way transportation to220/month for two way transportation.

  • 741. newbiecrazyanxious  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    We are #14 on jackson and #43 on hawthorne for sixth grade. Do we have any chance of getting into either?

  • 742. hyde park mom  |  March 24, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Re Disney bussing from south,we definitely should work as a group….! A new thread on transportation would be helpful.THERE was a company in hyde park I contacted,but they told me they no longer will be in business.Shame,when as such a need exists.Lets do it….but how?

  • 743. Jenn  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Prescott has added a school tour on Friday, March 28th at 9am. Reservations are not required. We will also host our regularly scheduled tour on Tuesday, April 8th at 9am. Check out http://www.prescottparents.com!

  • 744. reenie  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    @721 and @723 I have a friend whose son is at Burr (they live close by) and they are very happy. Burr has Japanese and that was a high priority for them. I have heard mixed reviews of Pritzker, perhaps most telling from a mom with children in both the selective and neighborhood programs who found the disparity between the two hard to take. That’s all I’ve got.

  • 745. Stone for 1st grade  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    No offers (just like last year!) but Stone was our clear first choice for a rising 1st grader and we got a very low waitlist # (general, not proximity).

    Input from @424. Stone Parent and @431. Another Stone Parent is so helpful and encouraging. Thank you!

    Any early idea if there are K families considering leaving (due to SEES offers, moves, or other reasons)?

    Any read on the teachers in grades 1/2/3? Sounds like the K teachers are great. For parents who do drop off rather than bus, are you able to drop off kids before the 8am start time (e.g., 7:45am)?

  • 746. 2kids2schools  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    We are #5 on WL for 2nd grade at Nettelhorst. Any chance?

  • 747. South side obsessed  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    @741 you do get some movement in sixth grade for those leaving for other magnets or AC programs. You have to ask yourself how likely is it for 14 students (half a class) to leave such a competitive school? Not likely. Sorry.

  • 748. BridgeportMom  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Didn’t realize how depressing this whole process is until today. No SEES and no magnets!! My best waitlist# is 2 at Haines. Others are in the 30s for NTA and A. Jackson. sigh…….

  • 749. Teasdad  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    @ 712. Robin – for what grade?

  • 750. Chance  |  March 24, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    741. You have a good chance of getting a 6th grade spot at Nettlehorst. Contrary to #747 above, you don’t have to worry about 14 kids leaving Nettlehorst. You just have to worry about ONE kid leaving Nettlehorst and hope that the 13 people Waitlisted ahead of you for that one spot decline the Nettlehorst offer. Keep in touch with Nettlehorst throughout the spring and summer and let them know you want that spot. You will have to decide ON THE SPOT or within a few hours if you do get a call, especially as you near September. Be sure to have your phone (the one you gave to CPS when you applied) with you at all times and call back if you see that CPS has called.

    The list is constantly moving from now until up to 2 weeks after school starts. Many people are reluctant to change their plans once summer arrives – so you have a chance if you are willing to accept an offer at a late date. With per pupil funding, school will fill any empty spots so let them know you want it so they don’t forget about you.

  • 751. Madeline  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Tier 4 Kindergarten:

    RGC “>160”
    Math “99.7”
    Reading “>99.9”

    Offered Edison, which was my first choice. Skinner North was my second choice, as I really did not know what to expect from this test (so I wanted both my favorite classical school and gifted center at the top of the list in case there was a wide variation in those scores). I am feeling totally overwhelmed. I am certain that he would also have received an offer from Skinner North if that had been my first choice, and I am now wavering on which school would be best for him. Reading some of the online reviews of Edison has given me pause about whether the math curriculum will be rigorous enough for my son relative to Skinner N. But I am still a bit unclear on what the major differences are between a classical school like Skinner and a gifted center like Edison. I know in theory, the one focuses on liberal arts achievement and the other on analytical thinking “outside the box”, but don’t they both really do that? My son is currently reading and doing math easily at a 2nd grade level, so I am slightly worried that Edison would not be as accelerated in curriculum as Skinner N. But then I think I am just being obsessive and ridiculous!

    Does anyone have any opinions they would be willing to share on these two particular schools, whether by direct experience or research (or even hearsay!)?

    Thanks a bunch for any thoughts!

  • 752. Mike Parsio  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:41 am

    @Jmom My kids (3rd and 6th grade) started attending Brentano Math and Science Academy this year and we are more than satisfied and impressed with the school. I was a teacher for 15 years in California before moving to Chicago a little over a year ago. As I toured Brentano’s classrooms and facilities, I was very pleased to see the outstanding classroom environments, vibrant teachers, relatively small class sizes and the academic growth that the school has been posting. Since beginning this school year, my kids have participated in art classes, theater productions (now they are in the Wizard of Oz!) and my daughter is now the editor of the school newspaper. The staff is great and we now have friends at the school as well. I would encourage you to tour the school to see what we saw and have now experienced. Contact me with any questions you may have.
    Hope this helps!

  • 753. Dunning Mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 6:39 am

    @748 Bridgeport Mom – I was in your shoes last year so I know how it feels, especially when you know your neighborhood school just isn’t going to work.

    The first thing we did last year after getting our letters was call a realtor, thinking we would just move to a good school zone. But he informed us that our house has lost about 40% of its value since we bought it in 2008 and we would have to write a giant check to the bank in order to sell.

    We had some friends offer us the use of their addresses near good schools. But I didn’t want my child to have to lie for 9 years.

    We had to start considering alternatives to CPS. My son has a disability so we needed a school with therapists on staff. Parochial schools were out because of this. We started looking at charter schools and found one we loved (Hope School in the West Loop) that would accommodate his special needs.

    We enrolled him in Hope and felt good about it. And then over the summer we got offered Norwood Park from the waitlist and took it as it is so much closer to home.

    It was such a stressful time. It is a shame that CPS does this to families. We all deserve to have a good neighborhood school.

  • 754. GratefulCPSMom  |  March 25, 2014 at 6:56 am

    My son is #20 on the WL for Andrew Jackson Language Academy for K (Tier 4). Chance of getting in, what do you think? Thanks for any feed back, much appreciated. 🙂

  • 755. Ir2002  |  March 25, 2014 at 7:02 am

    We are #34 for ravenswood and #25 for edgebrook for the 1st grade. Any chances for us? This whole cps is the biggest nonsense. Any input is greatly appreciated . Ps . My son is #2 for Alcott 1st grade.

  • 756. Ir2002  |  March 25, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I forgot to mention that we have an offered spot at Peirce, but I don’t see big difference between Peirce and our neighborhood school Peterson. Any insight on these 2? Thank you!

  • 757. Stacey  |  March 25, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I see, again this year, that not many are looking for Sabin magnet. Could some of you please share as to why Sabin isn’t a good choice on your list? Thanks

  • 758. Robin  |  March 25, 2014 at 7:54 am


  • 759. WL7  |  March 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Madeline@751. My son attends SN. The kids are taught one grade level ahead, which is consistent with the other classical schools. However, my son tells me that one of his classmates is pulled out of class for math and is taught two grades ahead. You should see if Edison is the same.

  • 760. Stone Parent  |  March 25, 2014 at 8:20 am

    @745 – I know of one student in my child’s kindergarten class whose family is moving at the end of the year. So there may be some hope for a low wait list number for 1st. That said, I don’t think Stone has not done any polling current families to see if they are staying for 2014-2015 (maybe they will do this soon now that letters are out).

  • 761. definetly obsessed  |  March 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

    OTdad (#311), if you are still reading the thread, did your child end up attending Franklin fro K? Do you know if any families are planning to move or leave after this year?

  • 762. Stone for 1st grade  |  March 25, 2014 at 8:38 am

    @760 Stone Parent – thanks for the intel. We have WL#1 general for 1st so hopefully it works out.

    One more Q: Any tips on how to get to see the school before the end of the school year? I know they don’t offer formal tours in the spring, which on the one hand I can understand….I know some schools are very rigid about this and others are more accommodating. Appreciate the help and any other guidance.

  • 763. Stone Parent  |  March 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

    @762 Stone for 1st grade – I would contact the main office. I know that I didn’t do the fall tour (I got burned out of school tours and figured we had no chance of getting in. Go figure). I called when I got the letter and the school organized a tour right around the time the letters came out. I will likely be after school, so you won’t get to see the school in action so to speak, but you’ll get to interact with some kids in the afterschool programs and see the facilities. Also, the school’s spring musical is next week (April 3rd and April 4th), which would give you a sense of the fine arts offering. Good luck!

  • 764. PatientCPSMom  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

    @414 SONO Mom if your general waitlist numbers don’t get you into a school call CPS and check out Salazar on Wells. If you were to enroll in Jenner (agreed is really bad) CPS has to provide you an option to transfer to another school under the No Child Left Behind Act. This is because Jenner has not meet there AYP for many years. Hope this helps. I understand how crazy this is – live in area as well.

  • 765. LoveHate CPS  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Tier 4 1st grade

    98 Math
    92 Reading

    Offered at Bell, our first choice. We are excited, but thought 130 seem rather low to be accepted. Having late August birthday might be a contributor at this age though.

    He went to Disney for Kindergarten. It seems like there are many people who wonder about the school. I have to tell you it is a wonderful place. It’s a big school, but the staff are very nice and caring. Coming from small private school setting, I still felt safe to send my child there. They have an excellent curriculum that caters into each child’s needs. They have one advanced(gifted) class per grade, and one for children who needs more attention. For children in between, they regroup them for reading and math according to their level. They say pod system is not for everybody, but it has really nice feel of open floor. I haven’t seen kids who had trouble because of the pod system. If you come to a pod and sit through a school day, you will be impressed even at kindergarten level, how kids seem to pay attention and do what they need to do. They offer Chinese lesson everyday to advanced class, and all others participate in Dance, Music, Digital music, Art, Library classes. If your child is accepted here, consider yourself extremely lucky. More than anything, my child tells me how school is so much fun. In about six months, my child went from non reader to a reader who reads Dr. Seuss books by himself! Now, we have a very hard decision to make with this offer from Bell 🙂

  • 766. Stone parent 3  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Any early idea if there are K families considering leaving (due to SEES offers, moves, or other reasons)?

    There are usually five or six openings in 1st grade.

    Any read on the teachers in grades 1/2/3? Sounds like the K teachers are great.

    Teachers are fantastic all around. My child consistently “loves” all her ‘homeroom’ teachers and has no complaints about any of the specials teachers.My husband and I are are consistently amazed at how well the classrooms function.

    For parents who do drop off rather than bus, are you able to drop off kids before the 8am start time (e.g., 7:45am)?

    You may drop off as early as 7:30. You drop off to the playground where there is minimal supervision, but there are at least two adults out there. At about 7:55 the kids line up by class and each teacher comes out to get his/her class.

    I’d select Stone again in a heartbeat. Come to a Friends of Stone or PTA meeting if you’d like to get a feel for the type of families there. You should be able to get a tour, but if you can’t, be assured that the facility is very clean. Artwork posted everywhere. New windows are being installed this month which brightens things even more.

    The one major con with the facilities is very small bathrooms. Teachers get around this by sending kids two by two. But its a serious problem and we need to raise money or get cps downtown to update them.

    The aftercare program is great as are the other after school classes. Many are free – like homework helpers, an environmental interest group, etc.. Others – like chess – are fee-based and taught by outside vendors.

  • 767. Stone parent 3  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:18 am

    WL#1 for Stone first grade will in my opinion certainly get an offer.

  • 768. DebatingDad  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Got into LaSalle for K (T4), and our next lowest number was Hawthorne at #45, which from reading above appears to have no chance.

    So, now, it’s decision making time. Our neighborhood is Peirce, which we have been planning on all along and have been content with, but this LaSalle offer has thrown a major monkey wrench into that plan. I’m sitting here going back and forth about the idea of a young K (doesn’t turn 5 until May), being on the bus for an hour or so a day, compared to basically walking a block to school; and then, on the flipside, I look at test scores, etc. at LaSalle in comparison. Not to mention all the other factors (Pierce IB program, the ability to move, kid #2 who will be going to school with her in a couple years, logistics with two working parents, etc.). It’s truly overwhelming. Any input from anyone, especially about busing for a 5-year old?

  • 769. Momof#3  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:22 am

    here we go again..
    We’ve been at this for the third time now.. Prior Years: PK4,K, and 1st. WL on all, none offered not even SEES- Tier 4… We kept her in private school. This year we applied for 2 of our children..

    PK Tier 4 WL
    Mayer #264
    Drummond #177
    Suder #46

    2nd grade General
    Mayer #2
    Pulaski #14
    Lasalle #33
    Drummond #38
    O Thorp #46
    No offers for SEES (fingers crossed for a later round)
    The rest are not even worth writing down…

    We at least have hope with Mayer for our 2nd grader… and well seems like we are doing private for kid # 2 until next year where we hope we have (sibling status) and then we will do this all over again for kid # 3…

    thanks for letting me rant a little.. Good luck everyone..

  • 770. Sono mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Thank you so much @PatientCPSMom. We really appreciate the information and would not have thought about that. We are hoping that being #6 on the general wait list for Burr and Columbus (although no one talks about Columbus at all?) will get us out of Jenner. We are also on the proximity wait list, mid 30’s, at Newberry and Franklin. Not so sure about getting those calls. We will definitely look into Salazar. At this point, I’d rather keep my son out of K than send him to Jenner. How sad is that…

  • 771. Irvingpark mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I want to cry – I only have one child and we are waitlisted at 17 schools, and didn’t score high enough for gifted (I think it must have been a bad day for testing as my daughter’s pre-K teacher tells me she’s ready for 1st grade).

    Does anyone have any feedback on Hawthorne (#29), Disney II (#55 proximity) or Alcott (#40)?

    This whole process is so frustrating, and I can see I am not the only one- we are willing to move, but want to stay in the city and frankly, most of the “good” neighborhood schools are also very expensive neighborhoods. Anyone have thoughts on a decent school in a reasonable neighborhood? I definitely don’t want to put my DD in our neighborhood school, and private school is not a good option for us.

    Sorry for the rambling…..

  • 772. Michelle  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:32 am

    @768 My daughter started getting bussed last year as a first grader (she was 6) with a time of about an hour on the bus (each way), and though she was nervous, she was also excited. She trends toward the shy side, so I was apprehensive but confident she would be just fine. Seven months in, I can say it’s been positive for her. She is bussed with students from Stone and has actually made some pretty decent friends that she only met through the bus (don’t attend school together). The bus, for her, has become it’s own kind of culture, so to speak. And, I think, provides her with a real sense of independence and confidence. There have been some challenges, specifically with the bus company, but overall I think the experience has been positive. We approached it with a “see if this works” attitude, knowing that if she decided it was too much (interfered with school), we’d go another route. I think if you keep your options open, giving it a try would be worth it. Also, I’d ask your daughter what she thinks. If she’s excited about the prospect, might be worth trying.

  • 773. Angie  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:37 am

    @768. DebatingDad: ” Any input from anyone, especially about busing for a 5-year old?”

    My kid started busing at 3, and it worked out just fine. The buses might be running late for the first week of school while the drivers figure out the routes, and the parents learn to show up on time, so be prepared for that. It will get better after a few days.

  • 774. Stone parent 3  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:44 am

    The main thing I don’t like about the bus is that they don’t wear seatbelts. Many sit at the aisle end of their seats so they can chat with others in nearby seats. But even the ones quietly reading don’t buckle. Not sure why the bus drivers can’t enforce that. Stone has had two recent bus incidents – one new driver was lost for 2 hours and the kids were at the point where they were scared. There was also a fairly serious traffic accident, luckily no one was injured. We feel lucky to share the bus route with the Decatur kids, a nice bunch.

  • 775. Hyde Park mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Not sure if some folks knew this, but I just found out, to my dismay, that the Park Districts after school programs are NOT open to kids that are 5 years old, you must be 6! That really screws things up more for those of us who were thinking of using it.I hope I am wrong, but this is per the CPD website.Anybody have any experience with a 5 year old at a Park Kids program?

  • 776. Gaby Jarvis  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Any insight on Drummond and Oscar Mayer pre k and if the waitlist moves ?

  • 777. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:47 am

    @771: You’ll certainly get an offer at Alcott. Last year, we were higher up the WL (#60s) and got a call in late spring. I really like the school and would’ve accepted if we didn’t have an equally good neighborhood option. Speaking of, I recommend checking out South Loop. It’s a terrific neighborhood (parks! museums! public transportation!) and although considered tier 4, there’s plenty of less expensive housing available. We’ve been very happy with the school, too.

  • 778. Irvingpark mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

    #777, South Loop is an option we were exploring, but heard it’s very crowded. Thanks for your input, Alcott is great, but we may have to look at private busing as we are just outside the zone.

    This blog has helped, but it’s a little addicting. I agree with the person who suggested a CPS Depressed blog.

  • 779. Michelle  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

    @Stoneparent3 Our kids must be bussed together. 🙂 I was on the phone with the bus company and wrote several emails about that sub bus driver who had no idea where she was going. That day was absolutely ridiculous!

  • 780. West Logan Square Dad  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

    @realchicagomomma…..I need more info on Disney II for 7-12 program. Does the school have any sports or debate programs for 7-12? Is it a automatic rollover for 8th graders into high school? We are leaning towards DISNEY ii over Pritzker, but would really like your input on the 7th-8th grade program. Can you helpout a potential Disney II parent? p.s. my son got accepted for 7th grade at Pritzker & Disney II…Thanks!

  • 781. Stone parent 3  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Michelle, We aren’t on that bus, but I heard all about it! I hope your kids weren’t too worried. I heard that an older boy was calming the kids down assuring them that they weren’t being kidnapped!

  • 782. HSObsessed  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:58 am

    @768 Debating Dad – I’d send my kid to Peirce, if I were you. I wouldn’t underestimate the ease/freedom of walking your kid to school, both in terms of feeling secure about the process, and making connections with your neighborhood and neighbors, who will also be sending their kids to Peirce. I know people who have had good and bad experiences with CPS busing.

    The test scores for Peirce in general don’t yet reflect that the school has had a huge wave of neighborhood support, and for that you have to look at the low-grades ISAT test scores. So for the 2013 3rd grade results only, Peirce has 78% of kids meeting or exceeding standards. This actually exceeds LaSalle’s 3rd grade 77% meets/exceeds. It’s also higher than the scores of many other schools that are considered very strong, like Beaubien (76%) and South Loop (73%). If you look specifically at 2013 “Exceeds Only” 3rd grade scores, Peirce has 31% of kids exceeding standards, which is comparable to many other schools’ postings, like Disney (34%), Alcott (33%), Ogden (31%). (LaSalle’s exceed score is 42%.) Even if you move out of the neighborhood boundary, if Peirce is not overenrolled for the grade, you would likely be allowed to have your child continue there. HTH and good luck.

  • 783. SutherlandParent  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

    @771. Irvingpark mom, I don’t know what your definition of “reasonable” is, but the 19th Ward has some very good neighborhood schools and housing costs that I consider very reasonable for Chicago (we were North Siders before moving to Beverly). FYI, you won’t find a lot of condos here, and many parts of the 19th Ward are historic districts so much of the housing stock is older.

  • 784. Liz  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hi all. We are accepted to Hawthorne and Lasalle Language. Both I hear are great. Being new to the city can you give me insight as to which is better- pros/cons?

  • 785. lisa  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    #672- Amy – Thank you so much for the feedback on Mitchell. I am going to call and see if they have a tour. Sounds like an option for us.

  • 786. SEESandCharterParent  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

    @771 IrvingParkMom – you may also want to consider CICS Irving Park. We have a son there and love it. I believe applications are due soon for their lottery. It is a charter, and I know that’s an issue for some, but I only have good things to say.

  • 787. Liz  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:12 am

    #770 SONO mom- have you considered private.catholic school? St. Stans is pretty good.

  • 788. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Liz – Wow! Luck is on your side! Both are great. Call each school to see if they are holding tours for offered families before the acceptance deadline. You may wish to consider which school is closer to home and also if it is an issue, whether or not you fall within busing boundaries for each.

  • 789. Decatur Bound  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Lottery offering: Hamilton and Burr

    RGC: 147
    Classical: Reading 99.9% and Math: 99.9%

    We’ve been offered a spot at Decatur (this was our #1 choice on the SEEs).

    When I first started the Open House process, I fell in love with Disney. For the massive size of this school and pod system, I was impressed how well behaved the students were. The facility is updated and the artwork on the walls (all created by the kids) was impressive. I got the sense that the school isn’t hurting for money and parents are asked more for their time instead of monetary donations (just my personal impression which could be wrong!). We were waitlisted in Tier 4, #186.

    Then I attended Decatur. The facility is small and old. We were touring the kindergarten class and the kids were asked to talk about their experience in the school. Tons of eager hands went up. One little boy kept trying to get the assistant principal’s attention but she didn’t see him. He got up to tap her but she turned and left with the tour. His face crumbled and he ran to his desk crying. The kindergarten teacher kneeled beside him and put her arm around him. I couldn’t hear exactly what she said to him but he was visibly being comforted. I was touched by this and decided that this is where I would want to send my son if accepted. I also appreciated the fact that the assistant principal knew all the kids’ names. Plus I loved that Latin is in the curriculum.

    They are strict and don’t make exceptions for parents. I tried to see if they’d let my husband take an extra tour as he’s leaving town for 3 months for training and will miss the next Open House. They wouldn’t budge. I suppose you could be turned off by this and find the administration to be controlling. But on the other hand, they keep the pushy parents in line.

    We will be accepting the spot at Decatur. If it isn’t all that we hoped it would be, I keep in the back of my mind that we could always reapply for testing/lottery next year or homeschool.

    Good luck everyone!

  • 790. SEESandCharterParent  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I just double checked. CICS elementary applications are due by next Friday. Anyone who doesn’t have a good option might want to consider applying to charters (look at them, they are not all the same) as another option.

  • 791. realchicagomama  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:25 am

    @780 – Disney II is a K-12 school so kids in 8th grade are free to continue to 9th grade and beyond. For this school year, they had only 7th and 9th in the D2 side of the building and they are just developing their athletics and afterschool programs. They had a Science Olympiad team, and they had a mock trial team of freshmen win at both plaintiff and defense. They’ve got student council, participated in Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam and I am not sure what else. My general impression is that the school will do what there is both student and teacher interest to do, so in that sense it offers some good opportunity.

    I am probably not the person to ask about athletics because I don’t pay attention, but I looked up some references to it on the D2 Weekly newsletter and found basketball for girls and boys, cross country for girls and boys, flag football for boys, and volleyball for girls. There is an athletic director at the school and I know this is on his radar because we’ve talked about it at LSC meetings.

  • 792. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:30 am


    LaSalle is worth the commute. I will have my 3rd child at the school this fall for K and they all have been bussed from Hyde Park. I talked to the office and they are in the process of scheduling a tour/orientation during school hours where you get to see all the classrooms while school is in session. Of course to do this you would need to accept. ALso, kids stay at Lasalle through 8th grade and get it into the top high schools.

    SOUTHSIDE PARENTS….I use a private bus service that drops off at Disney, Lasalle, AJ, and maybe others from Hyde Park area. It is not cheap. We used one service for 2 years that was horrible. The Bus service that I have been using for the past 2 years has been so professional. My daughters are dropped to Nicols Park District Aftercare program. I know there are always options for car pooling but kids could get sick, car could breakdown. My bus service was here on time and got my kids to school even in the below Zero weather and snow. It was worth the expense and I feel that it was safer than the free service.

    Also….for those that dont know, Lasalle and Disney might change start times in the FALL. DIsney would be 7:15-3:15 and Lasalle 9:00-4:00. It has to do with bussing and nothing is official. This is just 15 minutes earlier for Disney and 15 minutes later for Lasalle. They sent the parents out a Survey.

  • 793. Irvingpark mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Does anyone have feedback regarding CICS Bucktown?

  • 794. SS  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Do you mean Disney 7:45? it starts at 8 am. Or is it 8:15 ?

  • 795. SV  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I’ll be moving to chicago by this summer .. can anyone tell how are the schools Alcott college prep, east campus & lincoln elementary school. Confused between these two. I would appreciate if anyone can say anything about these schools … Thanks

  • 796. Liz  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Thank you! Any insight on pro/cons for each school Hawthorne vs Lasalle- distance is not a problem for me.

  • 797. Bronzevillemom  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

    @SONOmom All 3 of my kids went to Salazar. They are increasing their Spanish world language program to 3x a week for English-speakers, it’s always been a highly-favored school for native Spanish-speakers. It’s a Level 1 school, great teachers, but sporadic parent involvement because it’s mainly a commuter school. Very safe environment, everyone knows each other, I never hear yelling in the hallways even with 400+ students transitioning on just 3 floors.You can speak to the principal about placing your child in their informal gifted program, they let highly-performing students take coursework a year ahead for either math/reading/language arts when appropriate. Overall, their NWEA growth scores are impresive, they scored top 1% nationally last year. You need to understand “NWEA growth” is not the same as ISAT “exceeds”.

  • 798. SEESandCharterParent  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

    @793 Irvingpark mom. I know CICS Bucktown is managed by the same group that manages CICS IP. I’ve been happy with them. I’ve heard good things about the Bucktown location too. The hardest thing for me making the decision was the lack of information and the overwhelmingly negative attitude toward charters in general. You may want to call to see if they offer tours or if they might be willing to meet with you. The tour we took after we got the offer helped us make our decision.

  • 799. 0377mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Liz. Are you entering kindergarten? We also got into Hawthorne and lasalle 2 and live in Audubon and are trying to make a decision. I have had no luck getting a tour with Hawthorne. They told me to email te principal when I called but I haven’t heard back. I don’t think they’re going to offer another tour which is a major bummer. Everyone I have spoken with raves about Hawthorne though so we might need to commit without touring.

  • 800. Irvingpark mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

    #798 – very helpful info – thanks. Yes, Charters seem to have a bad rap, you are right, they may be a good alternative. I just put in my app for 2 of them. If Alcott or Disney II don’t happen, at least I have something to fall back on.

  • 801. Jen K  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:55 am

    @780 re Disney II 7th grade…I believe mini-tours are scheduled for the next few weeks for accepted families (prior to decision date). Call the Lawndale campus: 773-534-5010 (0 at the 1st prompt, 3 at the next) to find out dates and times.

    For those asking about wait list numbers for grades starting in K, traditionally they do not move very far, maybe up to 5 for K in one year. The school doesn’t share that information but from asking around that seems about right. Unfortunately proximity numbers may not move at all as I know people who had 1 or 2 in previous years and did not get in.

  • 802. Jen K  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:57 am

    @800 I have several friends at CICS Irving park and absolutely love it.

  • 803. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

    @784 Liz
    We love Lasalle and my 3rd will be in K in the fall. Lasalle and Hawthorne are about the same size and are compared against each other quite often. To me the biggest difference is the Language concentration. At Lasalle you pick one language and you take that for 9 years everyday. You are extremely lucky to have such a choice because some people do not get an offer from any school and you get to pick between 2 of the best Magnets.

  • 804. Stone for 1st grade  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Thanks to Stone Parents (of many numbers!) for all the helpful notes. Love everything we are hearing and will try to attend the FOSA mtg (looks like there’s one next wk). Called the main office and the very nice woman said that they would be arranging after-school tours but only for those accepted (so that if/when we get called then we can arrange).

    Re: the bus incidents, sounds scary (and I’m sure especially tough with this winter). Had heard about that accident from Decatur parents. We would need to use the bus, at least one way.

  • 805. hope  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Does anyone have experience with wait listed, older siblings at Hawthorne? We pulled a 1. If the school sends home a note RE returning students, I haven’t gotten it yet.

  • 806. Cps mom of soon to be 3 at Hawthorne  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I would be happy to answer any questions about Hawthorne. I am very involved in the school with the PTA and as classroom mom. We have a 4th grader and 2nd grader at the school, and in the fall our youngest will be there too.

    Hawthorne is a reading and writing magnet. We have an amazing Arts Partnership program that brings resident artists into every classroom in every grade to incorporate art curriculum into all subjects. The students then hold a showcase to teach the parents about everything they have learned during their unit.

    Academically, Hawthorne has high expectations for their students. My children are appropriately challenged and supported by their teachers and resource staff.

    Our Principle holds coffee talks at least twice a year by grade levels k-2, 3-5 and 6-8 to discuss the state of the school with parents.

    We hold a lot of fundraisers during the year. These are meant to give everyone an opportunity to participate. We just held our free Spring Auction last week. We keep it free so that all parents can feel welcome to attend.

    I would not expect another tour this Spring. We held 4 tours in the fall- 2 in the morning and 2 at night to accommodate working parents.

    There will be plenty of current parents at the school registration date to answer questions, as well as kindergarten get togethers during the summer organized by parents.

    I hope this helps a little. I feel very fortunate to be at Hawthorne.

  • 807. Evelyn  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Ok. So nothing for SEES. My 4yo scored 120 or so, 98% math, 84% reading. She got offers at Disney and Newberry for K. Waitlisted for Murray #14, which is a block away from home. Son is currently at Ray (neighborhood), he got accepted at M. Davis for 4th, which I hear has a wonderful robotics program, and he is waitlisted #75 at Disney, #62 for Murray and #14 at Newberry. He may need a smaller class size to excel, but I know he would love a hands on engineering/LEGO/robotics experience.

    For transportation purposes, it would be much better to have them going to the same school. I guess I need to look closely at what Ray is offering and then decide how transportation would work. I’m worried about commute time for them, safety, seperating them, two different school settings…. What if I end up giving one the short stick? This is so stressful.

    @792 what is the name of the transportation company?

  • 808. Jen Parsio  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:13 am

    @Jmom Good Morning! I noticed your neighborhood school is Brentano Math & Science Academy. We have recently moved from the suburbs in Southern California to Logan Square. We have a 3rd and 6th grader at Brentano. We cannot say enough great things about this school. The principal, teachers and staff are dedicated and professional. The school has sports, art, theater (Wizard of Oz this spring), lots of science activities….Both my children are very involved. My daughter is the editor of the school paper, my son is enjoying an amazing after school art program. They do not teach to the “test” by handing out worksheets! Instead they do projects and activities to encourage a more holistic learning experience. We love being in a school that is located in our neighborhood, which we love. Message me if you want more info or a tour! I’m a huge fan of our school! I need to add that while the school faced closer last year not only did they win the battle to stay open BUT as they fought the school went from level 3 to a level 1 school!

  • 809. Annie O  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:14 am

    90 Math
    63 reading (guess you can prepare for these tests. I should have taught him to read!)
    Tier 1 no offers but happy with neighborhood school.

    @771 We LOVE Alcott. It is our neighborhood school but i almost didn’t test my son for classical or gifted because I am so happy with Alcott. The principal is only in his second year there and really taking the school to a new level.

  • 810. HydeparkLasalleMom  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:14 am

    @794 I am not sure on the time for Disney. I just read the survey again and it said Disney would start 15 minutes early at 7:15? Maybe someone else on this Blog can respond if they have kids already at Disney and can share the proposed time change.

  • 811. Hyde Park mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:18 am

    HydeparkLasalleMom , CAN YOU PLS EMAIL ME THE NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE FOR THE PRIVATE BUS SERVICE THAT DROPS OFF AT DISNEY? sorry for the caps, but wanted to make sure you see this, there r so many threads, Ive been here all day! Having a bus service I can trust , even if expensive, is priceless, parents cant trust just anything.My email is: dette_737@yahoo.com

  • 812. Hyde Park mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

    HydeparkLasalleMom , sorry to ask again, but how do you like Disney? My twins will go there for K.I fell in love with it just from their website where the principal did a video presenation.I cant wait to tour it soon.Where can I find tis survey you mentioned?Thanks!

  • 813. Annie O  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    oops. typo. we are tier 4, not tier 1

    90 Math
    63 reading (guess you can prepare for these tests. I should have taught him to read!)
    Tier 4 no offers but happy with neighborhood school.
    @771 We LOVE Alcott. It is our neighborhood school but i almost didn’t test my son for classical or gifted because I am so happy with Alcott. The principal is only in his second year there and really taking the school to a new level.

  • 814. mom2  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I just have to say that it is so encouraging to see so many parents considering so many wonderful sounding non-selective elementary schools in CPS! Gosh how I wish we had the same situation with high schools! Come on, let’s find a way to change that.

  • 815. Ir-2002  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    any insight on percie or peterson (which is our neighborhood school). Thank you in advance! This is for the 1st grader.

  • 816. Stone parent 3  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:23 am

    http://www.kidscaretrans.com – I would not recommend. I’ve seen them leave little kids alone in the mini bus while the driver walks kids into school and / or fetches kids from schools. Leaving little kindergartners strapped in a running car on a busy street. Alone.

  • 817. Irvingpark mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:23 am

    #809 – What do you think the odds are for getting into Alcott if we are waitlisted at #40?

  • 818. Hyde Park mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

    are we talking about Disney I or II, regarding the proposed new start time? Im going crazy….

  • 819. Rose  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:31 am

    801- Jen K, you mentioned that disney 2 typically moves an average of 5 spots for kinder. Is that for all lotteries combined? Do have an idea if the tier 4 will move? I have a low number in tier 4. Thank you!

  • 820. prepchicagoblog  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

    HydeparkLasalleMom, I would also like the information for the bus service that does Disney dropoffs. Thanks. prepchicago@gmail.com

  • 821. Stone Parent  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:37 am

    @ StoneParent3: My daughter rides the bus to Stone and I didn’t hear about those incidents. Wow – how scary! Glad everyone is OK. We’ve had a couple days where the bus was 30-45 minutes late, but one time was due to weather and the second due to a substitute driver. We did have one incident where apparently the bus was pulled over and a police officer boarded the bus because the driver (again a sub) was driving erratically. I heard about this from a Decatur student at our stop not from my daughter.

    @768 – We put our kindergartener on the bus this year. She turned 5 in August, so I was very apprehensive. There’s been a few ups and downs but overall has worked out well. I agree with the earlier comments that she’s gained a good deal of confidence in riding the bus by herself. She also has some bus friends, some of which go to Decatur, but we bump into them in the neighborhood. Lately she’s been writing “notes” (they are kind of like those “Chinese fortune teller” notes I used to make when I was in school – remember those!) that she likes to give to her bus friend. I will say we did have one incident with an older kid on the bus who was aggressive to our daughter. Stone’s administration handled it promptly and I was pleased with the resolution. The day after the incident, I took her to school and my daughter was asking why she couldn’t ride the bus, so clearly I was much more traumatized than she was! It was kind of a life lesson for our daughter (well, mostly for me) that sometimes bad things happen but it’s all about how we handle it. And you can’t beat the convenience of the bus. I walk her to the bus, she’s picked up around 7:20 and then I go on to work.

  • 822. Annie O  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:37 am

    @817 i would think 40 is not too bad. they are pushing neighborhood registration right now so after that and the initial rejections, they will have a better idea. also, there is rumor of a 3rd kindergarten class being added to accommodate more students so that would really help you. right now, both classes are at 28 students.

  • 823. Alcott mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    @817. Another Alcott mom here. We love the school. Strong academics, we’ve had outstanding teachers, and there are lots of “extras” (art, music, drama, computer lab, Mandarin), and tons of graet after-school enrichment opportunities. The school is particularly well-suited for working parents because of an early start time and after-care until 6:30.

    We also live near Old Irving, and it is 100% worth the drive. The AM drive is less than 20 minutes. Even with increased neighborhood enrollment, I think you have a very good chance of getting in.

    I agree with PPs, you should also look at CICS-IP, which has great academics. Good luck!

  • 824. 0377mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:50 am

    @CPS mom of soon to be 3 at Hawthorne
    Thanks so much for the input. So great to hear from current parents and I am pretty much convinced at this point that we can’t pass up the kindergarten spot at Hawthorne. Do you feel that the sense of community is still strong even though it’s not a neighborhood school? We are in Audubon and that’s really the one thing that is holding us back from choosing Hawthorne (and the fact that we rent right now and will probably struggle to find an affordable place in Audubon). I was my daughters friends to be accessible on the weekends and we will probably move closer to school so we can walk. Looking forward to meeting you in the fall and am excited to be a part of the community.

  • 825. Didimom  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

    We got offer from both Franklin and Thorp for K. Which school is better? Any advice would be appreciated!

  • 826. Irvingpark mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:58 am

    @823 – thanks for your input! I was wondering about the after shool program for Alcott, good to know they have a good one.

  • 827. sfward  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Another great thing RE Hawthorne–for those who are considering it– The school has a phenomenal principal, who seems to be really on board with how education is radically changing. Much of the staff is very engaged and care about how children enjoy learning things, as opposed to this is what they have to learn, and we’re going to do it this way because we’ve always done it this way.
    The school is also wonderful at promoting respect for and between students, as opposed to having a lot of rules simply for the sake of having rules. The HSA Way is a wonderful thing.

  • 828. ChiMoM  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Hydeparklasallemom I want to thank you for all of the great info! We are accepting spots there for my twins and your posts have been so helpful!

  • 829. Relieved in 60630  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    For anyone who is interested in Norwood Park Elementary we just declined our spot for K. Seemed like a wonderful school but the commute would have been killer for us. We have a few other closer options and a potential option available….let the waiting and decision making resume!

  • 830. lisa  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    @825 didimom – what tier are you? Wait list for K at Franklin in Tier 4 so wondering if we are same tier in case you choose Thorp.

  • 831. Jen K  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    @819 – I didn’t mean the D2 list moves an average of 5 spots, I meant that I think they have gone to 5 one time overall. Usually proximity doesn’t move much if at all, and I wouldn’t know if one tier generally moves more than the others. Again, I don’t have specific info because it isn’t shared. There’s always a chance because kids may get in closer to home and we don’t have bussing. We usually have roughly 25 non-sib slots, of which 40% goes to proximity which leaves 15 seats, or about 4 per tier.

  • 832. Rose  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you! We will cross our fingers and be patient.

  • 833. lisa  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    So, if you are waiting on several wait lists how does that go down in terms of accepting. One school calls and you gladly accept since you have no other offers and then another school calls a week later and it is one you prefer so you accept that offer and call the first school back and decline. Would hate to turn down any offers at this point since we had no initial offers. Is this how it works in theory?

  • 834. Pie Chart Professor  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Anyone considering NTA non-RGC? Send a shout out!

  • 835. CPS wonderland  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    No offers for any of my kids, only wait lists and SEES letters came with unsatisfying results. My older child is entering 1st grade and the younger one PK for 3 years old.
    The lowest number on my son’s application is for Sheridan # 7 and for my 3 years old, Mayer (wait listed #1, tier4) and Drummond (#21).
    Now, could someone, please, explain me the way the schools fill up free spaces?
    The way I understand it, in the case of my son if 7 of the kids already attending the Sheridan decide to go to other school (only one, the most optimistic combination), then he gets the spot. I don’t know how many kindergarten classes Sheridan has this year so I would appreciate any feedback.
    And about the younger one, let’s consider the Mayer. Am I wrong if I think that school will call if anywhere from 1 to 4 kids, already admitted, declines the offer and the 3 to 0 kids that are 1st ranked on other 3 wait list also declines the offer?
    Please, correct me if I’m wrong. Thanks.

  • 836. 1moreSouthSider  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    @834 I just received an email that NTA is hosting an open house for RGA offers and those at top of waitlist for general lottery. I’m interested in both! I think I’m gong to take a chance on the general if I get called from waitlist.

  • 837. Kit  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Does anyone know if alcott elementary still offer chinese classes? Is it at K? Wondering how Alcott compares to South Loop

  • 838. moon_mama  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    About buying vs. renting (which we are currently going through), in my experience, condo prices in Audubon are much cheaper than closer to Hawthorne, so if you are thinking of buying closer to Hawthorne just keep that in mind. When you get closer to Hawthorne, you are also in the Blaine, Burley and Hamilton districts, with competing home prices to match. Just fyi.

  • 839. HSObsessed  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    @835 CPS Wonderland – For Sheridan, if one current 1st grade spot opens, they offer the spot to #1 on the waitlist. If they turn it down, they’re taken off the wait list and the offer is made to #2, etc. If a second current 1st grade spot opens, they repeat the process with the updated wait list (now shorter), over and over.

    For Mayer, at entry level grade K, tiers matter. If a Tier 4 K applicant who receives an offer declines it, they will call you. Good luck! I think your chances are very good for that one.

  • 840. Annie O  |  March 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    @837 — alcott does offer Mandarin still and it starts in kindergarten. it is federally funded so they will continue to keep it unless that changes. no knowledge of south loop.

  • 841. caring mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    @768 – We also live down the street (close to the lake front) from Pierce. My son was offered a spot at LaSalle too. We’re also debating whether we should accept the offer or have him stay at the current magnet school which he is very happy there. It’s going to be a tough decision since LaSalle has a better test score than the current magnet school from all sources. Unfortunately, LaSalle is unable to provide a school tour prior to the acceptance which makes the decision process even harder.
    I know for a fact by calling the office at LaSalle, they told me the school offer after school care from “Right at School” which is also used by Hawthorne, Bell, Blaine, Lincoln, and etc.. They will also have summer camp from Steven n Kate for this summer. All of these are very important info for any working parents.
    Additionally, you may want to consider if you’re qualified for the school bus. Per CPS, we’re very close to the 6 miles boundary, so you may want to call the school to confirm. Hope all these info can help!

  • 842. Liz  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    #806- Can you tell me more about the Hawthorne Arts partnership program? What is that about? Also are there any language classes as part of the curriculum?

  • 843. Pie Chart Professor  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    #836 1moreSouthSider — what grade? Open house details?

  • 844. hyde park mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Disney has tours next wed,9am….

  • 845. BridgeportMom  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    @753 DunningMom Let’s just hope we are as lucky as you to get a late offer. =)
    @Pie chart Professor and 1moreSouthSider. I’m also interested in NTA. Open house is on April 2nd @6pm.

  • 846. LosTres  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Entering 1st, no offers.

    WL #’s under 10 at Ravenswood and Hamilton. Over 100 everywhere else (all magnets north of Madison).

    I’ve toured both, and they both appear to be well-loved neighborhood schools that I think we will have a shot at.

    Any insight as to what makes Hamilton or Ravenswood stronger?

  • 847. Franklin  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Does Franklin’s list move?

  • 848. Teasdad  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Mr Gray (principal) improved Hamilton a lot in last couple of years, but… Ravenswood got a lot of attention lately from City/State! 3/4$M! for new playground, new principal (who is more awsome that praised Mrs. Conelly), super involved parents, current K size is 22!

  • 849. Sheridanmom  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    @CPS wonderland
    Sheridan has 2 – Kindergarten classrooms, so a total of 60 seats. For the last few years, half of the seats have gone to siblings. I haven’t gotten information on this with year, but I am willing to bet that half the seats again went to siblings.

  • 850. lisa  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    @847 franklin – what grade and tier are you hoping for? I am also stalking Franklin in the hopes we get in off the WL. I need two spots to open up for our twins. Tier 4 K WL 7&8. I think i have a 50/50 chance at best.

  • 851. Franklin  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    @ lisa- tier 4- #5

  • 852. Franklin  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm


  • 853. Sibling Preference  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    From the CPS OAE website:
    Siblings and Proximity
    For magnet schools, magnet cluster schools, and open enrollment schools, the first seats are offered to applicants who are siblings of students who are currently enrolled, and who will be still enrolled, in the school in the 2014-2015 school year. (If more siblings apply than there are seats available, a computerized sibling lottery will be conducted to fill the available spaces.)

    How is this defined? “if more siblings apply than there are seats available”? Is it different for every school? Is there a percentage associated with sibling preference? How often does a sibling not get a spot?

  • 854. Sibling Preference  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    My question is directed at Magnet schools that are all lottery. I understand how open seats work at Magnet cluster and open enrollment.

  • 855. iris rusu  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Kindergarten @ Lasalle II WL#35, Proximity
    Do we have any chance?

  • 856. cpsparent  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    @846 LosTres – don’t count on Hamilton. There’s a sibling waitlist with at least 2 kids on it and there was only 1 class in this year. So the probably of you getting a call is very unlikely.

  • 857. Sadmomma  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    @688 I feel the exact same way, Tier 2 Reading 97% Math 96% no offers!! Waitlisted (high numbers) for all my other schools. I am so happy for all of those who are getting into their dream schools, but I feel like a horrible mom because once again I am left telling my 1st grader sorry baby not this year. Unlike alot of others on here I dont have a great neighborhood school option. It hurts you have this little mind with so much potential but not many options. All I can do is hope things are better next year. Good luck to you and your baby for the 14/15 school year 🙂

  • 858. Pie Chart Professor  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    My two Kinder kids were #9 and 10 on Lasalle II waitlist last year. Got a call a week or two into school year
    to give one kid a spot…

  • 859. Pie Chart Professor  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    …oops. we were Tier 4.

  • 860. CPS wonderland  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    @HSObsessed thanks for clarifying
    @Sheridanmom is it safe to assume that free places, if any, for 1st grade are not offered to siblings (generally, they are accepted on the kindergarten level)? If correct, then we would have greater chance to get the spot?

  • 861. lisa  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Franklin – I think you have a good shot at getting in. Good luck. Please post if you get a future call so I know we are getting closer.

  • 862. mep  |  March 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    We are tier 4, for 1st grade. We are #34 on Disney II’s waitlist (general). Does anyone know how far down the waitlist they will likely go?

  • 863. NewChicago to 1st  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Can anyone tell me about Burley, how many K, and how many kids, and do they fill from WL, please?
    We are WL single digit, and new to Chicago.
    Good luck every1.

  • 864. thisisbananas  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Waitlisted at Drummond Proximity #71
    Wait listed at Suder and Mayer tier 4, #41 & 140 or something.. can’t remember

    I really only care about Drummond as its very close to our house.
    Is proximity #71 mean basically I have no chance in hell or should I hold out hope. First time through all of this process.

  • 865. 1moreSouthSider  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    @piechartprofessor and @bridgeportmom NTA open house email was from the principal inviting those accepted and toward top of wait lists to April 2nd or April 8th events. I’m hopeful…

  • 866. edgebrook mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Edgebrook will not call until the very end of August at the earliest. They usually wait until the first week of school. They have been accepting a few students for K and 1st lately. Very few spots available for the middle grades as those grades have always been full and students that move out of area seem to be replaced by those that move in. The 7th-8th grades always have spots as the 6th graders go off to academic centers to get their spots secured for HS. I would be surprised if the K and 1st grade lists call much past 20, but I suppose its possible.

  • 867. LosTres  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    @848 and @856 thanks for the info.

    Anyone know if Ravenswood 1st Grade WL moves much?

  • 868. Jen K  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    @853 Sibling Pref – yes it differs by school since each school has a different K enrollment number. It’s *possible* that a sib wouldn’t get in but only if there were more siblings than total seats. At Disney 2, we have 50 seats. If 51 siblings applied, the lottery would choose 50 and one would go on the wait list. Siblings are guaranteed, unless the number of sib applicants exceeds the number of total seats in K. In older grades, sibs get preference only when seats become available due to a child leaving.

    @862 mep, D2 only has 50 students in 4th grade and sibs get first available spots, so it’s very unlikely that you would get a call unless the first 30+ On the list weren’t seriously considering switching schools. We have many families with older kids waiting for seats in various grades due to the younger sib getting into K.

  • 869. South side obsessed  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    ATTENTION SOUTH SIDE PARENTS – I just spoke w/the transportation company I used for my older son. I explained to him our problems w/transportation. He said if a group of us got together & coordinated pick/up drop off locations then he would transport up north to Disney, Lasalle etc. BUT what he wants is not to do house pick up but all the kids in Hyde Park meet at one school, all the kids in South shore, Bronzeville, etc. I don’t want to quote the price he gave me b/c that may change depending on the number of people who participate. But I found it to be quite reasonable. His name is Mario & I found him to be great w/my older son. He can be reached at 773-678-8217. Tell him you heard about him from cps obsessed. Maybe this can be an option for us.

  • 870. Jen K  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    @862, I meant 1st grade, not 4th Basically same story anyway!

  • 871. Peirce mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    We have a first grader and a preschooler at Peirce; we love the school. My kids have a special every day: art, gym, music, computers, library and Spanish. We love the Peirce families. Friends of Peirce hosts several fun fund raisers over the year. It has a great community feel with most families living close to the school.

    My dd has offers for kindergarten at Peirce and Disney and low wait list numbers at NTA and Budlong. We will probably stay at Peirce.

  • 872. One More Year to Go  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I would definitely consider an NTA neighborhood offer if we were to get one. I went to an open house last year and really liked what I saw. I’ll be interested to hear other reports from those who go this year.

  • 873. Sibling Preference  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks Jen K.

  • 874. cpsparent  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    @867 LosTres – not sure about last year but 2 years ago, the Ravenswood waitlist for 1st grade got to at least 35. We even got a call from Waters.

  • 875. Burr parent  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    @Ashley 721 & other Burr inquiries….

    I have a 1st grader at Burr (and a prek’er next year). We have been at Burr for 4 years and have been very happy. Burr has an undeniable community of involvement! The parents and faculty are committed to the schools success which has taken leaps in the past several years. Along with a new principal, Burrs future is in great hands. Burr offers Japanese as part of the curriculum, and has offered small group teaching when neccessary. In my experience the administration has been very open to parents requests or concerns. We are currently fundraising for more Arts & technology improvements. We have 7 nationally board certified teachers. I truly cant say enough about our school. If you have any further questions feel free to attend one of our school tours on the 1st and 3rd thursday of each month, or message our “Friends of Burr” Facebook page.

  • 876. definetly obsessed  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I just remembered that Spring Break is April 14-18. Which means we’ll have to wait 4 weeks now to see wait list movements after the 1st round deadline. I need to find a way to stay sane in the meantime.

  • 877. Evelyn  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Does anyone have any input on Disney I vs Newberry for K? Test scores appear to be similar, but Newberry is about 1/3 of the size of Disney. Anyone know about the environment, diversity, etc…?

  • 878. Mom of soon to be three at Hawthorne  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    @ 0377

    There is certainly a community at Hawthorne. My children have good friends who live a couple of blocks from us, and some that love a 10/15 min drive. We do have a great turf field that is perfect for after school play. We are sometimes still at school playing with friends past 4 o’clock. We’ve never had an issue with friends or play dates being difficult to schedule. Hope this helps…

  • 879. Mom of soon to be three at Hawthorne  |  March 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Hawthorne arts partnership-

    The program funded by the PTA and grants brings a resident artist into every classroom in the school to incorporate art instruction into each subjects curriculum. For example in First Grade my daughter’s showcase was on animals and their habitats. An actor from Steppenwolf came and helped each class write and direct a play- dessert, ocean, rain forest…. The students created masks to wear, wrote All about books on their animal, composed poems on their animals and made several other projects which were all displayed during their showcase. The showcase is the night the students present all their hard work to their parents, teaching them everything they learned while working on their showcase.

  • 880. JLM  |  March 25, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    @546 and @552 – My daughter is in the classical program at Skinner West, but from what I’ve seen, the neighborhood program seems impressive. Impressive enough that, in addition to testing daughter #2 in a few years, I will put her into the lottery for the Skinner West neighborhood program.

    As far as the school favoring one program over the other, I’ve never heard Ms. Clark, the principal, or anyone else say anything of the sort. My daughter’s only in K, but is friends with a girl in SW neighborhood program. At this age, she just knows she has a different teacher – I don’t think she realizes that there are different programs.

    As far as resources, the classical program gets gym 2x/week vs. 1x/week for the neighborhood. Classical also gets foreign language 2x/week – I believe, but am not positive, that neighborhood gets foreign language 1x/week. Classical has a choice between Spanish and Mandarin – I think the neighborhood is only offered Spanish. The curriculum is obviously advanced for the classical programs, but the neighborhood program seems vigorous. All of the K classes, regardless of program, do quarterly research projects, and all are required to do a set number of book reports for the year.

    It’s a great school, regardless of program!

  • 881. far northsider  |  March 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    @863 re Burley – It’s highly unlikely you’ll get an offer, unfortunately. They have two kindergarten classes and they are filled by kids in the neighborhood; last year I heard from friends that they ran to the end of the out-of-area sibling wait list three weeks into the school year. In any event they’re not likely to call anyone off the list until the school year is underway so that they can accommodate last-minute neighborhood registrations.

  • 882. Beth  |  March 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    We were WL #1 for Prescott and accepted.

  • 883. caring mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    @863 – Not to discourage you but chances to receive a call from Burley is very slim. Lase year, we were at waiting list #13 for K and received no call.

  • 884. lisa  |  March 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    @882 Beth – what do you mean? They already made a call from their wait list? What grade? I guess if folks already called to turn down offers then that makes sense. Wow, they are acting quickly.

  • 885. hyde park mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm


  • 886. Sashamommy  |  March 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    @849 Sheridanmom – we have a low Kindergarden proximity WL # (12) for Sheridan and I am trying to stay hopeful. I have not been able to find any information on afterschool programming there other than Afterschool Allstars which is more of a choose a class one day a week type of deal. I am wondering, what do other parents there do about aftercare? Is there a park district program that alot of the students attend (though that may not even be an option since my daughter is only 5)? Any info that you would be kind enough to share is greatly appreciated.

  • 887. @nu$#@  |  March 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    @JLM Thanks for the post on Skinner West neighborhood. My kid is an ELL ( we do not speak English at home or with family) and this is the first test he gave with zero prep. He scored (44 R, 90 M. RGC – 104) but am glad we got to experience it all the same.
    We are left with SW neighborhood and happy to hear good things about the program. This may be the wrong post to ask this, but what do you prep your kids on as far as testing goes? I am in awe of the parents who got their kids scoring 99 percentile amongst 4-5 year olds…

  • 888. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    @863: Your chances of getting into Burley are very, very slim. I know a family who had 2 kids there before they got re-districted to Prescott and their youngest didn’t get into K last year via the sibling lottery. The parents were so ticked that they up and left for the ‘burbs.

  • 889. Meghan  |  March 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Need help understanding the Tiers. On my waitlist (Mayer, PK-3) I was “Queue AA” and I saw nothing about tiers. How does that translate? I should be in proximity and am waitlist #9.

  • 890. AG  |  March 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Applying for K – landed the 919 spot on the Skinner wait list, I won’t be holding my breath!

    We did get into Disney, curious to see if anyone has an opinion between that and our neighborhood school, Audubon. Haven’t toured Disney yet but a little concerned about the size and walking to Audubon would be nice. The Audubon principle was sick the day of our tour so I may try to go again.Thanks.

  • 891. Cragin mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Seeking input.

    Tier 2

    Disney II (21)

    For rising 5th grader. Really like Disney but would hate to turn down Audubon and then not get a DII offer…

  • 892. Chicago School GPS  |  March 25, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    @889- Oscar Mayer’s PK3 lottery is a little different and says so on their website (see below). So you are in the “Attendance Area (AA)” queue. So the number of available spots depends heavily on how many siblings are vying for admission that year. Good luck!

    Mayer has a preschool program for 3-year-old and 4-year-old children in the Montessori Early Childhood classrooms. All students interested in the preschool program must submit a Standard Application, including students who live within the school’s attendance boundary. A computerized lottery is conducted to select students for Mayer’s preschool programs; acceptance is not guaranteed to any students, including those who live within the school’s attendance boundary. Applicants are selected for the preschool program in the following order:
    1. Attendance area siblings
    2. Non-attendance area siblings
    3. Attendance area non-siblings
    4. Non-attendance area non-siblings.
    The current policy governing this procedure is under review and is subject to revision prior to the selection process for the 2014-2015 school year. Contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at (773) 553-2060 or oae@cps.edu for more information.

    To determine if you are in Mayer’s attendance boundaries, use CPS’s school locator.

  • 893. AG  |  March 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    @891 I’m not absolutely certain so please check but I think your acceptance at Audubon would not affect your wait list status at Disney II as they are all separate lists. So, if Audubon’s list moved and you took a spot, I believe you could still move up on Disney’s list and accept that spot if it became available. If someone knows different, please correct me..

  • 894. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Cragin Mom – Accepting an offer at Audobon (or any school on the lottery list) will not affect your chances of receiving an offer from D2. It is only with the selective enrollment schools (SEES) that once you accept an offer your name is pulled from the other SEES school lists. But, even in that case you would still receive offers from the lottery schools once your wait list number came up.

  • 895. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Cragin Mom – So basically, If Audubon calls, go ahead and accept. Then if you are lucky enough to have D2 call, when they do, accept the D2 offer and inform Audubon that you have accepted another offer instead so that they can immediately offer that vacant spot to another family and don’t have to wait until your child doesn’t show up on the first day. But, if D2 never calls, then at least you have a spot at Audubon. Make sense?

  • 896. Craginmom  |  March 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm


  • 897. Going into 4th  |  March 25, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Awesome!! I’d be interested, I don’t live in Hyde park, but the commute there is better than driving all the way to Disney everyday!

  • 898. LaSalle II Preschool  |  March 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Representatives will be at LaSalle II tomorrow to accept applications for the Ready To Learn process.

    There are current openings for the 2013-2014 school year as well as expected vacancies for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

    This would be a great opportunity for children who will attend LaSalle II for Kindergarten to get to know the school. It will also be an opportunity for siblings that will be 3 or 4 by September 1, 2014 to apply.

    The PreK classrooms offer two sessions.

    Current times are 7:45 – 10:20 for AM and 12:05 to 2:40 for PM.

    Applications will be accepted from 8:00 to 11:00 tomorrow.

    All applicants must bring one of the following:

    Proof Of Child’s Age:
    Original Birth Certificate
    State Issued Medical Card

    Proof Of Residency:
    Utility Bill
    Current Voter’s Registration Card
    Rental Agreement/Mortgage Statement
    State ID Card
    Driver’s License

    Proof Of Current Income of Parent(s) Guardian(s) of Child:
    Current Pay Stub
    W-2 – 1040 Tax Form
    Social Security Income Letter
    Unemployment Stub
    Self-Employment Tax Statement
    Official Child Support Letter
    Workers’ Compensation
    Bank Statement (for direct deposit)
    Income Verification Form

    LaSalle II will be hosting an open house on Saturday, March 29, 2014 for prospective PreK families and families accepted through the lottery for 2014 – 2015 school year.

  • 899. from the heart  |  March 25, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Need honest opinions on Disney Magnet School. Got an offer and I am in two minds. My son will be entering 2nd grade. He is currently at Peirce which is evolving into a very well supported school.
    Thank you.

  • 900. FirstGradeBound  |  March 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    We’re #24 on the WL for Prescott (1st grade). What are our chances for receiving an offer? I don’t want to be caught off-guard like I was last year for Alcott when we were in the 60s and got a call.

  • 901. kinderparent  |  March 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    We were offered a spot at Pershing. Does anyone know anything about their kindergarten program?

  • 902. JLM  |  March 25, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    @887 – My daughter’s only prep was going to preschool. Her teachers there rocked and taught her to read. She’s also the studious type by nature – very eager to learn, and quite the perfectionist. I figured she’d do well on the reading, but was surprised that she did well enough on the math to get a spot. To my knowledge, she knew how to count and that was it. Who knows what they test these kids on!

    As for my younger child, she’s very different from her sister, so time will tell what school/program she’s best suited for. I have noticed that almost every child in my older daughter’s K class is either an only or an eldest child. So maybe having parents that aren’t worn out yet from parenting really helps!

  • 903. RogersPark Mama  |  March 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Listing all numbers now that I’m back in town and have letter. We will be declining all offers below with the remote possible exception of Coonley, were a spot to open up. As it is, we got acceptances to both Skinner West and Lane AC yesterday. Skinner West Tier 3, you just bumped up as we will decline in favor of Lane. SW is just too far from home, though I’d love theoretically to continue the Classical Method through 8th grade.

    Rising 7th, Tier 3
    Failing for well over a decade neighborhood school, Gale, with the awesome 6th grade achievements of 17% meets/exceeds in Reading, 16% meets/exceeds Math. 2% exceed Reading, 0% exceed Math. 😳 Somehow that our school is that awful plays into our lottery choices, as three for three we’ve had 10+ wait list spots under #15, and never less than 5 offers between SEES and Magnet/Lottery. OAE won’t confirm this theory, but I suspect it’s relevant under NCLB.

    Coonley #2 (sibling)
    Nettlehorst #2 (general)
    Boone #3 (general)
    Bundlong #4 (general)
    Goudy #8 (general)
    Peirce #11 (general)
    Waters #13 (general)
    Burly #14 (general)
    Stone #18 (general)
    Hamilton #19 (general)
    Ravenswood #21 (general)
    Audubon #23 (general)
    Disney II #25 (general)
    Hawthorne #51 (general)
    Disney #102 (general)

    Offered Brenneman, Chappell and Courtenay

    Ineligible for Blaine, Beaubien

    Hopefully Nettlehorst will move and someone will luck out there, too. Crazy to get a #2 WL spot there. We’d have killed for that during K admissions both times. Good luck everyone, and don’t give up! Both times prior we’ve gotten WL offers all the way through last week of August, and to good schools like Stone and Peirce. Round 2 is coming!

  • 904. RogersPark Mama  |  March 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Oops, sorry. Disney II waitlist is Tier 3, not general, 7th grade.

  • 905. mep  |  March 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you Jen K.

  • 906. Wishfuldaddy  |  March 25, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Mayer WL 14—- crossing our fingers something opens up

  • 907. 1moreSouthSider  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    @kinderparent I also received an offer from Pershing (also Ray and Ariel). Don’t know much about it, but it is really close to my house. My understanding is that before Pershing East (lower grades maybe K-3) and Pershing combined buildings, the Pershing East school was doing really well. Now that they are combined, it’s been tough to find information on the combined school. Even their website has been “under construction” the entire school year. I called yesterday to see if they would allow me to come in but front desk person was lukewarm to the idea. Keep me posted if you find out anything more.

  • 908. from the heart  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Still waiting for someone to please weigh in on Disney Magnet for me. I will appreciate any kind of input. Got an offer for 2nd grade. In Peirce currently.

  • 909. Amy  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    @DunningMom, I’m so glad to hear that you loved HILA. We are praying that we get our son in there for kindergarten next year. Fingers crossed.

  • 910. Katrina  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm


    Please provide me with the bus information as well (katrinaboone@sbcglobal.net. Thanks, I really appreciate it.

  • 911. hyde park mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Regarding Disney I,my twins will go there for K.I wasnt happy at first b/c was awaiting an SEES offer.After I looked at their website trying to get some info (I knew nothing about them),I became very excited. THEY focus on the arts and integrating it with technology.I watched some videos showing you inside the classes,the layout,and how the learning occurs,I fell in love.I know its silly to base that on a website,but I plan on touring the school next Wednesday (fyi).If your kids are creative,they will probably thrive.In fact,I bet my oldest,currently at Edison,would adore Disney.I am surprised more parents arent clamoring to.get in,seems like a gem. We chose them over Ray,which would’ve been a 15 minute drive vs 30 minute commute,but worth it.

  • 912. Dunning Mom  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    @909 Amy – When is the lottery? Fingers crossed for you! Hope is a really nice school – a hidden gem IMHO. There are so many high demand schools in that area (Skinner, STEM, Suder) and people despair when their children don’t get an offer. Most of them don’t know that HILA is right there.

  • 913. Mom7373  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    908-I’m a Disney mom of a second grader. Disney is a good school but its’ a unique structure with the open-pods. It can get noisy, most kids handle it well. I wouldn’t recommend it for any child with any attention issues. Sometimes communication with the administration is lacking. For example, I found out from my daughter that she was moved to a different reading group mid year, I thought I should have been told first. Its a large school and I don’t feel there is much of a community. The gifted classes seem to have a bit more of a community feel, which I think comes from being in the same group of kids year over year.
    I do wish they would offer language school wide like they do for the gifted kids. It would be nice to have some clubs after school such as girl scouts, sports for the elementary kids. i’m not sure what is available for the older kids. They do have an after school program staffed by teachers which is nice, but homework review is limited.

  • 914. Amy  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    @DunningMom, lottery was yesterday. We should hear back within the week. We were so impressed with the building, the principal, and the general environment. It’s about a 5 min drive from our house. Our son has some sensory integration issues, but I’m not sure its severe enough for an IEP. I’m so impressed with their resources though. Here’s hoping!

  • 915. wuyuehua  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    tier3,entering 1st grade,math 98,reading 98,offered Decatur (the last one in my application list. Skinner North is the 1st) RGC: 97. No possibility to get any other offers?

  • 916. Mom of two  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Any ideas if #13 at Stone (to all of you helpful Stone parents) for kindergarten has a shot? Thanks!

  • 917. from the heart  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    @911 hyde park mom- Thanks. I watched the video as well. So did my son. We were both very excited. Will be touring next Tuesday. It’s a little further away for us. Also my concern/question is if they have a second language being taught school wide as my son is learning Spanish at Peirce which for him is like acquiring a third language! We have had a great experience in our school but Disney has been like a dream school for me. A very hard choice in more ways than one. Did not get an offer in SEES despite a pretty decent score.

  • 918. cpsobsessed  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    The coonley expansion has eased any tension (which was minimal and probably isolated to a few people) now that there is room to accommodate the ever-expanding neighborhood program and RGC.
    Not sure why tours are now offered, but I imagine with popularity comes frequent requests for tours. Typically as schools become more in-demand the # of tours declines in proportion.

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 919. from the heart  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    @913. Mom7373- Thank you so much. My son can get easily distracted so the open system does concern me but at the same time he loves hands on learning & does very well in a project based setting. I also am unsure due to the size of the school as I do feel the sense of community we get in Peirce makes all the difference. Language is another factor as he learns Spanish here on a weekly basis & I love the fact that he is acquiring a third language. Most parents in our present school are very proactive too. We have been blessed with an awesome teacher who keeps communications open. It does help that I am a room parent but I see her interaction with other parents and hear positive feedback from them.
    Disney has been my choice for a long time (even before I had my son). And this is why this is such a hard decision for me. I am planning to get to know about the 2nd grade teachers at the present school since I am not too aware. I’ll also be touring Disney next Tuesday. Maybe after that I can make my mind up.
    Your feedback has really helped me think of more factors & I truly appreciate your response.

  • 920. Another Stone Parent  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    @916 – If I remember correctly, Stone went past your waitlist number last year for K, even for proximity, so I think you have a good shot!

  • 921. Rebecca  |  March 25, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I’m a little confused with the waitlists and tiers. I’m Tier 2, WL #9 for Lasalle and #10 for Franklin. So we will only get an offer at these schools if 9 other Tier 2 kids decline? Do you think I have a shot?

  • 922. Mom of two  |  March 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    @920 thank you so much! I really appreciate your insight!

  • 923. AlbanyPark Mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Anyone have thoughts on Peterson vs Prescott? Heard great things about Prescott on here. Any input on Peterson or a comparison of the two? Thanks!

  • 924. Lamerson1  |  March 26, 2014 at 6:48 am

    There have been lots of posts with questions about the environment at Newberry. I have two kids at Newberry this year – 5th grade and K. We love it. If you want to email me directly with questions, I am happy to talk over email, or by phone or grab a cup of coffee. I know it is a big decision. email is lyd_murray@hotmail.com

    You should also attend an open house. I think that there are 3 scheduled in April.

  • 925. Jenn  |  March 26, 2014 at 7:03 am

    For more info on Prescott, you can always call me or check out http://www.prescottparents.com. We are also offering a special tour on Friday, March 28 at 9am. 312.848.0570

  • 926. Ir2002  |  March 26, 2014 at 7:18 am

    @ from the heart
    Can you please give me some insight on Peirce school. My son will be entering 1st grade. Thank you in advance.

  • 927. Sheridanmom  |  March 26, 2014 at 9:27 am

    @886 Sashamommy
    There is no afterschool program at Sheridan other than the Afterschool Allstars which is really just clubs and activities. Nothing that is M – F, for a set number of hours.

    A few kids go to the Valentine Boys & Girls Club which is about a mile away from the school. If you qualify for bus service, it will drop you off at the front door starting in early Oct. – end of school year. There is a private bus service that a few parents use instead to take their kids to the Boys & Girls Club, or some other program, including other Park District programs not in the area.


    Also in regards to the CPS bus, if you qualify for bus service, instead of having the child dropped off at their morning pickup they can instead be dropped off at a Park District program. But for some reason they do not know how to get this setup by the 1st day of school, so it usually doesn’t start until the first week of October.

  • 928. Sheridanmom  |  March 26, 2014 at 9:33 am

    @860 CPS wonderland

    Sometimes if a parent gets a sibling in the school, they might try to move over other siblings the following year. So that would be the only scenario where a sibling would be inline for a spot other than kindergarten. It happens but not often, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Good luck with trying to get in. It is a great school.

  • 929. lost in CPS  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Tier 3

    Audubon #38
    Ravenswood #130
    Disney #168 (tier 3)
    Drummond #72
    Hawthorne #187 (tier 3)
    Solomon #208
    Alcott #379
    Inter-American #93
    Mayer #291
    Newberry #163
    Nettelhorst #146
    Murphy #21
    Pierce #130
    Waters #266
    Courtenay #87
    Disney2 #30 (tier 3)

    No SEES letter yet. Stone looks nice, but far away. Anyone think there is a chance for Disney 2 or Murphy?

    (Also, my daughter went to Solomon for pre-k. It is an AMAZING school. I would send my daughter there in a heartbeat. It’s very small, a ton of parent involvement, super diverse, and they teach mandarin!)

    I am a newb at this, so any feedback would help so much. Like what is the difference between general, general E, and tier 3? And does anyone LOVE STONE?

    I feel like I am applying for grad school….HELP!

  • 930. Kit  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Annie – or Alcott parents.
    Is Mandarin at Alcott offered every day?

  • 931. New to this  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Also Regarding Alcott
    @840 my K was wait listed #23, Tier 3 and was offered a spot. My older child was wait listed #3 for 2nd grade. I really want them in the same school. Are you (or any other Alcott families) familiar with movement on these lists in older grades?


  • 932. Rose  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Does anyone know if Thorp’s proximity wait list for Kindergarten moves? We are number 33. Thank you.

  • 933. Kit  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

    My child Tier#4, WL #14 for K was offered a spot at Alcott.
    @931, Good luck that you don’t have to take two kids to two different schools.

  • 934. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

    @929 lost in CPS – You did not say what your neighborhood school is. Is it at all an option, being Stone is so far away? I’d say you may also have a shot at receiving calls from Courtenay, maybe Peirce (?), maybe even Ravenswood (?) late summer/early school year??? You may want to look at last year’s posts and see how far those schools went down their lists for the current school year. That being said, assuming your neighborhood school is absolutely not an option, here is my advice to you.

    1) Accept the Stone offer. You can always accept a wait list offer later or decide to send your child to your neighborhood school, which will then open up that Stone spot for someone else. But, if you accept your offer now then at least you have a spot secured at Stone. Definitely tour Stone, drive/CTA the route you would take to school during the actual time you would be doing the commute, on a school day and also check to see if you fall within busing boundaries.

    2) If you have not already toured the schools check the web sites of and if no information there, call the following schools TODAY and find out when the tours are being held for offered families/families with low wait list numbers. Absolutely tour the schools if you can!!! This helps a TON in ranking your preferences so that you can decide how you will respond if you receive wait list calls:
    – Stone
    – Murphy
    – Disney II (I would say getting a wait list offer here is a VERY outside chance. But, you never know and if you get a call the day before school starts or a week or two after class has already started you want to be prepared with an immediate answer as they may want to know right away.)
    – Even Peirce, Ravenswood and Courtenay if it looks like they went a decent amount down their lists last year, which I think those schools did. You will need to be ready with an answer for these schools “just in case” as you may get calls over summer and into early school year and be given a very short amount of time to decide and may not be able to tour at that time (often 24 hours response time is given by late summer, sometimes less.)

    3) Check with CPS or Stone to find out for sure whether or not you live within Stone’s busing boundaries. This may help you make your decision.

    4) Internet research the schools listed in #2 on the CPS web site, greatschools site and look at the individual schools’ web sites. Also, read comments in regards to those schools here and in past year’s threads as well.

    5) Be ready with your decision for schools that may potentially call. Be sure to answer your phone when schools call. Some schools have been known to not leave messages and to move to the next number on the wait list.

    Perhaps also find out how far Audubon went down their list last year???? I am not familiar with how far down the list that school generally gets.

    Good luck to you!!!!

  • 935. KS  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

    To Alcott parents – do kids have to study Mandarin or can it be something else? Spanish possibly? Any discussions about expanding foreign language selection?

  • 936. CPS wonderland  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:33 am

    @Sheridanmom Thank you, you’ve been of great help.
    I have one more question. I assume you are a mom of a kindergarten-er, are you maybe familiar if kids leave Sheridan after kindergarten for RGC and classical schools (how often does it happen), how (if at all) wait lists move for 1st grade?

  • 937. SEESandCharterParent  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:33 am

    @932 Rose. We had #24 (or something like that) Tier 4 – K last year and never got a call.

  • 938. Kit  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

    @935, they have Spanish also at Alcott. I want my daughter to learn Mandarin since we speak it at home. I think most people take Spanish from their group photo.

  • 939. OIP dad  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

    @771. We have two Kindergartners at Belding. They are thriving. The school is a well kept secret. Principal Yutzy is fantastic. If it were not for the lack of high school options in our hood, we would never leave.

  • 940. alcott language  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Mandarin is it for languages at Alcott. Spanish is after an school $$$ class.

  • 941. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:01 am

    @929 lost in CPS – I realize the advice I had posted was somewhat of an “ideal” scenario, that one would be able to take all of those tours. But, I do recommend attending as many as you can. That being said, perhaps a big question that would be helpful to answer is how you feel about Stone and the commute/transportation issue for your family. If after touring Stone, doing the commute during a school day during the time you would need to be commuting, and finding out for sure whether or not you qualify for busing, you may be loving the school and feeling all right about the commute and decide that it would really take a spectacular offer to pull you away or you may be feeling disappointed in the school or feeling strongly about finding something closer to home because you find the commute unbearable, at which point you can identify the schools that are a better fit and focus on those, still having Stone as your back-up being you will have accepted that offer in case nothing else acceptable comes through. Hope that is helpful and not just overwhelming and annoying!!! 🙂

    And FWIW – We were in a similar situation several years ago. Our ‘best’ offer was a magnet school 2nd furthest from home out of the 25 schools we applied to (both lottery and SEES!) Even after receiving about five other offers we did decide to stick with the magnet as we felt strongly about the school and that it was a good fit for our child and family. However, we do have the commute issue, but for us it works out all right as we have flexibility in our schedule. May not be for everyone though. I feel it is an important question that each family has to answer for themselves. Again, good luck!!!!

  • 942. Annie O  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Alcott West, the HS offers Spanish and as mentioned the elementary school offers it as an after school special. The principal had mentioned he would like to add it back if budget allows but Mandarin is federally funded so no cost to Alcott which is why it’s the only language right now.

  • 943. Rose  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

    SEESandCharterParent, thank you. I am afraid of that. Thorp is 2 blocks from my house. I toured the school and loved it.

  • 944. Kit  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Annie 0 –
    Mandarin is offered every day then?

  • 945. Missed call paranoia  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Anyone else get a CPS robocall yesterday around 6pm? My CPS kid wasn’t absent and there was no VM, but I recognize the main CPS number – 773-553-5700.

    Schools aren’t actually making any WL calls before April 11, are they? I would assume it would come from the school directly and not show on caller ID as the -5700 number?

  • 946. Fingers Crossed  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Yes I got the call. It was a reminder about school being in session on Friday.

  • 947. Irvingpark mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

    @939 – thank you.

  • 948. lost in CPS  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

    @941 Even One More CPS Mom

    Thank you so much (honestly), you have been a huge help! Stone is not super far from where we currently live, but we are planning to move this summer, making it far away for next year…idk if that makes sense. The reason we are moving is to be closer to public transportation, bc unfortunately the car is pretty undependable.

    Stone isn’t really near public transportation, but you’re right about driving the route and during school hours, since it’s in a somewhat odd location. Our neighborhood school is Jamieson.

  • 949. Portage Mama  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Hi all. Talk about March madness. CPS I throw my fist at you!!!
    Well here are our top offers/lottery numbers:

    Hamilton: offer
    Thorp: #4 (proximity)
    Disney 2: #55

    We are hoping (really hoping) for Thorp. We live in the Portage Park and are really happy about what we hear from friends who have kids there. What do you guys thing our chances are to getting in. Disney 2 – I won’t hold my breath, but stranger things have happened.

    Thoughts? Should we think we will probably get Thorp?

  • 950. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:36 am

    @lost in CPS – Any chance your new home will be within busing boundaries?

  • 951. Pre-K mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I didn’t even get my letter yet, couldn’t be a good sign I’m assuming! Yikes and this is just for my two boys entering Pre-K! Has ANYONE else not received their letters yet?

  • 952. RP Mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    My son is a TIER 4 and he is waitlisted 20 for Mayer, 22 for Thorpe and 36 for Franklin. Think we have a chance at any of these?

  • 953. Sashamommy  |  March 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    @927 Sheridanmom – I so appreciate the information that you have provided regarding Sheridan as well as the transportation link. I am going to look into the afterschool programs offered nearby and hope that we get a waitlist call. It seems like they have a great program there and are relatively close to home. Thanks again for all your comments, they are very appreciated as we try to navigate this process!

  • 954. Rose  |  March 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Portage Mama- I don’t know what your chances are but we are in a similar situation. We are 3 at Disney and 33 at Thorp. We would love to attend either school. I don’t know how much the Thorp proximity list moves but I’m crossing my fingers. We live 3 blocks from the school. Is Reinberg your home school?


  • 955. Relieved in 60630  |  March 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Rose and Portage Mama: We are #28 Tier 4 for K at Thorp. I called the school on Monday to ask about our chance for admission. The woman I spoke with said they would have a better idea if we would have a chance for acceptance around May 1. I’ll call again then.

  • 956. from the heart  |  March 26, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    @926 Ir2002- We have been in Peirce since K & have had a very positive experience. Our teacher is a gem. My son is in 1st grade. The parent involvement in the school is phenomenal. Just this week a parent group met independently to have a meeting to see how we as a community & vested parents can help improve the school by presenting realistic goals forward. The school gets support from many fund raisers held in part or fully by parents. I just wish that CPS grants them IB status for the primary level as well. Its a pretty good school for a neighborhood school. We are out of boundary though thus lottery. The great atmosphere & parent involvement is what is making me think despite an offer from my dream school Disney. I want to make the best decision for my son.
    I strongly recommend that you come for the Open House for Peirce on April 4th. The details are on the website: http://www.peirce.cps.k12.il.us/
    Best of luck.
    PS: If you have any more questions then please let me know.

  • 957. Roebot  |  March 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Relieved – Thanks for the Thorp date info. We are #21 proximity for K but if we get a call from Pritzker where we are #13 we’ll be accepting there…might move somebody one step closer 🙂 Fingers crossed for all of us.

  • 958. logan.sq.mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    So late to write in with letter results…. but:

    First timers with this. Entering K, Tier 3 in Logan Sq. Nhd school not an option (Logandale).

    Zero offers (not for SEES either).

    Hawthorne 170
    STEM 10
    Disney II 11 (really hoped for DII, feel there is no chance – should I hope against hope??)
    LaSalle II 158
    Lasalle 143
    Newberry 39 (also wanted Newberry)

    general waitlists:
    Agassiz 352 (very sad)
    Alcott 248
    Mitchell 3
    Prescott 64
    Pritzker 224
    Ravenswood 207
    Hamilton 266
    Audobon 656 (also very sad)
    Goethe 57
    South loop 126
    Norwood Park 171
    Burr 42
    Drummond 570

    Have hope that perhaps Burr or Goethe will work out. Mitchell maybe, though Principal said on tour they don’t plan to have ANY seats for K. Not one. Boo.

    Have other child – PK-3

    Drummond T3 #1 ! cannot beleive it. Will accept if offered, hope there is a chance. Already registered elsewhere for PK but will surender deposit to take a seat at Drummond.
    Mayer 103
    Suder 89

    This process has been emotionally draining. Worse then applying to college OR grad school.

  • 959. Irvingpark mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Just wondering as I see some of these posts, if you call the schools, will they give you feedback if they have it regarding wait list movements?

  • 960. Sashamommy  |  March 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I just called the school today where we have the lowest proximity wait list number to just state that we were very interested and ask about any upcoming Open House. The woman on the phone asked what WL # we had then said “oh, that doesn’t look so bad for you” when I told her we were proximity #12. First encouraging thing since this whole process started (and much needed, you got it right with the emotionally draining comment). So I would say, call and put it all out there. You may be pleasantly surprised to get some good feedback. GOOD LUCK!

  • 961. Irvingpark mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    @960-That’s great to get a response like that. I only hope the rest of the schools have that much invested in sensitivity training for all of us stressed out parents…..:)

  • 962. New to this  |  March 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    @959 I tried, and even with a low waitlist number, they would not speculate or give info on the movement on the lists from last year.

  • 963. lisa  |  March 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    @958 logan sq. – I think you have a good shot at Burr and Goethe. We are also logan sq (tier 4) trying to get in somewhere. Got the same response from Mitchell regarding no spots – was very surprised to hear that. Good luck.

  • 964. Kate Cabral  |  March 26, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Also @logan sq.

    We are also Tier 3, applied for K and got offers from Pritzker (magnet), Burr, and Gunsaulus (SW side). We can only take one obviously, so at least Burr or Pritzker will have one open slot in your tier. And if we go with Gunsaulus then there’ll be an opening at each 🙂

    I also *think* I saw somebody post 1-2 days ago that Burr got into the low 100’s (???) for its K waitlist last year. In any case, seems like Burr’s waitlist definitely moves. Good luck!!!

  • 965. ABear  |  March 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    @917 from the heart

    Maybe we’ll get to meet on the tour next week. My son received a spot at Disney and will be entering second grade in the fall. He is very happy at his small private school, so it will be a hard decision to leave. However, I worry about the lack of resources for the upper grades at his current school.

    Does anyone recommend bringing your child on the tour? I thought it might help the transition if he could see the school before possibly starting in the fall. However, when I spoke with someone in the office at Disney, he seemed concerned that my son would miss an hour of class, although he did agree that it might help with the transition. Does anyone know if there an open house in the summer for new students?

  • 966. Sheridanmom  |  March 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    @953 Sashamommy

    We have been at Sheridan for a number of years and will be there for many more (new Kindergartner) 🙂

    Every year in my kid’s classrooms, out of the 60 kids in a particular grade they loose about 2 – 4 kids. So while there is not a lot of turnover, there is always a few new kids every school year in each grade.

    What I don’t know is if Sheridan already takes that into account when they do offers for the 1st round. Remembering my older children’s kindergarten years, I know they did lose 1 or 2 classmates to the gifted programs (especially Keller since it starts at 1st grade).

  • 967. SLMomx2  |  March 26, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Perhaps if enough parents asked for a summer open house the school would do domething w the idea? My DD has an offer for Disney for 1st grade. I’d be interested in that too if we accept.

  • 968. reenie  |  March 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    @945 robocall was probably about the fact there is school on Friday for CPS kids. I have been getting robocalls for everything about CPS since we sent in the testing app, and my kid is in private preschool, so I don’t care if CPS has school on Friday!!!

  • 969. RaghuMom  |  March 26, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Tier 3
    AJackson waitlist 7 proximity
    Lasalle II tier 3 -WL 15. Got invited for open house on March 31
    Fingers crossed

  • 970. RPhappymamma  |  March 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I think that’s a wonderful idea to have an open house for the children attending Disney due to the size of the school. We have accepted an offer for my daughter for second grade. She is in a smaller school in West Rogers Park and I believe an open house would make the transition easier for her and myself. I will also be attending the scheduled tour/open house next week

  • 971. Ir-2002  |  March 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    @956 from the hear–thank you so much for your input, its greatly appreciated. We live out of boundary as well and my son was offered a spot. To me it’s is very important that the school has big parent involvement which Peirce has. We will go for school tour and will make our decision base on the ‘first impression’. I have a daughter at Coonley and was hopping that my little one will get in- he is #5 on the wl, but he has a good chance at Alcott. Im keeping my fingers cross….this whole cps thing is the biggest nonsense. Good luck with your decision!

  • 972. Evelyn  |  March 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Just got a welcome letter from Disney. They have listed the dates to register kids offered seats and the dates for two open houses. For K students, they are asking you to bring them with you for a short one on one assessment. They dates are the last week in April and divided by last name.

  • 973. Evelyn  |  March 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Disney Open House: Wed. April 2nd and 9th at 9:00am
    Registration April 28th for A-C
    April 29th for D-H
    April 30th for I-M
    May 1st for N-R
    May 2nd for S-Z

    If you do not register on these dates, you will lose your spot. They will begin calling from the wait list on May 5th.

  • 974. edgemama23  |  March 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Our Kindergartener is at Hawthorne–the only school we were admitted to (although got two calls over the summer from Pierce and Peterson). Never won an actual lottery, but it darn sure felt like it when that came through! I could not be more amazed and thrilled with the education my daughter is receiving this year. The K teachers are outstanding–really, mind-boggling to me how they have so much energy and enthusiasm–they’re always ON–and adored by all the kids. They are rock stars–but approachable rock stars and encourage your involvement in and outside the classroom–there are no shortage of volunteering opportunities. I came from a small preschool situation (about 10 kids) into a classroom of 32, and I was a bit worried how my kid would thrive in that kind of big room. It’s a marvel to watch the teachers in action–and all the staff members care passionately for each child. It’s quite obvious within your first few weeks in the school that you’re in a special place, and that sense of community has continued and grown throughout the year. I just made a shocked face when I read the data about the principal stuff, but then noticed that was sort of “transitional” data as the school has shifted hands in the past few years. Mr. Pietrini is not like the childhood principal you remember as a kid (or at least my intimidating one, haha). He’s unbelievably inspiring, involved, motivated and genuinely cares about the school’s well-being and sense of family: students, teachers, staff AND parents. It takes a village, and he’s leading a phenomenal one. Obviously, I’m biased…but we’ve had a fantastic year.

  • 975. Rose  |  March 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Was the open house/your for Disney I or 2?

  • 976. Evelyn  |  March 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    That information is for Disney I.

  • 977. mom3girls  |  March 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    My daughter was accepted at Disney I for the 2nd grade. We are thrilled! she will be coming from a small parochial school so we aren’t sure how she will transition. I hope to meet families from this group at the open house! 🙂

  • 978. kb  |  March 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    private schools have tested this test for years. the chicago school is the one who was teaching to the wrong test. The private schools have long out done chicago public in this test. THAT is why cps is switching to the test the private schools have been using. They arent worried about it believe me.

  • 979. Sashamommy  |  March 26, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Does anyone know is the Open House for Disney only for families that have already received acceptance or also for waitlist families? Can you only go if you received an email invitation?

  • 980. On the fence  |  March 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Got accepted to Drummond and was thrilled! However, just found out yesterday that the school lost it’s wonderful principal who really built up the school to what it is and has been without one since September. Should I be concerned? Any current Drummond parents out there willing to give feedback on this? We have another strong option, so debating what to do. I was mostly interested in Drummond (vs our other option) for it’s strong leadership.

  • 981. Beth  |  March 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    @884 Lisa- K grade, yes we got a call and said they were starting on their WL and we were #1.

  • 982. Beth  |  March 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    @925 Jen
    We accepted a K spot at Prescott, I see there is a tour Friday- any next week? I am a teacher myself and am on Spring Break next week. Thanks!

  • 983. Jenn  |  March 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    We have another tour on 4/8 but that won’t work for u either, right. Why don’t u call me tomorrow and we can try to work something out for next week. 312.848.0570

  • 984. Hyde Park mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    can anyone plse post the link to or names of bus services they use for the north side schools (Disney, etc)? I am so grateful, and would like to compare prices.

  • 985. Hrkmom  |  March 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    We received an offer from Agassiz for K. We know very little about it and will tour it next week. Does anyone have insight on the school? Trying to decide wether to leave Suder for a spot there.

  • 986. JMR  |  March 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    @949 Portage Mama, We are going with Norwood Park (sibling) and will be declining Thorp (proximity) which bumps you one spot closer. We are also declining an offer at Hamilton.

  • 987. chimom1920  |  March 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    decisions, decisions. Here’s where we are (Tier 3, K)
    Beasley RGC
    Pritzker (Magnet program)

    Low WL:
    Chopin (Genl): #2
    Disney II: (T3) #43
    Talcott (Genl): #14
    Murray (T3): #6
    Ariel (Genl): #21

    What would you do??? We are open to moving near the right school. Any chance on the WLs? Do we let go of our RGC offer? Was really hoping for Pritzker RGC 😦

  • 988. LynnJ  |  March 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Does anyone have any meaningful feedback on Murray? Wait listed #12 and not sure if this list moves after the acceptance deadline.

  • 989. Kourtney  |  March 26, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    @lsmom – If you are happy w/ Burr, is there a reason you’re applying to other schools for your 1st grader? Just curious.

  • 990. Grateful Mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    K- Tier 4

    Sheridan -Offered
    STEM – #2
    Hawthorne – #7
    All others too high to name…lol

    Can someone give me some insight and feedback on Sheridan, STEM and Hawthorne? I want to have some knowledge outside of the schools presentations. Thx!

  • 991. Chicago School GPS  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    For those deciding on Alcott, keep in mind it is one of three CPS schools that goes from K-12th grade. Granted, these high schools are only 5 years old (Alcott & Ogden) or one year (Disney II), but they are viable high school choices with strong leadership and ambitious goals in mind.

    Alcott is getting the AP Capstone program and is small enough to cater to individuals;
    Odgen is an IB program and has extensive travel/exchange opportunities;
    Disney II is modeled after an AC/SEHS but without a test-in requirement.

    All great HS options getting even better, and elementary students are automatically admitted so their 7th grade years are much less stressful!

  • 992. JeffParkDad  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    We will not be accepting a spot at Thorp if called ( WL -1 general) for 1st grade. Accepted at Beaubien RGC. Hope that helps someone.

  • 993. LSmom  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    @Kourtney, mostly because I was applying for my three year old and thought that in the unlikely event that both got into the same Montessori program, that would be tempting.

  • 994. Another Mommy  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    @ Grateful Mom, I would say you are in at Hawthorne, not sure about the other schools. I think you will be very happy if you pick Hawthorne. Very solid academically, but if your kid is super smart they will be bored beyond belief in K to about second grade. that could change, though. This is the first year of the common core stuff, and I have found that my kids find it a little more challenging. Overall, my kids are happy, have tons of friends and LOVE going to school. I have weird kids. lol! Good luck in your decision.

  • 995. Soon to be hawthorne mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    #994. We just accepted at hawthorne for kindergarten and you just posted my biggest fear. My daughter scored very strong on RGC and classical test, but we want her at a school where her brother can be guaranteed entrance too and where there is a diversity of abilities. That being said, my daughter is reading chapter books and I am concerned about her getting bored in kindergarten. Doesn’t sound like not being challenged has impacted your kids feelings about school which is really the only reason I would be concerned about boredom – ie if it leads to not liking school or acting out. Are there any enrichment opportunities/leveling at all for reading or math? Is the teacher responsive to the fact that kids are bored and differentiation is needed? I know it must be very challenging with 32 kids/class and I might be expecting too much from a CPS school, but curious if there is effort made to teach kids at their appropriate level and not just to the middle. I take it there isn’t a comprehensive gifted or specific aptitude program at Hawthorne? Thanks for your input!

  • 996. Angie  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Any info on Andrew Jackson? Any info would be greatly appreciated.


  • 997. Soon to be hawthorne mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    As a follow up, does anyone know if Audubon has a comprehensive gifted or specific aptitude program? Is there a list somewhere that states which CPS schools do?

  • 998. Soon to be hawthorne mom  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Sorry to bombard, but just found the answer to my own question. Here are schools with comprehensive gifted or specific aptitude programs. Looks like hawthorne has some opportunities, but not until middle school.


  • 999. @958  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    @ 958 Logan Square Mom–I think you have some pretty decent WL numbers for KG. (This is based on my WL research over the past couple of years.) Here is my guess as to what your chances are for your KG list:

    Possible (high): Newberry
    Possible (low): STEM, Disney II

    You will get into Burr and Prescott (good options). I think you will also get an offer at Mitchell. We were in the 30s last year, and got a call very early. I was very impressed with Mitchell, but I toured with the former principal. (We ultimately chose a different school.)

    Unsure about Goethe.

    FYI, when I researched Audubon a couple of years ago for KG, I learned that they had not let in any out-of-boundary non-sibs in 5 years. Unless things have changed there and there are now spots, you could have gotten #1 and still not have gotten in, so don’t feel bad about it.

  • 1000. Test  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    965. ABear | March 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    If children are allowed to tour, feel free to bring your son on the tour. Don’t see why they wouldn’t allow it (I’m sure others will bring children). This is a CPS event, so he will either not be marked absent or will receive an excused absence (can’t remember which, but either way it is not a big deal). The school should provide you with a letter to give to your school so it is not an attendance issue.

  • 1001. Another Mommy  |  March 26, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    @995- Hawthorne does differentiate in regard to reading and math. The kids are grouped according to their specific level. That is the first thing they will find out once they set foot in the classroom. The kids will have opportunities to work at their own level…but, for a TRULY gifted child, they might need higher stimulation to challenge them. This does change in middle school at Hawthorne. I hear it is very challenging. In fact, the middle school program is ranked among the top 5 schools in the state and about half of the kids get into a selective enrollment high school. My son got into Skinner North when we applied almost 5 years ago (no gifted schools- didn’t score high enough), but chose Hawthorne for the same reason as you. He is just an normal kid (loves his Minecraft, building models and whines about studying) and the school just suits us just fine. Hope this helps! Oh, and I just wish there was a little more diversity represented in the younger grades.

  • 1002. Ravenswood parent  |  March 27, 2014 at 12:08 am

    1st grade, Tier 4

    Newberry – offered
    Stone – 45

    Anyone have feedback about Newberry?
    We are currently at Ravenswood and happy there, but want to hear what folks have to say about Newberry.

  • 1003. Soon to be hawthorne mom  |  March 27, 2014 at 7:38 am

    @1001. So helpful! Thanks for the response. Is there a kindergarten assessment prior to start of school at hawthorne? Dropping acceptance letter off today (only accepted over the phone) so sure I’ll find out more. Thanks again for your help – nothing compared to hearing from parents firsthand.

  • 1004. Stressed By CPS  |  March 27, 2014 at 8:25 am

    @1003-Soon to Hawthorne Mom: I have been a Hawthorne parent for 6 years. Feel free to email me at cpsblogger@yahoo.com.

  • 1005. terabobera  |  March 27, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Kindergarten has been so fun at Hawthorne! My son loves writers’ workshop and it’s incredible to see how his writing, illustrating and storytelling have improved. They even do peer editing! And just last week he took his graph of geometric shapes that they did in class to talk rhombuses (rhombi?) on the playground. I don’t know if he’s being pushed to his intellectual limits, but I do know that a whole new world has opened up to him. He’s engaged, and for that I’m happy. Also, I love the fact that he gets outside to play twice during the school day and that the librarian is a daily presence. I just hope all of this continues as he gets older.

  • 1006. West Logan Square Dad  |  March 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

    @real chicago momma & @ jen K & @cpsobsessed……do you have any more info on disney II,regarding class size? teacher/parent involvement? or any other info regarding academics for 7-12 program. As we are ready to make a decision by tomorrow so we can accept offer by early next week. thanks!

  • 1007. Galileo Parent  |  March 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

    We will be turning down Tier 1 Kindergarten offers for Newberry and STEM so our child can attend Galileo Math and Science with an older sibling who is having a fantastic experience there. Super low class sizes, enthusiastic teachers, and science lab beginning in Kindergarten. I believe many people overlook this solid school. There will be a school tour offered Tuesday, April 8 at 3:15 PM.

  • 1008. Another mommy  |  March 27, 2014 at 9:39 am

    @1004- No, there is no kindrgarten assessment prior to starting. They get to know the kids for the first week or two, then they do some kind of assessment, very basic to find out if they are familiar with frequent site words, alphabet, numebers, etc.

  • 1009. WickerMom  |  March 27, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Any info on LaSalle II? for K we’re WL#35, proximity.

  • 1010. lost in CPS  |  March 27, 2014 at 10:57 am

    @941 Thank you so much for your advice. I am going to accept Stone, because you’re right- at least it gives me a spot there. I called Disney 2 and, they said that the chances of her getting in there are pretty slim.. I am going to request a tour (I cannot see them saying no), and go from there. Again thank you very much 🙂

  • 1011. LaSalle II  |  March 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

    &1009 Wickermom – Hard to know but there may be some chance over summer or early in the school year I would guess. If you are interested, the school is holding a tour this Saturday. Check the web site home page for details. If you can make it, might be a good idea so that you can be ready with a definite answer “if” you receive an offer. You may have to make a quick decision.

  • 1012. LaSalle II  |  March 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Wickermom – Also, be sure to search the later posts on last year’s magnet/open enrollment thread and see what type if numbers people said the had when they received a wait list call. That may help give you an idea.

  • 1013. hyde park mom  |  March 27, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Im WL # 33/34 Franklin,Tier 1 Queue,What aremy chances?Only one K class there,composed of 30 kids.I know it means ,33 families from tier 1 would need to decline, but im still confused.What if all 33 accepted Franklins offer,then wouldnt that mean the whole K class is from one tier?!Which is better,disney I or Franklin?

  • 1014. Jen K  |  March 27, 2014 at 11:33 am

    @1006 re Disney II – class size is 25 per class which we intend to maintain despite additional funding provided if we increase class size. We have an incredible, dedicated staff that knows our kids’ abilities on an individual level. My older daughter in 5th grade is given (optional) opportunities to challenge herself that aren’t graded just because they know she can handle it. We have an amazing principal who has exceeded all of my expectations in the 5 1/2 years at D2. I recommend the school without reservation. I’ve been talking to new 7th and 9th grade parents (from private, sees, and other school) to get an idea about the next steps for us, and they have given me only positive experiences. The kids are challenged at all grade levels, the teachers know when to intervene, and the 7th graders have the ability to test into 9th grade courses. Our Principal runs a tight ship for behavior, accountability and respect, and also believes that the kids don’t need “busy work” homework. Her goal is to have every single student succeed.

    As far as parent involvement, as the D2 volunteer coordinator, we strongly encourage it! Parents are welcome in the classroom and we look for ways to get parents involved even if they can’t be in the school during a normal workday.

    I think I mentioned that they have mini tourss scheduled at the Lawndale campus and they could answer specific academic questions. Since my kids are still at the Kedvale campus, I don’t have personal experience. I hope that helps!

  • 1015. WickerMom  |  March 27, 2014 at 11:54 am

    @1011, 1012 many thanks, very helpful

  • 1016. Robin  |  March 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    After reading many of these comments I am becoming even more discouraged. It seems that the waitlist numbers that I thought were promising are in fact not. Can someone give any feedback on kindergarten Burley #7 and Audubon #8? The feeling I’m getting is that neither of these schools take any non-siblings from out of the boundaries. Is this accurate? As stated by others, this is unbelievably stressful. Thank you in advance.
    – Stressed Rogers Park Mom

  • 1017. Robin  |  March 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Also for kindergarten, Swift (general) #26…..

  • 1018. Kit  |  March 27, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Anyway have feedback for the chances of Lasalle Tier 4 #45?

  • 1019. JFC  |  March 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Regarding to Hawthorne parents, what’s the language offering (both regular session and aftercare) like there? We are a tri-lingual household and would like the kid to be continuously exposed (current private daycare has heavy non-english exposure) during school hours. We are very encouraged by the positive comments here regard to Hawthorne.

    Thank you!

  • 1020. KS  |  March 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Tier 3
    South Loop: 30
    Jackson, A: 204
    Ray: 240
    Murray: 150

  • 1021. Teasdad  |  March 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Lasales 2 – last year we were WL#45 for K T3, they called Sep 1st with offer.

  • 1022. Teasdad  |  March 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Lasalle 2 – sorry for typo.

  • 1023. WickerMom  |  March 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    @1021 and 1022 thank you,there is hope

  • 1024. Irvingpark mom  |  March 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Ok, for anyone interested, I called Alcott yesterday, and they confirmed a 3rd K class is being added (probably trying to fill up higher grades as they move forward into High-School-Land). I am #40 on that WL, so I was told I have a 50-50 chance of getting in…..Here’s to hoping some of you are refusing Alcott…..:)

    Good luck to all –

  • 1025. MommyMama  |  March 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Any feedback please for the general waitlist Pre-K at Mayer 14?

  • 1026. Uriel Garcia  |  March 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    If you’re looking for a school that’s a “diamond in the rough”, look no further!!! I have two kids that attend Brentano Math & Science Academy that absolutely love their teachers and are always excited for the new activities the school offers. My kids have been going to Brentano since Pre-K and I’ve noticed a substantial improvement in the school’s performance. In fact, Brentano scored in the top 1% for student growth in math and reading on the NWEA assessment. Tests like the NWEA, which measure a student’s academic growth, say so much more about a teacher’s impact on the student than the typical standardized tests. I expect this trend to continue given the concerted effort of coordination between the teachers and the administration. Learning plans seem to transcend the typical short-term focus and siloed mentality into a more effective learning continuum year-over-year. There is always something going on with regard to extracurricular activities. My daughter recently joined the Drama Club and will be playing a part in the “Wizard of Oz”. Other activities/clubs include the Fitness Club, Chemistry Club, ballet, basketball, cheerleading, just to name a few. If you’re interested and want to learn more, check them out at brentanomathandscienceacademy.org.

  • 1027. cpsparalysis  |  March 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Can anyone give insights on Disney gifted program? We are deciding between Nettlehorst (neighborhood) and Disney for K. My daughter is bright/articulate (but not a genius) and very sensitive and shy. I am nervous about Disney’s size and reports about noise and sometimes harsh discipline, but it sounds from what I read like Disney gifted program is almost like a separate school. Is that true? Are the kids in that program together all the time or just for certain subjects? Are classes smaller? Teachers different? How/when do they evaluate kids for kindergarten gifted program, and when do parents know the decision? I’m a little tempted to accept and enroll at Disney wait until I know the gifted determination before deciding whether to pull out and go to Nettlehorst, but I’m not sure if that’s practical, and of course if we’re not going there I’d like to decline so others can come off the wait list. I like Nettlehorst a lot but there my concern is she won’t be challenged enough. Would love any thoughts from Disney or Nettlehorst parents!!

  • 1028. Christopher Ball (@skepticismwins)  |  March 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    @892 : I know that OAE keeps printing that order but 1 & 2 should in fact be one pool — siblings regardless of whether neighborhood or citywide go first and their sibling status alone counts. We went over this with OAE and CPS legal in spring 2012. The Board Report creating Mayer as a school does not prioritize neighborhood sibling over citywide sibling for entry PK3. However, there has always been space for all siblings so a lottery among them was never necessary.

    Last I heard there were about 20-odd neighborhood, non-sibling wait-listed for PK3. But that’s a dynamic number because as soon as acceptances are returned by mid April, they will start calling off the wait-list.

  • 1029. Irvingpark mom  |  March 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    @1027 – The gifted program myust be applied for at the time you apply for the other schools that are selective enrollment. I am not sure she would be able to get into the program by just being enrolled in the magnet program.

    In order to qualify, testing takes place in the fall and winter, and is conducted by an outside (CPS) entity, then scores are evaluated to determine from the highest on down who is allowed into the gifted programs.

  • 1030. Irvingpark mom  |  March 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    As far as I know, Disney is a Magnet school, and Nettlehorse (which I hear is excellent) is a neighborhood school in which you can enroll without lottery.

  • 1031. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    @1027 & 1029 Disney’s gift programs is a Comprehensive Gifted Program within the school. It has nothing to do with the SEES testing in the fall. All entering Disney K students are tested and placed into the program they test into. Not sure exactly when they are tested or you receive results. I believe there was some information about it earlier in this thread. You may find the answers there.

  • 1032. Irvingpark mom  |  March 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Ahhh – then I stand corrected. Either way, if it was me I would jump on the Disney offer.

  • 1033. cpsparent  |  March 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    @1016 Robin – Audubon and Burley are overcrowded schools with a high demand for K spots. While anything is possible… typically neither of these schools accept any kids out of boundaries.

  • 1034. Academum  |  March 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    @1007 Thanks for posting. It is helpful to hear when people decline offers for the schools we are on the wait list for because at least we see that there is some movement or legitimate reasons people might decline.

    I am Tier 2,
    Offered Jackson.
    WL#7 at STEM and #8 at Newberry.

    How do these compare and how do they compare with similarly-sized SEES programs like Decatur and Skinner North?

    I assume there is not much movement at any of these for K, but how far into the WL have these schools gone the last few years?

  • 1035. reenie  |  March 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    @1027 cps paralysis If your daughter is shy and sensitive (like my son) I would try to get inside Disney before making a decision. I was there years ago and the open-pod classrooms are pretty loud. My kid would be wearing his “ear protectors” (hands over ears–he’s sensitive to loud noise) all day there! I have a friend with a daughter at Nettlehorst and will ask her opinion of their ability to differentiate.

  • 1036. Going into 4th  |  March 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Re: Disney’s gifted program
    All entering kinders are tested at registration, the school will call you towards the end of summer to offer your child a spot if they “qualified”. My daughter is in kinder now, she brought a note home for permission to take the selective enrollment test at Disney April 1st. This was offered to all current kinders. All gifted placement takes place within the school. The gifted class is in the same pod as all other kinders, as far as class size, I am not sure, but I don’t think it is smaller than the other classes.

  • 1037. WickerMom  |  March 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Any feedback for K, T3, at GALILEO WL#78?

  • 1038. Academum  |  March 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    @1019 I am pretty sure there is no language offered at Hawthorne, but they may have after school programs.

  • 1039. Academum  |  March 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I haven’t decided definitively, but I will likely turn down the offer at Jackson before the deadline and take my chances with the other magnets, so stay hopeful, Tier 2!

  • 1040. To Academum  |  March 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    @1039 Academum – Just in case you do not realize, you can accept the Jackson offer and will still be kept in the pool for the other magnets. Meaning, you can accept the offer and then would still receive offers from the other schools if they get to your number. Then you could accept that offer and let Jackson know you have decided to send your child elsewhere, opening up that spot for someone else.

  • 1041. MOM7373  |  March 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    1027. cpsparalysis-The gifted kids are in the same pod but with their own teacher. No advantage there with the noise. The gifted kids are together all day and go to the same specials (art, music)classes. They do not interacted with the rest of the pod much.
    Kids have to test in and most of the Gifted K were reading when they started. Its the same size as the rest of the classroom just under 30 kids. They do have Mandarian Chinese lessons.

  • 1042. NP Mom?  |  March 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    We were offered a spot at Norwood Park Elementary and are very happy. Test scores were high, but not high enough for Edison (our first choice). We are also #22 at Peirce. I have already accepted Norwood Park and am content leaving my son there but want to be sure if Peirce calls that I am correct in turning down the spot. Can anyone comment on Norwood Park vs Pierce? Also, Norwood Park parents, my son is currently finishing the Kindergarten class at his pre-school (they bumped him up because he could handle the curriculum). Does Norwood Park differentiate so he will be learning new math and reading skills? Thanks in advance.

  • 1043. Dunning Mom  |  March 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    @ 1042 My son is currently in kindergarten at Norwood Park. He is developmentally disabled and they are bending over backwards to differentiate instruction for him. As far as differentiation for the academically advanced, I’m not sure as we haven’t crossed that bridge yet. We’ve accepted a seat for our daughter entering kindergarten next fall, and her classical reading score was really high so I guess we’ll see. Given our experience this year, I totally trust the teachers to help each child grow. Maybe our kiddos will be in the same class! 🙂

  • 1044. NP Mom?  |  March 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    @1043 – thank you so much for the feedback! I am so happy to hear they are working hard to differentiate for your son! It would certainly be great if our kids were in the same class. I am looking forward to meeting the parents and kids of Norwood Park. Thanks again for the information, I feel much better having heard about your experience.

  • 1045. MomO'3  |  March 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I have a rising 4th Grader @ Disney, and an entering sibling kindergartener. I put the 4th grader in the lottery, and was surprised to get these results:

    Agassiz- offered
    Pritzker- offered

    Waitlist #s:
    Alcott College Prep- 1
    Burley- 5
    Norwood Park- 5
    STEM- 8
    Franklin- 10

    We moved from K at Hamilton to Disney for 1st grade- the differentiated learning and extras at Disney were too good to pass up. Even then, we got lucky w/a waitlist # in the 50s. When given the chance to take Mandarin after school for free, we jumped on that, too. Unfortunately, the free afterschool programs were cut after the longer school day was implemented- Disney may have lost funding, too, I can’t remember. Now, Mandarin only is offered to students in the gifted program.

    Language instruction is high on my wishlist: Agassiz offers Arabic(!), and I believe Alcott offers Mandarin. It seems that Pritzker only offers Spanish to its RGC students. These three schools, I think, are the only ones where we’d have a chance of enrolling.

    With a third student at a classical, I’d lose my ideal one-bus-stop-for-three-kids setup. But, these are decent schools that could be worth a 15- to 20-min commute– trust me, we’ve had worse commute times. With Alcott going K-12, the possibility of a definite, decent high school placement is tempting. Even the sibs could benefit down the line, there . . .

    Any and all insight into these schools/programs is appreciated. Disney has been wonderful, otherwise.

  • 1046. cpsparalysis  |  March 27, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for the helpful feedback Disney parents! Has anyone had problems with overly strict teachers? Some of the greatschools reviews report lots of yelling, militaristic marching between classrooms, and even a teacher who forces children to hold their hands in the air so she can strike their hands! It sounds draconian and I am always skeptical of such extreme stories, but it’s hard not to get a little nervous about a sweet little 5-year-old…

  • 1047. MofK  |  March 27, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    @1046 cpsparalysis, someone else posted about this report up thread, but here’s a link. It’s a report from the Univ of Chicago compiled by surveying teachers and students (grades 6+) about 5 aspects of their schools. Here’s the report about Disney.


  • 1048. MomO'3  |  March 28, 2014 at 12:33 am

    I haven’t witnessed any overly strict teachers or excessive yelling at Disney- note that my main complaint is about the lack of general World Language instruction. Any yelling that I have heard was generally done by the recess monitors, who have to keep the children safe and in line while they’re at play. More complaints about yelling and bullying actually were more frequent at my classical school.

    What I do know is that in a school of 1700 students, an amazing number of kids and adults still greet my child by name at Disney. I also know that my child’s test scores improve every year, and that the staff members seem genuinely concerned about the students. The bureaucracy is a bit frustrating at times (rules, transportation issues, etc.), but the rigidity of the procedures really is necessary for a school of Disney’s size.

    The diversity of learners is a strong plus, as is the availability of tools such as animation and music technology labs, a vivarium, instruction in ballet, tap . . . Best of all, take a look at Disney’s growth and attainment scores on the CPS website, and discover what the school achieves with such a broad cross section of students.

  • 1049. PH Mom  |  March 28, 2014 at 6:21 am


  • 1050. Stacey  |  March 28, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I’ve posted this question already but it seems it keep getting missed as I’ve received no replies that I’ve seen…
    Why do people not apply to Sabin? Why is Sabin an unattractive option?
    I saw this last year and again this year and am just wondering what the negative thoughts are?

  • 1051. reenie  |  March 28, 2014 at 8:37 am

    @1050 Stacey I would like to know why more people don’t apply to Sabin, too. It’s far for us but we applied because they have Spanish and that’s a priority. Can you tell me how good you think the Spanish program is? We are wait listed 7–any chance we’ll get a call? Our neighborhood school is good enough we might not bother with the commute, but I’m still curious. (Saw your comments on the SEES thread regarding what you like about Sabin–thanks!)

  • 1052. CuriousMom  |  March 28, 2014 at 9:39 am

    How different is Disney Gifted program from SEES?

  • 1053. oks  |  March 28, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Reposting now that things have slowed down a bit:

    Tier 4 – K

    Stone – offered – I have accepted for now.

    Hawthorne – 6
    Burr (gen) – 17
    Franklin – 23
    Norwood Park (gen) – 32
    LaSalle – 47
    Chopin (gen) – 58
    Courteney (gen) – 63
    Nettelhorst (gen) – 73
    Drummond (gen) – 78
    Newberry – 96
    Burley (gen) – 99

    Thorp – 110
    Hamilton – 109
    Alcott – 138
    Solomon – 156
    Disney – 201
    LaSalle II – 207
    Edgebrook – 263
    Disney II – 327

    Any thoughts on our chances for getting into Hawthorne? What about any of the others?

    Have heard a little about Stone here, but any other thoughts?

  • 1054. Sheridanmom  |  March 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

    @990 Grateful Mom
    Congratulations on your Sheridan offer. It is a great school. I am cutting and paste a response I posted last year on Sheridan.

    My children have been going to Sheridan for over 8 years and we love it. The principal is a great, very hands on. The teachers are all long-term and very engaged with their kids. The kids are very challenged, and a lot move on to SE High Schools.

    The only negative I ever had about Sheridan, is the 30 per classroom, but that is all CPS schools, so cannot get away from that unless you go private or to the suburbs. In the younger grades, especially K, there is always a teacher, plus an assistant to handle the 30 kids. They also break the kids out in smaller learning groups, to focus on their unique needs.

    Here is also some recent DNAInfo articles on Sheridan including one from today:



  • 1055. MOM7373  |  March 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    1046. cpsparalysis – We did have an issue with my daughters K teacher who was strict and yelling all the time. I was skeptical when I heard this from my daughter until I heard the same thing from another Mom who volunteered in class. I am happy to report that the teacher is no longer there. The principal is tough and doesn’t not tolerate teachers who underperform. I only wish I spoke up more and had my child removed from this teacher.
    That being said, my daughters been complaining about another teacher in the pod yelling. Its not one of her teachers but with the open pod she hears and it affects her. I think its the teacher next to her in the pod. If you have one yeller or teacher without control it will affect the whole pod. Most of the teachers we worked with were excellent, but there are quite a few unproven/new teacher each year.
    The school is strict in many ways. I was late once, bus issues, came in 5 minutes late but the school made me wait outside for 20 minutes until all of the kids we in the classroom.
    Its is really a great school, I would recommend it but the pods are unique. Most kids do great, my daughters a little on the sensitive side and can get distracted so its been a challenge.

  • 1056. Stacey  |  March 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm


    I replied on the other thread but figured I’d rely here to to ensure you see it. We’ve been in k at Sabin since Aug and it’s great. I’m not unhappy with one thing with the school, teachers, admin, etc. The principal is very involved, very helpful, always available. Her teacher, as well as the other 2 k teachers, they are all great. Really care about the kids. Tho I’m finding it’s common for primary teachers to be a bit more about the students. The other kids are nice. No bullying I’ve ever seen or heard about. I’m very involved. Volunteering in class and on field trips. Even running for the LSC by my own decision and at the request of the principal.
    There is one Spanish class of the 3 classes for both k and first. Both teachers are very nice. My daughter, not being in the Spanish class, but spending time in that room, as the class work together often, has even learned some Spanish.
    Email me at Stacey.r.nichols at gmail.com if you’d like to bounce thoughts off each other or if you’d like to know more.

  • 1057. Another LaSalle II Mom  |  March 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Just a reminder that the LaSalle II tour is tomorrow! Check the web site home page for details.

  • 1058. Evelyn  |  March 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    *RANT ALERT* Maybe it’s me, but I don’t understand why you would bus kids who live less than 6 miles away from the school and not the kids who live farther and are more likely to need bussing. It seems like they want to make it more difficult for those kids to attend. What good is an offer for a Disney or Stone or Decatur if you can’t get there or have to pay private school fees just for transportation?!

  • 1059. Mitchell Mom  |  March 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Mitchell will have a tour for prospective parents on Thursday, April 3rd at 8:30, meeting in the office. Ms. Milberg, the principal, told parents this week that the kindergarten list is probably not going to move fast, but there are spots available for 1st and 2nd grade classrooms.

    The school and friends of websites have information about tot-time and upcoming events.

    I have two kids in the school and have no complaints. The administration is very responsive and my kids’ teachers are amazing.

    Good luck!

  • 1060. magnet or long commute to SEES  |  March 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Has anyone turned down an offer from an SEES school for a magnet? Are any of the magnets THAT good?

  • 1061. WhyJackson?  |  March 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I see that Andrew Jackson is highly sought after and there is not a lot of movement on the wait lists. Why do people like it so much?

  • 1062. Mom2Three  |  March 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I know parents who left a SEES for a magnet school (Disney II) and one left for the neighborhood program at Bell.

  • 1063. woodsy  |  March 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    @1058 Evelyn,I hear you,its one reason we didnt put certain schools down,no bussing.If they want diversity,they need to assure all kids can make it there.Not all parents can afford private bussing to school,its very costly.Since we didnt get into of our top choices,we will have no choice but to pay hundreds a month to bus our twins to disney.We are far south,tier 1.Thanks CPS.

  • 1064. Evelyn  |  March 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    It’s a real shame. We can squeeze bussing or before and after care into our budgets, but some people simply cannot. They have bright children too, but getting them up North between 7:45-8:00a for school is impossible if they have to be at work at 8:00a. If CPS were truly concerned about diversity, they would have considered that and other things when slicing up the budget. I think it’s this fake offering of opportunity to everyone regardless of socio economic status/race/locale that irritates me. It isn’t a real opportunity if everyone can’t take adantage of it.

  • 1065. realchicagomama  |  March 28, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    It wasn’t this year, but I passed up Coonley RGC for Disney II for my DD in K. I can’t easily compare with how she would have done at Coonley because I don’t have a child there, but I passed it up because I didn’t want to have 3 kids at 2 different schools. I don’t think it’s affected her in a negative way because from what I can tell from friends whose children are in the program in the same year, the pace of the work at D2 and at Coonley RGC is pretty similar.

  • 1066. Busing  |  March 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    1064. Evelyn | March 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Some parents just submit a different address once the school year starts. Example if you are close to the boundaries, just use a friend’s address within the boundaries to get busing.

    This applies mainly to people who just missed the boundary by a few blocks (to make it worthwhile) as well as those for whom a different bus stop would be most convenient (for a number of reasons). Plus must have a friend or family member within the boundary.

    It is just something people do to get the busing they need.

    Note this is for busing purposes only and not to game the SEES system.

  • 1067. Academum  |  March 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    If you really want Pritzker RGC, one option may be to accept the magnet offer and try to test in for upper levels. I know kids do that at Bell, and Pritzker reps specifically mentioned that more spots open up every year, so as long as your child qualifies, it SHOULD be easier to move within the school than your other options. They even said they have some kids who are far enough ahead that they put them in the gifted classes for certain subjects. You should, of course, check with them before taking my advice.

  • 1068. Academum  |  March 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    @1002 this mom posted her email address for people who had questions about newberry: lyd_murray@hotmail.com

  • 1069. Grateful Mom  |  March 28, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Thx @SheridanMom for your insight on Sheridan.

    Grateful Mom

  • 1070. LynnJ  |  March 28, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I’ve asked about Disney II wait list but I don’t think I received a response. Does the D2 wait list move for the general lottery?

  • 1071. realchicagomama  |  March 28, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    For what grade?

  • 1072. LynnJ  |  March 29, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Sorry for K and for that matter Drummond too. Not sure if either school has more than 1 k class (Drummond and Disney II)

  • 1073. LynnJ  |  March 29, 2014 at 12:12 am

    And do their waitlists move for K?

  • 1074. JenK  |  March 29, 2014 at 7:39 am

    @1070 LynnJ – I’ve posted information regarding DII. For magnet K, there isn’t a general lottery; there is a Proximity List and a list for each of the 4 tiers. One year, we went to 5 or 6 on one of the wait lists, although the school doesn’t share specific information so I’m going off of what I’ve been told by parents. The lists do not move much historically. There are 2 K classes and, on average, we fill one with siblings.

  • 1075. A Thought.......  |  March 29, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I’ve been following the lottery and SEES threads for several years now and going through the comments, I am reminded about something I once read that I found to be very helpful and calming. Try to keep in mind that for most schools you may want to consider, there are going to be a certain number of parents who rave about it, a certain number of parents who trash it and frankly, most parents will fall somewhere in the middle. Those parents are very happy with some aspects of the school, unhappy with other aspects of the school, but overall satisfied enough to want to keep their child there and for right now any way, that school is a good enough fit for their family. It is that middle group who is probably the most unlikely to post opinions. Try not to get too focused on one or two posts that lean heavily in the “love” or “hate” categories. What I found most helpful was to read all of the comments and reviews, but more importantly, working to find the school that was the right “fit” for our child and family. What is very important to one family is not going to be so important to another. I really think the individual “fit” aspect cannot be overemphasized. Wishing everyone good luck as you make your decisions!

  • 1076. LynnJ  |  March 29, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Thanks JenK. I have a wait list #23, T3. I think that is a high number and will not count on it.

  • 1077. Raghumom  |  March 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

    AJackson WL #7 proximity
    Lasalle2 T3 WL # 15
    Stem and Galileo high WL #ss
    Can anybody pl give their insight about my options here

  • 1078. SKT  |  March 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Does Hawthorne’s proximity list move at all?
    Thanks in advance for the info.

  • 1079. Even One More CPS Mom  |  March 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I see that I accidentally posted this under the SEES thread but meant to post it here. Kind of interesting.


  • 1080. Another LaSalle II Mom  |  March 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Raghumom – I’d say you have a decent shot at LaSalle II. That number is not bad. Hard to know for sure, but there is a chance.

  • 1081. RogersPark Mama  |  March 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    @West Logan Square Dad: TAKE DISNEY II!!!! No question. Disney II is expanding into High School, modeled on the AC’a but without the test-in requirement. Your child will be set once and for all at Disney II. We have #25 on the Tier 3 wait list for Disney II, and I’d jump at the opportunity, even with offers at Lane AC (which we are likely taking for the same reasons above; set through high school and done, at least for one child, with this abhorrent and stressful process) and Skinner West (no high school, but I do like the idea of continuing the classical method throughout 8th grade; alas, it’s way too far away both from home and our daughter’s RGC). Were that call to come from Disney II (which it will not, lol. Not at #25 Tier 3) we would seriously consider it. It’s a work in progress, obviously, but they are motivated and that often translates to a wonderful experience for students and families.

  • 1082. Z Mom  |  March 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Would anyone recommend touring Suder with a wait list number of 12 for PK3? Or is that just too optimistic?

  • 1083. Wow.  |  March 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    1066. Note that this costs taxpayers money who do NOT get free busing or supplemental programming (we neighborhood school parents — who often live almost as far away as busing boundaries since 50 schools were closed).

    Do you realize kids are walking miles in dangerous areas to get to school??

    It IS cheating the system and it is really something to be ashamed about. Busing is one of the biggest costs in CPS and I’d love to see an investigation of such practices.

    I cannot believe you are so blasé about suggesting an illegal and very costly practice. You’re lucky enough to get into a magnet or SE, lucky enough to have supplemental programming and a school filled with motivated children. You’re lucky enough to have limited class sizes. You’re lucky your child doesn’t have to walk through gang-infested streets to get to school … and you STILL take more from other CPS children?

    I’m dumbfounded.

    Applying to a school that is too far or too close for bussing is a choice, people.

  • 1084. hyde park mom  |  March 29, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I keep subscribing,not wor king…

  • 1085. Three Day Dilemma  |  March 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    So we were wait-listed at all our magnet choices. Our current private preK (a Montessori) is raising tuition, so I don’t think I can keep DS there for K even if I want to. I got an email from City Garden (Waldorf preK in Pilsen) that they have a three-day spot. Must say yes or no by Monday. Should I say no and hold out for a magnet opening? (Lowest wait numbers are single digits at Sabin and 13 at Talcott.) If we’re going neighborhood I’d like to hold off until grade one because it’s big and my son is shy and socially anxious.

    Also would like him to have some more extended imaginative play opportunities before heading into kindergarten as the new first grade. Parents of recent Ks, how did you find your kids adjusting to CPS kindergarten? Are they really tired at the end of the day? Or is there a lot of pent-up energy due to 20 minute recess?

  • 1086. Spare me your righteous indignation  |  March 29, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    @1083. The bitter tone aside, you have a point. Parents are making choices and choosing schools that are too far or too close so as to afford their children the opportunity to attend decent schools and get them away from having to walk miles in dangerous areas to receive a sub standard education.

    The “system” is cheating thousands upon thousands of children everyday and I’m not mad at any parent who finds a way to get what they can for their child. Your taxes will stay the same. My parents paid taxes too and I went to a school that didn’t have enough books for each kid. I hardly ever had homework if it couldn’t be done from a worksheet.

    I’d love an investigation too….of all CPS practices. Including how they decided who gets bussed and who doesn’t. Who gets IPad’s and who doesn’t. Who gets books and who doesn’t. CPS should be ashamed for putting families through this. Every child should be afforded the opportunity to receive a proper education without families playing a lottery, plotting where to move, lying about their address, taking on a second job, etc. This system only widens the gap between the haves and the have nots or not enoughs. If you can manipulate this system and get your child the education they deserve…..good on you.

  • 1087. J.R.W.  |  March 30, 2014 at 8:39 am


    Pritzker – Neighborhood School


    Lasalle II – 195

    Wait Listed:
    Chopin – General 1
    Audubon – General 48
    Pulaski – General 50
    Burr – General 58
    Mayer – General 361
    Drummond – General 473

    Tier 3
    Stem – 90
    Hawthorne – 326

    I like Lasalle II, but we’re at 195 on the proximity list, so what are the chances that we’ll get in? What are the chances that we’ll get into any of these waitlisted schools?

    We are set to tour Pritzker next week, but I’ve heard several bullying stories and it concerns me. Anybody know anything else about this?

    This may help some of you wondering about Drummond. Last year, my child was going into Pre-K and was 13th on the WL. He did not get offered a spot. I called to inquire and was told that they only have about 1 opening a year on the WL.

  • 1088. West Logan Square Dad  |  March 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

    @ jen k & realchicagomomma & rogers park mama…..Thank You, for the info on disney II, we have made our decision and will be dropping of the acceptance letter this week at Disney II. We missed the school tour this past thursday,but will attend the next one. The 3-mile drive each way will be worth it!!! GO TITANS!!!

  • 1089. Busing  |  March 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    1083. Interesting response.

    I am very fortunate and have access to great schools for my kids within my neighborhood.

    However, I know plenty of people for whom that is not the case. Busing will make the difference between a chance to go to a good or even a great school and one which is a failure factory. For those many parents on this site who are trying to do everything they can to give their child a chance and who are on-line trying to see how to make it possible, well that’s what we do here.

    Someone who misses a bus boundary by a few blocks that were set up in an arbitrary way? Why keep them out? This policy sometimes seems to me as a way to keep the have nots whose skin may not be white, out of the better schools on the Northside (and probably vice versa, but I have less knowledge of that). Again, not changing address for admissions, but for busing after acceptance.

    Most of these buses are also 1/3 to 1/2 empty every day. Take a look sometime.

  • 1090. MofK  |  March 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Can anyone comment on how much Newberry’s waitlist moves? I have searched the thread and can’t find any info on it. My friend is either 38 or 48 (can’t remember) on the proximity waitlist for K and is trying to figure out the odds of getting an offer.

  • 1091. Jen K  |  March 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    @1088 WLSD – welcome to D2!

  • 1092. Conflicted  |  March 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    My daughter got an offer for kindergarten at Disney 1 and also got into the RGC at Coonley. We are conflicted, because Disney is so giant, but has so many resources, and Coonley looks smaller and more community oriented, and the academics seems great. Both were in our top 5 of schools that sounded interesting.

    Would appreciate any input. As well, wondering if we can we accept both offers, and then decide later? Since one offer is from SEES and one from the lottery… my understanding is that they do not exclude one another. But I know that would just be putting off a decision that must be made.

  • 1093. Teacher4321  |  March 30, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    @1085- if your child will be 6 by September 1, 2015 they will go to first grade, just making sure you are thinking about that in your decision.

    @1092 Your child’s ID number only allows him/her to be enrolled at one school. The only way you could accept both is if they do not formally registater your child in the computer,

  • 1094. wistful wondering  |  March 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    plus the lovely side-effect of delaying a phone call to someone on the waitlist or in the RCG pool. Take all the time you want…. ‘decide later’ – when would that be?

  • 1095. hyde park mom  |  March 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Oops,wrong thread

  • 1096. hyde park mom  |  March 30, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    @1089,thank you for saying that re keeping the so called have nots out of certain as schools.Why offer a spot if you wont help the family get there? Reminds me of seperate but equal..I will have to fork over hundreds just to get my kids to Disney from far south side.I refuse the schools near me,feel im making the best decision.Cps needs to make the bussing policy income based.For some well off families,paying a private bus is nothing.So here I am,tier 1,and out of my pocket it must come.Is that fair?I think not.

  • 1097. Curious  |  March 31, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Anyone know as to how quickly the Agassiz waitlist moves?

  • 1098. HydeParkToo  |  March 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

    New to Chicago and overwhelmed. I thought the system in Brooklyn was challenging…

    Entering Grade 3
    Tier 4
    Wait listed for
    Alcott – 13
    Jackson – 17
    Audobon – 18
    Ebinger – 2
    Goethe – 15
    Hamilton – 19
    Murray – 26
    Burley – 29
    Mayer – 35

    The rest, well…nevermind. Is there any hope?

  • 1099. wait listed  |  March 31, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Anyone know how quickly Alcott waitlist moves?

  • 1100. hyde park mom  |  March 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    we are # 32 and 33 (twins) on Franklins waitlist, for K,and tier 1.I was wondering if I should attend any tours they have, in case we get a call who knows when and offered a spot.Or am I wasting my time? They only have one K class.

  • 1101. CPS Appalled  |  March 31, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Last year we were applying for 4th grade and got wait-listed everywhere. We were in the upper teens on a waitlist (don’t remember exactly what #) and got a call from Agassiz the last week of school in June, and call from Hamilton in Sept. of this school year, after school had already begun. We turned them down for different reasons to stay where we are. Maintain hope–things do move around at the less-well-known schools. And try again next year!

  • 1102. thisisbananas  |  March 31, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I posted before about being #71 proximity for Drummond for Prek3. Anyone have any idea how realistic this option is for us? I’m pretty interested in my neighborhood, Goethe, school so if we don’t get into Drummond next year (which I think we won’t) I think I’d just keep her in her preschool now until kindergarten where we’d then go to Goethe. Since I live in Goethe boundaries I won’t have to compete for a kindergarten spot will I? How does that work?

  • 1103. Evelyn  |  March 31, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Has anyone ever tried to fax in their acceptance form? I know it says to hand deliver or mail, but I work during school hours and I feel about the post office the way I feel about strange people offering free candy to kids in the park. I don’t trust it.

  • 1104. realchicagomama  |  March 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Certified mail? Courier?

  • 1105. Evelyn  |  March 31, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Got my answer. It has to be an original signature.

  • 1106. info  |  March 31, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Everyone who is asking about chances to get in with certain waitlist numbers: check past years’ postings for highest numbers.

  • 1107. mom3girls  |  March 31, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    @1103, I sent our by using the USPS with ‘Signature Confirmation’, used small envelope postage and confirmation for $7 total. You can print at home. better than taking of work. I had 2 schools to send.

  • 1108. MomO'3  |  March 31, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I’m still hopeful for info about Agassiz, Pritzker or Alcott for a 4th grader. I’ll throw Burley in, too, but being #5 on that WL seems like a long shot. @1052 CuriousMom, I’ll defer the providing any real insight into Disney’s gifted offerings to a parent of a child in that program. I know that Mandarin is an option for Disney’s gifted students, they work on a special “Open House” project annually, and that accelerated work is given to gifted students- kind of like CPS Classical programs. These children aren’t placed into the gifted program through SEES testing- it’s based on a combo of grades, standardized test performance, and teacher observations. I’d visit Disney’s website, or call Disney and ask to speak to someone (maybe a floor director?) who could give you the basics in the meantime.

    Come on, good “obsessed” karma- I need some info! Lol!

  • 1109. Hrkmom  |  March 31, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    @1102. 2 years ago we were tier 1 #14 for Drummond Prek. I would put it behind you. They usually get to just a few people off the waitlist.

  • 1110. WickerMom  |  March 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    any thoughts on Pritzker neighborhood program?

  • 1111. RGmom  |  March 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Neighborhood school is Ravenswood. We like it. Anyone else have thoughts on it? Love that they integrate Fine Arts into the whole program, and the parents group seems great. How is the new principal?

    Disney I

    Waters: 157
    Disney II: 260

    We will likely turn Disney I down since it’s a commute and has an open floor plan (don’t think that will work well for my kid). But I want to attend the open house first before deciding.

    For the gifted test, we were close: score was 133. So we’ll see if a spot opens up at one of those schools.

  • 1112. Desperate  |  March 31, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I checked and could not find how far Alcott goes down their waitlist from last year’s posts. I think i read they have gotten to at least 14 already this year per above posts but anxious to know how far down they usually go. It is our only low waitlist school. Anyone have even a remote idea?

  • 1113. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  March 31, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    For those weighing your neighborhood school against what-have-you, I must say that it’s REALLY awesome to have the majority of my kindergarten-aged son’s closest friends living within a few mile radius. Today alone, we randomly ran into his BFF at the grocery store and another classmate at a nearby park. Being the social kid that he is, nothing makes him happier. His face lights up when hanging with his school friends off-hours, even though they just spent the entire day together. It reaffirms that we made the right decision when going through this process a year ago.

  • 1114. Burley  |  April 1, 2014 at 12:05 am

    #3 Waitlist for Burley 1st Grade.
    Any point to expect something?
    Do they offer 1st gade places before start of school year??

  • 1115. RogersPark Mama  |  April 1, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Re: Burly

    We have #4 on wait list for general 7th grade, and prior to SEES/AC letters arriving (a long 48 hours lol when all you’re hoping for is a sibling spot at Coonley; we are #2 sib list, but got offers for Skinner W and Lane AC) I was networking my CPS friends for ideas on our chances with low wait list numbers.

    From what I was told by a mom with two at Burly and one at Edison she’s trying to move over to Burly for incoming 4th grade, Burly’s list barely moves because even siblings are so hard to accommodate. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, but even though we are good friends, she gave me no illusions that, even with (likely at least several) rising 7th graders leaving to take AC spots, that we had much, if any at all, chance of getting that call. Good luck! I hear amazing things about the school.

  • 1116. RogersPark Mama  |  April 1, 2014 at 4:13 am

    RG mom: tough call between Ravenswood and Disney. If you think your kid will fare well in the atmosphere that is unique to Disney (the pods), I’d consider it. It’s a good solid option with a comprehensive gifted program that accommodates children without the pain of SEES, a rare find in the city. You will also still be close to home. Ravenswood is a great school, we were shocked to even get #21 on the wait lost about other two entry years, it was so crowded we were ineligible for admission due to crowding. I’ve toured the school twice, entry years for my now-6th and now-2nd graders. Liked it very much.

  • 1117. cpsobsessed  |  April 1, 2014 at 8:53 am

    @desparate, I recall alcott going fairly far down the waiting list, well past 14. I’ll try to find the post but I’d say 14 is a very good shot.

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  • 1118. RGC 1st grade- huge drop in score  |  April 1, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Letter was just received….and not worth the stress in waiting

    Huge RGC score drop from K to 1st Grade

    RGC K – 138
    RGC 1st Grade – 98!!

    (Tested into NWU CTD also, 95th+)

    How can a kid go from 99th percentile down below 50th???
    We had held out much hope for this year.

    It’s very frustrating that these tests can be so unreliable when so much depends on it.

    Never did any test prep but now wondering can the style and format of the 1st grade test be the problem.
    Perhaps some prepping on test familiarity would be a benefit?

    Any thoughts, experiences or results you can share would be appreciated.


  • 1119. AE  |  April 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

    @1118 If you look over to the SEES thread, you will find lots of parents reported big drops between Kinder and 1st grade testing. I’ve been following this blog for years (my oldest is 6th grade), and have seen this trend every single year. I can share that my youngest child’s scores dropped from 130 (last year for kinder) to 113 (this year for first grade). We did some workbook questions beforehand, but it obviously didn’t help. I’m not convinced prep has a significant impact in this kind of testing situation.

    I agree that it is very frustrating to base admissions on a test that appears (at least for many students) to have highly variable results. Even my oldest child (who has always been on the winning end of this process when tested) has had a >10 point fluctuation in scores. I’m not sure what makes the CPS test so unreliable for some kids, but you are certainly not alone!

    Best of luck.

  • 1120. RGC 1st grade- huge drop in score  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I appreciate your response.
    I’ll check out the SEES thread

  • 1121. HSObsessed  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:06 am

    FYI a North Center dad of four is planning to open a new, independent, private school this fall for kids age 5-10 years old in either Lincoln Square or Lake View. It will combine Montessori and Socratic education methods, with kids learning at their own pace, going on individual “quests”, etc. Tuition will be a reasonable $12K a year. Sounds interesting, might be of interest to some Obsessors.


  • 1122. Irvingparkmom  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    @1112 Desperate, If Alcott is indeed opening up a 3rd K, which they confirmed when I called last week, there should be a number of open spots. I am #40 on the waitlist, and keeping my fingers crossed as I was told I am on the cusp and could get a spot.

  • 1123. SR  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:29 am

    @1111 – the new principal at Ravenswood is great – thoughtful, energetic, really responsive to parents and supporting the school community. We’re #271 on the wait list, so I don’t think we’ll get in unless we move to the neighborhood.

  • 1124. schoolstress  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

    My child dropped from 143 last year (k) to 102 this year (1st). This is total craziness. I totally sympathize with you. After such a disappointing first experience with this system, its almost crushing to be in an even worse situation this time. The worst part is that the classical scores went up, so clearly nothing is lacking with the education. If a kid is gifted, they’ll still be gifted next year, so it couldn’t be possible to drop from 99.8 percentile to 50th in one year!? I am so sorry that we are all dealing with this. Clearly there’s a problem with the test.

  • 1125. RGCScore?  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I might have missed this somewhere, but how do you calculate the percentage for the RGC test score? My daughter got a 139. Thanks.

  • 1126. Irvingparkmom  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Testing 4 and 5 year olds for “giftedness” seems rather sketchy to begin with. What is it based on anyway? My child tested average, yet her pre-k teacher tells me she’s ready for 1st grade. Her language skills are extremely advanced, as well as math – so where does the scoring come from? It all seems very arbitrary to me, and dependent on the day/circumstances under which the child happens to be tested. It strikes me that whether a child is gifted or not should be determined by teachers and professionals once a child has had an opportunity to spend time in a classroom, not by a one day chance of hit or miss testing…….

  • 1127. Hopeful for Alcott  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Has anybody received a waitlist offer from Alcott? I thought i read they were already at 14 last week. Can anyone post news? It is our only low waitlist school… And we are over 75….all other schools 180 and up, so sad…

  • 1128. veteran  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

    hopeful for Alcott – suggestion to you… contact Alcott and inquire. And more importantly ask them how they proceed thru the waitlist and how often you should check back through the upcoming months. CPSO is great, but if you are keen on a specific school the board postings may not be fresh enough for you.

    Advice to everyone: start making contact with the front offices… to gauge the chance, find the contact ph #, know the protocol – when the future deadlines will be (2nd round, 3rd, etc. dates for neighborhood enrollments (if applicable)), and summer office hours (most schools have slim/no staff during the summer).
    Best of luck!

  • 1129. RGC 1st grade- huge drop in score  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:20 am

    @1124. Thanks for sharing.
    It’s comforting to know that it wasn’t unique to us.
    Also shows more light on the possible flaws of the system.
    I had worked in a allowance for variation and had figured I’d take any RGC I got, unlike last year where I held out.
    Not even coming close to qualifying is tough to comprehend!

  • 1130. LSmom  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

    @1129, we had a 20 point drop from K to 1, I think the format is really unnatural for first graders.

  • 1131. RGC Score Drop  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

    @1129 RGC 1st Grade. – Somewhat similar experience. Barely missed a RGC offer for K scoring about or just under the 99th percentile and saw a 27 point drop for the test for 1st, not even meeting the cutoff. I believe it to be the format of the test + the fact that there is no age adjustment for the 1st grade test.

  • 1132. a mom  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

    For whatever it’s worth, info on one of my kids relevant to score drop between K and 1:

    Kindergarten RGC score: 144
    1st grade RGS score: 100
    IQ – tested in 2nd grade: 147

  • 1133. RGC%  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

    How do you know what percent the RGC score is? Where are you finding this information? TIA!

  • 1134. schoolstress  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Wow! That is really crazy!
    Regarding translating points to percentiles, Zach at OAR told me 143 was 99.8

  • 1135. RGC Score Drop  |  April 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    @1133 RGC%. Look at the back of the SEES letter. There should be some general reference as to what percentiles are and that may give you somewhat of an idea where your child’s score lies.

  • 1136. Irvingparkmom  |  April 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I am so excited! I just got a call from Alcott and we accepted! #40 slot paid off! Good luck everone!

  • 1137. wait listed  |  April 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    @1136 That’s great news!! Hopefully I hear from Alcott for my 6th and 4th grader.

  • 1138. bigcityhappymom  |  April 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    1092 Conflicted: We had a choice between Coonley RGC and Disney I a couple of years ago and ended up at Coonley (hard decision, but very happy with our choice). Feel free to e-mail me if you’d like to discuss.


  • 1139. hyde park mom  |  April 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Im guessing you chose Coonley over disney I b/c of the pod layout, perahps? seems to be a big concern , I tour tomorrow and shall see.

  • 1140. hyde park mom  |  April 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    for those of you that pay a private company/stranger to take your Kindergartner to school, how did you NOT worry? I am getting petrified at the thought of my twins, (who turn 5 in mid Aug) being dropped off at a big place like Disney and being able to find their classroom.Of course, the first day or week I will probably drive them and walk them in, but after that, they will be at the mercy of a stranger.I am assuming these companies are not able to park at the drop off area and walk the child in.It’s just unrealistic.Help!

  • 1141. mom3girls  |  April 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Our daughter will be going to 2nd grd at Disney I (our only offer). I too am concerned about the size. I’ve driven by the school between 7:45-8am over the past week and it doesn’t look too crazy from the outside. Those that drive, go to the back of the building to drop off the kids off. I’ve also seen buses back there too. However, tomorrow at the open house, I would like to find out how kids are directed to their pods once they go through the doors. It’s just such a large number of kids! They offer after care program with homework and gym time, other activities. I am excited about all the resources, programs and opportunities they offer.

  • 1142. hyde park mom  |  April 1, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Ill see u @ the tour, and yes, plse do ask how they are directed to their pods.The aftercare program is on the high side cost wise, but convenient.I have my list of questions for them, the other main being a tad concerned that my kids will spend too much time learning from a computer/software program. I appreciate the technology but also hope it doesnt make up the bulk of their learning, hope its just to supplement…a little.

  • 1143. bigcityhappymom  |  April 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hyde Park Mom:

    We chose Coonley over Disney for a few reasons. The main one being the fact that Disney didn’t test for comprehensive gifted spots until later in the summer so we didn’t want to give up a sure-thing RGC spot at Coonley in the hope that we’d get a spot in the gifted class at Disney (which is based on a percentage of all kids enrolled rather than SEES test scores).

    Pods at Disney were a factor, but our son went to TBPK at Disney, which also has the pods, so we were sort of used to that. Also, even though pods can seem overwhelming to the observer, they are actually quite controlled and focused in practice so that actually wasn’t a big issue when we were making the decision. However, I will say that knowing what I now know about my son, I’m glad he doesn’t have the pods as an additional factor to deal with. It may or may not have been a problem for him. It’s just so hard to say either way. We would have dealt with it if we needed to, but there was something about the more traditional one-class classroom at Coonley that appealed more to us.

    In the end, the pods were not the basis for our decision though. It was the gifted program itself.

  • 1144. Caring mom  |  April 1, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    @ 1140 – Disney I has a very good system of getting all kids to classes on time within 15 minutes, so I wouldn’t too worry about it. My son is currently attending k at the school. On the 1st day of school, you will get to meet his or her homeroom teacher and the kids will received a name tag with the pod/homeroom # along with the teacher’s name and grade level. So, the floor director can easily get all the kids in line and get them to their assigned homeroom. My son loves and enjoys going to Disney. However, we also received an offer from LaSalle I for 1st grade and still cannot decide if we should move him. I heard LaSalle I is a great school too and their test scores are slightly higher than Disney 1.

  • 1145. cpsobsessed  |  April 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Reagrding concern about big schools, I recall a story of a principal telling a parent “a big elementary school LOOKS like chaos, but after a week everyone knows where they’re supposed to be going.”
    That makes total sense to me now.
    It just looks like an anthill, but all the kids know what to do.

    (Although the way cps is with locked doors these days, it’s always worth reminding the little kids exactly where to go and where to buzz if they ever happen to get locked out of the school during recess etc. It happens once in a great while.)

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  • 1146. hyde park mom  |  April 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    @caring mom,thank u fir rhe assurance abiut Disney.Im relieved to know my babies will not get lost!

  • 1147. cpsobsessed  |  April 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    @irvingparkmom: re gifted testing at age 4. All research agrees with you. Supposedly testing isn’t truly valid until around 3rd grade or so. But I think parents don’t want to move kids then, or for whatever reason cps chose to start the program in K and 1 meaning many highly intelligent kids don’t get spots initially.
    Also, perhaps because most elem schools are small in cps it makes sense to pull kids out sooner.
    But you’re right, they can’t test 6000-some kids to the full extent needed to truly asses “giftedness” as is done in other school systems.
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  • 1148. Going into 4th  |  April 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Oh man, let me tell you! I had nightmares about dropping my little baby off at Disney. I pictured her standing there crying and being so scared without me surrounded by 1699 other kids. I was so nervous I almost went to my principal to ask if she could just enroll at my school (even though at 1300 kids it’s not much smaller). In the end I made my husband promise to walk her to the door and stand and wait until he was SURE she made it. Day 2 she cried and was scared until another kid helped and showed her where to go. (Day 1 is a half day meet the teacher day with parents) Day 3 she hopped out of the car in the drop off line and ran right in! I think Disney does an awesome job getting all those kids in the building and it put me at ease that the older kids help out the younger kids. FYI kinders are dismissed at 2:45 and must be signed out by an adult, so no worries about getting lost at dismissal!

  • 1149. hyde park mom  |  April 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    @Going into 4, that sounds a lot like me,and thank you for sharing that.What if someone besides a relative or parent,such as a private bus company,is picking up the kindergartner? I plan on hiring a private company,we dont qualify for the bus.TIA!

  • 1150. DJ  |  April 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    1st grade – Tier 4 – All general Waitlist

    Ravenswood – #4
    Nettlehorst – #5
    Peterson – #6
    Solomon – #16

    Any thoughts on chances…………..

  • 1151. SLoopinMom2  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Anyone in the south loop at Prescott or going to take a Prescott slot? What grade? If you’re a current parent, are you happy? Is your kid happy?

    Info gathering, wondering how drop off and pick up will go…if it’s painful or manageable.

  • 1152. notidealoffers  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    @857. Sadmomma

    How did you rank your schools? If you’ve been on the SEES thread you may have seen a lot of Decatur-bashing. Maybe someone will be scared away.

  • 1153. SR  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    @1150 – I think your chances of getting an offer at Ravenswood are pretty good. They had to add a kindergarten class late this year, so they probably have a few spaces to fill.

  • 1154. notidealoffers  |  April 2, 2014 at 12:00 am

    What do people think of Lasalle II? Does that wait list move a lot (Tier 2, K)

  • 1155. Another LaSalle II Mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

    @1154 notidealoffers – What is your wait list # at LaSalle II?

  • 1156. Bindy  |  April 2, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I went on a tour os LaSalle II. The guide said last year they went up to 37 on the waitlist. However, they called that person a week before school started

  • 1157. stephanieschwab  |  April 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Notes on Disney from an outsider (very long, skip if you’re not interested in Disney!):

    I visited Disney and Coonley yesterday, as our entering-K son got into Coonley RGC and Disney (and others we’re not considering). As we’re moving from NY, I flew in to Chicago for the day and both asst principals made time for me (Abbie Meyers at Disney was conducting a pre-K/K tour anyway and then also spoke to me afterwards, Steven Laslo at Coonley met with me in the afternoon). Both schools were very warm and welcoming and I can easily see my son at either school.

    I spent about 90 minutes at Disney. I have to say that Disney was one of the brightest, most dynamic, exciting schools I’ve ever been inside of. The building radiates creativity and warmth. The sheer amount of space they have is mind-boggling; the building just feels so open and free, which may relate to the level of creativity that comes out of that school. Their resources seem endless: they have full-time dance, music, art, and electronic music instructors, two Mandarin Chinese teachers, and multiple technology instructors (not clear on how many are full-time).

    On open classrooms: The pod structure was one of my big concerns, but having seen it in person, I think it’s could be a huge advantage for most kids. The rooms are very large (each fits 8 classes though K & 1 currently have only 7 each), but they’re made to feel very kid-sized by how each class space is divided up. Many of the teachers are slightly taller than most of the barriers between classes, which gives the large room the feel of a bunch of kid-sized villages next to each other. The pods are bright and colorful, with kids art all over, hanging like marketplace banners across the room. The noise levels were no different than what I hear in my son’s current traditional classroom – kids were sitting and listening intently to only their teacher. The advantage is that the kids are part of a greater community, they mix and mingle in the common space as they move around, and also have lunch and recess together. There is also what they call “walking reading,” where for two hours each morning all the kids in the pod (except the gifted kids) are re-grouped according to reading ability, so that would be great for kids who are not at the “norm” of reading and might be either behind or bored in a regular classroom.

    On technology & testing: By the end of this school year there will be one iPad per child in every grade (starting in pre-K), and Ms. Meyers’ explanation of how they’re used seemed very appropriate to me; they use them to supplement certain skills and help kids work at their own levels. They don’t use them every day. Kids with tablets or laptops at home can also use some of the same apps they use in school to supplement their learning. They also have 17 computer labs, and they do all of their testing in the labs. They only do state testing three times per year, two hours per time (1 hour math, 1 hour reading) – for a total of 6 hours of testing per year. That seems entirely reasonable to me. Beginning in the fall they will also start teaching programming/coding to every kid, they just got a grant to start the program and they’re working the details out now.

    Creative learning: Although the school is fortunate to have a wealth of creative teaching resources, they also have a very creative attitude towards learning which was most impressive. For two weeks every spring, each pod abandons their classrooms and moves, lock, stock and barrel, to the “CAC” room, a huge open space with a stage setup and lots of room to move and be creative. They live there together as a pod and create a presentation and show – this year’s K presentation had something to do with water and earth, and the structures they built and staging they designed was still up and was very cool. Ms. Meyers also told me that the K pod goes on a field trip roughly every month, and they have guest artists in to the building frequently.

    I hope this is helpful to anyone considering Disney! If anyone wants more details, feel free to email me at stephanies@gmail.com.

    Given all of the above, my heart is now at Disney, although we are still struggling with the decision. My son will have already completed K in NY (in a gifted program) – but he’s turning 6 on Sept. 2, one day after the Illinois cutoff (yes, there are exceptions, but he doesn’t qualify for them). Given that he has to enter K again, I want him to be somewhere where he’s really challenged and doing things he hasn’t already done. If we choose Disney, we will apply to the Disney gifted program and hope he gets in (he’s been tagged as gifted twice already….let’s hope Disney thinks so too). If we go with Coonley RGC, I know he’ll be challenged academically and it’s a wonderful, neighborhood-y community that we’ll enjoy as a family.

  • 1158. New to this  |  April 2, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    @1136 Irvingparkmom congrats! I am also an Irving Park Mom and today accepted an offer for Alcott (#23). Fingers remain crossed that my older child also gets an offer (2nd grade #3 on wait list).

  • 1159. HydeParkToo  |  April 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Curious if anyone wait listed for upper grades (1-3) has heard back yet? New to Chicago and not sure how they system works quite yet. Wondering if each school has a different system for responding to the wait list… Thanks!

  • 1160. Tier2Mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Curious if anyone has accepted a K slot off the wait list from LaSalle and, if so, which wait list (general vs. proximity) and what number were you?

  • 1161. notidealoffers  |  April 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    @1155. my son is #28 at Lasalle II (can’t remember if they do the tiers individually for that one). I wasn’t able to attend the open house on Saturday and would love any feedback or impressions people had. I have seen Hawthorne, Newberry, Lasalle I, Pritzker, STEM, and most of the north side SEES schools if you can use them as referent points.

  • 1162. hyde park mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Stephanie, thanks for the disney info. I just came back from the tour led by Ms. Meyers.I liked the brightness, creativity, and the pods structure seemed nice actually, I don’t think a child can get distracted in it, really, each classroom is self enclosed, and I didn’t think the noise ;level was an issue, felt like a normal classroom noise wise.
    Loved the Principal, Kathleen. She was extremely candid, even on topics that parents may not like, such as she mentioned two students were mugged recently, and some gang activity from nearby areas…She reassured me that she is a traditionalist when it comes to teaching but that the delivery of the material is more progressive, hence the technology.I had been worried that it’d be too much learning via PC, but it sounds like it is balanced well.As far as the gifted class, you do not apply for it, your child will be assessed for it and chosen.They are assessed intermittently and may be asked to leave if its not a good fit.I dislike the fact that only the gifted class learns Mandarin, other than that, no world language.I also disliked that they don’t get to take dance or music every year, it is either one or the other, and you don’t choose which. I was hoping my little girl would learn ballet, but as Ms. Meyers said, I need to pay for private lessons. So much for a fine arts magnet. And what a flip reply.My one complaint actually had to do with Ms Meyers.I thought she couldve offered more details on how the 5 year olds are ushered into the building each morning. Thanks to an earlier post by DisneyParent (I think its in the other thread), I learned some things that she never mentioned or explained, and had it not been for this post by DisneyParent here, I would’ve walked away feeling apprehensive that my 5 year old would get lost each morning.When I kept asking her the same question , she seemed to be taken aback.Well, excuse me, if my question seems redundant, but I need a better answer, lady! Those are my children in a huge school, just being dropped off.She could’ve shown more empathy and just been much more informative.
    However, another principle (they have 3!) was a bit more helpful, don’t recall her name.I walked away with mixed feelings, mostly due to the large size. I am just not used to that, with my other child being at Edison, which is only about 270 kids. Franklin is my top choice for now, I think a smaller school with a more intimate vibe would be better for my shy twins, who are still so very immature.If we don.t get off the waitllist at Franklin, I guess they will “grow” into Disney.

  • 1163. mom3girls  |  April 2, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    My husband and I toured Disney I and loved it. Yes, it’s huge but I think our 2nd grader will love it. We were impressed with the school and got to see a pod, music class. It was a long open hour and the principal as well as our floor director entertained a lot of questions and didn’t rush at all. The principal was honest in her answers and noted that the school is not for everyone (pods, size, location, amount of technology). The staff we met were very positive and excited about the school. We have another kid going to Disney II, hopefully we can get them in the same school in the near future.

  • 1164. hyde park mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I called Franklin and was told last year they went down to number 12 on waitlist.Not sure we have a chance,being 32,33.Anybody have any info?We are in the tier 1 lottery.We probably dont have a shot,…..

  • 1165. Ir-2002  |  April 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    any insight on Peirce school-thank you in advance!

  • 1166. SLoopinMom2  |  April 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Curious. Saw one post about the Disney Magnet tour from this AM. Any other tour takers care to comment?

    Anyone from south loop area considering Disney?

  • 1167. MomofMany  |  April 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    My husband and I attended Disney I open house today and were blown away. It was a long open house, we were there 3 hours. There was over an hour of Q and A at the beginning. Our tour was led by the 2nd grade floor director and was for incoming 2nd and 3rd grade families. One thing that I was shocked to learn, is that Disney does NOT admit students above 3rd grade, not even siblings. This was a surprise to say the least considering that both my to be 4th and to be 6th graders have waitlist numbers to Disney. I can’t understand why CPS would be conducting a lottery for 4-8th, and giving parents false hope if they don’t ever admit students to those grades. I did, however, find out that they have been able to accommodate 100% of K-3 siblings. My 3rd grader will be attending despite the fact that her older siblings won’t ever be able to, that it will take another year to get seats for her younger siblings, and that it is an hour drive. That is how impressed we were with the school!

  • 1168. hyde park mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Momofmany,will you be paying for private transportation?im trying to network….thnx

  • 1169. hyde park mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Forgot to mention, Dusney seems to have a GREAT prek! I wish my twins had attended theirs.As I walked by that pod on the tour,I noticed they were learning what sentences match a given picture.My current prek never came close to teaching anything like that.Imagine how that will help their minds expand beyond the typical blocks and drawing.If only I had known.And the pod is gorgeous,they all were.

  • 1170. stephanieschwab  |  April 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    FYI, for anyone waiting on a K seat at Hawthorne, we just let them know we’re not taking the slot we were given. I hope they notify the next family soon!

  • 1171. Evelyn  |  April 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    @notidealoffers: What do you know about Newberry? I wasn’t able to attend any open houses today, but I was leaning away from Disney for various reasons.

    I have a K and a 4th grader who is #14 on the general waitlist

  • 1172. Christopher Ball (@skepticismwins)  |  April 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    @1083 Busing is around 2-3% of the entire CPS budget. Sizable but not one of the biggest expenses.

  • 1173. Christopher Ball (@skepticismwins)  |  April 2, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Sorry. I should say “transportation,” of which busing is the largest part.

  • 1174. Another LaSalle II Mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    notidealoffers – If you have any specific questions about LaSalle II I can do my best to answer them for you. There are also comments about the school earlier in this thread and in the last several years’ lottery threads. One thing to keep in mind, not sure how far you live but CPS does not provide busing to LaSalle II (nor to Disney II – both opened after CPS decided to no longer provide busing to future magnets). If you live within what would be considered “busing boundaries” you can sign up to receive a mileage stipend, which helps on the cost of transportation, or a CTA pass. But, if you absolutely need to rely on a bus for your student that could be an issue. If you have any specific questions or areas of interest post them and I will answer what I can.

  • 1175. Another LaSalle II Mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    FWIW – Today we received our letter from school asking whether or not we will be returning to our magnet next year (we have been happy there and will be returning.) The deadline to return our response is April 11, so I would guess very possible they may not make any, or very few, wait list calls prior to that date.

  • 1176. LSmom  |  April 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I was reading this article about the DC lottery process, where they have families rank schools, give them only one offer at a time, and once you accept an offer you fall off the lists for your lower-ranked schools. It seems more efficient than the CPS system: http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/work-education/education/how-not-to-get-your-kid-into-kindergarten/

  • 1177. StressedOutAgain  |  April 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Has anybody been at Disney and decided to leave? If yes, why? Also, it’d be great to hear from parents who transferred their kids to Disney later on and went to neighborhood schools before, what is the biggest difference compared to other schools? Thanks!

  • 1178. Beth  |  April 2, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    @1174 questions regarding LaSalle II, we are on K wait list and it could be a possibility for us. How are the K teachers? I was looking at the website and didn’t see any music or art classes, do the students get that during the day at all? Any experience with the after school programs? how realistic is it that you get your first choice at a language? How is the new Principal? Thanks!

  • 1179. from the heart  |  April 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Hello Ir-2002
    We have been in Peirce for 2 years now & had an awesome experience. It is a neighborhood school but with IB in the middle school & they might get certification this year to offer IB for the primary grades. The principle & assistant principle are very approachable & helpful. The teachers are great & (almost always) are willing to work with your child in ways that are fit for them and that can sometimes be out of the box approaches. The school has immense parent support. The parent groups have raised several thousand dollars that have helped in making a state of the art science lab, an art lab complete with a kiln for ceramics and many other things. Parents volunteer to be recess monitors & go through CPS screening to get that ‘job’. They hold many fun fundraisers that involve the kids & parents along with teachers that also enhance learning. Its an international school so you’ll get to learn Spanish on a weekly basis. They offer free of cost after school programs that are 1 hour long which are first come first serve basis, but they do try to accommodate as many students as they can. They also have after care that is fee based. The only short comings I have felt are that they don’t offer accelerated groups for math & reading (they use another layout for that) and not too many field trips are taken. But we have been talking about this & it could change for the better soon. Also, the school will be celebrating its centennial next year. Come to the open house on Friday @9am. You’ll see the support of the parents (including me) & discover this hidden gem.
    I had been considering Disney & did go for the open house today. I don’t think my child will be able to adjust to the open floor plan. Also, I did not like the fact that 2nd grade & above (Still 7-8 yrs old) do not get to play on the playground at recess but have to spend it on concrete with jump ropes etc. Peirce does not deny them this joy.
    If you have any questions regarding Peirce feel free to write to me
    For people on waitlist for 2nd grade @ Disney- you could get a call for our seat as we’ll be declining that offer. Loved the technology & awesome facility but didn’t agree with some of the stuff. It was on my most wanted list but not anymore.

  • 1180. Caring mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    @1161 notidealoffer – can you provide insight/info about the tour you attended at LaSalle I? We received an offer for 1st grade. The school said they would not offered another tour until the end of this month or beginning of next month, but we need to make a decision before next Friday. Any comments/insights about the school is greatly appreciated!!

  • 1181. MomofMany  |  April 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    @hyde park mom, Yes we will be pursuing private transportation, however we are in Dunning ( Irving 4000N & Narragansett 6400W), and so that’s not really a help for you, since i’m assuming that you’re in Hyde Park 😉
    I do know that the school has private transport contacts, so I would call them. A woman in the office before me received that information. I am waiting for them to verify that I am indeed ineligible before finding out more, since CPS uses there own crazy mileage calculator.

    That being said if anyone from Dunning/Portage Park is interested in car pooling or sharing transport please email me: castlehillmom@gmail.com

  • 1182. hyde park mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Momofmany,did you happen to notice who gave the other woman the private bus info,was it the secretary in the main office?During my tour,Ms Meyers said she wiuld not be giving out that info or making any recommendations.I was put off by her very much.I emailed the pta last week fir hekp,they necer replied.If this is how hard it is to get help just in the beginning,I dread the future.I really am not crazy about the place now, but have few options.

  • 1183. ABear  |  April 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    We will also be declining our second grade spot at Disney. I attended the tour today. There were many positives, including a principal with a well-defined vision for the school, great open space for activities, and technology/computers everywhere you turn. Also seems like they put in a lot of effort to provide differentiated learning in the early grades. We are declining due to the lack of sense of community. It was far too big for us. Also would prefer foreign language class which Disney only offers to the gifted kids. As the principal said, “it’s a technology magnet, not language school.” And I found the noise in the pods very overwhelming, although it could have been added noise from all the parents on the tour. My kids attend a small private school, so I can’t compare to other CPS schools.

  • 1184. hyde park mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    @from the heart,I recall reading how excited you were initially re Disney.What made you changevyour mind?I can relate,andvwould lovevto hear your thoughts.I,too,walked away with mixed feelings,and desperate for a spot at Franklin now.

  • 1185. Chance  |  April 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    What are my chances of getting a call from Prescott?

    6th #1
    4th # 7

  • 1186. MomofMany  |  April 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    @hyde park mom, It was the woman behind the front office desk, who was also taking registration forms. However, it was contact info for the PTA (who have the info?), so if you already have that and they never responded I’m at a loss.

  • 1187. MomofMany  |  April 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    @hyde park mom, Our tour was led by Mrs Collazo (2nd floor director). She was very friendly and patient, with our group and answered everyone’s questions. She obviously loved the school. We didn’t leave until 12:05. Maybe the personality of your guide left you with a bad impression?

  • 1188. Going into 4th  |  April 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I’m surprised the PTA didn’t respond. Last year when I was in you position I found Disney’s PTA FB page and requested info, Christine (a?) Flauta got back to me right away and answered all of my questions, I had a very long list as I was very concerned about making the commute everyday and whether or not the school was actually worth it. I’m sorry the tour left you with second thoughts. This is such a difficult process.

    I saw someone mention that while on the tour they were told Disney doesn’t accept kids after 3rd. I really hope that isn’t true seeing as how my rising 4th grader is waitlisted #6 and I was really hoping to get him into Disney. Sigh.

  • 1189. hyde park mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Please ,call CPS to confirm what disney saidvre 3rd grade siblings.Different sources give out erroneous info,so get it from the horses mouth.
    I indeed emailed their pta via tge facebook page as well as gmail,no replies.Id like to get a long list of bus companies to compare,as of now I only have one,thnx to this great forum.Id be lost without this blog.

  • 1190. MomofMany  |  April 2, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    @Goinginto4th, I was the one who posted that Disney does not accept students after 4th. This information came from Mrs. Collazo (2nd floor director) who led our tour. She mentioned that they only accepts through third. I asked her to confirm, she did. I asked if this also applied to siblings and she said it did. Then I specified that our entering 3rd grader had older and younger siblings, and was I correct that the younger ones would get seats, but that the older ones would not, and she said that waa correct. I going to contact Dr Hagstrom and CPS OAE to verify, because I was very surprised. I would very much like for all/most of my kids to be at the same school. We’ll be at 4 different locations next year! FWIW my upcoming 4th grader has a Disney waitlist # of 58 and my upcoming 6th grader has a waitlist # of 17, hence my confusion.

  • 1191. Another LaSalle II Mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    @1178 Beth – I will do my best to answer your questions but please remember that this is only one parent’s understanding and opinion so if any of these points are very important to you as to be deal breakers, it may be best to confirm with the school directly.

    – The K teachers. We had a great K experience with a fantastic teacher! Our child thrived, learned a ton and enjoyed going to school.

    – In regards to art and music. Students do receive art as a regular “special” every week and there is a dedicated art room with an art teacher. The students do not have music as a special. However, there is the option to join choir when the kids are a bit older. I think they may meet after school. I believe that begins in 3rd (?) grade. If you go to the school web site and scroll down the home page a bit there is a piece about the choir’s recent performance at Navy Pier. Don’t quote me on this but I think there ‘may’ be some type of option to join band as an after school option as well when the kids are older but if important, check directly with the school as I am unsure. If you go to the staff page and scroll down near the bottom you will see the library, technology, gym and art teachers listed. Those are the specials. The foreign languages are considered ‘core’ subjects and not ‘specials’.

    – After School Programs. Not sure whether you mean after care or classes the kids can take. JCC does after care on site. There are also classes such as Mad Science, Lego building, yoga, cooking and more that kids can sign up for separately. We do not use any after school care but our child has done the classes and enjoyed them. I think there is a current list for the upcoming spring session on the web site. The specific class offerings change a bit from quarter to quarter. Also, some parents utilize a nearby park’s program for after care. That is another option if you need it.

    – We did get our first choice for language but not sure if that is common or we just got lucky. I am sure the chances of getting your first choice simply depend on how popular the language you want is that year. I can tell you there are two Spanish teachers, one Mandarin teacher, one Arabic teacher and one French teacher. The students are split evenly among the language classes. One nice newer policy in place is that there is now sibling preference for language so, if your eldest child is taking a particular language that you also want your younger child to learn when they enter the school, your chances are much greater that the younger child will get the same language.

    – I have been very happy with the new principal so far and I think she was a great choice for our school.

    Hope that helps!

  • 1192. Another LaSalle II Mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Beth – One more comment about art in K. Our child did many creative art projects with the regular K teacher, outside of the specific art class. Lots of fun, creative activities as well as the academics.

  • 1193. reevecoleman  |  April 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Can anyone tell me their experiences with Ravenswood? It’s our neighborhood school. I love how they integrate art with all their classes (my son is very visual) and their parents group seems fantastic.

    We got into Disney, but my son has sensory disorder and I’m concerned that the pod concept won’t work for him. He has trouble sitting still and can wander off when not watched.

    If anyone has a kid with sensory disorder, please let me know what school environments worked best for you. He’s in a montessori right now which he seems to like, but I’ve seen some play-based schools and some more rigid schools, and I’m not sure which one would be best for him. Thanks

  • 1194. CPSExplorer  |  April 2, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I attended the Disney open house today and left with concerns as well. I just didn’t leave with a sense of real caring. One of the comments the principal made was that after 3pm, the kids were not their responsibility. Apparently, there was a recent mugging of some kids (between 5-8 grade) for their cell phones on the NW corner of campus. I understand the liability piece, just not her lack of concern. Also when asked about bullying, her first response was that it was “the most overused word” she’s heard. I can see her point if people are overzealous in that characterization, but if it were to happen to my kids, I’d want to be received with more compassion. While I appreciated the focus on tech, I was concerned that nothing was mentioned about developing the children as people–someone earlier posted about the lack of community. I felt that too. Anyway, not sure what we will do with the offer.

    Our other two options are Burr (waitlist #4) and STEM (waitlist #16). Can anyone please comment on the culture of these two schools? If we get a call, I’d like to be able to make a good decision in light of my concerns with Disney.

  • 1195. notidealoffers  |  April 2, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I got a really good vibe from Newberry! For me, it was very impressive to see the students in the upper levels not only answering difficult math problems (geometry), but thinking critically and enthusiastically about HOW they figured them out. The two K classrooms were very warm and Lydia, a parent of two Newberry students, couldn’t say enough about the ability of these teachers to bring out the best in her students. The curriculum seems very well-rounded, and they have been working hard to find a way to keep art, music, and other specials integrated in their program. But like Hawthorne (the building itself reminds me A lot of Hawthorne actually, including the auditorium-not a gymnatorium!) there is no language offered. The library has its own librarian and is worth seeing. Not as impressive as Lasalle’s library, but adorable. There is a nice playground, the halls are colorful and alive, and the principal seems very open to parent feedback and preferences. Like STEM, there is a teacher who provides additional support for students having significant challenges or who are significantly ahead, if I understand correctly. It has a proven track record, a handful of very active parents, and students that seem very happy to be there. Also it is in a nice neighborhood (decent parking during the day) and I think draws a lot of people from around there. That said, since I do not live particularly close, I have some serious reservations about being able to get my child there by the 7:30 start time. It’s ina pretty high-traffic area, similar to Skinner North.
    What are you weighing it against?

  • 1196. notidealoffers  |  April 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    @Caring mom
    I wasn’t able to take notes at Lasalle, so I will tell you everything I remember.
    It seemed like parents are very active at this school, volunteering in the classroom and helping to organize the tours. So that is a good sign, if you like being involved. It also probably means that there are a lot of fundraisers and expectations…the kids say they have a lot of homework but it’s “not that bad,” and they enjoy their language classes for the most part, but I don’t get the feeling that they are particularly fluent in the languages they speak to the extent that Jackson may be. That said, I was personally very impressed with the Italian instructor. The classrooms are pretty tight and the ceilings are low with brightly colored (mostly yellow) walls. It felt very busy, a bit like Pritzker. They have a large gymnatorium that has a unique character. They were having all sorts of issues with the speakers/mics during the tour, but the open house was really well attended and the principal seemed pretty warm to me, but if you are interested in the school, you should really try to get in touch with someone from the PTA because I’ve heard mixed reviews about the principal and it is unclear to me whether Lasalle is riding on its reputation or has real room for positive growth. The playground is great, but you can tell that just by driving by. Most impressive to me was the vast and adorable library. It looks like someone, I’m assuming a staff librarian, puts a lot of thought into organizing the space. The library itself is pretty big, but there are a TON of books and she has them in displays much like a book store. Pickup/dropoff looks like it would be a nightmare since the streets up there are so tight and zoned, I think.

    I’ll try to think of other things and keep posting as they come to me.

    Good luck in your search! What are you weighing it against?

  • 1197. Caring mom  |  April 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    @notidealoffers – Thank you very much for the info! My son is currently attending Disney I and he really likes it there, but I don’t want to pass up the opportunity of a great school without doing any research especially the test score of LaSalle I is higher than Disney I and there are many positive reviews on the websites. Additionally, LaSalle I is also named as one of the top 20 Chicago Elementary in 2012 from Chicago Magazine and etc..
    I also like the idea that a second language is offered at the school whereas at D1, it only provides to the gifted class.
    Picked up and dropped off won’t be an issue for us because we live within the 6 miles boundary, thus we may consider have him taking the school bus and attending after school care provides by the school.
    It’s very unfortunate LaSalle I does not provide tour for parents prior to accepting the offer especially we also have another child that will be going to Kindergarten in couple years.

    Thanks again for your insight/comments!

  • 1198. Levski  |  April 3, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Thorp Magnet comprehensive gifted class 8th graders parents question – where were you kids accepted for high schools? If you could please share the class stats for the top 4 high schools, Payton, Northside, WY and Jones. Really appreciate this.

  • 1199. Fan  |  April 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

    @715: why not accepting Franklin? We are 8 on wait list for 1st and are hopeful.

    Can anyone tell me what they know about Franklin? I picked due to the great test scores and excellent for middle school years which are critical for HS.

    Our results for 1st grade all wait listed:
    Franklin 8
    Alcott 34
    Ebbinger 61
    Edgebrook 132
    Stem 157
    Hawthorne 167
    Burley 186
    All rest over 200

    Based on other posts I am praying we get a call for franklin.

  • 1200. DJ  |  April 3, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I would also love to have any information on Ravenswood,we are #4 on the wait list for 1st grade. We called the school yesterday and they said that it is a possibility that we would be contacted. Unlike Nettelhorst, who basically said there was no chance whatsoever.

  • 1201. Evelyn  |  April 3, 2014 at 8:03 am

    @notidealoffers. Thanks so much! I wasn’t able to attend the open house but they called yesterday and said they would have another on the 23rd so I’m planning on being there. Our other offer was Disney I which is the obvious choice by name recognition, but I get the feeling they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. I believe that both places are good schools so a lot depends on the before/after school options, transportation, and gut feelings.

  • 1202. Heather  |  April 3, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Hi! I have a kindergartener who has DS and sensory processing challenges at ravenswood. The spec Ed dept is wonderful and has fully integrated our son into the community! His teacher mrs alban is wonderful with him and they incorporate movement into everything they do, to help jack learn. I highly recommend you visit this great school. We got in Through the Lottery. It was one if my top choices.

  • 1203. LSmom  |  April 3, 2014 at 8:28 am

    @CPSExplorer, Burr has lots of parental involvement and openness to parent ideas. The principal and vice principal are involved and caring, and it’s a smaller school which I think is nice, especially for the younger kids. Burr has a wonderful community feeling, I recommend taking a tour.

  • 1204. Now a Coonley mom?  |  April 3, 2014 at 10:11 am

    @reevecoleman – tough call. We were in your exact same shoes until a Coonley RGC offer came through last minute. I think Ravenswood and Disney are very different both with pros and cons. On paper I think Disney looks better but I was very impressed with Ravenswood and I know a lot of families who are happy there. And I personally was very drawn to the more neighborhood/community vibe of Ravenswood. And like you said the arts integration is truly amazing. The Ravenswood principal is very open and hosts coffee sessions. Have you considered attending and discussing your concerns re: your son directly? My hope is that he would be very open to that. I will continue to keep a close eye on Ravenswood as I have a younger one and hope she could be there one day. Best wishes.

  • 1205. cpsobsessed  |  April 3, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I met the new Ravenswood principal and a couple parents at a school fair this year. He was fairly new at the time, but he was impressive and had real enthusiasm (as did the parents.) I’d definitely have it on my short list (as it’s in my area.)

  • 1206. cpsobsessed  |  April 3, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Thanks for everyone for sharing information about your schools. It’s so reassuring to hear how many good elem options there are these days.
    Keep in mind, this likely means that there are other off-the-radar- undiscovered “gems” that you may be surprised about if you keep an open mind and walk into a school you never considered before. Many of these schools that people rave about were “unknowns” just a few years ago. The admin and staff is largely the same — it’s just that some parents discovered what was there…

  • 1207. hyde park mom  |  April 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I wasn’t able to attend Agassizs open house (went to Disney). We are #39 on their waitlist.The office said I had a good chance, to my surprise. Maybe, since there are 2 K classes. Any feedback on this school? Is it a good sense of community, not too big? After school programs? If we get off, I may prefer it over Disney I.TIA!

  • 1208. Franklin parent  |  April 3, 2014 at 10:27 am

    @1199: Franklin is a great school! Some of their middle school students got accepted to WY, Lane, and other ACs. At least half of the eighth grade class got accepted to SEHS last year. This school is small but everyone knows each other. The principal leadership needs to be improved in my opinion but she’s very passionate about the school. The parental involvement is awesome. They raised a lot of $$ which can afford to buy an air conditioner for each class room and enough ipads for the students to use. Fine arts are excellent. I love their holiday/talent shows. Every students can have a chance to shine in that school. My child is in 1st grade now. Ms Mackenzie is awesome and she is NCBT. Things I don’t like about this school is the gym, school lunch, and lack of extra-curricular activites. The gym is so old but I know the kids will go outside instead if the weather permits. They have a very nice school playground though. The older kids look out for the smaller ones. And I think the school is very safe.

  • 1209. Franklin hopeful  |  April 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

    @1208 Franklin parent – what do you not like about school lunch at Franklin? I recall someone else mentioning something negative about it. Can you please elaborate on that and the lack of extra-curricular activities. Do you use the after-school program? Or do you know what people think about it?

  • 1210. Hrkmom  |  April 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

    @hyde park mom. We attended Agassiz’s tour and really like it. I like that they have music, drama, and dance built in to their day. The size is small and the parents seem very involved. The one negative is they lost their art teacher this past year so they only get it in their classrooms. From what they said they are trying to raise money to restore the position.

  • 1211. smartartinthecity  |  April 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I also attended the Disney tour yesterday. I was so hopeful that it would be an option for my kindergartener, but I was totally turned off by the whole environment. The students spend 90% of their day, according to the principal, engaged with technology. They all have their own IPADs from PreK on and do much of their schoolwork on them. I am all for technology, but this seems extreme. When do they learn to speak, engage, and question? I was also sad to see they do very little art or music that does not also involve technology.

  • 1212. hyde park mom  |  April 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I feel same as tutu ou re technology at disney,smartartinthecity.I was the one who raised my hand and asked principal re how technology is balanced with traditional learning….also asked her re bullying.Felt she circumvented both questions,made me feel uneasy.Oh I pray agassiz or franklin calls us!

  • 1213. C.P.S. (Can't Provide Schools)  |  April 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    1st grade
    Tier 1

    Ebinger 4
    Farnsworth 27
    Disney 247

  • 1214. SL parent  |  April 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    @1209 Franklin Hopeful: Franklin doesn’t have a kitchen to cook the food so CPS hired some crappy food vendor provides their school lunches. The lunches look decent but taste aweful. The steamed veggies don’t look fresh. So, I packed lunches for my child and I see many kids brought their own lunch too. As for extra-curricular activities, I think it’s more of lack of participation. Franklin is a small magnet school so many kids have to leave to take the school bus home or picked by the stay-home moms. YMCA is the current after care provider. They just watched the kids to do their homework and play some activities afterward. I prefer to have some activities like mad science, foreign language, and sports. I guess because of the low enrollment, they can’t open those classes. Franklin has its own after school program but it only runs for a few months during the winter and it ends at 4:30. Overall, it’s a great school! Good luck!

  • 1215. CPSExplorere  |  April 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I agree with you smarartinthecity! And did you notice that when we visited the library, NONE of the kids were actually reading books? They were all at computers starting at the Promethean board. Definitely made me concerned…we are hoping for a call too!

  • 1216. Waitlistmaven  |  April 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Does anyone have any experience with the IB program at Pulaski? Or any feedback?

  • 1217. lisa  |  April 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Does Franklin have any fun after school options? I know they do plenty of arts at school so I agree sports or language would be a nice option for after school. I like the idea of choosing one or two extra activities during the week. Does Franklin offer anything besides the YMCA after care program?

  • 1218. lisa  |  April 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    @hyde park mom – I went to the Agassiz tour and I liked the school. You have an excellent shot with a WL under 100. Reading old posts they went to about 200 last year but of course that may change year to year. School is a nice size. Focused on arts – music and drama is a plus. Not that concerned about losing the art teacher as I think there is a decent number of art type projects done right in the classroom. They teach Arabic. They have a playground, although no grassy space from what I saw but of course you can’t expect to have everything at one school. Parents seem to be involved. They have before and after care and also offer a variety of extra activities you can choose and pay for after school.
    We are also waiting on hopeful calls from Agassiz and Franklin and ideally Prescott. Let me know if you hear from anybody. Good luck.

  • 1219. hyde park mom  |  April 3, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    @lisa,you really think we have a shot at agassiz,#49 ?its a small school,I wonder why they have that many spots to be able to refer to their waitlist.I thiught 49 seemed high,but glad to know its not for them.Do people not accept their offer,?

  • 1220. Suzukisv650  |  April 3, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    @ lisa– I toured Agassiz and read through last years magnet cluster/neighborhood thread messages. Believe it or not people with numbers in the 300’s for K reported getting called by Agassiz in late August/early September. It was proposed somewhere that this is a result of location (just north of Lincoln Park, fairly close to a lot of excellent attractive small neighborhood schools, and Neighborhood demographics–more singles less families). I’d generally worry about a school that had to go that deep, but after touring the school i’m not. I’m also hopeful that they go that deep this year as we are #198.
    Base on what I read on last years thread, # 49 stands a great shot.

  • 1221. Academum  |  April 3, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    @1218. lisa
    Thanks for noting that Agassiz offers Arabic. I feel like that is useful information for some of us. I’m sure a lot of people take other offers based on school reputations and offers from SEES. It would be neat to see schools with specialty language offerings or other unique aspects grow and gain desirability. I applied to Agassiz based on proximity and didn’t think much more about it with a WL #100, but now I am seriously considering it over schools that others consider the city’s best.

  • 1222. Academum  |  April 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Does anyone have a somewhat comprehensive list of the schools who teach Everyday Math? I feel like this would be a good model for my child.

  • 1223. Another Franklin Parent  |  April 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    1217. lisa
    “Does Franklin have any fun after school options? I know they do plenty of arts at school so I agree sports or language would be a nice option for after school. I like the idea of choosing one or two extra activities during the week. Does Franklin offer anything besides the YMCA after care program?”

    Lisa, I am a current Franklin parent who uses the YMCA program for my child. Currently, there are no other activities for K. However, the school teachers provide after school activities periodically for grade 1 onwards (that you can also avail in addition to YMCA). Also, there is some interest in getting a language class as an after school option.

    In general, I concur with SL parent that this being a small magnet school, the options are limited. However, I think the issue may also be that Franklin started their afterschool program only in the last couple of years. So, most parents (with older kids in Franklin: & there are many) had the after school options already in place. I think as newer parents join the school, this may improve. In particular, I have high hopes for 2015 class, when there should be 2 K classes to accommodate a lot more newer families.

    But, like other parents that have chimed in, we love Franklin: I think, this school focusses on building a well-rounded child by offering them a phenomenal fine arts program and a great academic grounding. The parent community that volunteers and keeps this going is amazing & the teachers are wonderful. For the record, we forfeited Edison & Coonley RGCs to stay at Franklin (for a variety of reasons) & have not been disappointed.

  • 1224. Suzukisv650  |  April 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    # 1198 There is an article that is googlable titled Chicago’s Best Schools– Who Gets In. If I recall correctly there are attachments that give a good breakdown of which schools sent how many kids to the “big four”. It looks like of a school sends less than 10 kids total thay are awarded an asterisk– you can’t tell how many kids were sent (this was for 2011 or 2012). Thorp was one of only 10 or 15 elementary schools that sent more than 10 kids. Sorry if this is vague and I hate to send out bad information but this is from memory— I’m at work and cannot access that article. If you find the article yourself you may come to your own conclusions.

  • 1225. anonymouse teacher  |  April 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    @1214 and all, just fyi, the fact that Franklin doesn’t have a kitchen to cook in negatively affects the school’s rating (and all schools without a kitchen). The current leveling of schools arises from many factors, but having healthy eating options is one of those factors. It is 100% NOT the school’s fault if they don’t have a kitchen but they are still penalized for it. Just another reason to take all school ratings lightly.

  • 1226. Jen K  |  April 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Regarding after school activities (not child care), our school has many outside vendors who come in for guitar, chess, yoga, dance, etc. plus the YMCA offers several sports options unrelated to their after school care program. Maybe all Franklin needs is a parent or two to get programs started. We have a teacher who coordinates our programs with input from parents. Can’t hurt to ask if it’s important to you and your child(ren) attends Franklin.

  • 1227. cpsobsessed  |  April 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    @a-mouse – what rating is affected by the lack of kitchen? School level? (1/2/3)

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  • 1228. cpsobsessed  |  April 3, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    @lisa, alcott went low on their list last year too and is a well-regarded school but based on the neighborhood (not a lot of single family homes) it has room every year for kids outside the area.
    I wouldn’t let that scare you away.

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  • 1229. cpsobsessed  |  April 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    @waitlistmaven: I don’t know much about pulaski, but a woman in my office has her kids there and says she’s very impressed. She was living in switzerland for 3 years and had her kids in some special international (expensive) school there and she feels pulaski is just as rigorous. That’s all I know but it sounds worth investigating.

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  • 1230. NW side family  |  April 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Need info or insight on upper grade (1st and 3rd) sibling list movement for Newberry and Thorp.

    Trying to decide if its worth it to roll the dice and hope a sib gets in next year. If not much of a chance, may not take the Thorp or Newberry spot and keep the kids in the same school.

    Any thoughts or opinions are appreciated!

  • 1231. far northsider  |  April 3, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    @1222 Academum – I’ve heard from our school’s principal and from other principals on school tours that Everyday Math (and I’m guessing Trailblazers, the other spiraling math curriculum that schools tend to use) isn’t aligned to the new Common Core standards; most of them were anticipating a switch to a new curriculum for (I think) next year.

  • 1232. hyde park mom  |  April 3, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I just had a fleeting moment of fear…since I have twins,will they BOTH come off the waitlist at same school? Ill call OAE ,but hope another parent is up late obsessing like I am,lol…..

  • 1233. reenie  |  April 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    @1222 Academum i’ve heard that something like roughly half of CPS elementary schools use Everyday Math–there was some effort to get schools to use district-approved curricula years ago but it died. Now it’s somewhat free for all, especially since Far Northsider is right that Everyday Math, Trailblazers and basically all elementary math curricula aren’t aligned to Common Core, at least not yet. Right now a lot of teachers are flying by the seat of their pants. And the ed publishers are doing a pretty bad job with alignment–I hear a lot of people (from teachers and principals to university experts) saying that most are just slapping the label “Common Core aligned” on their materials and tweaking a little. Best bet is to check with the schools you are most interested in–both what they use now and whether they will be making Common Core-related changes. Everyday Math is supposed to release a CC-aligned version in 2015, if I remember correctly.

  • 1234. hyde park mom  |  April 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Can someone tell me which school is probably better in terms of academics,fine arts,sense of community,etc,Franklin or Agassiz.Unfortunately,Franklin isnt having any tours and I missed Agassiz while touring the school we had an offer for,which I really dont like.Ive been on their websites,read reviews,and just can’t decide.If I were to get lucky and come off the waitlist at BOTH,I want to.choose wisely.Test scores aside,which one ?Franklin doesnt offer language,Agassiz does.Other than that,both are small,fine arts focused,involved parents,have good after school options.Do the kindergartners stay together each year as a cohort,or do they switch every year at Agassiz.since it has two.K classes?

  • 1235. Lisa  |  April 3, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    @Hyde park mom- I also have twins and we are talking about the same schools. On my phone so can’t really type much. Your twins should have consecutive numbers but trickier with the WL as opposed to first offers. If you want to chat more tomorrow email me lisap@mediaprocess.com. Time to sleep.

  • 1236. Lisa  |  April 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    @cpsobsessed- I’m thrilled schools like Agassiz and others go deep into their waitlists- doesn’t put me off one bit. Gives me hope we will get in somewhere.

  • 1237. anonymouse teacher  |  April 4, 2014 at 6:22 am

    @1227, yes, the 123 rating is affected. It is on the school report card.

  • 1238. Angie  |  April 4, 2014 at 6:48 am

    @1233. reenie :”And the ed publishers are doing a pretty bad job with alignment–I hear a lot of people (from teachers and principals to university experts) saying that most are just slapping the label “Common Core aligned” on their materials and tweaking a little.”

    My kid’s second grade Everyday Math book has “Common core state standard edition” printed on it. It still sucks – the kids spent most of the year recycling and repeating old stuff, and only in March finally started on something new. I hope the rumors are true, and the district gets rid of this useless curriculum soon.

  • 1239. realchicagomama  |  April 4, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Hyde Park Mom, you should prepare yourself for the possibility that only one twin will come off the waitlist and what you will do about it. This happened in my son’s K class last year. One twin got in off the waitlist toward the very end of the summer, and the other did not because there was only 1 space. Fortunately someone moved out of state during the school year and they were able to offer a spot to the other twin this year in 1st grade. There is a second set of twins in my son’s class as well, but they have both been at the school since K. I am not sure if they were on the WL or offered spots out of the lottery.

  • 1240. Christopher Ball (@skepticismwins)  |  April 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

    @1233 This is quite right. Senior CPS officers have said the same, that workbooks and curricula are just slapped with labels “aligned to the Common Core” without any serious alignment. When the material is copyrighted in 2009, you know it is not really CC aligned.

    CPS HQ put a freeze on purchasing new curricula a year or more ago because they were debating, at high levels, more standard curricula across schools. They recognize that many schools, especially “level 1” schools, are quite happy with the curricula that they have and have no wish to adopt “Everyday” if they uses “Singapore” or Singapore if they use “Connected” and vice versa. Some schools are using more dated curricula, like Saxon math.

    I can’t speak to Everyday but I have heard teachers complain that Connected, for 6-8 and based on the prior NCTM standards is not fully CC aligned in the purchased editions and that teachers need to supplement it to bring it to CC alignment, which defeats the point of a packaged curriculum.

  • 1241. Cliff  |  April 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

    @cpsobssessed and anonymouse

    A school’s CPS rating for performance policy (old Level 1/2/3, now “SQRP” 1-5) is NOT affected by anything related to its food service. I think you’re thinking about “Healthy Schools Certification,” which is shown on the report card, along with other indicators. But it does *not* factor into a school’s accountability status.

  • 1242. McPhearson?  |  April 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Anyone out there familiar with this school? What is needed to bring this school up to the next level?

  • 1243. L P Sims  |  April 4, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Hello everyone! I’m new to the CPS my children are currently in a Catholic School but, I need to place them where they will be more challenged! My sons are 6&7 1&2nd grade they bring home all A’s 2 B’s a piece but my youngest has a check in EVERYTHING else on the report card!! Please help! Where do I start?? I found a school I would like for them to attend but I found out its a waiting list!!! HELP

  • 1244. TwinMomYeah  |  April 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

    For those parents with twins…we have our twins in two diff schools. The schools are very close together, so travel is totally manageable…next year will be diff as we switch our neigh program twin to a magnet.

    Both kids were to do neighborhood school, but one twin was offered an RGC spot last May, so we tried it. The separation (school and class) has been just fine. I’m sure they miss each other a little, but very rarely complain. I think they think it is an adventure to see two schools. They are very happy.

    The only thing I’m disappointed in is the vast difference in educations. I feel like my RGC twin had a great year. For my neighborhood twin, we feel a lot has been wasted. Perhaps we should have asked to switch teachers mid year…we pushed our neigh teacher to do more to no avail. Maybe a diff teacher would’ve been worse? Hindsight is 20/20 and now like I said, we are considering magnet schools.

    It’s really cool to be able to see what educations two diff kids are getting at same age at diff schools (and not cool, since we felt the neigh education was sub par). Fortunately, our RGC teacher is a rock star and was really helpful with advice for both of our twins…we were able to do some supplementing based on what the RGC twin was working on by copying homework and learning how the RGC twin was learning things…asking teacher about how things were explained in class, what reading strategies were employed, etc.

    So anyway, at least for us, we were worried about separate schools/ classrooms and the kids ended up just fine AND happy. And we could compare experiences.

  • 1245. HSObsessed  |  April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    This article caught my eye due to the headline “Family Leaving Historic City Dream Home, Blames Chicago School System” but the stupid article is 80% about their house. WHO CARES ABOUT THEIR HOUSE?? LOL. Anyway, they have four kids, live in Old Irving Park. One kid at Coonley, two at Prescott, one still TBD. The commute is too much so they’re decamping to the ‘burbs. Pretty active comments section. BTW, they live in the Belding neighborhood district. I looked it up so you wouldn’t have to.


  • 1246. ChicagoMomofBoys  |  April 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    @1245: What a terribly written, one-sided article. The family should be embarrassed; I would be. But their house is gorg!

  • 1247. Even One More CPS Mom  |  April 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I know this is off topic (sorry) but thought some here may be interested.

    Edgewater 5K Run to Benefit Neighborhood Schools


  • 1248. Peirce school open house  |  April 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Peirce had their open house today….Oh boy, where to start: love the facility and the resources of the school. very enthusiastic and supportive parents. I was very impressed with the music teacher-simply amazing….love the fact that they have 5 days a week gym, and they offer spanish as a foreign language. But, what i wasn’t impressed with is upper grades…no diversity at all!!

  • 1249. sfward  |  April 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    My youngest went to Peirce for about two weeks, and we left after getting seat at Hawthorne. I actually really like Peirce for the time we were there. They have a wonderful parent community that is very involved, and you can participate in school fundraisers without breaking the bank. During our brief time there (for first grade) I thought the work was very easy. However I also think some schools are doing work above kids’ heads because they’re so concerned about test scores. So if you want your child to get a fine education, but maybe don’t agree with things like lots of homework for young children, you might really like Peirce. Also, I would guess that Peirce has a fair amount of income diversity, which seems to be unusual in Chicago schools.

  • 1250. oks  |  April 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Regarding Hawthorne – we are pretty high up on the waitlist so I have been trying to get a feel for the place. I drove down there yesterday during pick up time to see what the commute would be like. As I was driving around I wondered about parking around there. I would like to be involved in the school so for you all that are already there, what is parking like? Is it tough to find a spot during the day? Thanks!

  • 1251. Random parent  |  April 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    @1246: I agree with you. The family should be embarassed. They can afford private schools if they have $$ to afford $1.495 million house. Thank goodness they are moving to the suburb. There will be 4 less kids competing for a good CPS.

  • 1252. from the heart  |  April 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Hi. In regards to diversity in the older grades at Peirce. We as a parent group had an at length discussion on the same. The community/neighborhood has changed a lot in recent years. What we can say as being ‘gentrified’. The younger grades are more the make up of what the community around this school looks like today. These kids will become tomorrow’s higher grades. Senn High is also an IB program & all the kids (blanket) can attend it. The difference in the diversity will become more apparent (truly diverse) as these kids go to the next class.
    I hope this answers your query to a certain degree.

  • 1253. jrwillliams  |  April 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I went to three school tours in the last two weeks and wanted to give you all the low-down.

    The first one was at Goethe. This tour was given to us by Ellen who was one of the nicest people I have ever met. The teachers were all very nice and kind and opened up their classrooms to us. The three kindergarten teachers were pleasant, but one in particular was amazing. She had a whole philosophy on positivity and working with kids to help them solve any issues they may have on their own before coming to her. I found that refreshing. The kids were extremely friendly and seemed to be in good spirits. The building is old and needs renovating, but all in all, everybody seemed to really care about the students and were trying their best. The playground is currently being rebuilt.

    The second school was Sabin and I have to say that the principal, Mrs. Gwen is incredible. All of the students were happy to see her. You could tell that she respects the students as much as they respect her. She explained their reading and writing workshop philosophy. It is a dual language school, so parents can choose between a Spanish or English program. They have an auditorium, a decent gym, and a nice media center. The principal walked us into several classrooms and even her own office. The playground was okay, but is probably going to get rebuilt soon. You can tell that the principal, teachers, and staff really care about the school and the students at Sabin.

    The third school we visited was A.N. Pritzker. We signed in and were told to go to the auditorium. The auditorium is amazing (there are two huge screens on the sides of the stage and it looks relatively new). There was a huge screen outside of the main office showing footage from the security cameras in and around the outside of the school. We did not get a chance to go inside of the classrooms as teaching was in session, but we also did not get a chance to view the gym or the library (which had no children in them). We could only see the rooms through a window since the teacher giving the tour did not have a key. It looked nice, but it would’ve been better if we could have walked through. The teacher giving the tour (and the only teacher we met) talked a lot about the gifted program. She gives the gifted children in her classroom homework packets to take home once a week and told us to view the web site for more information. Nothing was said about the curriculum in the other classrooms. We walked into the lunch room where it was incredibly loud. The students were screaming at us to not send our children there. There were kids walking around without teachers. We were told at other public schools that all doors to classrooms and bathrooms must be locked due to Sandy Hook. All of the bathrooms here were open. I heard a teacher screaming at her classroom in the hallway during the tour. The twenty parents on the tour barely got a chance to ask any questions. The principal never came out to introduce herself or to greet us.

  • 1254. Question  |  April 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Just a random question, and any input is appreciated, if you got Wildwood and Disney II, which one would you choose for kindergarten? (both are same distance from home)

  • 1255. crossing my fingers  |  April 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    @1243: which catholic school are you transfering from ? i’m considering a catholic school as a backup while I wait out the waitlist.

  • 1256. cpsobsessed  |  April 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    @HSObsessed: Hm, yeah – weird article. Gotta wonder if they had a friend at DNA who did a house-for-sale PR piece for them. Isn’t having to find a preK for your youngest child a common “problem” for parents? Well hey, at least they didn’t trash CPS, like many suburban-bound parents do!

  • 1257. Kate Cabral  |  April 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    @jrwilliams #1253

    Thanks very much for the info re Pritzker. My son got a K offer for the magnet cluster and we’re debating between that offer, Burr, and Gunsaulus on the SW side.

    I’m going to Pritzker’s open house tomorrow, but you were able to see it in a different setting, which is great. I’m already leaning towards Burr, even without ever taking a tour. We’ll see what impressions I have of Pritzker tomorrow, your review is very helpful.

    To all:
    Burr had a tour yesterday that I wasn’t able to go to. Does anybody have anything to say about Burr that hasn’t already been said? Or Burr compared to Pritzker?

    Our huge issue with Burr is location/transportation since we live near 35th & Ashland. Seems like it should be easy, a straight shot, but I know during rush hour that drive can be bad. Is it all worth it? I don’t want to underestimate or overestimate how important an issue the commute is.

    Any feedback on any of these issues is more than welcome & appreciated, please! It’s coming down to the wire!!

  • 1258. crossing my fingers  |  April 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Disney II has better ISAT scores as well as a High School automatic entry…that would be my choice.

  • 1259. Annoyed  |  April 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Annoyed again. Annoyed at the DNA article about the wealthy family bemoaning CPS. Ever hear about birth control much?? Please.

  • 1260. suspicious  |  April 4, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I am a parent at a magnet school. My child tested very well (142) but missed out at Edison by 2 points. But we got into a magnet school, the one it seems everyone is trying to get into.

    Believing in luck is charming. However if I was a school administrator having the smartest kids entering my school would make the teachers and administrators look good.

    So, for arguments sake, could those accepted at Disney II say how their kid did on the gifted/classical test?

  • 1261. RGC%  |  April 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Interesting. Are you implying that there is a correlation between magnet acceptance and RGC scores? We also got into a highly sought after magnet and my daughter scored a 140 on RGC test. Interesting…

  • 1262. suspicious  |  April 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm


    Are you somehow implying that an institution in Chicago is not on the up and up? How could that be?

  • 1263. RGC Score Drop  |  April 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    This is all just silly.

  • 1264. Jen K  |  April 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Whoa, hold on there. I volunteered in the Disney II kindergarten class every week last year and can attest to the VERY wide range of abilities in the classroom. Our K teachers are outstanding.

    I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that our Principal would not cherry pick. Never even used Principal’s discretion back when it was available.

    The school is just that good 🙂

  • 1265. anonymouse teacher  |  April 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I laughed, a lot, at that article about the family with the big house. Not to mention the author described them as a “young couple”. Um, based on the pic, it looks like its been a good 30 years since they could qualify for that description. And who is dumb enough to spend that kind of money without considering the quality of the neighborhood school? I mean, come on. I can’t blame them for not wanting to shuttle kids back and forth to 2 different schools.

    @1241, appreciate the correction. I have to stop believing the information my principal gives out. Half the time she’s wrong. Guess I can’t be too hard on her. I found out she’s working 14 hour days, 7 days a week. I thought for sure she took off a little bit of time. No wonder she looks like a crazy person most of the time.

  • 1266. Annoyed  |  April 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    The “young” couple was stupid to put in print that their neighborhood school isn’t good enough for them. It will be good enough for potential schmuck buyers I suppose?

  • 1267. cpsobsessed  |  April 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    @annoyed, ha, good point!

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 1268. 2girls  |  April 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Our future Kindergartener scored 130 on RGC with no offer. She did however get into Disney II which was on top of our magnet list. Very Excited!!!

  • 1269. 2girls  |  April 4, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    re: DNA article, If they can afford that kind of house, shouldn’t they have their own driver & nanny who would take care of the logistics? They don’t have real people problems like the rest of us. It seems that young(old) family need hire an honest writer to sell their home.

  • 1270. Sib question  |  April 4, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    At magnets, does sibling priority work for older siblings? I would hope so, but wanted to double check.

    Re: DNA article – with a few tweaks here and there, it could have been a good Onion piece.

  • 1271. JenK  |  April 5, 2014 at 8:45 am

    @1270 Sib question: yes, the Sib preference works in both directions. However, a spot isn’t guaranteed. Someone would have to leave the grade and then a sib would take the spot.

  • 1272. ler  |  April 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    The Disney information is interesting. My daughter is in 6th grade at Sauganash. Similar to other NW side schools, the PTA is a machine when it comes to fund raising. However, there is no way the PTA could fund an IPAD for every child, monthly field trips and 17 computer labs, plus the other Disney programs mentioned in multiple posts. Where does this money come from?

  • 1273. bb  |  April 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Walt Disney’s daughter gave the Disney school tons of money last year before she died.

  • 1274. velmalu  |  April 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    @Kate Cabral—I attended the tour at pritzger, and I fould it very positive. yes, the teacher had to rush to get back to her class, but she asnswered every question, even if it had nothing to do with pritzker (how to get into the gifted program, etc). We went into the gifted k classroom b/c that was the only room without kids(they were in the music room). Yes, the kids yelled to not come in the lunchroom, but they were laughing, happy middle schoolers. Better that than unhappy robots, in my opinion. The kids all seemed happy and engaged, and the program sounds wonderful. My take, anyway. Only posting because i didnt agree with someone elses negative experience. What wereyour thoughts of the open house?

  • 1275. Even One More CPS Mom  |  April 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Ler – When I toured Disney several years ago the principal said they do barely any fundraising through school families but that she works a lot with corporations and other sources. And of course, as previously mentioned, there was the Disney family support.

  • 1276. parent  |  April 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    @1260,1261: My child got a 142 last year (tier 4, no SEES offers). No magnet offers — and no wait list numbers under 80. I don’t remember exactly what the Disney II number was, but it was in the hundreds. You guys won the lottery. Be happy.

  • 1277. Magnetic  |  April 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Wildwood is a magnet school correct? I see some posts saying ‘not eligible’ for Wildwood? What does that mean? I thought anybody in Chicago can apply for a magnet school since it is lottery.

    Can somebody please explain?

  • 1278. Jen K  |  April 5, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Wildwood might be a “magnet cluster” which means it is a neighborhood school with a focus on something like art or technology. It follows the application process for neighborhood schools and since they are bursting at the seams, don’t accept outside boundary applications.

  • 1279. Magnetic  |  April 5, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you Jen! Where can I find wildwood boundry. I tried the CPS school locater, does not show me a neighborhood boundry.

    Any information much appreciated.

  • 1280. Jen K  |  April 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    @1279 I found it on the Wildwood website:
    (about Us, Enrollment Information)

  • 1281. Jen K  |  April 5, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    And reading more, it’s not quite magnet, but magnet cluster either, right?
    Wildwood School accepts students via the CPS magnet school application process when available seats in a given grade are not taken by neighborhood students (enrollment is not guaranteed). There is no entrance exam as participation within the magnet program for Wildwood is determined via a lottery.”

    …but clearly seats are all taken by neighborhood students these days.

  • 1282. RogersPark Mama  |  April 7, 2014 at 8:51 am

    “j. ascione on March 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm
    0 for 56 over 2 years. 14 schools applied to each year with twins over the course of two years. Really wanted Disney II, but are 380ish on the general waiting list (we didn’t receive a proximity waiting list number, which is troubling since we live well within the range). Belding is wonderful, but thought Disney might give us a chance at a good high school as I here the Disney II elementary will feed directly into the new Disney high school. Neighborhood high school is Schurz, which statistically is one of the worst high schools in the entire city. We have 4 children, so is getting all 4 into selective enrollment high school really going to happen? Not from what I’ve seen so far. Would HATE to move to suburbs, but dropping a quarter million dollars on private high school education for 4 kids over 6 years, not only is not financially feasible but seems not prudent (i.e. would rather save the money for college). This whole process is absurd and sad, yet I go along with it out of sheer desperation.”

    Couple things.

    A) your neighborhood school is BELDING! Seriously dude, you should be rejoicing instead of fretting. Fret when the time comes. In the meantime, relax.

    B) ahem. Private high school at the good schools in Chicago will be minimum 30-40k a year. Reassess that number, double it, and then you’re in the range. Half a mil should cover four kids. Maybe. Depends on tuition hikes.

    C) You live in old Irving. Get started with the solid community on flipping that high school and do it now. You’ve got the community backing you need to actually make it happen. Be glad you’re not in Rogers Park where even attempting to flip the neighborhood elementary flopped miserably and considering the high school now daunts you. The only way you survive this process is one kid, one entry and a time.

    D) the reason you’re not getting tons of offers is in fact the reality that you have a solid neighborhood choice. Those of us with truly failing schools get lottery preference. That may sound like a dream, and we’ve been very lucky with not only solid magnet offers all 3 times (along with some OMG why did we even submit an app THERE offers) and are 3 for 3 with SEES offers now as well. But really, we’d rather just have a damn neighborhood school like Belding. Instead, we have Gale. An a condo we can’t sell. Or rent because new lending laws require 85% owner occupancy. So we are quite literally stuck. Be happy you have Belding. Many of us don’t have even that. Perspective, my friend.

  • 1283. Cliff  |  April 7, 2014 at 9:50 am


    There are two common reasons your application result may end up as “ineligible,” though they’re kind of opposites. One is a school does not in fact have any space in the grade to which you applied–this SHOULD be indicated in the Options for Knowledge Guide. For example, this year for Wildwood, it said:

    “Note: Wildwood is near capacity. A very limited number of seats, if any, will be available for the 2014-2015 school year, and only siblings of currently enrolled students will be considered.”

    The other, opposite reason is that you applied to a school for which you’re already in the attendance area. Some “magnet” schools (like Wildwood) have an attendance boundary and all neighborhood kids are guaranteed enrollment. If you accidentally apply to your neighborhood school via OAE, you get “not eligible” because you are, in fact, already in!

    If you look above, you will see families in both cases.

  • 1284. MomO'3  |  April 7, 2014 at 9:51 am

    @RogersPark Mama- I moved to RP after getting the kids into magnet & classical schools. Once here, I was astounded at the difference between Gale and the other RP schools. Was Gale the school with the unsuccessful turnaround effort? I’ve seen some beautiful properties near Gale, but I’m scared to invest there because of the state of the school. Please elaborate, if you have the chance. Your insight here has been valuable.

  • 1285. mom3girls  |  April 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

    @1277 I agree with 1283. When submitting the online application for my kids, I also applied to our neighborhood school on there (bec i was a newbie) which resulted in “Not Eligible” on our letter. When I called the school, they told us that we were “in” and didn’t need to apply online. Perhaps, it’s the same reasoning with a magner likek WIldwood, you may already qualify. Give them a call, they may let you know right away when you give them your address.

  • 1286. Even One More CPS Mom  |  April 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

    @1282 Rogers Park Mama. If you are not applying for kindergarten at Disney II you would not receive a proximity category on your letter. Proximity and tiers are only for a school’s entry year. All subsequent years are only ‘general’ lotteries. That is for all magnet schools.

  • 1287. RogersPark Mama  |  April 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

    There indeed was an attempt that seems to have vanished into thin air, sadly. We used to meet at Common Ground on Morse for several years. The school has been through every restructuring attempt that exists in our decade here, none successful. Sigh…

    Under NCLB you must be offered an alternative when a school is failing as badly as Gale IF you apply for it. CPS is very vague on exactly how this works, but I can say that both my kids, and all the kids in our building/on our block were offered spots at Pierce in Andersonville for K. We have a low wait list number for 7th grade, but received offers from Chappell and oBreneman as well as Courtenay (which is in a sad flux after being combined with Stockton in Uptown). We’ve never received no alternative in 4 rounds with CPS entries.

    Gale was set to be closed on the original closing list via CPS last June, but was spared due to overcrowding of other RP schools. There’s simply nowhere to put all the children.

    Honestly, Gale will take a special sort of effort. It’s almost entirely low-income and the issues are pervasive. I’m personally at a loss, because there certainly are enough families with children here to make it happen eventually… But the past efforts indeed went almost nowhere aside from playground overhauls and a greenhouse. Sigh…

    I wouldn’t buy north of Howard. That pocket is a gang stronghold and even with 3 blue-light cameras, is very actively not good at all hours of the day and night. We live on Fargo, about 2 blocks west of the lake, and it’s beautiful here. There are decent private school choices as well, but as Jews, catholic school isn’t happening for our kids, and the day-schools and elite private options are either cost-prohibitive, lack diversity, or are a combo of both for us.

  • 1288. RogersPark Mama  |  April 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

    @Even More CPS, that was a quote from an above post lol. 😉

    For my fellow RP parent, the sole reward of Friends of Gale.


  • 1289. CPS Appalled  |  April 7, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I also was on the same tour of Pritzker on Friday. The noise level was truly stunning in the lunch room. I witnessed the security guard yelling at several groups of kids in the hallway. It was very off-putting to not be allowed into any of the classrooms during a tour. The only other school I’ve encountered that was Agassiz. What little we could see through the tiny windows looked like most brown faces in the magnet classrooms and mostly while faces in the
    RGC classrooms. Can anyone clarify that for me? We heard nothing about curriculum from the K. teacher giving the tour. She mentioned at least 5 times how we should use the term “options” instead of “gifted. I was so turned off I left before the end of the tour. I was really hoping that the principal decided to show her face before the end of the tour, but apparently she did not. We’ll be declining our spot at the magnet program.

  • 1290. B  |  April 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Just wanted to let people know I got a call from Prescott with an offer for a spot off the waitlist. I was in the high teens on the waitlist.

  • 1291. hyde park mom  |  April 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Cpsappalled,can you pls write more about toue Agassiz tour? I missed it.Ive emailed the principle with questions,but id appreciate your candid insight from a parents perspective.Thanks.

  • 1292. CPS Appalled  |  April 7, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I don’t know if I can accurately answer your question. I did not go on a tour of Agassiz this year, but got an “unofficial” tour at the end of last school year. We were offered an upper-elementary spot, but had only 24 hours to decide. And it was the last week of school. Agassiz said we could come, but refused to give us an official tour. The office manager was very kind, gave us passes and told us to do a “self-tour”. We made it as far as the second floor where we were accosted by a teacher (did not identify herself–later found out she was a bi-lingual teacher) who yelled at us and asked what we thought we were doing. We explained that the office manager had told us to walk around, but to no avail. This teacher marched us back down to the office. The office manager apologized to us for the teacher’s behavior, and said the principal had said it was OK. We had a very bad feeling about a school with such mixed messages, and intra-staff conflict. I do know families there who are very happy with the school, particularly the fine arts focus. I know of other families that are not pleased with the music teacher (not responsive to parents?). There seem to be a gamut of opinions about the principal–both positive and negative. They seem to have a strong and involved body of parents. For us, it ultimately wasn’t going to be a good fit for our child. I do think it is a school worth looking at, if you can get an official tour.

  • 1293. Hrkmom  |  April 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    We had the opposite experience with Agassiz. We went on an official tour so we got to see the classrooms and thought everyone was friendly. I think sometimes things like that happen but it is not necessarily the reality of the school. I’ve heard nothing but positive things from the parents I’ve been able to speak with. I’ve heard negative and positive about every school on this thread. You should really judge for yourself.

  • 1294. lisa  |  April 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    @1290 – did you take the spot at Prescott and assuming it was for K. We are hoping to get a call for that school.

  • 1295. Cautiously Optimistic?!  |  April 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Just to let people know where Prescott is at, we are tier 4 WL #28 and just got a call. I’m going on the tour tomorrow and we are probably going to take the spot.

  • 1296. Cautiously Optimistic?!  |  April 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Sorry that was for K.

  • 1297. GirlsMom  |  April 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Am I nuts to take Prescott first grade over Disney I first grade?

  • 1298. hyde park mom  |  April 7, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Not nuts at all.Depends on what your child needs,the two schools are so different it seems.If it were me,Id probably choose Prescott,seems like a great ,small school,board certified teachers.I am in a similar debate,with disney I and smaller schools,non magnet.Go with your gut and base it on that.Dont let the term magnet sway you.

  • 1299. oks  |  April 7, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    We are sitting here comparing a couple of schools and I know that the Great Schools rating is not the best way to judge a school but I can’t seem to find the words for why. Can someone help me out? We are looking at 5 essentials and the school websites and the CPS profile, but the difference in Great School number is a hang up. How do they get their number and why can it be deceiving?


  • 1300. Even One More CPS Mom  |  April 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    The Greatschools number is based solely on test scores and overall test scores can be greatly affected by many factors such as if a school has an in-house RGC or Classical program, if a school has a particularly large special ed population/program, if a school is ‘up and coming’ you may find that lower grade scores are much higher than upper grade scores so you almost have to consider the lower grades and upper grades separately…. Of course, these are just a few of the possible reasons. If test scores are of big concern to you, dig deeper and look at them broken down by demographic data. Then you can see how students most like your child are performing at each school. The breakdowns are available on Greatschools. Also helpful to compare schools, see if their LSC or PTO post meeting notes on the school web site. Check the ‘Parent’ page if you do not see a link for LSC or PTO. These meeting notes can give you an idea as to the school’s current concerns and future goals.

  • 1301. oks  |  April 7, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you very much. That is very helpful.

  • 1302. Magnetic  |  April 8, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Thank you all for answering questions about Wildwood!!

  • 1303. revolvingradio  |  April 8, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Late in my reply but FWIW….Tier 2, Kindergarten, another Rogers Park parent who will not be sending their kid to Gale.

    Luckily I was offered:

    Boone: 2
    Lasalle: 31 (tier 2)
    Stone: 35 (tier 2)
    Inter-American: 38
    Greeley: 53
    Franklin: 70 (tier 2)
    Disney II: 81 (tier 2)
    Chappell: 99
    Prescott: 135
    Hawthorne: 150 (tier 2)
    Peirce: 162
    Burr: 166
    Ravenswood: 314
    Nettlehorst: 368
    Alcott: 410
    Hamilton: 453

    I accepted Disney so anyone waiting on Agassiz or McPherson, another spot has opened. I toured Disney and McPherson, did not make it to Agassiz.

    I ultimately chose Disney for several reasons…1. sibling preference…my son is 2 and I’m relieved I will not have to go through this all again until high school, 2. distance & bus service…agassiz was just too far and I’m within the 6 mile bus zone for when I’m ready to let my little one on the bus, 3. arts and technology…both my kids love the arts and are avid users of technology, 4. resources…was the only school I toured that said they will handle the fundraising. Everywhere else I felt I would have to put in a lot of time and energy raising money to get basic needs met. Agassiz would probably fit the bill in a lot of ways but being a neighborhood school, there’s no guarantee I would get my son in there in 3 years. Not worth the extra long drive.

    I personally loved Disney. I thought the use of technology was appropriate and did not feel my child would be on tablets or computers all day. They seem to know how to integrate the technology effectively. One example they gave is the 7th/8th graders take a field trip to watch an open heart surgery, communicate with the doctors while it’s going on and then they go back to the animation lab and create animated hearts that simulate heart attacks. Very cool! The Promethean boards in every classroom are also very nice. Yes, the kids are staring at a screen but I don’t see it as any worse than staring at a blackboard or whiteboard, and in fact the interactive nature of it will probably hold kids attention longer.

    Two other cool things, they are teaching all kids computer programming starting this next year and getting a 3-D printer lab. So amazing! As a computer nerd myself, I was quite jealous these resources were not around when I was a kid. 😉

    I was concerned about the pods a little but seeing them in reality, I am not worried. It reminds me a bit of a cubicles in an office, there are no walls but there is plenty of separation. I like that each classroom can interact with the others, see each other’s artwork, etc. I feel like it provides more of a community-sense than isolated classrooms which is surprising considering the large size (and perceived lack of community) at Disney is often cited as a reason people go elsewhere. Both my kids are extroverts so I know the extra volume of noise might be a turn off for kids more on the introverted side. But really I think you need to see the pods before you make that decision. It’s not as loud and chaotic as I imagined.

    I was also very impressed with the pre-k program. I had applied for the sliding scale preschool for all and was waitlisted so my daughter ended up at Chase Park’s preschool. (which is great btw) But I am going to definitely try for my son when it’s his time. It was quite advanced for a pre-k.

  • 1304. SoCloseSoFar  |  April 8, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Re: Pritzker.

    I attended the open house last Saturday and personally was very impressed with the school ( both the options/RGC program & the magnet side). I’m very pleased my child will be attending next year in the options program. It’s fantastic the options kids also have exposure to the arts programming (very impressive music room!). I’m also ok with my younger child going there in the future even if it’s on the magnet side.

    It sounds like some parents had a negative experience on that last tour but I recommend seeing it for yourself. I really liked what I saw & the families I know with children already attending are very happy with the education the kids are receiving!

  • 1305. B  |  April 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

    @1294 – Yes I am taking the spot. There are other schools we are waiting to hear from, so if we get of the waiting list for a school we really want we will turn down the spot. Will keep everyone posted

  • 1306. Robin  |  April 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Does anyone have any feedback on Swift? We are #26 on the kindergarten wait list.

  • 1307. Mom of Three  |  April 8, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Hello All –
    New here; read all existing posts. Oldest of three kids will be entering K; classical scores of 99 math and 96 reading; tier 4; no offers from SEES (even though neighbor 30 feet away in tier 1 got in with 95 / 97 – argh!). Assigned neighborhood school is Jenner Academy.

    High wait list numbers for all magnets; I’ve been told by the schools that it is unlikely we’ll get a seat given our numbers. The exception is Newberry where we are proximity number 29 and I’ve been advised that based on past years it is possible we will get a seat.

    I see very few comments that relate to Newberry so am looking for some candid perspective on the school and others experiences there. Thanks in advance!

  • 1308. MomO'3  |  April 8, 2014 at 11:49 am

    @RogersPark Mama: that article me want to scream. I’m stunned. Those children are segregated into a failing school with low expectations, and they get a greenhouse? And after the shooting on Howard yesterday, I’m done fantasizing about the phenomenal value in that area, btw.

    FWIW to hopeful parents, I’m going to turn down my offered 4th grade spots @ Agassiz & Pritzker. Should Alcott call, that may be a more difficult decision.

  • 1309. Bronzevillemom  |  April 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    #1307. Sounds like you live near River North. You may want to consider Ruben Salazar at 160 W. Wendell for your K. It’s across the street from Walter Payton. They sent 6 kids to Ogden IB last year and 3 to Lane Tech. About 25% of their 8th graders get into SEES/IB every year, although rarely WY/WP. They offer art/music to all and Spanish 3x a week now to primary grades, offer more rigorous instruction for capable students/willing parents wanting to put in extra work. They accept citywide like a magent school, so their test scores reflect wide spectrum. NWEA growth scores were top 1% nationwide last year. They usually have slots even into fall for lower grades.

  • 1310. notidealoffers  |  April 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I posted a short review of Newberry above. I wouldn’t hesitate to take a spot offered if you live close by! Although it depends on your child’s interests. I am convinced that it does a great job of advancing students in math in the upper levels and literacy in the lower levels. No language though, if that is of great importance to you/your family.

  • 1311. Academum  |  April 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Does anyone know if Jackson has any busing services?

  • 1312. Kate Cabral  |  April 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    @1311 Academum

    I *believe* Andrew Jackson offers b