2015 NEIGHBORHOOD and MAGNET Elementary School Thread

March 19, 2015 at 8:09 am 1,288 comments

A shout out to Nettelshorst who got a lot of the neighborhool school stuff rolling

A shout out to Nettelshorst who got a lot of the neighborhool school stuff rolling

Post your news, questions, opinions here about Neighborhood and Magnet elementary schools.

If you post about your letter/status, please include:


Waiting list #

Tier (if applicable)

And remember, this process goes on for a lonnnng time as schools move down the wait list.  Patience is a virtue, as hard as it may be.

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  • 1. Chicago School GPS  |  March 19, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for posting, CPSO! As stated by others, the Magnet/Open Enrollment process stretches well into summer and September because there is a LOT of movement that happens due to multiple offers one can get for these types of schools.

    Check out our CSG Calendar on our website for some open house dates as many schools do give tours before first round acceptances are due on 4/14. Also, neighborhood schools with open enrollment spots sometimes have tours monthly into May and June, so spring is a good time to tour schools in general (less crowded than fall tours).

    If you are wondering “What’s Next? Decisions After Notifications”, then join us on March 26 @ 6:30PM. RSVP at http://www.chischoolgps.com/CSG_ES_What_s_Next_.html
    We can help you make sense of it all including what to do if you have no offers, offers from schools you don’t know much about, or need to decide between different types of schools. It definitely isn’t the end of the game after this first letter, and families really do end up with good fits by the end of the summer. Good luck to all!

  • 2. Kcabral  |  March 19, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Following, no letter yet.

    Applying for 1st grade. We’re in McKinley Park, near Bridgeport. We applied to most of the nearby magnets & open enrollment schools. Also SEES (will be posting there shortly).

    Looking forward to hearing about everybody’s results, good luck to all!!!

  • 3. Shoesmith Community Rep  |  March 19, 2015 at 9:46 am

    We applied to a couple of language academies and to STEM. Do all letters both magnet and SEES come out on the 20th??

  • 4. Cathy  |  March 19, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Following! Good luck everyone!

  • 5. ruthie60607  |  March 19, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Following. Good luck to all.

  • 6. JMC  |  March 19, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Are there any new or revised CPS rules/procedures this year for lottery selection vs. the last year or two that impact chances of getting a spot? I mean post-application, anything new with respect to allotments, proximity, sibs, etc. (Most of those are applicable for magnets but not magnet-cluster/neighborhood schools.). Just curious. Thanks in advance.

  • 7. sparklesvira  |  March 19, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Following! Good Luck Everyone!

  • 8. Robin in WRP  |  March 19, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Good luck, all!

  • 9. Wondering  |  March 19, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Maybe someone can clarify for me what procedures/guidelines (if any) are applied to fill in those spots that open in higher grades at magnet schools. To fill in those spots, is there a lottery, principal discretion, do tiers play a role, ….? Does CPS have specific guidelines and if yes, where can I find those?

  • 10. Christina  |  March 19, 2015 at 12:02 pm


  • 11. took test  |  March 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm


  • 12. momofmany  |  March 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    @9, It is only lottery. There is no principal discretion before 9th grade. For non-entry years, there are two lists: sibling and general. The sibling list is completely exhausted first and then the school moves on to the general list. Some schools (Disney II) cannot even seat all of their siblings. Tiers are not used for non-entry years, and are not used after the second round for entry-years.

  • 13. Cathy  |  March 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Had confirmation from a reliable source, Principals (i.e., schools) will not have the results until Monday. They do not get prior knowledge.

  • 14. Rudey  |  March 19, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Best of luck everyone! I know how stressful this wait period is. Fingers crossed that the letters arrive on Saturday. I remember all so vividly from three years ago when we went through the lottery with my oldest daughter, now in second grade. We did not get our first choice – which was my school. We did not get our number called for our second choice – which was a magnet close to my school. But in the end, the magnet school we got was a solid fit for our family albeit neither in our neighborhood nor near my school. My daughter is thriving there and three years in, we are so grateful that she got the school she got and that it worked out how it did. At the time, I was so so upset. We’re in the lucky category this time around – thanks to the sibling lottery. Yet I’m still feeling butterflies this week even knowing we get first dibs on the spots.

    I have a blog, and I’d like to share my story with you, in hopes that it gives you hope during this wait period and after.


  • 15. smpt  |  March 19, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    @ Rudey – great story! Following – still applying all these years later for 5th grade this time.

  • 16. CPSAppalled  |  March 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Following, again! Still hoping this time around….

  • 17. Rudey's Room  |  March 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Also, I want to second what CPSO says: “A gentle reminder that for most families in CPS, it all works out somehow that their kid’s end up in a school that feels like a good fit and meets their kids needs. It may not happen this round, or even this year, but people leave the city, spots open up, things change. The news you get this week isn’t necessarily the be-all end-all of your child’s CPS experience. So hang in there.”

    Three years ago, we opted for the magnet school we received and declined the spot at Edison RGC. The logic was her sister. My youngest daughter is three years younger than my oldest and is up for a spot this year – it’s hard to beat the automatic sibling spot. This being said, when we declined Edison, a spot opened for another child/family.

    Hang in there.

    She was Edison RGC, 243, Tier II

  • 18. Rudey's Room  |  March 19, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks smpt! Best of luck!!!

  • 19. Bridgeport Mom  |  March 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm


  • 20. Southloopmom  |  March 19, 2015 at 9:09 pm


  • 21. grateful mama  |  March 19, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Following…best of luck to all!

  • 22. Southside Tier 3 Mom  |  March 19, 2015 at 9:29 pm


  • 23. Swiseman  |  March 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Good luck! Following!

  • 24. JVE  |  March 20, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Hey thanks for the shout out! Here’s the Cliff Notes version of the Nettelhorst story by Pearson:

  • 25. Southsidemom  |  March 20, 2015 at 7:42 am


  • 26. mamikatabum  |  March 20, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Last year we got our son into Interamerican and we hated it!! We didn’t even make it to the month and we pulled him out. Needless to say we are waiting for letters again this year.
    Best of luck!!

  • 27. CPS parent  |  March 20, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Any word on when the letters were mailed for Magnet?

  • 28. LSmom  |  March 20, 2015 at 11:15 am

    They go out today also.

  • 29. ohkayess  |  March 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm


  • 30. Rebecca  |  March 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm


  • 31. Sara  |  March 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm


  • 32. Kcabral  |  March 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    To all South Side parents —

    A South Side CPSObsessed page was created last year. If you’re interested in discussion focused on that area, you should check it out. I follow all of the pages because obsessed, lol.

    Hope this link works: https://cpsobsessed.com/2014/03/26/south-side-schools-thread-guest-post-by-maureen-kelleher/

    Good luck to all!!

  • 33. cgmom  |  March 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm


  • 34. winwood  |  March 20, 2015 at 7:49 pm


  • 35. rewing123  |  March 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm


  • 36. Fam  |  March 20, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    @24 What was wrong with Interamerican?

  • 37. megan  |  March 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm


  • 38. CPS app  |  March 20, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    @26 why did you hate interamerican?

  • 39. Thorp Dad  |  March 21, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Was told by a CPS Principal letters were to go out on Friday Match 20th. Mail just came today (Saturday) and no letter yet. Have one child in K at Thorp, and another were hoping to get in for K for next year. Tier 1, were in both the proximity and sibling lottery. Good Luck to all!

  • 40. Amanda  |  March 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm


  • 41. megan  |  March 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    mail just came today (sat) and nothing yet . We are in Irving park.

  • 42. momof3  |  March 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Anyone get any Magnet letters yet? Our mail came but no letters.

  • 43. Swiseman  |  March 21, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    No letter today in Bucktown

  • 44. SloopMama  |  March 21, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    While we’re all waiting…here’s a fun event from NPN you can RSVP for this Wednesday 3/26 – After the Letters “Whine” & Cheese Social at Birch Road Cellar in Lincoln Park: http://www.npnparents.org/events/2096
    It’s free for all NPN members, sounds like a fun way to share your CPS experience and waitlist numbers with other parents. We could all use some wine – or lots! – after this process!

  • 45. southside tier 3 mom  |  March 21, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    No letters here in 60643

  • 46. Susan m  |  March 22, 2015 at 7:57 am


  • 47. katie  |  March 22, 2015 at 8:44 am


  • 48. Rudey's Room  |  March 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

    No letter in Logan Square

  • 49. nervousmom  |  March 22, 2015 at 10:57 am

    We are forecasted to get up to 3″ of snow tomorrow which in my neighborhood means no mail. Any moisture over 1/2″ and my mail is delayed a day or two.

    OAE, (if you are reading this), FYI, I have an email from you telling me, in writing, that letters will go out “on or before the 20th”. Dropping the letters off at the post office at 11:59pm friday night does not count.

  • 50. UV  |  March 22, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I remember Skinner North and Skinner West sending emails out last year. Did any of the magnets?

  • 51. northwestsidemom  |  March 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm


  • 52. One and Only  |  March 22, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    @UV – I think Hamilton sent out emails last year.

  • 53. Kcabral  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

    2 things to help pass the time today:

    1. This is our 2d year dealing with this process (applying for 1st grade this year). As far as emails, we did get emails from schools we got into, but only well after we got the CPS letter. (Side note: None of the schools we got into ended up working out for us.)

    2. Does anybody have any info re STEM Magnet? It looks to me like they are in the process of hiring a new principal but I can’t tell for sure. I’m curious about the culture and environment there.

    Hang in there everybody and good luck!!

  • 54. JLP in LSq  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:07 am


  • 55. totismomi  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Lasalle 45
    Lasalle 2 126
    Stem 1
    Suder 26
    D2 109
    Drummond 557
    Jackson 155
    Any chance for Jackson or d2?
    Tier 2

  • 56. Swiseman  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Just got an email from Agassiz that we were accepted

  • 57. LSmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:29 am

    @55, those numbers are too high for D2/Jackson, but you should get an offer at STEM and might get one at Suder.

  • 58. Kcabral  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:46 am

    In case this helps with some perspective, here was our experience **last year** with a few magnets. We applied for K, tier 3:

    –Suder — wait list #227, got a call with an offer in September. Yes, September. Turned it down, had already made other arrangements.
    –Newberry — #19, got an offer in July. Had 24 hours to make a decision. Turned it down because we just couldn’t make the logistics work for us.

    Never got calls from:
    –A. Jackson, wait list #127
    –LaSalle II, #60
    –Sheridan, #89
    –STEM, #56
    –Columbus, #10
    –Galileo, #74

    Still waiting for this year’s letters, have to be patient until we get home from work, ahhh!!

  • 59. PreK Mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:46 am


  • 60. C's Mama  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Drummond 54
    Mayer 151
    Suder 25

    Applied for pre-K, in tier 3.
    I’m guessing with so few schools starting at 3 years, there isn’t much movement on the waiting lists. Hopefully I’m wrong!

  • 61. ughcps  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:24 am


  • 62. totismomi  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:31 am

    C’s mama-we had similar numbers for prek3 last year and got no offers. We went charter and found a great prek at alain locke

  • 63. llamamamaredpajama  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:32 am

    C’s Mama, We were waitlisted at 54 at Mayer for pre-k3 and got a call in March with an open spot. We took it and he transferred from a private paid 3-day/half-day preschool program to a 5-day/full-day program for the last semester. It was a rough transition because he wasn’t used to that long of a day and that much school but it has worked out for us for this year! Mayer is the only school I know who will keep calling off the waitlist to fill empty spots that late in the game. But it gave us a chance to try out the school for the rest of the year…and we had a spot the following year for prek4, which has saved us a lot of money!

  • 64. bchm  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:38 am


  • 65. LVDad  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Tier 4, K
    Offer at Disney
    Disney II 106
    Inter American 311
    Nettelhorst 123
    Hawthorne (prox) 81
    LaSalle 468
    Franklin 144

  • 66. Thorp Dad  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Just received our letter for our daughter for Kindergarten:
    Thorp: Offered
    Norwood Park: 178
    Beaubien: 35
    Edgebrook: 141
    Disney 2: 94
    Wildwood: 236

    We’re Tier 4, and were in the sibling and proximity lottery for Thorp. Hope everyone gets some good news!

  • 67. llamamamaredpajama  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

    However, I wanted to add, we were waitlisted at 4 with Drummond and never got a call. Their waitlist does not move at all.

  • 68. Lili  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Anyone applied for Orozco?

  • 69. C's Mama  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:58 am

    @ llamamamaredpajama,
    Thanks for the info- good to know. I’m still a little hesitant about C going from no school and a fairly relaxed schedule, to a full day away. Halfway through the year, though, would be much more ideal! I guess we’ll wait and see, and apply for the 2-hour pre-k 🙂

  • 70. g2-8f9bc4c075669b4ea0a3fd4283844b88  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm


  • 71. Vinny  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    3rd grade, tier irrelevant, no letter yet.

    @56, we got an email from Agassiz also. Looks to be a step up for us (currently at McPherson and not happy with the current administration on many levels) but it’s a haul from the western end of Albany Park. We might decamp to the western suburbs this summer.

    $100 school fee though? Oy.

  • 72. baconseth  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Do people get multiple magnet / neighborhood offers in the initial letters or one offer only?

  • 73. ohkayess  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    @baconseth: It is possible.

  • 74. CPS mom too  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    You can get multiple magnet/neighborhood offers, or none. 🙂

    I’m speaking from experience on the “none” part, although as the summer went by we did ultimately get into several schools.

    For SEES/classical the max is one offer and you have to give that up to get back in the pool for further offers.

  • 75. 1stTimeCPSMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm


  • 76. JuneDog  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Got an email acceptance from Agassiz.

  • 77. Kelly Hunt Vander Vliet  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Got our letter for my daughter entering K:
    Waitlisted for all 😦 Mitchell 26, Colubus 6, Pritzker 396, Lasalle II 197, Burr 125, Prescott 93,

  • 78. baconseth  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm


  • 79. JuneDog  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I was the poster for comment #76. I forgot to note that we got accepted into KG.

  • 80. MommyKim  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Recieved emails that we’re in for K tier 4 – no letters yet.

    Will probably go for Agassiz as we currently have a 1st grader there.

    Also looking at isat rankings Agassiz scored the same or better when I pulled the ieps out. Agassiz has a nice iep program so we have a lot of iep students out of classroom.

    To compare:
    Select your schools and then select non iep. The numbers will give you a much better idea of how well the schools are doing with non iep.

  • 81. A mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm


  • 82. 1sttimelottery  |  March 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    We are new to this process with kids entering 7th grade and 5th grade for the new school year. Decided to just see what happens and went ahead and applied. We are in Tier 4.

    Waitlist 14 at Hawthorne (general)
    Waitlist 26 at Disney (Tier 4)

    Waitlist 25 at Disney (general)
    Waitlist 83 at Hawthorne (general)

    I don’t understand the different between a general and Tier 4 waitlist, and, more importantly, know if there is a difference in how quickly the list will move. Aside from not getting an acceptance, I feel pretty good about numbers in the teens and 20s.

  • 83. 1sttimelottery  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Oops… sent before I finished. Is it possible to accept at a school and then get a call from another school you were waitlisted for? For example, in the above example, @82, can we accept at Disney and then still get a call from Hawthorne?

  • 84. anymama12  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    @83, yes. We’ve done it many times with my daughter, who has had amazing luck in the CPS lottery. (Unlike my son!)

  • 85. MommyKim  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    We’re in Lincoln square off the Rockwell brown line stop. And take the brownline everyday it’s not too much of a haul. There are actually quite a few families from Albany Park that go to Agassiz.

    I was kind of surprised with the $100.00 fee. Usually they ask for a school 125.00 school fee due on the first month of school or they have a payment plan. I’m hoping this is not on top of the school fee. The principal will probably be getting an earful about the letter. 😉

  • 86. momofmany  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    3 yo Preschool. Tier 4. Offered Drummond. Mayer #188.
    Suder #50

  • 87. Andersonville Teacher  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I live in Andersonville and also make the trek to Agassiz. Have a 1st grader there now and will have a K and 2nd grader next year. Overall very satisfied with the school.

  • 88. twinmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Received acceptance emails today for LaSalle II K for our son and daughter (twins). Tier 4.

  • 89. Diana  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Kindergarten. Wait listed at the following
    Coonley 5
    Disney II 64
    Ebinger 51
    Hawthorne 45
    Solomon 68
    Stone 32
    Wildwood 70
    The rest of the schools are in the hundreds.

  • 90. Jamie DeCaria  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    @ Kelly Hunt Vander Vliet, don’t give up hope, we were waitlisted for all K last year, similarly low on Burr’s list and did eventually get a call from Burr at the very end of the summer. Note though, Burr did not leave a voicemail, I just knew it was them by returning the call.

  • 91. Diana  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    What are the chances for Hawthorne (wait listed at 45) for kindergarten? Anyone know?

  • 92. anneL  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    are you in proximity for any?

  • 93. ohkayess  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Diana, we were tier 4, WL 6 for Hawthorne and did not get a call last year.

  • 94. Mjmet  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    4yo PreK tier 2 E
    Suder wait listed 248
    Drummond wait listed 426
    Inter-american wait listed 33
    Mayer wait listed 109

    Can someone explain the difference between general and Tier 2 E?

  • 95. ohkayess  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Diana, you will likely not get into Solomon, but you have a good chance at Stone. (Great school!)

  • 96. 1stTimeCPSMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I’d love to know what waitlist numbers ever get into Hawthorne. E.G. If my kid gets waitlisted higher then X, it will never happen. I was under the assumption that unless you won the lottery and got in from the start, that list hardly ever moved due to demand and siblings taking the avail slots up front.

  • 97. ka  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I don’t know what the “E” indicates but neighborhood schools like Mayer don’t fill seats based on tier-ing so those waitlists indicate ‘general’. Magnets (like Inter-American) & SEES use the tier system.

  • 98. mirandafamilyblog  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    We are so excited that our daughter got into Thorp (the one on the NW side) and Disney.

    We are wait listed at
    Stone 37
    Inter-American 336
    Wildwood 386
    Disney 2 135
    We live in a Tier 3.

    Any parents have thoughts on Disney or Thorp? Also what are the odds of getting into Stone if we are proximity and wait listed at 37?

    I’m so excited to hear where everyone else got in. I hope you all get into the schools you want.

  • 99. LSmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    @Mjmet, the tiers are used to allocate spots for entry years. Inter-American’s entry year is PK4, and E stands for English speakers. The Montessori schools do use tiers, but not for PK4 because PK3 is their entry year.

  • 100. Mjmet  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you, LSmom! Do I have any chance wair listed at 33 at inter-american?!

  • 101. ohkayess  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    @mirandafamilyblog: check last year’s comments, but I think you have a chance at Stone. Probably not until the end of summer, though.

  • 102. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    @mirandafamilyblog: agree – stone is a decent shot if you’re patient.

  • 103. LSmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    @Mjmet, I don’t think they usually get that far into the wait list, but that can change from year to year.

  • 104. The V Family  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Wait-listed everywhere. Our neighborhood is Nettlehorst so I’m thinking that’s where we’ll stay!

    Newberry: proximity, 39
    LaSalle: proximity, 43
    Greeley: general, 50
    Agassiz: general, 55
    Coonley: general, 90
    Hawthorne: proximity, 93
    Disney: tier 4, 169
    Franklin: tier 4, 171
    Inter-american general E, 178
    Burley: general, 178
    LaSalle II: tier 4, 223
    Prescott: general, 247
    Mayer: general, 387
    Alcott: general, 353
    Blaine: general, 679

  • 105. Diana  |  March 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Thank you ohkayess. How about Coonley wl at 5? Any chance here? Waiting for hubby to get home to discuss future plans. We might have to move.

  • 106. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Coonley does not typically fill from a waitlist as they give preference to siblings of RGC families, some of whom do not get a spot. (That *may* change now that the school has an addition, so you never know.)

  • 107. 606  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    @mirandafamilyblog: Yes, you have a good chance at stone. Last year we were stone wl for 2nd and got called late August but had already accepted Disney. Now, child is finishing 2nd gr> found info in last year’s thread too.

  • 108. The V Family  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Also very interested in what the difference is between general, proximity and tier 4 lotteries. I know we are in proximity for some schools, but are listed as part of the general queue — anyone know the difference?

  • 109. Diana  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks cpsobsessed. To say this process is frustrating is an understatement.

  • 110. momofmany  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Entering K. Tier 4.
    Audubon #36 G
    Beaubien #30 G
    Blaine #834 G
    Chopin #5 G
    Coonley #429 G
    Disney II #192 T4
    Ebinger #112 G
    Edgebrook #122 G
    Franklin #163 T4
    Hamilton #39 G
    Hawthorne #53 T4
    Lasalle #296 T4
    Lasalle II #133 T4
    Mayer #172 G
    Nettelhorst #448 G
    Disney offered sibling
    Pritzker #15 Sib
    Agassiz #81 G
    Norwood Park offered

    We will accept Disney, and have 3 together there next year. Good luck all.

  • 111. LSmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    @V Family, proximity only comes into play for magnet schools during the entry year.

  • 112. NerdMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Struck out for pk3, tier 3.

    Drummond 81
    Mayer 108
    Suder 44

    Ah well. Knew it was a longshot anyways.

  • 113. momofmany  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm


    No. The only school we are proximity for is OA Thorp.

  • 114. Simone  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Didnt get our gifted and classical letter.
    Entering K
    Tier 2

    Disney 2: 75
    Coonley: 556
    Blaine: 46
    Alcott ES: 247
    Audubon: 453
    Beaubien: 15
    Burley: 311
    Burr: offered
    Franklin: 89
    LaSalle 2: 89
    LaSalle: offered
    Agassiz: 339
    O. Thorp: 6

  • 115. jaqlaporte  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    For K
    Lasalle, tier 4, 335
    Lasalle II proximity 69
    Drummond general 589
    Pritzker general 92
    Mayer general 700

    For PreK
    Drummond proximity 82
    Mayer tier 4 237

  • 116. momofmany  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm


    Disney does not accept above 3rd grade. Kids get #s, but they never open seats. Sorry.

  • 117. Rudey's Room  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    @V Family, I think that general is for schools that are not magnet and the sibling/proximity/Tier is for the magnet. My understanding is that siblings get the first run at all of the spots as there are siblings. If there are 60 siblings, then 60 spots get filled with siblings. After the sibling spots are full, then it goes to proximity, which get 40 percent of remaining spots. Then on to the Tiers, which get divided evenly with the remaining spots – For example, if there are 20 spots remaining after the sibling and proximity is complete, then it would be five spots to Tier 1; five spots to Tier 2, five spots to Tier 3, and five spots to Tier 4. That is my understanding.

  • 118. momofmany  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm


    We love Disney! My dd (3rd grade) started this yr 2 younger sibs will join her next yr. We drive in from Portage Park, and feel it is completely worth it. They have two open houses scheduled, so you will be able to check it out before letters are due. We were and still are so impressed.

  • 119. otdad  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    My son’s lottery results for K:

    Franklin **offered**

    Newberry Proximity 53
    Lasalle Proximity 87
    Hawthorne Tier 4 235
    Disney Tier 4 234
    Jackson, A Tier 4 280

  • 120. Momof2  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Any comments on gifted program at Disney when compared to RGC /classical ?

  • 121. Vinny  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm


    Looking closer at the Agassiz email, it does say the $100 is the “school fee”, but I would feel weird about paying it just to accept a spot, especially if we don’t stay, but maybe it’s just the cost of doing business in this nutty process. I suppose if we wound up moving we could ask nicely for a refund. 🙂

  • 122. anneL  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    @ Rudey’s Room
    Isn’t is 60% of remaining seats to proximity?

  • 123. 1sttimelottery  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    @116 — that was a mistake on my part. It’s Disney II, not Disney. Perhaps that’s better news for us? I do know of a family who transferred their student from a Catholic school in the older grades to Disney II.

  • 124. PrivateSchoolNoMore  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    1st Grade Tier 1

    Beasley 33
    Suder 51
    Sheridan 78
    Kellogg 72
    Skinner 343
    Andrew Jackson 300
    Disney 242
    Disney II 358
    South Loop 67
    Stem 165

    Offered LaSalle and will accept

  • 125. 1stTimeCPSMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Entering K, Tier 4

    Burley G 260
    Hamilton G 206
    Disney – Offered
    Coonley G 360
    Hawthorne Proximity 141
    LaSalle T4 7
    LaSalle II T4 56

    Also – Offered Skinner North.
    Neighborhood School – Nettelhorst

    Any thoughts on SN vs. Disney vs. Nettelhorst?

  • 126. ChiTownMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Does anyone know chances of my child getting into any of the following. We did not do well on the test….so Lenart is a no go:

    Tier 3
    Galileo 44
    Newberry 12
    Disney 5
    Franklin 21
    Jackson 37

    We really want Disney or Jackson. By the way, this is not Disney II….it is Disney. Franklin would be ok also.

  • 127. Pleasantly surprised  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm


    Suder offered
    Mayer 12 (tier 4)
    Drummond 57

    Mayer is half the drive time for me compared to Suder. Any comments about whether we may have a chance at Mayer are appreciated.

    Also, would love to hear about why people love Suder (so I can tell myself it’s worth the car time!)

  • 128. Another mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Entering 1st so no tier

    Drummond 77
    Franklin 116
    Hamilton 26
    Lasalle 63
    Lasalle II 128
    Mayer 169
    Alcott 127
    Disney II 249
    Disney offered

    Beaubien RGC offer too.

    Will stay at Hawthorne where we currently are – apparently my daughter is lucky as she got into Hawthorne and lasalle last year and Disney this year. We’re having her pick our lottery numbers from now on.

  • 129. Rudey's Room  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    @anneL – here’s what I just saw on the options for knowledge site …

    For entry-grade level applicants, 40% of seats
    remaining after siblings are selected are allocated
    for applicants who live within a 1.5 mile radius of
    the school (magnet schools with an attendance
    boundary do not have a proximity procedure).

  • 130. swiseman  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Offered Agassiz
    (our neighborhood school is Pulaski)

    Blaine (general) 709 (ha!)
    Burley (general) 693
    Pritzker (general) 541
    Nettlehorst (general) 516
    Allcott (general) 508
    Audubon (general) 387
    Disney II (tier 4) 314
    LaSalle (tier 4) 278
    Newberry (tier 4) 228
    Hawthorne (tier 4) 206
    Disney (tier 4) 192
    Goethe (general) 170
    Franklin (tier 4) 132
    Prescott (general) 97
    Wildwood (general) 76
    STEM (tier 4) 72
    LaSalle II (tier 4) 71
    Hamilton (general) 66
    Columbus (general) 49

    Thoughts on Pulaski vs Agassiz?

  • 131. diana  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Tier 4, 2nd grade
    wait listed in all
    Norwood park 14
    thorp 79
    Wildwood 25
    edgebrook 58
    ebinger 8
    what are chances at Ebinger?

  • 132. CPS mom too  |  March 23, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    @ChiTownMom. I’d guess that your Disney chances are pretty good. We got in a couple of years ago with a waitlist in the low 50s (if memory serves), also from tier 3. That wasn’t until September, but you’ll probably get in faster with a waitlist of 5.

  • 133. westburbmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    live in suburbs (no tier) for 2nd grade:
    Accepted: Inter American and Pritzker
    Waitlist: Skinner West (3) Sutherland (12) Newberry (27) Audubon(39) Galileo (36) Nettelhorst(42) Ray(46) Beaubeine(78) Burley(87) and my favorite! Andrew Jackson (360)

    We took the gifted test but I didn’t realize that it was separate application. I wanted her to go to Edison (2 of my sibling attended) but we won’t know until May…

    We’ll probably stay in private school in the ‘burbs. Good luck!

  • 134. MommyKim  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Ok got them!

    Kindergarten – tier 4
    National teachers academy gifted (score 144)

    TIER 4
    Disney II – 229
    Disney – 135
    Hawthorne – 391
    Lasalle – 201
    Lasalle II – 118
    Newberry- 136
    Stone – 68
    Thorp, o – 64

    Beaubien – 322
    Blaine – 888 hah!
    Burley – 621
    Drummond – 216
    Mayer – 457
    Nettelhorst – 474
    Solomon – 153
    Alcott es – 218
    Audubon – 119
    Waters – 97

    2nd grade – tier 4
    At Agassiz
    No offers


    Blaine – 44
    Burley – 88
    Disney II – 166
    Disney – 158
    Drummond – 94
    Hamilton- 39
    Hawthorne – 111
    Lasalle – 33
    Lasalle II – 80
    Mayer – 119
    Nettelhorst – 22
    Newberry- 122
    Solomon – 11
    Stone – 31
    Thorp, o – 40
    Waters – 65
    Alcott es – 85
    Audubon – 27
    Beaubien – 25

    PreK 3
    Tier 4

    Drummond -120
    Mayer – 296
    Suder – 38

    Kindergarten we’ll probably accept at Agassiz and the. Go into second rotation for Pritzker.

    Most likely we’ll stay with Agassiz for 2nd grade.
    Hope that helps everyone. Though are numbers were so high this year. 🙂

  • 135. PrivateSchoolNoMore  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Any thoughs on LaSalle? Are there any parents here with kids currently enrolled?

  • 136. MeganM  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Okay.. applied for two kids. Our “home school” is Cleveland.

    First kid, entering into Kindergarten:
    Hawthorne / tier 3 / 6
    Beaubien / general / 33
    Peterson / general / 66
    Disney II / proximity / 166
    Disney / proximity / 202
    Waters / general / 222
    Audubon / general / 249
    Drummond / general / 579

    Second kid, entering into 2nd grade:
    Peterson / general / 1
    Audubon / general / 9
    Waters / general / 13
    Hawthorne / general / 28
    Beaubian / general / 28
    Drummond / general / 44
    Disney / general / 143
    Disney II / general / 285

    I am hoping the Peterson looks good for my Second Kid since we are #1 on that waitlist… but I am still so confused as to how this whole thing works!

    My poor kindergartner. Do we have a shot at Hawthorne for tier 3 #6?

  • 137. SloopMama  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Can anyone tell me what our chances are for these WL #s – entering 1st grade?

    Drummond 9
    STEM 28
    Disney II 31

    I’m guessing very slim to none because it’s 1st grade, but just wondering.

  • 138. Dana Duran  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Disney 2 (Proximity) 87

    Peterson (general) 21

    Farnsworth (general) 82

    Wildwood (general) 251

    Tier 3… whatever that means

    Do we even have a chance at Disney 2? How long should I wait to hear anything from anywhere?

  • 139. Dana Duran  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    BTW entering kindergarten

  • 140. ChiTownMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    @ CPS mom too. Thanks….we really wanted Jackson, but seeing that we applied to 20 lottery schools and are high double digits everywhere with no offers….we can just hope. We will be moving if it does not work out….we have no choice. Our neighborhood school is a 3 on probation for 7 years!

  • 141. ChiTownMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I meant to say everywhere else besides the ones listed…we are high double digits.

  • 142. ChiTownMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Does anyone know how far or even if Jackson goes up on the waiting list? It is the most applied to lottery school in the city:( We are 37, tier 3 on the waitlist.

  • 143. DrummondArea  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Did anyone get a Drummond pre-k spot who is planning to turn it down? Wondering what the chances are of moving up that list.

  • 144. fingerscrossedtoescrossed  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Anyone NOT receive their letters today? To say this is giving me anxiety is an understatement.

  • 145. Vdad  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    No letters in today’s mail…60634 😦 maybe tomorrow

  • 146. zchisolmel  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I’m really lost and don’t know what to make of the wait list numbers. ..anyone please help sheep some light out hope. .for kindergarten here’s what we got:

    Stone 5 tier 1
    stem 26 tier 1
    thorp o 10 tier 1
    Galileo 4 tier 1
    sutherland 100 tier 1
    Hawthorne 13 tier 1
    solomon general 85

  • 147. Jen K  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    @137 – Disney II normally has 0-2 spots open in non-entry elementary grades, and sibs are given first priority

    @138 – for proximity, sometimes #1 on the wait list doesn’t get in. There are so few spots, and people who live near the school almost always accept.

  • 148. CPS mom by choice  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    ChiTownMom, I would say that you are in very good shape for Disney 1 with that waitlist number.

    Diana, we were No. 2 on Coonley a few years ago and didn’t get into neighborhood. I wouldn’t get excited.

  • 149. LKShoredrive  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    We are Tier 3

    Pre-K 3
    Drummond #2
    Suder #2
    Mayer #77

    Not horrible numbers but it seems from earlier posts that Drummond WL doesn’t really move. Any idea with Suder and Mayer?

  • 150. MommyKim  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    @MeganM we were wait listed at #4 2years ago for Hawthorne asked if I had a chance and got laughed at.. We didn’t get called.

    we love Agassiz. everyone is really nice and accepting. Both kindergarten teachers are awesome. We had Miss Swanson and she was really good with my shy kid. Mr. Overway is really into the kids and is our “green” teacher. He has put in so much work into green projects for the school. Also is very organized. I’m having a hard time thinking which teacher I want for my kindergartener. I think both are national board certified. Many of the teachers actually are national board certified. We just got the IB program for the middle schoolers and a new science lab. We had to cut the art teacher last year but we’ve been doing an art coop with parent volunteers every quarter for all of the classes so they get some fun visual art projects. Dance and drama are fairly good. Also we have music. The kids are very accepting and I haven’t seen a lot of that bickering or gossiping on the playground. They have been very good with the little kids on the playground my 2 year old plays in the play ground with the big kids and their all really good with her.

    Some of the cons are probably to do with cps and funding. There are some parts of the building that need some updating like the bathrooms. There is no lunch room. But we use the music and dance/drama room for lunch. Kindergarteners. This year were in the lunch room but they’ll probably go back to eating in their rooms this year for time. Some of the administration from cps and the Chiefs down to the principal have basically tied the principals hands a little. I can try to answer any more questions if anyone has them.

  • 151. not-so-tiger mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Only applied to Coonley. SEES score too low so strike one.

    We got #2 on sibling queue. What are the chances?

  • 152. sMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Tier 4 entering K

    Offered spot at Newberry

    Lasalle (prox): 17

    How likely is the Lasalle wait list to get to 17?

  • 153. not-so-tiger mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    For #151 above, entering Kindergarten.

  • 154. zchisolmel  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    We got an offer from turner drew also……Typo from my last post. …shed some light or hope sorry for typo. .

  • 155. Another mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Okay, thoughts on Disney vs Hawthorne? Daughter is high performing academically and would most likely be in Disney gifted which is the only reason contemplating.
    Thanks in advance!

  • 156. BCL09  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    1st grade (home school is Audubon)

    Agassiz 53

    Blaine 197

    Hawthorne 250


  • 157. JLS  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Entering K, tier 4
    Accepted to Disney and Chappell
    General wait list:
    Coonley 314
    Drummond 322
    Hamilton 116
    Mayer 155
    Peirce 56
    Ravenswood 45
    Waters 265
    Blaine 607 (hahaha)
    Peterson 69
    Audubon 297
    Budlong 61
    Burley 213
    Tier 4 w/l: Stone 50
    Proximity w/l: DisneyII 125
    Wondering what my chances at DisneyII are…?

  • 158. DrummondArea  |  March 23, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Does anyone know how many open spots drummond has for pre-k?

  • 159. claire  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    From my experience on this site, Hawthorne, Lasalle, and Disney II’s waitlists move VERY little at K and basically not at all for 1st+. I would think you would have to be in the top 5-10 to even dream about a spot.

  • 160. LeAnna  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm


    #10 Galileo (tier 3)
    #259 Hawthorne (tier 3)
    #83 Jackson, A (tier 3)
    #212 Lasalle (tier 3)
    #643 Mayer (general)
    #54 STEM (tier 3)
    #426 South Loop (general)
    #27 Ward, J (general)
    #990 (lololol) Skinner (general)
    #292 Disney (tier 3)
    #71 Disney II (tier 3)
    #161 Alcott ES (general)
    #35 Prescott (general)
    #25 Newberry (tier 3)
    #44 Haines (general)
    #63 Murray (proximity)
    #31 Drummond (general)
    #36 Franklin (tier 3)
    #10 Sheridan (tier 3)

    Happy and envious of all the mama’s and papa’s that got good news today! Fingers crossed we get some good offers soon, because right now I kind of want to cry.

  • 161. ChiTownMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I am with you LeAnna…I am in a tier 3 neighborhood with a neighborhood school rated a 3 where only 4% are performing at least at the average national rate and most cannot read from what I was told…The tier thing is interesting considering the schools that are in some of these neighborhoods, but I think their intentions with the tier system are good.

  • 162. Becky  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    We are tier 2.

    Got wait list at:
    Thorp 32(tier2)
    Waters 12 (general)

    Anyone have any insight on these?

  • 163. lisa  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    @Drummondarea – we are at Drummond now. They take approx 36 pre-k 3. Not sure how many went to siblings this year.

  • 164. Catholic school parent  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Wait listed #8 tier 3 at Galileo and Sheridan. Everything else is in the hundreds. Do we have any chance of getting a call ? I would appreciate all feedback

  • 165. Kay  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    We received offers from Disney and Agassiz. I read the endorsement of Agassiz — anyone know anything about Disney?

  • 166. JuneDog  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Does anyone know how deep Thorp gets on it’s wait list for KG? We are #48.

  • 167. HPMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Waitlisted #3 at Galileo and Franklin. Thoughts on chances?

  • 168. teacher/mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Tier 1 E
    Inter-American #23

    Suder #87
    Drummond #210
    Mayer #242

    Last year we were #13 for Drummond and #32/34 for Suder/Mayer.

    We are doing 1/2 day preK right now, but will need to find something full time for the fall. We’re looking at Montessori, but I am curious about the charter preK options.

  • 169. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    @catholic, I think you would def get galileo.

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 170. DrummondArea  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Is it worth trying to call the schools to see what the chances are getting in? Like for example at Drummond how many spots went to siblings?

  • 171. teacher/mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Does anyone know if there’s any movement for Suder and Mayer this year, by the way? Still crossing my fingers for a late-in-the-year call like the ones I heard of last year.

  • 172. One and Only  |  March 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Tier 3
    Entering kindergarten
    No offers

    Disney II – 211

    Tier 3:
    Hawthorne – 56
    O.A. Thorpe – 35
    Lasalle – 122
    Lasalle II – 4
    Newberry – 13
    Franklin – 58
    Disney I – 34
    Stone – 2

    Hamilton – 22
    Belding – 87
    Pierce – 196
    Alcott – 474
    Agassiz – 159
    Burley – 534
    Nettlehorst – 258
    Goethe – 142
    Ravenswood – 233
    Prescott – 116
    Burr – 12

    Any thoughts on our chances with Lasalle II, Thorpe, Stone, or Burr?

  • 173. Kcabral  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    @172 One and Only — I think you’re in good shape with at least 2 schools.

    We applied for K last year, tier 3. We got into Burr 1st round, but I heard they got into the 50’s at least on the waitlist (maybe the low 100’s??).

    We were #19 on Newberry’s waitlist. Got a call with an offer from them in July.

  • 174. A.L.  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Wildwood – 47
    Audobon – 52
    Farnsworth – 55

    Tier 4
    Thorp, O – 4

    All the others are in the 100s.
    Any chance on Thorpe? Is the school worth the wait?

  • 175. frannyglass79  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Entering K, Tier 3

    LaSalle II – Offered

    #10 Haines
    #92 J. Ward
    #111 Harte
    #480 South Loop
    #69 Galileo
    #99 A. Jackson
    #249 LaSalle
    #125 Franklin
    #474 Pritzker
    #271 Disney
    #270 Disney II
    #185 Alcott ES
    #157 STEM
    #1017 Skinner
    #219 Mayer
    #129 Ray
    #25 Murray
    #67 Sheridan
    #378 Drummond

    We don’t know much about LaSalle II. Any feedback??

  • 176. LPParents  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Entering K, Tier 4

    Franklin – offered

    Any comments on the school?

  • 177. A.L.  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    For A.L. We are entering K

  • 178. Lili  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Anyone that did not get their letters today?

  • 179. westburbmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    What are chances of getting Skinner West slot if we got number 3 on wait list? What are the thoughts on InterAmerican?

  • 180. Mr. P (@futura03)  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Disney offered (sibling)
    Blaine 308
    Burley 225
    Solomon 14
    Coonley 657
    Hawthorne 220
    Stone 211

  • 181. otdad  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    @167. HPMom:
    Which queue are you in? If it’s proximity pool for Franklin, #3 is almost certainly in. There is at least 1 spot opened up for the proximity queue already.

  • 182. HPMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    @otdad We are Tier #1

  • 183. nwparent  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    @174- we have a 1st grader at Thorp. We love it! You should get in. Good luck!

  • 184. DrummondArea  |  March 23, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    @momofmany are you taking that Drummond spot? 🙂

  • 185. SleeplessinChicago  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    For 2nd grader, Tier 4:

    Offered at Solomon

    Agassiz 34
    Audubon 26
    Beaubien 37
    Belding 16
    Burley 68
    Disney II 132
    Drummond 51
    Edgebrook 45
    Hamilton 13
    Hawthorne 57
    Newberry 30
    Ravenswood 38
    Stone 49
    Thorp 50
    Waters 27
    Wildwood 79
    Farnsworth 7
    Prescott 3
    Norwood Park 1

    Really liking the idea of Solomon, but we’re considering a move and that might make it difficult logistically. I’m curious if we have a decent chance with any of our waitlist schools, specifically Prescott, Waters, Hamilton, Audubon, or Agassiz?

  • 186. Andersonville Teacher  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Daughter entering 2nd grade got #13 waitlist an Alcott. Son entering K got wait listed #7 (tier 4) Disney II. Can anyone tell me the odds either gets a call.

  • 187. chicagomom72  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    @178 we haven’t gotten mail yet – we are in Tier 1 waiting for K admission

  • 188. Mom26  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Hi- I don’t have a clue?! What are our chances with these numbers? Does anyone know how far into wait lists they got last year?
    Pk-3 tier 2
    Drummond- 25
    OM- 18
    Suder- 32

    Thanks 🙂

  • 189. PreK Mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Thought I was Tier 2 but CPS says Tier 1

    PreK 3
    Drummond 28
    Mayer 10
    Suder 23

    Do I have any hope?

  • 190. Vinny  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    3rd grade

    Offered Agassiz, Murphy

    Farnsworth 1
    Wildwood 2
    Inter-American 3
    Solomon 5
    Hamilton 6
    Peterson 9
    Peirce 10

    And just for giggles:
    Stone 48
    Edgebrook 60
    Disney 65
    Thorp 103
    Disney II 279

    So if we do stay in the city we have a few possibilities…

  • 191. Avondale Mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Entering K, Tier 3

    Murphy Offered

    Goethe 83
    Hamilton 197
    Jackson A 28
    LaSalle II 45
    NTA 44
    Prescott 81
    Pulaski 53
    Sheridan 24
    Agassiz 131
    Dinsey II Proximity 83

    Anyone thoughts on if we should accept Murphy or if we should hold out? Would love Disney II, but probably a long shot. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

  • 192. Gaby  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    We got Into Inter American for prek.
    Anyone familiar with the School? . I have hear mixed reviews. I would like to hear from some parents that send their kids there. thanks a lot 🙂

  • 193. realchicagomama  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    @123 1st time lottery – those odds are not very good for your 5th grader – seats in 1st-6th are almost always filled with siblings of current students. However, it’s a pretty good shot for your 7th grader as the class will double in size (from 50 to 100), depending on how many students transfer out to ACs (a low number in past two years) and how many siblings are in the pool.

    @137 – see my comments above about siblings.

    @157 – your chances are slim to none for Disney II, I am afraid.

  • 194. Susan m  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Letters came! What do people think of Disney 1– open floor plan and all!????

  • 195. Amanda  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Tier 4 entering K
    Hamilton 355
    Ravenswood 23

    Waters 342
    Blaine 481
    Coonley 329
    Audubon 266
    Burley 731

    Any thoughts on getting into Hamilton and Ravenswood would be appreciated.

  • 196. rogersparkmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Entering kindergarten, Tier 3

    Stone offered
    Chappell offered

    Peirce 115
    Solomon 89
    Swift 12
    Waters 35
    Wildwood 299
    Ravenswood 15
    Agassiz 335
    Coonley 124
    Franklin 25
    Drummond 459
    Suder 213
    Disney 25
    Burley 255
    Skinner 229
    Nettlehorst 505
    Blaine 818
    Hamilton 405
    Hawthorne 264

  • 197. OBSESSEDMOM  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Hello all 🙂
    6th Grader-
    LaSalle-9 (wait list)
    Inter-American 9 (wait list)
    Edgebrook 1 (wait list)


    GOOD LUCK ALL!!! 🙂

  • 198. Mr. P (@futura03)  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    @194 – my daughter is in 6th grade @ Disney and it never bothered her. We were concerned about it at first but she has done very well at that school. 6 years perfect attendance/honor roll. Majority of kids have no problem with it. I have met very few parents who have. One thing for sure, it’s far from a regular neighborhood school. It’s very fast paced, very big and feels like downtown @ 8 in the morning. The principal is hardcore and you will have a love/hate relationship with her but she gets it done! She is all business and that school has everything. She is well connected .. maybe a bit too much. Take a tour is what I recommend. Good luck. If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.

  • 199. OBSESSEDMOM  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    6th Grader-
    Swift- 2 (wait list)
    Sabin 1 (wait list
    Drummond 10 (wait list)
    Peirce (2)
    Ravenswood (15)


  • 200. One and Only  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    @ 173 KCabral – thanks. That is encouraging. This wait is going to do me in! Fingers crossed for everyone.

  • 201. CPSAppalled  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I think your 6th grader stands a good chance to get in at Peirce. They have a middle years IB program for 6-8th grade. We lotteried in this year for 5th grade and have been very pleased. The one thing we were not impressed with was the principal (loved by some, hated by some), and she will be leaving. The LSC voted in January to not renew her contract. Good school, but I’m still learning about the middle school.

    For the record:
    Ravenswood (waitlist #1)-general
    Disney II (waitlist # 97)

    Any specific feedback for Ravenswood in the upper grades?

  • 202. CFB  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Entering K
    Tier 4
    offered: Norwood Park

    Ebinger: WL – Gen- 14
    Pritzker: WL- Gen- 32
    Skinner- WL- Gen- 972
    South Loop- WL- Gen 366
    Disney – WL Tier 4- 410
    Disney II- WL- Tier 4- 61
    Beaubien-WL- Gen- 317
    Edgebrook- WL- Gen- 157
    Wildwood- WL- Gen- 20
    Thorp- WL- Tier 4- 7
    Newberry- WL – Tier 4- 15

    Our neighborhood school is Garvy on the NW side.

    I need to do more research but should I accept Norwood Park and see if we get any calls?

    I’m #20 at Wildwood, anyone know the chances there? Is Norwood Park better than Ebinger?


  • 203. mamikatabum  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    For 4th grade, no offers 😦
    Waitlisted (general) at Burr 8, Pritzker 13, Agassiz 13. He is currently attending Disney.

    For kindergarten, offeres from Disney and Burr 🙂
    Waitlisted (tier 4) at Stone 1, Newberry 11.

    I am so confused as to why one of my kids is on the general waitlist and the other on the tier and tier 4 doesn’t look so good.

    I will take Disney over Burr, since my other son already goes there. If over though, I will take Stone over Disney.

  • 204. MrsBaudo  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Pre-K3 Tier 4
    Suder — offered (will accept)
    Drummond — 94

  • 205. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Tiers only apply in the entry grade at the school.

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 206. RogersParkMama  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    offered CHAPPELL

    21 T2 STONE
    214 T2 DISNEY

    4 general BURLEY
    11 general SWIFT
    12 general MCCUTCHEON
    24 general GOUDY
    31 general BUDLONG
    37 general BRENNEMANN
    37 general CLINTON
    39 general BOONE
    45 general MCPHERSON
    70 general PEIRCE
    97 general COURTENAY (current PreK)
    152 general BLAINE
    216 general RAVENSWOOD
    246 general AUDUBON
    324 general COONLEY
    384 general WATERS
    400 general HAMILTON

    I was surprised to see we are T2. I did a lookup when we started the process and thought we were T3. Chappell is convenient for a lot of reasons. Was hoping for an arts school.

  • 207. grace  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    @202….wildwood is very overcrowded so i would not expect those numbers to move

  • 208. SlightlyAmused  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Applying for K and 1st grade. No offers for either.

    Entering K:
    Lasalle II 8
    Stone 26
    Disney 64
    Lasalle 79,
    Disney II (proximity) 110
    Hawthorne 133,
    Mayer 154
    Newberry 204
    Drummond 408

    Entering 1st grade:
    Newberry 35
    Hawthorne 67
    Disney 89
    Drummond 142
    Franklin 166
    Mayer 198
    Lasalle 249
    Lasalle II 259
    Disney II 285

  • 209. CFB  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    @207 thanks. I have to research Norwood Park more but I think so far I would pick it over Garvy.

    Just to be clear, I can accept Norwood Park and just wait and see if any other places call up until when? Until September? When are the last decisions made for the wait lists?

    Thanks everyone.

  • 210. SKB  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    #94 on the Jackson Language Neighborhood Lottery ??? [how can there be 94 incoming kindergarten kids within 1.5 miles], good luck everyone!

  • 211. Cathrine  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Applying for K…for my twins. No offers

    Disney II 54 (proximity)
    Beaubien 95 (general)
    Hamilton 170 (general)
    Audobon 172 (general)
    Belding 97 (general)

    Tier 4

    What are the odds of both getting into one of these?


  • 212. mamikatabum  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    @192 , we got InterAmerican for preK last year, we didn’t last a month there and we hatee every minute of it.

    The school staff seems to be handpicked by the principal. Lots of nepotism going on. The teacher that we had was awful, she was a Chicagoan of latino descent. Her English was terrible and her Spanish was worst. She was so rude to all of the kids.

    I was able to sit down in her class a few times, because my son with CP/Autism needed a one on one and the school did not have one for him, so I saw the kind of treatment she was offering.

    The case manager, the social worker and the principal are disgusting! They never complied to my son’s IEP and for the “gola meeting” that we had, nobody showed up. After that, they harrased me by phone endlessly.

    After leaving, I wrote a very extensive email to the school and to CPS. This issue has grown so much out of proportion that even the Department of Civil Right has been involved.


  • 213. grace  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    @211, i thought belding was a neighborhood only school??

  • 214. Famc  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Entering 2nd

    Offered Disney. Any disney families out there that can provide any insight.

    Wait list
    Lasalle 4
    Blaine 10
    Hawthorne 17
    Norwood Park 28
    Wildwood 32
    Ebinger 41
    Thorpe 47
    Audubon 50
    Beaubien 53
    Edgebrook 63
    Coonley 75
    Alcott 83
    Galileo 94
    New berry 98
    Burley 100
    Franklin 121
    Skinner 136
    Jackson 222

    Do we have a shot for Lasalle or Blaine?

  • 215. realchicagomama  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    @186 – could go either way for Disney II K. Still slim, but could happen.

    @191 – no chance for Disney II. what is your neighborhood school?

  • 216. nadja2  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    We did not get any offers but we have some good spots on the waitlist. I have twins so if we get called they both will get in.

    Frazier T1 #1,2
    Galileo T1 #5,6
    Jackson T1 #109,110
    South Loop general #369
    Skinner general #588

    Then I made a mistake on one twins app I applied to Lasalle and on the other Lasalle II 😳😳😳😁😁😁

    So I’m sure I will hear from Frazier but what about Galileo and Jackson?

  • 217. mamikatabum  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    To the parents asking about Disney, I can tell you that it is a great school 🙂

    The administration is running a very straight show. The principal walks around the school and is very polite to parents and kids. Discipline wise, the school is very tight (I think that is a good thing). The open pod seems scary, but it has worked for us. My son is in 3rd grade, he loves the school and he is thriving!

    My son came from PP and had very los scores, during this school year he was diagnosed with a hearing problem and auditory processing disorder, he has sensory processing disorder. When we started at Disney we had a 504 and the school has made sure that he has all the needed accommodations. He was diagnosed with a hearing problem later on and the school has been great at keeping him up 🙂 We love Disney.

    Also, in case this is important to you, we opted our son out of PARCC testing and the principal and teacher were very respectful of it.

    Good luck in Disney 🙂

  • 218. Northsider  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Entering 2nd

    Burley 46
    Blaine 102
    Hawthorne 122

  • 219. Avondale Mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    @realchicagomama, thanks for the info. Our neighborhood school is Reilly. Any shot at Jackson, LaSalle II, or Sheridan? Thanks!

  • 220. rvmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Confused about what tiers mean- all our queues were general, except Disney II (that’s proximity)
    Disney II- 102
    Does anyone have any insight into the possibility of me getting my kindergartner in to any of these schools?

  • 221. Done until high school  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    2nd Grade STEM #2 (sibling)
    1st Grade Skinner West #3 (sibling)

    Applied both kids to each others schools so we would have the option of putting them in the same school, for convenience sake. Looks like that actually might be an option. However, as time has passed, it has become clear that each child is really well suited to the school they are already in. They will probably stay put in separate schools until high school.

  • 222. Alenush  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Lasalle 53 prox
    Franklin 22 prox
    Hawthorne -offered

    Does anyone have any inside information re Hawthorne school? It s the only school where I missed an open house:(

  • 223. JLP in LSq  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Tier 4, No offers.

    Ravenswood, general, 268
    LaSalle, tier 4, 332
    Hawthorne, tier 4, 20
    Newberry, tier 4, 217
    Mayer, general, 620
    Franklin, tier 4, 99
    Nettelhorst, general, 50
    Burley, general, 98
    Agassiz, general, 268
    Waters, general, 318
    Hawthorne, general, 322

    I expect that even with low numbers, Hawthorne, Burley and Nettlehorst are a longshot. Am I right? Any insights on Franklin, where I’m not as familiar?

  • 224. momofmany  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    @184, yes we are taking our Drummond spot.

  • 225. anneL  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    wait list
    Drummond (proximity) 63
    Mayer (Tier 4) 183

  • 226. West  |  March 23, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    For K tier3

    Von Linne

    WL proximity
    Lasalle II 5

    WL tier 3
    Jackson 116
    Stem 3
    Franklin 167
    Newberry 97
    Hawthorne 80

    WL general
    Pritzker 174
    Talcott 20
    Skinner 148
    Pulaski 196
    Goethe 19
    Piccolo 4
    Ward 12
    Prescott 219
    Burr 231

    Had been hoping for Lasalle 2 but got Lasalle 1, anyone have an opinion on either one?

  • 227. realchicagomama  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    @220 – it is because Disney II is the only magnet school, so it offers a proximity (1.5 mile radius) lottery. The other schools on your list are neighborhood schools, so if they take children who live outside of their neighborhood attendance boundary, it’s on a strict lottery basis – hence the general queue. You might have a shot at Bateman with that number, but it really depends on how many neighborhood children register/enroll and what the school’s class size / classroom #s and budget look like.

  • 228. momofmany  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    For those asking about Disney, it is amazing. My dd started this year in 3rd. The school is fully tracked, and my daughter is in the lowest third grade class. The class gets split in half for intensive 15:1 reading instruction and FastForward remediation. She has a vision-based disability and fine-motor delays. Her old school told us that she wasn’t a priority for special education evaluations. Her teacher at Disney offered to setup a 504 plan, as soon as I emailed that she failed a reading test, because she couldn’t see it. She now has a 504 with great accommodations in place, and receives weekly OT. Her OT teacher is amazing and emails me progress reports frequently just to keep us up-to-date. She was in the mid 30%tiles and the MAP last spring, and has moved up to the mid 80%tiles on the MAP this winter. Disney will take any kid (not just the smartest ones), and move them up to a much higher level. As others have mentioned, the principal runs a tight ship (which I love). I truly believe that the principal motivates everyone from the floor directors to the teachers, staff, and students to be their very best. We are so incredibly thankful that she won the lottery last year, and that her younger two siblings (entering 2nd and K) will get to attend next year. We are too far for busing, so I drive 1 hr in the am, and 1 hr in the pm there and back from home so that she can have this amazing opportunity.

  • 229. HPMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    After calming down a bit, I think we are in okay shape. We are Tier 1 and WL for the following (among others, but I think these are good shots:

    Franklin WL3
    Galileo WL 3
    Prescott WL 2 (general)

    Thoughts on our chances, especially Franklin (that was our first choice).

  • 230. HPMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    @LKShoredrive. You’ll get into Suder, but it may be Sept. or Oct.

  • 231. PrivateSchoolNoMore  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    @nadja2 what grade? I got a spot at Frazier for 1st that I’m not accepting.

  • 232. ruthie60607  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    We are Tier 3, kindergarten. Offered Franklin, with several other schools under 20 on the wait list. Also offered Skinner West and feel very fortunate to have more than one option. We will likely choose Skinner West due to location, but I also realize what an amazing school Franklin is and do not want to make the wrong decision.

  • 233. relieved parent  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    hiya –

    i am relieved because our son got an offer from decatur.

    we also put in for the lottery and i have a few questions. we’re in tier 2, though i’m not sure that matters for the magnet lottery?

    we got an offer for Lasalle II. it’s not likely that we’ll accept it because the distance is pretty far.

    here are what seem like our plausible and borderline wait list options:

    disney magnet 5 (tier)
    stone 25 (tier)
    ravenswood 47 (general)
    newberry 55 (tier)
    hawthorne 61 (tier)
    agassiz 85 (tier)

    the other WL numbers are totally bonkers – 783 for blaine! 273 for disney II in the proximity lottery!

    My question is … what are people’s thoughts about Disney vs Decatur? If we get an offer from the WL for Disney, I would really not be sure which is the right choice.

  • 234. relieved parent  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    ps this is entering Kindergarten.

  • 235. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    No offers 😦

    Skinner general- 873
    Sheridan tier 3- 104
    Pritzker general- 532
    Newberry tier 3 -110
    Murray tier 3- 6
    Lasalle tier 3- 229
    Kellogg general- 112
    A. Jackson tier 3- 3
    Franklin tier 3- 6
    Disney tier 3- 166
    Clissold general- 103
    Agassiz general- 215
    Disney II tier 3- 124
    Hawthorne tier 3- 183
    Sutherland general- 198
    Stem tier 3- 142
    South Loop- 578

    So I’m really hoping for A. Jackson! Would it be helpful for me to contact the school to let them know that I am really interested and to confirm my contact information? Also does anyone know how far they went down the wait list last year?

  • 236. Drida  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Tier 3, K


    Hawthorne (YEAY!)

    Waitlisted under 50 at:

    Burley: 43
    Audubon: 3

    The waitlist number for the remaining 15 schools are all above 50, between 69 (Peirce) and 615 (Coonley).

    Good luck to everyone!

    @222 – Alenush, I was very impressed with Hawthorne when I visited it. The principal seems to be top-notch. I also got a good vibe overall from the parents and students.

  • 237. Dunning  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    @235 My kindergartner got into Jackson at number 11 last year, the second week of school. So I would think that with a 3 you should hear something much sooner. 🙂

  • 238. Kinder Mama  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    @209- CFB: We also received an offer at Norwood Park but for last year’s lottery for K. It seemed like a great school but we turned it down due to distance. I believe your thinking is correct about applications. You can accept the offer at Norwood Park and still receive other offers from magnet or neighborhood schools. But you cannot register your child at more than one school. Offers can be received pretty much anytime. I recall reading about people receiving offers well in to the fall last year.

    @211- grace: Yes, Belding is a neighborhood school. I am not sure why but they were included in the lottery this year.

    For anyone keeping track I followed Thorp’s Tier 4 waitlist for K closely last year. They only called up to #6 on the waitlist. I think they called in to the 20’s for proximity. I don’t recall how far they called for the other tier’s. Good luck to everyone!

  • 239. momtoBAK  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Entering 3rd, Tier 3

    Offered: Mitchell, Prescott – pleased with both!

    Waitlist (all general):
    Talcott: 12
    Mayer: 28
    Newberry: 96
    Skinner: 201
    Drummond: 49
    Pulaski: 26
    Burr: 20
    Columbus: 5
    Lasalle II: 62

    May have a chance at Columbus, Talcott, or Burr too? Any thoughts on Mitchell and Prescott are welcome, and Pritzker too (our neighborhood school)

  • 240. Kinder Mama  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Oh, and we were #8 for Ebinger (K) last year for those asking about your chances at that school. They did not call anyone off of the waitlist.

  • 241. momof1  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Received our results today. What are our chances for 1st Grade?

    Ebinger WL 76
    Wildwood WL 102
    Beaubien WL 83

    Would appreciate anyone’s feedback or advice here…we are in proximity for Ebinger and Wildwood.

  • 242. westsidemama  |  March 23, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Tier 2
    Offered Hawthorne and Sheridan

    A.Jackson 41
    Disney II 30

    It appears we got lucky. I don’t know much about either school. Would love A.Jackson for proximity. Any insight is welcome.

  • 243. mama17  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I have 2 waitlist for Edgebrook for my 5th grader. Do you think I have a chance to get in?

  • 244. CFB  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks Kindermama. I was hoping for Wildwood Magnet but we’re WL at 20 and I now hear that I don’t have much chance there. I’m also WL at Ebinger at #14 and from what others say I probably don’t have a chance there either.

    I think I’m happy with Norwood Park. It’s very close to us and I like that they teach spanish.

    I went to Edison gifted a long time ago so I was hoping for a chance at one of the SEES schools but our scores were super low for both RGC and classical.

  • 245. nadja2  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    @231 PrivateSchoolNoMore kindergarten….I forgot to mention that.

  • 246. hsaparent  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    @134 MeganM: Three years ago we were waitlisted at 2 for Hawthorne (tier 3) and received a call in late April.

  • 247. cpsnwmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Waitlist #4, proximity for Disney II – entering K
    Is this still a long shot?? Ugh! The wait continues….

  • 248. RPD  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Son is currently a 3rd Grader in a north shore elementary school. His chicago location is Tier 2. He’ll be fourth grade next year.


    Wait listed/general:
    Blaine 38; Burley 51; Burr 17; Coonley 21; Disney 58; Disney II 25; Drummond 41; Franklin 43; Hawthorne 139; Jackson 38; LaSalle 51; LaSalle II 27; Mayer 58; Hamilton 13; Nettlehorst 19; Agassiz 12; Alcott ES 5; Beaubien 43; Skinner 42.

    Going to wait it out…

  • 249. Fias  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Offered Galileo-Any thoughts? Don’t know much about this school.
    Wait Listed #11 for LaSalle II – tier 4 What are our chances?
    Wait Lsted #43 for Skinner – general don’t think it’ll happen

  • 250. Alenush  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    So, are you currently at Hawthorne? How do you like it?

  • 251. FingersCrossed  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Kindergarten wait list (general):
    Burley #168
    Bateman #55
    Agassiz #316
    Audubon #13
    Mayer #165
    Ravenswood #328
    Waters #211
    Prescott #304
    Hamilton #161
    Hawthorne #286 (tier 4)

    Am I crazy thinking Audubon is a possibility? We were told they were not taking those outside attendance boundary this year due to limited space, so we did not tour. We loved Prescott & Hamilton. I don’t think we have a shot with either of those 😦

    Good luck everyone!!!!

  • 252. parent of 2  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    wildwood should have some space in fall with new building due to be completed by September

  • 253. 60625  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Sibling-WL#8, disney II, 3rd grade. Should I hope?

  • 254. NWSideMom  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Did anyone actually get a K spot at Disney II? Are there 50 siblings this year and the lottery was just a big joke?

    DII Proximity Kindergarten 279
    DII General 3rd grade 271

  • 255. LP mama  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Entered the lottery on a whim for 1st grade (leaving private school):

    Alcott 56
    Blaine 236
    Burley 88
    Coonley 114
    Disney 131
    Franklin 199
    Hamilton 84
    Hawthorne 354
    Lasalle 402
    lasalle II 169
    Mayer 62
    Nettelhorst 88
    Newberry 167

    Good thing we are excited about our neighborhood school, Prescott!!

    FYI, I heard that there will only be one class of K at Prescott next year, rather than 2.

  • 256. momof3  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Tier 4

    Drummond – offered
    Mayer – 87

    Is there any reason I shouldn’t go with Drummond over Catholic school?

  • 257. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    @Dunning- Thanks so much! Did you ever call A. Jackson directly to inquire about the list or assure them of your interest or did you just wait dor them to call you? I don’t want to be a pest but I want them to know I would take a seat in a heart beat. I’m thinking of going to the next LSC meeting.

    I would also welcome any feedback from other A.Jackson parents.

  • 258. Catholic school parent  |  March 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I took another look at the letter. We are wait listed for kindergarten tier 3 as follows: Galileo #8, Sheridan #8, National #3 . We made a decision to stay enrolled in our Catholic school so if this will help others move up I’m glad. Good luck everyone

  • 259. laura  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    @254 I remember thinking the same thing about Disney II last year! Hundreds of posts on here and not one K acceptance among them. Do we know how many spots typically go to siblings? I imagine, with the new HS, that there are many more siblings to contend with. Ugggggh I need to just stop hoping!

  • 260. Just me  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Tier 3, Kinder Letter:
    STEM – 30
    Armour – 7
    Sheridan – 44
    Ward J – 129
    Ray (sibling) – 3
    Murray – OFFER!!
    Jackson A – 100

    We will probably take the Murray offer but still considering.

  • 261. JLM  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm


    Inter-American (tier 4-E): 94
    Suder (general): 247
    Drummond (general): 340
    Mayer (general): 445

  • 262. Kaylea  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Tier 3, Entering 2nd Grade:
    No offers – but we are first on the general queue at Armour and probably won’t take it.

    Jackson A – 54
    Sheridan – 88
    Ward J – 10
    Murray – 121
    Armour – 1
    STEM – 169

  • 263. Emily  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Inter-American is a great school it might not be for every one but it is a great school. My daughter is entering her third year at the school and so far has had tremendous teachers — conscientious, thoughtful, really skilled, caring. The parents community is really dedicated too. Some people wish that Spanish progress would happen more quickly, but to me it’s just about perfect. I’ve had nothing but good experiences with the school’s administrative staff. I am entirely happy that I chose Inter American for my daughter. I would do so again.

  • 264. JLS  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I haven’t received an email from either school we got into. Is this the case with a lot of you?

  • 265. MomOfTwo  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    @Kelly Hunt Vander Vliet There is a good chance you could get into Columbus. There is an open house at 6pm on Thursday if you want to check it out.

  • 266. Yingy  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Tier 2
    Pre k
    Drummond #22
    Suder #7
    Mayer # 52

    Maybe we have a shot at Suder?!

  • 267. MoMo  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    entering 1st.
    #5 Galileo
    #11 Lasalle II
    Others are in the hundreds!!

    What do you think about my chances of getting into Galileo and Lasalle II? Can anyone provide any feedback for these two schools please? Thanks in advance!

  • 268. relieved parent  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    how does the tier wait list work? they offer equal spots among tiers and only go to the wait list for the same tier to fill spots that are declined?

  • 269. Cathy  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Joining the obsession…

    Tier 4
    La Salle II – 3
    Franklin – 23
    Alcott – 33
    The rest were above 50. But I’m sure that 525 # that we got for Audubon will just breeze to the top of the call list! 😉

    Any thoughts on La Salle II? I know nothing about it other than the language piece. Also, anyone have an opinion on our chances for Franklin?

  • 270. NsideMama  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Has anyone ever gotten in from a wait list number 100 or higher? Serious question!

  • 271. Barb S  |  March 23, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    We were offered Rgc at Beaubien for grade 1, but are 7 on wait list for Lasalle. I don’t know much about either and would welcome any insight?

  • 272. CPS momma  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    My child’s numbers are ALL terrible. I know everyone is saying waitlists move, etc., but pretty much all of our numbers are in the 200s. This system really stinks.

  • 273. cpsobsessed  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I remember last year being surprised by how low some schools went on the wait list numbers. WELL into the 100’s (schools that are more off the radar of course, but still solid choices.) Remember that almost everyone uses their 20 choices so there is a TON of duplication on those lists but people will only select one, so the lists can move fairly rapidly.

    The downside it that this may not happen until summer, end of summer, or even the first week of school.

  • 274. KayArrEss  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Got the letter today! My son is going into 1st grade, and we got all waitlists:
    -Drummond #1 general
    -Disney #138 general
    -Franklin #74 general
    Last year for K, he got an offer from Ray and then got waitlist calls from Solomon, Stone, and NTA, all calls came in May/June. We were in the teens and 20’s for those waitlists. We ultimately turned them all down and went with UChicago’s Charter School (NKO). After considering all options, it was the best choice for us and is overall a great school. But now we are hoping for Drummond because we think the montessori learning environment would be better for my son. Hope we make it in and good luck to everyone!

  • 275. ka  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    nside mama,
    Numerous of the neighborhood schools will go deep into their waitlists past 100. You need to remember how this works from the school’s standpoint – they need to feel confident that seats are available for the neighborhood students, then they will release seats for the waitlist…..on the northside – Peirce, Chappel, Ravenswood, McPherson, Jahn, Prescott have historically done so. Also, principals are currently deciding how big the kinder grade may be…some schools may only offer one classroom; others may offer upto 5 classrooms…
    Some neighborhood schools won’t offer any/many seats – Blaine, Bell, Burley, Audobon as they are filled almost entirely from neighborhood students.
    Magnet schools won’t get that deep because they made offers today and as such will only work to fill any unaccepted seats. HTH.

  • 276. oldtownmom  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Tier 4, Kindergarten
    Newberry (prox) Offered
    Burley 757 (gen)
    Burr 77 (gen)
    Disney (t4) 366
    Disney II (t4) 79
    Franklin (prox) 63
    Galileo (t4) 94
    Hamilton (gen) 193
    Hawthorne (t4) 246
    Jackson (t4) 125
    LaSalle (prox) 51
    LaSalle II (t4) 127
    Nettelhorst (gen) 280
    Sheridan (t4) 46
    STEM (t4) 166
    Agassiz (gen) 36
    Alcott (gen) 334
    Audubon (gen) 472

  • 277. L2  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Cathy & MoMo. You both have a great shot at LaSalle II. There is an upcoming open house for prospective families. See the school web site for details.

  • 278. realchicagomama  |  March 23, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    @253 – probably not much hope at #8 for sibling.

    @254 – not all siblings, I assure you. I met most of the new families personally through the welcome program I’ve run for parents for the past 4 years.

  • 279. Eg0210  |  March 24, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Entering 1st grade ; no offers! ;-(

    (All general)
    Disney II 90
    Kellogg 19
    NTA 47
    Pritzker 62
    South loop 11
    Sutherland 94
    Agassiz 5
    Barnard 2
    Clissold 54
    Coonley 94

    Everything else was over 100….

    Does anyone have any information about Agassiz wait list and if we have a chance with #5 for first grade? This seems like our best option at this point, hoping we get an offer this summer.

    Also, we are #11 for south loop but I thought they were strictly neighborhood now? I didn’t know they accepted from the lottery, although if they didnt o would assume they would not have allowed me to pick it on the application. I know it’s overcrowded, so even with a low number, we may not hear anything. Does anyone have information on this?

    Thanks! This is terrible. Test scores were awful so no offers anywhere and neighborhood school atinks. She is at a Montessori school currently but they do not go past kindergarten so we have no options at this point. Blah!

  • 280. Relieved parent  |  March 24, 2015 at 6:37 am

    @ barb s i visited Beaubien on a tour and from that limited exposure I was very impressed. Tons of computers: two labs plus carts; very well organized school; happy looking kids; clear communication from RGC teachers encountered. If it was me I’d take that offer.

  • 281. Dunning  |  March 24, 2015 at 6:45 am

    @257 – I didn’t ever call Jackson. In fact, by the time they called with the offer my daughter was already enrolled elsewhere and I was completely taken by surprise.

    If you get a call from a 773-534-XXXX number you should answer it right away. When they call with an offer you only have 24 hours to decide and I have heard that some schools don’t leave voice mails.

  • 282. Beverly-er  |  March 24, 2015 at 7:13 am

    @279 You’re #2 at Barnard, and are you considering that? Have you toured? If not, I wouldn’t rule that out w/o a tour. I know some teachers there, and that school is up to good things. The principal is newish, strong and lives in the neighborhood, as do a lot of the teachers. They are really committed to that school and to making it a true neighborhood school. What it lacks right now is demographic diversity, but my understanding is that it’s a great school in every other respect.

  • 283. Wait listed pk3  |  March 24, 2015 at 7:14 am


    Mayer #8
    Drummond #25
    Suder #43

    Tier 4

    Does the Mayer Tier 4 waitlist move?

    Looking at last year it seems we have no chance at Drummond?

  • 284. Amanda  |  March 24, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Morning everyone.

    Tier 4 entering K
    Hamilton 355
    Ravenswood 23

    I know that last year Ravenswood’s list moved and that they still had spots in K at the start of the year. Any reason to believe that would be different this year?

    Any chance at Hamilton? These were my top two choices.


  • 285. Eg0210  |  March 24, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I haven’t heard anything about Barnard, not sure why I even put it down. However I am not really in a position to turn anything down at this point! I will look into taking a tour. Thanks!

  • 286. Teachermom  |  March 24, 2015 at 7:59 am

    @213 regarding PARCC testing (and other standardized testing). I am a teacher (at a HS though) and know that our administration and teachers do everything we can to reduce the amount of testing during the school year (no MOY for example) and we have had 80% of our students opt out of PARCC. My question is, with our offer at Disney II, I am wondering what that culture is like there? Are they “test heavy” or are they open and supportive of people who are going to opt out their kids (like I am going to do)? What about at Stone?

  • 287. Beverly-er  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:01 am

    @Eg0210, good luck! I think the Villager (BAPA’s newsletter) ran an article a few months ago about someone who switched from Skinner W to Barnard.

  • 288. Toni  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:15 am

    @284 Amanda – At a recent tour the Ravenswood principal said that they are going to have two K classes this year instead of three. So – they probably won’t go as far down the wait list as they have in past years. I would imagine that low double digits is pretty good, though.

  • 289. Jmom  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Good morning everyone –

    1st grade offer at Hamilton

    Currently K at Agassiz

    Any feedback regarding Hamilton and/or comparisons would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • 290. Lorenzo  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:46 am

    @LPParents. Our oldest is finishing 8th grade at Franklin. He did Disney for Kindergarten but got into Franklin for 1st grade and, at least for him, the change was dramatic. It is a good school — he is not very school-minded so he has not made the most of it but the school offers a lot and the teachers and staff do intervene to help your kid when he/she needs it. I recommend it. He is Senn IB bound for high school.

  • 291. Windom  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:58 am

    @233 Relieved parent –
    Do you have any younger sibs to consider? I don’t know enough about the magnet, but if you do have a younger sib and want to increase the likelihood they can be together, would strongly consider Magnet (in this case, Disney) over SEES (in your case, Decatur).

    Also, the fact that Decatur doesn’t have 7/8th grade really stinks at this point, though I know they are working on a possible move. Also, no cafeteria or gym at Decatur. Staff do their best with the space they have.

  • 292. Momto3  |  March 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Prek4 General
    Drummond 299
    Mayer 278

    Prek3 Tier 3
    Drummond 25/26
    Mayer 24/25

    It was worth a shot.

  • 293. Heather H  |  March 24, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Tier 1
    Going into 3rd grade:

    Drummond: #36

    Going into 7th:

    Drummond #26

    Our neighborhood school was great until it wasn’t great anymore. We applied to Drummond but it looks like private school for us. I understand the Drummond list doesn’t move, but I wonder if this is true for older children also?

  • 294. Wavering  |  March 24, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Tier 3 for entering K
    Newberry (sibling)- offered
    The other numbers aren’t worth mentioning, they’re pretty sad.

    Entering 3rd grade, general
    Jackson, A- #2
    South Loop- #17
    And again, the other numbers…just sad.

    I’m conflicted. I don’t know if I want to enroll my K child into Disney while the other one stays at Newberry, and hopefully have her join him the following year? I would love for my 3rd grader to get into Jackson, A. Any idea if she has a chance as #2?

  • 295. Heather H  |  March 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Sorry typo. My youngest is #35, not #36 at Drummond. Also, I mailed their forms in at the last minute (online deadline passed early this year because the 1st was a Monday or something). The application for my youngest I mailed first, but I only had one stamp so I mailed my son’s the next day, which I think was the deadline. Makes me wonder, since I have two separate applications with very low numbers, if the forms mailed last didn’t end up being processed first.

  • 296. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  March 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

    If parents call to decline offers now will the schools begin calling us folks on the waitlist before the April 14th deadline? If so I hope parents who have made up their minds will contact the schools they are declining so the rest of us can start receiving some calls. 🙂 I would sleep better knowing I don’t have to pay tuition next school year! LOL!

  • 297. Momto3  |  March 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

    @191. Avondale Mom
    My niece is in third grade at Murphy. She loves, loves, loves her school and is doing great. You should really check it out. It’s walkable for our family, so we have it on our list for next year, too.

  • 298. Chris  |  March 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Can anyone tell me if the four schools that enter at age 3/4 are part of the sliding scale payment plan for Pre-K, or are they handled differently because of the way the spots are filled and the programs are run? I can’t find details on this anywhere, and I figured there are bound to be a few parents on this board who had Pre-K kids at one of those schools this year. Thanks!

  • 299. happyitisover  |  March 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Any parents going to send their child to Agassiz for Kinder next year, and want to chat, or maybe set up some park play dates? Since it’s not our neighborhood school, we would love to start meeting people. We are 90% sure that we are going to accept our offer and will know by next week for sure. Feel free to email me, if you want to chat or set up some incoming play dates – sarah@careinthesquare.com

  • 300. cpsparent  |  March 24, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Just a quick note…

    In years past, for K the following schools have not taken ANY kids off their waitlists because they have so many neighborhood and sibling kids.


  • 301. Amanda  |  March 24, 2015 at 9:58 am

    PK4 Tier 4

    Suder 237 general
    Drummond 451 general
    Mayer 356 general
    Inter-American 66 Tier 4E

    Good thing we like Catholic school!

  • 302. NCPmom2018  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Kinder Tier 1
    Wait-listed #7 Galileo
    Wait-listed #8 Beaubien
    Wait-listed #57 Pritzker
    Wait listed #53 LaSalle II

    *Beyond excited for Beaubien and really like Galileo too!

    Pre-K (4) Tier 1
    Offered Inter American, I will be turning it down, not too impressed with that school
    other schools wait listed in the hundreds!

    Registering them both to St. Genevieve and will pray for a CPS phone call, but then I do want to keep them together too much of a hassle to do 2 drop offs and then get to work on time! I will apply every year if I have to!!

  • 303. another LP mom  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Tier 4, Kindergarten

    Hawthorne (prox) – 79
    Newberry (prox) – 55
    LaSalle II (tier 4) – 46

    All other schools waitlisted at 150+

    Any thoughts on our chances with any of these schools? (Hawthorne was our first choice, but I assume our chances are slim to none with all of them!) Any thoughts on these schools versus Oscar Mayer (our neighborhood school)?

  • 304. minordbog  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:06 am

    @250 Alenush: Hi, yes, we’ve very happy with Hawthorne. Very engaged principal and vice principal. Teachers we’ve had so far have been great. Active PTA. Our daughter is very happy there.

  • 305. MO  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I have a Kindergartener at Prescott. We love the school. The teachers and principal are outstanding. I have been very pleased with the before-school and after-school care/enrichment options. Also, it is my understanding that they are going to have two kindergarten classes next year (they had originally planned on having only one). We were pretty far down on the waitlist (in the 100s, maybe even low 200s) and got a spot in May.

    Also, my preK-3 son got #10 on the waitlist for Drummond. Based on the comments, it looks like that is not going to happen.

  • 306. Mckinley Park Parent  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:20 am

    My daughter (kinder) was waitlisted for Jackson (#15), Galielo (#84) and Sheridan (#84). Tier 2. Any idea what the chances are for Jackson? Took the test and got her scores back, but I didnt hear back about Skinner. Wonder why

  • 307. Wendy  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:22 am

    If you’re interested in Ravenswood, consider going on a tour and seeing it for yourself (if you haven’t already)! The next tours are Tuesday, March 31, and Tuesday, April 14, both at 9 a.m. Enter through the middle doors on Paulina!

  • 308. Kcabral  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Applied for 1st grade, so all waitlists are general.

    Didn’t do well on the SEES test and didn’t qualify for anything. Also waiting on an app to Namaste, but don’t know if we’ll accept that over one of our very lucky offers.

    Sabin — anybody have any info/feedback?
    Walsh — does anybody have ANY info about this school?? Pretty sure the school doesn’t even have its own (even basic) website. Applied based on location & scores/rating

    Armour — 3
    Holden — 6
    Chavez — 2
    Pritzker (neighborhood) — 13
    Drummond — 21 — I know K apps here don’t move at all, but does anybody know if they move for later years? I’m highly doubtful but curious
    Pershing — 23
    Haines — 28
    Burr — 30
    J. Ward — 44
    Galileo — 58
    STEM — 61
    South Loop — 135
    Sheridan — 207
    LaSalle II — 251
    Jackson — 270
    Skinner (neighborhood) — 303

    Our top picks were Sheridan and Jackson, looks those won’t be happening. But extremely excited we got any offers at all!

    Good luck everybody, this is just the start — ok, maybe the middle — of the process! It’s definitely not the end!!

  • 309. momofmany  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:31 am


    Disney does not accept above 3rd grade. So your older child would never be able to join the younger one there.

  • 310. lisa  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:35 am

    #299 – Agassiz – FYI – we have twins there in K this year and are very happy with the school. Good luck.

  • 311. Amy  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:54 am

    We got Disney
    Wait list # 7.
    Does she have a chance???

  • 312. Teachermom  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:58 am

    @254 We got a spot offered at Disney II. Thoughts on the school?

  • 313. cpsnwmom  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

    @298 Those 4 pre-school programs are not part of the tuition based program, they are free. This is Mayer, Suder, Drummond (Pre-k 3 &4) and InterAmerican (pre-k 4)

  • 314. Test Scores  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:03 am

    For those fortunate enough to have multiple choices, a refresher. Test scores are only one factor, but its good to know what they are. Here are the top elementary schools in CPS ranked by Spring 2014 NWEA MAP Attainment Percentile (Reading & Math Average), cut off at 85th percentile of national average. Tiebreaks sorted by % of Students Exceeding Expectations on the 2014 ISAT Composite:

    1. Skinner North 99, 83
    2. Edison, T 99, 80
    3. Decatur 99, 77.3
    4. Keller 99, 76.2
    5. Lenart 99, 68.8
    6. Skinner West 99, 64.4
    7. McDade 99, 57.9
    8. Lincoln 99, 56
    9. Hawthorne 99, 52.5 <MAGNET
    10. Poe 99, 50
    11. Bell 99, 47.1
    12. Coonley 99, 43
    13. Lasalle 99, 41.1 <MAGNET
    14. Jackson, A 99, 41 <MAGNET
    15. Blaine 99, 39.7
    16. STEM ES 99, 38.7 <MAGNET
    17. Alcott ES 99, 31.2
    18. Sauganash 99, 30.5
    19. Oriole Park 98.5, 47.2
    20. Edgebrook 98.5, 43
    21. Burley 98.5, 41.2
    22. Beaubien 98.5, 33
    23. Sheridan 98.5, 31.6 <MAGNET
    24. Mount Greenwood 98.5, 29.5
    25. Healy 98, 27.4
    26. Audubon 98, 26.4
    27. South Loop 97.5, 33.4
    28. Wildwood 97.5, 30.6
    29. Ebinger 97.5, 30.6
    30. Norwood Park 97.5, 29.2
    31. Disney II 97, 32.8 <MAGNET
    32. Franklin 96.5, 35.8 <MAGNET
    33. Disney 96.5, 30.2 <MAGNET
    34. Thorp, O 96.5, 27.7 <MAGNET
    35. Ogden 96.5, 26.1
    36. Solomon 96, 27.9
    37. Stone 96, 26.9 <MAGNET
    38. Canty 95, 27.7
    39. Haines 94, 19.7
    40. Galileo 94, 16.7 <MAGNET
    41. Nettelhorst 92.5, 25.1
    42. Drummond 92.5, 21 <MAGNET
    43. Mayer 92.5, 20.1
    44. Onahan 92.5, 20
    45. Sutherland 92, 26.3
    46. Ward, J 92, 20.6
    47. Pritzker 91, 29
    48. Newberry 91, 24.1 <MAGNET
    49. Hamilton 91, 17.6
    50. Rogers 90.5, 22.5
    51. Lasalle II 90.5, 22.2 <MAGNET
    52. Edison Park 90.5, 18.1
    53. Smyser 90.5, 15.2
    54. Jamieson 90, 18.8
    55. Waters 89.5, 19.6
    56. Dore 89.5, 18.5
    57. Burroughs 89.5, 10
    58. Earhart 88.5, 21
    59. Garvy 88, 17.2
    60. Farnsworth 88, 16.6
    61. Agassiz 87, 24
    62. Prussing 87, 19.9
    63. Prescott 87, 17.8
    64. Cassell 87, 17.4
    65. Washington, G 86, 17.7
    66. Lyon 86, 12.8
    67. Mitchell 86, 10.4

  • 315. sara  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Tier 4, applying for Kinder

    Prescott – offered
    Salazar – offered

    Wait lists everywhere else so, so long! He will go to Prescott. I’m happy!

  • 316. Alenush  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Any ideas re Hawthorne vs Lincoln Elementary
    Thank you

  • 317. momofmany  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Posting on this thread too, in case any parents aren’t following both threads. In regard to @314’s list of test scores, attainment is imho a very poor indicator to use. It is essentially a proxy for socioeconomic status. I would love to see that chart, but for NWEA GROWTH. How far do they move the kids up (or not) once they are in the school? That is a measure of the school’s impact.

  • 318. Aline  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:32 am

    no letters as of yet on 60613. Anyone else didn’t get them yet?

  • 319. JLL60618  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Does anybody have any feedback about Galileo? I did not tour that school, but we have a very low waitlist number there (<10) and I would like to be ready if we get a call off the list. They don't currently have any tours scheduled, but suggested I call back in a few days. FWIW, we are Tier 3, incoming K.

  • 320. Mamacita  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Tier 1, entering K

    We got offers at Hawthorne, Franklin and Stone. Also #12 on the WLs for LaSalle and O. Thorpe.

    Trying to decide between Hawthorne and Franklin. Any feedback about either school would be greatly appreciated!

  • 321. Ann  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Agassiz is ok. The K curriculum moves at a slower pace. I met a mother who has a child @ Sauganash, she said her K son already knows multiplication, and even some pre-algebra (like 2-7= -5).

    If you have a special needs child, I would not recommend this school. I suppose it’s all the same anywhere in CPS.

  • 322. Dominique  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I receive the letter yesterday. My child is number 4 and 5 and 26 on her top choice waitlist. How long will the wait be?? Thanks in advance!!

  • 323. NCPmom2018  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

    @319 JLL60618 Galileo is a GREAT school!! I’m #7 on wait list and I will take the seat in a heartbeat!

  • 324. ChiMom  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Hi – I got waitslisted 20 at prescott (proximity) and 19 at pulaski (general). Any thoughts on my chances of getting in? And on the schools themselves?

  • 325. 60660  |  March 24, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    @317 Momofmany


    you can search all schools on the app in this report and see the growth attainment rank

  • 326. Test Scores  |  March 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    @ Momofmany – I understand the argument against looking at attainment, but it’s a good indicator for me personally. Many RGCs/Classical schools and even magnets with no test-in are on this list despite taking ~50% of students from Tier 1 and 2.

    I stopped looking at Growth scores after reading comment #5 here:

    There are many ways to measure growth, especially when starting from different base lines and I’m not confident it’s a good metric for comparing different schools that are apples and oranges.
    I’m trying to keep it simple. This list is in no way definitive. Even the attainment scores are somewhat suspicious to me when I look at some of the BIG jumps in school scoring from Fall ’13 to Spring ’14.
    I’ll take a good look when ’14/’15 NWEA MAPs get posted, maybe with two years of data some more good detail will fall out.

  • 327. Rush Mom  |  March 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    We got #12 waitlist for Waters. Does anyone know if Waters ever moves on the waitlist?

  • 328. DrummondArea  |  March 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Is there anyway to see how far down the wait lists schools went last year? I’m guessing not but it would answer the primary question that people seem to be asking on here.

  • 329. JuneDog  |  March 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    We were fortunate to get KG offers from Agassiz and Prescott. I know they are both quality schools, but they are not close to where we live. Didn’t get promising wait list numbers from other schools. We will likely go with one of these but I’m having a hard time deciding!

  • 330. ChiTownMom  |  March 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I am confused….many people keep saying that they will take siblings before others at many of these schools if a seat becomes available, but I thought it worked like this….if a Tier 3 turns down a position then they get the next available Tier 3 person on the waitlist. It seems that some are saying that if a Tier 3 turns it down then they go to the sibling waitlist….that seems completely against the theory. Are people referring to neighborhood schools when saying this….? I could be completely confused of course as I am sometimes lol. For example, I know at for example at on school near me….only 12 seats were allotted for siblings and they had their own lotter and then the rest were divided between the tiers after the required 40% of the remaining went to a neighborhood lottery. Help???? I called the school and they told me that siblings are not guaranteed as they still had to do a citywide lottery because they are a magnet. So maybe people are speaking of neighborhood schools or maybe I got bad information??

  • 331. ChiTownMom  |  March 24, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Excuse my typos…typing too fast!

  • 332. momofmany  |  March 24, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    @330. ALL siblings are seated first. When the sibling list is extinguished it moves on to the proximity+tier lists or general lists.

    From CPS OAE:

    Magnet, Magnet Cluster, and Open Enrollment Schools

    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 2015-2016 school year. (If more siblings apply than there are seats available, a computerized sibling lottery will be conducted to fill the available spaces.) Sibling preference will only be given if the application indicates that the student is applying as a sibling and this information has been verified.

    After the siblings are accommodated, the next 40% of the available seats in magnet schools are designated for students who live within the school’s proximity (a 1.5 mile radius of the school).

    After the proximity students are accommodated, the remaining seats are distributed evenly among the four tiers, and the seats are filled by computerized lottery. (Note that the distribution of seats among the four tiers and the proximity applies to the entry-grade level only – for most elementary schools, the entry-grade level is kindergarten. In the three Montessori magnet schools, the entry-grade level is the PreK-3 level, and in Inter-American Magnet School, the entry-grade
    level is the PreK-4 level.)

    There is no proximity or tier consideration for non-entry grades in magnet schools, or in elementary magnet cluster schools and open enrollment schools at any grade level. In addition, proximity lotteries are not conducted for magnet schools that have an attendance boundary, or for magnet schools where at least 50% of the students
    reside in the neighborhood and at least 50% are of a single racial/ethnic group.

  • 333. momofmany  |  March 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    @326 I definitely see where you are coming from. Any list, whether growth or attainment, is of course not going to give the whole picture. For example a stand alone RGC will always have better attainment numbers then a RGC within a neighborhood schools which in turn will have better numbers then a RGC within a much less affluent neighborhood school. I personally look at the Great Schools Rating + Growth %tiles when I am trying to sort through lots of schools. Then we add in touring and talking to others in the school.

  • 334. realchicagomama  |  March 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Teachermom, I opted my kids out of parcc this year at Disney II and out of ISAT last year. It wasn’t without its problems, but the principal was supportive of that choice. Click on my username to read more about my testing experience.

  • 335. Angie  |  March 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    @328. DrummondArea: “Is there anyway to see how far down the wait lists schools went last year?”

    Check last year’s elementary and magnet thread: https://cpsobsessed.com/2014/03/21/2014-annual-elementary-magnet-mailbox-watch/

  • 336. Newmommy  |  March 24, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    It’s my first time doing this. I am kind of lost. Should I have any hopes on getting a spot? This are results

    Hawthorney tire 3/140 WL
    Disney II proximity/ 59 WL
    Thorp,O tire 3/23 WL
    Inter-American General E/189 WL

    When will be a good to start calling schools!!!???? Please Help! Some Advise!

  • 337. Inter-American Curious  |  March 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I looked at last years list but it didn’t really give me an idea of how far down the WL Inter-American goes (T4 specifically). We are in the mid-40’s. Someone from T3 thought they made it through their entire list last year. Is it true that Inter-American is only 1/2 day for PreK4? Their website days something about 2.5 hrs but it also references preschool for all, which is old info. Also, does the bus apply for PreK or only K?

  • 338. WorkingMomof2  |  March 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    @Mamacita Congrats on the offers. Franklin and Hawthorne were at the top of my list (we got an offer from Disney though so I’m not upset). I loved the way Hawthorne worked their specials and just the overall feel in the building. I liked both principals a lot (based on my tours) and LOVED the energy in Franklin. I think it might depend on your kid…while I would have loved to go to Franklin as a kid, I’m not sure it would have been the right fit for my son. I think you can’t go wrong with either choice!

  • 339. Amanda  |  March 24, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks Toni for the info on Ravenswood. I toured there in October. I think I’ll go to the tour next week to see if there’s any new info.

  • 340. far northsider  |  March 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Just received the CPS letter for K; no offers. Waitlisted at:

    Ravenswood – 84
    Hamilton – 344
    Burley – 373
    Disney II – 425 (Tier 4)
    Coonley – 499

    Our neighborhood school is Waters (which we’re happy with), so unless we stay at kiddo’s private school for K that’s where we’re headed.

  • 341. totismomi  |  March 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Does anyone have any insight on stem.

  • 342. Drida  |  March 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Congrats WorkingMomof2 and Mamacita on your offers! I had the same impression as WorkingMomof2 about Franklin and Hawthorne. Both were on my top 5 and I’m happy that we got an offer at Hawthorne.

    For me, the most noticeable difference was the focus on art at Franklin, which seemed to be a bit stronger (impression solely based on my quick tours).

    I liked Hawthorne principal better (again, solely based on the quick tours).

    Either way, Mamacita, you’re in good shape with the offers. Perhaps thinking about commute could be a good way of making a decision.

    From another mom of 2

  • 343. Emily  |  March 24, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Wondering if anyone would have some advice. We were offered a spot at Disney are #7 on the waitlist at Lasalle II and are in district for Blaine. Any thoughts on the best option there? We have toured Blaine and researched the others but wanted to get some unbiased opinions! Any thoughts would be great.

  • 344. Erin  |  March 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Daughter got #19 (Alcott) entering 2nd grade. Does anyone know how far the wait list went last year?

  • 345. Decision time  |  March 24, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Ok, so between Beaubien RGC, Hawthorne, and Disney (with the assumption that he would be in comprehensive gifted program there), which way would you go? Thanks in advance.

  • 346. RogersParkMama  |  March 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Does anyone see any point in touring or considering schools where the wait list is over 100? Over 50? I don’t know how to narrow down! This is for Kindergarten.

  • 347. stacy  |  March 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    did anybody NOT get the letters?

  • 348. SloopMama  |  March 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    So many posts and threads, I can’t remember whether I’ve asked this already re: DRUMMOND… Does the WL ever move for 1st grade? IOW, do students ever leave that school?? We’re #9 for 1st grade and I’m just wondering if there’s a possibility. We already have a RGC offer, but Drummond is so much closer to our home (still a commute, but not as bad as the RGC would be.)

  • 349. PortageParkMama  |  March 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    @stacy, our mail carrier didn’t come yesterday and no one is home to check the mail…. I believe that there was someone else here that didn’t get a letter.

  • 350. ChiTownMom  |  March 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    @momofmany Thanks! That would make more sense. Why would a sibling not get in before the rest of the waitlist….makes sense when you think about it.

  • 351. Schoolinfo  |  March 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    @346 Over 50, sure. Over 100 not so much. Over 200 don’t bother. We had some high places in line for K (between 50-100) and got offers — Ravenswood and Prescott — the schools held tours up through the end of school. Hope that helps.

  • 352. RogersParkMama  |  March 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    @351 thanks for the input! We have 12 WL schools left on our list then. And 1 sure thing.

  • 353. cpsoptimist  |  March 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Sibling wait listed for Pritzker (3); general wait listed for Drummond (23) and La Salle II (87). Not hopeful for the latter two.

    Our youngest daughter is at Disney and leaves the house at 6:45 a.m. to make the 7:30 a.m. start time. While Disney’s academic program is rigorous, the commute isn’t worth it. Our daughter is tired and stressed every single night.

  • 354. RGardner  |  March 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Last year we had no offers Tier 4 for K. We were #3 on the wait list for Franklin, and did not get in.
    This year for 1st grade:
    No offers 😦
    Ravenswood WL 4
    Blaine WL 17
    Nettlehorst WL 10
    Murphy WL 10
    Farnsworth WL 23
    Drummond WL 44
    Agassiz WL 41
    Beaubien WL 43
    Waters WL 46

    I don’t think we will have a chance at any of these because we are 1st grade, does anyone have any insight?
    This process is so frustrating.

  • 355. 60660  |  March 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    @345 decision time

    Between Hawthorne, Disney and Beaubien RGC?
    Assuming you have a 1stG nonsibling spot at Hawthorne you ought to go out and play the Lottery.

    Take Hawthorne, there are many good things about Disney and Beaubien but Hawthorne is a great performing school with less pressure on the kids than Disney CGP and siblings will have preference.
    Or take the school that’s closest to your home or that your kid can bus to because over 8 years that’s a lot of schlepping, not just to school but to afterschool events, playdates, birthday parties

  • 356. aburki  |  March 24, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    @momtoBAK re: Mitchell

    We were there for 4 years and it’s a great school. Small school, very involved parents, smart principal. If you haven’t already, its worth a visit. I was sad to leave (we did so because we moved and were too far away, but it was a tough decision!)

  • 357. momofmany  |  March 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    We leave home at 6:30-45 to get to Disney. The early start and commute work for us. Definitely an individual preference thing, I’m sure. I really like that they are done at 2:30. I have kids in early and late start schools. My late start kids bus doesn’t even drop off until 5-5:15. That is much too late imho.

  • 358. mangoshakes  |  March 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Finally got the letters!
    We got:
    Disney: offered
    Stone: 32
    Hawthorne: 224

    Disney was what we wanted, so I’m super happy. 🙂

  • 359. Alwaxman  |  March 24, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    anyone testing into higher grades? I have a kid hoping for 5th grade entry…no cps mail yet…still waiting for letters to arrive for classical or gifted but was wondering if these letters are sent out later. thx

  • 360. Mrs.MPC  |  March 24, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    6th grade – wait listed and general for all but keeping our hopes alive! Advice/information appreciated.

    STEM: 4
    Galileo: 24
    Skinner: 55
    A. Jackson: 78
    South Loop: 90

  • 361. KAmir'sMommy  |  March 24, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Still didn’t receive rgc/classical letter
    Entering K

    Lasalle Tier 4 302
    Lasalle II Tier 4 130
    Sheridan Tier 4 25
    Skinner general 165
    STEM Tier 4 100
    Sutherland general 74
    Turner-Drew Tier 4 21
    Disney Tier 4 176
    Disney II Tier 4 141
    Galileo Tier 4 50
    Franklin Tier 4 6
    Jackson, A Tier 4 32

  • 362. Karla  |  March 24, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Tier 3, K

    Beaubien 10 (gen)
    Disney II 35 (prox)

  • 363. MomOfTwo  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    3yr-old PreK
    We got tier 4, #1 WL at Mayer.

    Does this WL tend to move a little? Or is it still a pretty small chance even though we are first on the tier 4 list? Am I right in assuming a tier 4 three year-old would have to turn it down for us to get in?

  • 364. MommyKim  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    @354 you’ll pro get into Agassiz we have a lot of neighborhood kids leave for the burbs during the summer. My sons first grade class has only 24 kids in it and the other has 26.

  • 365. MommyKim  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Also for those who have Agassiz for k they tend to move through the waitlisted fairly quickly. last year they were at least in the late 100s. Also we got offers for many schools closer to and during summer. Ravens wood offered us adopt after the start of school 2 years ago and we were like 251 on the wait list. So not all is lost.

  • 366. PortageParkMama  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Letter arrived today! Tier 4, 2nd Grade
    Waitlisted General for all..

    Newberry 15
    Agassiz 17
    Ebinger 19
    Blaine 24
    Inter-American 31
    Coonley 50
    Beaubien 51
    Norwood Park 61
    Edgebrook 62
    Thorp 81
    Drummond 95
    All others in 100 to 229

    Last year we were in the same situation for 2nd grade and were called by Prescott (12), Audubon (43), and Agassiz (47) by the end of July. Will we luck out again this year? Also, I can’t believe that I forgot to request Prescott this year 😦

  • 367. relieved parent  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    @Windom no sibs to consider at this time; none on the horizon. i’m aware of the issues related to decatur stopping at grade 6 and the space constraints. seems like it makes sense to accept spot at decatur for K and see how the kiddo does, meet the other teachers for other grades and get a feel for the tap dancing curriculum then see how we feel when testing time rolls around geo first grade. appreciate you taking the time to reply.

  • 368. levski  |  March 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    rising 5th grader, Coonley WL # 1, general, any chance?

  • 369. Old Irving Dad  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Applications for K
    Burr – Offered (sibling)
    Disney 2 – 153 proximity

    We will be going to Burr where we have an older child. Just thought we would try Disney 2 since we live across the street from the school. Overall we are very happy with Burr and recommend it for other parents.

  • 370. laura  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    @teachermom You were offered at Disney II for K? I would accept in a second! We loved it when we toured. I recommend doing the same and checking it out for yourself. It has great resources, kids seemed happy/well behaved, and parents were volunteering everywhere the day we toured, which I liked. I feel like no one has anything bad to say about it- which is rare in this day and age.

  • 371. West Side lucky  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Tier 3 – K

    STEM proximity lottery – offered
    [I get the feeling we should thank our lucky stars??]
    the blog on STEM has some…interesting reviews – any real feedback on what it’s like?

    Also got low numbers [11 to 32] on Sheridan, Skinner West non- gifted, & Galileo but will be turning those down.

  • 372. Famc  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Any lasalle families out there that care to comment on the school? Thoughts on principal leaving?

  • 373. momofmany  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:45 pm


    Yes. My ds was offered a 5th grade RGC seat at Pritzker. This is more info on testing into the upper grades on the gifted thread.

  • 374. Testingforkid2  |  March 24, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Hi all!
    Any insight into Lasalle? We are #5 on the waitlist (tier 3)…..would love to hear anyone’s thoughts or predictions! Any chance at all?
    Thanks so much!

  • 375. LovingLaSalle  |  March 24, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    As a new family at LaSalle this year, we have been very impressed with the learning environment, teachers, administrators and families. You have lucked out if you are made an offer. Take it and skip along to your kid’s first day of school knowing all will be well.

  • 376. LovingLaSalle  |  March 25, 2015 at 12:03 am

    More on LaSalle. Sad the principal is leaving, but the school will attract and select another top-notch leader.

    We were 10 and 11 wl for 1 st. We never expected to get called. It happened. It can happen. Not sure about how far down they went on wl for K. A friend started his kid at LaSalle on the 2 nd day of classes (when they got the call with a seat for K) or something like that.

  • 377. Diana  |  March 25, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Does anyone know how many kindergarten classes are offered at Coonley for their neighborhood program? We are waitlisted #5 General list.

    Also, we were offered a spot at Thorp, but I didn’t realize how far it is from us. If we accept Thorp, are we out of the pool? Or can I hold on to Thorp until I have an offer from another school closer to us? Is this fair?
    Thanks all

  • 378. AubsMom  |  March 25, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Our daughter for K is waited listed #7 for proximity to Disney. Anyone know how many K classes Disney has? What are your thoughts on the chances of getting a spot? Any other Disney feedback to share to a potential new family?

  • 379. momofmany  |  March 25, 2015 at 6:20 am


    Disney has 7 or 8 K classes. You will definitely be offered a seat. Very likely in the second round. If you haven’t been, go to one of the two upcoming open houses.

  • 380. Waiting for a call  |  March 25, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Does anyone know when the neighborhood schools will start calling off their wait list? Is the timeline the same as the magnet schools? I’m wondering because since the neighborhood schools have to take all the kids in the boundaries, how do they know how many other slots they have available, particularly in an entry year? A family could move into the neighborhood in Sept and enroll their kid, so do the rest of us have to wait until then to get a call?

  • 381. Dominique  |  March 25, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Hello all👋👋. Kindergarten waitlisted tier 2 #5 at Lasalle 2. What are my chances of getting in. Higgins was offered, does anyone have any info on Higgins??

  • 382. Emily  |  March 25, 2015 at 7:36 am

    We were offered Disney and are wait listed #7 tier 4 for Lasalle II. Our neighborhood school is Blaine. Any thoughts on Disney or Lasalle II vs Blaine? Any parents in any of these three schools with information would be greatly appreciated!

  • 383. Hawthorne mom  |  March 25, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I have a current Hawthorne kindergartener so I can answer some of these questions. We live just over the 1.5 mile mark and my daughter takes the bus almost everyday. It is great for us. She gets on at around 8:05 in the morning at our neighborhood school which is a few blocks away. There is a bus coordinator at the school who makes sure she is there and helps her get on and off. She will even text me to make sure we’re coming if we are running late or stand with her if I’m late in he afternoon to get her. She arrives home at 4:15 (bus leaves Hawthone at 3:45ish). She is the last stop on the way home so a bit longer. She just reads on the bus and has made a ton of older friends from the bus. It’s been great and we feel very safe. At Hawthorne they know exactly which kindergarteners are going on the bus each day and they walk them to the bus to put them on. They do encourage you to wait about a month at the beginning of the school year before you put them on the bus since there can be issues until drivers know the routes and everything. My daughter also has 3 friends that take the bus from our stop so that helps. Honestly the bus is one of my favorite parts and I think it’s so confidence building for a kid to get on by themselves and know they can do it.

    With regard to before and after care, I think you can drop off as early as 7, but don’t really know as we’re never there since she takes the bus. They have a right at school program and youe kid can stay everyday until at least 4:30, but I think maybe later. Not sure about that as again she usually takes the bus home or I pick her up. She has friends as far as the south loop who drive so carpooling might also be an option for some.

    Last year when we got in I had not toured and I contacted them to see If I could tour. The principal did give a tour after acceptances went out – there were about 20 of us in the tour and it was on a no school day (I think during spring break).

    We are very happy there. For what it’s worth, we were offered an RGC spot and are most likely going to decline to stay at Hawthorne. My daughter is a very advanced reader (4th grade level in K) and high in math (2nd grade level) and they have been very good to her – she’s learned a ton! I feel like in many ways their standard curriculum is one grade level above (it starts slow in K to catch all kids up, but then accelerate and differentiates as they get to know kids). Location for us is amazing and love the size and overall feel. Families have been very welcoming. Sibling preference also a huge plus. If you have more questions, send me your email through here and I will email you as I dont want to put my personal email on here.

  • 384. Hawthorne mom  |  March 25, 2015 at 8:07 am

    That above post was in response to questions asked on SEES thread but figured I would post here too.

  • 385. CityBuy_MayBecome_SuburbDad  |  March 25, 2015 at 8:14 am

    We were offered both A.O Thorp and Hawthorne for Kindergarten. Thorp is 1.5 miles away from us Hawthorn is 7.5 (not an easy travel). We are trying to weight if the extra travel time is worth going to Hawthorne. It would take a extra 20+ minutes (multiply by 4 since my wife would be driving her there and back). The idea is we would move closer in the coming up 1-2 years. Thoughts?

  • 386. Lasalle II  |  March 25, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Can anyone please elaborate on Lasalle II? We have a decent wait list number and are invited to their open house next week. We will attend, but I would love to hear parents perspective. Our older child is at SEES. Do the teachers differentiate in the classrooms? How accessible and communicative is the administration and the teachers? Do parents have opportunities to volunteer? Thank you very much.

  • 387. Dominique  |  March 25, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I was also invited to an openhouse on the 31st. Ive been trying to get a personal testimony about Lasalle 2, but all I have are reviews. I went to http://www.redfin.com and searched Lasalle and there are many reviews. I hope this helps!!

  • 388. cpsobsessed  |  March 25, 2015 at 9:46 am

    @waiting for a call; you’re right about the neighborhood schools waiting longer to fills spots.
    Schools that are “stable” – not growing rapidly – have more experience assessing when they can start calling and for how many kids.

    Schools in fast growing neighborhoods tend to be more cautious and call later (end of summer, first week of school.)

    Its aggravating to have to wait but if you’re willing to make a change at the last minute before/after schools starts some good options may open up.

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 389. JRBK  |  March 25, 2015 at 9:52 am

    K Tier 4

    Do we have a shot with either of these:

    Ravenswood 115
    Agassiz 112

  • 390. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  March 25, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Does anyone know how many kindergarten classes A. Jackson has and aproximately what percentage are siblings?

  • 391. Lisa  |  March 25, 2015 at 10:17 am


    My son was wait-listed for Hamilton (very low number so I feel optimistic. He currently attends Brentano Math & Science academy. I am not sure what I should do. They are both level 1 schools. Does anyone have any opinions for me?


  • 392. LaSalle II Mom  |  March 25, 2015 at 10:23 am

    We have a daughter at LaSalle II and our son will be attending in the fall. We absolutely love the school and the families. The kindergarten teachers are amazing. I believe that they will be having three kindergarten classes next year – so I can only attest to the two that I know now. Our daughter has really thrived at the school and has made some great friends.

    Extras: The children have gym class at least two times/week, but that rotates every quarter. They also have library, art and computers. All of the extras rotate.

    Obviously the children have foreign language instruction – which is 4x/week. An added bonus about the foreign language instruction is that while some of the children are at their foreign language instruction their primary teacher can work with the other children in smaller reading or math groups. The foreign languages offered are: Mandarin, Arabic, French and Spanish. Language selection is based on lottery. Siblings do have preference when they enter kindergarten so that families are (if they want) in the same language selection.

    The parent support is great – Lots of parent involvement and fundraising is great – but not overwhelming. You can contribute as much or as little as you like/have time for.

    I strongly recommend the open house as they will be able to answer further questions. Additionally, if you are interested – LaSalle II’s Spring Thaw fundraiser will be held on 3/28/2015 at the Mexican Fine Arts Museum – it is a great place to meet parents and staff and raise funds for the school!

    Happy to answer any further questions.

  • 393. Ann  |  March 25, 2015 at 10:54 am

    No offers at all.

    PK3 Tier 3


    1st grade

    Lasalle II-7
    Disney II-114

    Got an e-vite from Lasalle II for the open house next week also.

  • 394. Amanda  |  March 25, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Just got a call from Ravenswood. We’re in for kindergarten!!! We are tier 4 and were #23 on the wait list. The guy who called said that they went from 3 to 2 kindergarten classes this year (as was reported by someone on this board) and as a result they put everyone on the wait list. I didn’t ask why they did it that way, I was just so happy to be in. The call on my cell phone was from “unknown”. I’m so happy that I answered it.

    We accepted!! I know this question has probably been answered a thousand times, but does that take me off the list for the other neighborhood schools (not magnets)? We are 355 on the Hamilton list and that school is slightly closer to our house. But really, I’m happy with either of those.

  • 395. realchicagomama  |  March 25, 2015 at 11:14 am

    @394 – I believe most waitlists are managed at the school level, so accepting at one neighborhood school (Ravenswood) would not take you off the waitlist at any other neighborhood school. RGC spots are managed downtown, so accepting at one could take you off the list at another. Registration gets you in the system; you can’t register or enroll at more than one school.

  • 396. Ann  |  March 25, 2015 at 11:15 am

    @394 your acceptance to Ravenswood will not take you off the list. If in the future another school calls, you can either accept or decline. If you accept another offer, just let Ravenswood know to transfer your child out.

    We did that last year, accepted Disney 1st, then Agassiz called. We went to Disney to transfer out and register at Agassiz.

  • 397. Thorp Parent  |  March 25, 2015 at 11:17 am

    @385. Those are both great schools. My child is in 1st at Thorp and we have no plans to change schools. We are about 2 miles away and 5 miles from Hawthorne. We didn’t apply to Hawthorne or many other popular LP/Lakeview schools because of logistics.

    My personal opinion is that Hawthorne gets a lot more buzz, partially due to location and dense area. It’s ranked higher on test lists but the difference isn’t so large it would be worth 7.5 miles/crappy commute for us. I personally wouldn’t move just because my kid got into a school but if I was planning to move anyway, I would let the school determine where I was moving to. Does that make sense?

    I would go visit them both and see how your feel. If you’re in the position to move and like Hawthorne better, then do it (but maybe move sooner than later).

    I would also consider your current neighborhood high school vs your new neighborhood high school. If I were to move for Hawthorne, I’d try to make sure I could live in LP boundaries or in one of the up and coming high school neighborhood boundaries (Amundsen, Lakeview, Senn). Those are some I remember reading from the high school thread. Not sure where they all are in relation to Hawthorne.

  • 398. need advice  |  March 25, 2015 at 11:26 am

    My daughter will be entering Kindergarten. We did not get any offers and are waitlisted #9 for Franklin (tier 3), 11 for Mayer (general) 14 for Hawthorne (tier 3). Franklin has 1 upcoming open house in early April. I am trying to decide if we should make work/childcare arrangements to attend or if we really don’t have a shot at getting an offer. Any advice would be helpful.

  • 399. Eric  |  March 25, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Prescott Elementary through Prescott Parents has added another tour on Wednesday, April 1 at 9 AM. If you are on the waitlist, you should check it out. CPS at the last minute only allowed Prescott one Kindergarten to be filled for 2015-2016. The principal and the LSC are working with CPS to add a 2nd Kindergarten. So 29 spots may open up very quickly in mid-April.

    Take the tour and see the great things happening at Prescott! Wedneday, April 1 at 9AM

  • 400. CPS mom too  |  March 25, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Any feedback on LaSalle (I) out there? I know it’s got a great reputation, but didn’t visit in the fall because it seemed like such a long shot. (My oldest is in a RGC so we were casting the net wide for #2.) I saw today’s DNA info article about the principal leaving, which seems like a shame, but it also seems like they’ll be able to attract some strong candidates. Thanks in advance! We love the idea of the language program.

  • 401. Waiting for a call  |  March 25, 2015 at 11:48 am

    @cpsobsessed–Thanks! We have a very low wait list number at an up and coming school. I’m going to attend the open house and see if the administration can shoot me a ballpark date.

    Another question, is it okay, after a period of time (say, over the summer) to call the office and check on the status of the wait list? I don’t want to do anything that gets me labeled as the crazy lady so that they cross my kid’s name off the list!

  • 402. HPMom  |  March 25, 2015 at 11:51 am

    @398 I would like to know about movement in Franklin. We are #1 on the Tier 1 list though. It’s our first choice school.

  • 403. LaSalle II Mom  |  March 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I also am a LaSalle II Parent and have 3 kids in the school currently.

    #392 hit all of the highlights, but I just wanted to reiterate that the teachers are strong at all levels – not just Kindergarten. The Principal, Lauren Albani, has been at the school for 1 1/2 years and has made some really great improvements – Ms. Albani spends a significant amount of time in the classrooms, teachers are cross training across all grades and she is always accessible to Parents – either during the day or on the playground after school. The PTO and LSC are strong and there are many opportunities to volunteer in the classrooms or organize programs, field trips, etc. We have a brand new gorgeous playground and the building is bright and welcoming. We have afterschool care options as well as afterschool programming (chess, martial arts, yoga, etc.). There is also sports for the older kids (Girls on the Run, Track, Volleyball, Basketball). We have Healthy Family Fest, Language Nights and many other evening/weekend events for the entire family. The school is evolving and there are many opportunities to help guide it along.

    Please go to the evening tour or I am happy to provide my email for those that have specific questions.

  • 404. momma411  |  March 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    RGC 126
    Reading 87
    Math 99

    Disney offered and we accepted!
    5 on list for Newberry

    Wait listed for other neighborhood schools.
    I called one and they knew nothing about their “gifted program..”
    When do results for Edison, etc, come out?
    Is there a separate letter?

  • 405. JLL60618  |  March 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    @397 Thorp parent – We have received an offer and I will be touring next week. Can you give me any insight on extras that the school offers? Any before school care? After school programs? Is there foreign language in the lower grades? How active/involved is the parent community?

  • 406. Thorp Parent  |  March 25, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Kids are allowed inside starting at 7:30, school starts at 7:45, and there is a before care allowing you to drop-off at 7 ($5/day I think). School lets out at 2:45 and the YMCA runs aftercare on site until 6 PM. They also monitor the kids at recess. The YMCA team is awesome.

    My son takes spanish once a week in 1st.

    There is a very active PTA and Friends of Thorp group. The Friends of Thorp spent the past couple years raising funds (& obtaining grant) for a playground which was built last summer. I believe they are now raising funds for improvements to the auditorium.

    As far as extras, do you mean after school or during school? My son goes to the following once a week: gym, health (second gym), library, music, art & Spanish. I think health/music may alternate weeks. I’m not positive. After school there are a lot of extra-curriculars offered. More at the older grades. I’m not as familiar with them but my son did chess last year and robotics is offered by RobotCity for an extra fee. I know I’ve seen some info about piano in the past. Good question to ask during your tour.

    I believe this is Mr Toledo’s 3rd yr and he’s done a tremendous job since taking over. My understanding is that it’s always been a good school but he’s taking it to the next level. He’s very visible. He’s often outside greeting kids in the morning at drop-off and I always see him walking around the halls when I’m there.

    Good Luck with your decision!

  • 407. MommainTier3  |  March 25, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    @401. Waiting for a call
    Yes! You should call. Last year, Goethe (an up and coming school) was looking for students to fill spots in their kindergarten class and a few other grades right before classes started. I’m not sure what happened with their wait list, but I saw a blurb somewhere where the school urged people to call the school directly if they were interested instead of waiting. So, I think it’d be okay to call to at least let them know.

  • 408. JLL60618  |  March 25, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks, Thorp Parent. Exactly the kind of feedback I’m looking for. 🙂

  • 409. Waiting for a call  |  March 25, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks, MommainTier3!

    I’ll definitely call if I haven’t heard anything by the summer.

  • 410. WestTownMom  |  March 25, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Need some help with decisions.

    Both of our boys (going into 4th and 6th) are currently at Disney in the gifted program. We moved a month ago, and are now outside of their bussing zone, so transportation next year will be very difficult for us as we are both working parents.

    Here is what we got:

    SEES (4th Grader)
    No offer
    R 92 M 98 RGC 144

    SEES (6th Grader)
    R 87 M 98 RGC 145

    Neighborhood/Magnet (4th Grader)
    Mitchell Offered
    Suder Offered
    Jackson 18
    Galileo 8
    Chopin 9
    Talcott 17
    Columbus 8
    Skinner 145
    LaSalle II 4

    Neighborhood/Magnet (6th Grader)
    Mitchell Offered
    Suder 13
    Jackson 122
    Galileo 18
    Chopin 3
    Talcott 7
    Columbus 3
    Skinner 12
    LaSalle II 1

  • 411. HopefulMom  |  March 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    We’re a Tier 3 and applied for 2nd and 4th grade at Disney II. We were wait listed at #7 & #4. My eldest daughter is already at the Disney II Lawndale campus. I’m thinking of calling the school directly over the summer.

  • 412. LaSalleParent  |  March 25, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    @cps mom too- LaSalle has been great! It’s our first year there (K) but my child is thriving and enjoying everyday. What kind of specific info are you looking for?

  • 413. momofmany  |  March 25, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    @410, I personally would accept 6th grade seat at Pritzker. If 4th grader ranked Pritzker 1st they should receive a later round seat there as well with that high of a score. Then they will still be together, and will have busing.

  • 414. fingers_crossed  |  March 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Does anyone have any past experience with the waitlist for Skinner West? My son was offered a seat in the Classical program, yet my daughter was not, and is waitlisted at 98. I have to give word by April 14th, and am uncertain about the likelihood my daughter might get in, as well as the general culture of the school. Any input on the school as well as the waitlist process would be a HUGE help and welcome from anyone willing to share!

  • 415. Mamacita  |  March 25, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you for the replies re: Hawthorne and Franklin!

  • 416. fingers_crossed  |  March 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I forgot to mention the semantics, my son is entering K and my daughter is going into 1st grade.

  • 417. Jen K  |  March 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    @411 it sounds like you are on the D2 sibling wait list. Definitely check over the summer if you haven’t heard. I know in previous years, sometimes families move and don’t notify the school until the very last second (just in case!). Also keep in mind that in some years, we don’t have any openings for a particular grade.

  • 418. Holly  |  March 25, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Can anyone tell me the likelihood of getting offers off the waitlist at these schools?

    Disney I – WL #20
    Lasalle II – WL #34
    Skinner North – WL #47
    Belding – WL #22

    As well as your thoughts on any of these schools versus the others? Thanks in advance!

  • 419. momofmany  |  March 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    @418 for K?

  • 420. Holly  |  March 25, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    @419 – yes, sorry. Also, because I’m at work and don’t have the letters with me, I can’t remember the exact tiers for all, but they are either general or tier 4.

  • 421. momofmany  |  March 25, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    It is extremely likely that you will get an offer for Disney. I don’t know how the other lists move. I posted quite a bit about Disney upthread. I will have a K, 2nd, and 4th there next year.

  • 422. Rebecca  |  March 25, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks so much for the post! This has been very helpful. We just received an acceptance from Hawthorne, and while it is a bit of a commute from the westside, it appears to be worth it. I wish the school would agree to do a tour.

  • 423. Mel  |  March 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I got my letter, and wondering if anyone knows if I have a chance with Lasalle II Tier 3 waiting list number 20 for kindergarten. Thanks in advance.

  • 424. Drida  |  March 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Rebecca, call Hawthorne. They’ll have a tour on April 13.

  • 425. Alenush  |  March 25, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Rebecca, there is a tour for accepted families at Hawthorne on April 13. Call the school they will give you info. I called yesterday

  • 426. Chicago School GPS  |  March 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Visiting a school is definitely instrumental in helping with the decision process, especially given the tight timeline for offers later in the summer. There are quite a few in the next few weeks, and we try to keep an updated calendar of School Tours and Open Houses for any schools we know about. Email us if you know we missed one, and we will post it. http://www.chischoolgps.com/Calendar.php

  • 427. Curiousmama  |  March 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    We have all high numbers except for Solomon- WL #10. Anyone know anything about this school? I can’t find much on it.

  • 428. nadja2  |  March 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    My twins are wait listed for Jackson for kindergarten entry at tier 1 #109/110. Does anyone have any insight on the movement at Jackson. Do my twins have a chance?

  • 429. mirandafamilyblog  |  March 25, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    So how do school tours work? I know some of the schools have set dates for tours but can I schedule a tour with a school. I want to tour Disney and Thorp. Disney has a tour set for during the day, which is great because I can get a better idea of what school life is like there but Thorp only has a “potential new parent night” which stinks because it’s at 6:30 pm and we won’t get to see the teachers/students in action. Any advice?

  • 430. JLL60618  |  March 25, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    @mirandafamilblog – I called Thorp yesterday and was told there will be a tour this Thursday at 1:00 and next Tuesday at 1.

  • 431. @423 Mel  |  March 25, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I believe that considering the fact that LaSalle II will be adding a third kindergarten class for this fall, your number looks pretty decent for getting a call.

  • 432. @423 Holly  |  March 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Same as the comment for Mel above …… You might have a chance at LaSalle II. Could be late summer though. Keep an eye on what people are reporting here when wait list calls start.

  • 433. Mommy of two  |  March 25, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Can someone explain to me how the wait list in tiers work? I am a little confused when it comes to this. As they start calling people how do the tiers come into play? Can someone in another tier have the same waiting list number?

  • 434. cpsobsessed  |  March 25, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Yes, there can be three #5s, each from a different tier!

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 435. Mel  |  March 25, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    @ Holly, What’s your tier for Lasalle II?

  • 436. MayerVSedison  |  March 25, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    We were wait listed #6 tier 4 at Mayer and got a call this January. He started the first week of February.

    He was just offered a spot at Edison RGC, so we will likely be going there.

  • 437. fruma  |  March 25, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Wait listed on all.
    Disney-teir 4- 254
    Blaine -general-392
    Audubon -general-103
    Waters -general-77
    Disney II -proximity – 117
    All the other ones are so high it’s not even worth listing.
    My neighborhood school is cleavland even though I’m closer to Bateman which has more potential for growth. I’m disabled and my husband just had his 3rd neck surgery in 3 yrs. we’re so confused & haven’t toured anything. Do principles have any say in anything ? Are tours worth it since we’re high up on the wait list.
    Help please

  • 438. Janice  |  March 25, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Mayer- WL #18 (general) pre-k4

    How far down does Mayer go on their wait list?

  • 439. Columbus  |  March 25, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Columbus is having an Open House tomorrow, Thursday, at 6pm. If you live in the neighborhood, have been offered a spot or are below 20 on the waitlist you should try and check it out if you can.

  • 440. T Pick,  |  March 25, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Rest assured to anyone awaiting a Hawthorne spot as we will not be accepting…it’s just to far for us. Good Luck !

  • 441. Eg0210  |  March 25, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Are there no tiers for 1st grade entry levels?

  • 442. rogersparkmom  |  March 26, 2015 at 12:28 am

    We also received a waitlist offer from Ravenswood. We were #15, Tier 3. I’m not sure whether I should accept that offer or go with Stone.

    If I accept Ravenswood, does that immediately take my daughter out of the pool for Stone? Or could I still take until April 15th to decide on Stone and rescind my Ravenswood acceptance?

  • 443. rogersparkmom  |  March 26, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Also, since Ravenswood went down to 2 kindergarten classes from the previous 3, will the class size increase? Thanks!

  • 444. Disney parent  |  March 26, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Lots of people asking about Disney I. The school will have a tour for prospective parents on Monday, March 30, at 9 a.m.

    I am the parent of a child in K at Disney, in the comprehensive gifted program. He started in another class and was moved to the gifted program after school began. We have been very happy there.

    Pros about the school: The resources it has are unparalleled. This year they opened a 3D printing lab for the upper grades. Every child in the whole school has his/her own iPad. My KG has Chinese every day and coding once a week (those specials are only for the gifted track, though). Specials for the non-gifted KG include dance, music 2x a week, science art, and regular art.

    In the KG classes other than the gifted track, they have differentiated reading where the kids are grouped by reading level and might go to another teacher’s group during language class, depending on level. The KG has been on four field trips so far this year.

    Every class does a two-week breakout segment called CAC where they physically move the entire class (all 200 KG students) to their communication arts center and they spend two weeks with all learning focused on a theme (this year’s theme was Finding Waldo Using Technology). The session ends with a big production/show for parents.

    The school has a lot of rules (it has to because it’s so big) and there are some cons, but overall I think the pros far outweigh the cons.

  • 445. mirandafamilyblog  |  March 26, 2015 at 8:33 am

    @Disneyparent, what are some of the rules at Disney? My daughter was offered a spot a Disney and this is exactly the kind of feedback I’m looking for.

  • 446. Disney parent  |  March 26, 2015 at 8:45 am

    @445 mirandafamilyblog, when I say the school has a lot of rules, I mainly mean that the kids are expected to behave a certain way. They are expected to be orderly and mostly quiet when in the hallways, etc. In the mornings, all children enter the school through the CAC (Communication Arts Center) and they sit with their grade level until they move to the classroom. They are expected to sit and behave during that time.

    There are other things, like parents can’t take their kids on the playground right after school. The school has a large number of kids who take the bus (around half the school, or 800 kids), and the busses are right next to the unfenced playground area, so they do not allow anyone to stay in that area while the busses are there. They are strict about these kinds of things.

    To me, the rules they have make sense.

  • 447. Ann  |  March 26, 2015 at 9:04 am

    @442 You can accept Ravenswood. If Stone make an offer you can accept if you want, just let Ravenswood know so they can free up the spot to the next person on the waitlist.

  • 448. Ann  |  March 26, 2015 at 9:09 am

    @442 I think I read your comment wrong. You already got an offer from Stone? You can accept Stone now. If Ravenswood calls, you can accept it if you want, and let Stone know.

  • 449. ajanimom  |  March 26, 2015 at 9:10 am

    2nd grade tier 3 all are general….do we have a chance at any?
    a Jackson 10
    lasalle 84
    lasalle II 177
    mayer 124
    murray 20
    national 14
    newberry 83
    pritzker 83
    sayer 11
    Sheridan 17
    skinner 35
    south loop
    stem 59
    suder 49
    chopin 4
    galileo 34
    thorp 118
    Disney 279
    Disney II 278
    hawthorne 115

  • 450. PrivateSchoolNoMore  |  March 26, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Does LaSalle offer a new parent orientation?

  • 451. 60660  |  March 26, 2015 at 9:19 am

    @442 Rogerspark Mom

    If you take the offer at Stone and for some reason it doesn’t work out you can always transfer to a neighborhood school like Ravenswood next year but getting into Stone for 1stG is very unlikely.

    Stone offers busing which you may be eligible for. You would have to drive or take public transit to Ravenswood

  • 452. One and Only  |  March 26, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I just called Stone to ask about tours. They are having 2 in the near future – March 31 and April 7, both at 3:30. They wanted an RSVP and ask that no kids come.

  • 453. SR  |  March 26, 2015 at 9:47 am

    For anyone else who did not get letters yet, I just called CPS Office of Access and Enrollment, 312-553-2060, to request our results. The person I spoke to added my son’s information to his list and said we would receive an email by 5:00 today. It’s quicker if you call from one of the phone numbers you have on file with CPS so they can confirm your email.

  • 454. LaSalle II Mom  |  March 26, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I just found out that I misspoke – LaSalle II may not be adding a 3rd classroom this year. Please call the school to confirm. Sorry about the confusion.

  • 455. SR  |  March 26, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Sorry – wrong prefix – the CPS number is 773-553-2060.

  • 456. ParentV  |  March 26, 2015 at 10:35 am


    RGC 138
    Reading 91%
    Math 87%
    No offers to the Gifted or Classical schools

    Stone Offered
    Disney Offered
    Hawthorne Tier3 #3
    Agassiz 18
    Greeley 30
    Lasalle 55
    Newberry 55
    Alcott 61
    Franklin 63
    Goudy 67
    Nettelhorst 75
    Mayer, Burley, Blaine waitlist are all in the hundreds.

    Made an appointment for a tour of Stone. Seems like a good school but it is located in the opposite direction of work/home.

    We would accept a seat at Hawthorne in a heartbeat if offered.

    Does anyone know what the chances are of getting in to Hawthorne with those numbers? Left a message with Hawthorne to find out if they would tell us what our odds are? I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask.

    Good luck everyone!

  • 457. Mel  |  March 26, 2015 at 10:37 am

    With Lasalle II not adding a third Kindergarten class, does anyone know if I have a chance with a Tier 3 number 20 on waiting list?

  • 458. cpsalum  |  March 26, 2015 at 11:23 am

    We are waitlisted for Drummond #9 for 1st grade. Since tiers don’t matter at this entry point, can anyone speak to our chances of getting a call?

  • 459. LovingLaSalle  |  March 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    @450 I believe they do. My second child is transferring in next year and they told me this morning that once we enroll him they will schedule us for an orientation where parents attend and the child spends some time in the classroom. That will be arranged some time in May or June.

    Give the school a call to find out more and the procedure for kids starting in Kinder.

  • 460. @Mel  |  March 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Hard to say for sure but i would guess still a chance. Watch closely and call them when getting closer to your number. May be over summer.

  • 461. Ukrainian Village Dad  |  March 26, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    @450 my kid got into Lasalle. I called and they are offering tours but it’s after the acceptance deadline. It’s seems kinda snooty to not offer a tour imo.

    Score 126

    Lasalle and Burr- accepted

    Pritzker- neighborhood (we go to pre-k there. Love the pre k teacher. I’ve heard things are not as good/kinda chaotic if you are not in options programk. The Principal is why we are changing schools. She hires good teachers, but that’s about it.

    Lasalle 2- #67 proximity. Anyone know if we stand a chance.

    Toured Burr and absolutely loved it… and it’s close by. Seems like a great school. The parent giving the tour said the parents of the 6th graders were very active when their kids started and have lead the charge in turning that school around. The principal seems really good too.

    I’m thinking Burr, my wife is thinking Lasalle, but we both really want Prtizker Options or Lasalle 2. But I feel very fortunate that we some good options. Truly feel bad for the post of no offers and high wait list #’s

    Anyway we are going to the NPN post letter meeting tonight in Lincoln Park.

  • 462. famc  |  March 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    We have to choose between Drummond and Disney. Can anyone comment on your thoughts? Also, we are only 4 on WL for LaSalle. Can we accept Disney and then Lasalle later if offerred?

  • 463. teacher/mom  |  March 26, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    FYI, just called Suder. They got to #5 on the Tier 1 wait list this year. I also spoke to someone in the main office at Mayer who said they are not allowed to make wait list calls after the new year’s lottery.

    I know people who got calls from Mayer last year in April, so I don’t understand why this person would blatantly lie to me, but there it is.

  • 464. Mommyoftwo  |  March 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Anyone else receive a call from Ravenswood with a waitlist offer that can tell me what their waitlist number was, and if they know how far in the waiting list they are now?

  • 465. Karen  |  March 26, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Re: Ravenswood.
    Is there anyone who’s currently enrolled there (or maybe was enrolled)? I’m interested in hearing overall opinion about the school.

    I know they have a new principal and just re-did their playground..but wanted to get honest opinion/ viewpoint of how things are runned there.
    Its our neighborhood school and are planning to attend the open house on Tuesday.
    Thanks in advance!

  • 466. ppark  |  March 26, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    We were at the Ravenswood and it’s a great school. My child was in Mr Jacobi’s class and he is the one of the best teachers that i know of. The down size of the school is, there is not much of academics and school is still lacking on some major things. Yes, they have new principal which imho needs to do more for the school, assis principal is a jk.

  • 467. Karen  |  March 26, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    @ppark –
    Thank you! I appreciate your honesty.

  • 468. Cin  |  March 26, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Someone please explain to me the difference between proximity,general and tiers,which goes first after siblings

  • 469. SR  |  March 26, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I have a DC in Ravenswood K and we are very happy. I agree with PP that if you are looking for a heavily academic environment, Ravenswood might not be the right fit. I value academics, but like that DC doesn’t come home with worksheets (no homework other than reading every night) and has two recesses and playtime every day. He is learning to read and do math, but is also putting on a play about MLK and Ruby Bridges and his class spends time learning how to deal with conflict and how to be a better friend. In the fall they did a big unit on worms and DC would come home with dirt under his fingernails. The art teacher is amazing and kids also get drama, PE, and dance. I wish Ravenswood offered a foreign language, but DC takes Spanish as an after school program. It would also be great if the school could get funding to add another multi-purpose space because the gym, lunchroom, and auditorium are the same room now. I don’t know as much about the upper grades, but let me know if you have specific questions.

  • 470. Confused Parent  |  March 26, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    @Cin if you are asking what goes first on the waitlist….I believe that if a proximity person gives up their seat for another school then the next person on the proximity list will be chosen. Similarly, if a Tier 2 person gives up a seat, then the next person on the Tier 2 wait list will be picked. So, there really isn’t a which one comes first (unless it is siblings which from what I now understand always come first until that list is exhausted), it is more about if a proximity, tier 1, tier 2, tier 3 or tier 4 person turned down the offer and after that is determined only then do they go to the corresponding wait list. Also, the general wait list is for neighborhood schools or special charter schools for example where tiers and proximity are not taken into account.

  • 471. Karen  |  March 26, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    @SR – thank you for sharing!..

    I did attend an open house over a year ago when we first moved into the area. They were actually in the middle of interviewing for the Principal position. I do remember the gym/lunchroom combo room (b/c it was fairly small). I was hoping that with the funds they received for the playground that another multipurpose room like you mentioned was created or added on.

  • 472. Tierney03  |  March 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Does anyone know if Drummond will hold a tour or open house for prospective families? It seems like many schools offer this option, but when I called I was told there was new family orientation on May 14th…which is after the April 14th deadline.

    Any feedback on Drummond? Do most families stay through 8th grade?

  • 473. Cin  |  March 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    @Confused Parent,thank you for clearing that up for me!

  • 474. MommyKim  |  March 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Hi all – just talked to our office person at Agassiz and she would really really love an email Adam if you know for sure your declining Agassiz. She would love to accept and invite more people on the waitlist before the school tour Thursday April 2nd at 9:00 a.m. If you are on the fence email and come to the tour Also if you have low waitlist numbers into the 20s or so give te school a call and reserve for a spot for the tour. Hope this helps!

  • 475. Tier4Mom  |  March 26, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Can someone speak a bit about Pritzker??? Everything seems great except I read some not so nice reviews on the principal. Any thoughts. Thank you!

  • 476. Principal@ LaSalle language academy  |  March 26, 2015 at 7:08 pm


    She’s quitting!

  • 477. Holly  |  March 26, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    @Mel- we are tier 4.

    I spoke to someone in the Lasalle 2 office today to get a realistic idea of how much their wait list moves (we are #34, tier 4), and she said they will likely not go that far, and that it generally doesn’t move very much:( I also spoke to someone at Disney 1, and they said we are likely to get an offer based on previous years if the pattern holds (WL #20 there) sometime in May/June. Hope that helps for those of you trying to gage movement at these schools as well!

  • 478. levski  |  March 26, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    WL#1 for general, rising 5th grader, for Coonley, any chance? what do you all think?

  • 479. Jenn  |  March 26, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    To compliment a previous post, Prescott is offering another tour on Wed April 1st at 9:00am to make sure everyone who wants to see the school has the opportunity. We will take you into the classroom, let you experience the school climate and talk in depth about curriculum. The tour ends with a Q & A with our treasured school principal. You can check out http://www.prescottparents.com for more information or call me at 312.848.0570. I’m happy to talk about the great things happening at Prescott.

  • 480. LaSalleMom  |  March 26, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    @135 @226 @400 @450 RE: LASALLE 1

    I have 2 kids at LaSalle and one that graduated last year. I love this school. We have a pretty far commute and we make it work with a private bus service. If you are offered, take it.

    Yes, the principle is leaving but we have all known about this since October of 2014. Our LSC has a list of highly qualified candidates and the current principle is helping in the selection process. It’s funny that everyone is making a big deal about this article that comes out 5 months later from the anouncement.

    The parents are extremely involved and the school loves volunteers. So you can be as active as you like. The PTA raises a ton of money so the school has resources so when CPS falls short. There is also an exchage progam that is an amazing experience. I hosted a student for 2 weeks and my child was hosted by that same family in France. Kids stay at the school for 7th and 8th to have the complete experience where some other RGC and Classial schools will have the students leave for AC. 75% of the 8th graders went on to the top selective enrollement HS.

    So. if you want a diverse school for your kids to flourish, especially in language, you have found the perfect school. If you have younger ones that will follow your new Kinder student you can’t go wrong having them all at the same school without the stress of the lottery system since they are offered a spot as long as you enter them in K.

  • 481. Peirce parent  |  March 26, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Peirce’s Spring Open House reminder:

    Date: Monday March 30th
    Time: 8:30 a.m. (presentation begins, followed by building tours)
    Learn about Peirce’s:

    *Accredited IB-MYP (Middle Years Program)
    *Candidate IB-PYP (Primary Years Program)
    *Pre-K offering
    *PK-8th grade whole-child scholastic approach
    *Enrichment options
    *Before/After-care with the YMCA

    Hear from teachers, visit classrooms, see students.

    Located: 1423 W. Bryn Mawr, in the Edgewater neighborhood.
    RSVP: Peirceopenhouse@gmail.com

    Our family has thrived in this wonderful neighborhood school that boasts 13 National Board Certified teachers including 2 Golden Apple Winners.
    Go Panthers!

  • 482. Drida  |  March 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    @480 Hi, LaSalleMom. Could you tell me a bit more about the private bus service that you use? My son will have a considerable commute (not to LaSalle) and I wanted to check all alternatives as we figure out the logistics for our family starting this September. I had never heard of such service. Thank you!

  • 483. KCabral  |  March 26, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    @LaSalle Mom

    I’m also interested in learning more about the private bus service you use. If you don’t mind, could you share the name and how it works for you, please? Are you happy with it?

    We are debating an offer to Newberry but distance is a big issue and concern (we’re in McKinley Park near 35th & Ashland). I’m wondering if this kind of service could be a solution. Thanks for any details you can provide.

  • 484. Eva  |  March 26, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    My daughter is entering Kindergarten & got waitlisted for all schools: boo-hoo:(
    What are the chances of getting into any of them,,.. The one I really want is Thorp

    Franklin Tier 2 WL17
    Hawthorne Tier 2 WL 48
    Lasalle II Tier 2 WL 28
    Newberry Tier2 WL 29
    Stone Tier 2 WL 35
    Thorp Proximity WL88

    The rest of the schools were in triple digits

  • 485. MommyKim  |  March 26, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    474 edit —email Brandi. Sorry for some reason my iPhone is auto correcting my and to Adam.

  • 486. MommyKim  |  March 26, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Also we declined a kindergarten teir 4 spot at Hamilton and an RGC spot at NTA tonight.
    So there should be seats opening up for the two schools. 🙂

  • 487. Pilsen Dad  |  March 27, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Kindergarten, Tier 2.

    Still trying to get my head around how likely each of the queues are to “move” and thus (the same question on everyone’s mind) the likelihood of any of these turning into an offer at some point. It seems like it should be better to be in the proximity queue, given that this gets preference, but I’d guess families close to the school are more likely to take the offer, so it seems worse.

    General queue for the neighborhood (open) programs:

    High-demand neighborhood programs:
    Skinner – 911
    South Loop – 592

    Drummond – 75
    Mayer – 516
    Suder – 195

    NTA – 19
    Haines – 130
    Ward, J – 107
    Inter-American – 82 (in English queue)

    Proximity queue for nearby magnets:

    Sheridan – 89
    Galileo – 8
    STEM – 120
    Jackson, A – 64

    Tier 2 queue for other magnets:

    Franklin – 99
    LaSalle II – 88

    Offered at Perez
    (Quite close to home — almost as close as our neighborhood school — but also seems to have many of the same issues, at least from the “outside”. I’m guessing there was not a lot of out-of-zone demand.)

    Fingers crossed that something works out!

  • 488. cpsobsessed  |  March 27, 2015 at 7:55 am

    @pilsen dad, am I reading correctly that you are in a proximity zone for 4 magnets based on where you live?

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  • 489. Looking at NTA  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:04 am

    @PilsenDad, I think you have a good shot at NTA with that number. They’re having an open house on Monday, April 13th at 9:30am. Check it out if you can.

  • 490. cpsobsessed  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:10 am

    @ukvillagedad; the most competitive lottery schools have often not given tours before the deadline. I guess they earn the right to be a little snooty?

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  • 491. HSObsessed  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:21 am

    @488 – It looks like someone living around 18th and Racine is indeed in the proximity boundary of the four magnets that Pilsen Dad lists. Lucky them, and that probably helps property values in a small corner there, at least among the CPS Obsessed buyers.

  • 492. checking in  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:36 am

    @pilsendad proximity is not given priority on the wait list. After sibling selection it gets 40% of the remaining seats. The only thing given priority on the actual wait list is siblings. To get a proximity seat on the wait list, a proximity person had to decline their offer. Generally, the proximity wait list moves slower than the tiers wait list.

  • 493. ABear  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:37 am

    @484 Eva

    Last year, my son’s wait list number was 40 at Newberry for K and we got an offer a few weeks after school started. We are Tier 4. We ended up not accepting because he was settling into his current school.

  • 494. checking in  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Clarification….the 40% is only in the initial selection.

  • 495. PrivateSchoolNoMore  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Anybody fax their school confirmation forms? I’m thinking about tonight this instead of mailing it.

  • 496. OIPMom  |  March 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Regarding proximity lotteries, I think it might be beneficial with some schools (like Disney) but work against you with other schools (like Disney II or Hawthorne or Lasalle). Almost half of Disney’s 1.5 mile proximity radius is in Lake Michigan and the school is massive.

  • 497. Lasalle II  |  March 27, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Thank you to Lasalle II parents for their comments. Can you please tell me, if there is differentiation going on in the classrooms? Our child is ahead, but the scores were not quiet good enough for a classical school. Also, are there any NW side families at school? I’m wondering if it is worth the twice a day commute. Thank you!

  • 498. Drida  |  March 27, 2015 at 9:43 am

    PrivateSchoolNoMore, I have just dropped off my son’s form in person. They stamped and gave me a copy. I don’t know if all schools would do the same, but having the stamped copy is one less thing for me to worry about in this crazy process!

  • 499. Kcabral  |  March 27, 2015 at 9:58 am

    @487 Pilsen Dad

    We’re in McKinley Park, applied for 1st grade for our son. We got an offer to Perez, too, and are leaning towards accepting (esp/mostly because we have bad wait list numbers at our more preferred schools).

    I think you’re right that there’s not a lot of out-of-district demand, but it seems like a good school. We are going for a tour Monday morning. I emailed the school on Wednesday and got a nice reply from the principal less than 24 hours later. I also thoroughly and completely read the 5Essentials survey. It seems like the principal is established and very well regarded by the faculty and students and vice versa. Lots of teacher support amongst each other, too. I like that there’s arts programming and a foreign language.

    Possible negatives are that I’m not sure if there’s a library or librarian/media specialist. I also doubt there’s any after school programming or child care at all. I have no idea what we are going to do — what do working parents do?? But I think we’ll have that issue almost anywhere, sigh.

    Last year we applied for K. We were waitlisted (tier 3 when applicable) at Galileo (74), Haines (19), Jackson (127), LaSalle II (60), Sheridan (89), STEM (56), Perez (22), Walsh (48), and JWard (33) — and never got a call from any of these schools. We were #227 at Suder and got a call with an offer in early September. We turned it down since he was already established for the year at a private Montessori.

    I think you might have a chance at NTA and Galileo — and possibly Suder but pretty late here, possibly after/near when school starts.

    Since you have an offer at Perez, I recommend contacting them about a tour. I have found that touring any school makes a huge difference in deciding how you feel about it. I understand about having pause re going here, but maybe after a tour and knowing there’s another similar feeling parent might help? 🙂

    Finally, lol, if Perez is your only current offer, definitely take it. You can always turn it down later if you get an offer from another school or just change your mind. But at least you have something.

    Good luck! Sorry for the novel, lol

  • 500. W. Loop Dad  |  March 27, 2015 at 10:35 am

    A good friend teaches at Perez and thinks it’s a wonderful school. Yo Yo Ma visited there a couple of years ago! Definitely pay a visit.

  • 501. Test Scores  |  March 27, 2015 at 10:45 am

    @ Pilsendad / Kcabral, my two cents:

    Perez scored in the 78th percentile on the NWEA MAP by attainment. While this is lower than the magnets you’re looking at, I can’t emphasize enough how impressive a feat that is given the school’s demographics.

    For a neighborhood school with >90% “low income” (by CPS’ measure) students it’s #13 in the city by that metric, and 5 of the schools ahead of it are at least 35% Asian (that group’s out-performance is well documented).

    Among neighborhood schools that have a super majority of Hispanic students (at least 80%), and have to deal with the disadvantage of English as a second language for a significant portion of their testing base, Perez was #4 in the city (behind George Washington, Burroughs and Lyon).

    The other neighborhood schools in Pilsen (excluding Orozco RGC for English Language Learners) were all below the 50th percentile on the NWEA MAP.

    The lack of “out-of-district demand” shouldn’t stem from the quality of the instruction. As to the “other issues” you’re concerned about, you would know them much better than I, and a tour would probably go a long way.

  • 502. Test Scores  |  March 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

    ATTN: Blue Line/Bucktown/Logan Square Parents

    This coming Monday (March 30) at 6:30 pm at the Haas Park Field House, at the corner of Fullerton and Washtenaw (2700 W) will be the second public meeting with developers Robert Buono and Paul Utigard regarding the proposed 15 and 11 story apartment towers directly adjacent to the California Blue Line stop, with a total of 253 apartments with estimated the rent for a 2-bedroom apartment at $2,700 per month.

    Gentrification in the neighborhood is getting highly contentious, and the crowd is likely to be hostile to the development (which requires a zoning change from the alderman). This development could have a huge impact on the neighborhoods around Goethe, Darwin and Chase schools — and beyond. I encourage you to make the trip and make your opinions heard.


  • 503. Kcabral  |  March 27, 2015 at 10:53 am

    @500 W. Loop Dad and @501 Test Scores —

    Thanks very much for your feedback! I appreciate it, especially since there isn’t much discussion re Perez. All the info is very good to hear and helping my optimism.

    Yes, we’ll have a much better impression and have questions answered after the tour. I’ll be sure to report back. Thanks again!

  • 504. checking in  |  March 27, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Does the Jackson waiting list ever move into the 30s? Anyone know?

  • 505. HSObsessed  |  March 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

    @502 – It’s great to hear that there’s re-vitalization continuing in those areas. With rents for a 2BR in that range, though, only probably 10% of the units would have 1 kid, though, so that would only be about 25 total new kids. If half of them went to their neighborhood schools (others would go to privates, magnets, etc), it would only be about 4 new kids per school, so that’s not very much at all to make a difference in bringing in new funding to those neighborhood schools, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

  • 506. Test Scores  |  March 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    @HSObsessed, it’s less of a direct impact. Adding ~400 bedrooms of mostly childless, white collar, loop commuters will rapidly change retail/bar/restaurant amenity set on Milwaukee, extending it further up from the Wicker Park/Bucktown core. The more development is allowed, the faster the surrounding streets will become the “new” North Center/Southport Corridor for $750K+ rehab and teardown/rebuild single family homes.

    In five years, this neighborhood will be DRAMATICALLY different than it is today. Contentious because many of the existing residents will be priced out. But it is happening with or without these towers, here’s a map of development along the Blue Line:


    Pulaski, Burr, and Goethe are Bucktown schools that are already good and getting better.

    But however you feel, I encourage folks to go and have their say.

  • 507. checking in  |  March 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    So, I spoke with the person who handles the wait list at Jackson and asked her if they ever get up to the 30s on the wait list and she said they did have one year where lots of people backed out for kindergarten because tons of people moved to the suburbs and they truly never know but it is certainly possible.

  • 508. Momof2  |  March 27, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Does anyone know how different is the gifted program in Disney when compared to RGC/classical schools?

  • 509. ajanimom  |  March 27, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Just FYI…

    last year my son was wait listed for kindergarten

    thorp Tier 2 #21 never got a call they stopped at 19

    brenneman 53
    suder 190
    Agassiz 265
    got calls for all 3 after school started but decided to leave him in his private school.

  • 510. OutofStateMum  |  March 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    A Jackson waitlisters – last year we were #11 in general (kid was in 1st grade, applying to enter 2nd grade) and never received a call. We today received our letter – same kid (currently in 2nd grade) has the following and would really appreciate any advice about movement on the WLs:

    Agassiz – general – 7
    Drummond – general – 8

    Thank you.

  • 511. 60660  |  March 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    @508 Momof2
    The CGP at Disney is more like a classical school than RGC. Disney kids are selected on for CGP based on academic ability – reading and math scores. My kid was there for K and loved it, he then transferred out a RGC and has never had as much homework as he did in K.
    The CGP tends to have a fairly large class, 30+. Kids are moved up and down depending on how they perform academically.
    There are a lot of good things about Disney and the kids there achieve impressive results but the emphasis on testing (like I have not seen at any other CPS school) and the “Disney way or the highway” attitude from admin turn some families off.

  • 512. checking in  |  March 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    @60660 when do they test the kids to determine eligibility for the gifted program @ Disney? Is it throughout the year or does the teacher recommend the student?

  • 513. skinner_bound???  |  March 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    @Kcabral and @PilsenDad, my children are currently attending Perez and I do think it’s a wonderful school with high standards. I’m very torn as my son was offered a spot in the classical program at Skinner West, while my daughter was not, and is on the 83 waitlist. I’m not sure that’s enough to get her in. I now have to decide if I want to remove my son from the warm and nurturing environment that he can share with his sister, or attempt to get them both moved over to Skinner. I know to other’s it may seem like a easy decision, but it has proven very difficult. I digress.

    I did want to throw it out there just in case you’d like any insight as a current Perez family. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to assist as best as I can…

  • 514. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  March 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    A. Jackson wait listers I confirmed that they will wait until after the April 14th deadline to call off the wait list. The clerk was extremely polite and encouraged me to call back if I had additional questions.

  • 515. Eva  |  March 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Anyone have any idea about Mary Lyon? That’s my neighborhood school

  • 516. 60660  |  March 27, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    @512 K kids were tested at the start of the year – kids then move up (or down) throughout the year based on progress scores / grades. For K there was “walking reading” each K kid (apart from the CGP) was assigned a reading group based on their reading level. I also heard parents talk about the “next class” so it sounded like all the kids were streamed by academic ability but I don’t have direct knowledge of that. CGP kids also had Mandarin and other specials which weren’t available to the rest of the grade

  • 517. WestTownMom  |  March 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Can anyone give us more info about Mitchell, Talcott, and Chopin? How do those schools compare to the Comprehensive Gifted Program at Disney?

  • 518. totismomi  |  March 27, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Does anyone know if stem offers An open house. Also, why are the scores at nta so low. Other rgc have much higher scores with non rgc included. Do magnets offer bus service? Hard to tell from the cps site. Thanks for any input

  • 519. checking in  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    @totsismom, from what I understand several RGCs have lower scores. Beasley, Pritzker and NTA are on the lower score side and are not 1+ rated schools. I guess you have to weigh what the full picture is in terms of what the school has to offer. I am not personally comfortable with putting my child in those particular schools but that is purely my personal opinion and many kids thrive in all types of schools. People rave about NTA. So You Never Know:)

  • 520. Tier4Mom  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    @519 checking in, but Pritzker is not only RGC it is also a neighborhood school so you can not compare the scores with an Edison and the such.

  • 521. checking in  |  March 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    That is also true for Beasley@ 520, cps refuses to give statistics on the RGC portions on those schools and it really does them a disservice. What is also sad is the fact that those schools are not capable of pulling up even neighborhood kid’s scores if that is what is lowering the scores. There are several schools with similar demographics that have no problem with scores despite their population. Just sad to see others can’t do better for whatever reason. For example, Beasley is super majority African American and low income but so is Ariel and NKO. There should not even be a reason to point out that the scores are low because of neighborhood students but I totally get the point and do think that explains tell low scores….I guess it’s just disheartening.

  • 522. checking in  |  March 27, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I guess my point is, neighborhood kids should be doing just as well. I blame some of that on the school. It’s a difficult conversation to have.

  • 523. Tier4Mom  |  March 27, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    @522, briefly looked at the ISAT scores from 2014 and only 68% or so of the kids at Pritzker meet/exceeds standards. So why is that really? I compared the scores to Coonley and Bell and they are about 20% lower. The only thing I could see was that Coonley and Bell’s population was not diverse at all and economically they seem to be better off. That might explain the difference. Also, having about 70% percent of the population meeting/exceeding is still very good. It’s percentile rank so the kids compete against each other… the system is designed to have a certain amount of kids not pass. It is not percentage but rank. Very different.

  • 524. checking in  |  March 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Yes, those are indeed percentiles. I wish more could meet or exceed, but I agree with the idea that the system is set up like this. Sad:(

  • 525. checking in  |  March 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    And economics are part of the story, but there are schools like Ariel that do pretty well with very similar populations.

  • 526. totismomi  |  March 27, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you for the insight. I feel like test scores are extremely importantas they will be what is needed for high school and then college. I feel like I needed her inn a classical school/rgc for accelerated learning. Seems like if you are working a year ahead, you should always test high. After the last week of stalking these posts, I don’t see a Skinner west offer coming. Someone said possibly nta would offewr later rounds. Have a waitlist 1 at stem. I think the more I think about this the more I worry about making the

  • 527. realchicagomama  |  March 27, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    @526 – I do not think there is necessarily a predictive factor with standardized elementary testing scores and future academic success. These are not the ACT/SATs, and a lot happens between K and 6th grade, and 6th and 10th grade (like puberty!) as students mature. I also do not think, and my anecdotal experience confirms this, that a student will necessarily test high or well in standardized tests if s/he is at an RGC and is working at an accelerated pace or curriculum.

  • 528. Cathy  |  March 28, 2015 at 12:12 am

    totismomi, I work at STEM, and it is a very good school. I travel to other schools and have no investment in saying that. I also have other very high performing schools as a basis for comparison. The overall quality of the instruction is great, and many kids are operating a year above grade level. This year there has been an astoundingly high acceptance at AC programs rate out of those who applied. So I think you have good options, no matter the outcome!

  • 529. Preschoolmama  |  March 28, 2015 at 12:34 am

    There is so much great knowledge in this group – thank you all for sharing!

    I am hoping for some guidance. My son was fortunate enough to get a PreK 3 offer from Suder, which I totally did not expect. I’m now trying to do research and frankly, I love the idea of Suder but am intimidated by the CPS data and Tier 2 status. Any Suder families out there or those that strongly considered it – what are the pros and cons?

  • 530. Lizzie  |  March 28, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I have a current 2nd grader and will also have a K in the fall at Prescott. Its our neighborhood school and I will be honest when I say that we felt like we lost the lottery when we had to send our oldest there for K. I was shocked at how much we love the school and how amazing my kid is doing there. She scored pretty high on the gifted and classical tests but not enough to actually get a spot anywhere. I was worried she would be bored but she has excelled and when she needs it they differentiate her lessons to meet her needs. The teachers and administration are wonderful. I cant help but read these threads but I am so glad to not have to worry about applying anywhere. It is especially nice to know that all three of my kids will be able to go to the same school. If Prescott is your neighborhood school you should really give it a look, especially if you have multiple kids. Those of you with lower waitlist numbers I encourage you to go on a tour and hope you get offered a spot.

  • 531. totismomi  |  March 28, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Thanks Cathy.

  • 532. CPS mom too  |  March 28, 2015 at 8:36 am

    @518, re: NTA

    NTA’s RGC only just opened in the last school year with a K and 1st grade classroom, so the RGC kids’ test scores are not in the test data. Also NTA had another low performing school close into it several years ago, which took a toll on its test scores, especially in the upper grades.

    We’ve been very impressed by the rigor and differentiation in the RGC classrooms; if that’s what you’re looking for you won’t go wrong. Picking solely on test scores without understanding the history of a school has its pitfalls.

  • 533. Tnorwood  |  March 28, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I applied to 20 schools and 4 SEES and waitlisted to all!! 😱

    2nd Round for Classical.

    Top Contenders that I “Hope For” Are:

    1. Franklin: #17 (T-1)
    2. Ariel #27
    3. Newberry # 53 (T-1)
    4. Brennemam # 25
    5. Salazar #22

    “Long Shot” Contenders:

    1. Agassiz # 177
    2. Blaine # 106
    3. Murray # 100 (proximity)
    4. Bret Harte # 113
    5. Galileo # 100

    Any chances for any of these?

  • 534. flawedsystem  |  March 28, 2015 at 10:49 am

    This system is ridiculously unfair. Some people have 3 offers from great schools, while others have zero with insanely high wait list numbers. You should be bounced out of the lottery as soon as it makes an offer. Good ole CPS.

  • 535. parent  |  March 28, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Chance of getting into Hamilton for 1st grade with WL #26? Also, thoughts about Hamilton’s comprehensive gifted program compared to Hawthorne, Beaubien RGC and Disney comprehensive gifted program?

  • 536. totismomi  |  March 28, 2015 at 11:36 am

    @cps mom too. Those are helpful things to know. My concern is that I have read reviews that talk about the disciplinary issues within the school. That is a huge concern for me. We live in Area where gang violencd is an issue and I want my child to be able to learn with kids that want to learn. I feel like test scores are An indicator of how many kids want to learn. I must say that my head is spinning trying to determine what is best. It reminds me of trying to rent An apartment in An unfamiliar neighborhood without seeing a hot summers day/night. Lol.

  • 537. PrivateSchoolNoMore  |  March 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I dropped off my sons (1st grade) enrollment form yesterday at LaSalle and was given his acceptance letter and enrollment requirements. They are holding orientation/registration on: April 24, May 8, 15 and 22. they are requesting that the new student be in attendance.

  • 538. WesLooMom  |  March 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I saw a couple of questions about the Skinner West waitlist. For what it’s worth, it seems that most of the current non-SEES first graders live in the neighborhood. I presume that the current K is the same. After SW adds kids from the sibling lottery, there’s not much room for anyone else. Best hope for getting off the magnet waitlist: small neighborhood enrollment and no siblings.

  • 539. cpser  |  March 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I don’t know much about Montessori but I’ve heard so much raving about Drummond so maybe it’s my ignorance asking here…would anyone choose Drummond over a RGC offer?
    Our situation is completely hypothetical at this point, but (based on our low-ish WL #) we *might* have a shot at a 1st grade spot at Drummond. However, we also received an offer to our 2nd choice RGC – which is a phenomenal school except for its distance from our home (my son would be looking at 1hr on the school bus each way). A magnet offer from a good school appeals to me bc I also have a younger child and, like most other parents w/ 2+ kids, would love for both to end up at same school (or at least have a better chance at it). We don’t live near Drummond, but it is consdierably closer to our home than our other option.
    So, if somehow we do get offered Drummond this summer, would I potentially be holding my son back if he has otherwise tested into a great, high-scoring RGC? Again, I don’t know much about Drummond except that parents seem to love it and that those seats are highly coveted.

  • 540. W. Loop Dad  |  March 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    @539, people love montessori because of the excellent math materials, the autonomy, respect for the child, etc. The only thing special about rgc is your kid will get first grade worksheets instead of kindergarten worksheets. At least, that was our experience.

  • 541. momofmany  |  March 28, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    @539, what is your #. 1st is not an entry year, and siblings get first crack at any open spots. It is a small school, so it is extremely unlikely that very many spots would open. Also, bear in mind that selecting a SEES seat has no impact on your magnet schools. They will call you and offer a seat if they make it to you, even if you have already accepted another school

  • 542. SloopMama  |  March 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    @541 – Yes, I know 1st grade is not an entry year. I tracked 1st grade WL #s at Drummond from last year (I combed the CPSO 2014 magnet thread) and someone with our WL # got a call for 1st grade, so it’s possible (I’m not holding my breath, just planning for the “what if”). I also realize that accepting SEES does not take us off the magnet WL pool, and we are planning to accept at this point. Again, just wondering if there are advantages to Drummond/Montessori over RGC that might need to consider, just in case that call comes and at that point I’ll likely only have 24 hrs to decide.

  • 543. feeder schools  |  March 28, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Just want to let you know that the CPS Montessori schools are not known for academics. The best of them, Mayer, barely makes it into top 20 elementaries in terms of % of students admitted to the better high schools.

  • 544. Tnorwood  |  March 29, 2015 at 7:37 am

    @flawedsystem you are exactly correct!! But that will never happen…

  • 545. Avondale Mom  |  March 29, 2015 at 9:43 am

    @Momto3 thanks for the info on Murphy! We visited on Thursday night and it was lovely — truly a hidden gem. They have full music and art programs. We will be accepting our offer there. If anyone is considering, it seems like a good option for NW families.

  • 546. Thorp?  |  March 29, 2015 at 10:40 am

    What are the chances of getting in????

    Thorp OA, waitlist 88 ; proximity

  • 547. Ogden IG Parent  |  March 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    CPS Montessori was great for us preschool through kindergarten.
    The math is not a strong point in the “cps” montessori program. It starts off great with the beads and all but somewhere down the line they miss something. Math facts are not studied like they are in traditional cps schools. It is a real eye opener when you transfer out of Montessori.

  • 548. Sarah J.  |  March 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Has anyone been to an open house at STEM? What did you think? Great scores, but conflicting info. I’d like to know more.

  • 549. Emily  |  March 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I would be so appreciative of any help any parents of Blaine can offer. We have received a couple of good magnet lottery offers so now what seemed like an easy decision to send our 4 year old (will be 5 in late August) to Blaine is open for discussion again. I would love some honest feedback (the good and the bad) about Blaine! Thank you in advance!

  • 550. Tierney03  |  March 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    @Ogden IG Parent – Thanks for your feedback about CPS Montessori. We were offered a spot at Drummond and are trying to figure out what to do. We realize these spots are very hard to come by and we are grateful to have the option. We are also trying to figure out if many families leave after kindergarten and what Montessori looks like in the upper grades. We’re torn because, ideally, we would like a school where we can stay preK-8th grade (and have a spot at a Catholic school close to home that would make this possible), but we also don’t know if we should pass up this opportunity at Drummond. In your experiences with CPS Montessori (not sure which one your child attended), did it seem like families left after kindergarten? Thanks!

  • 551. nwparent  |  March 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    @546. I believe the proximity waitlist at Thorp only got to 6 last year — it was definitely under 10. I don’t think your chances are very good.

  • 552. momof3  |  March 29, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Tierney03 – We are in the same boat as you. We were planning on a local Catholic school and received an offer from Drummond. I didn’t know anything about Montessori. In the last week I have learned a lot. All has been very positive feedback, though not specifically about Drummond. I’ve started to get excited about Montessori and this opportunity we have been given. I think we will be accepting the offer. If anyone has experience directly with Drummond I’d like to hear about it and how it may differ from other Montessoris.

  • 553. Undecided 13  |  March 29, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    HELP! My daughter got listed in general queue for 7 schools wait list numbers under 20 but I got a call for one on friday, giving me 48 hours to reply. If I say yes, am I out of the running for the other schools?

  • 554. Drida  |  March 29, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Undecided 13, unless the offer is from a SEES (Classical ou RGC), you can accept this offer and then accept another neighborhood/magnet offer that might come in later. Accepting a neighborhood/magnet offer from one school does not take you out of other magnet/neighborhood schools’ list. Go for it!

  • 555. Tierney03  |  March 29, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    @momof3 – Have you had a chance to tour Drummond? I was hoping they would have an open house for prospective families this week like so many other schools. I’ve also received positive feedback about Montessori, especially in early childhood. I’m having a difficult time finding out about direct experiences at Drummond, though. I’d love to hear more.

  • 556. Another STEM mom  |  March 29, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    @548 Sarah J.

    I have a child in kindergarten at STEM this year. We love the school! The academic program is pretty intense. There is a lot of homework. But the teachers and staff are caring and communicative and our daughter is learning amazing things like community planning and architecture. We have also really liked getting to know the other families in the school and plan on moving closer to the neighborhood (we have a long commute).

    I do wish the kids had an open space to play. The playground is tiny and the older kids have no where outdoors to run around.

    My DREAM would be having STEM go K-12 like Disney II. The school is that good!

  • 557. Ogden IG Parent  |  March 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    The New Montessori Director at Drummond used to teach at Suder.
    She is 100% Montessori. She was my daughters prek/kindergarten teacher at Suder. Her name is Allison Vanek and they dont get any better.

  • 558. ??  |  March 29, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Can anyone share information about Talcott school? It is our neighborhood school and would love to here anyone’s experiences there.

  • 559. momof3  |  March 29, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    @Tierney03 – I never went on the tour at Drummond in the fall and don’t think they are having one now. Wish they were. I plan to drop off my form and hopefully get a glimpse of the school. Think there is an orientation planned for May. @ Ogden IG Parent – Thanks for the feedback on the Montessori director.

  • 560. momofmany  |  March 29, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    My dd was accepted at Drummond. When I dropped off our acceptance, they told me there will be a tour for accepted families, along with orientation, and registration on 5/14 from 5:30-7 pm. They don’t have any tours planned for before then.

  • 561. skinner_bound???  |  March 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

    @WesLooMom Thank you so much for your response. I appreciate your information!

  • 562. totismomi  |  March 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Couple of questions. Do magnets have bus service or just rgs? If the teachers strike, that includes all schools except charters?

  • 563. kate  |  March 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

    PreK 4:
    Suder – 311
    Drummond – 6
    Inter-American – 120
    Mayer – 436

  • 564. LS Mom  |  March 30, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I have twins entering kindergarten this year — any hope?

    Tier 4
    Disney II – 37
    Edgebrook – 42
    Mayer — 27
    Peirce – 6
    Stone – 4

  • 565. Peirce Parent  |  March 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I think you have a good shot with Peirce. I have 2 kids there and we love it!

  • 566. 60660  |  March 30, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Re Peirce I’m not sure what admin’s thinking is? They have issued zero offers this year. Even siblings of current out of district students were waitlisted.
    In previous years Peirce exhausted their waitlist and I expect they will do the same this year once admin start making calls.

  • 567. PT  |  March 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    @564 LS Mom: Last year we were #32 tier 3 K for Stone and got a call during the summer.

    FYI: Last year Newberry called on the 1st day of school. We were 36 on the WL Tier 3.

  • 568. MontessoriMom  |  March 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    RE Drummond – If you like Montessori and doing CPS vs. Private you will like Drummond. We love it – my kids love it. We are in the lower elementary, so I don’t have much experience with upper grades yet. One week after I moved my child from another school to Drummond– he said “ Thank you mommy for letting me go to Drummond” My kids love their school, teachers and ability to learn at their own paste. Drummond is very child centered, philosophy is “ what is best for a child” – and that means each one individually! As with any Montessori, they learn at their own level – not slowing anyone down and not harshly pushing kids beyond what they can do at the certain point. They definitely don’t teach to test; they teach for the love of learning and that is very important to me. We not only have wonderful room teachers but also, amazing teachers for art, music, library, gym, etc!
    I know few parents that moved their children from RGCs and SEESs to Drummond and are very happy, but I also know a few that moved from Drummond to RGCs and ACs in upper grades because they don’t fully believe Montessori is best for upper grades… As with any school CPS, private, Montessori or not – one model doesn’t fit all; see if you can talk to the Montessori Director if you have questions prior to accepting….
    Drummond is a small school, great community feel with amazing parental involvement.
    As with most CPS schools you will find issues such as budget, building, maintenance, etc – but to avoid that you need to go private ( I think )
    Good Luck!

  • 569. Suder4Lyfe  |  March 30, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    @529–My kids are in 1st and 4th grades at Suder. We’re mostly happy with it and plan to keep our kids there through 8th grade. Honestly, I wouldn’t let the level 2+ status be the deciding point–there are some Level 1 schools I would never consider. It’s not a valid indicator of anything.

    Pros: For us, it’s very close to home. Montessori is a very good fit for both children’s personalities (for opposite reasons). My children are Asian, and it’s hard to find a CPS school with Asian children, so the racial composition is good. My children love school and love learning. The 4th and 5th grades have a week-long field trip to Wisconsin that was life-changing for my older son (I am not kidding). Great teaching staff on the whole–the only teacher my kids had that I didn’t think was effective is gone. This year, they have a full-time music teacher! And an art teacher! And technology!

    Cons: There are still some growing pains in the upper grades–Suder is a new school and just graduated their first class of 8th graders last year (some of those kids are at Jones, Young, Westinghouse, and Loyola Academy). The principal isn’t the best communicator and has not been able to communicate his vision in a clear manner. And the hours–9-4 is a really late school day, especially for littles.

    Are there families that leave for K? Absolutely. Some families go for the free preschool and never intend to stay. Others leave for RCG/Classical, much the way older kids leave for Academic Center. And there are families that leave for the suburbs, or leave the Chicago area altogether.

    At this point, I’m bullish on Suder and am optimistic it will continue to grow and get stronger as it works out the kinks with middle school.

  • 570. Peirce Parent  |  March 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Re Peirce I’m not sure what admin’s thinking is? They have issued zero offers this year. Even siblings of current out of district students were waitlisted.
    In previous years Peirce exhausted their waitlist and I expect they will do the same this year once admin start making calls.

    I’m wondering if this has anything to do with the current principal not having her contract renewed. I hope someone is in charge of this process for next year.

    I’m happy about the change in admin, but I do not like how it was handled. Having the LSC vote with you present to not renew has got to sting. I’m confidant Peirce will get through this transition period.

    I do know siblings were wait listed this year, and I don’t think that happened in the past.

  • 571. mirandafamilyblog  |  March 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I went to the Disney open house today and to be honest, I’m a little intimidated. The school is massive and I’m having a hard time picturing my little kindergartener in such an enormous school. Also, the pick up/drop off seems a little complicated. The principal pretty much told us that bussing isn’t a good idea unless it’s a last resort. Also speaking of said principal, she was very polite but she’s also intimidating! Is she reasonable to work with? She seems very inflexible (I realize that can be both good and bad.) Disney parents, can you weigh in on any of this? Did your children do well? How is the drop off/pick up? Is it as chaotic as I’m imagining?

  • 572. Karen  |  March 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    @Mirandafamilyblog….My husband & I also went to Disney’s Open House and I feel the exact same way you do… Not sure about the open concept of the classrooms (aka PODS)…I saw some of the pods had bookshelves in order to define their space. but still very loud especially in the KG areas.

    I’m also curious to hear what folks have to say about Disney

  • 573. CPSAppalled  |  March 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Re: Pritzger–last year my child was offered a spot in the non-Options program. We went for a tour with other parents who had been offered spots. The principal never left her office to greet us. We could see her through the window. Very disappointing. We left partway through the tour, due to a general horror of the non-Options program (middle school kids screaming at the top of their lungs that we should not enroll our children there, etc.). I know an Options family who loves the school; clearly this school has two faces depending upon Options or neighborhood.

  • 574. checking in  |  March 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    As far as the whole pod thing at Disney. I was in a pod based school in elementary and it had no affect. My brother was also in a pod environment I believe. We both attended top very selective colleges in the nation on the east coast.

  • 575. mirandafamilyblog  |  March 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    @Karen, did you see the 1st grade POD? It was even louder in there. I really don’t see how much learning can be done in such a loud and distracting environment. I also was a little put off with how she reacted to the woman who asked about accommodations for her son with ADHD. I don’t know, it’s a great school with lots of neat opportunities but I didn’t get a great feeling about it. Not sure if it’s going to be a good fit for my daughter.

  • 576. DisneyMom  |  March 30, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    My son is at Disney K , and we have had no issues with the POD system . He was also there for Pre k so I assume he is used it by now and knows how to focus / concentrate in the class. They learn to focus in such an environment which helps eventually.
    He is in the gifted program , and its very rigorous with lot of homework and tests every week (compared to other CPS).

  • 577. OverwhelmedMom  |  March 30, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I’m new to the entire process. When on the wait list how do schools let you know if they will offer you a seat…via phone call, mail or email?

  • 578. LSmom  |  March 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    @OverwhelmedMom, most often it’s by phone call, although we received a few second/third round offers by email.

  • 579. 2nd Round  |  March 30, 2015 at 9:26 pm


    End-of-Year Citywide Options Program

    The Office of Access and Enrollment will have a second application process in May for elementary schools that still have seats available. This process, called the End-of-Year Citywide Options Program, will take place May 11-22, 2015; the application and related material will be accessible on this website, cpsoae.org (under ‘NEWS’), starting May 11th. (Please note that Selective Enrollment schools will not be on this application, but you may find other schools that would be a good fit for your child.)

  • 580. PT  |  March 31, 2015 at 8:52 am

    When we did the Disney tour last year, I was overwhelmed. We tour the K pods, it was NOISY, I can’t even hear myself think.

    We were quite put off by the principal. A friend ask her about accommodations/services for a child on the autism spectrum, she flat out told her that Disney is not for him, go find another school. This gave me the feeling that special needs kids are unwelcome at the school.

    Another lady asked about bullying & how the school handles it. She said the term bullying is overused, once the child walks out of the building and gets teased/bully on the school playground, it’s not her responsibility anymore.

    We accepted the offer at first, but when another school called, we said adios to Disney.

  • 581. Looking at NTA  |  March 31, 2015 at 11:19 am

    @579: Does this mean that by the application date, those of us who are the wait list for the Options will know if the school has room or not?

  • 582. About that Pod Style  |  March 31, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I really think Disney has to be the right type of school for your child or for the parent which seems to really be the issue sometimes (not in a bad way because parents have to feel comfortable). The pod way of learning is not uncommon and many people in the 70s were schooled this way. I was pod schooled early on and I am an 80s baby. This is not a new concept and it is actually quite old. Most daycares and pre-k’s are pod styled in Chicago, but we probably do not even notice it because that is what probably 90% of the daycares are. If you have been expecting your child to learn at daycare or they have indeed learned….welp, that was from a POD styled environment that is usually MUCH smaller and closer together than the ones in public schools like Disney. How easily we forget that this is the case. I cannot remember one daycare that I looked at that was not Pod style to be quite honest. My girls learned colors, how to count, ABC’s, math and reading skills at daycare and it was a pod styled environment. My kids are 5 and 2 and are doing just fine. I lot of us that put our children in daycare are expecting them to learn, but some of the same parents (I was guilty until I realized this recently) are saying how can my kid learn in a POD style environment lol, but that is where tons of the kids in ALL of the elementaries come from. I know 3 kids that got into Classical schools (went to my daycare) and they learned EVERYTHING in the same pod style environment as my daughter who did well on the test, but probably will not get an offer in the second round.

    Now, the principal at Disney is definitely blunt, but would you rather be blunt or lead you in the wrong direction. Of course, somewhere in between would be better, but most parents have tough skin as long as it is not directed towards their children. Not all schools are created for all types of children. Some environments are not suitable for special needs children and that is really sad. However, from what I understand, Disney is thought of as one of the best schools for special needs children (take a look at the other forums talking about the experience people rave about for special needs children at Disney). Disney has its pros and cons like any other school, but it is a top scoring school and a feeder school for the best high schools in the city. There are only about 15 or so feeder schools in the city and Disney is one of them. Not that this makes any of them the right school to attend….just saying. Anyhow, I think it is wonderful to weigh all options and soon enough you will know what feels right.

  • 583. About that Pod Style  |  March 31, 2015 at 11:56 am

    For those of you that have kids in daycare that is likely POD style….just remind yourself that when you ask them what they learned at school/daycare that day….that they learned it in a POD styled setting. Also remember, that scores tell a large part of the story. Disney is one of the top scoring schools in the city, so they are certainly learning and in many cases more than tons of other schools. I am waitlisted for Newberry with a very low number and I am having to decide between Disney and Newberry….I am a little hesitant on picking Newberry because their scores are a little lower….my only issue with Disney is its size. Hmmmm food for thought.

  • 584. Hopeful  |  March 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Is anyone on waitlists getting calls yet?
    We are Tier 3, #9 for Franklin and hoping to get an offer from them. I was planning to go to their Open house this morning, but my 2 year old is very sick with a fever.

  • 585. momofmany  |  March 31, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    More regarding Disney:

    This is my daughter’s first year at Disney (3rd grade). Next year, I will have a 4th, 2nd, and K in the school. Last year on our tour a parent asked Dr Hagstrom why people leave Disney, and she said that the number one reason is distance. As a mom who drives 30 minutes one-way I can definitely see that as being a large factor, but she said something else interesting as well. On occasion, they meet with families because they don’t feel that Disney with its large size, pods, structure, etc. is the best for a child. She said they suggest that maybe a different school would be a better fit, but that those families rarely leave. I just found that part so telling about what a successful school it is, that parents want to have their children stay no matter what.

    If you look up thread you will see some of my other comments about the school. My daughter has several learning issues and a vision disorder, Disney is everything that our previous school was not, in regard to these issues. I have not had to fight for services at all, the entire 504 process was pleasant and handles professionally. We have had enough other experiences with CPS and special ed, that I can tell you that this is not the norm elsewhere.

    In every single one of my dealings with Disney I have felt that every adult there wants my child and every child under their care to be successful.

  • 586. About that Pod Style  |  March 31, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    @momofmany That just speaks to the fact that I think people are really jumping too quickly here regarding Disney and other schools too probably (I know I did)….especially since most people are tearing down doors to get into it as it is the MOST applied to lottery school in the entire city. I ultimately think that each parent will make the right choice for themselves and hopefully that will translate into making the right choice for the actual child. We each know what our children can and cannot handle. It will work out for everyone as it should.

  • 587. Kay  |  March 31, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    We were also offered a spot at Disney, but my biggest concern is the 7:30 start time and the hour of homework for kinders. For two working parents, that basically means that the whole day will be a mad rush. Rush in the morning, deal with the whole crazy drop off at Disney, rush to pick up the kids, rush to get home, eat dinner, do homework, get to bed early so the kids can wake up at 6:00 to do it all over again. No thanks!

  • 588. momofmany  |  March 31, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    @586, I also think that is probably the case. As parents we want everything to be perfect for our children. For them to be challenged but not overwhelmed, to be nurtured yet become independent, to get in to all of the “best” “right” schools, etc. Every school has downsides, whether it is public or private, but Disney is doing a lot right.

  • 589. About that Pod Style  |  March 31, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Hahahaha @Kay. That is hilarious…I totally agree, but I just figured out that both of my choices are 7:30am start times lol Newberry is the other one that I am on the waitlist for and they just told me that my number is so low that it would be unlikely that I do not get in. I just saw that start time and almost fainted…..so I guess I will just pick the one that I like the best after the tour….Disney so far is hard to beat UNLESS I magically get in Jackson with a waitlist number in the near 40…I called Jackson and they told me that it is actually POSSIBLE lol….I could not believe it. I read somewhere that one year they had a lot of people getting in because of last minute moves or what not.

    @momofmany we are on the same page:)

  • 590. Janice  |  March 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I just called Mayer to ask about the wait list. We are PK4 #19. She said they typically don’t get that far down on the general waiting list.

  • 591. cpsnwmom  |  March 31, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Looking for some advice/input on a possible choice between Oscar Mayer Magnet school and Disney II Magnet school for K. My DC is at Mayer PK and we are generally happy there but I applied to Disney II because it is much closer to home and everyone seems to really love the school. Now that we got a very low waitlist number for K I am just not sure how exactly to make the decision if called. Montessori has been great for my daughter, Mayer also has a lot of perks because the parents raise so much money. FT assistants in every class through K and art, Spanish, music, and drama teachers and I like that they are not obsessively focused on testing and scores. But the commute is awful and I’m concerned that since so many kids are neighborhood kids my DC may start to feel left out as the years go on, and/or we’ll be having to travel to Lincoln Park constantly. At DII everyone is in the same boat pretty much and it draws from all over the city. Does anyone know if the culture at DII is super testing-heavy? Is there a good sense of community even though its a magnet? My husband thinks it’s a no-brainer and that we should move to DII if given the chance. I’m not 100% yet – any opinions??

  • 592. For cpsnwmom  |  March 31, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    If D2 is much closer, go that route for sure!

  • 593. CPB  |  March 31, 2015 at 11:13 pm

  • 594. realchicagomama  |  March 31, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    @591 I am not sure what you mean by testing heavy. Does D2 use standardized tests? Yes. Do standardized tests dictate curriculum? No. K students take STEP; 3rd graders and up take NWEA and PARCC also (although mine opted out of PARCC). Most students graduate out of STEP by 5th grade.

  • 595. mirandafamilyblog  |  April 1, 2015 at 7:31 am

    @momofmany and @aboutthatpodstyle, thank you for your input about Disney. You gave me a lot to think about and I’ve come to realize that I judged Disney unfairly. Just because it’s not the kind of learning environment for me doesn’t mean my daughter wouldn’t thrive there. Just because it’s such a big school doesn’t mean my daughter won’t get the care and attention she needs. I have to give it more thought, but thanks for giving me another perspective. It’s all so hard! We all want the best fit for our kids and it’s such a big decision to make. I’m so thankful this thread is here to help all of us with our decisions! One more thing, can any of you Disney parents weigh in on the drop off/pick up? Is it as chaotic as it seems? What is the exact procedure for drop off/pick up?

  • 596. KChance  |  April 1, 2015 at 8:51 am

    We are in the Waters district and I know it is well-respected in the hood, but I’m really concerned about the K class sizes. This year it is 34! – which is borderline unacceptable in my opinion. We also got an offer at close-by Ravenswood and I really like a lot about that school including a commitment to low class sizes (25!). Does anyone have any insights about the choice between these two? Do you think the benefits (community!) of sending your child to your neighborhood school really trump other considerations?

  • 597. Karen  |  April 1, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Any thoughts regarding Coonley?
    We are wait listed #43 (general) for KG. Do they go through their waiting lists or not? Do we have a chance? Is it worth calling them to find out?
    Thanks in advance!

  • 598. west rogers park mom  |  April 1, 2015 at 10:37 am

    @597 – Coonley is overcrowded. In the past few years they have not even been able to offer siblings spots.

  • 599. Karen  |  April 1, 2015 at 10:50 am

    wow! is that so?
    Thanks for responding!

  • 600. west rogers park mom  |  April 1, 2015 at 10:52 am

    To clarify– Coonley does not accept out of neighborhood siblings. There is always space if you live in the attendance boundaries.

  • 601. momofmany  |  April 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm


    I wouldn’t describe either pickup or dropoff at Disney as chaotic or hectic. In the morning I just drop my daughter off on Clarendon behind the school at 7:15, and she walks into the CAC by herself (she is in 3rd). For a K child, just park in the lot behind the school off of Clarendon and walk her up to her dropoff point. At pickup time, I park in that lot and go in the CAC to get her. They need to be picked up from inside the CAC until they are in 5th. There is no problem finding a parking spot as long as you arrive by 2:05 (CAC opens at 2:15). I drop off at other CPS schools that are much, much worse.

    *Dropping a child off on Clarendon is not the “approved” procedure, but it is by far the best/easiest.

    Where you would run into trouble (anywhere not just Disney) is if you are trying to arrive exactly at the start/end time.

    All CPS schools are horrendously bad to pickup/dropoff at the first week or two until everyone gets in the groove. Just keep that in mind.

  • 602. TNorwood  |  April 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Does anyone have any insight on Agassiz, Ariel, Newberry, Brenneman, Courtenay, Salazar or Galileo? And also how fast so they go through their wait list?

  • 603. Jarrad McCarthy  |  April 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Offered K spot at Prescott. The PTO arranged walkthrough for parents. We’re Tier 3 15 for Hawthorne. We applied to 15 other schools but we’re waaaay down the list (100+) on most of them.

  • 604. musical chairs  |  April 1, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Just sharing for those hoping for WL movement.
    We will be passing on a Tier 4 Disney K spot in favor of a sibling spot @ Peirce.
    Best of luck to all

  • 605. krisballard  |  April 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Musical Chairs, we made the exact same choice last year. We love Peirce!

  • 606. RogersParkMama  |  April 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Miffed at Stone right now. I called them last week Tuesday and inquired about tours, they said “none scheduled now, call back next week.” I called back today and they said “Last one is during spring break.” (We will be out of town.) I said “What do you mean LAST one?” She said “Oh we had one yesterday.” GRRRRRRR

    In other news. Does anyone have anything to offer about Chappell? I see a number of people got offers (as did we) but I don’t see any commentary at all. Testimonials appreciated! TIA

  • 607. CWM  |  April 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    @591 DII teachers are amazing. No “teaching to the test” at all, in my experience. It’s truly a wonderful school. You should tour! Think you’ll love it.

  • 608. Eg0210  |  April 1, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    The tour for Agassiz is tomorrow, Thursday April 2 at 9am for anyone who is interested!

  • 609. TNorwood  |  April 1, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Is this only for those accepted?

  • 610. Maria  |  April 1, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Got waitlisted for all magnet elementary schools applied for, we are crossing our fingers for these 2:

    Thorp Scholastic waitlisted #21
    Newberry Math & Science Academy waitlisted #48

  • 611. Preschoolmama  |  April 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

    @569. Suder4Lyfe thank you for your thoughtful response regarding Suder! We are excited to tour. I just wish it was more conveniently located for us. Commuting from Lincoln Square will be tough on everyone, especially my younger one.

    @606 Our neighborhood school is Chappell. We were extremely impressed on our tour (run by the principal). The neighborhood buzz is positive, and has been for several years. Test scores were really good this year and they got Tier 1+ status for the first time that I’ve seen. The principal attributed it to higher expectations and kids rising to the occasion. There was a lot of discussion about adjusting to what the kids need, and some really impressive specials- music programs especially. The setting in Winnemac park is really beautiful too – the younger classrooms all have park views. Plus, the building is newer and it shows. I don’t have kids there, but Chappell really seems to be coming into its own.

  • 612. Maria  |  April 2, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Waitlisted. (Applied for kindergarten)

    Thorp ——-tier 2. 21
    Newberry—-tier 2. 48

    Mayer———-general 93
    Lasalle———tier 2. 102
    Coonley——-general 263
    Pritzker——–general 473

    Went to all the open houses, these were the ones we liked. Does anyone know what are the chances of him going to Thorp or Newberry next year? And also, if for some reason Thorp calls and I accept but then Newberry calls later, can I accept Newberry later?

  • 613. Maria  |  April 2, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Just FYI……take this good or bad.
    My daughter went to Lasalle and graduated. I loved the school. Have not been there in 6 years until I went to the open house back in December 2014. Great school…….but the current principal will not be back next year. No news yet on who the new principal will be.Again, just FYI

  • 614. One and Only  |  April 2, 2015 at 6:46 am

    @612 Maria – I went on the Thorp tour this week and the principal said if your wait list is under 30 you have a shot. He was just giving a ball park and was clear that this was no guarantee, so take this for what it’s worth.

  • 615. MomOfTwo  |  April 2, 2015 at 6:47 am

    I went to the Mayer open house yester day and received info/clarification on the waitlist there for PreK-3.

    Due to its hybrid magnet/neighborhood status they exhaust the neighborhood list before they start the tiers 1-4 list. Also, this year was particularly sibling heavy so they have a huge waitlist for the neighborhood (I believe it was north of 40 – and there are 65 spots total). Also for the tiers, it doesn’t matter who leaves/declines (what tier they were in), when they have a spot they just start working their way through each tier (Call #1 on tier 1, then #1 on tier 2…)

    So my tier 4 #1 spot for my little one doesn’t feel so good any more. 😦 I was basically told that I would _probably_ get called but if I do it would most likely not be until January.

    This leaves me applying to half day programs (which is fine and what my son did) but he’s going into K we don’t know where he will be either… the myriad of logistic options are killing me… too many moving parts…

  • 616. Maria  |  April 2, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Thank u One and Only…good news to hear!

  • 617. west side lucky  |  April 2, 2015 at 9:18 am

    About the west side wait lists- I got a call for Suder pk4 no 11 in August last year. I think they got that far down the list because, by August most people are already settled and may turn it down. But I also knew a person who had Jackson Language no 7 for K and she did not get a call. It highly depends on the school. Some parents do mull it over all summer and then decline their spot last minute -or they relocate. Hope that info helps…..keep your phone on especially in late April and August!

  • 618. Meca  |  April 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I would like to know if anyone know of any private shuttle busses that might travel from the southside to the northside for school. Any feedback would be appreciated.

  • 619. LSparent  |  April 2, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Any chance for a spot at Disney II with a WL #37?


  • 620. JLS  |  April 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Has anyone returned their acceptance letters yet? The Disney website says to turn in the required medical forms at the time of enrollment but hour can I get to my pediatrician, dentist and optometrist in such short notice?

  • 621. LSmom  |  April 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    @LSparent, I don’t think so. Last year we had a number in the teens, and they only made it to #7 or 8.

  • 622. momofmany  |  April 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm


    Enrollment is different from acceptance. Also, if you don’t turn in the health forms at enrollment, they just put a sticky note on your file. They like to have them at enrollment or ASAP thereafter, but the real, hard CPS-wide deadline is 10/15.

  • 623. totismomi  |  April 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    So after stressing over what to do- I decided that stem is the place for my child. We are wait list #1. I didn’t think this would be a problem. When I called this morning to find out when they would start calling, she said possibly not until sept. Now the school we are in now is ask year. That means I can’t give up my spot to someone else until I get An offer from stem. Plus my child is going to start kinder at her old school, get the routine and then get pulled. People really get all summer to decide or are they assuming all offers will be accepted at first and declined later.

  • 624. totismomi  |  April 2, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Is there anyone out there that was offered a tier 2 spot at stem that you are declining?

  • 625. LS Mom  |  April 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Drat. Thanks!

  • 626. Eg0210  |  April 2, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Does anybody know the chance of my child getting into south loop for 1st grade?? We are #11 on the wait list. I know the school is overcrowded but my wishful thinking is that she will hear from them by September. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

  • 627. Eg0210  |  April 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    No, we are on the wait list and went. They ha e tours the first Tuesday of each month so I would try to go!

    FYI for any parents thinking about Agassiz. I went to a tour today and asked about the chances of my child hearing from them with a #5 wait list number for 1st grade and she said based on past years we will get an acceptance and will probably hear something by the end of April. She said they would email families to see if they are interested in staying on th wait list after the April 15th admissions deadline date.

    Thoughts about the school: I loved the principal-she as young and seemed really invested in the school–has been there since 2000 as a teacher first and has been principal for 8 years there.
    All of the staff seemed very nice and welcoming which is important.
    They are very diverse, which is rare for a
    School up north. 30% African American, 30% Caucasian, 30% Hispanic….
    They take Arabic which is weird to me, but at least they get a foreign language
    They don’t have a lunchroom based on space so older grades eat on their classrooms, while younger kids use the drama classroom to eat. Not ideal, but not the worst thing.
    The school is very old(over 100 years) and looks it. This is somewhat of a turn off especially when you have visited newer schools like NTA.
    They have before and after care(JCC)
    No bussing-negative Bc we are in hyde park
    Anyway, these are the main points that I remeber from it. Overall it seems like they have dedicated staff and people that care about the students and school-also there were about 8 parents who are involved in the school who were there to answer any questions so that was a positive. I am seriously considering this school, the only real issue I have is distance. However we don’t have any options at this pint 😦 Anyone with other info please let me know!

  • 628. cpsalum  |  April 2, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    South Loop is way overcrowded right now – especially for the incoming 1st grade class due to the very large K classes. My son’s class has 38 students; the other 2 K classrooms have similar #s. I suspect that, unless a bunch of rising first graders transfer out, only siblings will be admitted (if at all). Just my guess. That said, our spot will probably open up, as my son was offered a RGC spot at another school which we will likely accept.

  • 629. Hawthorne K  |  April 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks EVERYONE for taking your time to post questions and answers in this forum. The conversation has been enlightening and it’s comforting to see so many like-minded parents.

    My child was offered a spot at Hawthorne for K. I’ve read some comments and questions about the school (thank you!), but would love to hear more if anyone has anything different to share. For instance, how are specials treated? What about after care options (my impression is that there aren’t many)? Do you know of the busses have routes that are shared with one or more schools? How about physical activity? Do kids get to play and run around during the school day?

    Thank you in advance!

  • 630. WestTownMom  |  April 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    My family is very torn, and agonizing over a decision.

    Our kids are in the comprehensive gifted program at Disney. For transportation purposes, Mitchell, a neighborhood school, just makes better sense for us.

    Are we crazy to pull them out of a school that parents on here are fighting for? It seems like we are going in the opposite direction — leaving a fantastic magnet for a neighborhood school. I tend to think Mitchell is a fantastic neighborhood school, but I’m still nervous about it.

  • 631. CPSFirstTimer  |  April 2, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Offered a spot at Disney for K – but also # 3 on the wait lists at Franklin (proximity) and Alcott (general).

    Visited all three schools this week and liked what each had to offer in terms of academics and general environment, but also have reservations about each.

    Trying to make a pro/con list, but does anyone have any further insight on any of these schools? Read about Disney in the previous comments, but not too much mentioned about Alcott and Franklin….

  • 632. Momto3  |  April 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    @ 630. WestTownMom
    I don’t think you’re crazy at all! There’s something really nice about being able to walk to school. Imagine all of the family time you’d be able to have without the commute. Family time is and should be a very enriching and rewarding experience.

    Also, I don’t think you’re alone. 😉 It seems to be a common dilemma lately.

  • 633. parent  |  April 2, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I have a current Hawthorne kindergartener and are almost 100% certain we are keeping him there despite a regional gifted center offer. We have been very happy at Hawthorne – kindergarteners just went on a field trip to Chinatown today. Such a unique and cool experience! Kids also recently hatched chicks and they are in the midst of working on their interdisciplinary, thematic study of shapes with a visiting artist.

    This year specials are on a 5 or 6 week rotation. Kids have gym everyday but other specials (music, art, technology and library) are on this block type scheduling. This has worked out fine for us and teachers wanted to do it this way in order to allow for more deep project based type approach.

    I am not too familiar with after care but I know the program Right at School runs classes that go until about 4:30 but I think you can stay after that if needed. If you do a RAS class then the bus will not be an option for the return trip home. My son takes the bus to and from school almost every day. He is picked up at our neighborhood school last in the morning so boards around 8:05 and the bus stops at three other schools to drop kids off on the way back home so he gets home about 4:15. There are only Hawthorne kids on the bus and he really enjoys/has made friends in all grades because of the bus.

    As I said above, kids have gym every day – there are two gym teachers. They learn more sports typed activities with one and then more dance, yoga…type activities with the other. The kindergarteners also have two recesses each day (im not sure if that’s true beyond kindergarten).

    Overall it’s a very age appropriate approach with regard to allowing kids to move around (lots of rug time, centers, recess, snack, interactive time), but it is definitely a rigorous academic program. I work at schools and feel like Hawthornes kindergarten gets the kids really growing and learning academically (using age appropriate programs like Lucy calkins residing and writing workshop, Daily 5…). For some kids who are not used to an academic program it might be an adjustment, but for my kid who needs a challenge, it’s a pretty good fit.

    They have also differentiated fairly well for my child. He is in a pull out “book club” for the highest readers with only 7 other kids from the grade. He reads “just right” books for him and they are constantly doing Fountas and pinnell reading 1:1 interviews in order to make sure that they are identifying the reading level of each child as they progress. In math they haven’t done a ton of differentiation but my son is sometimes pulled during center time to do multiplication or targeted work with just a few kids. They do level math in the higher grades.

    They have a nice buddy program with the 3rd grade class for kindergarteners and just the other day the kindergarteners celebrated the publishing of their second book they have authored by inviting 3rd grade buddies in to make a toast, share treats, and read their work. Parents have also been invited to these events and the kids dress up for them. Very cute.

    Parent involvement is high and teachers have a very open door policy. It’s a welcoming and want environment. It’s very easy to get involved if you want/can give your time. We’ve already begin socializing with other families outside of school.

    Hope this helps!

  • 634. AT  |  April 2, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    @620 JLS When we went to enroll last year, the kids were taken away by teachers for a short assessment. The parent stayed behind to fill out forms. If I remember it correctly, they give you 1 month from the date you enroll to turn in the missing forms. They give you a checklist of what you’re missing and all the necessary forms (vision, dental, health) for you to bring to the healthcare providers.

  • 635. For WestTownMom  |  April 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I do not know anything about Mitchell but your sentiments are not crazy. We commute a half hour one way to our magnet. I have/do consider leaving due to the stress of the commute on our family. I know of at least one family who pulled child out of a top SEES, not due to any dissatisfaction with the school – in fact they loved it – but the stress of commuting and multiple drop-offs/pick-ups with multiple children was just too much. They decided all children needed to be at the same school.

  • 636. cpsobsessed  |  April 2, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Keep in mind how bad things get during winter or construction.

    My son’s school is probably 1.5 miles from our house and I hate the commute much of the time. Winter and construction, even rain are a serious drag.
    Some schools have long dropoff lines so that can add time as well.

    I’d try the commute at key hours to see how it is.

    Also keep in mind that your child’s friends will not live nearby, also a downside.

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 637. TNorwood  |  April 2, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you for letting me know! That was really helpful. I’ll look into visiting in May when the tour comes around again.

  • 638. Hawthorne K  |  April 2, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share your insights, Hawthorne parent! Very helpful! I know we’ll have to do a little magic with the logistics, as we are full-time working parents living a few neighborhoods away, but the more I read about the school, the more I think it will be worth it. Plus, I’m sure we’re not the only family in Chicago in a similar situation. Thanks again!

  • 639. Cathy  |  April 3, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I called today to decline our spot at La Salle II. We are Tier 4 and we were #3 on the waitlist. So, the list is moving!

  • 640. One and Only  |  April 3, 2015 at 11:06 am

    @Cathy – Did Lasalle II contact you with an opening or did you decline proactively? We’re 4 on the Tier 3 WL and anxiously hoping for a spot.

  • 641. Cathy  |  April 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

    One and Only, we were contacted by them with an offer. We went on the tour and then decided to decline, more based on personal preference. With the waitlist I think the way it goes is that since we are Tier 4, they will then move onto the next Tier 4 person who is waitlisted? And if a person before you in Tier 3 declines they will move down the Tier 3 list? But I could be wrong…

  • 642. Cathy  |  April 3, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Also, @One and Only, you have such a low waitlist # that I would assume that you will have a spot. It’s probably just a matter of time, as excruciating as the wait is…

  • 643. One and Only  |  April 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    @Cathy. Thanks for the info. It is encouraging to hear they are already calling from the WL. Maybe I should call – but I hate to be a pest before the school year even starts 😀.

  • 644. Newberrymom  |  April 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    @TNorwood and @Maria – I have a first grader at Newberry and love the school. We are happy there (even with the 7:30a.m. start time!) Teachers are fantastic and a strong principal/asst principal. Lots of technology (smart boards, computer lab, tablets, also upper grades students 6gr+ are issued their own Cromebooks) and the school has a strong focus on math and science. (My first grader has 45 minutes dedicated to science everyday.) The school has a diverse student body and an active PTO that works to create a sense of community (despite the student body coming from all over the city – from Hyde Park to Rogers Park) – They sponsor lots of school events – last weekend was a fun movie night at the school…I know that they call families off the waitlist throughout the summer as slots become open. I think calling the school to let them know that you are interested is a good thing so they can make note of your interest if an opening comes up. I think they typically give only a short time to respond to the offer. Hopefully the list will move!

  • 645. Maria  |  April 3, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you so much Newberrymom, my son attends St Vincent DePaul Daycare Center and they bus before and afterschool.My sister is a teacher at Lasalle so we are disappointed he was waitlisted at 102 there. So yes, we are crossing our fingers for Newberry, impressed me with the open house. Thanks again

  • 646. MrsBaudo  |  April 6, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    We toured Suder this past weekend. Even though it’s a 5 minute commute from our home, we don’t feel that this is the best fit for our family.

    So we will not be accepting our spot.

    PreK-3 Tier 4

  • 647. parent  |  April 6, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Turning down Disney for 1st grade and Beaubien RGC for 1st. These spots are open now! Good luck!

  • 648. AcceptanceDeadline  |  April 6, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I am posting this so no one misses the acceptance deadline for first round of offers.

    For those with offers still outstanding from the OAE. The letter says that school must RECEIVE the acceptance BY 3pm on Tuesday April 14.

    For those planning on your mailing in an acceptance, a April 14 postmark will not count as received by the desdline. It must be in the hands of the school by 3pm on April 14. Bad Mail service excuse won’t make a difference. If in doubt, hand deliver it next week on Monday or Tuesday by 3pm.

    As many of you know, CPS schools are closed for Spring Break until Monday April 13.

  • 649. Tier4Mom  |  April 6, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    You do not send your letter to the school! I was told that it must be in the downtown location by the 14th.

  • 650. Mommyoftwo  |  April 6, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Anyone know if I accept a spot and enroll my child in a school, will I be taken off the waiting list of another school?

  • 651. LSmom  |  April 7, 2015 at 6:17 am

    @650, you won’t be taken off waiting lists if you accept a spot at a neighborhood or magnet school.

  • 652. Jen K  |  April 7, 2015 at 7:43 am

    @648-649: maybe do both. I scanned/faxed our AC acceptance to OAE as stated on the form (which is different from the magnet school acceptance form). When I asked the school if they wanted a copy, they said Yes! Fyi, the magnet school form says to bring it to the school, not to OAE.

  • 653. Kinder Mama  |  April 7, 2015 at 10:16 am

    @630: WestTownMom- We are not at Mitchell but did decide last spring to not commute for kindergarten. We were at a private school, which we loved, but did not love the commute. It was 15-20 minutes on a good day……but in the winter/traffic the commute was 2-3X as long. Just awful. We received a few offers from great neighborhood schools last year but in the end declined them due to the commute. We are now happily enrolled in our walkable neighborhood school, which is conveniently located within 2 blocks of our home. It has been a great fit for our family in many ways. My kindergartener is thriving, we love being connected to families in our area, and my husband can be involved in the morning drop offs. This has changed our lives, really.

    People, definitely do not underestimate your neighborhood schools and everything they have to offer!! Tour and see for yourselves. I was on the fence about ours for such a long time but now that we are there I have no regrets. Instead, I am grateful for this choice. 🙂

  • 654. KinderCPS!  |  April 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Any opinions in Alcott vs Agassiz? My child is entering K this fall. We toured both and I liked the administration at both, but I was interested in hearing from parents about their opinions of the school communities, teachers in primary grades, facilities, etc.

  • 655. WestTownMom  |  April 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    KinderMomma and others – Thank you so much for your advice! We have decided to go with Mitchell, and are excited about the change in our daily lives. Our boys are excited too! If any parent is looking for a rare spot in the gifted program at Disney for grades 4 and 6, one will be opening soon!

  • 656. Dad of 4yo  |  April 7, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I don’t see on this blog that schools are calling from the waitlist. Will the schools wait until the enrollment deadline?

    Tier 3
    shortlist at Hawthorne
    offers at Disney 1 and Stone

  • 657. HopefulMama  |  April 7, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Dad of 4yo….are your considering turning down Disney! We are on the shortlist there and would love to accept if offered!

  • 658. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  April 7, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Dad of 4yo I think it depends on the school as to whether or not they will start calling before the deadline. Some have started as they have received declines, some will wait until after the April 14th deadline to make the calls.

    The back of the letter we received said that parents need to mail or hand deliver their confirmation letter to the school they are accepting by the 14th. I think that those of us who are low on the waitlist for schools we really want had better be glued to the phone on the 15th.

  • 659. Dad of 4yo  |  April 7, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    HopefulMama Disney 1 is on the way to work so I will most likely accept that offer and see what happens with the wait list schools. I wish I would have put more thought into distance when selecting schools last year. Now that choices are here I realize what a huge diff convenience of commute plays into selection.

  • 660. Lorenzo  |  April 8, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Any Alcott parents care to discuss pros and cons of their children’s school?

  • 661. C-Mom  |  April 9, 2015 at 10:17 am

    DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW OFTEN CPS CHECKS YOUR HOME ADDRESS? We are considering moving but don’t want to change our neighborhood school for at least the next year.

  • 662. Nope66  |  April 9, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    661 probably never once you are enrolled. if you attend a decent school, someone might rat you out. i would.

  • 663. Sam39  |  April 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    My daughter is 42 on The Waters wait list. 29 on Hamilton. Does anyone know what her chances of getting in are….

  • 664. Sam39  |  April 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Nope66, if you live in Coonley area…you may be ratted out and asked to leave school mid year. It has happened.

  • 665. westsidemama  |  April 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Sam39–Hamilton said they made it to #20 last year.

  • 666. Undecided  |  April 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    We are in the final stages of decision making for our soon to be kindergartner. We live two blocks from Blaine but are high on the wait list at Lasalle II. We like the diversity, language offering and neighborhood (which we could move into) of Lasalle II but the test scores and reputation of success of Blaine are so strong that we feel conflicted about possibly giving up the chance to send our son there. I would love to hear any opinions about these two schools as well as the things we are weighing and their importance in the long run.

  • 667. TNorwood  |  April 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm


    Thank you for the information. I’m looking forward to seeing if we get into Newberry. I visited the school and loved it there. I can completely see my son going there. 🙂

  • 668. totismomi  |  April 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    I know someone that is about to decline a Disney k spot. Congrats to someone on the waitlist.

  • 669. @Undecided  |  April 9, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Unlike LaSalle II, Blaine has comprehensive gifted track starting in 1st grade. You might want to consider that, if your son is a fast learner. As of now, LaSalle II doesn’t have much in place for children that are ahead.

  • 670. parent  |  April 9, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Are you sure about Blaine having a CGP? According to CPS the CGPs are in the following schools (not blaine):
    Addams Hibbard
    Ashburn Hurley
    Bateman Linne
    Clinton Lyon
    Courtenay Mays
    Cuffe McKay
    Dawes Metcalfe
    DeDiego New Field
    *Disney Ninos Heroes
    Field Palmer
    Gary Parker
    Hale Prussing
    *Hamilton Randolph
    Haugan Thorp, O.
    Hayt Westcott
    Healy Young, Ella Flagg

  • 671. Preschoolmama  |  April 9, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Declining a Pk3 tier 4 slot at Suder. The location and neighborhood just wasn’t going to work for our family, especially my younger one. Hope it helps someone else!

  • 672. Cathy  |  April 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    @Undecided, we declined La Salle 2 (tier 4, waitlist #3) because we felt like language was not important enough to us, particularly in the place of specials like music. Also, on a personal level I couldn’t picture my wiggly guy getting essentially another academic class where he would just have more time sitting and writing (although I’m sure they make the language classes age appropriate). We decided to go with a neighborhood school that has an arts focus, and if it were me I would choose Blaine as well for what I presume would be a well-rounded experience. Just our thoughts on La Salle 2, while acknowledging that we have no actual experience with it. Also, they take amazing trips at La Salle 2 and learn about another culture, which is a different type of well-rounded experience.

  • 673. Cathy  |  April 9, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    @Undecided, one more thing- did you go on the La Salle 2 tour? A couple things that I gathered:
    – amazing new playground
    – the kindergarten teachers seemed great, experienced and enthusiastic. Homework for K is a requirement, not just “if you want to”. A classroom aid floats between the rooms, 1/2 time in each.
    – you can choose your top 3 languages and you will be given a language based on lottery. Most people get their first choice, but no guarantee.
    – you can’t switch your language, it’s yours for the next 9 years.
    – kids become proficient, not fluent in the language.
    – science program seemed great, the science teacher was obviously an asset to the school.
    Like any schoo, there are pluses and minuses. Good luck on your decision!

  • 674. TT  |  April 9, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    We did the LaSalle II tour. We were in the group led by a 1st grade teacher and 1 student. We toured the amazing playground, science lab, gym, library, computer room, Chinese classroom. Several of the students (8-10 years old) did a little performance/demonstration in Mandarin Chinese.

    There are 2 gym teachers, 1 for health/wellness, the other on sports area. First graders I think have homework 3 times a week. While some of the students go off to their language classes, the teacher gets an opportunity to work with the remaining students in small groups.

  • 675. Sam39  |  April 10, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Thanks westsidemama

  • 676. Undecided  |  April 10, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Thank you all so much for your comments on Blaine and Lasalle II. We have toured both, looked at reviews, checked their Illinois Report Cards. The studies on what learning a 2nd language does for brain development are compelling and the diversity aspect is a pretty big factor for us. There is no doubt that on paper currently Blaine is outpacing Lasalle II in terms of academics but I can’t seem to rest on that alone and unfortunately the online reviews (I know I shouldn’t be looking at them) are quite awful and there is widespread but perhaps unfounded criticism about the principal and where his loyalties lie which concerns me in terms of his longevity with the school and its subsequent future. Any additional thoughts on that would be welcome! Thanks again!

  • 677. ??  |  April 10, 2015 at 8:06 am

    @Cathy, do you mind me asking which neighborhood program you chose?

  • 678. Jen K  |  April 10, 2015 at 8:14 am

    @676 undecided – attending your neighborhood school has many advantages you won’t see in the numbers. You can’t go wrong academically, and the community aspect of attending a neighborhood school would push the balance in Blaine’s favor for me, personally. My kids attend a great magnet school two blocks away, and the youngest one doesn’t have many friends around here because people come from all over the city. When we go to our neighborhood school park after school, there are tons of friends around (fyi, neighborhood school wasn’t a good option when the oldest started K, and I wanted to keep them at the same school when the second started school).

  • 679. LSparent  |  April 10, 2015 at 9:04 am

    C-Mom, a friend of mine at Burley was caught and asked to leave mid-year. She said CPS hires people to look into these things….one of them came knocking at her (new) front door one day and she was busted. The schools take these things seriously, especially desirable ones.

  • 680. Momto3  |  April 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I also know someone who was also outed by a vengeful ex-spouse that they moved out of boundaries. Once the school knows, they have to do something. Honestly though, I’m curious. If you get into a neighborhood school through the options program, you never have to worry about where you live, right?

    Is there a way for the school to somehow change your status midyear from neighborhood resident to options resident? What if you were midway through 7th or 8th grade?

    If you plan on moving, it almost seems smarter to get yourself into the options program at a neighborhood school in the general part of the city that you want to live in.

  • 681. Cathy  |  April 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    @??, we are waitlisted at Ravenswood and Franklin in low-ish #s, so we may get into either. As a back-up we are moving into the Waters area. I work at a high performing magnet with a big academic focus and high test scores. I wanted something a little less intense for my guy (although I know that Franklin is intense) at least interns of the array of modes of learning and subject matter.

    @ Undecided, Blaine is a very good school. People choose to move to the area to go there. I know every school has their critics, and no school is perfect, but I hope you get some concrete insider info! Maybe check NPN?

  • 682. mila mom  |  April 10, 2015 at 10:43 am

    680-that is correct, if you get in through the lottery you can stay there until graduation and do not have to live in the boundary.

    If you live in the neighborhood you can’t be converted to an option status, you are not allowed to apply through the lottery if you live there. I don’t think they can make you leave mid year though if you had residency at the beginning of the school year, not positive though. For 8th and 12th they would let you finish the year if you had residency at the beginning of that year.

    (Options can also refer to the test in process though for city wide RGC’s that are housed in neighborhood schools, and anyone can apply for those and if they get in can move throughout the city w/o losing the spot).

    What I am not sure about is how it works if you get in through lottery, and then move into the neighborhood and then move back out of it. Would your original options status be lost if you move into that neighborhood? Don’t know.

  • 683. cgtest  |  April 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    @Peirce Parent My dd just got accepted ay Peirce and I am trying to get some input on the school, could you tell me what you think of the school so far?

  • 684. cgtest  |  April 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    @musical chairs and @krisballard My dd just got accepted at Peirce for K and I am trying to get some input on the school. How do you like it so far? Academics, diversity, arts program, etc?

  • 685. Diana  |  April 10, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    We will be declining Thorpe as the busing and timinig didn’t work for us. Anyone know when the next wave of letters will be mailed with hopefully new offers and waitlist numbers?

  • 686. TT  |  April 10, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    @654 KinderCPS!

    Agassiz is okay. Compare to some of the other top schools, it’s not academically strong. They move at a slower pace. And if you have a special needs child, I don’t recommend the school. Will consider transferring the kiddo if we get an offer from another school.

    The Kg kids have fun while they learn. There’s no HW other than reading 20 mins a day. No pressures on the kids. They get to go to field trips, yoga in the classroom, there’s music/dance, they get to learn Arabic, there’s recess, gym, library once a week I think.

    Teacher->parent communication is lacking in my opinion. There are opportunities for parents to volunteer per the teacher’s request, like on field trips, help with stuffing Tuesday Folders, help with setup for science fair or holiday parties, etc.

  • 687. Maria  |  April 10, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I am sorry Thorp is not the school for your family. I have toured the school and looking at the scores, the school impressed me. We are currently on their waitlist #21. And have decided that if we are called, we will accept.

  • 688. KinderCPS!  |  April 11, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for the info TT! Very helpful. Anyone have experiences with Alcott?

  • 689. Ashleigh Eaves  |  April 11, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    My son got an offer at Jackson Magnet school and was also accepted to Pritzkers gifted program. Not sure what to do. He will be entering kindergarten. We took a tour of Pritzker, but was not able to tour Jackson. Any thoughts…..

  • 690. feeder schools  |  April 11, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    In terms of academics, Pritzker’s RGC is no better than A. Jackson – actually often sending a lower percentage of graduates to top high schools.

  • 691. totismomi  |  April 12, 2015 at 11:57 am

    @feeder schools. How do you know that? That would be helpful information in the decision making process. Is there a list somewhere?

  • 692. feeder schools  |  April 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    @691: If you like digging, there is plenty of info in this forum’s past threads.

  • 693. michele  |  April 12, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    @676 To add about second language learning and the benefits at LaSalle 2, Our family has been at the LaSalle 2 school for two years and it has been a great experience. Parents are engaged, teachers are receptive to suggestions, and what’s not to love about the vibe in Wicker Park? You may know CPS has a new Seal of Bi-literacy for students and international education with bi-lingual studies is a real focus for many educators and parents through out CPS. Dual language literacy is the future.

    As you state there is a ton of academic research showing second language skills have numerous benefits. Also the current Principal is committed to expanding opportunities for international travel for older students and she is working to make sure students are learning their second languages with academic measurement in mind.

    Finally, here’s a link about research from ACTFL if you haven’t seen http://www.actfl.org/advocacy/what-the-research-shows?pageid=4524#academic_achievementacademic_achievement

    It is hard to not want your child to be dual lingual after seeing the above research. I’m always more amazed that we don’t have more second language studies in all schools like they do overseas. When we ask why US students sometimes aren’t competing at the same levels of other countries part of the answer may lay in US student’s disadvantage when it comes to the opportunity for them to develop their early brains through instruction in dual languages on a regular basis.

    We just hosted a 13 year old overseas student and he was literate in two languages with two years of study already on a 3rd language. Guess who’ll get the international jobs of the future?

    Wish you the best in making your choice.

  • 694. Peirce parent  |  April 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

    cgtest –
    We’ve been involved parents at Peirce for years now; and thrilled to have a dedicated and caring faculty that provides excellent educational experiences for my kids (oldest in 3rd).
    Peirce is a large school (approx. 1000ish) and offers after-school programming, educational programs and offerings which have allowed my kids to thrive.
    Personally, I’m looking forward to the continued implementation of the IB program (Peirce is an authorized MYP IB) and is preparing to implement the PYP model.
    Additionally, Peirce has:
    * 13 National Board Certified teachers
    * after-school enrichment programs
    * 7 “specials”/enrichment classes – Library, Technology, Music, Art, Gym, Spanish & Dance
    * uses a Learning Community model, allowing differentiation and small group interaction during the afternoons
    * Before/After-care onsite by YMCA (godsend for working parents)
    * supportive parent community

    You should consider joining the next school tour. Call the front office, I think the parents run them on the first Friday of each month. Or inquire at Peirceschool@gmail.com

    We live in the neighborhood and I wouldn’t trade our experiences with going to school with our neighbors for anything. Playdates and birthday parties and the social aspect of walking to school has been fabulous for us. I believe that the Peirce community is somewhat multi-cultured and economically diverse per your inquiry.

    My oldest is engaged academically and works a bit ahead of grade level and I trust that Peirce will continue to challenge her. The teachers are approachable and responsive…. although my advocacy tends to be very ‘hands off’; I know fellow parents who have different approaches than mine and are satisfied.

    You should take the tour yourself.
    Maybe we will see you on the playground. HTH!

  • 695. Eric M.  |  April 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Prescott Elementary has been approved for a 2nd Kindergarten Class for 2015-2016!

    So if you are low on the waiting list, you are likely to be getting a call later this week inviting you to attend the school. You often only have a day or two to make a decision on whether or not you want the spot.

    If you are on the waiting list and have not already taken the tour, the last one tour of the month is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14 at 9AM.

    Previously CPS had only allowed Prescott to invite 1 Kindergarten because CPS was making an effort to manage a potential for overcrowding down the road. Today CPS granted our appeal to have the 2nd Kindergarten next year and it has allowed Prescott to retain both our outstanding Kindergarten teachers.

    We hope you stop by the tour tomorrow.

  • 696. ChicagoMama  |  April 13, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Tier 4

    RGC:148, Classical R98/M98
    My child was offered seat at COONLEY. Not sure if we’ll take it. Happy with Walt Disney Gifted and have siblings to consider. Was hoping for Decatur. Heard there are 2 spots at Decatur for 4th

    RGC:104, Classical R99/M90
    No offers

    RGC:140, Classical R91/M96
    No offers yet

  • 697. CityBoy_MayBecome_SuburbDad  |  April 14, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Hawthorne waitlisters there is hope. We just declined the offer. Good luck!

  • 698. ??  |  April 14, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Do you think a Tier 4, Kinder RGC 134 will get any second round offers?

  • 699. Kay  |  April 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Good news for waitlisters at Agassiz and Disney 1 Magnet for K. We aren’t accepting either of the spots we were offered.

  • 700. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  April 14, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Is anyone planning to decline an offer at Andrew Jackson or know someone who is? My daughter has #3 on the waitlist…I’m praying that we get an offer soon.

  • 701. Westsidemama  |  April 14, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    We declined our spot for Mark Sheridan for any waitlisters.

  • 702. mirandafamilyblog  |  April 14, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    We accepted the offer for Thorp for Kindergarten and declined Disney. We are wait listed at 37 for Stone and I’m *really* hoping we have a shot at an offer there because even though we like Thorp it’s quite a hike for us!

  • 703. One and Only  |  April 14, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    We received an email acceptance for Hamilton today. We were 22 on the general WL. Will accept for now, but we are really hoping for an offer from Lasalle II. We are #4 on the Tier 3 list there.

  • 704. Cathy  |  April 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    One and Only, this is pretty funny…we declind a spot at La Salle 2, and I would give anything to get an offer at Hamilton! It’s just funny how it works! Or doesn’t work….;)

  • 705. l  |  April 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    One and Only, I would definitely call and ask how far the Tier 3 list has moved. They are very nice & will not be bothered by you calling.

  • 706. One and Only  |  April 14, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    @Cathy #704 – I was pretty surprised to hear from Hamilton so soon. What is your WL#? Hopefully we will both get the offers we are waiting for soon.

    @ #705 – I actually have tried to call a couple of times – I would rather not take up the Hamilton spot if I can avoid it. I know people are waiting – Cathy – :). However, nobody answers the phone. Maybe I am calling at the wrong time?

  • 707. Dana Duran  |  April 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    So I just got off the phone with the people from Disney 2. Today is their last day for people to accept the offers they have sent out. In two days they will start going down the waiting lists. I am #87 in the proximity waiting list for kindergarten, and according to the woman I spoke with she said that last year proximity only got down too number 5 for kindergarten before they filled up. So she just told me to called back after May first to see where they are on the list. She was very nice and helpful. I know we had no chance but still a bit bummed :-/

  • 708. Dana Duran  |  April 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BTW anybody declining their kindergarten spots at Peterson elementary? That is our second hopeful choice.

  • 709. Tier4Mom  |  April 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Peterson is my neighborhood school… but we will not be going there for K. Hope that helps!

  • 710. Dad of 4yo  |  April 15, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hawthorne is calling from the wait list.
    My wife got the call at 8:24 this morning.
    We accepted of course.

    Tier 3 #3 @ Hawthorne for kindergarten

    We submitted a confirmation letter at Disney 1 yesterday so that will become available.

    Good luck everyone!

  • 711. cpsparent  |  April 15, 2015 at 9:16 am

    @710 – Dad of 4yo…. Stop everything and go buy a lottery ticket!

  • 712. TPick  |  April 15, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I’m declining Hawthorne- Tier 3

  • 713. RogersParkMama  |  April 15, 2015 at 11:14 am

    We accepted our offer at Chappell. I finally got to tour it yesterday and was really pleased with everything I saw and heard. So excited for Kindergarten! (And for that daycare bill to end!)

  • 714. Undecided  |  April 15, 2015 at 11:17 am

    We declined a Disney 1 offer yesterday if anyone is waiting for it.

  • 715. HPMom  |  April 15, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Accepted Franklin Tier 1 (was #3). Will be declining Galileo and Prescott.

  • 716. Hopeful  |  April 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    We are #4 Tier 3 for Franklin and it is our first choice. I’m wondering…when did they call you to offer a position?

  • 717. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  April 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I received a call from Franklin this morning, we were #6 on the waitlist. Can anyone offer any insight on the school?

  • 718. Hopeful  |  April 15, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    How long dod they give you to reply?

  • 719. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  April 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    @Hopeful I accepted the offer however I’m “hopeful” I will get a call from Andrew Jackson due to the added commute time I would have to Franklin.

  • 720. Prioritizing?  |  April 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    #703 and 4 … I don’t understand why elementary non-SE applications don’t have a prioritization. After all, it seems many parents here pretty much decline a school outright. I have no skin in the game (kids at our neighborhood school) but it makes me crazy to think that what’s one person’s “reject” (due to commute, program concentration, etc.) is often another person’s “jackpot.” And the CPS computer has no way of knowing. IT could make for a lot more satisfied parents. Does anyone know why this isn’t done already?

  • 721. HydeParkMom  |  April 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    You hit it right on the head!!

  • 722. MomOfTwo  |  April 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Just got an offer for LaSalle II (tier 4 waitlist, #10). They gave us until Friday 3pm to respond. We are turning it down in favor of our offer at Prescott.

  • 723. totismomi  |  April 15, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Hopeful. You better call the school. She was #6. You should have gotten a call already. You are both tier 3.

  • 724. overwhelmed mom  |  April 15, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Has anyone heard anything from LaSalle (not LaSalle II). Just curious if they are calling from their waitlist. Any insight on LaSalle?

  • 725. kmommy  |  April 15, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Anyone get a call from Lasalle II Tier 3?

  • 726. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  April 15, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    @Hopeful were you waitlisted for kindergarten? If so did you check your phone for a missed call? I have heard that some of the schools will not leave a message, if you don’t pick up they move on to the next number. I hope they are able to work something out with you.

    @Prioritizing? Exactly! That would really be helpful for everyone.

  • 727. One and Only  |  April 15, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    @kmommy #725 – I called Lasalle II today – we are #4 on the Tier 3 list. She said they had one spot available and they would start calling today, giving people 48 hours to decide. She said to call back next week if I hadn’t heard from them. She was super nice. What is you WL#?

    For those wondering about Stone, they called this afternoon to offer us a spot, which we declined. We were #2 on the Tier 3 list.

  • 728. southside mom  |  April 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Are they any private busses that travels from south to northside schools. My son will be attending prescott next year, and I am looking for alternatives.


  • 729. Maria  |  April 15, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Does anybody know if Thorp or Nrwberry have started calling off their waitlist yet?

  • 730. ppark  |  April 15, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    If you miss a school’s call does that mean you lose your spot?

  • 731. KinderCPS!  |  April 15, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    We received a call from Stone today. We are #2 on the proximity waitlist. Does anyone have any experiences with the school…good or bad?

  • 732. southside mom  |  April 15, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Do any one know any private busses that travels from southside to northside. My son will be attending prescott next year and I was just looking at all my resources.


  • 733. rlincolnharris  |  April 15, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    @731- Stone is a good choice. It boasts diversity and a strong parent community. Many families are from the far north side (Rogers Park, West Rogers Park, Edgewater etc). We live in West Rogers Park and there are so many kids that go to Stone that live near us that it feels almost like a neighborhood school. Our oldest attended until 2011 and had a generally positive experience. However, a lot has changed since then with a new principal and many new teachers so I can’t speak as to how it is today. I know that they have an affordable afterschool program. If it works for you transportation wise I would recommend it.

  • 734. Sam39  |  April 15, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Does anyone know how many children off the waitlist Waters accepts? My daughter is 42

  • 735. Susan  |  April 15, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    My family is contemplating Solomon elementary on the northwest side. Does anyone have any experiences or thoughts about this school?

  • 736. Wavering  |  April 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Good news Disney Waitlisters. I declined an offer for Disney 1, K, Tier 3. Good luck! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for A. Jackson….I’m #2 for 3rd grade….dar fetched but we’ll see.

  • 737. TT  |  April 15, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Anyone have any info. on Burley, or its IEP team? TIA.

  • 738. PortageParkMama  |  April 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I’m hoping for a call from Ebinger, Newberry, or Agassiz for 2nd grade (we are under 20 for all 3). Do you happen to have any information on their IEP teams?

  • 739. Mckinley Park Parent  |  April 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Called A. Jackson. I’m Tier 2, #15 and was told it was not “likely” as they did not go that high last year. Bummer.

  • 740. LS Mom  |  April 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Any thoughts on Peirce vs. Stone? We were offered a seat at Peirce and are #4 on the WL for Stone. Kindergarten. Thanks!

  • 741. LS Mom  |  April 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Sam39, unfortunately, I think it is unlikely Waters will call anyone off the waitlist. I think they are filling up with neighborhood kids. This year’s kindergarten class has 35 students!

  • 742. East Rogers Parker  |  April 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Our daughter is kindergartener at Peirce and she’s thriving there. We are so pleased with the school and the IB program, the specials, the parent community and her teacher.

    Initially, we were hoping for Stone because it has a great reputation, but we are really happy having her at Peirce, and Peirce has some benefits that Stone doesn’t, including the IB program, a fabulous playground, and a cafeteria. Last autumn we applied our daughter for the lottery at Stone, just in case we didn’t like Peirce. And now we have decided that even if she gets into Stone, which she likely will given her low wait list number, we are keeping her at Peirce.

    Peirce is also in the process of getting a new principal, and I think the school will only continue to improve.

  • 743. Dawnee222  |  April 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    For K tier 3, WL for Stone: #25, Thorp: #10, Disney II: #202 (ha) and general WL for Belden: #33, Farnsworth: #29, Beaubien: #37, Waters: #57 and Coonley: #104. Was offered a spot at Prussing but hopeful to get an offer from Thorp (#10) or Beaubien. All other offers are too high to list.

    Anyone have any children at Prussing? My girlfriend who is an elementary teacher in the burbs lives in the neighborhood and will be sending her kids here. Thoughts on Stone v. Thorp? Just called Thorp for school tour info and they are offering a tour next Thursday, 4/23 at 1:00 pm, RSVP required. Also, Beaubien is offering a tour the same day at 8:30 am no RSVP required.

    Proximity is a big deal for us. Would love a short commute. Beaubien is only 2 miles away, Prussing is 2.6, Thorp is 3.7 and Stone is 4.4. A 4.5 mile commute could take 30+ minutes in the morning. Would love any input on any of these schools.

  • 744. --  |  April 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I am new to this and did not do much investigating before the application process began. We got lucky with offers from Disney and Hawthorne. We accepted Hawthorne leaving another Disney tier 4 K spot open.

  • 745. HydeParkMom  |  April 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Just received an email from Agassiz. They will be notifying those on the wait list starting April 20th. From then you will only have 48 hours to accept and enroll your childZ

  • 746. frannyglass79  |  April 16, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Does anyone know if Murray Language Academy wait list moves for K? We are Tier 3, #25. We accepted a seat at LaSalle II for K but we are not thrilled about the commute (we are on South Side). Any thoughts on Murray? I know that it use to have a great reputation but read some poor reviews.

  • 747. nadja2  |  April 16, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Has anyone on the Galileo wait list heard anything? TIA

  • 748. Maria  |  April 16, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    I have gone to both open houses (Thorp and Stone). Decided not to apply for Stone, but Thorp was on our list. Thorp is a bigger school but it looked like it had ample room. We r in the waitlist, 21, for Thorp. Someone did comment earlier saying they had taken the tour last month and the principal commented that ppl would likely get a call if they are under 30 on the waitlist. But somebody also commented they didn’t make it past 7 last year. So take the iinformation and be positive, would really appreciate it if u would post when u get called for Thorp. Thanks!

  • 749. Drida  |  April 17, 2015 at 7:16 am

    If anyone is interested, Agassiz sent an email to waitlisters last night stating they were going to start calling next week, and asking to be notified if a spot there was no longer desired, to simplify their calling process. They were going to give 48 hours initially for a reply, but noted reply time would be shortened as the spots were filled in. We were number 201 on their general waitlist and gave up the spot. Chances are we would not be called anyway, but I thought I’d share for prosterity.

  • 750. Test Scores  |  April 17, 2015 at 9:10 am

    To anyone panicking and considering moving to the burbs, consider a downsize, intra-city move. Ex- This 2 bed condo is a one block walk from Bell for $250k and should make a middle class 3 or 4 person family very happy.


  • 751. Kaden's Mommy  |  April 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    We just turned down a Tier 4 waitlist spot (5) at Franklin Fine Arts because we’d already accepted a SEES offer.

  • 752. Hopeful  |  April 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    We just got a call from Franklin and accepted! We are very happy as it was our top choice. We were originally Tier 3, waitlisted at number 9 for Franklin.
    Good luck to all of you waiting for calls!

  • 753. One and Only  |  April 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Got a call from Burr today offering a kdg spot, which we turned down. We were #12 (I think) on the wait list.

  • 754. Snapshot  |  April 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    My soon to be kindergartener was accepted at Burr. We were offered a spot at Hamilton. She was #9 on that list. I haven’t heard from any other wait list schools. We’re #6 at Edgebrook and #19 at Newberry. Has anyone heard from Edgebrook or Newberry yet? And if you have experiences with any of the above, please share! Good luck to all.

  • 755. Kcabral  |  April 17, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    @754 Snapshot

    We were tier 3, #19 for K last year at Newberry and got a call with an offer in mid-July. If you’re interested, I think you have a decent chance of getting an offer there.

    We ended up declining to stay at our son’s current school this year (final year in a Montessori program), but we lucked out again and got an offer for 1st grade at Newberry for the upcoming year! We happily accepted and are excited for him to start.

    Burr is also a wonderful, good and small school. I don’t know anything about Hamilton or Edgebrook, but you have some good options, IMO.

  • 756. One and Only  |  April 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Got a call from the Lasalle II principal this afternoon offering a kdg spot (tier 3, #4). We accepted, which means we will decline the offer from Hamilton that we received earlier this week. That’s a total of 4 offers this week – the wait lists are moving!

    @Snapshot #754 – I toured Hamilton and was really impressed. They have a comprehensive gifted program, kids get gym 30 minutes each day, and they have some kind of art enrichment class every day (dance, music, or art). The principal seems to have a clears vision for the school. In the end, we are only declining because the language component at Lasalle II is important to us.

  • 757. ??  |  April 17, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    @756 I am beyond jealous of you. A total of 4 offers this week? That’s amazing! We didn’t have any wait list numbers below 77.

  • 758. LeAnna  |  April 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Update: #35 on the wait-list for Prescott in tier 3 for kindergarten and got a call today (Friday 04/17) with an offer. I think we are going to take it!

  • 759. One and Only  |  April 17, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    @757 – I know, I am so grateful and relieved! Our neighborhood school was not an option. I hope you start getting calls soon.

  • 760. Rpark  |  April 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    @one n only you are so lucky. does that mean they won’t call anyone from tier 3 anymore? I believe you said they told you there was only one spot open?

  • 761. One and Only  |  April 17, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    @760 Rpark – I think anything is possible. More spots might open up if other people from Tier 3 later decline their Lasalle II spot because they got an offer to a school they wanted more. I think this this whole process is very fluid, even through the beginning of the school year. I hope you get a call, sooner rather than later.

  • 762. Sam39  |  April 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Thanks @ LSmom. We accepted at Hamilton. I loved Waters but they made it clear on the tour they won’t think about taking kids from waitlist until June or even August.
    We will not be taking our neighborhood spot at Coonley -so hopefully that will open it up to someone on the list.

  • 763. Snapshot  |  April 18, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Are there any Newberry parents willing to share their experiences? After many tearful hours spent helping a kid through the primary grades at Edison, Hamilton’s no-homework policy sounds like a dream. I’m not so sure about putting another kid in such a high pressure situation. What’s the workload like for the little guys at Newberry?

  • 764. Volta!  |  April 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Neighborhood Elementary Bests Top Schools in Science Meet, Heads to State

    ALBANY PARK — A neighborhood elementary school has a message for the city’s top schools: Watch out when it comes to science.

    That’s because against all odds, Volta Elementary in Albany Park is headed to the 2015 Illinois Science Olympiad state championship competition at the University of Illinois this weekend — joining a roster that includes many of the city’s gifted, selective-enrollment and magnet schools, as well as schools from many more affluent suburbs. …


  • 765. Snapshot  |  April 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm


  • 766. @ snapshot  |  April 19, 2015 at 7:37 am

    My guy has been at Newberry for just one year – in the middle grades. We’ve been extremely happy, and decided not to test this year, plan to stay. He’s very bright, the curriculum challenges him, and the homework is meaningful and manageable. Teachers and administration are super responsive. Hope that helps, good luck with your decision!

  • 767. Undecided  |  April 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

    For those of you already in magnet or SE schools, how do you find the sense of community and the ease of coordinating time with your child’s friends outside of class? We are still new to the city and building a community through school and having kids in our son’s class who he can easily play with in the neighborhood is important to us. Lasalle II is our potential magnet option but if anyone has general comments about this priority I would appreciate any feedback!

  • 768. JLL60618  |  April 19, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Undecided, I think it depends on the family. My kid at a SE school has made a lot of really good friends, and some of them have pretty frequent play dates even though they aren’t in the neighborhood. I don’t do a good job at scheduling them around our other activities, so we don’t do as many as some kids. My daughter’s class does have a good group of parents who communicate well with each other and I have become friendly with too, which is nice. Birthday parties always have a big turn out. It just takes more work to socialize than it would if we could just run the kid down the street.

  • 769. lkshoredrive  |  April 19, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Has anyone heard anything from Drummond? We called last week to confirm they have our correct info and they called us right back to make sure the # worked and said something along the lines of “hope to speak soon” but we haven’t heard anything since. We are pre-K 3 tier 3 #2. The stress is too much!

  • 770. southside mom  |  April 20, 2015 at 8:05 am

    @768 My child is also at an SEES, not at all in our neighborhood. There is a very nice community in his classroom. We often stay after school to play on the playground. We meet up at central place for playdates. That said, he has a lot of neighborhood friends and he probably has more playdates with them because of proximity and schedules.

  • 771. zchisolmel  |  April 20, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Does anyone know how the wait list works how do they work their way through them with the different tiers.

  • 772. zchisolmel  |  April 20, 2015 at 8:41 am

    To add to the question just asked..we’re wait list number 4…tier 1 at Galileo… 5th…tier 1 at stone…and 26 at Stem. Hoping for Galileo and STEM. It looks like some has been calling off the wait list being 5th I figured we’d hear something. ..so that’s why I’m asking for insight.

  • 773. Kcabral  |  April 20, 2015 at 9:46 am

    @771 & 772 zchisolmel — Here’s some info, hope this helps!

    I assume you applied for kindergarten? Tiers only apply to entry years, which for most, but not all, schools is K. When you apply for other grades, there’s only a general waitlist with no tiers.

    In your situation and others applying for K at magnets/schools where the tiers apply, the waitlists only move within each tier.

    You said you’re tier 1. You need people within tier 1 to decline spots in order for you to get an offer. If you’re #5 in tier 1 at Stone, you need numbers 1-4 in tier 1 to decline for you to get an offer. If 50 people in tier 4 decline, for example, it won’t make any difference for you (unfortunately).

    This is my understanding of the tiers. If anybody sees something inaccurate, please correct me! 🙂 Good luck!!

  • 774. Eg0210  |  April 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

    We got an acceptance via email this morning from Agassiz! Hooray! Our first acceptance. She was #5 for 1st grade. We only have 48 hours to accept, however we will!

    Also, called south loop this morning to inquire about their waitlist. This would be more ideal as we are closer to the south loop. She is #11 for 1st grade. The woman immediately told me they will NOT be pulling from the waitlist this year. Wow! I kind of figured this but was holding out hope. They must really be overcrowded. Just wanted to share this for any people on the waitlist there 😦

  • 775. IrvingPark Mom  |  April 20, 2015 at 11:16 am

    We also got an offer via email this morning from Agassiz – #6 for 2nd grade. We are accepting!

  • 776. Sarah  |  April 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I’d love to connect with families who are entering Kindergarten at Agassiz! Feel free to contact me – sarah@careinthesquare.com if you’d like to chat and maybe set up some playground play dates between now and school starting.

  • 777. HPMom  |  April 20, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    @zchisolmel I know of one person in Tier 1 declining a spot. I am #3 Tier 1 and will decline a spot if they call. Hope that helps!

  • 778. edgebrook mom  |  April 20, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Edgebrook usually does not make calls for Kindergarten until the very end of August and routinely is making the last calls the first week of school. They have very few non-neighborhood spots most years and usually wait until they are sure all neighborhood kids are enrolled and wait to see what the overall enrollment looks like. Frequently at the beginning of the summer there are only 10-12 neighborhood students enrolled per class, but that increases to 20+ by mid-summer. (I think this used to matter more when CPS budget allotments were based on total number of kids at the school – at 500 students, the school got an extra teacher or part of a teacher’s salary funded and Edgebrook always hovers around 500 students. I don’t think it matters as much now to make sure you hit 500 exactly and no more now that I think the budget is just on an overall per student basis, but I am in no way a CPS budget expert).

  • 779. DrummondArea  |  April 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    @lkshoredrive We’re also fairly high up on the drummond list but haven’t gotten a call yet either. Had a similar conversation with them about 2 weeks ago by calling to verify the number that they have on file for us.

  • 780. Windycitymom  |  April 20, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    I talked to Peterson today (had to change phone number, we are #1 on the general list for 2nd ) and she offered to write down next to my daughters name that we were willing to be called during the school year or just prior if something opens up.

    I also called Hawthorne to change contact but left a message. We are #6 tier 3 for kindy.

  • 781. zchisolmel  |  April 21, 2015 at 1:38 am

    @ Kcabral thanks for the clarification I had no idea how they were moving down the lists…well we’ll be waiting wish us luck!!!

    @HPMom thanks for the info..every little bit helps!

  • 782. lkshoredrive  |  April 21, 2015 at 7:24 am

    @DrummondArea thanks for the intel. Crossing fingers for both of us!

  • 783. RLS  |  April 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    does anyone have any experience with the tuition based all day pre k at burr or alcott?

  • 784. JLS  |  April 21, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    We just got a call from Ravenswood with an offer. #45 on the general wait list for kindergarten. We will decline.

  • 785. totismomi  |  April 21, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Has anyone turned down a stem spot for k. I see alot of movement for Disney, seems like their should be similar movement for other schools.

  • 786. Disney movement  |  April 21, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    There is always a lot of movement for Disney simply due to the school’s size. It is a very large school.

  • 787. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  April 21, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    There should be alot more movement on the waitlists within the next week, I confirmed with CPS OAE today that they are sending out the second round offers for SEES this Friday. There will probably be a number of people declining neighborhood and magnet school offers they recently accepted in favor of a classical or gifted offer.

  • 788. One and Only  |  April 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    My husband filled out paperwork at Lasalle II today for kdg. He told me the clerk said she would see him in June, but he didn’t know what she was talking about and didn’t ask :). Do any Lasalle II families know what the clerk was referring to?

  • 789. Windycitymom  |  April 22, 2015 at 10:56 am

    We just accepted a spot for 2nd grade at Waters. She was #13. We were #1 for Peterson and #9 for Audubon but ultimately waters is closer and works fine for us.

    Still not holding out too much hope for my youngest tier 3 #6 spot at Hawthorne for kindergarten though.

  • 790. KAmir's Mommy  |  April 22, 2015 at 11:15 am

    @One and Only (788) – some schools do kindergarten orientations and/or new family welcome events. Could possibly be what she is referencing.

  • 791. Maria  |  April 22, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Just FYI,

    I called Newberry about 10 minutes ago. They were registering yesterday and today. Therefore she said they will probably start calling off the waitlists starting tomortow or Friday. We are a long shot but we are still crossing our fingers. (Tier 2 #48)

    And I called Thorp too. She asked me what Tier I was in and I said Tier 2. She is up to #5 only. We are 21 on this list

  • 792. Christine  |  April 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    We just accepted our spot at STEM for Kindergarten. We are in Logan Square. Anyone in Logan Square, Bucktown, Wicker Park interested in carpooling?

  • 793. totismomi  |  April 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Christine. Were you on the waitlist. Which tier and number. I have been calling them, they said they haven’t started calling. Maybe I’m talking to the wrong person.

  • 794. DrummondArea  |  April 22, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Has anyone tried calling drummond this week? Have they started calling people yet?

  • 795. C. Pompa Photography  |  April 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Totismomi – we weren’t on the waitlist, we received an offer in the first round. I asked the school to do our mileage calculation and we’re .28 miles over for bus eligibility. Good luck!

  • 796. nadja2  |  April 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    @zchisolmel I contacted Galileo about the kindergarten waitlist. They will be doing Kindergarten registration on April 23 and 24. After that they will start calling from the list based on the registration. I have twins and we are Tier 1 numbers 5 and 6. She said I had a good chance of getting a call. So you should probably get a call too

  • 797. Christine  |  April 22, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Totismomi – the reply comment above from “C. Pompa” is mine. Old account.

  • 798. For One and Only - L2 question  |  April 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I believe there is a kindergarten orientation/meet-up in June, after school is out for summer. Perhaps that is what she was referring to? Just a guess.

  • 799. totismomi  |  April 22, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Christine. Congrats on the spot. I didn’t realize there was a bus option. We are west of Logan square. Do you know what the distance has to be? Just curious how bus service works.

  • 800. Dana Duran  |  April 22, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    @windycitymom waters is a great choice! I went there when I was younger and I honestly feel that they prepared my for high school greatly!

  • 801. Christine  |  April 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Totismomi – buses are an option if you are within 1.5 and 6 miles from the school. They use a special method for calculating distance. The school can calculate it for you. We are .28 miles over 😦

  • 802. Jasmine  |  April 23, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Has Disney 1 started calling for wait list yet?

  • 803. PortageParkMama  |  April 23, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I received an email from Agassiz yesterday for 2nd grade. We were #17 on the waitlist and we will accept. I just thought I’d share for others waiting.

  • 804. zchisolmel  |  April 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

    @nadja2 thank you do much for the info about Galileo! When we get the call or email I will update asap. Feeling hopeful!

  • 805. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  April 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Hey Franklin waitlisters I accepted an offer form A.Jackson and declined the offer I had originally accepted from Franklin. I was tier 3 #6 on Franklin’s list. I hope this helps.

  • 806. overwhelmed mom  |  April 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Congratulations southside mom tier 3 kindergarten mom! If you don’t mind what number were you on A.Jackson’s wait list?

  • 807. Hopeful  |  April 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    We actually rexeived an offer last week also, which we accepted. Anyone else hoping to get called off their waitlist, you may be in luck also….the clerk told me they are going to have 2 kindergardem classes next year (they usually only have one).

  • 808. HydeParkMom  |  April 23, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Just received a call from Ariel. #27 unsure if I will accept as of yet. Any thoughts on the school?

  • 809. Random parent  |  April 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Congrats southside tier 2 kindergarten mom!!! AJ and Franklin are really good schools. Good luck to the Franklin hopeful parents!!

  • 810. Dawnee222  |  April 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Went on school tours for Beaubien and Thorp today. Was very impressed by both but blown away by Beaubien and all they offer in regards to after school programs, computer labs (they have 2, pc and Mac), regional gifted program and the PTO seem to be very active, to name a few. I just got a great vibe as I walked through while school was in full swing. It is definitely a much larger school with 1,100 something students. However, I could only hope we get offered a seat at either. We are tier 3, #37 for Beaubien and realize after speaking with the principal that getting called is a long shot for us. She said she does not make calls until the week before school or sometimes the week after for people on the wait list. We are #10 on the wait list for Thorp and still worried we will even get a call. For those interested in Thorp, they said they hope to be done making their calls for kindergarten by Wednesday and that if she calls, she WILL leave a message and give that parent 24 hours to respond. She is still making calls for proximity and will move on to tiers in the next couple days. Hope that helps for those interested in either of those schools. And if anyone gets a call from Thorp in the next week, please post! Thanks!

  • 811. Maria  |  April 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Talk to Debbie, who is making the calls off the waitlists yesterday. Told me the same thing. But someone did mention that the principal did say that there is hope if ur waitlist number is under 30 for Thorp, u have a shot. If that holds true then u r definitely in. We r crossing our fingers and toes they get to our waitlist number 21

  • 812. momofmany  |  April 23, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    We received an offer yesterday for Agassiz. Entering 5th, WL #7. We will decline as he has already accepted an RGC seat.

  • 813. Southside Tier 3 Mom  |  April 23, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Hyde Park Mom,
    I also received a call from Ariel we were #17. But we’ve already have a Selective enrollment seat at McDade. Looking at the numbers Ariel is a pretty impressive neighborhood option with a 1 rating and solid test scores.

  • 814. Cin  |  April 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Has anyone on waitlist for Drummond or Mayer hear anything yet?

  • 815. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  April 23, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    @Overwhelmed mom and random parent thanks! My daughter was #3 on the waitlist for A. Jackson. Looks like things are really moving with the waitlist! Good luck everyone!

  • 816. zchisolmel  |  April 24, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Was wondering if anyone has toured Galileo or STEM recently….. or if any current Galileo parents have any information about the school pros and/or cons. Gonna call today to try to schedule tours for both…any info would be helpful. Thanks!

  • 817. zchisolmel  |  April 24, 2015 at 5:10 am

    @Dawnee222 and AMarie thank you for the info on Thorp, O. We are waitlist #10…tier 1. Will let you know if we get a call by next Wednesday.

  • 818. HydeParkMom  |  April 24, 2015 at 6:37 am

    @Southside Tier 3 Mom, thank you for the information. We decided to choose CICS-Irving Park. Our son has an IEP and special needs. After looking at both CICS offers more in regards to accommodations and diversity. It was a tough choice though.

  • 819. MamaLlamma  |  April 24, 2015 at 7:18 am

    It really bothers me that A a Jackson only did one your at the beginning of the school year in October and refuses to let prospective parents see the school at any other time. We have a wait list number in the teens and probably will never hear back from them but even if I did, I don’t think I have enough info to make a good decision. It comes off really arrogant and rigid…like just because they have great test scores, they don’t have to reach out to the community.
    Has anyone been called off the Sheridan wait list?
    We turned down a spot at Lenart because we were worried that the rigorous focus on academics and heavy workload would kill our child’s natural love for learning. It’s not enough to get first grade worksheets instead of kindergarten worksheets, IMO.

  • 820. Jasmine  |  April 24, 2015 at 8:24 am

    @ MamaLlama We are Tier 3 #5 on Sheridan WL and have not received a call and I was also wondering if their WL moves much since this would be our first choice. Please let me know if you hear from them

  • 821. Christina  |  April 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Wondering our chances now that I’m seeing all these numbers. Anyone have thoughts on our chances with the following breakdown?

    Brentano #16 General
    Disney #77 Tier 2
    Goethe #86 General
    LaSalle II #23 Tier 2
    Newberry #11 Tier 2

    We’re #245 General for Burr, so I’m guessing that is a no go. Would love some encouragement (or a reality check) from everyone on whether or not we’ll be heading toward private school next year for Kindergarten.
    Good luck to all!

  • 822. Christine  |  April 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Christina – I was just offered a spot at Goethe (we were #61 on the waitlist), but we turned it down since we have a spot at STEM. Your number at Brentano looks pretty good, too.

  • 823. Christina  |  April 24, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    @Christine…thanks so much! Was starting to doubt our chances based on what I was hearing. We’ll cross our fingers (and toes)!

  • 824. Kcabral  |  April 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    @Christina 821 & 823

    We were tier 3, #19 last year on Newberry’s waitlist and got a call with an offer in mid-July. I think your chances there are good.

    I’ve heard Burr’s waitlist moved A LOT last year. I wouldn’t hold out for Burr but you may be closer to an offer than it seems. Sorry I’m not so helpful here, but trying to look positively 🙂

    Combined with Christine #822’s info, I definitely don’t think you’re destined for private school, just have to wait a little longer to get an offer. The waitlist dance is in full swing.

  • 825. Christina  |  April 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    @Kcabral…thank you as well for responding! The info you provided is encouraging!

  • 826. Irving Park Mom  |  April 24, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I think most of your numbers actually look pretty good. From what I remember from last year’s thread, Burr and Goethe went very far into their wait lists. Personally, I don’t think you have anything to worry about at all.


  • 827. Avondale Mom  |  April 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Just wanted to say that we received an offer from Prescott (we were number #81 on the list). We declined because we accepted an offer at Murphy.

  • 828. Christina  |  April 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    @Irving Park Mom…thanks to you too! You all have been so reassuring!

  • 829. totismomi  |  April 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I can not de-stress.

  • 830. Swiseman  |  April 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Anyone have an idea where Hamilton is on their wait list? Just curious.

  • 831. 1stgradenow  |  April 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    @Swiseman, a friend whose daughter goes to Hamilton, told us last weekend that Hamilton was up to the 30s on the k wait list. Not sure if they went further this week.

  • 832. Swiseman  |  April 25, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for the info. We are #66 and didn’t really think too much of it, but now I’m wondering if we might get called. I can’t seem to find out far they went on the list last year.

  • 833. CPS mom by choice  |  April 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I sure wish all schools would do what Ravenswood is doing. They’re publishing their waitlist status….imagine that–transparency! That shows that they take parents’ needs/emotions/stress levels into account…or they just don’t feel like answering the phone with all of the parents calling them! (They’re currently on No. 54 for K if you don’t feel like clicking…)


  • 834. hoping for Sheridan  |  April 25, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Anyone holding out hope for Sheridan? Is a single digit wait list position a long shot?

  • 835. Cal  |  April 25, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Any thoughts on these chances? #3 WL Stone? #22 Coonley? Entering 5th grade. Thanks.

  • 836. WRP Mom  |  April 26, 2015 at 7:35 am

    @Cal, I think you may have a shot at Stone, but it may not come through until summer for a non-entry year grade. Good luck!

    As for Coonley, it sounds really unlikely. There was a post yesterday on the SEES thread stating that the school has so many kids in boundary, they seldom even extend sibling seats. I wonder if they go through the wait list at all.

  • 837. Westsidemama  |  April 26, 2015 at 8:32 am

    We declined our spot for K at Sheridan. For Hamilton–the principal e-mailed and said they made it through the late 20s last year.

  • 838. MamaLlamma  |  April 26, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for sharing about declining your spot at Sheridan, WestSideMama! May I ask what tier you are in? We are tier 4, number 10…does anyone know if we have a chance? The school seems like such a great fit for us in terms of diversity, rigor, and creativity. We will be giving up a spot at Mayer for Sheridan if we get called.

  • 839. nearsouthmom  |  April 26, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Congrats @southside tier 3 mom.
    We are number #4 tier 3 for Jackson and waiting on that call!! I hope I didn’t miss it. Starting to feel anxious and paranoid.

  • 840. southside tier 3 kindergarten mom  |  April 27, 2015 at 9:39 am

    @nearsouthsidemom call the main office to ask where they are on the list. Also just FYI registration is next Monday evening so if you don’t get a call before then you need to call first thing Tuesday morning to see if there are any spaces open. You might also want to save the school’s number in your phone so you will recognize it and answer right away when you are called. Good luck!

  • 841. zchisolmel  |  April 27, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Just spoke with Galileo. .there registration is Tuesday and Wednesday and they will start calling from the airlift after that. Also, if you’d like a tour you can so by for one Tuesday or Wednesday starting at 9am..just an fyi…
    Got my fingers crossed…..still hoping for a call

  • 842. overwhelmed mom  |  April 27, 2015 at 10:02 am

    @ zchisolmel: Do you need to call to say you want to tour Galileo? Or can you just show up?

  • 843. Cpsteacherandmom  |  April 27, 2015 at 10:12 am

    We just got a call from Burr, we were number 93 for K. Not sure if we will accept. We are also #13 on proximity waitlist for Thorp, which is what I really want. Anyone have any news from Thorp as to how far they are on the waitlist?

  • 844. zchisolmel  |  April 27, 2015 at 10:59 am

    @overwhelmed mom the young lady I spoke with said just stop by during registration which is 9-5 Tuesday and Wednesday

  • 845. Snapshot  |  April 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Are there any Burr parents on here that would like to share their experiences with the school?

  • 846. re: Sheridan  |  April 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Two years ago, we were on Sheridan’s Tier 4 WL for KG at #20. We received an offer the day after school started. I recall calling them and asking about WL movement, and they were very helpful/friendly.

  • 847. Sheridan update  |  April 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    To anyone interested in Sheridan: Spoke to someone today. They are registering this week and the lady said to call back next Monday for info as they should have a better idea of the numbers.

  • 848. Burr Dad  |  April 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I have a daughter in second grade at Burr and one that will be in Kindergarten there next year. We are very happy with the school and really love the sense of community with students and parents. All of my daughters teachers have been excellent. The principal is very approachable and very responsive to the parents. They also have before school and after school programs. Hope this helps.

  • 849. Kay  |  April 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Any thoughts on McPherson?

  • 850. Christina  |  April 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    For those looking for LaSalle II status on the waitlist, they are doing the same thing as Ravenswood and posting every Monday where they are in the queue:

  • 851. Swiseman  |  April 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    How far does Disney usually go into their lists?

  • 852. johnamartini  |  April 27, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Called LaSalle today, zero movement on Tier 4 K waiting list, not anticipating any as all Tier 4 K spots confirmed their acceptances…

  • 853. Samara  |  April 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Curious if anyone has any thoughts on Hamikton VS Waters

  • 854. cps veteran  |  April 28, 2015 at 8:46 am

    853 – if one is your neighborhood school – pick that.
    if one is closer – pick that.
    otherwise, this veteran’s suggestion is to pick the school that’s larger.
    in cps larger schools tend to have: more budget leverage/leeway, more parents to raise $$, more diversity, more programs, larger staff to help run the school, overall more resources.
    Best of luck.

  • 855. CFB  |  April 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Hi guys here were my results:

    Entering K
    Tier 4

    offered: Norwood Park
    Ebinger: WL – Gen- 14
    Pritzker: WL- Gen- 32
    Skinner- WL- Gen- 972
    South Loop- WL- Gen 366
    Disney – WL Tier 4- 410
    Disney II- WL- Tier 4- 61
    Beaubien-WL- Gen- 317
    Edgebrook- WL- Gen- 157
    Wildwood- WL- Gen- 20
    Thorp- WL- Tier 4- 7
    Newberry- WL – Tier 4- 15

    I accepted at Norwood but I just got a call from Thorp that they have a spot for us. I don’t know what to do. I like Norwood because it’s small and very close to us. Thorp is about 3 miles away so not too bad but Norwood is about 1 mile away.

    I think i’m sticking with Norwood. Any thoughts?

  • 856. Cathy  |  April 28, 2015 at 10:27 am

    For you Ravenswood waitlisters, we just got offered a spot and are accepting. Tier 4, #63.

  • 857. Thorp vs Norwood  |  April 28, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Perhaps take a look at what class sizes are like at each school.

  • 858. nwparent  |  April 28, 2015 at 11:24 am

    @855: I have a 1st grader at Thorp and a few friends at Norwood. I think both are good choices. A few differences: if there are younger siblings, they will be guaranteed a spot at Thorp. Norwood (in past years anyway) has said they will not guarantee siblings (you should ask to be sure!). Thorp has a comprehensive gifted program starting in 1st grade and many more exracurriculars than Norwood. You would be in the busing boundaries for Thorp, but Norwood doesn’t have busing. Thorp goes 7:45 – 2:45; Norwood is 8:45 – 3:45. Norwood is small, has no lunch room — but usually keeps class size small (25ish). Class size at Thorp is 29. Both have off-site after care.

  • 859. Amanda  |  April 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Anyone have any info about Swift Elem? I was poking around GreatSchools and was a little surprised to see it listed as an 8. Is it really that good?

  • 860. nadja2  |  April 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    FWIW….There is an appeal process that is now open on the Office of Access Enrollment website. I made a mistake on my twins application. I applied one twin to Lasalle II and one to Lasalle. I didn’t realize there were two schools. So I was advised to do an appeal. There is no guarantee that they will grant a change and amend my application. But it is worth a try. I am sharing just in case anyone else might have an odd situation to appeal.

  • 861. totismomi  |  April 28, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Stem. Tier 2. Waitlist 1. Accepted. 🙂

  • 862. Christine  |  April 28, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    @totismomi – congrats!! Great news!!

  • 863. totismomi  |  April 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Thanks Christine. I just told my friend that people on this blog say everything eventually works out. I think I believe. Lol. At least I’m thrilled right now.

  • 864. Undecided  |  April 29, 2015 at 8:54 am

    For those awaiting Lasalle II I just wanted to let you know that we are giving up our Tier 4 kindergarten wait list #14 spot. I just called the main office so the list is moving again! Good luck!

  • 865. JR  |  April 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Can anyone give any insight on Patrick Henry Elementary School? It is our neighborhood school and probably our only option at this point. Our lowest lottery #’s were Farnsworth 25 and Prussing 26 and Wildwood 38. Prussing might get to us but not sure. Farnsworth and Wildwood laughed at us when we called and asked about the wait list.

  • 866. to JR  |  April 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    JR–there is a “year-end” CPS lottery for those schools that anticipating having spots open in September. The selection is usually limited for KG, but there is no harm in applying. You need to check the OAE website for more information. Be warned that window for applying is very short. Also, if you like Prussing, keep calling and asking. I believe they have some movement on their WL.

  • 867. Disney waitlist  |  April 29, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    FYI Received an offer from Disney I today. Tier 3 #1. So they have started calling from WL.

  • 868. Snapshot  |  April 29, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    The OAE site has a scrolling message that says the year end CPS lottery mentioned in #866 will start on 5/11. More options! More choices! More waiting!

    I heart CPS.

  • 869. Christina  |  April 29, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    #868 – what is this lottery and what does it all mean? I thought I was educated on the process for CPS, but this is new to me.

  • 870. LearningCPS  |  April 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    @ 859 Swift is our neighborhood school, though my child goes to an SEES. In my research (when we didn’t know if she would get another school offer) and from living in the area I can say that they have a very motivated principal who has done a lot in the past few years to advance the school. They have a fairly recently (last year or two) created Friends Of group trying to create more funds and support for the school and have a solid arts and music program being an arts magnet cluster. The building is large and has a pool, so swimming is part of the curriculum around 3rd grade, I think.

    The student body has a high level of ESL kids as there are a number of Edgewater families who have moved here from other countries, and my understanding is they do a good job supporting ESL students. We take the bus from Swift every morning and the sense we get as we have waited for the bus in the mornings is that the teachers and bus monitors care about the students.

    It is rated level 1 by CPS and is definitely improved from where it was 5-6 years ago, but to say it is a great school might be a stretch, I can’t give any insight into how it is in terms of actual teaching/academics first hand though. Our Alderman is very vocal about supporting all the Edgewater neigborhood schools and Swift offers different events (movie nights, hosts community meetings, etc.).

  • 871. IrvingParkMom  |  April 29, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    We were offered a spot at Chappell which we’ll decline–#18 on WL, I believe.

  • 872. zchisolmel  |  April 30, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Just wanted to share my experience when we toured Galileo earlier this week. The schoo lfor our purposes is too big but the children seemed well behaved and attentive in class. We got a chance to meet with the principal who has been there since November 2014 and has a background working with/at gifted/SEES schools. The school doesn’t have a playground, but they have an agreement with the park district to use the park which is behind the school, there is a gymnasium that the children use twice a week and there are science labs for all students beginning at kindergarten. The project the current kinderartener’s are on is hatching eggs…so that was quite interesting. The principal also stated that the max class size for kindergarten was around 30 I think ,but they try to keep it down..not max out the class.(~580 students) Overall we feel that it wouldn’t be a good fit for our little guy….mainly due to the size.

    Needless to say this was more than a little disappointing being that we were hoping for Galileo or STEM so I guess its just STEM now which we liked also because of the size.(smaller than Galileo)

    Ever attempting to be the optimist…I have to admit that now I’m worried almost freaking out again..why you may ask….. well it seems like nothing moves on the tier 1 waitlists. I see some of the waitlist numbers for tier 4 in the 30’s..40’s, and I think the 60’s. We are number 26 for STEM which more than likely means NO offer for us as a tier 1, we are 4 for Galileo…tier 1 and may get a call but we will decline the offer if made. Hope that is a help to someone out there.

    Also, I see something about applying May 11th but does that apply to people that are already in application/selection process or would this only be for new applicants….just curious. Thanks for listening…..

  • 873. nadja2  |  April 30, 2015 at 5:41 am

    @zchisolmel thanks for your post in Galileo. If you do get a call can you post on here when you do? I am tier 1 numbers 5/6 ( twins). I plan to accept when I call. I don’t have too many other choices since my waitlist numbers for other schools are very high.
    Also from what I understand the next application period is open to anyone.

  • 874. zchisolmel  |  April 30, 2015 at 6:06 am

    @nadja2 no problem I can definetly do that! When we were there Tuesday the office did say they would start calling today and if you do accept the principal staged that she is planning on having an orientation with the new parents and children so they can meet one another and also get a chance to tour the school as well.

  • 875. MamaLlamma  |  April 30, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Has anyone on here managed to go to the once-a-year tour that Andrew Jackson holds? If so, can you share what you saw? What was the student work on the walls like? What kind of discipline approach does the school have? Do they use many different teaching methods or is it mainly direct instruction (students sitting, teacher lecturing).

  • 876. Sloop Dad  |  April 30, 2015 at 8:21 am

    @872 Keep in mind that STEM isn’t done adding grades. By the time they are full in 2 years, they will have around 540 students, and there are already serious space issues. Tiny gym, tiny cafeteria, tiny playground. This means that kids spend most days without getting any meaningful exercise. The lunch periods range from very early to very late. I wouldn’t be so quick to turn down Galileo. Galileo also has a more experienced, mature principal.

    STEM’s principal is extremely divisive, and the school culture is a hot mess. Teachers yelling at each other in front of the kids, the principal throwing insults around. My wife and I are looking for a way out. We would jump on an offer from Galileo.

  • 877. CPSAppalled  |  April 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

    We were offered a spot at Ravenswood for 6th grade (WL#1) but we will decline. Even though we are impressed with the school, and especially the principal, my daughter does not want to change schools again. She is happy at Peirce and wants to stay for the IB Middle Years Program.

  • 878. totismomi  |  April 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

    @872. Have you called stem to see what number they are on? Watching the numbers on here, you mostly see t4 parents reporting. They made calls early thus week. You would at least have a good idea of how many people turned down 1st round t1 spots. They told me they only had 1 t2 decline so far. Also the late lotto is for everyone to Try for remaining seats.

  • 879. MamaLlamma  |  April 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Hey SLOOP DAD, very interesting info. Did STEM get a new principal or something? I visited their prospective parent open house last year and it was so impressive what the teachers were doing…especially the K-4 Science teacher and the art teacher and the award winning technology teacher. The passion in those teachers was palpable. STEM was one of our top choices until we got a nosebleed wait list number in the 180s. :(. I am wondering what happened. Was it just a show they put on? Or was their a turnover in leadership?

  • 880. curious  |  April 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Any feedback on Hamilton from current families?

  • 881. westloopdad  |  April 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Has anyone in the westloop compared Skinner West neighborhood to STEM?

  • 882. Amanda  |  April 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

    @870 — thanks for the feedback on Swift. It is our assigned neighborhood school too, and I’m just wanting to see if it is a viable option for us if SEES/RGC/Magnets fall through. I’m super excited about all the wonderful things happening in Edgewater these days, and I hope some of that pixie dust falls on the schools….

  • 883. LearningCPS  |  April 30, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    @882 – Amanda, if you are on the Ruth’s List Yahoo group or FB page, I would put a post up for more feedback if you haven’t already; I know there are some Swift parents on there.

  • 884. Kcabral  |  April 30, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    @SLoop Dad and any current STEM parents —

    Is STEM’s LSC in the process of firing the current principal and hiring a new one? I’ve been browsing the LSC website periodically and they’ve posted meeting agendas and minutes that make it seem that way.


  • 885. zxhisolmel  |  April 30, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    @sloop dad wow thanks for the info had no idea. ..maybe we will reconsider Galileo…your giving us something to think about.

  • 886. Galileo information  |  April 30, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Galileo has a new principal her name is Jodi Pinkerton. She has a lot of experience in CPS. I know her from Suder Montessori when she was an assistant principal. I hope she is doing good things at Galileo.
    Galileo has some very good teachers. The 1st grade teacher is one of the best in the city. Galileo also has Sheridan park next door, so many kids use the park district programs for afterschool sports,etc. I love the old school building too. great library and gym. The is one of my favorites in the cps. It is big, lots of natural light and a great view of the city and UIC. I know parents that have had their kids graduate from Galileo, many early on wanted the kids to go to Andrew Jackson but as years went on they were very happy with Galileo and glad they stayed.

  • 887. #7Galileo hopefully waiting  |  April 30, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I am crossing my fingers for Galileo, I always wanted my daughter to go there tried for years and nothing….she is now a freshman at Northside College Prep! I am number 7 on the wait list for Galileo, Kinder, Tier 1…..I had such high hopes to get a call….My only problem is I have a 4 year old and I wanted them to go to the same school and from my understanding Galileo doesn’t have a Pre-K program….IF I did get I call and I REALLY want to accept what are some Pre-K options for me in that area???….I work at Malcolm X College so I want to keep everything in the same area…I’m also number 8 for Beaubien grammar school and I LOVE that school just as much as Galileo and they have a Pre-K program…I can’t imagine people turning down seats to that school though :(…….

  • 888. MomOfTwo  |  April 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Any thoughts on Hayt? It’s our neighborhood school and it has a comprehensive gifted program starting in 1st grade…

  • 889. zchisolmel  |  April 30, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Also just an fyi I got a call from thorp this afternoon and they did not leave a message… I called back and they took my info and will give it to the kg teacher who will give me a call tomorrow… Also no email…I assume they were calling about the kg waitlist. So remember answer all numbers… I work at night so when they called i was sleeping. I was also told that they are giving 24 hours for a response /decision.

  • 890. Dawnee222  |  April 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Zchisolmel, what was your WL # and tier? I called Debbie at Thorp today and she was not available. The lady that answered said I should call tomorrow because Debbie was still waiting to hear back from several parents. I would love to know where they are on the list. The wait is killing me. I’m #10 tier 3.

  • 891. Secondtimearound  |  April 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Just an FYI, we were #3 on the Tier 3 WL for Thorp and I called today (as I was told to call back earlier this week) and was told we had a spot for K! Ms. Dean said she had other calls out and was waiting for parents to call back, but that she definitely had a spot. She didn’t really give me a time limit, but asked if I could come in tomorrow which I said yes. So we are accepting.

    Hope that gives you a bit of an idea of where they are on the waitlist at least for Tier 3. In speaking with them this week, they have been very helpful about the waitlist movement.

    Hope you get your call soon!

    As a side note, any other Thorp parents want to comment on the school? I have read a ton of good things, attended a Friends of Thorp coffee and toured the school, but the more information the better!

    Good luck everyone!

  • 892. Maria  |  April 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    @zchisolmel—-We r waiting for Thorp to call l, what number and tier r u guys?

  • 893. Dawnee222  |  April 30, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Secondtimearound congratulations on getting a spot for K at Thorp. We are nervously waiting. How did you find out about coffee time? Is it in on their web site?

  • 894. zchisolmel  |  May 1, 2015 at 2:01 am

    We are number 20..tier 1

  • 895. zchisolmel  |  May 1, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Typo number 10

  • 896. Cathy  |  May 1, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Ok, I know this sounds obnoxious. But if you had a choice between Ravenswood and Waters, which would you pick?

  • 897. Maria  |  May 1, 2015 at 7:12 am

    @zchisolmel——I forgot to mention CONGRATS! We are tier 2 #21. Hopefully….it’ll happen!

  • 898. Maria  |  May 1, 2015 at 7:16 am

    CONGRATS Secondtimearound. Waiting…waiting…waiting…lol. Enjoy ur weekend!

  • 899. Amanda  |  May 1, 2015 at 7:58 am

    @883 — LearningCPS — thanks for the tip!

  • 900. Peter  |  May 1, 2015 at 9:17 am

    @896 Cathy, I think it’s a toss up, really more style differences than anything, both seem like good options.

  • 901. cpsteacherandmom  |  May 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Just an FYI, Thorp said they are full for proximity students entering K. Not sure about tiers. We were #13 proximity and never got a call.

  • 902. Snapshot  |  May 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Forgive me if this was answered already, but how do the multiple wait lists fit together? Say for example I have #5 on a tier 2 wait list. Does that mean that they need to get through the 5 people on the proximity, 5 people on sibling and 5 on tier 1 before they get to me? Does that actually make me #25?

  • 903. zchisolmel  |  May 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    @snapshot this is a piece from an earlier post where I asked a similar question for my case I am tier 1 so same rules apply for all the tiers. Hope this helps! Info provide by Kcabral thanks again for the info!

    In your situation and others applying for with magnets/schools where the tiers apply, the waitlists only move within each tier.
    You said you’re tier 1. You need people within tier 1 to decline spots in order for you to get an offer. If you’re #5 in tier 1 at Stone, you need numbers 1-4 in tier 1 to decline for you to get an offer. If 50 people in tier 4 decline, for example, it won’t make any difference for you (unfortunately).
    This is my understanding of the tiers. If anybody sees something inaccurate, please correct me! 🙂 Good luck!!

  • 904. NearSouthSider  |  May 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    @Snapshot–If you are #5 on a tier 2 waitlist, that means that four people on the tier 2 waitlist have to turn down their slots before you are called. You don’t have to worry about those other lists because you are not in those pools.

  • 905. Dawnee222  |  May 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Okay then, who gets called first if say they only have two spots available? WL #1 proximity, WL #1 tier 1, WL #1 tier 2, WL #1 tier 3 or WL #1 tier 4?

    I called Thorp today for K and was told they are at #5 in tier 3. She said she’s still waiting in call backs from parents. I’m #10 tier 3 and I’m not getting a good feeling. Congrats to those who were offered spots.

  • 906. Dawnee222  |  May 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I worded that incorrectly. Say proximity is satisfied…and there are two spots left. Do they automatically go to tier 1, WL #1 and WL #2? Or one WL #1 from each tier?

  • 907. Jen K  |  May 1, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    @905-6 someone had to turn down a spot in order to move onto the WL. If a person in Tier 1 declined, they call the next person on the Tier 1 WL. Proximity declines, call proximity WL, etc.

  • 908. Maria  |  May 1, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Okay guys…can anyone explain the 2nd lottery starting May 11th? I applied back in December, Do I have to apply again? What schools will be offered? How will I be notified? Confused about this one?

  • 909. LSmom  |  May 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

    CPS posts the second lottery online. You can apply again, but it only includes schools that still have room after exhausting their entire wait list. For K, the available schools are not usually the ones that are highly sought after.

  • 910. Maria  |  May 2, 2015 at 10:04 am

    @LSmom…thank you! Would u know if I accept a second lottery pick, would I be taken off the other schools waiting list? Example, we r hoping to get into Thorp but we r on the waiting list. If we apply for that 2nd lottery, will we endanger our hopes of getting a call from Thorp?

  • 911. LSmom  |  May 2, 2015 at 10:34 am

    @Maria — no, all the magnet/neighborhood school lotteries are independent, so you can take an offer from one school and remain on other wait lists. It’s only with RGC/classical schools where taking one offer means you won’t get other RGC/classical offers.

  • 912. Maria  |  May 2, 2015 at 10:41 am

    @LSmom…thank u! Off to see him in his first baseball little league game at Horner Park…he’s a cubbie this year….

  • 913. Sloop Dad  |  May 3, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    @884, the current STEM principal is not being fired. She’s an interim principal. The LSC is going through the (way too dramatic) principal selection process.

  • 914. Southside Tier 3 Mom  |  May 5, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Recieved a call from Newberry today. We were #8 on waiting list. Tier 3. Declined offer. Good luck!

  • 915. Murphy Mom  |  May 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    @190 Vinny and @354 RGardener, I am a current Murphy parent and we are so happy with the school. We have both of our children there and they are loving school! The principal, asst. principal, teachers, support staff, etc are all wonderful. The principal has done a great job hiring collaborative and invested teachers. Let me know if there are any specific questions you have about Murphy and I’d be happy to share.

  • 916. LS Mom  |  May 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Does anyone know if we accept a spot with a charter school, will we lose our spot with a CPS school? We already accepted a spot at a CPS neighborhood school, but just got an offer at a charter school. I have 24 hours to make a decision, but haven’t even toured the school yet….Thanks!

  • 917. Patty  |  May 5, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    thanks Southside Mom…I’m 19 on tier 2. Cross your fingers that they get down to me!

  • 918. Susan  |  May 5, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    So we were offered a spot at Solomon (we were waitlist #13) and accepted. Any other new Solomon families out there? We are about 4 miles from the school and would love to find another family to carpool with. We live in East Rogers Park.

  • 919. Lily  |  May 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Got an offer to Suder waiting list #7 tier 4 going for Pre-K. Can anyone provide insight, ranking to this school?

  • 920. Maria  |  May 7, 2015 at 11:10 am

    To explore other school options, I encourage you to visit our website (cpsoae.org) and click the ‘Options’ tab — this page will be updated periodically as we receive information about schools that have seats available. In addition, please note that our office will have a second application process in May for magnet, magnet cluster, and open enrollment schools that still have seats available. This process, called the End-of-Year Citywide Options Program, will take place May 11-22, 2015; the application and related material will be accessible at cpsoae.org (under ‘NEWS’) starting May 11th. Available seats are filled via computerized lottery; parents will be notified of the status of their application the week of June 2nd.

  • 921. Suder4Lyfe  |  May 7, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    @919–You can see my previous response at #569.

    My kids love Suder and are learning and growing.

    If you have specific questions, I can give you more specific answers.

  • 922. RogersParkMama  |  May 7, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    By way of update for those looking at Pierce, we just released the #70 wait spot, upon receipt of an offer today.

  • 923. Lily  |  May 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    @921 – Thank you for your comments, it helps. I will come back to you if I have more specific questions.

  • 924. LKShoredrive  |  May 8, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Just called Drummond & Suder for Pre-K3 and they said they have made all calls and all spots have been taken (at least at this point)

    Tier 3 – #2 for both schools!! and did not get in. Ugh.

  • 925. CPS mom too  |  May 8, 2015 at 10:06 am

    @924, hang in there. We got a call from Suder during the summer a couple of years ago. Things do still move, sometimes by a lot.

  • 926. Christina  |  May 8, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Does anyone have any thoughts/insight on Goethe?

  • 927. LSmom  |  May 8, 2015 at 10:25 am

    @Christina, there was a nice blog post recently about Goethe on RYH’s page: http://ilraiseyourhand.org/content/goethe-elementary

  • 928. Maria  |  May 8, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Just called Newberry…fyi…they are up to #5 on tier 2 waiting list…

  • 929. Avondale Mom  |  May 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Just an FYI — we just got a call for Goethe Kindergarten, we were #83, and we declined – hope that helps someone!

  • 930. CPS mom by choice  |  May 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Any thoughts on Peirce versus McPherson for Kindergarten? I rarely hear much about either of those schools…I keep hearing “up and coming” but I’m wondering how up and far they’ve come at this point. Anyone?

  • 931. JLS  |  May 8, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    We were offered a spot at Peirce. Kindergarten, tier 4, #56 on wl. Declining.

  • 932. MomOfTwo  |  May 9, 2015 at 6:11 am

    I live just outside of Peirce’s boundaries and the school had very good buzz in the neighborhood. I have a little one who attends PreK there, but we are high up on the wait list for K. There are lots of options for tuition based enrichment at school and they have a tuition based afterschool program. They have a brand new playground. Middle school IB program. The community feel at the school has been great. When I visited a K classroom, there was quality instruction happening, but I would have liked to see more evidence of differentiation… but I was only there for 10 minutes. The LSC seems with it (I’ve talked to a parent member) and they are in the process of hiring a new principal.

  • 933. LS Mom  |  May 9, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Peirce parents! I also have a question about Peirce. I recently enrolled my twins in the school for kindergarten. I went on a tour of the school last week and was impressed, especially with the small class sizes. My conundrum is that one twin was just offered a selective enrollment spot at Pritzker. I am thinking of turning it down for many reasons, but mostly because I don’t want to separate my kid. They are very close. My question is, allow with the last commentator, is there differentiation at Peirce? Will both of my children be challenged?

  • 934. Chicago School GPS  |  May 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

    CPS’s End of Year Citywide Options application has opened: http://www.cpsoae.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=355553&id=0

    They are accepting applications to 20 elementary schools like Columbus, Prescott, Ray, Goethe, and Chappell. Applications are due (can be scanned and emailed) by 5PM on May 22. Families will be notified by mail the week of June 2. They don’t say which grades have spots available, but those are the schools accepting new applicants.

  • 935. Sarah  |  May 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I don’t understand how they are holding a lottery for open spots already… I am on the waitlist for Columbus and Goethe and was never called?

  • 936. Chicago School GPS  |  May 11, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    It is confusing. Call the schools to inquire where they are on their lists. As with most growing schools, the K grades tend to be the hardest to get in to but these schools may have room in all grades. They don’t say on the application which grades they have spots for, unfortunately.

  • 937. Columbus  |  May 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I know for Columbus that we are in 20’s out of 100+ on the waitlist for kindergarten without the second lottery. However, we have exhausted the waitlist in a few of the higher grades that have a couple of openings, so we are listed in the second lottery.

  • 938. Swiseman  |  May 12, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Could anyone weigh in on Agassiz vs Prescott vs Hamilton?

    We got in through the lottery for Agassiz, which we love and have accepted our spot. We got a call from Prescott yesterday but I am pretty sure that Agassiz is a better fit for us… But I was speaking with the principal at Hamilton (well I called to ask about the waitlist, a woman asked me my number and told me they weren’t there yet, but did not tell me where they were and I didn’t leave my name. I got an email that night from the principal, who must have looked me up by our number and took the time to email me (majorly impressed) and he told me that they are at WL 50 and that he estimates a 30% chance that we might get a call by Septemeber.)

    So now I am struggling to pre-decide between Hamilton and Agassiz in the event we get a call because by that time I think we will have to make a quick decision. Help! Agassiz and Hamilton both seem wonderful and I’d love to hear your opinions or which you’d choose and why… And Prescott? Should I consider it over Agassiz?

  • 939. south side pride  |  May 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    For those watching mark Sheridan… We just turned down the proximity #1 wait list spot for kindergarten. (Kiddo is going to the NTA rgc program next year.) Good luck!

  • 940. Goetheparent2014  |  May 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    @Christina 926 My daughter graduated from Goethe 2014 the school teachers and principal are GREAT, my daughter and step son both got into Northside College Prep but we did prep classes as well and my daughter was a part of the Chicago High Jump Program that prepared her for a College Prep High School! It was a great school up until my daughter hit middle school so I was cringing each year passed by to get her OUT of there. Good school but you have the neighborhood kids with not such great parent upbringing. There is a big population of your ghetto type of kids there and they can wrongly influence any child. There was a huge problem with the young girls thinking cutting was cool, I had to bring this to teachers attention and they told the parents but it never stopped. Maybe it was just a bad bunch of kids at that time, I’m not sure, but I’m definitely not sending my toddlers there thanks to the horrible last 3 – 4 years experience, again it wasn’t the school it was her surroundings. My daughter has all new friends and I have a little stress removed from my back, lol.

  • 941. stillwaiting  |  May 12, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    We are enrolled at Goethe, but just got an offer from LaSalle I – #12 on the waiting list, tier 2, for kindergarten. Trying to decide between warm and fuzzy and language/rigor. We have until Friday at 3:30 pm to let them know.

  • 942. Curious  |  May 12, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    @stillwaiting – You have the scenario my husband and I talk through every once in a while. “What would you do if…?”

    Good luck. 🙂

  • 943. Trying for #2  |  May 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    @still waiting can u tell me how Lasalle contacted you? We r number 5 on tier 3 waitlist and I am worried we missed a call.

    Thanks so much!

  • 944. JLL60618  |  May 12, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Regarding Lasalle II wait list, check the school’s website. They are listing current numbers, updated weekly.

  • 945. CPSconfused  |  May 12, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Just got a call from Ebinger WL #5…is that a good school? Anyone know anything about it? Thanks.

  • 946. Cathy  |  May 12, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Does anyone know if the Franklin waitlist has moved at all?

  • 947. Maria  |  May 13, 2015 at 6:36 am

    End of the year application turned in today. I work downtown so I dropped it off. Now more waiting…the week of June 2nd. And still hoping for Thorp.

  • 948. Hopeful  |  May 13, 2015 at 9:37 am

    The Franklin waitlist was moving…we were 9 on tier 3 and accepted a spot weeks ago. They are having an additional Kindergarten classroom this year! Good luck!

  • 949. stillwaiting  |  May 13, 2015 at 10:00 am

    @trying for #2: Unless your number has changed, I think it’s unlikely that you missed their call; they called my cel and work numbers and left detailed messages on my voicemail and with my co-worker. Sorry 😦

  • 950. Secondtimearound  |  May 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks @stillwaiting…I called Lasalle-I today and it seems I have not missed a call. However she said that they have called 2 off of the Tier 3 waitlist and as of today, they are full from the Tier 3 list. So great news that they have moved so far through your Tier wait list! Congrats. She said she does not anticipate calling more from Tier 3, unless of course someone backs out over the summer.

    Hope that info helps someone else as well….but not the best news.

  • 951. ??  |  May 14, 2015 at 6:36 am

    @Hopeful Have they already added the class or are they planning on doing so soon?

  • 952. Hopeful  |  May 14, 2015 at 7:30 am

    From what I understood, they are filling the number of seats to fill 2 classes whereas in previous years they have only had 1 kindergarten class…but I don’t know if they offered all spots for 2 classes from the beginning or if they are just adding spots for second class after first round offers. I had initially called them to check on the status of my waitlist/number and the woman on the phone was very nice and told me how far down they were on the waitlist. If I were you I would call and do the same.

  • 953. Hmmm  |  May 14, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Last Friday, I received a phone call offering our son a 3rd grade seat at Decatur Classical (Tier 3, Reading: 99, Math: 97) . He’s currently at Hawthorne, so it’s a difficult choice.

    Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks in advance for your time.

  • 954. CPS Parent  |  May 14, 2015 at 8:57 am

    @Hmmm. I was in a similar situation as my soon to be 1st grader was offered an RGC spot and is currently at Hawthorne. After visiting all of the classical and RGC schools, I personally feel confident in our choice to stay at Hawthorne. I’m not sure if you have a younger child, but the sibling preference is big for us as we love the feel of our family’s school/community. In the year that we have been at Hawthorne we have become very invested in the community and feel a strong connection to the school and parent/kid community. We also live very close to Hawthorne and love that aspect of our connection to the school. I am an educator and academically I have been very impressed with Hawthorne. I would be curious to hear your thoughts on 1st and 2nd grade (and wondering if you have been unhappy considering you tested your child), but for kindergarten I feel that they have worked very appropriately with my child (who is now reading on a 5th grade level and who entered K as a very advanced reader and high in math as well). When my daughter tested for classical heading into K she did only ok with a 90% in math and 94% in reading. After her year at Hawthorne kindergarten she tested for classical at 99% math and 99% reading and got a spot at an RGC with a strong gifted score. She has clearly grown academically at Hawthorne and is happy in the more well rounded setting than Decatur can offer. I also feel like much of what they are doing at Hawthorne (in K at least) is really a year ahead academically (and I say this as a knowledgeable educator). The Arts Partnership showcase that we just attended literally blew my mind – I have never seen anything like it done at that level with kindergarteners. I also love the size of Hawthorne – with 64 kids in each grade it is big enough to find your niche and not too big to get lost. I personally strongly disliked the vibe of the principal at Decatur and was very concerned about the lack of consistency in the curriculum when I asked probing questions about math and reading/writing curriculum. I have definitely come to believe that accelerating an entire class a year has literally no purpose in education and individual differentiation in a heterogenous class is so much more appropriate. I had one teacher bad mouth the principal and another teacher to me just on the brief tour I attended at Decatur. I didn’t even put Decatur on my list for my daughter as it just didn’t feel like a sunny, happy place to me. I felt like the environment, energy and vibe of Decatur did not even come close to comparing to Hawthorne’s warm, professional, and motivated, but not stressful vibe. Again, only one person’s personal experience and might be different for others (I know some love Decatur). Anyway, hope that helps at least a little – I’m clearly rooting for Hawthorne 😉

  • 955. --  |  May 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

    # 954 – CPS Parent. I want to thank you for post and all the positive words about Hawthorne. My daughter will be in K at Hawthorne in the fall. I chose this over Blaine and Disney. I fell good about my decision but never the less keep second guessing myself. Reading all you had to say has helped me feel confident about my choice. If anyone entering Hawthorne as a K is interested in setting up a play date please let me know.

  • 956. hamiltoncurious  |  May 14, 2015 at 11:28 am

    After receiving no CPS offers initially, we enrolled our son in kindergarten at St. Matthias, which I felt really good about. Just received an offer from Hamilton and toured. The school looks great on paper and the tour revealed a strong, growing neighborhood school. But it’s not our neighborhood, and I don’t know any families who have children there. My research tells me that the principal is fantastic — but how much of the school’s quality is contingent on him? What happens if he leaves? Any intel from a parent would be really helpful before we tell St. Matthias we’re no longer interested. Obviously, a tuition-free option would be very appealing.

  • 957. Cathy  |  May 14, 2015 at 11:39 am

    @hamiltoncurious, I would jump on Hamilton if I were you! We have the option to enroll our St. Matthias PreK kid for Kdg and we chose not to. I honestly could not reconcile paying for what St. M offers on a practical level with what can be offered at a good public school for free. Not a knock on St. M at all, just for me it personally did not add up. I know many people at St. M that feel differently.

    I toured Hamilton and was so impressed. I was so bummed to see our high waitlist # for Hamilton. I know teacher friends from other good schools whom have toured Hamilton and they were very impressed with the quality of instruction and differentiation. Yes, the principal is amazing, but he has put in place an amazing staff, from the looks of it. If you can swing the commute, I would do it.

  • 958. hamiltoncurious  |  May 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks, Cathy! We are really
    leaning that way. I literally have not heard anything negative about Hamilton in my sleuthing so far, and your comment is super helpful in corroborating what I’ve seen. I do feel bad about rejecting St. M, though! They have been so helpful in this process (that’s the Catholic guilt in me…)

  • 959. Curious  |  May 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    957, thanks for the information about Hamilton! We have heard similar things.

  • 960. Drida  |  May 14, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    #854, @CPS Parent: Seconding the comment written by “–“, #955, thank you so much for taking the time write more about your experience at Hawthorne. Like “–“, while I am thrilled that my son will start at Hawthorne for K this fall given all the good things I’ve read about it, but deep inside, as any mom probably does all the time, I wondered if the decision was the right one. Your comment was very helpful in easing that tiny anxiety today. Thank you! Looking forward to joining the community. And as my son is already saying, go Hurricanes! 🙂

  • 961. Decatur Parent  |  May 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    @ 953 I know nothing about Hawthorne, but have a child in 1st at Decatur. Key things for me in your position would be if you have younger siblings (we have a 2nd child and have no idea if they will be able to go to Decatur when it is time for K), the commute (is it going to be a easier or a challenge to get your kid to Decatur vs however they currently get to Hawthorne) and how your child is currently doing…are they thriving at Hawthorne already and you just tested to see what other options might be out there, or are they bored/not challenged/not happy, etc. Also, Decatur only goes to 6th grade, so if that is a concern for you it has to be factored in if you are entering the school in 3rd grade.

    We have been very happy at Decatur, and have found the experience to be well-rounded for our child – not just a focus on academics but a fabulous art teacher, an energized and new music teacher, tap for the lower grades, Latin (which my child loves) and definitely more to the day than just reading/math. The projects and public speaking that has been happening in first grade have been really impressive to see! For me the lack of differentiation in the set curriculum hasn’t seemed to be an issue since so many of the kids there are working at the same high level. I would have been more concerned about that if we had been at our neighborhood school.

    Our child loves going there and has thrived. It has not felt like a stressful environment and has been appropriately challenging but not rigidly so. The parent community and PTA strives to create connection amongst the parents with ongoing communication and school events. Even with that, building parent-to-parent relationships is a challenge since kids are coming from all over the city, but that doesn’t impact the day-to-day of my child’s experience at school. Everyone has their own preferences as to what school is right for their child and their family. Decatur has been right for us, and I’m sure whatever decision you make will be the right one for you. Good luck!

  • 962. Thorp  |  May 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I called Thorp, but was told that K is full as of now. However, the woman was not willing to let me know, if anyone from Tier 2 was called on the wait list and if so, at what number they stopped. Does anyone know? It makes this process so not transparent.

  • 963. Maria  |  May 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Called Thorp a couple of days ago…was told the same thing. They have called everyone they are going to call…until the first day. When I asked how far they got on the waitlist, I was told again…”we called everyone we needed to call, the next time we will contact anybody is on the first day”. Nothing else.

  • 964. Goetheparent2014  |  May 16, 2015 at 8:18 am

    @941 Still waiting oh wow Lasalle is a great school I would definitely say the quality to be much better there, that is a school I had hopes for but got wait listed some ridiculous number.

  • 965. zchisolmel  |  May 18, 2015 at 10:52 am

    FYI just got a call from Galileo for a spot… we declined. Good luck!

  • 966. HydeParkMom  |  May 18, 2015 at 11:21 am

    What tier and number were you?

  • 967. stillwaiting  |  May 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Goetheparent2014, thank you for your feedback. We have accepted the offer from LaSalle and kind of can’t believe our good fortune.

  • 968. Hmmm  |  May 18, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    @954 and @961… Thank you very much for sharing your experiences at Hawthorne and Decatur. After some deliberation, we decided to decline the seat at Decatur and have our son continue his education at Hawthorne. For those interested in hearing my thoughts, several factors led to this decision.

    Decatur is farther away from our home, so it would mean a longer bus ride — probably about 15 minutes longer than the bus to/from Hawthorne, if routes are similar to the past few years.

    Although we might choose to apply to an Academic Center in a few years, we do not want to be forced to do so due to Decatur’s lack of 7th and 8th grades.

    Over the course of last week, I spoke to four Decatur parents, all separately over the phone. Two of them were very happy at Decatur, and two of them weren’t. One of the Decatur parents also has a daughter that recently graduated from Bell’s options program. She insisted that Decatur does not nurture the whole child as well as Bell’s program. Rather, she believes that Decatur’s focus is almost solely on academics. This was an especially helpful comparison, as we also have a daughter currently in Bell’s options program.

    While waiting at our local bus stop this past Friday morning with a few other SEES parents, one of them said that Decatur “sort of has a reputation as a place where fun goes to die.” The other parents chuckled, but none refuted. This sad statement about Decatur was, of course, anecdotal, but it kept rattling around my head for the rest of the day.

    In his short time at Hawthorne, our 2nd grader has been somewhat academically underchallenged, but he’s happy there — which is, by far, the most important thing to our family. The teachers, staff and community have all been very warm and welcoming to him, as this has been his first year at Hawthorne. Previously, he attended Drummond Montessori from age 3 through 1st grade. We love the teachers, staff and community there, too.

    In an effort to learn more about Hawthorne’s upper grades, I spoke to two parents — one with a 7th grader and one with an 8th grader. One of them transferred to Hawthorne from a CPS Classical SEES school two years ago, and they are very happy with Hawthorne. They feel like the academics are plenty rigorous and are glad they made the transfer. So, I’m hoping that Hawthorne’s academics will grow more rigorous as my son grows older.

    I *really appreciate* the several Decatur and upper-grade Hawthorne parents that took the time to share their experiences with me. It was very helpful. In the end, no one knows where these different paths will lead, but my wife and I are confident in our decision to keep our 2nd grader at Hawthorne.

  • 969. Hmmm  |  May 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    @967, LaSalle Language Academy just hired Ms. Bazer, Hawthorne’s Assistant Principal, as their new principal. She is terrific, and will be sorely missed by Hawthorne and surely appreciated by LaSalle!

  • 970. zchisolmel  |  May 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    @966 we were tier 1 number 4 for Galileo

  • 971. zchisolmel  |  May 18, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Just got a call from Stone today we are number 5 tier 1

  • 972. GalileoParent2016  |  May 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    YES! Got that call from Galileo and we are IN!!! I couldn’t be more happy at the moment, my son will be starting Kinder with Galileo instead of going to private school, St. Genevieve. My ONLY problem is trying to figure out what to do with my son after school since I work 9-5 pm (i’m less than 5 mins from his school) and my other son should be in Pre-K but they don’t offer Pre-k at the school. Any suggestions!?!? Where to put my 4 year old in the same area and after school programs in the area? I’m going to the Galileo’s website to see what programs they offer.

    OH we were Tier 1 and number 7 on the wait list!

  • 973. nadja2  |  May 18, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    @zchisolmel thanks for posting. I called Galileo because I was tier 1 #5/6 ( twins) and I didn’t get a call. They said the tried to call me but because I listed my cell which is a long distance and my contact they couldn’t call me!!!! She said since it was long distance they couldn’t call me. I work for CPS and I get called on my cell all the time….anyways… I accepted the seats!!!! YAY
    @ GalileoParent2016….my twins will be there too. I am so excited. I asked the school about after school programs and I believe since they are across the street from a Chicago park, there is an after school program there. Hopefully that is the case, because that is what I want to do. Congrats!

  • 974. GalileoParent2016  |  May 18, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    @Nadja2 thank you so much for the information…..I’m googling that park to see what programs they have now! Congrats to you too! The school is great, our kids are in good hands!

  • 975. Decatur Parent  |  May 18, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    @ 968 I’m glad you’ve made a decision that is right for your family as you considered all factors; certainly a hard decision to think about moving schools.

    Completely separate from your decision making process, it makes me sad to hear that people share Decatur as a place where fun goes to die or that the whole child isn’t being nurtured as that hasn’t been our experience. Everyone has their perspective and their expectations, so I respect all opinions and experiences. All I know is I have a child who is so happy and thriving emotionally and academically and just really loves to go to school at Decatur so it is frustrating when I hear these types of anecdotal things being shared.

  • 976. Swiseman  |  May 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Just wanted to ask one more time if anyone had an opinion of Agassiz vs Hamilton?

  • 977. Hmmm  |  May 19, 2015 at 11:24 am

    @975 Decatur Parent, We’ve had kids at LaSalle II, Drummond Montessori and Bell. Parents at all of these schools hold a wide variety of opinions, and I’m sure it’s the same at Decatur. 🙂 Anecdotal evidence is just that — one person’s opinion.

  • 978. Mckinley Park Parent  |  May 19, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    So just called Andrew Jackson. I’m position number 15, Tier 2. They said that they called two people from the waitlist and that tier is now full.

  • 979. One and Only  |  May 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    For those who are waiting for Newberry, we declined an offer today. Tier 3, WL# 13

  • 980. NMA  |  May 20, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Has anyone heard much about the teacher contract negotiations? I have heard murmurs of another possible strike. I do not want another strike, it went so long!

  • 981. newcpsmom2015?  |  May 20, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    @979 One and Only Thanks for your update. We are Tier3, WL#27 for Newberry. Not sure if we can get a call or not.
    Another issue is Newberry runs till 2:30pm. It’s a headache for working parents a little bit far. Does Newberry have any after-school program? Is there any Newberry parents willing to comment? Thanks a lot.

    We do not have good luck with lottery. Also waiting for a call from Galileo, Proximity, WL#22. Yesterday, they are on 9.

  • 982. Christina  |  May 20, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    @981 (newcpsmom2015)…Newberry has two after care programs…
    Right at School Right Club until 6 pm or JYCS until 6:30 pm.

  • 983. Newberry parent  |  May 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    @981, We use the Newberry Right at School Club and really like it. From a working parents perspective, I really like the school hours. I can drop off early enough to get into work with plenty of time, or even stop in the school for meetings at am drop off if needed.

  • 984. newcpsmom2015?  |  May 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    @982(Christina) and 983(Newberry parent) That sounds great. I appreciate your prompt responses very much. Have a good day.

  • 985. Newberry Mom  |  May 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I second comments made by @983 Newberry parent. I am a working mom and the hours allow me to get into work easily. To be sure it is hard getting out the door in the morning, but the afterschool programs are great. I used the afterschool programs until this year, when I got a UIC student who does pick up/homework with my kids after school.

  • 986. Another Working Newberry Parent  |  May 21, 2015 at 9:30 am

    My son will be starting 1st grade at Newberry this Fall. Besides the afterschool programs already mentioned, I was told there is bussing available to certain parks for the Chicago Park District afterschool programs. I think there are about 10 parks they will bus to, including Sheridan Park and another one near the University Village area. We plan to do this as we live on the near south side. It’ll bring him a little closer towards home and hopefully make afternoon pick up a bit easier.

    I, too, am stressed about the hours and wonder if I’ll ever relax if we’ve made the right decision, sigh. But Newberry seems wonderful and it’s nice to know there are other parents there with similar concerns.

  • 987. newcpsmom2015?  |  May 21, 2015 at 10:56 am

    @985. Newberry Mom| Sounds a great option too.

    @986. Another Working Newberry Parent| That’s interesting!

    I just got a call from Galileo while typing this post, and we are in!! Galileo is very near to our home. At this moment, I also want to thank you wonderful Newberry moms for your nice comments. Love you.

  • 988. elaina  |  May 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    PreK 4

    Drummond 232
    Inter-American (Tier 4 E) 75
    Mayer 198

    Here’s to another year paying out of pocket? :-/

  • 989. RGardner  |  May 21, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Just got an offer for Murphy, 1st grade (we were number 10 on the wait list). Anyone have any input on Murphy? Thanks!

  • 990. KCabral  |  May 21, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Just got an offer for Pritzker (magnet cluster) for 1st grade. We were #13 on the waitlist. We will most likely decline and keep the offer we have already accepted for Newberry.

    It is nice to see waitlist action, though! There’s still hope

  • 991. Lisa  |  May 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    to 976 swiseman – jumping on a little late to this thread but hopefully it will still be helpful to know that we are very happy at Agassiz. I don’t have any opinion about Hamilton. I have a kindergartner at Agassiz right now and will continue for 1st grade. Both K teachers are great. They have gym, drama, music, dance, library, arabic… Only thing missing is an art teacher but working on bringing one back and its less of an issue in K since they do so many projects in the classroom. Parents are really nice and I think the school is continuing to improve. Hope this helps.

  • 992. Avondale Mom  |  May 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    @989 — we also got an offer for Murphy for K and accepted! I visited the school and was very impressed with the school’s philosophy and teachers. And the principal is amazing — she met with me for an hour (until 7pm!) to help me make the decision and also invited another parent in to come speak with me! I have also heard from other current parents that love it; there are a couple of parents on this thread that have said you can contact them. I would schedule a visit!

  • 993. Columbus  |  May 22, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Got a call from Ravenswood yesterday (#90 on the wl for K – they have not updated their website in 2 wks). It is a lot closer to us than Prescott where we are currently registered (2.5 vs. 5 miles). I toured Prescott a liked it, but did not fall in love. I did not get a good impression of the principal. I have not been to Ravenswood. There before and aftercare at Ravenswood, correct? Any parents out there from either school with thoughts? 48 hours to decide…

  • 994. Maria  |  May 22, 2015 at 6:12 am

    @Columbus. First, congrats for getting the call. We r actually in the second lottery for Prescott. For right now, I have registered my 5 yr old at Greeley Elementary. I was looking into applying for Ravenswood and aftercare…they do have something called BASA for aftercare.

  • 995. cpsparent  |  May 22, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Ravenswood is a great school, call the office and go on a tour before school gets out. They have an after school program and many after school activities.

  • 996. Ravenswood parent  |  May 22, 2015 at 8:48 am

    @Columbus – my son is fininshing up Kindergarten at Ravenswood and so far I am very happy with the school. It is a very welcoming, inclusive environment, with a dynamic principal and a lot of parental involvement. There is before and aftercare run by Youth Guidance, with some grant supported free (this year, at least) enrichment programs.

    All in all, you should have no qualms about sending your child there, but I’m of the opinion that “school choice” is more of a curse than a blessing, since it causes us to obsess over minute differences that are probably inconsequential in the long run. That’s not to say that all schools are the same, just that there a many great schools in Chicago where our children could thrive.

    If Ravenswood is a better location, there’s no reason that shouldn’t be the deciding factor. It was for us.

  • 997. Albany Park parent  |  May 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

    No comment on Ravenswood or Prescott (no experience other than tours) but totally agree with 996. Ravenswood parent that commute is super important in all this school “choice” craziness. depending on routes and traffic, 2.5 vs. 5 miles could be a big difference in the day to day experience for your family. My kids are 4 miles away from their school (in opposite direction from where I work) and it feels like it is the absolute max we can handle, given traffic/time stuck in the car.

  • 998. Catholicschoolmom  |  May 22, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Just declined a spot for Galileo. We were waitlisted tier 3 #7. Hope someone can take advantage of this. Good luck to everyone

  • 999. MoMo  |  May 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Galileo 1st grade #5. Got a call yesterday. Is there any current Galileo parents can offer some insight of the school? Thanks in advance.

  • 1000. Murphy Mom  |  May 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    @989 We are currently attending Murphy and there are really great things happening there. My youngest will be entering 1st too! Feel welcome to call and schedule a tour, or come to a Community Sing (usually the last fri of the mo, so May 29th @ 8am) which is always followed by a tour. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I’d be happy to share. Best of luck with the decision and I hope to see you in the Fall!

  • 1001. new stem parent  |  May 24, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Are there any incoming stem parents that will be utilizing any summer programs. I would love to have my child meet some children prior to the first day.

  • 1002. Decisions, decisions!  |  May 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Hi everyone! Can anyone provide info on Mark Sheridan after school programs?

  • 1003. Wavering  |  May 27, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Any Andrew Jackson Parents out there that can shed some light on life after Mr. D(previous principal)?. I don’t want to pull my 2nd grader from a decent school to a school going downhill. Newberry vs. A. Jackson. Yes, I get that A. Jackson is phenomenal but is it the same? Should I just sit sill?Thanks!

  • 1004. teacher/mom  |  May 28, 2015 at 9:42 am

    We just got an Inter-American pre-K wait list call. I have to let them know today. Help! Talk to me about this school, please.

  • 1005. Sabrina Raaf  |  May 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Got a call from Galileo on May 22 with offer of a spot. Gladly accepted!! We were wait listed, tier 3, #12.

    Still waitlisted at Sheridan (proximity, #47), A Jackson (tier 3, #93), and STEM (tier 3, #23). Doesn’t sound like generally they make it past the early 20’s in the waitlists for any of these three schools though. Anyone have a different experience?

    Galileo seems pretty great, to any extent. Big sigh of relief that we got in there!

    Wish Galileo had an after care program. Apparently there is a program at the Sheridan park district right next door that serves as after care. I was told there’s also one nearby at a place called the cordi-marian center.

    Any Galileo parents have feedback on the sheridan park after school program vs the cordi-marian center after care?

  • 1006. Dana Duran  |  May 30, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Any news on the wait list for peterson? has anybody in the teens declined?

  • 1007. mommyof3  |  June 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Anyone have any info on the second lottery?

  • 1008. Maria  |  June 2, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    No second lottery news as of yet. But it says this week. We are hoping for Prescott

  • 1009. Jessica  |  June 4, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Anyone know if there has been movement on the Tier 4 waitlists at Franklin or Hawthorne? If so, any ideas what number they are on? Anyone know generally which schools most often go into higher (200+) wait list numbers? We have very low numbers at Franklin and Hawthorne but all others are higher and I’m starting to think we shouldn’t expect to hear anything.

  • 1010. Cathy  |  June 4, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Hey Jessica! In regards to Franklin, we were #23, Tier 4. I called earlier this week and asked where they were on the waitlist. They said that we are now #9 on the waitlist to be called. It sounded like maybe they just have a general waitlist that they have have pre-ordered now, but I could be totally wrong. The woman on the phone said that all slots are filled currently and that “everyone has registered.” So, pretty much we woul need 9 people to un-enroll between now and Sept. in order for my son to get a spot. But feel free to call, they were very nice. For me, I would take Franklin above Hawthorne. Strong academics plus super strong arts make it an amazing option.

  • 1011. cpsparent  |  June 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    For tier 4 last year, Franklin didn’t get to number 10. Hawthorne typically doesn’t get above single digits for tier 4.

  • 1012. Cathy  |  June 4, 2015 at 10:56 am

    cps parent, this year the odds of Franklin going higher up the waitlist are a little better as they added a second Kindergarten classroom, when last year they just had one. Hawthorne, however consistently has 2 K classrooms. Of course the odds for both schools are still not great, when you consider that they are each filling about 60 slots including siblings.

  • 1013. LB  |  June 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Waitlisted #11 @ thorpe for kindergarten…called today and was told classes are full, admission is closed, but may open up after school year ends?

  • 1014. Maria  |  June 4, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Oh wow. They told me the same a few weeks ago. But did not say how close they were to my number…we have #21 for Thorpe

  • 1016. stem  |  June 5, 2015 at 8:47 am

    1015, the STEM LSC just did similar, but didn’t even interview any candidates. The current principal’s staunchest supporters voted to turn over the decision to the area chief because they didn’t want to put the principal through the interview process. (Not sure what they were afraid of.) Pretty short-sighted if you ask me. From the outside, it looked like they were throwing a long, slow tantrum.

    Here’s hoping for some great new principals at Jackson and STEM.

  • 1017. cps veteran  |  June 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    whoa ! that’s very disappointing that STEM & AJLA couldn’t get it together. Neither of these LSC’s were facing a sudden admin departure …. they both had time to prepare and execute a search and hiring. I would be disappointed in the LSC if I were a parent at those schools. Wow, the one thing that can be locally controlled (principal hiring), they kick to the network.

  • 1018. CPSconfused  |  June 5, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Got a call from Drummond PreK3 today and accepted! The waitlists DO move. My other child got into Ebinger for K off the WL as well. Both are great schools, but are in complete opposite directions. I will have to decline the Ebinger K spot probably.

  • 1019. Maria  |  June 5, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Just FYI,

    Lists have not gone out yet for the 2nd lottery or end of the year. I called the 2 schools I applied for and they haven’t gotten any list yet for the 2nd lottery. If anyone is waiting for Chappell from the end-of-the year, when I called she told me that it’s very unlikely she’ll call from the second list, she’s not completely done with the first list yet and she’s almost full.

  • 1020. LKShoredrive  |  June 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    @CPSconfused what is your tier and WL#? COngratulations!!!!!

  • 1021. CPSconfused  |  June 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    @LKShoredrive Thank you! I was tier 4 #2.

  • 1022. inactive user account  |  June 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Didn’t take long for Alcott to realize mixing with brown skin children isn’t want they want for their freakishly white kids. Separating from the brown Alcott College Prep. Huh.

  • 1023. inactive user account  |  June 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    This morning Mr. Estrada spoke with parents at ACP East. His address encompassed the state of our school in general as well as his concerns about Alcott’s future under a “single school model” The presentation was followed by lively discussion. For those who were unable to attend and/or want to continue the conversation this is a reminder that he will be repeating his presentation at 5:00 p.m. at the West Campus.

    I’ve attached a talking points paper that Mr. Estrada distributed this morning that addresses some of the issues discussed. I would like to add some points that are not on this list, but that are important:

    1. Any proposal two separate the two schools would include a provision providing current Alcott East students the right to enroll in Alcott West (a “grandfather clause”);

    2. While Mr. Estrada has one year left on his current contract, he has committed to seeing this issue through to resolution by the Board of Education. What happens after that is in large part up to what the Board decides.

    3. While Mr. Estrada is having discussions with his supervisors and executives at CPS, any proposal put to the Board of Education will come from our Local School Council. While we have requested a recommendation be made to the LSC, at this time there there is not a specific proposal before us and no vote has been scheduled.

    It is difficult finding a forum/means for information to be passed along, questions asked, and opinions made known that works for everyone but it is tremendously important. Summer schedules not withstanding we hope to have another forum prior to any action by the LSC. In the meantime, PLEASE contact any LSC member http://alcottschool.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=206057&type=d&termREC_ID=&pREC_ID=406769 or parent member of the Strategic Planning Committee (Kelli Wildermuth, Suzanne Kravitz, Karen Corkin) with any questions/thoughts/comments.

    The guestion is straightforward: Are the interests of the students at both schools best served by a single administration or two. I welcome your thoughts.

  • 1024. cj  |  June 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Any letters for the second lottery?

  • 1025. bn  |  June 10, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Just received the letter for the 2nd lottery today, so keep your eyes peeled…

  • 1026. feeder schools  |  June 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    @1023: Where is the presentation file you mentioned? It could be a very interesting read.

  • 1027. Cj  |  June 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Bn, any offers? If so, was it for kg?

  • 1028. Maria  |  June 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Waiting for the 2nd lottery letter also.. but won’t get home until 7ish…but I cross my fingers we get an offer…come on Prescott

  • 1029. cj  |  June 10, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Maria let me know if you got an offer. Waiting to get home as well to see if I got lucky this time around.

  • 1030. Maria  |  June 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Waitlisted again! Prescott #6 and Chappell #31. I called Chappell and there’s really no hope. But is it crazy for me to have hope for Prescott?

  • 1031. cj  |  June 10, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Prescott #6 for kindergarten? I called Prescott weeks ago and they told me they had a alot waitlisted for kindergarten that she doubts they would get very far. Number 6 is not bad, hopefully they do make some calls and get the waitlist moving.

  • 1032. Maria  |  June 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Will call Prescott tomorrow to see if they could give me a “reality check” and tell me the odds of getting in. I am #21 for Thorp but they aren’t calling anymore until the first day of school. Fingers crossed!

  • 1033. bn  |  June 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Cj, offers at von Linne and Palmer, and waitlisted at Columbus(6), Goethe(28) and Prescott(35).

  • 1034. Maria  |  June 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    @cj….did u get a letter, an offer?

  • 1035. bn  |  June 10, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Cj, and yes, this was for kindergarten.

  • 1036. cj  |  June 10, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    bn, offer at von linne and scammon. Anyone have any info on these schools?

  • 1037. kd  |  June 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Please clarify something for me if you all can, if you didn’t do the second round of lottery, does that mean your first round of wait listed numbers are no good anymore?

  • 1038. seriously  |  June 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    We turned down an offer for K at OA Thorp.

  • 1039. Dawnee222  |  June 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Seriously: were you just recently offered a spot at Thorp? Or was the offer from several weeks ago?

  • 1040. Anna  |  June 12, 2015 at 8:43 am

    kd – Your waitist numbers are still good. The second lottery involves schools that have exhausted their lists already.

  • 1041. Seriously  |  June 12, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Sorry, I’m late posting this but it was a few weeks ago.

  • 1042. One and Only  |  June 12, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Regarding the second lottery, I don’t see how it could be schools that have already exhausted their waiting lists bc we are on the first list for Prescott and Goethe and haven’t received a call from either. I’m pretty sure someone posted that they applied to those schools for the 2nd lottery. We already have a kdg spot, so this doesn’t affect me, but people might want to call the schools directly so they know for sure. Good luck.

  • 1043. bn  |  June 12, 2015 at 11:04 am

    There’s a disclaimer on the 2nd lottery letter that states, “Some schools may still be offering seats to students who were waitlisted from the fall 2015 application period. These waitlists will have to be exhausted before offers can be made to students waitlisted through the End-of-the-Year process.”

  • 1044. Maria  |  June 12, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Just called Prescott and Chappell. They have NOT exhausted their lists yet. Chappell told me they are almost full and have abour 20 left on their list

  • 1045. nearsouthmom  |  June 15, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Update on Andrew Jackson. We were offered a kindergarten spot late last week and we are accepting. Tier 3, #4.

  • 1046. TigerDad  |  June 24, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Can anyone help me please? Which school is better NTA or Beasley? Also which is closer to Downtown for I live there. Thanks and your information in advance.

  • 1047. Sheridan update  |  June 24, 2015 at 8:33 am

    K offer from Sheridan Friday. Tier 2 #5. Accepted and giving up spot at Disney.

  • 1048. KCabral  |  June 24, 2015 at 9:36 am


    NTA is much closer to downtown than Beasley. Beasley is at 52d & State and NTA is further north, around Cermak (2200 south) & State. Depending on where you live downtown, you might qualify for bus service to NTA.

    Check out the CPS website for more details, too.

  • 1049. goodfeelings  |  June 24, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Just accepted a 3rd Grade spot at Drummond! 1st grader at Bell, so a bit of a zig zag commute but I’ll take it over our Old Town neighbourhood school.

  • 1050. WL7  |  June 24, 2015 at 10:18 am

    @goodfeelings, what was your rising 3rd grader’s waitlist number for Drummond? Thanks!

  • 1051. KAmir's Mommy  |  June 24, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Offered a spot at Turner-Drew yesterday, declined. Cannot recall precise waitlist number, Tier 4 (20 something I believe). Already accepted a spot at Lenart.

  • 1052. 1st lottery  |  June 24, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Got a 7th-grade spot at Hawthorne today. Any feedback on Hawthorne, especially for older grades, is much-appreciated.

  • 1053. feeder schools  |  June 24, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    If your child transfers to Hawthorne from an academically less rigorous school/program, starting with the 7th grade is probably a bad idea. The grades will figure into selective enrollment high school admissions, so the stakes are pretty high, especially for tier 4.

  • 1054. frustrated1  |  June 25, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    anyone here purposely enroll their kid at belding or was it because you didnt get in anywhere else?

  • 1055. re: belding  |  July 1, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Frustrated1 – Belding is a great school. I know quite a few kids who’ve gone or are going to Belding now and it’s worked out great for all of them. You are fortunate to have a such a good neighborhood school to attend. We live just outside the Belding boundary and would’ve been very happy to send our kids there.

  • 1056. Kinder Mama  |  July 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Frustrated1: I get what you are saying…..but I really hope you toured the school and talked with current parents prior to thinking this. We are at Belding and had a great kindergarten experience this past school year. I would highly suggest joining their FB page and you will see there are playdates set up for incoming and prospective families to attend. Hoping you can make it to one.

  • 1057. ??  |  July 7, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Does anyone know where Burr is on their Kindergarten General wait list? I have tried calling few times this week but haven’t gotten through.

  • 1058. HSObsessed  |  July 9, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Looks like Ogden elementary is at 105% capacity and even though they have a brand new school, there’s talk about asking for a new floor or annex. However, many suspect that there are many out-of-boundary kids enrolled, and there may be an audit to check residency. Interesting stuff.


    Part of the problem is that the population is booming in the Streeterville/River North area that Ogden serves. There was supposed to be a new CPS schools built in Lakeshore East, but a private Gems Academy was built instead.

  • 1059. Mary W  |  July 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Mmmm, maybe these Chicago public schools all suck? Obama’s buddy, Arne Duncan, is moving back to Chicago and sending kids to Chicago Lab Schools.

    “Education secretary, top public school advocate — sending his kids to private school”


  • 1060. Wavering  |  July 14, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Just got an offer from Hawthrone , K Tier 3, #12. I wasn’t expecting a call AT ALL. I asked for a day to think about it. Keep my K at his older sister’s current school and hopefully transfer him to A. Jackson for 1st grade under the sibling lottery OR take the Hawthorne spot and keep him there indefinitely. I don’t plan to move my middle child from A. Jackson but that’s two different schools, grr. This is hard. Help!

  • 1061. 312Mom  |  July 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Received a call from Oscar Mayer today. #7 on attendance area wait list for PreK-3. We declined as we have already enrolled elsewhere.

  • 1062. Christina  |  July 14, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    @?? #1057 – we heard from Burr this morning and they are at #135 on their general wait list for Kindergarten and are full. They told me to check back closer toward the end of summer to see if there has been movement.

  • 1063. Nicsma  |  July 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    @1060, Wavering, I can’t really comment on what would be the best choice for you, but I can’t help by think that three different schools, one for each kid, sounds like a lot of trouble. Did you try A. Jackson’s sibling lottery this year and did not get in? Also, both of your kids would be eligible to transfer TO Hawthorne next year if you enroll your little guy there this year, wouldn’t they? Just something to think about…

  • 1064. grace  |  July 14, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    @1060 I would find out what the sibling chances are at A. Jackson — if they are good, then it may make sense to keep your youngest with his sister. Our school has way more sibs than spots, so it’s really tough to score even a sibling seat in 1st-6th. Agree, though, that 3 schools is daunting.

  • 1065. LKshoredrive  |  July 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    We got a call from Drummond, Pre-K 3, Tier 3, #2 last Friday. We are accepting the offer. 🙂

  • 1066. HydeParkMom  |  July 15, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Does anyone know where Aggassiz is on their general wait list? We are #135.

  • 1067. Wavering  |  July 15, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Thanks Nicsma and Grace (1063 & 1064). It’s a lot to consider and you’re both right, 3 schools would be just too much. Nicsma, I could not enroll him under the the sibling lottery at A. Jackson b/c his sister will be new this year and I wouldn’t want to move her again nx year. My oldest will be graduating this year and moving on to high school so, I wouldn’t necessarily count her in the mix after this year. I think I’m just going to leave it alone for now and pray that he can eventually join his sister nx year or 2nd grade. Sigh….decisions decisions.

  • 1068. Nottoday9  |  July 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    1059. Makes sense to me. If Duncan sent his kids to a “good CPS school” people would be making comments about how they got in. Here he is paying tuition. What’s the problem? You folks who LOVE Chicago public education should be happy that his kids won’t take spots from your family.

  • 1069. One and Only  |  July 15, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    We got an offer today from Prescott. We were 116 on the wait list (general). We will decline.

  • 1070. Anonmom  |  July 16, 2015 at 7:24 am

    @1068, Duncan sent his kids to Ray (a CPS neighborhood school) before leaving for DC, and sent his kids to public school in Virginia.

  • 1071. CPS mom too  |  July 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Pierce is opening up spots. We got offers for 2nd and K. I can’t remember our numbers, though….

  • 1072. jen  |  July 16, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I wonder if it would make sense to start a thread about the budget cuts starting this fall and the ones that will come mid year too.

  • 1073. Maria  |  July 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    FYI…Prescott is on #124 for kindergarten , just called. And they have a total of 304 on their waiting list. If they exhsust that they will call from the end of the year waiting list

  • 1074. momof3fish  |  July 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    @1054 if you get mr schrauben, he is the BEST!!!!!!!

  • 1075. frannyglass79  |  July 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    We were just offered a spot at J. Ward. We already accepted a spot at LaSalle II T3. Does anyone have any insights into J. Ward??

  • 1076. Maria  |  July 19, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Good afternoon everybody,
    Opinions needed. To summarize, I have a kindergartener who scored a 126 for the Regional Gifted Centers and for Classical a 95 % in math and 88 % in reading. After re reading the letter we got back in March, this would qualify him but since he was not selected we need to wait to see if anyone declines, correct? If so, does anybody know the chances of him actuslly either making the Classical or Regional Gifted? Sorry if it sounds confusing…can anyone help me with this?

  • 1077. cpsparent  |  July 20, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    @1076 Maria – those scores are too low for most schools. Typically 144+ gets in to RGC. Classical scores are typically 98%+ in both math and reading.

  • 1078. Maria  |  July 20, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Okay thanx

  • 1079. mamaR  |  July 21, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Does anyone have any idea where the wait list is for FIRST GRADE at Sheridan right now?

  • 1080. mamaR  |  July 21, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    @819 Mama Llamma,
    If you really want to see Jackson, just go in during regular business hours, show them that you have offers elsewhere (especially if they are for gifted/classical) and appeal to their better nature. They were totally welcoming to me when I did that. It seems like a great school and I now (with the start time changes) kind of regret that I didn’t put my child there.

  • 1081. striking  |  July 22, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Have any of the Kinder lists been moving? It seems like things have been quiet all summer.

    On another note, I think it would be wise to look for childcare options during October/November with the impending strike.

  • 1082. Learning CPS  |  July 22, 2015 at 9:47 am

    @ 1081 – While the fear of a CTU strike is certainly a real one, I haven’t heard anything yet to indicate it is “impending” at this point enough to start making back up plans…have I missed something? Has there been a strike vote?

  • 1083. striking  |  July 22, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    No, but as a teacher, I feel like it is inevitable.

  • 1084. otdad  |  July 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    During the last strike, CTU got what they wanted. Another strike? This time is about Karen Lewis using our children as bargaining chips for political revenge, the sad defeat in the mayoral election. She needs more brain surgeries.

  • 1085. @ 1083  |  July 22, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I do feel both sides should bend a bit. I have the utmost respect for all teachers & I know you have a difficult job. My mom is a retired teachers. I know that all this time teachers have been paying 2% of the 9% of your pension. I think maybe they CPS could ask for an additional 3% more of the pickup bring the total to 5%. I found out that all other city employees contribute 8.81% to their pensions including police and firemen. State employees contribute 8% & judges & members of the general assembly contribute 11%. As a member of AFSCME we are looking at no step or cost of living increases and given the fiscal climate I don’t think unions should be asking for raises. I do think teachers should get lane increases as you all spend so much put of your own pockets to educate yourselves with no reimbursement from CPS. If you pick teachers a little more
    of their pension contribution & health insurance costs are held flat, I would hope that would be agreeable to all.

  • 1086. HydeParkMom  |  July 22, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I’m not sure if anyone answered my last question but, does anyone know where Agaissiz is for Kindergarten?

  • 1087. @otdad  |  July 22, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Really otdad? As a nurse that works with brain tumor patients, let me say that your comment, “She needs more brain surgeries”, is disrespectful, rude and tasteless.

  • 1088. Dr W  |  July 23, 2015 at 5:21 am

    “As a nurse that works with brain tumor patients”

    I think it must be contagious because it sounds like you have one. LOL.

  • 1089. Detroit Dan  |  July 23, 2015 at 5:26 am

    “If you pick teachers a little more
    of their pension contribution & health insurance costs are held flat, I would hope that would be agreeable to all.”

    Way too little, way too late. There need to be either significant cuts to pay and benefits or bankruptcy court. The cuts won’t happen, but Federal bankruptcy court will. And once it is in Federal court, any contract, no matter state law, can be modified. Illinois is over $100 billion in debt and unfunded pensions (with estimates up to $200 billion). Someone chipping in a whopping 2% more of pay will do squat.

    Let them strike. It will probably be better for the kids.

  • 1090. really??  |  July 24, 2015 at 8:29 am

    @otdad, your kids attend Skinner North, correct? If so, their day to day reality is vastly different from most Chicago Public School kids and teachers. Perhaps you should visit other schools to understand the conditions and limitations of other schools.

  • 1091. Val  |  July 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    We were #4 on the Suder waitlist in March, and as of today we’re #2 (tier 1). So it’s moving, but s-lo-w-l-y. Hopefully it picks up as the school year draws closer.

  • 1092. Val  |  July 24, 2015 at 12:54 pm


  • 1093. FB  |  July 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    We just released our son from Prescott Kindergarten as we moved into a neighborhood school boundary we like. We were offered a spot on the initial lottery with no waitlist.

    Also, we just got a call from Pulaski where we were #23 General and #82 at Goethe that we declined. I hope this helps someone else out!

  • 1094. ellejaeque  |  July 29, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    We gave up our kindergarten tier #3 spot at Prescott, turned down a tier #3 spot at Newberry and accepted a spot at Sheridan.

  • 1095. newstemmom  |  July 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Ok. I had to listen to this voicemail twice to be sure. We just got a call from suder for k. 2 years ago I would have been thrilled, but today I’m happy with our stem offer. We were 26(I think) on the list. We will be declining. If you are waiting on a call for this seat, you should call. They have us 24 hours to respond, but the call was a bit mixed up.

  • 1096. newstemmom  |  July 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Also, still looking for stem parents for play dates before school starts.

  • 1097. PrivateSchoolNoMore  |  July 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I just got a call for Suder (1st grade #51 on waitlist) but accepted an offer at Lasalle. Lasalle is a great school, but not convenient at all. Is Suder an acceptable choice? It is very convenient for us.

  • 1098. GraceSt  |  July 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm


    DNA info attempted a full list of start time changes, although it doesn’t seem accurate. Lane has reported differing start times for AC and HS; WY shows 9-12 only, another commenter indicated LPHS info was inaccurate

  • 1099. km  |  August 4, 2015 at 11:35 am

    1094. ellejaeque, would you please let me know what was your #on waiting list at Sheridan? Are you on tier 3? Thanks a lot.

  • 1100. KCabral  |  August 4, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Got a call from the VP at Burr a minute ago offering my son a spot for 1st grade. He was #30 on the waitlist. Declined, very happy with our spot at Newberry and we have everything set (logistically & otherwise) to go there. Although Burr is great, too!

    Good luck to all, the waitlists are still moving!

  • 1101. Moving Waitlists  |  August 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Got an email from Ray offering a slot for K. Turned it down because we already accepted at NTA. We were number 148 at Ray (general waitlist).

  • 1102. KinderCPS!  |  August 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

    My daughter is on the wait list at Alcott for K. When I called, the office said their neighborhood numbers are high and they aren’t calling anyone on the wait list. Anyone know if or when this may change? Day one of school…when kids don’t show up?

  • 1103. Kendra Osuoji  |  August 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I got a call for Beasley Academic Center on yesterday. My daughter is going to 5th grade (this is her 1st cps school btw, she has been in a private setting all of her life). I was originally # 62 on their list.

  • 1104. ajanimom  |  August 5, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Does anyone have any insight on Mitchell or Moos?

  • 1105. ellejaeque  |  August 6, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    #1099 We were #10 for tier 3 at Sheridan

  • 1106. Cin  |  August 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Doesn’t seem like my son will be accepted to either of the schools we applied for, so we will be applying again but for kindergarten. My question is how does everyone else seem to be able to apply to so many different schools and I was only allowed to apply to two? Am I doing something wrong? Any advice or tips would be appreciated!

  • 1107. KCabral  |  August 7, 2015 at 10:01 am

    @Cin/#1106 —

    How old is your son? It sounds to me like you were applying for pre-k, is that right? If so, there are fewer options there. The lotteries really open up for K and higher grades, and this is a different process from pre-k. The most slots available are for K since that is the entry year for most schools. Most people here are applying for K but some are applying for higher grades (my son will be entering 1st).

    For magnet/open enrollment/magnet cluster schools (no testing required) for K & higher, you can choose up to 20 different schools to apply to (i.e., enter lotteries). Each school’s lottery is separate and has no effect on any other school’s lottery. Testing for selective enrollment schools (gifted & classical), is a whole other ball of wax.

    Beware of the application deadline, long passed for the 2015-16 school year. It’ll be around early December 2015 for the 2016-17 school year.

  • 1108. Cin  |  August 7, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    @KCabral Thanks for the info!

  • 1109. CarolA  |  August 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    @1085 I agree with your suggestions. @1083….as a teacher myself, I believe there will NOT be a strike. There will NOT be enough votes. I won’t vote for it. Most younger teachers won’t either. I just hope they don’t TAKE a vote. We will really lose ground if there’s a vote and we don’t have enough votes. I say compromise is the answer. We all have to give a little and yes, we have already given, but let’s be real about it! Paying the pension is in line with everyone else in this world. It’s 2015 for goodness sake. Let’s not stay stuck in the past.

  • 1110. mrs  |  August 8, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Got a call from Wildwood yesterday for 7th grade. We were #5 on the list. We declined since we already accepted a spot at Disney II.

  • 1111. Jj  |  August 11, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Has anyone got a call off the waitlist for Nettelhorst?

  • 1112. Cathy  |  August 11, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    So Aggasiz must have completely blown through their waitlist because my son got an offer today for kindergarten. He was #363 on the waitlist!!! 363!!! It was one of our highest #s! What’s up with that, can anyone tell me? Aggasiz is a very, very good school.

    So, to recap for the soon-to-be anxious kindergarten class of 2016-2017, here were our offers in the order they were offered:
    La Salle 2
    Mc Pherson

    Our son is going to Ravenswood. This is just to say that the offers should keep coming, even if you are waitlisted. I say SHOULD as there’s no guarantee. Good luck.

  • 1113. Southside Tier 3 Mom  |  August 12, 2015 at 12:16 am

    We got a call today from Disney. Declined. We were number 19.
    Also got offers at:
    Turner Drew
    We went with McDade Classical

  • 1114. HydeParkMom  |  August 12, 2015 at 3:20 am

    We got a call from Agassiz and is accepting. We were #198. I heard that they go through their list every year. I believe the factors this year was due to the earlier start time and the elimination of certain bus transportation options. If anyone has any other insight please feel free to chime in.

    The only other call that I’m waiting for is Franklin. We’re #17 for tier 1.

  • 1115. JLP in LSq  |  August 12, 2015 at 5:47 am

    We got an offer from Agassiz yesterday around 2pm with a decision deadline of 6pm. They regularly sent out waitlist communications, including yesterday morning asking families to verify their continued interest. We were WL # 268, Tier 4. We are accepting, and changing our plans from Catholic school. This is the first and only offer we received, and it is a great fit for us so we’re very excited!

  • 1116. otdad  |  August 12, 2015 at 11:29 am

    @1112. Cathy:
    WL #363 is not that high a number, considering there are more than 600 schools in CPS. When we first filled in the application 2 years ago, we didn’t even sure where exactly those schools are located. I guess many parents only realized the logistic issue after they got the accepted. I won’t be surprised if the WL goes way further, and it has little to do with the school itself.

  • 1117. congrats 1100 KCabral  |  August 12, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Hey, congrats on Newberry! Glad you have transport worked out. Just happened to take a peek at this thread and saw the news.

  • 1118. Cathy  |  August 12, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    OTDAD, yeah, I understand the waitlist numbers can go high. My surprise is more that they go this high for such a high-performing and well regarded school. I wonder why the neighborhood is not embracing it- that’s what the high number says to me. As an outside observer with only rudimentary info, it seems like they should embrace it. Anyway, case in point, Waters is not calling off the waitlist at all for K this year. Also, we are #33 on the waitlist for Alcott and never got a call. I would have loved if my son got into Hamilton, but we are waitlisted at 157 and I was told back in March that they rarely call into the 40’s. I just wonder if they draw from a small boundary and lack families in that area? No clue. Just wondering & curious!

  • 1119. CPS Distressed  |  August 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    We received an email yesterday from Agassiz at 9:51 AM asking us to respond by 1:00 pm the same day (yes, 3 hours and 9 minutes notice) if we were interested in remaining on the wait list. As working parents who don’t prioritize our personal email throughout our work day, we responded to the email at 6pm. We received a response today that was confusing but sounded as if we would be put back at the bottom of the wait list. Our wait list number was low 300’s so it is interesting that we didn’t receive an offer since #1112 above had a mid 300’s wait list number and did get an offer.

    It seems that Agassiz’s strategy is to make their wait list null and void by creating unnecessarily unrealistic deadlines and checking off as many names off their wait list as possible so that they don’t ultimately have to follow it.

    It is unfortunate that each school is allowed to follow or not follow the wait list as they wish. This makes an already broken and unreasonable system even less bearable. We are expected to wait 5 plus months on these wait lists and we cannot even be given 4 hours or the courtesy of a phone call in addition to an email before being taken off the list?

    I know that I am preaching to the choir. Congrats to those who have managed to “win” thus far in this process.

  • 1120. Cathy  |  August 12, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Hey CPS distressed! So sorry for your Agassiz predicament. Yes, weird system that they use to blow through the lottery. They are doing it that way to eliminate people, but it seems totally weird and flawed. Their deadline seems so arbitrary that If you did not make their deadline, with a few hours notice, you should still get to stay near the top of the list.

    So, looking back, I got an email at 9:50 am yesterday that said that I had to respond to the email by 1pm in order to remain on the waitlist. We have gotten these types of emails through the summer from Agassiz. I did, thinking that my odds were slim, but it’s a great school. Then at 1:45 I got an email saying that our son was offered a spot and we had until 6 to decide, via email. I talked to my husband, and we decided to stay put.

    I’d complain to Agassiz and try to get at the top off the list. I just happen to be off for the summer, but most people work. Good luck.

  • 1121. kd  |  August 13, 2015 at 10:05 am

    @Cathy..Our son is going to Ravenswood (kindergarten) too..

    On Monday, we got a call from Prescott (Gen #215)..and they actually gave us until Wed. to decide. We wound up calling back a few hrs later and declined.

    We also, early on in the process, we’re initially offered a spot at Disney but after visiting the school a few times and taking many factors into consideration, we decided to withdraw his application and register him at Ravenswood (its our neighborhood school) and we are so happy we did. It was a very tough decision..But in all honesty, we really had to think long & hard about what environment would be best for our son & for our family and we felt it wouldn’t be a good fit for us.

  • 1122. CPSAppalled  |  August 13, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I think your assumptions about Agassiz might be correct. Based on my limited knowledge of the school, it seems that many families are out of neighborhood. Just look the intense drop-off/pick-up lines for cars. I have one friend who lives in the neighborhood with several children and won’t send them there. Bad experience with the previous principal. It seems to be a neighborhood mostly of young working professionals, not many with kids. Agassiz is a school like many others: some high performing aspects, some dead weights, interested and involved parents, and not a lot of neighborhood support. I believe that most parents don’t want to think about switching schools part-way through. However, not every school is going to be “the one” for the whole 9 years. Your child and/or the school may change and you need to be open to re-examining your situation. I heartily agree that all schools should follow the same time-frame for offering acceptances to families. Maddening the way it is now.

  • 1123. 312Mom  |  August 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Does anyone know, from current or past experience, whether the LaSalle proximity wait list moves at all? We have not been through this process yet, but wondering for the future. Thanks.

  • 1124. open spots  |  August 14, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    From CPS Office of Access Enrollment–
    list of schools that have seats available:


  • 1125. xtine  |  August 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Regretting Stone acceptance, now considering our local overcrowed but okay school, walking distance. Though classes are larger. Bad thinking?? Hearing from my mom group that Stone is losing lots of kids. Poor reading program, LSC that told parents they’d hire new principal then kept old one (???), kids watching porn on the school tablets. WTF?? Until now all I’d heard negative was playground turns into a mosquito lake and boys hold poop all day because there is only one stall. Obviously not big deals, but new news is freaking me. Input, please?

  • 1126. For xtine  |  August 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Did the feedback you heard about Stone come directly from parents who currently have or have had children attend the school? I do not have any feedback for you on the specific school myself, but I have seen firsthand how feedback from actual families at a school and feedback ‘through the grapevine’ can differ drastically so I would simply advise you to “consider the source.” I am in no way suggesting whether you should send your child to Stone or not. Only saying consider your sources before deciding.

  • 1127. HydeParkMom  |  August 16, 2015 at 12:54 am

    I love the above response! This response can also go for the poster that responded negatively about Agassiz without full knowledge about a situation due to not actually attending the school.

  • 1128. Edgewater Dad  |  August 16, 2015 at 8:22 am

    We just got a letter from CPS regarding bussing to Disney, where they have changed our bus stop from the school across the street and down the road a bit to a school about a 25 minute walk away (and their secondary option is even further)

    Anybody ever have any luck changing their school bus stop?

  • 1129. Patricia  |  August 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    @1128 Same situation here with bus changes. There is no safe option for my child to walk to and from without crossing chaotic very dangerous intersections. Also, 20+ minute walk. Didn’t CPS say that safety was their priority? It seems CPS threw some darts on a map and picked stops without considering the impact on families. I know my kids school was not consulted at all and it is a sure bet that CPS did not get input from any families impacted.

    For my kid, a stop with 2+ kids at Agassiz was removed and a stop with one child remained. How does that make sense? Even if they are looking at all the schools at once, keeping our current stop would serve an fairly large area where kids can walk without crossing dangerous streets. Plus, the school has a nice very wide one way street. Another stop on the CPS “approved stops list” is so narrow, congested and difficult for buses to navigate in snow. There are many families at the Agassiz stop that go to a variety of schools. The changes are going to rock their world. Two are low income families that the parents walk and have to get to work. Adding 25 minutes? Another has siblings at Agassiz and it simply will not work with another location.

    I had to laugh out loud when I read the letter. It says CPS will save $13.5 million. Hasn’t CPS already changed this number to $5 million because they backed off of some of the changes in start times? Inaccurate information on purpose? Or does the transportation department really not know how the numbers work? Or was the information out of date by the time the letters were printed? Regardless, it is another on size fits all forced edict from on high without an understanding of how a change impacts real families.

    I often try to give CPS the benefit of the doubt, but am baffled that they still can’t figure out how to get meaningful input and actually have a change management and communications plan BEFORE changes are made. The same basic planning and communication mistakes are made again and again. It seems the only plan is change things as a one size fits all solution……then back off depending on who complains the most and what the press says.

    What to do? I have no idea, but on the back of the letter is a change request form. I would suggest filling it out and talking with others at your stop to do the same. Call transportation. If all else fails, get the press involved and stage a protest? I would LOL if it wasn’t so pathetic! What a mess. It feels like Illinois and CPS is just falling apart.

  • 1130. xtine  |  August 16, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Yes, it all comes from people with kids there. The porn part is even true, my friend forwarded me a letter from the principal addressing it. Someone will be getting a call from Stone soon we decided we dont want a school move after one year if it does not work.

  • 1131. Ellejaeque  |  August 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Does anyone know how cps determines your home address distance from the school for bus transportation? My child’s school has told us we are not eligible for bus transportation because we are 6.01 miles away (6 miles is the max) but according to google maps we are actually under 6 miles (5.88). Does anyone know how they determine this or if/how I can get them to “reconsider”? Should I call the transportation department?

  • 1132. feeder schools  |  August 16, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    CPS calculates your home’s distance from school with the two locations’ east-west and north-south coordinates in the Chicago system of street numbers. It doesn’t measure straight line distances between locations, because those numbers – in your case, 5.88 miles – are impractical for travels on the urban terrain.

  • 1133. feeder schools  |  August 16, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Forgot to say: adding together the two locations’ E-W and N-S street number differences and then dividing the total by 800, because 800 street numbers = one mile in this city. The result should be the 6.01 miles you were told.

  • 1134. Bus frustration  |  August 16, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    1128 and 1129 – Totally agree. No rhyme or reason to the decisions about what stops to use and which ones to keep. We were in Edgewater using the bus for the last 2 years and I’ve been told that our stop there would have changed from the school a block away from our place to one about a mile west. We actually just moved this summer and expected the stop to be our neighborhood school 2 blocks away from our new home (prior to all of this) and now it is a school 1 mile away. We are only 2.2 miles from our SEES school! Just doesn’t make any sense at all to have a child a few blocks from a school to have to travel a mile or more. Plus they didn’t give any times for pick up, so it’s hard to really know which of the 2 options they put in the letter is really better and if this actually “makes bus time shorter”. CPS told our school they were trying to be more in line with the bus plan for middle school and AC’s, but those are older kids. Having an early elementary student have to be driven or walked over a mile a way in the early morning (they also changed and kept our changed start time to 7:45) seems a bit much. We were already being picked up a hour before school started before. If that is true this year, that would be a 6:45 pick up, meaning we’d be leaving to drive to be bus stop at 6:30. If that is the case, I’ll probably (and I have the means to figure it out) have to nix the bus, drive my child to school and find a way to get to a Metra stop to get downtown for work by 8:30. No way I’m getting her up and out of the house that early when I can drive her by leaving at 7:15. This does really feel more like a way to get families to stop using the bus by making it as inconvenient as possible. Problem is there are families who can’t make other options work the way ours can…what does that mean for them?

  • 1135. mamaro  |  August 16, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. Start times shouldn’t be set by the private bus companies, and if cps legitimately sees itself as giving families “options,” they should be reasonable ones, not walking an elementary school kid a mile in the winter at 6:45am! I agree with an earlier post that there should be more publicity about this. Does anyone have any ideas about how to mobilize and go more public? I think that should really be a push to get MORE families to use buses so they would be forced to keep more stops, but maybe that’s a pipe dream

  • 1136. mamaro  |  August 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    A Facebook group might give us some idea of the number of outraged parents we are working with…

  • 1137. parent  |  August 16, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Haven’t received a letter yet but anxiously awaiting to see what bus changes are coming our way. Are others still waiting on the letter? Is there a number to call if you don’t receive a letter but need the information? what’s the deadline to let CPS know what you decide with regard to the stop? I don’t want to miss it since we haven’t gotten a letter. Thanks!

  • 1138. Patricia  |  August 17, 2015 at 8:34 am

    @1134 ” CPS told our school they were trying to be more in line with the bus plan for middle school and AC’s, ”

    Amazing. CPS does all this work forcing a change and they missed square one—-they did not think things through from an elementary lens. Middle school and elementary are so different in a bus situation. Middle school kids can more securely walk to and from a bus stop with or without parent supervision. Elementary kids are very different as we all know. The walking pace is very different, parents need to stay with kids until the bus comes and be picked up upon return, logistics needs to be much tighter on the parents end, etc. etc. etc. A mile or two is a HUGE difference. Also, elementary bus kids are not required to have parents present at the stop for 5th grade on up. So the 5th/6th graders walk on their own. CPS obviously did not consider this group which distance and route (i.e. crossing dangerous intersections) would come into the planning process. 5th/6th is very different than 7th/8th and of course K-4th is even more different. Traffic safety doesn’t seem to be considered in the selection of stops. Maybe they considered only gang related safety?

    It seems like someone looked at the average cost of busing and went on a path of bus shifts and fewer stops to meet the numbers and using the budget crisis as an excuse to force it through. I am all for saving money, but I bet in the end, after backing off the start time changes and whatever the final list of stops, little will be saved. Either way, the savings does not do much to fill a billion dollar hole. Again, yes save money, but realistically, it is just a selling point for CPS to push through the change. I appears no consideration was given to the real life impact on elementary students and their families.

  • 1139. Bus frustration  |  August 17, 2015 at 9:40 am

    @1137 – Hopefully your letter will arrive today. Mine and another parent’s arrived on Saturday. It said you have until Friday, 8/21 to let your school know if you prefer 2nd option they offer in the letter or a vague “if nothing works for you” option with the bus from reprinted on the back of the letter. Not really sure what they would do if you filled that out again since they have already determined all the stops…supposedly.

    I’m guessing the schools should have also been given these routes (though this is CPS so that might be too organized for them) so you could call your school’s bus coordinator if you don’t get the letter today and see if they can tell you what route you are on.

  • 1140. Christine  |  August 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I have an offer from STEM, but just received a call from Franklin and was offered a spot. I have until end of the day to decide. Franklin was my first choice, but really liked STEM after open house. Torn and could use some external insights! We are out of bus range for STEM, but within bus range for Franklin.

  • 1141. Cathy  |  August 17, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Having worked at STEM and knowing someone who works at Franklin, I would go with Franklin. Nothing at all against STEM, it’s a great school, but the glowing terms that I have heard about Franklin are amazing. Franklin has long been our dream school, and although our lottery # is not bad, if we were offered it we would have to turn it down. The commute would be too much. Franklin has an arts emphasis that is unparalleled and they have a very strong math program. it also depends on your kid. It may be too early to tell, but do you think your child would click more with an arts focus or a hands on engineering focus. Of course, STEM has a great art teacher also and Chicago Children’s Choir provides weekly instruction. But, Franklin seems like such a gem.

  • 1142. mamaR  |  August 17, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Never underestimate the importance of your commute! This is likely a long-term placement, so I would say when you have two ideal options, go with the one that you will most be able to accommodate for the many years to come! Trying to switch schools later in the game is so much harder…

  • 1143. JAG  |  August 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Does anyone know how to find out if there are actual spots open at Agassiz? I have called numerous times, and left messages on their voicemail. I have even e-mailed them, and have yet to receive a response.

  • 1144. @JAG  |  August 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    @JAG re: Agassiz

    Call OAE (773) 553-2060

    They have them listed on their open seats page,


  • 1145. JAG  |  August 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you, for the information. I just called, and you have to go through the school to apply.

  • 1146. Christine  |  August 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you for your insight, Cathy and mamaR. Really helpful!

  • 1147. mamaR  |  August 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    OH I started a Facebook Group, “Chicago Parents for Better Bus Options!” Please join and circulate to anyone you think might be interested/affected

  • 1148. nadja2  |  August 18, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Are there any Galileo parents of students who will be using CPS transportation? I called transportation and they do not have record of my children’s request for transportation. Has anyone else had this problem.

  • 1149. nadja2  |  August 18, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Are there any Galileo parents of students who will be using CPS transportation? I called transportation and they do not have record of my children’s request for transportation. Has anyone else had this problem.

  • 1150. Christine  |  August 18, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Tier 3, giving up our spot at STEM Magnet Academy for a spot at Franklin. So a STEM spot for Tier 3 is opening up today!

  • 1151. Christina  |  August 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Just got a call from Prescott and we are currently enrolled in Goethe. Loved the warm and fuzzy feel we got from touring Goethe, but didn’t take a tour of Prescott because our number was so high we didn’t think we’d get a call. Has any parent tried to decide between these two schools in particular? Would love any advice as we need to give our decision by tomorrow!

  • 1152. ellejaeque  |  August 18, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    #1151 We received and had originally accepted a spot for kindergarten at Prescott. We went on a tour, an informational session for parents, as well as an individual assessment for my son. We were very impressed with the school and especially the two kindergarten teachers, who were both very kind and warm. We ended up accepting a spot at another school (Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy) primarily due to the distance of Prescott from our home (Hyde Park). Otherwise we were very, very pleased with Prescott. I hope this at least helps on the Prescott-front. Good luck to you!

  • 1153. Kendra Osuoji  |  August 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    @1152 ellejaeque- please let us know your outcome with Sheridan. They appear to have great scores…Much higher than Beasley, which is average for their scores, however I can not solely base my decision on test scores.

  • 1154. ML  |  August 18, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    @1149 nadja2 – I also applied for transportation service when I registered my son at Galileo. I haven’t receive any letter either. I will call the school tomorrow.

  • 1155. CarolA  |  August 19, 2015 at 6:34 am

    It’s my understanding that everyone has a neighborhood school in Chicago. It’s your choice whether to attend that school or not. If your child qualifies for one of the wonderful, non-tuition based other options, then congratulations. However, I don’t think the city should be obligated to get your child there and back. Stop whining. You are lucky to have any bus service at all!

  • 1156. Maria  |  August 19, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Good morning,
    Decision has been made. Was holding out hope for any of our schools that we are on the waiting list for to call but it is to close to the first day, so our neighborhood school was chosen. Being a working single mom, I can’t afford to do any last minute changes if they would call. Oh well, there’s always next year.

  • 1157. CPSer  |  August 19, 2015 at 9:19 am

    @1155…CarolA I totally agree. I do not understand why people feel that they should be provided with free transportation. If you elect to send your child to a school outside of your neighborhood option, you should be responsible for transportation costs. This has always bugged me. Monies from the budget, which can be allocated to instructional items, are being spent on a small percentage of students. Doesn’t make sense.

  • 1158. Bus frustration  |  August 19, 2015 at 9:40 am

    @1155 and 1157 – I think you are both being a little short sighted. Without the bus, our family would not be able to send our child to their SEES school based on our work schedules. She is thriving there and would not have done as well with our neighborhood school which was not going to be able to provide the level of challenge she needs. There are many others that have even less effective neighborhood schools than we do who also have benefited from a bus service that allows their child to attend a better school beyond their neighborhood. That said, we would be fine paying a bus fee if needed, but CPS has never offered that to us as an option; it isn’t like we are purposely gaming the system to get free transportation.

    There are also many families, some that I know go to our SEES school, that don’t even have the means (car or money to pay for some type of private transportation) to get a child to a school outside of their neighborhood. Are you suggesting they don’t deserve a chance to go to an SEES school they test into simply because their family situation can’t support transporting them there?

    If we do away with bussing, or make it almost impossible to use (which in some cases this new system is doing for families based on things I’ve been reading and people I have been talking to) then we might as well do away with the SEES system entirely as it will only be utilized by local students or families with plenty of schedule flex and transportation support. The critique about SEES schools not truly serving low income students will very much become a reality for many without bussing.

    There is merit in the idea to get rid of SEES and magnet schools, find better ways to support accelerated learners within all neighborhood schools and further invest in strengthening all neighborhood schools so there isn’t any reason to try to go to any other school but your neighborhood one. That vision is a long way away from the CPS reality though and unless that actually happens the system CPS has in place, which includes options to try to attend magnet and SEES schools outside of your neighborhood, requires bussing to make it least somewhat accessible to all.

  • 1159. Patricia  |  August 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

    @CarolA and CPSer
    I hear what you are saying with transportation and have said for years that a fee for bus service can work for those who can afford it. However, CPS has built a system based on choice and by doing this has removed responsibility from neighborhood schools to differentiate and meet all student needs as well as setting expectations with parents. Also, the magnet concept allowed CPS to bus less and was its “answer” to desegregation. That said, I agree that all neighborhood schools should be able to serve all students and many do–which is fantastic. I hope CPS is in a transition to make strong neighborhood schools a reality in every neighborhood, but in the meantime, they are not managing any change well. This is my major beef.

    The frustration is not as much the fact that busing changes were made, it is frustration that just a few weeks before school, parents are scrambling. It would be fine if it was well thought through and communicated well, but it is not. It is another one size fits all solution without understanding the impact on the students. This is a chronic problem in CPS with curriculum changes, testing mandates, start time changes, bus changes, budget cuts, etc. etc.

    CPS has created an endless cycle of unilateral change without input from stakeholders resulting in one size fits all solutions. The only way to get CPS to consider input from the people impacted is to complain, whine, protest and in the end, “he who complains the loudest gets heard”. For the decade+ that I have been involved in CPS, it is one CONSTANT protest after another from teachers, from parents, from community activists, from students. CPS has gotten no better at soliciting meaningful input and managing change. It is a mess and not a healthy way to run a school district—-no one ends up feeling like a change was good, even if you get the result you sought in the end.

  • 1160. Patricia  |  August 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

    In talking to CPS transportation, they indicated that they did not seek input from principals or parents or anyone impacted by the bus stop changes. They simply plugged a bunch of data into a google map type thing and reassigned everyone. No consideration was given to the age of students impacted. They indicated that people would complain whether or not they got input. While this may be true, it really illustrates how little CPS seeks input prior to edicts being issued from central office.

    Claypool said in a Catalyst article about the start time and bus stop changes, “In a statement, new CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said the district would work with principals and parents to “minimize disruptions” and “develop a comprehensive plan to address after-school activities.”

    Either is this a lie or the “working with principals and parents to minimize disruptions” happens AFTER the changes are made? This doesn’t set up a congenial two-way communication and does nothing to build respect or trust.

  • 1161. CarolA  |  August 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    @1158: In reading your reply, it seems as though you might be a bit short-sighted yourself. You state that without the transportation your child would not be thriving the way she is at a neighborhood school. Using that argument, one could say their child just missed the cut-off by one or two because of enrollment caps. Why not be able to offer those special schools to all who are bright? You and I both know there are way more students than places available. It has to start and stop somewhere. Everyone is quick to blame teachers for today’s financial problems, yet no one is willing to step up and force CPS to charge for bus service. You say you’d be fine paying a fee, but CPS didn’t ask. Did you offer? Did you rally parents to join in your quest to help ease financial woes so that your child could continue at that great school? If we ALL pitch in, we’d be in better shape.

  • 1162. Patricia  |  August 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Agree that many low income families are hit hard with these last minute changes. The families at our stop are completely screwed and scrambling. We are equally screwed from a safety perspective. Even though transportation acknowledged that saving the Agassiz stop makes more sense for my kids school and the general area, they indicated that it is easier for them to not make changes to serve any particular school. (Glad families are here to make life easier for central office instead of the other way around—-I know this is snarky—- and I believe in making things easier to manage, but will only support this notion if it is well thought through with input considered from the people impacted.) They had no logical answer as to why not change/add it because it is safer and serves the general area better.

  • 1163. Patricia  |  August 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    @CarolA “You say you’d be fine paying a fee, but CPS didn’t ask. Did you offer? Did you rally parents to join in your quest to help ease financial woes so that your child could continue at that great school?”

    While not directed at me, just as an FYI—-I actually did do this several years ago and even came up with a “van share” type of idea where parents can create their own car pools…………………result…………..crickets.

    In another instance years ago, while I disagreed with the bus stop option, the school was able to give me solid logical reasons why they could not change. I bit the bullet for the greater whole because it made sense, was well thought out and communicated clearly by the school. The school (not central office transportation) got input from all involved and acted accordingly. This time around, it does not make sense and causes safety issues. AND, I will fight that tooth and nail for my kid (as well as the low income families who are totally screwed by this last minute change and do not know what to do).

  • 1164. karet  |  August 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    @Patricia, I completely agree that CPS making last minute changes is maddening. I’m not sure you’re going to get very far with the bus stop issue, though. Our bus stop didn’t change, but we’ve always been a 20 minute walk from it, with two busy streets to cross (no crossing guards). It will be hard to make the argument that your new bus stop is an unusual hardship, when lots of families have been dealing with your exact situation for years.

  • 1165. Bus frustration  |  August 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    @ carolA – I think your critique of me is misplaced. I am not criticizing the teachers, nor am I saying the system is perfect and provides access to all. There are absolutely many kids who don’t test in to a SEES school or who don’t get a lottery offer to a magnet school and it is frustrating that more kids aren’t given opportunities to attend those schools, but that is not the issue being discussed right now. The issue at hand is that based on that system that exists, the kids who are already attending those schools, and rely on the provided bus service to do so, are being told just weeks before school starts that the transportation they have depended on is changing in a way that may or may not be helpful to them. In some cases, they may end up at a closer/better stop. In many cases they aren’t. Ours is one of those. It won’t be perfect for anyone, but with such little notice the ones hardest hit are those without the ability to easily shift so quickly. There are people saying they may not be able to attend their current school b/c of the bus changes… that just doesn’t seem right to put them in that position with the school year practically here.

    As for whether I’ve offered to pay for bus service or tried to rally other parents to do so, I admit I haven’t. But based on the experience I’ve had with CPS so far, I don’t think my lack of offer to give them some random, self-determined amount of bus money or rally maybe 6-10 other parents at our stop to do the same would have been the difference here; I doubt they would have even accepted it using some argument that they can’t take the money because it isn’t allowed in the system, etc. That said, I am doing my part to support fundraising for our school, fundraising that allows for a number of programs and resources not funded by CPS budgets. I give the most my family budget will allow to pretty much every fundraiser all year and am on the PTA board this year to continue to further our efforts. I have even participated in community events to support my neighborhood school which we aren’t even attending. Criticizing me or any other family who has utilized the bus service, provided by CPS to support an options-based school system that they have created, as somehow contributing to the budget issue is dropping your frustration on the wrong people.

  • 1166. Frustrated with entitlements  |  August 19, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    ” Without the bus, our family would not be able to send our child to their SEES school based on our work schedules.”

    Since when is it the responsibility of CPS/City of Chicago to operate around your work schedule or the fact that you elect to attend a SEES school? Thousands of people need to alter their work schedules or make arrangements to get their kids to school. It’s impossible to please everyone on this level. With money so tight, these funds, used to benefit only a few, impact $ available for the academic interests of everyone. People need to get kids to school at their own expense – like many of us already do.

  • 1167. Patricia  |  August 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    @1164 Karet
    Is there not a school closer? Or are you part of a middle school program which already has pre-selected stops and you can make your decision to attend or not based on knowing this in advance? Different situation with removing a stop that is still there vs. not having a stop closer or being already middle school bus.

    I am not asking CPS to build a school. I am questioning the logic in the stops selected and the fact that ABSOLUTELY NO input was sought from principals or the families impacted. As far as I can tell, once decisions come from on-high is when the public input really begins. Almost every decision I can recall in my decade + with CPS has followed this process. Same process happened with the start times too. I guess this is the public input process CPS has created. Maybe they should not pretend that they get input from stakeholders before decisions are made and say, “here is our decision based on what we think is right, but you tell us where we went wrong and if it makes sense we will make adjustments.”

  • 1168. mamaR  |  August 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Every parent on here is making the best decisions s/he can for his or her child, and the decision of where to attend is based on a host of unique factors, many of which are out of his/her control. The SEES school may be the only one that offered @BusFrustration a spot.

    “Since when is it the responsibility of CPS/City of Chicago to operate around your work schedule or the fact that you elect to attend a SEES school?”

    Since…that is the system that has been in place and transportation has been a part of that system. The efforts of CPS to desegregate schools have had unintended negative consequences, but the intentions are good, and desegregation has given promising students opportunities they would not otherwise have had.


    No one is asking the buses to work around their schedules, but these last-minute changes could mean parents have to choose between their current employment and their child’s educational opportunities. From what I am hearing, most parents are simply asking for some consistency, because their children are already attending those schools and their lives have already been pattern around previous years’ routes. Or, if there must be changes, for CPS to find a way to involve them in this sort of decision-making. Not all voices will be heard or accommodated, but we would be doing a lot less scrambling at the last minute if we could have prepared for this months ago. For instance, if they had said “the bus system will be substantially cut,” or routes would have to be made shorter, families may have given more weight to geography as a factor in their decisions.

    If you simply believe that busing should be abandoned altogether, you are welcome to your opinion. I imagine that’s the direction we’re headed. But in the meantime, since the magnet and SEES systems come with transportation, please try to be respectful and not dismiss the concerns of the parents who are struggling to get all the pieces to line up.

  • 1169. mamaR  |  August 19, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I can understand how frustrating it must have been to have suggested van-shares and heard nothing. A lot of people are uncomfortable with leaving their children with people they don’t know so well. The idea is great – I know a lot of people who do that coming in from the south side. I wonder if the “crickets” had to do with the forum through which you communicated it. It’s easy to miss posts on here, and I’ve been trying to think of the most effective way to reach parents who share a (closed) bus stop or have other creative ideas about carpooling. I guess we could have different threads, organized by area or by school. There are some people discussing how to bring back a particular stop on my facebook group page.


    I think this is a productive discussion, for the most part, and am not trying to pull readers away from cpsobsessed’s fantastic blog, but if others feel we are getting derailed here and would like to focus on offers AND/OR busing issues, the facebook group is one option, and another might be to should start a separate thread, as she did last year about “teaching to the tests.”

    Look forward to hearing more from you all 🙂

  • 1170. tisk tisk  |  August 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    @1168 mamaR

    I hate to say I told you so….. Back in April 2014 when you were all braggy about getting into a SEES, I told you the rug would be pulled out from under you.
    You had plenty of warning about CPS, why are you scrambling and so frustrated? Poor dear. You just don’t get it yet.

    See post @1215


  • 1171. Patricia  |  August 19, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Sure there are many reasons for crickets and I am not saying it was a fully developed plan, nor that it would have really worked in practice as legal obstacles would certainly have killed the idea. Other ideas I have floated and had a lot of detail have had better reception or were even adopted. My point was more to say that people have tried (and are trying) a lot of things to improve the crazy system and are not just venting on CPSO. CarolA is a rock solid poster and a teacher that while I do not know outside of CPSO, I do respect—even if we do agree on everything.

    I currently don’t do facebook, but may have to give in with my HS kid parents having a page………and things like this.

  • 1172. mamaR  |  August 19, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I appreciate your attention to detail, however smug. Honestly, I’ll probably be ok. I still think people should have options and will do what I can to fight for all of us.

  • 1173. Bus frustration  |  August 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    @1166 Just because you aren’t opting to use the bus service or don’t have it available to you doesn’t make those of us using it entitled for doing so. We are adjusting schedules and transporting our kids one way or another to the bus stops, sometimes getting to work super late because the busses are so late and we have to wait with our young kids (just because we use the service doesn’t mean it isn’t without it’s flaws) paying for after care because the school day ends before our work day does and juggling it all just like you are. Again, the bus service exists to support the current school option system CPS has created. Faulting someone for using it, as it is intended, to provide transportation to the option school they have been accepted at makes no sense.

    This whole blog exists in part because many people on here are looking to participate in the option system through lottery and testing. Should all of those families only be allowed to apply for those options if they have the time and money to drive their child several miles or more to those schools?

  • 1174. mamaR  |  August 19, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    @tisk tisk
    Also, I think you may have me confused with another poster.

  • 1175. yes  |  August 19, 2015 at 10:24 pm



    Yes, Parents should only chose a school they can walk to or drive/public transport their child to. Maddening that (my) tax dollars go to busing. We have a broke school system where some schools do not even have toilet paper!

  • 1176. counterproductive classism  |  August 19, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    By the same logic, it’s maddening that my tax dollars go to educate children whose parents could afford to send them to private schools.

    But we don’t get line item vetoes of how our tax dollars are spent. (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSQCH1qyIDo)

  • 1177. Tired2  |  August 20, 2015 at 8:36 am

    1176 My tax dollars are educating kids I don’t know too. Some of us pay taxes and tuition. I would be happy to see a voucher system. The entitlement mentality is really offensive. Let’s start with don’t have kids you can’t afford.

  • 1178. genxatmidlife  |  August 20, 2015 at 9:21 am

    On another subject… We just released a spot at Hawthorne for 7th grade. Felt like we had the “golden ticket,” but DC is at a private school and well-situated, and we didn’t want to mess with 7th grade. We were pretty high up on the waitlist (single digits, can’t remember exactly), Tier 4.

  • 1179. JHM  |  August 20, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I realize that this is now well-chartered territory, but wondering if anyone has any new insights about Stone vs. Prescott. The distance is about equal for us (we are right in the middle). I haven’t yet been able to reach any Prescott parents so would love especially to hear from them. We were happy with Stone (now somewhat concerned by recent comments), but wondering if a smaller school and later start time might be a better fit. Also, are there smaller class sizes? Did Prescott open a second Kindergarten? Is that why they are so deep into the waiting list? Any constructive comments would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • 1180. km  |  August 20, 2015 at 11:58 am

    1105. ellejaeque Thanks for the info. Congrats!

  • 1181. KCabral  |  August 20, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I got a call about 15 minutes ago offering my son a 1st grade spot at Galileo! We were #58 on the wait list, never thought I’d get a call. My head is spinning, we have 24 hours to decide.

    We were mentally and otherwise ready to send him to Newberry. And thank you to the person up thread who congratulated us, that was v nice!

    Does anybody have any opinions re Galileo and/or Galileo v Newberry? Any info at all is welcome & appreciated! Does anybody know if they have a library and librarian?

    The only negative, but big, for Newberry for us is the logistics. Otherwise, we love the school. The logistics for Galileo, however, are excellent. Much closer to our home, we probably qualify for bussing (though it’s sounding like a huge PITA for everybody right now), and we could still send him to the public park where we already enrolled him for after school care.

    So do we choose a school that we are mentally prepared for and love with annoying logistics OR a school that’s easier to get to with an environment we don’t know much about? Now I’m off to do some fast research

  • 1182. ML  |  August 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Omg Kcabral, cant believe our kids might be in the same school. I remember talking to you last year since we live close by.
    You can send me an email to talk more
    Mab111308 at yahoo

  • 1183. jen  |  August 20, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    KCabral, I would send my child to the school I could get them to the most easily on my own. Don’t count on bussing. Even if its partially there now, if or when the 500 million doesn’t come through by January, it is not a stretch to say that bus service is likely to go entirely (other than special needs students) on top of whatever else is cut.

  • 1184. WS Mom  |  August 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

    This makes me sad…

    “Democratic Party elites have abandoned public education (8/21/15)

    For years, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s children attended public school in Virginia. Now, he has announced that they will go to the University of Chicago Laboratory School, the private school where Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sends his kids and where Barack Obama sent his daughters when he lived in Chicago. The tuition for the 2015-2016 school year is approximately $30,000.

    Duncan’s senior advisor and former education commissioner of New York, John King, also sends his daughters to a private Montessori school near Albany; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughters, on their part, attend an elite boarding school in Massachusetts.

    As president, Obama has advocated reforms to the public education system that include upping merit pay, weakening tenure rules and evaluating teachers by student test scores. Obama’s most controversial education policy, however, was the Race to the Top program that gave states additional incentives to adopt the Common Core standards.

    The Common Core, according to one critic, is “the product of a push by private foundations acting in the interest of multinational corporations to colonize public education in the United States.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and corporations such as IBM and Exxon have backed the Common Core. ”


  • 1185. karet  |  August 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    @Patricia, It’s our neighborhood school, so it’s the closest school. All of the last minute changes are really frustrating for parents, so I don’t mean to dismiss your situation. My point was just that many families are not within walking distance of their bus stop. I see a few kids walking to/from the bus stop, but mostly it’s a huge caravan of cars waiting for the various kids to get off the Skinner North, Edison, Decatur, Bell, Disney, Thorp buses (there might be more than that!).

  • 1186. michele  |  August 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Quick question, I am wondering if folks on this blog know that the CPS buses for our students are a result of schools having been very segregated by race in the 1970s? With Federally enforced desegregation efforts and the advent of magnet schools and other application choice schools came the realization you have to provide not only the schools but equal access to educational opportunities. It does our city no good if the kids who would benefit from expanded access to application only schools can’t get to them.

    The transportation policy as it is today prohibits transportation beyond 6 miles and for many students on the south/west and central areas of the city this already adds a level that prohibits equal access to quality education based on your location and quality of nearby schools. I know I was one of the people who had to travel 7.5 miles (each way/2x a day) 150 miles a every week. Please don’t dis on busing – it’s expense far outweigh the effects of a student population that has even less access to quality schools.

  • 1187. CPSAppalled  |  August 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you, Michele, for your calm voice of reason in this “debate”. A little history goes a long way. Let’s not forget that desegregation is a real issue still today in Chicago.

  • 1188. Carolyn P  |  August 23, 2015 at 3:03 am

    “Let’s not forget that desegregation is a real issue still today in Chicago.”

    Get real, that’s not the problem.

  • 1189. llmm  |  August 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Carolyn P–I’m confused. Do you not think Chicago and CPS is segregated? Or do not think that segregation is a problem?

  • 1190. feeder schools  |  August 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Among the city’s major geographic divisions, only the southwest and far northwest sides have a low supply of regional gifted centers, classical schools, and selective enrollment high schools. The south and far south sides, where the majority of the city’s black population lives, have plenty of those kinds of schools. However one may complain about racial segregation in Chicago, its African-American community is already supplied with sufficient educational options. The real issue seams to be why few south side schools have achieved test scores that rival their northern counterparts’. By the way, one consensus emerging from this forum is that a school’s quality is determined to a large extent by the ratio of students there who are willing to learn.

  • 1191. counterproductive classism/racism  |  August 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    “willing to learn”? You’re blaming elementary schoolers for low achievement levels? The language you are using here is incredibly paternalistic (“supplied with sufficient options”), and hardly accurate. Even just looking at selective enrollment schools, the distribution is decidedly unequal. Look at how concentrated the SEES schools are on the north side relative to the south side!


    The system may not be hugely effective, but in the relative absence of resources for neighborhood schools on the south side, it certainly makes sense that determined parents and their children should be able to attend whatever school they get into – it’s hard enough to get a spot at any one of them, let alone the one closest to you (when so few are available), and it’s extremely risky for them to decline that spot because it’s too far away.

  • 1192. llmm  |  August 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Hmmm….I would counter that a school’s quality is determined to a large extent by the wealth and resources of the families of the students attending. Especially in these under-funded times. And I think this is the first time I have heard the theory that neighborhoods like Englewood have sufficient educational options. We will have to agree to disagree.

  • 1193. feeder schools  |  August 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    If anyone wants hard evidence, here are the numbers. Among the 11 selective enrollment high schools, 4 are south-side: Brooks, King, Lindblom, South Shore, not counting Jones. Among the 5 classical schools, 2 are south-side: McDade and Poe. Among the 11 regional gifted centers, 5 are south-side: Beasley, Carnegie, Keller, Lenart, and NTA. Among the 7 academic centers, 4 are south-side: Harlan, Kenwood, Lindblom, and Morgan Park. The average appears to be 40% south-side. Now, if anybody has it, please let us know how large a percentage the south side has in the city’s total population. Then we can discuss whether the system’s better choices are distributed equally or not.

  • 1194. feeder schools  |  August 23, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    @ 1192

    Not every neighborhood has a top educational option. Englewood, however, has Lindblom. Compare that to many other neighborhoods that have none to speak of. If you care to investigate, this year’s top feeder to the most few sought after selective enrollment high schools is located in tier 3, with a very high percentage of low income students. And it’s jut a neighborhood school.

  • 1195. Southside Tier 3 Mom  |  August 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Technically, Englewood doesn’t “have” Lindblom. Lindblom is selective enrollment, with kids testing in from all over the city. The majority of those kids are not from the neighborhood, which was reason for conflict a couple of years back. Those are mostly middle class African Americans from middle class neighborhoods being bussed to Lindblom or dropped off. Kids that live across the street from Lindblom attend Englewood, and Robeson.

  • 1196. feeder schools  |  August 23, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    The current discussion stems from an earlier concern about transportation. So, although Lindblom doesn’t give preference to students living in Englewood, those locals who can get in do have the advantage of a very short commute.

  • 1197. counterproductive classism/racism  |  August 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I’m in: Let’s look at the numbers.

    Populations by “side”:
    South Side: ~862,500
    West Side: ~480,700
    North Side (minus the West side): ~766,800

    The 40% allocation would be pretty fair, if it weren’t for the fact that the South is significantly larger and more spread out than the North side.

    Although there is some debate over the boundary between the north and the south (cultural vs commercial), but the sources I found state that it encompasses 60% of the city’s land mass and is larger than both the north and west sides combined.

    By that measure, you would think that AT LEAST an equal proportion of the SEES schools should be on the south side and north siders (who can more easily afford to) should have to commute to them, not the other way around. I empathize, however, with the previous poster’s assertion that these neighborhoods don’t “have” the SEES schools at all. Maybe we should be counting the magnets that offer gifted programs or differentiated learning rather than just SEES.

    Now that I’m looking at the numbers, really it’s the west side that is getting the shaft here…and surprise, surprise…largely African American.

    Related, and interesting article about population density and problems associated with population DECLINE on the north side (where people are more transient anyhow):

  • 1198. Galileo busing update?  |  August 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Have there been any updates on the bus stops for Galileo yet?

  • 1199. feeder schools  |  August 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm


    Much depends on the boundaries used. My earlier count of schools limits the “south side” to addresses east of Western Ave. and south of Roosevelt (except Keller). Can you update your population count with a similar specificity? Also, for the broader “west side” you seemed to use, I think the population is more Hispanic than African-American.

  • 1200. counterproductive classism/racism  |  August 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I tried to use what I thought were the same boundaries as you were using, although I’d argue that Orozco, NTA, and South Loop are just barely on the south side.

    I had trouble finding any single source that provides that sort of specificity. Population statistics tend to have that problem and can vary dramatically from year to year (which is why I included the ~ sign). More accurate data would indeed be helpful, and I’m well aware that the number of students testing into SEES programs from the north side is probably higher if people want to defend a “there’s more demand” argument. I think it is also instructive to consider what that article contends, that the population is trending downward in the north as families with more means demand more space and make rents in certain areas cost-prohibitive for those with fewer means.

  • 1201. Monique W  |  August 24, 2015 at 5:16 am

    “I would counter that a school’s quality is determined to a large extent by the wealth and resources of the families of the students attending.”

    School quality is determined by the quality of the teachers, children’s desire to learn and the parents desire to help their children. Throwing more money in the system does not help (or at least it has not helped over the last 50 years). Plus Chicago and Illinois are broke and $200 billion in debt and unfunded pension liabilities so more money is not an option anyway (however, the politicians and unions are rich).

  • 1202. momof3fish  |  August 24, 2015 at 7:28 am

    @1184, why should it matter where the president sends his children? or anyone for that matter? if he (and others) can afford it, then why not? they’re millionaires, who cares? You would be complaining that they are taking a spot from someone who can’t afford private schools… I’ve seen this complaint on the this board countless of times– rich tier 1 or 2 vs poor tier 3 or 4, blah, blah, blah…. his kids don’t have to go to public schools. there’s no law to that. if I could afford private school, i would send mine and give up his spot at an rgc to a child who can’t. public schools are schools that are available to everyone. you can choose to use it or not. just like the CTA. I sure everyone on this board doesn’t always use the bus.. does that choice make us elitists because we drive car? NO. It’s just a choice. personally, i don’t think one is better than the other. maybe the lab school offers something (for them) the public schools don’t. personally i don’t see it but if they want to spend the money so be it, why judge?

  • 1203. CPSer  |  August 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

    @1201 “School quality is determined by the quality of the teachers, children’s desire to learn and the parents desire to help their children.”… I would throw into the mix a strong principal with a passion for education. Those three factors will build a good school. If one is off sync- it just doesn’t work. Two missing makes a nightmare. Look at any successful school- you will find all three.

    @1184- I definitely agree with you. However, it is hard to be supportive when those same people mandate educationally incorrect pedagogy upon schools where there own children aren’t in attendance. Here is a link of a letter written by a Lab teacher to Pres. Obama regarding education: http://education-curriculum-reform-government-schools.org/w/2013/07/teacher-at-chicago-school-attended-by-president-obamas-children-attacks-his-education-policies/

    Sadly, this administration has not looked towards successful educational policy nor schools to drive it’s agenda.

  • 1204. otdad  |  August 24, 2015 at 11:05 am

    @1202. momof3fish:
    I’d agree with you if those people are not the ones who are in charge of public education. The irony is profound.

  • 1205. momf3fish  |  August 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    @1204 You’re right about the irony but I would much rather have a student whose parent cant afford private tuition have a shot at a spot than the reverse. there are lots of wealthy people who send their kids to sees or sehs and people who can barely afford the private school tuition send their kids to private schools. that’s an irony as well….

  • 1206. MDVelasquez  |  August 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Accepted to both Chappell and Agassiz. Can anyone please provide insight as my family is struggling with the decision for our Kinder. Thanks.

  • 1207. It matters  |  August 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    reposted from Mary Tyler Mom’s facebook page:

    Still thinking about a thread from this morning where a friend of a friend disagreed with me saying that I believe it is my business when the POTUS, the education secretary, and the Mayor, all from Chicago, choose/chose to send their children to U of C’s Lab school rather than Chicago’s public schools.

    These men, more than any other, have impacted my child’s CPS experience. They have all of them championed education reforms– the Common Core standards, charter school proliferation, and an explosion in standardized tests (used to rationalize the first two reforms) — that the school they chose for their own children rejects as detrimental to the learning process.

    Think about that.

    What they want for American children in public schools is nothing that they want for their own children. That should be ALL of our business.

    Aside from that, our school children, as resources are taken from them left and right and redistributed to privatized charter school corporations, have become profit centers for the wealthy donors to ALL of these men. Common core implementation is a cash cow. Standardized testing is a cash cow. Charter schools are cash cows.

    Where is the outrage, people? Seriously. Why are we not jumping up and down mad? These are our children being screwed with.

    Instead, we talk about things like choice and personal freedoms. We homeschool or move to the suburbs as a response. We have lost any sense of collectivism or social responsibility. We embrace this mentality of taking care of our own, and no others. A quality education compliments of the government is no longer a given.

    And don’t get me started on the above options being directly related to our privilege and socioeconomic status. Those without privilege don’t fret about saving for college or paying for private school — an either/or formula. They walk to their neighborhood school and get what they get. Much of the time, it ain’t great.

    So, yes, I absolutely think it is my business where Obama and Duncan and Emanuel choose to educate their children, especially when that education does not resemble the education my child or most other kids in today’s public schools receive. Especially when a lot of people are growing wealth from the education reforms mandated by these three men (and many others), despite not wanting their own children exposed to said reforms. Especially when my own son’s school, a jewel in the CPS system, just lost 8.5% of its budget and parents are rationalizing, “It could be worse.” Especially because their rationalization is true — other CPS schools lacking an activist parent base will suffer much more.

    None of it is good and ALL of it is, or should be, ALL of our business.


  • 1208. HydeParkMom  |  August 25, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Where do you live and how far are you willing to travel. My child will be attending Agassiz as well. Tough decisions because they are both great schools.

  • 1209. zchisolmel  |  August 25, 2015 at 4:59 am

    I just wanted to say I have been on this thread since the beginning of this process…the application, school selection, testing process, results, and waiting list, etc… After all of that back and forth and waitlist watching we ended up turning down some great schools and decided to send our son to private school. I will say it is VERY different and a tough, personal decision to make…we are not a “wealthy family” but made the decision based off of the options and what we deem best for our child. One of the major differences for us was class size. When visiting different schools (magnet and SEES) the thing that I found astounding was the teacher to student ratio…. the average cps classroom will have anywhere from 22-30, the private school classroom maxed out at 10 per class (they have two kindergarten homerooms). Also, the communication is effortless and responses are received almost immediately, it has been refreshing thus far. School starts on the 8th of September so we will see..but so far we’re off to a great start and are happy with our decision.

    I also wanted to say that since I’ve been on here everyone has been so supportive and helpful, which for me was a God sent because this is the first time I’m navigating these waters so THANK YOU to everyone who has shared their experiences and for giving us hope and words of encouragement when all seemed lost.
    However, lately it seems like were arguing among ourselves which seems counterproductive. We’re all here to try to do whats best for our children and get them the education they need and deserve. Yes, the system is truly flawed but remember were ALL in the same boat. Our differences are few where are similarities are many! Just felt like sharing.

  • 1210. Tired99  |  August 25, 2015 at 8:09 am

    1207. Really? Some folks plan ahead for children and their education. Are you feeling entitled? These are educated folks who PAY for education.

  • 1211. ML  |  August 25, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    @1149 nadja2, you need to call the school and make sure they did submit your application.

  • 1212. ajanimama  |  August 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Please support the 12 hunger strikers who are fighting to save the last open enrollment neighborhood high school in Bronzeville. Day 9! #fightfordyett

  • 1213. Tyrone J  |  August 25, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    “Please support the 12 hunger strikers ”

    Based on their average size, they could hold out for months.

    Maybe they could come up with the money on their own instead of making others pay for this unnecessary school.

  • 1214. ..  |  August 26, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Crazy but the lists are still moving. Just got a call from Burr for K – 161/General. Declined spot, happy with Hawthorne

  • 1215. otdad  |  August 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    @1212 ajanimama,
    I have to admire their passion, but just not sure that is a school worth fighting for. In DYETT HS, 2.8% of students meet PSAE standards. It’s hard to do any worse. Hope they have the same passion for education, not just a school building.

  • 1216. Christina  |  August 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Received an offer today to Columbus. We were #47 on general for Kindergarten. Sticking with Goethe for now!

  • 1217. KIndergarten Newbie  |  August 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

    As I’m beginning to dive into this Kindergarten application process, I’m wondering if there’s any information on how many available spots there are for the lottery applicants in each school. I would like to apply to schools like Coonley, Bell, etc…but since they’re not my neighborhood school, I’m wondering if they even accept any kids from the lottery. I appreciate any info!

  • 1218. LSmom  |  August 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

    @1217, Bell doesn’t have a lottery for for out of neighborhood applicants. Coonley does, but in recent years hasn’t been able to even find spots for siblings of current students. You can get a sense of which schools take applicants from outside the neighborhood by looking at threads on CPSObsessed. Also, some schools will say in their CPS listing that they rarely have space for Kindergarten applicants.

  • 1219. neighborhood parent  |  August 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Kinder newbie – and if you are wondering why those ‘in demand’ neighborhood schools even take applicants, it’s because they need to ‘find’/prioritize their sibling applicants.
    My best advice is to work to understand the trajectory, enrollment history, quality of the neighborhood schools you are interested in. Find out how many kinder classes they offer and what percentage of out-of-boundary kids make up the school.
    And don’t write off your neighborhood school…. if you follow the masses without educating yourself on some ‘safety school options’ you are relying on luck alone.
    GL! hth!

  • 1220. dadof4  |  August 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I was on the wait list for Norwood Park Elementary and got a message with an offer. Anyone have any info on this school? Thanks in advance.

  • 1221. another response to xtine  |  August 28, 2015 at 8:17 am

    We are proud–and very grateful–to be part of the Stone family, with one daughter about to start second grade and another about to start kindergarten.

    The rumors that you mention about the school, whatever their source or veracity, seem to relate more to the deep and profound problems of CPS or the state of childhood in the 21st Century than anything specifically wrong with Stone.

    We have friends with kids at almost every magnet and strong neighborhood school on the north side, and while each school has it’s own strengths and weaknesses, the real problems are essentially shared across the board.

    For example, we hate the large class sizes (typically 30-32 kids), but you’ll find this at essentially every popular magnet or strong neighborhood school (one exception I can think of is Ravenswood, which apparently directs it’s budget away from some things in order to keep class sizes slightly lower). Our Mayor, who’s own children have famously attended one of the most elite and expensive private schools in Chicago (with small class sizes), has steadfastly refused to acknowledge that these large class sizes are a problem.

    We see no evidence that Stone is losing kids to any significant degree. The parents that we know whom have taken their kids out of Stone have done it because they moved far away or, in one case, because they moved within walking distance of one of the north side’s best neighborhood schools.

    Stone’s reading program seems fine, again only possibly limited by class sizes (by the way, are you aware that Stone’s librarian is not only fantastic and inspiring, but nationally-famous for spreading the love of reading?).

    Stone’s principal is not outwardly inspiring, and does not have a big, warm outgoing personality, but we have come to respect and even admire her able handling of a terrible financial situation that she is facing because of CPS (and the LSC voted for her retention last year, by the way). And the assistant principal is a joy to be around, very present and social and on top of any issues that arise throughout the school or on the playground. They complement each other pretty well, actually.

    The playground is not ideal, it’s true. Improving it is one of the principal’s top goals.

    Bathrooms–all we can say is that our older daughter said she’s never had or heard of any complaints regarding the bathrooms.

    RE: the tablets issue–we hadn’t heard about that. Whenever any issue comes up, we’ve been very impressed how swiftly and comprehensively the administration deals with the problem.

    Overall, it sounds like you are new to the system. Don’t worry, we all are at some point, and it can be a difficult transition. Stone–and perhaps any non-SES CPS school–might not be the right fit for your family. But we are overwhelmingly satisfied with Stone, which provides a rich education amid a school system burdened by severe systematic problems.

  • 1222. IrvingPark Mom  |  August 28, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Just declined an offer for 2nd grade at Goethe – we were #11 on the wait list.

  • 1223. KIndergarten Newbie  |  August 28, 2015 at 11:10 am

    @1221 – Stone is our proximity school, so I’m very happy to hear a better report. I got worried last night reading the bad comments. I look forward to checking it out in person.

  • 1224. One and Only  |  August 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I got a call from Disney I on Tuesday offering a spot. We were #34 on the Tier 3 wait list. We declined.

  • 1225. glad to help!  |  August 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    @1223 Glad if we could be of help! If you are saying that you’re thinking of applying to Stone this next year, we might suggest coming by the playground with your child between 7:30 – 8 am on a warmer weather, non-rainy weekday–because you’ll get to see the range of kids, K-8th grade, in action, as well as many of us parents. This would efficiently give you some sense of the character of the school community…. Good luck!

  • 1226. ChrisK  |  August 28, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Has anyone been called of waitlist in Beverly/ Morgan Park? Losing patience!

  • 1227. KinderCPS!  |  August 29, 2015 at 8:54 am

    @1221 Thank you for your post about Stone! My daughter will be entering kindergarten there. I am looking forward to meeting the other families this week!

  • 1228. cps veteran  |  August 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I know it’s the weekend now, but by this late summer date you should reach out and call the schools you are inquiring about.
    THey can give you more feedback and info directly than depending upon a blog update. You should shelve the patience and just call to get info…. then proceed with your options.
    It’s hard to know when to have patience and when to make the inquiries. GL!

  • 1229. ChrisK  |  August 29, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I’ve been pestering every clerk & principle.Are best chance is Vanderpoel #7 2nd grade.But I really haven’t heard much about it.Except it’s a magnet and very difficult to get into.

  • 1230. Sarah  |  August 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    We got a call for columbus on Thursday and had 24 hours to respond. I think we were number 49? We declined.

    We got an offer from Agassiz originally and took it. I had posted on here that I was really hoping we would get an offer to Hamilton. And we did! Hamilton was my first choice, so we are set of now. Oof. CPS lottery survivor.

  • 1231. Erica  |  August 30, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Norwood Park is a great school, which number were you, if you do not mind me asking?

  • 1232. Joy  |  August 31, 2015 at 11:19 am

    @Sarah, would you mind sharing your Hamilton number? Congratulations!

  • 1233. Dadof4  |  August 31, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    @erica I was in the late 40’s early 50’s, I can’t recall exact number.

  • 1234. Not a prescott parent anymore  |  August 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    We just gave up a spot at Prescott for 1st grade. They should be calling the next person on the list soon.

  • 1235. Sarah  |  August 31, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    We were number 66

  • 1236. cpsalum  |  August 31, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    We just got a call today for an afternoon 4yo pre-K spot at Inter-American. I’m inclined to turn it down because we just started full-day pre-k at a private school in our neighborhood and Inter-American would pose a hefty (albeit mid-day) commute for only 2hrs/15min per day. But I want to make sure I’ve at least done some research before giving up the spot so I’d love some insight from other IAMS parents – current or former, or even incoming! TIA!

  • 1237. Erica  |  August 31, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for that info about Norwood Park, I’m pretty far off of that number so I think that it’s probably not going to happen. Also, we’re 13 on the waitlist at Nettlehorst, anyone get a call from them? I phoned the clerk and it was stated that they are not taking anyone off the waitlist. Sounds as if they are at capacity.

  • 1238. outofstatemum  |  August 31, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    received a call for a potential 3rd grade spot at Franklin. Kid scheduled to start at Drummond. We have moved from Iowa so are unfamiliar with both. Please help!

  • 1239. Hanging in There  |  August 31, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    @1238 In the later grades like 4th and up, I think most parents would be much happier at Franklin. Drummond is great for the earlier grades, though.

  • 1240. feeder schools  |  September 1, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Ditto 1239. Montessoris are not good at academics.

  • 1241. Hanging in There  |  September 1, 2015 at 11:29 am

    @1240, Drummond Montessori was great for our family at academics. We transferred out at 3rd grade, so I can’t give a personal account of the later grades — only what I’ve heard from other Drummond parents.

  • 1242. A O Thorp Bound  |  September 1, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Disney (Tier 4 WL) 47, Norwood Park (WL General) 88, Courtney (WL General) 27 all called and we declined.

  • 1243. ConfusedinK  |  September 1, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    We just got an offer for Prescott K (#304 on general waitlist) and our son is already four days in at another wonderful, albeit private school. We toured Prescott in the fall and were very impressed, which is why we are seriously are considering making the switch. Any thoughts on Prescott (good or bad) that may help us? Or making this switch with a five year old who already loves his school?

  • 1244. HydeParkMom  |  September 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Got a all from Franklin for K! Tier#1 WL# 17. Decided to stay with our choice of Agassiz!!

  • 1245. Dominique Benson  |  September 1, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Hello everyone . We were offered a spot at Disney 1. We will decline. We were a tier 2. List should be moving agian. Good luck!!

  • 1246. HydeParkMom  |  September 2, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Any Andrew Jacksonparents out there? Agassiz new assistant principal, Lauren Fitchett, worked at A. Jackson for several years. I wanted to get some insight about her? Personality? Approach to education and discipline?

  • 1247. mommy1  |  September 2, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Got a call from Murray Language Academy today for 2nd grade…accepted!

  • 1248. Dawnee222  |  September 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

    We are already enrolled at Thorp for K, but just received a call from Stone who needs an answer by 3:00 today. Pretty sure we will decline but does anyone have any insight on both these schools? Stone is as about 3 miles further proximity-wise and at Thorp we’ve toured the school and talked with her teacher and staff and are pretty settled in the idea of attending Thorp. Never thought we’d get a call elsewhere as all our remaining numbers were pretty high. Can anyone offer something from Stone that would overwhelmingly change our decision? Would hate to make the wrong decision. Thanks!

  • 1249. Thorp versus Stone  |  September 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    If Thorp is an easier commute and closer to home and if you are happy with the thought of Thorp, stick with Thorp.

  • 1250. Disgusted  |  September 3, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I find it interesting that people complain about bussing, tell people to go to their neighborhood school yet make condescending remarks about hunger strikes over a “school building”, research the percentage of SEES schools on the South Side, and then pretend the playing field is fair across the board. It’s not and you know it’s not, but as long as it doesnt affect you, right. How many neighborhood schools were closed on the South and West sides alone? Did those kids get offered bus service? Did the schools that received those kids get additional funding for staff, books, any resources? You are supporting a biased system based on racial identity, income, and the insistence of people like you that “everyone” has the same equal access and opportunity to quality education. It isn’t true. You know it isn’t true. I went to a CPS and never had books. I took “advanced” classes and got homework printed as a worksheet….in high school! I opted for my kids to go to a Magnet school and I pay nearly $1000 a month for transportation. I also pay taxes which are supposed to be used to finance a free public education. I also pay school fees for this “free” education. I do it and thank God that I can afford to do it, but there are many who can’t and I think you should be ashamed for suggesting that they have it as well as anyone else while you sit and debate about Nettlehorst vs Jackson as if it’s comparable to a parent wondering if their child will have books at school or get beat up walking or taking the bus to their new school who knows how far away. The system is still segregated and there are people working to keep it that way only now the most important color is green.

  • 1251. Disgusted  |  September 3, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    And those wonderful schools that you mentioned aren’t options for the children who live across the street from them because they’ve been going to their neighborhood school since Kindergarten and don’t stand a chance of scoring well enough on the test to get in…..but it’s all fair and balanced. Right.

  • 1252. feeder schools  |  September 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    It’s mostly African American kids who pack the classrooms at southside selective enrollment schools. Obviously, plenty of black families are able to raise academically ready children and take advantage of those nearby resources. Conversely, plenty of students living in other parts of the city are unable to study at the selective schools in their neighborhoods. An individual family’s grievance can be a cause of sympathy, but is not necessarily enough to condemn the system.

  • 1253. Larvus  |  September 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    “.but it’s all fair and balanced. ”

    Boo hoo. Life is rough. Better teach your kids that now so they don’t grow up to be an angry whiner like you. It’s always someone else’s fault. Get a clue.

  • 1254. Angela  |  September 4, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Accepted a K offer from Jackson this week. We were Tier 4 #7.

  • 1255. g2-8f9bc4c075669b4ea0a3fd4283844b88  |  September 4, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Just declined a spot at Stone. I think we were around #34 on the Tier 3 waiting list.

  • 1256. kgparent  |  September 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Can anyone give me any info. on Chappell?

  • 1257. Archmom  |  September 4, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    1253 you are a jerk.

  • 1258. Last minute Thorp parent  |  September 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    FYI for everyone:
    We are tier four, here’s our results from K application this year.

    Burr: #135 or so, offered, declined.
    Aggasiz: #170 or so, offered, declined.
    Suder: do not recall number, offered, declined.
    OA Thorp: #13 on the proximity lottery, offered yesterday 9/3, accepted.

    We were planning on going to our neighborhood school, Prussing, up until yesterday. Thorp was our #1 choice and I had given up hope.

  • 1259. Hanging in There  |  September 4, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    @1253. Thank God my kids haven’t had trouble with bullies like you. Please consider trolling elsewhere. Most of us are here for supportive communication.

  • 1260. IrvingPark Mom  |  September 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Received a call at 5:20 p.m. today with a 2nd grade offer for Hawthorne. We were #12 on the wait list. We are accepting and releasing our spot at Agassiz.

  • 1261. Erica  |  September 4, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    We received an offer from Franklin and Chappell today…may pass on Franklin due to distance, however Chappell is an option.

  • 1262. Kg parent  |  September 4, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Our child is enrolled for K at Chappell. They have an active Friends of Group and the small school certainly seems to be up and coming. They have had multiple events for incoming K families this week. The class sizes seem to be smallish (though obviously this changes everywhere for at least a few weeks). The facilities are above average compared to what I have seen at other CPS schools. The before and after care programs and the school have been given praise by all the families that we know and have met so far at the school. Though all schools have different pros and cons, we have no hesitation about the school so far and our child is excited for Tuesday! Good luck with your K decision!

  • 1263. Full of Hope  |  September 5, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Why is it that Tier 3 & 4 wait lists are moving and Tier 2 is going no where? We have Disney 170, Franklin 35, LaSalle 123, Jackson 118 and have not gotten any calls.

  • 1264. HydeParkMom  |  September 5, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I’m in Tier 1 and received a call from Franklin #17, but declined. Disney’s list is still moving and LaSalle and Jackson rarely get that far down in their lists.

    I’m have a couple of friends in Tier #4 and they haven’t received calls. Truthfully the higher your number the more likely that you would be called.

  • 1265. HydeParkMom  |  September 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Correction: the more likely that you won’t get calls.

  • 1266. jlm  |  September 5, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Also received a call from Inter-American earlier this week for PK4 – English. We declined – it was just too late in the game to change since my daughter is already enrolled and paid for elsewhere, and I have the logistics all set up to get her to-and-fro (need to coordinate with older sister’s school schedule plus any activities they have). We were Tier 4, #94, English.

  • 1267. Erica  |  September 6, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you for the review on Chappell Kg Parent…I spoke with the coordinator for the after school program Park Kids, and my mind was put at ease.

  • 1268. neighborhood parent  |  September 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

    To all parents, teachers & students, Best wishes for a happy, healthy and joyful 2015-16 school year! For our family we will strive to make the best/most of each day and develop our fortitude and resilience along the way.
    Cheers to all who are in this big CPS boat together!

  • 1269. Maria  |  September 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Got a call from Chappell and joyfully accepted. But also got a call from Prescott and declined. We were #6 on the end of the year waiting list at Prescott and #21 for Chappell on the end of the year lottery.

  • 1270. Erica  |  September 10, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Congrats, you got a call after we declined…I was definitely second guessing my decision though.

  • 1271. Stone offer  |  September 18, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Yesterday we got a call from Stone, for K seat. Tier 2. We declined, as child is happy in neighborhood school, with zero commute.

  • 1272. Christina  |  September 18, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Got a call on Wednesday for Newberry for a Kindergarten spot. Tier 2. We declined yesterday as we like our current school.

  • 1273. Test Scores  |  September 18, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    This seems thread-worthy:

    Ogden (Gold Coast) on the verge of a vote to absorb/integrate with Jenner Elementary (Cabrini Green) in order to get more space:


  • 1274. HydeParkMom  |  September 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Newberry contacted us as well. Tier#1 WL# 54. We declined and decided to stay with Agassiz!!

  • 1275. Moving Waitlists  |  September 20, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I was shocked to receive a call from Suder on Friday. We were number 221 on the general waitlist for K. We declined.

    For those who find themselves with no offers in the first round, take heart! Waitlists *do* move, even if you seem to have an impossibly high number. We got four offers in total, and they all would have worked for our family.

    Good luck this year, everyone. I’ll be jumping into the deep end again with kid #2!

  • 1276. km  |  September 24, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I am still waiting for Mark Sheridan and STEM to call me. Do you think I still have a chance?

  • 1277. MamaLlamma  |  September 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    No I don’t think you have a chance at Sheridan. We are Tier 4…#10 and have moved all the way up to number 1 now but I called last week to check and they said all their rosters are full and they pretty much stop calling after day 10.

  • 1278. parentk  |  October 19, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I got an email from Ogden, and I never applied there. Did anyone else?

  • 1279. Ape  |  January 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I am not sure where else to ask this, giving this board a try. I plan to send my son (Aug bday) to a private school. I’d like to transfer him back to CPS in first grade. Has anyone done this? I know I cannot transfer him in kindergarten as they will make him skip to first. It’s my understanding that by law, all children must attend first grade, therefore they can’t make him skip. Looking for actual experiences of someone who has been through this.

  • 1280. Anna  |  January 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    @1279 – Ape – According to the OAE guide http://cpsoae.org/Options%20for%20Knowledge%20Guide_2016-2017_English.pdf (bottom of page 10)

    “My son was born in late August. I would rather wait another year and apply for him to start kindergarten next September instead.
    Can I do this?
    No – this is not permitted under CPS policy. For kindergarten and first grade, CPS will enroll students in the grade that is appropriate for their age…If you do not apply for the grade that is appropriate or your child, your child’s application will be marked ineligible
    for the 2016-2017 application process.”

    Looks like you have to wait until 2nd

    “Students applying to second grade or higher are not required to adhere to the September 1st guidelines.
    However, you should be aware that the Regional Gifted Centers and Classical Schools offer a highly rigorous and
    accelerated curriculum. Our goal is to match the program with the student and ensure that the student does not
    experience undue academic stress, thereby ensuring their success. As a result, you are encouraged to take your
    child’s age into account when applying for these programs for primary grades higher than first grade. Also note
    that a student is allowed to test for one grade level only.”

  • 1281. Chris  |  January 29, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    ” I’d like to transfer him back to CPS in first grade. ”

    You mean at a neighborhood school?

    Anna gives all the right info for ‘application’ schools. But I don’t know if that is also *strictly* true for neighborhood.

  • 1282. Ape  |  January 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you, Anna! And Chris, yes, I did mean neighborhood school. Does anyone else have any insight here?

  • 1283. Florinda  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:47 am

    waitlist 154

  • 1284. Lisajo  |  April 1, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    We were offered spots at Hamilton, Prescott and Goethe. What do you think is the best choice? I thought my choice was going to be made for my. Never thought we’d get three offers. Thanks for your help!

  • 1285. Feeling crazy  |  April 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    On the WL for Galileo 28 tier 4. Any thoughts on movement

  • 1286. Tina  |  April 5, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    my kid got to pritzker 5th grade, but not the gifted program. any info is very appreciated! thanks!

  • 1287. Jordan  |  April 6, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Disney General waiting list #121 do anyone think I have a chance for my son to get in or should I say forget about it!

  • 1288. Jordan  |  April 6, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Forgot to mention Disney general waiting list #121 for 2nd grade! Do anyone think I have a chance or not!

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