March 26, 2016 at 11:01 pm 457 comments

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Post news about entry into AC and International Gifted Program here.

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For those who aren’t familiar with the Intl gifted programs, some info from CPS:

International Gifted Program
International Gifted Programs are offered at the following schools:
615 W. Kemper Pl.
24 W. Walton St.

The International Gifted Program is designed for students in grades 6-8. The program includes intensive study of English, French, social studies, laboratory science, mathematics, technology, arts, physical education, library science, and advanced research. The International Gifted Program is designed to allow intellectually able students to be schooled in their least restrictive environment and to mature at an accelerated pace.

The International Gifted Program is committed to cultivating independent and competent students who are well prepared for the most intensive high schools and IB Diploma Programs.

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2016 NEIGHBORHOOD and MAGNET Elementary School Thread SEHS Admission by Tier 2016

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  • 1. Mom of a 6th Grader at CPS Charter  |  March 26, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    We are anxious for the letters to go out on Monday the 28th and I anticipate it will arrive on Wednesday. Being mailed from downtown to South side should not take more than 2 days. #praying4WY #AckieHopeful

  • 2. Mother of 3  |  March 27, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Same here, CPS Charter/Near Southside, hopefully can receive letter on Tuesday.
    Good luck to everyone.

  • 3. majaramirez  |  March 27, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Nine years ago the neighborhood school (Lincoln) told us out daughter was “not accepted”. If I’d raised a fuss I’m sure they would’ve HAD to take her, but we got called in mid-June that she was accepted at LaSalle Language Academy where it’s been mostly swell (we don’t care for the new principal).

    So if you don’t get the letter(s) this week be sure to ask the neighbors if there was a misdelivery and then call CPS HQ.

    Bst of luck to you all – onward to Payton!

  • 4. Chicago School GPS  |  March 27, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Unfortunately the International Gifted Program at Ogden is phasing out and wasn’t accepting a new class on the 2016-2017 application. I also heard that despite their wanting to keep it, Lincoln may be phasing out its IG program as well. Both may be mostly due to space issues.

  • 5. klm  |  March 27, 2016 at 8:03 am


    I’m not sure I understand–was Lincoln your neighborhood zoned school? If so, how could they have denied you enrollment?

    From what I understand, after Ogden got rid of its IG program (due to lack of space?), Lincoln’s was the only one. The IG Program requires teacher training, curriculum planning, separate staff, etc. (i.e., money that CPS doesn’t have).

    I’m assuming that CPS just figured it was too cost prohibitive to keep the program for a single class at a single school, especially given the financial crisis within CPS, etc.

  • 6. LVMOM  |  March 27, 2016 at 9:38 am


  • 7. CpsMomma  |  March 27, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Good luck to everyone! We’re thinking the letter should arrive on Wednesday. We will be crossing our fingers until then! Does anyone know when they will post the cutoff scores?

  • 8. Rose  |  March 27, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    They might post it online after. I think.

  • 9. CpsMomma  |  March 27, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I hope so. I wonder if scores went up again this year?

  • 10. Mom  |  March 27, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Maybe. The letters should be coming out tomorrow!! Good luck everyone!!

  • 11. NWSMomof4  |  March 27, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Wishing you all what you hope for. (I have no hat in the ring this year after having done it twice in the last 3 years plus high school.) No matter how it turns out, remember that your kids have *you* in their corner and they will succeed whether or not they get into an AC because *you* support them and *you* love them no matter where they wind up.

  • 12. OgdenParent2016  |  March 28, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Re: Ogden IG program. I was told we lost the program due to lack of CPS funding – and duplicate program at Lincoln. Ogden has the classroom space.

  • 13. Ogden IB Mom  |  March 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Th is is what I was told from the Ogden office
    Ogden is an International Baccalaureate School, Lincoln school is not IB. Ogden having both IG and IB did not make sense cost and space wise. The IG program covers so much of what the IB program already offers. Since Lincoln does not offer the IB program they were able to hold on the IG program.
    After reading the Lincoln Schools LSC meeting notes, it looks like the IG program is hanging by thread. The Principal said that yes it was funded for the next school year but no word about its future.

  • 14. LR  |  March 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    My guess is that they post cutoff scores sometime tomorrow and letters start showing up on Wednesday. It’s really aggravating that CPS cannot find a better way than snail mail to do this. It is slow and expensive and the day after letters come out can be a brutal day for many kids. With the online registration system and log-in, you think you could at least access your child’s test score ahead of time, so you know whether to hold your breath or not. I guarantee you there is someone in CPS that is smart enough to figure this out.

  • 15. readysetslow  |  March 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm


  • 16. CpsMomma  |  March 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I just read on the OAE website that the letters won’t be mailed until Wednesday. This is ridiculous!

  • 17. LR  |  March 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    This is nonsense. They’ve known about the furlough day on the 25th for weeks and already pushed it back to Monday because of that day. Now they are using April 1st as an excuse? Why don’t they just be honest? “We’re not ready. Sorry for the inconvenience.” Although, I do feel receiving the letters Friday is better in terms of having the weekend to cool down.

  • 18. Fbbelle  |  March 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Good luck everyone!!

  • 19. Susan  |  March 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    @16 and @17 – if you looked at the better running across the site it says that the letters went out today, someone at CPS also confirmed that the letters have been sent out.

  • 20. LVMOM  |  March 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    This morning it said they were mailed today, March 28th. At some point today they changed the scrolling message to say the letters will be mailed on Wednesday, March 30th. I doesn’t soecifically mention academic centers in the message but I assume they are including AC’s in part of the selective enrollment elementary schools.

  • 21. CpsMomma  |  March 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    That’s what is said earlier but they just recently updated it. Link is below.


  • 22. Mom  |  March 28, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    The letters were supposed to come out the 21st, and they changed it to today . and changed it to Wednesday. How much further will they be sent back?? More stress for everyone? My hold was disappointed to hear that she had too wait a few more days. And she has been stressed a lot.

  • 23. Susan  |  March 28, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    @16 and @17 – if you looked at the banner running across the site it says that the letters went out today, someone at CPS also confirmed that the letters have been sent out.


  • 24. AnxiousMom  |  March 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I don’t think that when they refer to “elementary schools”, they are talking about 7th and 8th graders. At CPS those grades are considered middle school. Also, the link does not mention academic center.

  • 25. Susan  |  March 28, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    someone needs to correct the address for Lane Tech at the top of this thread.

  • 26. LR  |  March 28, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    From CPS OAE website: “Due to CPS’s budget situation requiring a furlough day last week, and the preparation required to ensure students are safe, fed and engaged during the one-day strike on April 1st, the elementary notification letters are delayed. All CPS elementary school selective enrollment, magnet, magnet cluster and open enrollment letters will be sent out from the main post office on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.” And elementary is considered through 8th, so yes, it includes academic centers.

  • 27. LR  |  March 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    You know, the pessimist in me says they did this on purpose (pushed the date back) to try to get parents to direct their anger towards the CTU. I have a hard time believing the people at the OAE are the same ones in charge of managing students on April 1st.

  • 28. LSmom  |  March 28, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    @27, I feel the same way.

  • 29. Mom  |  March 28, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    #hopingforWY!!!! #Ackie!!!!

  • 30. One and Only  |  March 28, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    LR – I was thinking the exact same thing. It seems political rather than practical. I can’t see what OAE would need to do – they are probably a totally separate department from the departments that are getting ready for Friday. Also, the posting has a slightly “propaganda” feel to it.

  • 31. StressedOut  |  March 28, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    All CPS central office departments are effected by the one day strike. Many employees will be dispatched to schools and other locations because the kids can not be turned away.

  • 32. chicagodads  |  March 28, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Not defending OAE delay, but I did hear that dept was hit by the last round of layoffs, so likely there are fewer people there than last year.

  • 33. LR  |  March 28, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    #30 – I agree completely. Why else would people have called earlier in the day and gotten confirmation that letters were going out and then the OAE decided they weren’t ready just a few hours later? C’mon, either the right foot really doesn’t know what the left is doing, or this is a political move.

  • 34. One and Only  |  March 28, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Stressed out-I agree, the OAE staff might be sent out on Friday. However I question what they would need to be doing now that would interfere with them mailing out the letters.

    Chicago dads-I bet you’re right. I’m sure the layoffs are slowing them down.

  • 35. Caroline  |  March 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    According to the OAE page letters will not be going out until Wednesday. I find it funny that they are blaming the April 1st strike day for this. It hasn’t even happened yet.

  • 36. Susan  |  March 29, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    at the end of the days those kids anxiously waiting are the ones affected by all these, i wish the administration would understand the pressure these kids are enduring, just send the letters, how hard can that be?

  • 37. psmom  |  March 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    OAE probably had the good intention to send everything on Monday but printing thousands of letters, auditing, etc takes time. Reduction of people(layoffs) + reduction of time(3/25 Furlough) = Wednesday.

  • 38. NWSMomof4  |  March 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    OAE is one of the few offices in CPS that works well, is organized, and is generally reliable. So i am going to bat for them. (i don’t know anyone who works there, i don’t have friends there, but i believe that credit should be given where credit is due)

    I believe they did suffer layoffs earlier this year, but that did not affect getting the high school letters out on the date they stated.

    I can say (as a parent who has been waiting for letters in 3 of the last 4 years) that the letters are known to be mailed ON the day stated. And that doesn’t mean they are mailed first thing in the morning….but late in the day. So that they arrive, in general, on Monday or Tuesday. (the only early letter we have ever received early is the early sehs test result that came out in December 2015 of the current school year – we received it in the mail on the day it was scheduled to be mailed.)

    The fact that letters were supposed to go out Friday, which wound up being a furlough day, threw a wrench into their process, i am sure. While certainly this entire process is stressful, leaves much to be desired, etc., i am sure they are doing the best they can under the circumstances.

    Cut them some slack – take a breath, read a book, whatever. getting letters a day or two late is frustrating, but it’s not college and it’s not the end of the world.

  • 39. Susan  |  March 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    sounds good, I will give your message to my 12 yr old 🙂
    I should not say what her response was
    @38 NWSMomof4

  • 40. Mom  |  March 29, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    So much pressure. I mean, I honestly can understand CP’s, but I still think that sending the letters out 5 days later is kinda crazy. I mean, honestly, were you not prepared or did you actuay have so much more things to do. I get it. Changing the date to Monday was pretty reasonable, but changing it to Wednesday. I mean, what more do they need to do?

  • 41. LR  |  March 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I want to be clear – I think the letters ARE ready. I think they OAE has it together. People who called the OAE Monday morning got confirmation that the letters were being sent out. Then in the afternoon, suddenly and unexpectedly the plan changed. How could they not know Monday morning that they were running behind and needed two more days? I think this move is political on the part of CPS. Otherwise, why would they even mention April 1st? That seems very unnecessary.

  • 42. CpsMomma  |  March 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    If test scores were posted online, we wouldn’t have this issue. Why do they spend so much money on paper, ink, stamps and labor to put these letters together? Doesn’t make sense at all. True, this isn’t college but my daughter isn’t an adult either. She’s 12 years old and very competitive. If she doesn’t get in, this long wait is going to make it worse!

  • 43. Cpsmess  |  March 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Agree with the comments posted about how ridiculous it is on top of all the ridiculous that is CPS. It makes absolutely no sense that if the letters were ready to go out that Monday that they would need to delay further. So they never had anything ever happen in that office where they had to adjust? The whole world of CPS is about uncertainty and miscommunication – certainly any CPS employee is used to those conditions and could’ve had the letters ready to go. I am not buying for a second that this is not a political ploy to make the possibly more astute and affluent parents angry at the teachers/CTU. A lot of these SEES tend to have strong union presence as well. Yes, it is not the end of the world for the kids (I didnt even tell my son when the letters were going out for that very reason so he doesnt even know any different) BUT it shows the lack of professionalism, poor communication and disregard for potential/current stakeholders that is typical of CPS. Its not just this one incident but the type of behavior that is consistent with the district. While its not personally the fault of the employees who work for that office they are still part of a dysfunctional district. The ONLY reason my kids do not attend private school is because I pay a boat load of taxes and a high city mortgage for a home in a decent neighborhood and cannot afford to send them! There is NO reason why we should not be receiving these notifications by email!

  • 44. kmb  |  March 29, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    It’s frustrating that the notifications have been delayed but I do think they should be sending them on Wednesday in general and not on Friday. This way kids have the weekend to process instead of going to school the next day and dealing with peers especially if it is not good news.

  • 45. Mom  |  March 29, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Are the cut off scores posted?

  • 46. Caroline  |  March 29, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    @45. Not as of yet. I have been looking. Hopefully tomorrow. Good luck everyone.

  • 47. LR  |  March 30, 2016 at 9:11 am

    #44: I totally agree…as a policy, they should just do it end of day on a Wednesday. Just called the OAE and spoke with someone very nice and very calm. He said that cutoff scores would likely be posted sometime tomorrow after the letters are sent. He also said that they try to get the letters to the post office so that they are processed today. I don’t think that happened with the high school letters, but maybe since we’ve had a couple delays they are in better shape. Wishful thinking, right?

  • 48. LVMOM  |  March 30, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I have a question I am hoping that someone can answer. My son told me last night that he wished he put Lane as his #1 choice. Back when we filled out the application, he wanted WY. I called OAE and they said you just have to take what you get as there are no second rounds for AC’s. I asked how that is possible because I know of kids in the past that have gotten offers and they turned down the offer to stay at their elementary school. She said that the AC’s will run the program with open and seats and that you can also contact the school and speak to the principal directly about the open seats ( I guess she means if you had a high enough score to go to WY but you wish you had gotten an offer from Lane). Does anyone have insight here from personal experience? My son aside, I think either option would be awesome. Thanks and good luck to all!!

  • 49. westrogersparkmom  |  March 30, 2016 at 11:23 am

    @LVMOM – The AC’s are pretty good at anticipating the fact that not everyone will accept and overaccept accordingly. I know that the 7th grade LTAC class this year is slightly larger than anticipated because there were less declines than they anticipated. Lane and Whitney do not have second rounds because of this.

    Good luck to everyone !

  • 50. Upset  |  March 30, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    @48&49 – If there is only one round offered for the academic center, why does the application have options from 1 to 6? The cps is probably using the same application for both ac and younger grades, but isn’t that misleading? This is totally new to my family, and I am sure that CPS should have been more transparent!

  • 51. LVMOM  |  March 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    @50 Apparently, there is only one round for AC’s because all the seats get filled in the 1st round. You put choices because your score has to match up to the space that is available. For example, if WY is your first choice but your score is not high enough to get that spot, they will move onto your second choice to see if your score works for that school and so on… That’s my understanding. First they do a certain % of the seats by pure rank and then a smaller % of the seats are allocated by scores within tiers. I think the % breakdown is 75/25 but I might be a little off on that number (can someone correct me?) Also, from reading last year’s blog, you can be offered a seat in both an AC and an elementary school, that has a 7th and 8th grade, at the same time (in the same letter). The elementary schools may have second and third rounds as they try to fill the seats of the kids they lost to the AC’s

  • 52. Jen K  |  March 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    @50/51: There is only one round (based on past experience) for Lane AC and WYAC but other schools may have multiple rounds. Last year I know students who received 2nd round offers to Taft AC

  • 53. LR  |  March 30, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    The breakout is the same for all SE schools – 30% pure rank, then the remaining 70% is divided among the 4 tiers (17.5% each, if my math is correct).

  • 54. sancho@ymail.com  |  March 30, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    The breakdown for seats is 70/30 (tier/overall high score). So for WY’s 120 total seats, 35 are for the overall top scorers, and 21 seats are for each of the tier’s top scorers.

  • 55. ACMommy  |  March 30, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    @50 The 1-6 on the application is not about rounds, it’s about your child’s school preference. The CPS application allows you to choose six schools and put them in your desired rank order. If your child scores high enough for their first desired school, then they get a seat there. End of story. If your child does not score high enough to get into their top 3 desired schools, then they may get offered a seat at their fourth-most desired school for which they have a high enough score and so on. The ACs usually offer more seats than they have available, so if anyone changes their mind and wants to stay at their elementary school or go to a private school, there are extra students already in the accepted pipeline. The current LTAC 7th grade has “extra” kids, I believe, because so many said “yes.”

    @51. You are correct about the process. The percentage of seats are a little different, though. 30% of the seats at each school go to “rank,” meaning kids who put that particular school first and scored the highest on the test, no matter what their tier is, get the seats. The remainder of the 70% of seats are divided by the four tiers, 1-4. So, 17.5% of each school’s available seats are divided evenly among the tiers. Some have argued here that most of those rank seats go to tier 4 students, but there is no data out there to prove it.

  • 56. Liz Gardner  |  March 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    #48- I heard that they offer 130 kids a seat. If less than 120 accept, then they will go to a second round ( but that hasn’t happened recently). I do know that a couple of 8th graders have been able to transfer in in recent years. Not sure what that process is. On a side note, shadow days for the WYAC are 4/4 and 4/7. We have been super happy at the WYAC. It really is a great program. Good luck to all!

  • 57. Upset  |  March 30, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you for all the replies. Although I understand the situation better now, I still think that CPS should have been more communicative about this. When I first applied for my son, we put Lane down as our first choice (Whitney as 2nd) even though that we were not very serious about transferring to the ac, since he likes his elementary school. However, his current school experiences changes in administration lately and we are not happy with the changes, we reconsider ac options and WY has become his favorite. If we decline offer from Lane and presuming that his overall score is high enough to get accepted to WY, will we have any chance of getting a spot at WY? Or is it too risky to decline Lane? Thank you!

  • 58. CpsMomma  |  March 30, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Where did you get the info for WYAC shadow days? We’re hoping my daughter gets in!

  • 59. GC  |  March 30, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    The shadow day information was just emailed to parents of current WYAC students (we have an 8th grader there) who applied to have an incoming student “shadow” them. There will also be two incoming student days in May. Good luck. We are hoping for a sibling acceptance to WYAC as well.

  • 60. CPSMom  |  March 30, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    42 W. Madison St., Garden Level, Chicago, IL 60602 Phone: (773) 553-2060

    @57 – please stop by or call them, it’s best to get the information from them directly. if you decline the offer , his name would go back to the pool and there hasn’t been a 2nd round in a long time, not for WY or Lane.

  • 61. Upset  |  March 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    @60 – thank you!

  • 62. Brenda  |  March 30, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Does anyone have an idea on when the cutoff score will be posted??

  • 63. CPSMom  |  March 30, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    do people have the score of the entrance exam? is that why you want to see the cutoff scores or just to have an idea?

  • 64. LR  |  March 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    @62: I had called this morning and the OAE said they likely will post cutoff scores tomorrow after they mail letters today. Also, just talked to someone who said the letters went out.

    And clarification on rank…for @51 and @55, I was told that your preference does not matter. In other words, say you put WY first and you don’t make the cut. Then say you put Lane second. It’s not like someone who gets a lower score, but put Lane as their 1st choice will get in before you. They take high scores first. You can double check with the OAE, but this is my understanding. Also, the top 30% is heavily dominated by tier 4 and some tier 3. I believe CPS Obsessed has written about it before and had data at some point. Don’t know about AC’s, but several of the SEHS’s end up being almost half tier 4.

  • 65. LTAC Class of '17 Mom  |  March 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    LTAC is having a Meet and Greet for accepted students 4/6 at 6:00 pm. Just a heads-up as time is tighter now between acceptances going out and the Meet and Greet. I only know this because I am a 7th Grade LTAC Mom and they have asked for Student and Parent volunteers for that evening. My son and I are volunteering and the date has not changed despite the delay in notifications. My understanding is that LTAC does not have Shadow Days. The Meet and Greet last year was great and really helped with our decision to attend. Good luck to all!

  • 66. LTAC Class of '17 Mom  |  March 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Correction: the LTAC Meet and Greet is at 5:00 PM on 4/6. Here is a link to the LTAC Blog page on the Lane Website so you can get a feel for recent events and the Calendar says 5-7 pm on 4/6: http://www.lanetech.org/ltac.php

  • 67. NWSMomof4  |  March 30, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Taft AC usually has a second round. Lane does not.

  • 68. CpsMomma  |  March 30, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I’m wondering how shadow days are 4/4 and 4/7 when we won’t be receiving the letters until at least Friday. With the schools closed on Friday, how will we get our child on the list for 4/4? I wonder if it will have to be pushed back until Tuesday and Thursday.

  • 69. G of lsq  |  March 31, 2016 at 7:37 am

    My daughter is a 7th grader at Whitney and has already been assigned the name of a student to shadow her, so the names of accepted students are already out there. For those of you accepted, WY has been an amazing experience and we’ll worth the years of preparation and stress, but it takes a pretty organized and independent student to succees. There is incredible privilege and independence, but also demands for personal responsibility, and lots of homework.

  • 70. westrogersparkmom  |  March 31, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Check out this article from Taft Academic Center about the number of children that remain for high school. http://www.tafths.org/m/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=398432&id=0

    The article makes it sound like kids only leave Taft for NS and Peyton (which is inaccurate).

    I find this article very interesting and while it is a good thing for Taft it doesn’t tell the whole story. Are kids now choosing Taft over Lane, LPIB, Jones etc? Or are kids not being accepted to these schools? If you look at the cut off scores they plummet after Tier 4. Does this have something to do with it? And does the 110 number represent normal attrition or did Taft not fill its class.

    If Taft’s test scores and grade distribution haven’t changed this could mean that TAFT IB and TAFT AC are becoming viable options for quality education for Northwest side families. Go Taft.

  • 71. LR  |  March 31, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Didn’t Taft make a change in the last two years that AC students automatically get a spot in the High School IB program? That wasn’t the case previously, right? That might have something to do with more students staying. Not having to go through the applications process again in 8th grade is a big deal.

  • 72. studyingmom  |  March 31, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Have you sent any email from your top choice AC? I think WYAC may send email to the accepted students because WYAC has shadow day coming Monday. Moms or Dads who have received any email including Congrat message ! Please, come out!

  • 73. Jen K  |  March 31, 2016 at 10:29 am

    @70 I have several friends who chose Taft AC and absolutely love it.

  • 74. NWSideMomof4  |  March 31, 2016 at 10:33 am

    When my daughter was accepted to LTAC, the letter from Lane came in the same mail delivery as the letter from OAE. That year, some parents received the letter from the school the day before the letter from OAE arrived. My other daughter received both her Taft letter and OAE letter on the same day the year following. That daughter also received her OAE and Lane letter for SEHS on the same day this year.

    @70, I haven’t read the article yet but will after I finish posting. I was talking to a Taft 8th grader last night. She said around 75 students (which she thought was about half) in the current 8th grade class at Taft AC is staying on at Taft for the coming freshman year. As far as acceptances elsewhere for SEHS, my girls have friends at Taft AC and they are leaving to go to Jones, Whitney, Northside, and Payton. Others are staying at Taft for freshman year. So perhaps it *is* because the school is making great strides. The principal over there is doing wonderful things!

  • 75. Random Parent  |  March 31, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Does anyone know how can a student transfer to a SEHS after Freshman year?

  • 76. NWSideMomof4  |  March 31, 2016 at 11:09 am

    @75: Check with the individual school. Lane maintains info on its website at http://www.lanetech.org/transfer.php. Not sure about WY, NS, Jones, Payton, Brooks, etc.

  • 77. LR  |  March 31, 2016 at 11:12 am

    @75: I assume you mean after freshman year at a regular high school, not first year at an Academic Center. I think in the fall/winter of your freshman year, you just apply and take the Selective Enrollment test. Can anyone verify?

  • 78. Random Parent  |  March 31, 2016 at 11:27 am

    @76 and 77: Thank you. Yes, I meant after freshman year at a regular or SE high school, not AC. How can we do that? Perhaps that’s when the principal discretion comes into place?

  • 79. CPSMom  |  March 31, 2016 at 11:32 am

    @78 definitely contact the school directly. Lane might be the only one that takes transfers. never heard of jones, NS, Payton or WY taking a transfer student but you never know.

  • 80. Chicago School GPS  |  March 31, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Actually with student based budgeting these days, I have found that more SEHS are accepting sophomore to senior transfer students. Lane, Lindblom, Westinghouse, Jones, Young, Northside all have info on their websites regarding the transfer process. Some applications have closed already (Jones) while some are still open (Young- 5/5/16; Northside- 4/29/16; Lindblom- 8/29/16). Transferring is a more holistic process regarding essays, recommendations, grades, attendance, etc.

  • 81. AC Test  |  March 31, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Does anyone have insight into the AC test and how it is scored? How many questions? Number of questions answered correctly equals this many points out of 300? etc. This way I can obsess about before the letters arrive and we know the cutoff scores.

    I do not know my son’s test score but he felt like “he maybe missed like ten or so”.

    Good luck!

  • 82. shuda2  |  March 31, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Just got mail! no letter today

  • 83. readysetslow  |  March 31, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    No letter in the mail today – 60625

  • 84. LR  |  March 31, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    @81: Not sure if you have seen the rubric from the OAE website, but that is about as close as you can get. It says: We determine the entrance exam points by
    subtracting your score from 150, multiplying
    the result by 3, and subtracting that result
    from 300 to get a maximum of 300 points.
    You can use the table immediately to the left
    to determine your exam score points.
    If I back it out, a 50 would be a perfect score, right? (150-50 = 100, 100×3 = 300). My daughter is home today and says that doesn’t make much sense. She said there were 2 sections (figural and verbal) that each had 3 subsections with about 20 questions each (a few less in some cases a few more in others). So figure 120 questions total…but a 50 is a perfect score, so not certain how 10 wrong would translate, other than it would likely be a very good score because each question wouldn’t be worth one point, rather a fraction of a point. Here is the link to the rubric:


  • 85. Another 6th Grade Parent  |  March 31, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Nothing from CPS in the mail today for 60647 either

  • 86. Momof4  |  March 31, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    No Mail either from 60641

  • 87. MOM  |  March 31, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    No letter from CPS … but I just received an email that he got into Taft AC.

  • 88. AC Test  |  March 31, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    @84: Thanks.

    I had seen the rubric but it did not make sense to me. What I am missing?

    I went through the same process as you did above and determined about the same thing, except it seems in your back out you did not finish with the final “subtracting that result from 300”?

    My son also reported about the two sections (figural and verbal) and they were instructed to skip the math section. He was disappointed about that because he feels math is his best subject.

  • 89. LTAC hopeful  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I think the max score on the test would be 150.


    or if you missed 10


  • 90. Gretel  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Same as @87. Not sure about mail, but just got an acceptance email from Taft

  • 91. Kyle AP  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Taft is emailing acceptance letters

  • 92. studyingmom  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I think the kid who missed 10 meant not confident in 10 questions.

    According to the someone’s reply, there were 120 questions for AC exam,

    (300 total score for exam) /( total 120 questions)=2.5points per 1 question

    Am I doing right?

  • 93. studyingmom  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Is there anyone who has received email from WYAC?

  • 94. Momma O  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Just received the Taft email too. So excited as this was my DD first choice. She is leaving Coonley options to be closer to home. Yay!!!

  • 95. CpsMomma  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Do other schools send emails as well? I would love to know before my child so I can be prepared.
    Congratulations to those that already know!

  • 96. LR  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    @89: You are right! I’m wrong. So maybe each question equals just over one point? If there were 120. And everyone thanks for the Taft email info. I did not get an email from Taft, which was my daughter’s third choice, so hoping fingers crossed we got our first or second.

  • 97. JenK  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    @92 my daughter last year said there were 70-ish questions (but not 75 because that would make it too easy). Didn’t answer 6 so we thought the worst. Scored 143.

  • 98. westrogersparkmom  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I don’t think you need a perfect raw score to get a 150 on the AC test. It’s a hard test and I believe its normed somehow. And good for Taft for sending out emails !

  • 99. cpsobsessed  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    “Taft is emailing acceptance letters”

    CPS is entering the modern era!!!!

  • 100. CPSMom  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    no mail from CPS today at 60618 😦
    I’m making an assumption that the mail might have gone out late from CPS yesterday! 😦

  • 101. Chris  |  March 31, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    “I don’t think you need a perfect raw score to get a 150 on the AC test.”

    I also believe this to be correct.

    “It’s a hard test and I believe its normed somehow.”

    It is apparently scored on a SD-15 curve–making the scaled score similar in expected prevalence to the same IQ score (NOTE: NOT implying it is an actual IQ test. NOT!). Not sure what the reference test(s) for the norming, tho.

  • 102. LR  |  March 31, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    @101 – Thank you! And mail just came. No letters from CPS at 60625.

  • 103. alephzero  |  March 31, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    No mail from CPS arrived today either – 60610. Congrats to those who received acceptance emails from Taft today!

  • 104. LVMOM  |  March 31, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    60614. No letter

  • 105. susan  |  March 31, 2016 at 2:30 pm


  • 106. CPSMom  |  March 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    @69 G of lsq – hmmm this comment is a bit too much for all the parents and kids waiting for a letter! why would WY give you a name of an accepted student that will be shadowing? that sounds a bit irresponsible from WY to send that when no letters have been received and how would that student know that they have to shadow your child next week? i will contact WY to verify your post.
    thank you for the somehow helpful info

  • 107. LVMOM  |  March 31, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    CPSMom. I agree. Please let us know if you are able to connect and what you find out. Thanks!!

  • 108. CpsMomma  |  March 31, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I tried calling earlier and they were busy with testing so she pretty much hung up on me.

  • 109. LVMOM  |  March 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm


    Wow! What else can you say?

    One thing, WY has sent out emails in the past. There is a posting on another CPS Obsessed thread for the younger grades that Skinner North said they can send out emails after 1:00 tomorrow. Wonder if that applies to AC’s too? And did Taft break that deadline? I am just hoping that WY will do the same. Either today or tomorrow. In Lane’s case, I think we just have to wait for snail mail.

  • 110. Kyle AP  |  March 31, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    If DD got into Taft does that mean she did not get into others? Can you get into one and be wait listed for another?

  • 111. Coonley Mom  |  March 31, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Sounds like WY is on top of things and organized! If they were on time, please do not fault them b/c the letters went out late. I would hate to see people complain and then schools decide not to use email or to be on schedule. This does seem like a negative thing to me at all, but a school being proactive and punctual.

  • 112. CPSMom  |  March 31, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    @110 correct. and I don’t know about waitlist in ACs

  • 113. CPSMom  |  March 31, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    to all parents regarding comment @69 #69, I emailed WY, within minutes they confirmed the comment was UNTRUE. This school rocks! Love WY.

  • 114. justamom  |  March 31, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    WY is sending out emails tomorrow.

  • 115. just a mom  |  March 31, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    WY sending emails tomorrow at noon! they just received the names from OAE about hour ago and cannot release names until tomorrow.

  • 116. LM  |  March 31, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    we received email fromTaft. I spoke with the OEA, they said Taft was told not to send the emails…I was told CPS sent letters out last night 3/30 and to expect letter by Tuesday, but Taft’s info meeting is Monday….

  • 117. Robin  |  March 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I have an 8th grader at Taft and I think the school has been a wonderful experience for her. Congrats to those who got accepted there for next year, it really is a great place. My daughter will be leaving to go to NS next year but I would have been just as happy if she decided to stay at Taft.

  • 118. Chris  |  March 31, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    “expect letter by Tuesday”

    That’s the “if you didn’t get a letter by now, call us” date, as set forth on the website.

  • 119. Agnes  |  March 31, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Hello All,
    I got good advice here a few years ago so I’m back for your counsel. We received email that my son was accepted to Taft. Taft is quite far away from us (we live in Hyde Park). The alternative is to continue in private school (Lab School) which is getting less affordable by the year…I will visit on Mon. but wondering whether you have any thoughts on the matter. Should we wait it out another few years till high school? Any experiences with Taft?

    Thanks in advance.

  • 120. LR  |  March 31, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Why is the OAE making us wait? Just to be cruel? If letters went out already and an email can be sent, then it should be. And expect the letters Tuesday? If they really went out yesterday I would say tomorrow or Saturday, maybe Monday, but Tuesday?

  • 121. LVMOM  |  March 31, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    WY saying they just got the kids names is in conflict with the post that claims a 7th grader had the name of her shadow kid this morning. And in conflict with Taft obviously having the names earlier today. is there anyway to know for sure they will email tomorrow? Also, what will Lane do? This has been a long year/week!

  • 122. Mom  |  March 31, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    @LVmom. WY confirmed that shadow comment was completely untrue.

  • 123. LVMOM  |  March 31, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Ok. Thanks! I missed that if it was posted earlier.

  • 124. Robin  |  March 31, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    @Agnes, I had the same issue. My daughter got accepted to Taft and we live around Archer & California. We were able to get her on the school bus which is half way between us and Taft. The stop is NOT in a good neighborhood, and it hasn’t been an easy two years getting her there BUT it was worth it! It is a great school and she was able to get into Northside(still far..lol) for high school.

  • 125. NWSMomof4  |  March 31, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    @kyle ap: student gets into one only.

  • 126. NWSMomof4  |  March 31, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    @lvmom: Lane usually mails letters.

  • 127. Been there  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    @Agnes. Taft has a wonderful AC program. It is rigorous but kids can still have time for extracurricular activities. Not so easy to do if at WY and Lane. Taft’s program, in my opinion, is a little more balanced. Many friends have said their kids have had to quit extracurriculars because of homework demands at WY especially and also at Lane. Kids need to be organized to succeed at an AC and want a challenging curriculum. Just a reminder, 7th grade is the year of grades for high school applications. Something to consider especially if you live in Tier 4.

  • 128. Mother  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    When are the cutoff scores going to be posted??j

  • 129. Cindy  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    Received an email from Taft Academic Center today. My child was accepted!!

    Wondering… Do we still get to hear from her other choices? Or is it just one that accepts you, without the ability to chose from the rest?

    Thanks in advance

  • 130. LSmom  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I was wondering the same thing! Was expecting them to come out today, but will probably be released tomorrow when applicants start to receive their letters.

  • 131. Mom  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    You only get accepted to one of your choices in the order that you ranked them as your child qualifies. If child doesn’t qualify for option 1 then moves on the 2nd choice and on and on … @cindy

  • 132. LR  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    @129: Just one academic center accepts you, so likely Taft is the only one you will hear from. But, if you also applied to RGC’s or other schools, I’m not sure how that works.

  • 133. LM  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    @ #129- i would like to know the answer to this as well.

  • 134. NWSMomof4  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    @ been there and Agnes: not every student’s experience at Lane is a stressful one. My daughter has had plenty of time for life away from school, both in the academic center and in her freshman year. She has free time after school. She spends time with friends and family during the week and on weekends. She helps with family obligations, had time to practice an instrument, and still has time to read, draw, binge watch the original law and order on Wednesdays…..whatever! She gets to bed between 10 and 11 (latest) during the week and up at 615.

    I think the key is time management and priority setting. She takes advantage of time given in class, both when in academic center and now, to do work that is assigned. She studies in bits, because that’s what works for her.

    So going to Lane is no more stressful than going to Taft. as with anything, it all depends on the kid and the focus of the family.

  • 135. TAC Mom  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Welcome Taft families! I currently have a 7th grader and one that went on to NCP a couple of years ago. Principal Grishaber has definitely made huge strides in changing the perception of this school. My current student is seriously considering staying and continuing w/ the IB program. MYP is rigorous,but she has time for friends, activities and will be prepared for higher level courses come freshman year. Any parent that gets offered a second round seat, don’t rule the school out. It’s been getting better year by year.

  • 136. Cindy  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you all for the information!

    Even though Taft was not my daughter’s first choice, I am super proud of her for being accepted there.

    I wish everyone Good luck! And congratulations to all future Taft students and parents.

  • 137. LM  |  March 31, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    sorry, what’s NCP and MYP? new to this.

  • 138. TAC Mom  |  March 31, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    @137 NCP = Northside College Prep. MYP is Middle Years Programme which is part of the IB program.

  • 139. Chicago School GPS  |  March 31, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    You can get one offer (or none) from every category of SEES you put down (AC, IG and RGC/Classical). So theoretically a student can get accepted to LTAC, Skinner North, and Lincoln IG. You can only enroll them into one program, so you will need to make a decision at that point. It is one test that covers all 3 types of programs (the one discussed above), but the only one with cutoff scores posted and the 900 point rubric are the Academic Centers. The other two go by just the exam score, and the RGC/Classical’s won’t usually tell you there is a spot open until they hear kids are leaving, which is usually early summer. Good luck!

  • 140. WRP Mom  |  March 31, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    NCP = Northside College Prep

  • 141. cpsdad  |  March 31, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    #136 Congrats on your daughters acceptance into Taft. You and your daughter should be proud. I cannot say enough good things about the Principal, the teaching staff and the MYP. And it is true. The majority of this years 8th graders have chosen to stay at Taft. It is fantastic!

    Good luck to everyone else waiting on their letters tomorrow! Hopefully the kids will all have a great weekend.

  • 142. Ladydi  |  March 31, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    My daughter went to the Taft AC for 7th and 8th. They did a wonderful job. She got excepted to Lane but opted to stay at Taft in the IB program as she said
    “It feels like home”. Freshman year has had a lot of homework but she is excelling there. She has great teachers and loves it there. Back in the day Taft was the number one school and it’s coming back under Mr. G’s leadership. Don’t look at Taft as not a good
    option. It’ a great school. Your child will love it there as mine does.

  • 143. Mom @ CPS  |  March 31, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Hi! Can all the Taft parents post tier and score for this current year? Thanks!

  • 144. Smart choices  |  March 31, 2016 at 7:24 pm


  • 145. MOM  |  March 31, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    We haven’t gotten letters yet, so we don’t know our scores. Hopefully tomorrow, though!

  • 146. Fbbelle  |  March 31, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Hi- my daughter got into Taft (second choice- first choice was Lane). We are Tier 4, 99 reading 91 math and we don’t know how she did on the enrollment exam because the email from Taft was just an acceptance letter.
    After some tears, she is very excited about TAC.
    Good luck to everyone!!! This process has been so anxiety ridden! I hope everyone gets snail mail letters tomorrow so you can have a relaxing weekend. It feels like a weight has been lifted – despite the fact that we didn’t get our first choice.

  • 147. Taft  |  March 31, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    We are a Tier 4 family.
    5th grade scores: 98% Math 92% Reading
    Straight A’s. The acceptance email from Taft didn’t provide the test score. So not sure of my child’s final score.

    Taft was our 2nd choice. But still super excited for the upcoming school year.

    Good Luck to everyone else waiting to hear from the other Academic Centers.

    We should all be proud for raising such outstanding kids (:

  • 148. Confused with CPS  |  March 31, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Congratulations to Taft families!
    Great achievement!
    (why aren’t these amazing scores not gets them into their 1st choice?)

  • 149. Smart choices  |  March 31, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    We are a tier 4 family
    5th grade scores: Straight A’s
    Reading NWEA: 99%
    Math NWEA: 99%
    Still waiting for letters!

  • 150. Question?  |  March 31, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    The letters are coming out tomorrow?

  • 151. Hopeful  |  March 31, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    The letters got mailed out, so hopefully they will arrive tomorrow😁

  • 152. #60645  |  March 31, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Tier 4- Taft
    5th grade NWEA score in reading 97% math 98%
    Taft wasn’t our first or second choice. Not sure what we plan to do.

  • 153. Edgewater  |  March 31, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    My daughter is also a 7th grader at WY and will be shadowing but was not given a name. The shadow days are April 4 & April 7, and there are a limited number of spots so sign up quickly.

  • 154. Jane  |  March 31, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Hi everyone, I’m a bit curious after reading some of the posts.. May I ask why some parents seem to be a bit disappointed or uncertain about Taft?
    just wondering since we received an acceptance email as well. This wasn’t our first choice either because we don’t know much about the school. But it’s not far from our house, neighborhood Tier four. So we thought to give it a shot. But after reading, I’m feeling a bit uncertain myself.

  • 155. LM  |  March 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I didn’t read one post where anyone seemed disappointed with Taft.

  • 156. Fbbelle  |  March 31, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    To answer your question about Taft…
    My daughter really wanted Lane but I think it is because of how “cool” it seems there and she was dazzled by the school spirit. I personally wanted her to put Taft as #1 but we let her put lane as #1 because it was her choice. Taft AC is a great school and we are so so excited… I was only slightly disappointed because I knew my daughter really wanted lane (even though it is the opinion of a 12 year old who doesn’t really know what is best for herself, I still felt bad). Accept the seat at Taft and feel confident in that!! I think a majority of people on here are aiming for lane and Whitney but that doesn’t take away from all that Taft has to offer.

  • 157. Jane  |  March 31, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    @LM after reading Taft hasn’t been a first choice to most and someone saying “not sure about what they will do”, I only assumed what I previously stayed……
    I’m just a concerned parent, trying to make the best choice for my child’s education. We haven’t been in Chicago for long. So any input from experienced AC/CPS parents is helpful. Which is why I asked.
    @Fbbelle Thank you for your response. Congratulations to your family.

  • 158. Fbbelle  |  March 31, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    It might help to add that for a long time Taft was “just a neighborhood school” and even further it didn’t always have the greatest reputation (probably about 20 yrs ago). While Lane has always had a good reputation and has been a selective enrollment option for a long time. Taft’s program is newer than the others (I think?) which is why you might be hearing some hesitation. Also technically the cut scores are slightly lower at Taft than at WY or Lane. However my daughter is the absolute top of her class (in a tier 4 neighborhood) year after year and we still didn’t get into WY or Lane. My point is that the kids going to Taft next year will still be the cream of the crop (after all– how accurate are standardized tests always at predicting how smart or hard working a child is). Congrats to your family too!

  • 159. L Fitz  |  March 31, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I have known many , many people that have gone to the Taft AC and ALL have been happy with it. I think that you are forgetting that if you get into Lane or Whitney then you are set for high school. There is a big appeal to the high school hunt being over. You are already in a selective enrollment high school. You don’t have to test again, you don’t have to be perfect in 7th grade. You don’t have to wait extra days for letters because of CPS politics…..It is alot of work to keep a 10 year old on track to fight for these 7th grade spots. Kudos for all of you that tried. It is even more work when they hit puberty. Think hormones, growing pains, changing bodies, clothes and friends. The distractions away from school work are just so much bigger. Good luck to everyone that has to go through this.

  • 160. cpsdad  |  March 31, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    #158, I believe the Taft AC was one of the first in the city. I could be wrong, but the program is not newer than the others. #154…..In my opinion the concern comes bc Taft HS itself is NOT a SEHS. The HS itself has had a bad rap the last few years. Other AC’s are in SEHS. That said, Taft AC is in my opinion, is one of the best in the city. My kid not only grew academically, but matured and loved the experience.

    Go to the April 4th open house. Meet the teachers. They are truly amazing. As someone said above, the kids at Taft are tops in their class. Again. It is an exceptional AC.

    Taft is lucky to have Mr. G as a Principal. Do not think twice about accepting this seat. Kids turned down other SEHS to stay at Taft IB.

    I would also suggest researching the IB Diploma. It’s a pretty awesome thing.

    Good Luck to everyone tomorrow. They all deserve the best.

  • 161. Any going into 8th grade?  |  March 31, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    I had my daughter test for 8th grade knowing there would be few if any AC spots and to my surprise I received an email from Taft today. My older daughter is a Junior there and attended the academic center. It is a very good program. Also Taft is a school that ranks so if your child does well they will have a high rank because they end up with more higher level classes and it is a very large school. As we are searching for colleges, I think this will definitely benefit her.

    I am trying to remember academic center specific info and it really was a great program. They did a lot of cultural field trips, and I remember the kids doing well on the standardized tests (which is important in case they want to go on elsewhere). Before she began I read things here that they try to deter kids from leaving, but I don’t think that is the case at all. Though of course they want these kids to stay. The curriculum is challenging so if you wouldn’t consider staying for high school decide carefully. They could easily get a B and not get into the other high schools. That said they will move on with many friends into a high school they are already very well acclimated to. They also have a leg up because they have so many classes under their belt already. They year my daughter graduated I remember around 40 left to Lane. And of course some others went on to other schools. The kids that stay though do have such a familiarity with their school, teachers, etc.

    My 7th grader was actually hoping for Lane, but is excited that she got into Taft anyway. She loves the school that she is at so she has a big decision to make.

  • 162. Agnes  |  April 1, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Thanks to all who have responded so positively about Taft. It is really good to hear such good things about the school. I am definitely going to go to the open house. I guess my main worry is transportation to and fro–it’s a 1 hour drive (in traffic) from where I live (Hyde Park).
    Robin (124): where was the school bus stop that you ended up driving your child to? (I am just trying to get a sense of how far I’d be driving him each day, since I’m quite a bit south of you.)

  • 163. Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Someone mentioned that Whitney Young would be sending emails today at noon. Does anyone know if they have faculty working at the school today to do this?

  • 164. studyingmom  |  April 1, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I think that they can set the email sending system before today.

  • 165. Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Thanks! I wasn’t sure how that worked.

  • 166. Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Question: if your child does NOT get invited to any program, will we still receive a letter letting us know? Or are we just left hanging?

    Also putting in a plug for Taft. First child went there and loved it. She went on to Jones — her choice — I would have been fine if she had stayed at Taft. Love the principal. Good things happening. Looks like child #2 won’t be following her footsteps though since we didn’t get an email yesterday ;(

  • 167. Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:00 am

    We received the letter via email!! Here I am, stalking the postman

  • 168. Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:03 am

    @agnes. My oldest went to Taft and now my middle child was accepted. They bus the children. Very happy with Taft and excited my 2nd child was accepted.

  • 169. LVMOM  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:04 am

    @167 – Was your email from Taft or another school?

  • 170. mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Got letters in mail right now. go check your mails

  • 171. Hopeful  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:26 am

    @167 what school did you get an email from?

  • 172. mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:28 am

    not email, i got the letter
    We got into keller and young

  • 173. SparklyMartian  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:30 am


  • 174. Hopeful  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:32 am

    oh… well, congratulations! still (not so) patiently waiting for my daughter’s letter.

  • 175. Thedreadfulwait  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:35 am


  • 176. CpsMomma  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:35 am

    My daughter was accepted to Young!

  • 177. Just a mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Congratulations!!!! The ones accepted to WY. Please post tier and final score. Thank you!!!

  • 178. mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Tier is 3
    Final Score is 900

  • 179. 1st year in CPS  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:45 am

    We applied to Taft AC for 7th grade. Tier 4 score 784.1 did not get accepted. Wondering how far off her score was?
    I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t be ready for this type of rigorous work anyway as she is still maturing and this year her time management & organizational skills are a work in progress. She has a late Sept bday and since we transferred from NJ where the cut off is Oct 1, she’s a year younger then the kids in her current grade.

  • 180. westrogersparkmom  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Taft historically has several rounds. My daugher was acccepted in June when she attended. A friend’s daughter was accepted the Thursday before school starts. Both kids did fine at Taft.

  • 181. Random Parent  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

    @mom: congrats! proud of your child. 900! woohoo.

  • 182. ShockAndAwe  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Any child with a score of 900 will be accepted at any school with any tier. There is nothing to be nervous about.

  • 183. CpsMomma  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:57 am

    My child didn’t do so well on the test and received an overall score of 835. We’re in tier 3. She’s received straight A’s and a 98 and 99 on the map test. Accepted to Young. Cutoff scores haven’t been posted yet but it looks like they might have gone down.

  • 184. CpsMomma  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Sorry, we’re in tier 2 now. Looks like that played a major role.

  • 185. Question?  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:03 am

    no offense to your child, I’m not sure that a 835 in tier 3 would be accepted. but good job to your daughter!!!!!

  • 186. Dad  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Agreed. But we are still waiting for our letter. When did yours come?

  • 187. Whitneyhopeful  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Can anyone confirm if Whitney’s sending out e-mails at noon?

  • 188. Hopeful  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:08 am

    well, the cutoff scores have not been released yet, so nobody knows if the cutoff went down. which it probably did. @185

  • 189. Jen K  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:12 am

    @163/4 all schools have at least one administrative person working today, from what I understand. Just in case kids show up.

  • 190. CpsMomma  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I corrected myself and said we were in tier 2 now. The last time I checked, we were in tier 3 but it must have changed.

  • 191. Dednimnepo  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Scores are posted now:


  • 192. Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:31 am

    @169 and @171 emails were sent from Taft Academic Center director. We are in Tier 4!

  • 193. 1st year in CPS  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Thank you Dednimnepo

  • 194. StillHoping  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:40 am

    (westrogersparkmom or any other)… What score made it into Taft on a second or later round?

  • 195. Chris  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:42 am

    “Scores are posted now:”

    Tier 4 cutoff for Young was exactly the same, and very close to same for Taft.

    Basically all the other tier cutoffs for Young, Taft and Lane went up 10 to 20 points.

  • 196. NWSMomof4  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Here are the scores for last year. http://cpsmagnet.org/Academic%20Center%20Cutoff%20Scores%202015-2016.pdf

  • 197. Another 6th Grade Parent  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Finally got the letter in 60647! Got into first choice, Lane with 900 points, tier 3!

  • 198. Robin  |  April 1, 2016 at 11:58 am

    @Agnes My daughters bus stop is at Brunson school which is 932 N Central Ave. Even though the neighborhood isn’t good, the school is big and it is a busy stop for a lot of busses, so I don’t worry as much.I just make sure I’m there to pick her up on time.

  • 199. WY next year!  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Just got the email from WY

  • 200. Caroline  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    In all honesty I do not understand why CPS does not post scores and acceptance electronically. You have to apply online, why not let you log into your account and see your options there. Waiting on the post office to deliver is antiquated and frustrating. We could have all logged on an known the answer on Wednesday and been done with it.

  • 201. Whitneyhopeful  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Whitney sent out e-mails!

  • 202. GC  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Accepted into Whitney Young. Just got email but no letter yet so do not know scores. Good luck everyone! Shadow days fill up so sign up quickly.

  • 203. Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Did anyone get Lane emails?

  • 204. newdolphin  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Acceptance email from WY arrived first. Just got CPS letter now.
    Tier 4

  • 205. cpsparent  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I suspect they do snail mail as an attempt to verify addresses as that plays into acceptance with the tier system. It’s hardly surprising some people would lie about a street address to give their kid an advantage.

  • 206. klpierce17  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Any other Lincoln IG acceptances? I think we will decline since they are eliminating the program and our school has made some great improvements in the middle grades over the last year or so.

    But, still a little on the fence. How does the IG test compare to the AC test. My daughter scored 875 and we are tier 4.

  • 207. Mom of a 6th Grader at CPS Charter  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    What is the email address that the notifications for WY are coming from? I checked my Junk folder. Also, is it only Acceptances or all notifications.

    I mean, if I don’t get the Acceptance email today, then I can assume the Denial letter is being mailed out.

  • 208. newdolphin  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    @207 – the emails come from a cps.edu email address

  • 209. anothercpsmom  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Daughter accepted to Young (was 1st choice), and extremely grateful. However, what are the chances she could get into Lane instead? She found she liked it better AFTER the application process.

  • 210. Upset  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Son got accepted to Lane (1st choice), but he wants to go to Young instead. Score: 891; is it good enough for Young to consider?

  • 211. djagonase  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    @210 — wanna trade?

  • 212. Mom of a 6th Grader at CPS Charter  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    What is the Subject line on the Email? I don’t want to miss it, I’ve checked my junk folder. Maybe I deleted it by mistake…..Anxious parent.

  • 213. Upset  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    @211 are we allowed to? I am still considering the option of staying at his elementary school, but he is determined to move!

  • 214. WY next year!  |  April 1, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    @212 “Welcome to the Whitney Young Academic Center”

  • 215. niamalik  |  April 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Daughter got into first choice, Kenwood. We are tier 4 and her score was 764.

  • 216. StillHoping  |  April 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Does anyone know if they update the cut-off scores after doing subsequent rounds?

  • 217. Northside Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    @216 The cutoff scores don’t change. Should a school have open seats they will offer a second round, but usually they over extend acceptances knowing they will have some students decline those seats.
    If you received an email, it’s to welcome you to the school. They don’t send anything from the school saying you were not offered a seat, that will come from OAE in the mail. Good Luck parents!

  • 218. yetanother6thgrademom  |  April 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Did LTAC send acceptance emails as well or only Taft and WY?

  • 219. Dad  |  April 1, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    My Daughters waiting in suspense. more than 5 people in her class made it in and she has no idea what she got. She’s on the computer crying. It breaks my heart to see her like this.

  • 220. decisions  |  April 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Lane Tech 1st choice 886.5 Tier 3

    Also offered spot at Disney II. Anyone have info on that school?

    Does anyone know if you accept an AC spot, can you still get an offer from a gifted program?

  • 221. 6th grader.  |  April 1, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Yes. You probably do. Be happy your child made it in. I’m still waiting for My letter and I’m seriously crying.

  • 222. Lin  |  April 1, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    My son was accepted by Young!

    Reading 96
    Math 95
    Straight A
    Test Score 146
    Total score 877.3

    We are at Tier 4. So proud of him!
    Good luck parents!

  • 223. yetanother6thgrademom  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Those who were accepted to LTAC…did you get an email or a letter in snail mail?

  • 224. dednimnepo  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Son missed WY Scored 868.4/Cutoff 868.5, Tier 4. Accepted at Lane Tech AC.

    I am trying to make him feel better – Any info on LTAC would be helpful. I noticed that the cutoff score was very high 864 LT versus 868.5 WY.

    I am curious and know that everyone is different but when it comes to the final goal (= get into a great college), is LTAC then LT 9th grade better or WY 9th grade route (no AC) on average?

    Just interested in everyone’s opinions…

  • 225. dednimnepo  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Acceptance letter for LTAC arrived today 60643, 12:30 pm

  • 226. SNMom  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    @219: I’m so sorry you and your daughter are going through this.

  • 227. Chris  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    “when it comes to the final goal (= get into a great college), is LTAC then LT 9th grade better or WY 9th grade route (no AC) on average?”

    First, it depends what one means by “great college”.

    Second, there is *great* disagreement here about what is preferred by colleges.

  • 228. Chris  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    “Did LTAC send acceptance emails as well”

    Acceptance *letter* (60618, T4, right on the tier mean) received, but no email, at least so far.

  • 229. dednimnepo  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    My daughter missed the WY AC two years ago Scored 853/Cutoff 862 (tier 4), tried again two years later (2016), and made it in to 9th grade Scored 871/Cutoff 866. Son is in the same boat but having been through this before, I am less disappointed (missing by 1/10 of a point still hurts).

  • 230. Michael  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Question to WY accepted parents:
    Did you just receive email or mail? or both today?

  • 231. CpsMomma  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Received both today. My daughter is at home and she opened the letter before I got the email. Email came at 12:15.

  • 232. westrogersparkmom  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    @224 – My daughter is in 7th grade at LTAC. Several of her classmates just missed WY’s cut off score and are loving LTAC.

    I am a huge proponent of AC’s and am of the opinion that they are extremely beneficial. So many of the ‘core’ classes are taken care of in 7th and 8th grade so there is then opportunity for more exploration in high school with the extra high school credits. Even with these extra classes my kid is already lamenting that there is not enough time to explore every elective she would like.

    Socially, my daughter LOVES going from a class of basically the same @30 kids from kindergarten to 126 kids at LTAC. She loves the freedom of a 40 minute basically unsupervised lunch, the ability to ‘hang out’ after school etc. We both love the diversity of LTAC as well.

    Some kids do leave LTAC at high school. I don’t have the official word on this but the only schools I have heard them leaving for are WP and NS. However, if your son wanted to transfer to Young in 9th they would have a place for him as they already have a class of Ackies and also get a group from Taft every year.

    Good luck!

  • 233. EPMom  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Is anyone having issues finding the AC Enrollment Package that is supposed to be on Taft’s website? I cannot not find it.

  • 234. Sarah  |  April 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Hello everyone! Quick question.. Does anyone know if the Academic Center students get put in classes with the High School kids?

  • 235. Jen K  |  April 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    @234 at WYAC, the students may have electives with HS students but their core classes are AC students only. Exceptions would be if an ackie tests out of, say, Algebra I, then I think they would be in a HS classroom.

  • 236. westrogersparkmom  |  April 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    The same for LTAC; electives and languages (besides French and Spanish) are with high school students. At Taft they are limited on electives and languages and are not with high school students at all.

  • 237. Me  |  April 1, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    No letter yet

  • 238. StillHoping  |  April 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    @westrogersparkmom, you mentioned that your daughter was accepted into Taft in June… Do you remember what her score was? I’m curious how much the “minimum cut-off” score decreases with each round. Thanks!

  • 239. Mom of a 6th Grader at CPS Charter  |  April 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    We didn’t get an email today from WYAC, so I can fairly assume my daughter did not make it in. #sadface but we will try again for 9th grade.

  • 240. dednimnepo  |  April 1, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    @232 – Thank you for the great insight.
    @227: “Great college” example = Northwestern, University of Chicago, IVY League

  • 241. AC Test  |  April 1, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Accepted Lane – 1st Choice
    Tier 4
    Score = 900

    Son is very excited….good luck all!

  • 242. Fbbelle  |  April 1, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Tier 4
    Taft (2nd choice)

    I’m wondering what her score was for the 2nd round. My daughter’s best friend is close to the cut score and we are hopeful for her!

  • 243. studyingmom  |  April 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    mail lady just left, but there is nothing in mail box. I’ve not any email yet. Is there any one who got accepted without WY or LT?

  • 244. studyingmom  |  April 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Mail lady just left, but there was nothing in mail box. I’ve not had any email yet. Is there any one who got accepted without email from WY or LT?

  • 245. Jen K  |  April 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I think Taft and WY sent emails. Others have reported Lane letters, I think.

  • 246. SauganashMom  |  April 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing everyone!

    My son wanted WY, but did not do good in the AC test.
    Accepted Taft
    Tier 4
    Score 833.9

    My heart goes to all students and families going through this, accepted or not, should be proud of yourselves! At the end, everything will be fine, because we cared and tried…

  • 247. Ella  |  April 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I am a current 7th grader at WYAC, and one of my favorite things about it is the extracurricular drama program we have, The Young Company. We’re actually hosting 2 more performances for our spring show, Fools, and we’d love if you’d come! It’s a great way to learn about the school, and especially it’s amazing arts program.
    The performances are tomorrow, April 2nd, at 2pm and 7pm, in our auditorium. It’s an amazing show, and I hope you all consider seeing it!

  • 248. Sparklymartian  |  April 1, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    For those that got in to LTAC:

  • 249. LR  |  April 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    @244: I called LT. See if you can still catch them. Letter was in the mail when we got home. Tier 4 – Lane 874.4. It’s bittersweet – she’s excited, but sad to leave the wonderful group of classmates she’s been with since 1st grade.

  • 250. Ladydi  |  April 1, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    No they don’t. At least not at Taft.

  • 251. kay  |  April 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Anyone get a letter in 60614 today?

  • 252. kay  |  April 1, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Nevermind, mail just came. No acceptance to WY or LT, 837 tier 4. Can anyone explain how selection in later rounds works?

  • 253. Matt  |  April 1, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Nothing today 60657

  • 254. Matt  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Sorry wrong thread

  • 255. NWSideMomof4  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    @all asking about Lane email acceptance. No, they send a letter via US Postal Service. They do not email.

    @all asking about second round. I do not know about all the schools, but I think the only north side (Taft, Lane, Whitney) school that does a second round is Taft. Lane sends out its letters expecting some will turn it down and does not do a second round.

    Taft also admits in 8th grade, should you choose to try again next year.

  • 256. alephzero  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Tier 4
    Accepted at WY
    Score – 900

    Thanks to everyone who shared!! Thoughts and best wishes go out to everyone still waiting on decisions.

  • 257. Tier 4 Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    871.5 Tier 4. No dice for Lincoln IG. Anyone else applied for Lincoln IG and did or didnt get in?

  • 258. ACinfo  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Did any one get their letter for 60625?

  • 259. desperate  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    @ 242 how close is she? my daughter is 792 Tier 4 and I am hoping for round 2 at taft. she is so heart broken. Can any one tell me how to explain this to 11 year old that she cannot get in because of the choice their parents made to buy a house in good neighborhood!!!

  • 260. LVMOM  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    We got our letter today. 60614. Got into Lane. Tier 4. Score 865.2. No email from Lane. Only the letter from OAE

  • 261. Jen K  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    @259 here is the link to cutoff scores:


  • 262. dednimnepo  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Are there any families who send their kid(s) to Lane from the Southside (Beverly Area 99th/Western)?

  • 263. kay  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    @NWSideMomof4 Thanks for the info on round two letters.

  • 264. westrogersparkmom  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    @242- My daughter started at Taft in the fall of 2011 so a long time ago/ scores have gone up dramatically since then. I think at the time the inititial Tier 4 cut off (our Tier at the time) was in the 750’s and her score was at least 20 pts below that.

    Taft is great but it doesn’t work if transporatation can’t work out. Unlike Lane and Whitney, pubic transporation to Taft is not easy. Every year the bussing options become more and more restrictive with fewer stops. Taft worked for us because there was a bus stop at our neighborhood school.

    Hope this helps a bit. I think if your score was close to the cut off you have a good shot at Taft.

  • 265. shuda2  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    @ 261 thank you but I was asking if some one know who much down Taft went last year for second round?

  • 266. shuda2  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    thanks westrogersparkmom. we are only 8 points away. please pray for us.

  • 267. westrogersparkmom  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    shuda2- I don’t think its ever published. I don’t recall it being self reported either but you can check posts from prior years and see.

  • 268. 60643Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Tier 4

    Straight A’s in 5th grade

    Don’t know what AC test score was…
    How can we find out?

    Would need to double check the NWEA scores for Math & Reading…
    Which ones do they use?

    Total Point Score: 811.2

    Hoping for WY and didn’t get in.
    Got the letter today in the mail (no email).

    Has been at Keller RGC since 1st grade and happy there.

  • 269. Edgemom  |  April 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Tier 3
    885 score
    Accepted to Lane (by snail mail paper letter), but he is super disappointed that of his friends are accepted to WY even thought they all live closer to Lane. (and no second round)

  • 270. Mary  |  April 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Does anyone know why they skipped the math on the test

  • 271. MR  |  April 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Tier 4
    Score: 875
    Accepted to Lane, 1st choice

  • 272. happy with little dispointment  |  April 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    868.5 right on the cutoff score for tier 4, offered lane second choice.

  • 273. Northwest Mom  |  April 1, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Kids who got into ACs of their choice (high scorers), can you also please include if you had any help e.g. testing mom, selective prep and any other tuitions.

    Did Selective Prep helped?

  • 274. dednimnepo  |  April 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    @272: Perhaps we can commiserate together. I feel a little better as my son received 868.4 and just missed WY. He got into Lane. My issue now is location – coming from the Southside (99th/Western).

  • 275. dednimnepo  |  April 1, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Reading the blog comments makes me feel better seeing some high scorers choosing Lane over WY. This complements the higher cutoff this year for Lane (over 8 points increase) and very close to WY – Difference of just 4.5 points. I do not mean any disrespect to other ACs.

  • 276. MR  |  April 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    @273: Hard to say (I don’t have a control group!) but I think Selective Prep helped as it provided practice and familiarity with the question types.

  • 277. yetanother6thgrademom  |  April 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    60618. letter came today. acceptance at LTAC (first choice). Tier 4. 882. Chose LTAC over WY. Our other child chose LTAC over WY as well and is super happy there!

  • 278. happy with little dispointment  |  April 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    @274 we are happy with the offer, Lane is closer and manageable to drive. My daughter was a little disappointed initially, now she is ok since no need to ride the trains.

  • 279. Sophie  |  April 1, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    My name is Sophie and I am currently a seventh grader in LTAC. If anyone has a kid who got into LTAC and has any questions about the program, you can definitely ask me and I’ll answer! I’m excited to meet all of the kids who got accepted in the fall!

  • 280. dednimnepo  |  April 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    @279: Was LT AC your first choice last year? Do you know how many students left after 8th grade (i.e., transferred to another SEHS who had the grades/scores to do so) versus choosing to stay even if they were eligible to transfer? Do you have former classmate that went to WY instead of LT? How do you compare the two AC programs if you know. What school did you attend prior to LT AC? What is the interaction like among the AC students? Competitive or collaborative/sharing? Thanks in advance.

  • 281. @215 Niamalik  |  April 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Welcome to Kenwood! I have an 8th grader at Kenwood who will be staying there for HS! It’s an awesome place with a rigorous curriculum and lots of clubs, sports and activities. I generally have to drag my son out of there! The accepted student open house is Thursday from 6pm-7:30pm. My son is one of the tour guides. Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I will be at my other child’s school chairing the PAC meeting! He didn’t even take the HS SE test because after a couple of months in 7th grade, he said he was staying for HS! The principal is fabulous and has many accelerated programs to keep the AC students who stay at the HS challenged. In September he has added AP Capstone!

  • 282. Sandra  |  April 1, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Does Lane usually have a second round? Will tje cutoff score be different for tier 4?

  • 283. Agnes Callard  |  April 1, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Robin, thanks for the response. Unfortunately that’s still pretty far from us–actually there’s not a huge difference between driving there and just driving him the whole way. Does anyone know what is the southernmost bus stop for Taft?

  • 284. Sophie  |  April 1, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Lane never has a second round, they overaccept, knowing some kids will turn it down. There has only been a second round for the first year of LTAC

  • 285. Sophie  |  April 1, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    @280 LTAC was my first choice. The number of students transferring usually varies, but most students choose to/plan on staying. I have two former classmates who are now at WY. Prior to LTAC, I was in Coonley’s Options program since kindergarten.I’m not sure how to compare WY and LT because they are both such great programs, and both have strengths and weaknesses that ultimately cancel each other out. The interactions between students are mixed, it depends on the friend group and the people. Lots are overall collaborative though and we all help each other out. LTAC is overall a great program, even if it is a lot of work. You can also email me if you have any more questions : sophieraeharris@gmail.com

  • 286. @Agnes  |  April 1, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I am curious why you would travel that far North to Taft when you live in Hyde Park and could have gone to Kenwood’s AC which is in Hyde Park. Incidentally, someone mentioned above that Taft had the oldest AC program, however the oldest AC program is Kenwood’s! Kenwood has two campuses and the AC students generally spend most of their time in a newly remolded building and travel to the main campus one time per day. It makes them feel like they are in college traveling between buildings as most of the kids say! It’s an awesome program!

  • 287. 60657 newbie  |  April 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Tier 4
    Accepted to Lane (1st choice)

    As a first timer in this process, I got a little confused by the letter, which said she was accepted to “Pritzker, Lane”, but based on the comments and posted cut offs I am breathing a sigh of relief… Happy Friday!

  • 288. Alwaxman  |  April 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    LTAC is an amazing school. Molecular Biology in 7th grade! Congratulations to all parents. We are proud of you and your children

  • 289. DCB  |  April 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Tier 4
    870 (all As, 99 reading NWEA, 99 math NWEA, 140 academic center test)
    Accepted to Whitney Young (first choice)
    No test prep or the like
    Coming from Lenart

  • 290. LVMOM  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    My child did Selective Prep and Critical Thinking Child. He was accepted to Lane, Tier 4. He raised his score on the gifted test from 124 to 141 (5th grade vs 6th grade). He loved Critical Thinking Child. It’s under the radar vs Selective Prep but in my opinion , it’s well worth taking both if you have the option.

  • 291. maman  |  April 1, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    LTAC – 1st and only choice
    Tier 4
    Score – 888
    Received acceptance letter via snail mail.

    Our entire family is super excited!

  • 292. Jerrold Stallworth  |  April 2, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Hi all, can anyone share their take on Kenwood’s AC? My 6th grader has been offered a seat for next school year. Although Kenwood wasn’t my 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice,my hopes are that he’ll experience a more rigorous workload since he seems to be coasting at his current school. I know this forum is geared toward north side schools but any and all honest feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  • 293. LM  |  April 2, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Taft families-I’ve been reading quite a bit about the IB Diploma, I’m just a little confused about the status of the AC kids…when accepted into Taft AC, they are essentially being offered the IB/MYP curriculum, correct? Do they automatically continue into the IB program as freshmen if they stay at Taft?? Thanks for the info.

  • 294. TJ  |  April 2, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Congratulations to anyone who has a child accepted into an AC!

    LTAC is a wonderful program, with a few caveats for tier 4 people in particular, everyone in general. Your 7th grader at LTAC will be thrown into a very competitive program (for 7th grade). Getting into LTAC in 7th grade from tier 4 is as hard, or harder, than getting into Northside or Payton in 9th from a less demanding elementary.

    Your child will be challenged more aggressively at LTAC in 7th grade than from where they have transfered. The grades they receive, if not perfect (especially for tier 4), will likely preclude them from moving to one of the “higher rated” SEHSs. If your dream is to get your child into NSCP or Payton, you may want to stay out of LTAC.

    All that said, LTAC will give your child tremendous benefits. They will earn high school credits which will allow more advanced classes (AP) and more electives in the future. Lane is a great school, offering all the most advanced AP classes. Its sheer scale offers opportunities that no other CPS school does.

    I have a child at LTAC and I have never once thought that it was the wrong choice.

  • 295. Jen K  |  April 2, 2016 at 7:20 am

    @294 great PSA :-). For those offered spots at LT or WY, it will be tough to get the grades needed to go to NS, WP etc. make sure this is the High School you are OK with attending before committing to the AC. They are really designed as 6-year programs.

  • 296. SouthsideTier3  |  April 2, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Question for those with kids accepted into Young AC. My daughter is currently at a CPS classical school which only goes to 6th grade. What elementary schools are your kids currently attending?

  • 297. maman  |  April 2, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for the info on LTAC, TJ.

    Our family is a Lane family, so our child getting into Lane for 7th and staying at Lane through 12th is exactly what we were hoping for. Lane is an amazing high school. It always has been. There is no shame in staying and graduating from Lane at all.

  • 298. Making Moves  |  April 2, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Perhaps there should be a separate thread for Lincoln IG families because I’ve learned a whole lot about ACs but the Lincoln info has been buried within.

    But to the point, my daughter will be starting at Lincoln in 6th grade. We currently live in the north burbs but will be moving into the city this summer. The whole process has been unnerving and I’m glad it has concluded I a good way.

    Here’s to learning to navigate CPS!

  • 299. Go Broncos  |  April 2, 2016 at 9:05 am

    To Jerrald Stallworth

    My daughter is a 8th grade in the KAAC program. I was torn between loyalty to her old school or letting her go to Kenwood. It is the best decision I could have made. She has learned time management, developed better study habits, taken pride in her work and has matured to a very bright articulate teen. She has thrived in this environment making tons of life long friends and creating great memories. The support she receives from teachers, older students and administration is awesome.
    Kenwood’s program I believe is the oldest out of the the academic center programs. Many students decide to stay for high school and will have an advantage over the incoming freshman ( 7 HS credits) as well as AP and Honors classes.

  • 300. Ladydi  |  April 2, 2016 at 9:07 am

    My daughter went to Decatur which only went through 6th grade, then
    went to Taft AC and decided to stay at Taft in their IB program.

  • 301. Ladydi  |  April 2, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Yes. My daughter is a freshman and she automatically went into the IB program. She is taking all honors classes and AP World History.

  • 302. Chris  |  April 2, 2016 at 9:39 am

    “@227: “Great college” example = Northwestern, University of Chicago, IVY League”

    Ok, just wanted to be sure before sharing my view (as the meaning of “great college” is oft argued here):

    My experience and understanding is that they like kids who have challenged themselves and made the most of opportunities available to the kid–that means that a kid from (say) Chadron Nebraska isn’t going to be “marked down” for only taking three AP courses, but a kid from (say) New Trier will be “marked down”. Do most of those schools truly get the AC program v SEHS? Dunno.

    So, in that context, a kid who “starts HS” in 7th grade is going to have more opportunities to show off “impressive” opportunities–like taking “senior” type classes junior year, and also have space in the schedule to show deeper involvement in something non-academic (which is *also* a big plus for those admissions committees). And having completed “all” of the advanced level classes before applying to college is going to look “better” than not.

    Gotta have a very motivated kid, tho. And have to be prepared for disappointment anyway, because even with an ability to afford to apply to all of the ~25 schools in that category of “top”, it’s still hard to get in.

  • 303. Newbie  |  April 2, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I am a newbie with this whole AC thing, so what are the pros and cons for children to attend AC vs staying at a selective enrollment elementary school? Thanks!

  • 304. SNMom  |  April 2, 2016 at 11:19 am

    @294 @295 Just to piggyback on your comments. Another issue with trying to transfer from AC to a different SEHS is that all the high school credits may not transfer over. Jones and North Side will only allow four credits to transfer from an AC for high school.

    Also it may not be such as smooth transition in math. Jones, for example, has an integrated math program where they work on both algebra and geometry during the freshman year and then the sophomore year. The teacher at Jones said that they work something out, but some students may be repeating previous material if they aren’t ready to go to Algebra II freshman year.

  • 305. justamom  |  April 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    For anyone considering Lincoln IG Program
    My son is currently in the program.
    The program is really great, my son had a great experience.
    For Math they start of with pre algebra and also work a little bit of algebra in there.
    For LA they read one literature and analysed them per quarter, read another and wrote a book report per quarter
    For Socials they have a general program where they learn so much different topic. They have a history fair project which is almost like a research project where they had to use primary sources.
    Writing is integrated into LA and Socials through out the year, right now they are writing Document based question essay about ancient history. The kids need to analysis various documents come up with a question and write an analytic essay.
    For Science it is earth science. really not sure what happens in this class.
    French is a very serious program.

    They have great band program, debate club, and some sports offering.

    The students need to be very independent and organized, because it is a middle school involvement where they move from one class to another depending on what classes they take. If you want your student to move on to an AC program for seventh grade, IG is a good for 6th grade, because it will give them the same environment that a AC program has.

    Hope this helps.

  • 306. Parentof2  |  April 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Do the Academic Centers start in 6th grade or is it 7th? A bit confused would be appreciative for a clarification. Thanks!

  • 307. Ladydi  |  April 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    They start in 7th gradr

  • 308. cpsobsessed  |  April 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    @Newbie, one of the key benefits to an AC is that a kid has a high school spot locked down and they don’t have to go through the high school, stressful application process. Although I think many do, just to see what the options are… but much easier when you have a fallback.

    Also, in Chicago where the high schools are much bigger than the elementaries, it can be a way for a kid who has “outgrown” their elem school in some regard to have more classmates, more options, and from what I understand, more independence in managing their workload and classes.

  • 309. cpsobsessed  |  April 2, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Not sure if anyone posted above,
    Here are the AC cutoff scores:


    WY remains the most competitive.

  • 310. Newbie  |  April 2, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    @308 – thank you for your reply. I am still debating whether the advantages for attending AC really outweighs staying at a good elementary school. I understand that AC provides academic challenges and more opportunities (along with a guaranteed hs spot), but it also comes with a cost. From what I have read (on here) and see, my impression is that children grow up too quickly nowadays, and attending AC pushes that growing pace even faster. I am not sure if that would be good for the children in the long run.

  • 311. desperate  |  April 2, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    @290 is critical thinking child webbased? can you provide the web address?

  • 312. Go Kenwood!  |  April 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Mr. Stallworth, my second child is now going through the AC program at Kenwood. My first child thrived there, my second child is thriving there. @299 explained the Kenwood AC experience so eloquently. It is a wonderful, supportive, rigorous, middle school program. Take the spot for your child. Good luck.

  • 313. Stayput?  |  April 2, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Curious – for those whose child tested for the IG program and subsequently tested for AC, how much did your child’s total score change? I read about a few who had lower scores in 6th vs 5th but wondered what the norm was. I think we will probably hold out until next year, but hope she’s not risking a good move to Lincoln.

  • 314. jhstallworth  |  April 2, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks to both @299 and @312 for the info. I couldn’t find much data on Kenwood’s website about the AC. Is specific web address I could go to get more data on Kenwood or should I just wait until the upcoming open house?

  • 315. Proud Mom  |  April 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Do any current or former WYAC parents have any insight on the program? (i.e. The transition, teachers, homework load, etc.)

  • 316. @ jhstallworth  |  April 2, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    If you go to the website and go to the academic program tab, the drop down menu will have a link to the academic center portion of the website. I posted information about Kenwood’s AC @ #281.

    Also, you can possibly have more than 7 credits if you take Algebra in 8th grade your child may start high school with 9 credits. The principal, Dr. Jones, may also be planning to have the 7th graders take environmental science for HS credit, so your child may be able to start HS with 10 credits. Check us out at the open house!

  • 317. nearsouthparent  |  April 2, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Has anyone not received a letter yet? We’re in 60605 and nothing in the mail yesterday or today.

  • 318. studyingmom  |  April 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve not received a letter from CPS yet. I just got letter from Lane tech.

  • 319. WYAC Mom  |  April 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Our daughter is a 7th grader at the WYAC. She tested in with a 868.5. She is taking all of the required classes (Environmental Science, English, Social Studies, PE and the 1 year Algebra program). She is also taking Spanish 1 as an elective, and Instructional Support (a study period, which we insisted on). She is doing incredibly well, and has straight As. She usually has no more than an hour of homework a day- I can count on one hand how many times she has spent more time than that, and never more than 2.5 hours. She is involved in 2 clubs, and runs on the CC and track teams. She finished programming for next year, and will add another class and drop Instructional Support. We are so glad we trusted our gut to let her go. It has been an amazing experience- she has made great friends, and has supportive teachers and counselors to turn to if she needs them.

  • 320. anothercpsmom  |  April 2, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Are Shadow Days considered excused absences?

  • 321. Jen K  |  April 2, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    @315 if your child does a shadow day, there is an informational meeting for parents/guardians at the end of the day which we found very helpful.

  • 322. Jen K  |  April 2, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    @320 “technically” per CPS policy, shadow days are only excused when touring/shadowing at the assigned high school and chaperoned by a CPS staff member. In the real world…check with your current school to see how it is handled.

  • 323. Fbbelle  |  April 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Does anyone know how the ACs (Taft in particular) handle math placement for 7th grade? I am just wondering what to expect this week when we go for registration: algebra or pre algebra are the two choices (I’m assuming?)

  • 324. Mom  |  April 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Interesting article sent to me by selective prep…. Of course they are trying to sell their product so they could be manipulating the stats…. See below:
    Competition for spots at the two top Academic Centers, Whitney Young and Lane Tech, intensified as scores rose across all of the Tiers. There was a particularly noticeable squeeze at Lane Tech where there was only a 6-point difference in the minimum score (864) and maximum score (870) of an accepted Tier 4 student.
    An 864 may not seem like such a high score since it’s on a 900 point admissions scale. However, because of the way the Academic Center Test is scored – it is extremely high. Students who score at this level have received all A’s in 5th grade (for 300 points), are in the top 1% on both the Reading & Math 5th grade MAP test (for an additional 300 points) — and score in the top 1% on the Academic Center Admissions Test. Having a cut-off score of 864 means that Lane Tech is excluding students in the top 1% across all admissions components who reside in Tier 4 neighborhoods.
    Similarly, a cut-off score of 869 at Young for Tier 4 students, means that students who scored in the top 1% on all components, but who had the misfortune to reside in a Tier 4 neighborhood were rejected by Young.

  • 325. SNMom  |  April 2, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    @317: You need to call OAE if you have not received a letter yet.

  • 326. SNMom  |  April 2, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    @313: My child’s score dropped from a 898 in 5th grade to a 886 in 6th grade (for A/C). The difference was the gifted test, which we didn’t do much prep for either year.

  • 327. justamom  |  April 2, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Can someone give me how
    the instructional support class in young works.

  • 328. Sandra  |  April 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Help, not sure whether I should send son to Taft AC or keep him at neighborhood school. Which will improve chances for getting into Lane for HS?
    Also, do AC’s have 8th grade graduation?

  • 329. justamom  |  April 2, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    @312 my son went to
    IG Lincoln for 6th
    Now to Young for 7th.
    His score didn’t change at all from 5th to 6th. It was exactly the same.

    Please also see my post about IG Lincoln some where up there.

  • 330. Jen K  |  April 2, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    @327 it’s pretty much a study hall. Students check in at the library for attendance. They can work on homework or just chill. Sometimes they can also then leave to go to the computer lab (if it’s open that period) or see a teacher during office hours. It’s a fantastic way to get a jump on homework as they acclimate to an AC workload.

  • 331. mm  |  April 2, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    #323- I read that if they scored higher than 95 on math, they go into algebra otherwise its pre-algebra

  • 332. ChicagoDad  |  April 3, 2016 at 7:15 am


    SelectivePrep is correct. Obviously many Tier 4 students with those great numbers (99 percent MAP, top 1 percent on Academic Center Exam, straight A’s) DID get into Lane and Whitney through Rank (where scores are higher than Tier scores) and through Tier, but many did NOT. This is because the Academic Center exam is scored in such a way that a 99.9 percent gets a higher score than a 99.0 percent.

  • 333. Lincoln_IG??  |  April 3, 2016 at 7:25 am

    My daughter got an offer to the Lincoln IG program for 6th grade. I understand the school teach French for all grades. She has been taking classes in Spainish in current school. So I feel like it’s a waste that she is not able to continue learning Spanish and also it could be challenging for her to learn new language at age 11 while adjusting to new school and I assumed the IG is accelerated. Any idea of how classes they have French each week? Also, do they have computer class at school? We hope she would get into WY in 7th grade but in case not, we would like to have a school that prep her to SEHS near central area. Also, we live near Bridgeport, any idea as to transportation? Thanks!

  • 334. LR  |  April 3, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I dispute this statement from Selective Prep regarding an 864 cutoff for Lane: “Students who score at this level have received all A’s in 5th grade (for 300 points), are in the top 1% on both the Reading & Math 5th grade MAP test (for an additional 300 points) — and score in the top 1% on the Academic Center Admissions Test. Having a cut-off score of 864 means that Lane Tech is excluding students in the top 1% across all admissions components who reside in Tier 4 neighborhoods.” No. Just no. We live in Tier 4. My daughter’s score was 874.4. While she did have straight A’s, she was most definitely not in the top 1% on MAP scores. Yes, for reading. She was way above 99th on reading; but, 96th on math. And furthermore, we know someone who got into Lane last year that had one B in 5th grade (cutoffs were lower, but still Selective Prep makes this claim every year). I think their overall point should be more about the test itself. In Tier 4, you end up with a large number of students who score above 99th percentile on the AC test, but the way the test is scored, those tenths of a percentile translate to several points.

  • 335. justamom  |  April 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

    @ 333
    My son had to learn French at 6th grade and he picked up just fine, no problem what so ever. Lincoln has a block schedule, so they don’t have french class every day, but have huge time slots allocated for French. My son learned a lot of French.
    Please see my post for other subject somewhere up there.
    Computer class sorry no.
    They have a school bus that stops at hyde park and somewhere close to bridgeport.

  • 336. Jen K  |  April 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Saw this article today – not sure if anyone linked to it yet. For those of you considering Taft AC, nice article on how students are choosing to stay for HS in much greater numbers:

  • 337. Jodi  |  April 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    6th grader/ Tier 4 – accepted to Whitney Young for 7th. No letter with scores arrived yet. Shadow day tomorrow. Does anyone know what time the yellow school bus picks up & drops in Lincoln Park for the 7th and 8th graders at WY?

  • 338. Mom  |  April 3, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Did you receive a confirmation email for shadow day at Young? I put my daughter down for Thursday but I want to make sure it went through.

  • 339. Jodi  |  April 3, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    @295 and others – why is it so hard (or so rare) to transfer from a Lane or WY to WP or NP? For 9th grade entry …. is it because even at a gifted or classical elementary school it’s “easier” to get straight A’s vs. being at an academic center like WY or Lane and getting straight A’s? I would have thought transfers would happen a lot …

  • 340. Mom  |  April 3, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    It’s not hard or rare but kids preference (and some push from parents that can’t be happy with already be at SE but want Payton or Northside) when kids make it to AC at WY or Lane , they just want to stay there. Why not!?

  • 341. Cpsmom  |  April 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    This comment is so random and odd. Do you understand lane and Whitney are SE and kids at AC have zero to worry about when it comes to being accepted to SE because they are already in it! You should watch SelecT-Ed.

  • 342. PortageMom  |  April 3, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    My child was a few points shy from LTAC cutoff score Tier4. During the application process we only tried for Lane and Whitney. Is there a chance to get into another AC or some sort of waiting list? 😦 I feel crushed for my child that worked so hard, scoring 99% on both Reading and Math, but didn’t do good on the critical thinking exam. Well congrats to all families that got a spot! Good Job(;

  • 343. Mom  |  April 3, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I am wondering if placement in math and reading/writing classes at Taft is based on NWEA scores or a placement exam? I’ve heard conflicting things.

  • 344. Teacher  |  April 3, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I’m so sorry that your child didn’t make the cut. I don’t know for sure how it works but I had a student once who was in this exact same position (and she was kicking herself for not putting Taft or another AC down as #3 choice). I actually wrote a letter or recommendation for her after the results came out (and other teachers did as well) and her parents tried to appeal but there was nothing that could be done. She couldn’t get in anywhere. She applied again for 8th grade and I haven’t heard yet if she got in. Anyway- I’m sorry this happened. Best of luck.

  • 345. Momma O  |  April 3, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    @343 I seem to recall from the open house, Mr. Grishaber mentioned that they use the NWEA math score to place the kids in pre algebra or algebra for seventh grade. I cannot recall where the cutoff was…90% or 95% to place in algebra. If a current Taft ackie family knows…please chime in?

  • 346. Concerned mom  |  April 3, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    This might be a weird question but in looking at the score range at Taft (860 – 530) how is the curriculum going to uphold the high rigor and challenge they promise? A student who scores in the 500’s has vastly different skills and needs than a student who scores in the 700’s or 800’s. Is this something I should be concerned about? How is this environment any better than her current school in a tier 4 neighborhood?
    Thanks for any thoughts!

  • 347. Any going into 8th grade?  |  April 4, 2016 at 12:04 am

    @342 PortageMom, I don’t believe so, but you can try again for 8th grade. To my surprise Taft does have spots in 8th. I am in PP also and I am not sure if Taft is your neighborhood school or if it is Schurz, but mine is Schurz so while we are unsure if she will attend Taft AC (we love her grade school) we are leaning towards yes for that guaranteed spot.

  • 348. Any going into 8th grade?  |  April 4, 2016 at 12:44 am

    @303 Newbie

    It has been a few years, but I can give my MY ideas of pros and cons of attending an AC. My oldest went to Taft and stayed at Taft.


    – The guaranteed high school spot – this is huge!!
    – Way less stress in 7th grade (unless of course the AC is really not the school they want to attend for high school)
    – The high school credits
    – Assuming they can do well with the advanced coursework the grades help their GPA and if it is a school that ranks, their rank will be high (important for college applications)
    – Their transcripts for college are impressive
    – Getting credits in 7th and 8th will allow for them to take more electives (in most cases) and more AP or IB courses
    – If they stay for high school they will have a core group of friends that they will begin high school with and get to attend school with for 6 years.
    – If they stay they will have a familiarity with the school so will not have that high school transition anxiety (there will be some anxiety starting out in 7th, but they will be starting with a much smaller group like 120 vs 1000 in some cases)
    – Additional sports and clubs offering

    – They are in a high school environment so they will hear more mature language and possibly encounter situations that they would not in a grade school (that said I think the older kids do think of the Ackies as cute little kids)
    – If the ultimate goal is not the school they have been accepted into, they may have more stress for 7th because they are starting a harder curriculum making that 300 for the grades portion harder to achieve then at most grade schools (though the guarantee of the school they are at can still take some of that pressure off)
    – They have to leave their grade school friends.
    – They do not get to graduate with all their grade school friends (They do still have a graduation ceremony, it is just with their friends of the past 2 years rather then their friends for the past 8 or 9 years)

    There are more pros and cons, but these are the biggest in my point of view and hope it helps!

  • 349. LVMOM  |  April 4, 2016 at 6:50 am


  • 350. LVMOM  |  April 4, 2016 at 6:53 am

    @311 – Here is the contact info for Critical Thinking Child: Lemi-Ola Erinkitolda, Founder 312-757-4632 The web site is http://www.thecriticalthinkingchild.com My child took a 6 week boot camp in addition to doing Selective Prep. He felt CTC was very helpful with all questions that were non-verbal.

  • 351. studyingmom  |  April 4, 2016 at 9:48 am

    My 6th grader was accepted to Lane, 2nd choice. I know I should be thankful but cannot make a decision easily due to the distance from my house. If my kid misses the CPS bus due to tardy or special activity after school, he should take a train and a cta bus to reach me, and it takes about 1 hour. Do you think that AC is worth to overcome this long distance and his taking cta alone?

  • 352. dednimnepo  |  April 4, 2016 at 9:53 am

    @351: Where are you coming from. I am in the same situation coming from Beverly (99th/Seeley)?

  • 353. studyingmom  |  April 4, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I live around Roosevelt and Michigan, and am a student of UIC.

  • 354. studyingmom  |  April 4, 2016 at 9:58 am


    I’m thinking let him take CPS bus at Orozco(1940 W. 18th) if it’s still working.

  • 355. LVMOM  |  April 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Does anyone know what the admissions test is like for selective enrollment high schools? Is it the same as the AC admissions test i.e. the gifted test? Or is some other type of test? I realize the 900 point scale is the same – 300 max for grades, 300 max for NWEA’s but just wondering what type of admissions test they give for high school? Thanks!

  • 356. Lemi-Ola  |  April 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

    @350 LVMOM -Jumping on the radar briefly to say thank you and that helping parents foster their child’s critical thinking skills in a fun, effective and enjoyable way has been my goal as a Chicago mom for 15+ years. The results speak for themselves.

    @311 et al see http://bit.ly/235u8wU for sample Critical thinking puzzles students used in my AC bootcamp. Best to all..signing off the radar for now 🙂

  • 357. Chris  |  April 4, 2016 at 11:52 am


    No, the SEHS test is not the same.

    From the OAE website:

    “What is on the Selective Enrollment High Schools exam?

    The Selective Enrollment High Schools exam is an achievement skills test that covers four subject areas: reading comprehension, vocabulary, language arts (grammar), and math word problems”


    “The test for the Regional Gifted Centers, International Gifted Program, and Academic Centers measures critical thinking skills, reasoning, problem solving, and mental control.”

  • 358. Mom of a 6th Grader at CPS Charter  |  April 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

    My daughter was offered BROOKS AC. I had greatly hoped for WYAC or maybe even Taft AC because we live west in the city. We will visit Brooks Welcome night on Wednesday and consider the commute during the summer.

  • 359. realchicagomama  |  April 4, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    @220 – My kid is in 7th grade at Disney II now. Email if you’d like more information. cpollicki at gmail dot com. Also, you can get an offer at Disney II and still get an offer elsewhere. The lists are all managed independently at the school level.

  • 360. AC Test  |  April 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    @275, We choose Lane over WY based solely on geography. There seemed to be really no difference (to us, not hating on WY!) in the academics offered so we choose the far closer to home option.

  • 361. LTAC Class of '17 Mom  |  April 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Congrats to those accpeted at LTAC. FYI, (hope letters have been mailed from Lane), the LTAC Meet and Greet is scheduled for Wed. 4/6 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM starting in Lane Auditorium. This opportunity to get back inside the school with a smaller group, and talk with faculty, students, and current parents, was very helpful in our decision process last year. In additon to a peek at the calendar at the bottom of the page, where the event is listed, here is a link to the LTAC Blog page on the Lane Website so you can get a feel for recent events: http://www.lanetech.org/ltac.php

  • 362. Newbie  |  April 4, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    @348 – thank you for your insights.

  • 363. studyingmom  |  April 5, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Asking to LTAC moms!
    My kid was accepted to Lane, but it’s too far from my house now. I’m willing to move to near Lane for him to go to school by walking alone. Can you give me any recommendations or advices?

  • 364. just a mom  |  April 5, 2016 at 9:30 am

    @studyingmom – Hi i read before that you go to school at UIC, you should look for a place near the blue line and western, that way is near him and easy for you to get on the blue. the western bus is an easy way for him to get to and from school. look for places in avondale, logan square, west bucktown, also not near blue line but brown line are north center and lincoln square. all those neighborhoods have easy transportation and are safe. i hope this helps!
    Congratulations on your son! My daughter will be attending WY!

  • 365. Mom  |  April 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

    @studyingmom- the Brown line is just about 6 blocks from Lane at 1818 W. Addison. If you are at Michigan/Roosevelt, your child could take the Red Line to Brown Line and walk straight down Addison. It is very well traveled and safe. There will also be several other students taking the same train so your child wouldn’t be alone. Take the ride with your child this weekend- you will probably be surprised how easy it is!

  • 366. LT Area Rentals  |  April 5, 2016 at 10:50 am


    That really hard to answer without knowing budget and space requirements, and whether being near Lane would be a burden for your commute.

    If you want him to be able walk, or perhaps take a short bus ride, Roscoe Village and North Center are great, but on the expensive side for rentals. Hamlin Park (south of Belmont from Roscoe village) might have something slightly cheaper. Crossing the river into Avondale/Irving Park will find cheaper options that are just a bit longer of a walk.

  • 367. studyingmom  |  April 5, 2016 at 10:58 am

    @just a mom
    Thank you for your helpful info. I’ve not thought about train for me, but your comment made me think of pink line which is the nearest station from my school building. Do you recommend taking a train due to traffic instead of driving?

  • 368. ittakesavillage  |  April 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

    @studyingmom – we live near Lane and my kid will be commuting to WY. we’re hoping the school bus will be an option otherwise it will be the brown, the red, the blue. like other suggested Lane is located in a good area near lots of public transportation. you and your son can move near the blue and the western bus, there are many of good and affordable options on the stretch. if you don’t care about your longer commute but easier for your son then north center and lincoln square are great options! be careful going west of Lane because although it is safe and affordable public transportation (the L) is not an option (you would have to take the bus to the L, longer commute) . the L will be east of Western. I hope this helps! and Congratulations!!!!!

  • 369. LT Area Rentals  |  April 5, 2016 at 11:12 am

    @studyingmom: “Do you recommend taking a train due to traffic instead of driving?”

    Assuming that you were leaving from near Lane at near rush hour time, and going to UIC, and returning at near pm rush hour:

    it would likely be faster to drive most days. Mainly because you can take a more direct route, rather than going into the loop and back out, or taking two buses. The further you are from the train/bus you would take to get there, the greater the time advantage. The question is usually about the cost of parking at your destination (and, of course, the practicality of owning a car–but it sounds like you have one).

  • 370. studyingmom  |  April 5, 2016 at 11:13 am

    @Mom & LT area Rentals
    Thank you for all your advices, they’re all helpful info for me. I’ll let my hubby read these info for making a decision between moving or staying.

  • 371. ittakesavillage  |  April 5, 2016 at 11:21 am

    yes! when all possible always use public transportation! Take advantage that Chicago has the best public transportation! if you decide to move make sure you are walking distance to the L and/or the western bus for your son (or walking distance) otherwise the move is not worth it. he could take the pink to the brown and get off at addison or the blue and also get off at addison. he won’t be alone! tons of kids commute on the train to school in the morning.

  • 372. NWSideMomof4  |  April 5, 2016 at 11:28 am

    @LVMom:No, SEHS is a different test. My daughter took both. SEHS is vocabulary and math.

  • 373. Life goes on  |  April 5, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Just got the OAE letter. (finally) Prepostmarked March 28. No offers Score not even close (820). Tier 4 Oh well. Wonder if they sent out the acceptances batches last week and everyone else yesterday.

  • 374. Mom  |  April 5, 2016 at 11:38 am

    We might have to move from a Tier 3 to a Tier 4 neighborhood. Landlord is selling the condo. If child received offer while in Tier 3 and moves to Tier 4 by the time school starts, do they lose the spot offered while living in Tier 3?

  • 375. P-mom  |  April 5, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    question for the acceptance letter of IG. When is the deadline for you to accept the offer?

  • 376. SouthsideMom  |  April 5, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    For IG, do they go by rank and tiers as AC? Or just by score?

  • 377. 312  |  April 5, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    @374 The child will not lose the spot he/she was already granted, regardless where you move within the legal city limits.

  • 378. Decatur mom wishing for a 7/8  |  April 6, 2016 at 8:03 am

    896.5 – tier 4
    150 on the test [mentioning only so no one thinks you have to have 99/99 map scores- mine didn’t]
    offered 1st choice – Lane

    My child’s school only goes to 6th so it’s nice to have an option but sad this is even a worry for our kids.
    * random comment alert* We did not apply to Taft but would have had we lived closer- I see amazing things in Taft. Same feeling for Disney 2.

    My child preferenced Lane because she felt it was a better fit for her personality [and our family] I urge those following to really go visit all the schools, cast a wide net and know these kids will do well where ever then end up because they are motivated and have you in their corner.
    Additionally, those who did not get a placement in this first round there will be a TON of movement all summer. My daughter also got a slot at Coonley Gifted that will open if she accepts Lane.
    Last comment – the children from our school a couple of years ago who didn’t get an academic slot are all THRIVING and have all gone on to wonderful high schools – go for the long game!

  • 379. ToACOrNotToAC  |  April 6, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Our daughter got into Taft, 3rd choice. We’re having a hard time deciding whether or not to send her there (location is a big reason). Can others chime in on the pros/cons of Taft? TIA.

  • 380. cpsobsessed  |  April 6, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    @379 – what is the other option to Taft? Staying in a neighborhood program?

  • 381. ToACOrNotToAC  |  April 6, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    @380 she’s currently at a Regional Gifted Center, not neighborhood.

  • 382. TAC Mom  |  April 6, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    @379 I would consider the change based on whether or not your child would be missing out on extra curricular activities they are now in or want to be in, time with friends, etc. Commute is a big chunk of an already long day. Taft has different bell schedules in which the bus company abides by. During the month they have a late start day and another day they get out earlier. Would you be able to drop off/pick up your child at the bus location on these special days? Are they ok to walk home alone in case you can’t?
    Taft is a great environment, improvements are ongoing and the AC kids are thriving in the MYP curriculum (IB program). They graduate with high school credits that transfer to CPS schools, so they are ahead of the game come freshman year. It’s a very welcoming place. Best of luck to you.

  • 383. westrogersparkmom  |  April 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    @379- Tough choice. My daughter went to Taft and we lived far but the bus stop was our local elem school. The bus ride was one of the highlights of her time at Taft. While because of distance Taft wasn’t much of an option for high school it did alleviate the anxiety that there was one automatic viable option. How important are early high school credits to you and your daughter? How much will she miss her RGC? All things to take into account . . .

  • 384. South Loop Mama  |  April 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Anyone use Test Prep Chicago for AC prep?

  • 385. Jen K  |  April 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    @379 I would also consider her ultimate high school preference. If she wants to go to Taft, that is an easier choice. If she wants to try for somewhere else, it might make sense to stick with her current school, rock 7th grade, and apply for high school.

  • 386. Curious parent  |  April 6, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Quick question to any WYAC parents or students. My child is going to shadow day tomorrow and we want to know if they sell any snacks. I know they have the regular lunch, but do they also sell optional sides? Thank you!

  • 387. Jen K  |  April 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    @386 there are several choices for lunch and vending machines “everywhere” according to my 7th grader.

  • 388. Curious parent  |  April 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you!

  • 389. Curious parent too  |  April 6, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Current WY AC parents what are the current bus stops in the Northside area?

  • 390. Jen K  |  April 6, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    @389 bus routes routes change from year to year, I think. This year, many were cut out and the stops were scheduled a week or two before school started. Even if one is near you now, there is no guarantee it will stay the same. We had about 7 kids assigned to our stop, and the only one using it is my daughter because it was inconvenient for the other families. They generally take the train (I know, last year at this time, new families including ours were freaked out by the train. By Week 2 my daughter started taking it occasionally with 450 other WY kids). You could call the WY office to find out if there is a stop this year near your home.

  • 391. soonWYmom  |  April 6, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    @386 My son brought his lunch for shadow day on Monday and WY also offered a free lunch ticket for the new coming 7th graders. All was well-organized.

  • 392. AC hopeful  |  April 6, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Any feedback on lindblom AC? Has lindblom fell off the radar since Mather left? Also , to any Brooks prospects – how was open house tonight? I’m waiting for second round- does anyone know if you get offered second round to an AC does that offer come in the form of a letter directly from Oae and how long do you have to accept for second round ? Thanks.

  • 393. TJ  |  April 8, 2016 at 6:05 am

    From what I’ve heard and observed there are “vending machines everywhere” in all high schools in CPS, but they are all full of Michelle Obama mandated low-fat baked Lays and various non-fat granola bars.

    “Stuff” that no students buy.

  • 394. CPSteacher  |  April 8, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Excuse me. I have been a CPS teacher for 9 years. That “healthy” stuff has been mandated before Michelle Obama. That was Arne Duncan’s doing. Your politics are showing.

  • 395. Future AC mom maybe  |  April 8, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Any comments on the preference between WYAC and Lane AC if location is not an issue?
    In terms of high school preference by students: NSCP, WP, WY, Lane?

  • 396. CPS mom  |  April 8, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I think they’re both good!
    Lane has 4200 (roughly) students
    WY has 2100 students (roughly)
    Lane requires lower cutoff scores to be admitted.
    WY offers shadow days. Lane doesn’t.
    WY offers a 3 week summer transition program. Lane doesn’t.
    WY is ranked 4th in the state. Lane is 6th.
    Academically they offer the same curriculum for AC.
    WY offers basketball, soccer, track, etc. for ackies.
    We know many families whose kids can walk to Lane but have had WY as 1st choice.
    It’s not the same for families whose kids can walk from the loop to WY, those kids chose to go to WY.
    I really hope this doesn’t start a battle but this is my humble and facts observation.

  • 397. Sauganash mom  |  April 8, 2016 at 8:29 am

    We live in Sauganash and picked WY over Lane. The school bus picks them up
    The decision to pick one over the other was purely stats and recommendations from other families. Make an effort to stop by Lane after school and do the same with WY maybe your child will see the difference and make a decision on how to rank them on the application based on that observation. Aside from academic stats the child also has to be able to connect with the community.

  • 398. LP  |  April 8, 2016 at 8:44 am

    There is a lot of information online. This blog is a very small amount of the SE population and we all think our kids go to the best SE 🙂
    Do your homework before you pick your list.
    The ranking is #1NS #2 Payton #3 jones #4WY.
    and that’s also the cutoff order from highest to lowest points needed in order to be admitted.

  • 399. Jen K  |  April 8, 2016 at 8:52 am

    @395 both are great choices. The cutoff numbers get closer every year. Lane IS huge (!!!) but kids learn to manage it. Other people can’t tell you what is best for your student, though. Check them out and decide what feels best. My daughter was turned off by the size of Lane and immediately felt at home at WYAC. It is much farther from our home but she loves it.

  • 400. Patricia  |  April 8, 2016 at 9:35 am

    IMO Lane or WY are great options and really no need to battle, but here is some info on Lane AC (LTAC). I have two kids at Lane. One former LTAC, now freshman (who could have gone to other HS and chose to stay at Lane) and current LTACer who certainly could have gone WY AC and ranked Lane first.

    LTAC offers more HS classes for AC kids than WY, so more HS credits.
    LTAC too has sports every season based on student interest including soccer, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, track, etc,
    LTAC has a summer “bonding” experience at Camp Duncan that both my kids loved and came home with an instant group of friends. The teachers chaperon, so they get to know the kids and vice versa.

    As far as stats, the cut off scores are pretty close now for LTAC and WY, so really smart kids in both schools. LTAC is a newer program with the first class graduating next year (some kids already are graduating early with a Gates Scholar who even graduated last year (?) I think and is MIT bound—don’t quote me on the details as my aging brain can’t remember the details, but do know the kid is set for life academically.) Pro and Con with it still being new. It is amazing that within a year of launching LTAC was ranked as a top middle school.

    If your kid is interested in computers, Lane has more computer offerings than any HS and more than many colleges across the country. It is truly a remarkable opportunity for students and the faculty is top notch with former private sector gurus, MBAs, etc. They are so passionate and the makers lab, robotics resources and class offerings are jaw dropping for a high school.

    Lane also has so much to offer class wise with every single AP possible being offered. They have “majors/emphasis” groupings that a student can focus on drama, art, music, science(Alpha), humanities (Omega). I did not really understand the breadth of offerings until my kid was mapping out his HS choices over the 6 year program and WOW, do the AC kids have an opportunity to have a remarkable HS experience.

    The businesses and surrounding grounds of Lane have been great for not only a “normal” high school feeling, but to allow my 7th grader to start to gain independence in a safe environment and have great “hanging out time” with his friends after school. Lane is big, but has a welcoming, confident supportive environment where any kid can “be who they want to be” or change it up if they change their mind. There are so many clubs and opportunities both academically and extracurricular that a kid can do what they choose to do rather than be limited on options offered. I imagine the size of WY offers many similar benefits.

    Bottom line, I have learned through my children that it is really up to the individual kid to OWN their own future. I feel that as long as a kid is in an environment that offers opportunities AND as long as they take advantage of those opportunities, they will do great. In the end, there are so many great options for HS where kids can succeed—-really none is a better “opportunity” than another, they are all a great opportunity if the kid takes advantage of it. So, all the SEHS in all parts of the city, LPIB, SennIB, Admudsen, Lakeview, etc. Really, a kid can succeed or fail in any of these schools—it is up to the kid! Parents can fret over cut-off scores which do not give the whole picture and there are different “personalities” of all these schools that can make it a good or bad fit. It is all up to the kid in the end to own their future.

  • 401. Mom of 2  |  April 8, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I believe that this post is very biased due to the fact that you have 2 of your kids at lane tech. @400

  • 402. dednimnepo  |  April 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

    @400: Very well said and accurate.

    I have a daughter starting 9th grade at WY. I have a son who just missed the cutoff for WYAC 4th tier – scored 868.4, cutoff 868.5. I live in the in the south side of Chicago but have been performing a lot of due diligence (reading blogs from the last 3 years, attended LTAC info sessions, talking with a lot of people about LTAC, WYAC, etc…).

    I am convinced that both schools have their pros and cons and are excellent options. My son cried very hard and long about missing out on WYAC but within the last week, with more knowledge, he and I are both excited about the possibility of enrolling at Lane.

    My daughter missed the WYAC by 8 points two years ago. I didn’t even apply to Lane for her (she would have qualified) due to distance and ignorance. I will most likely not miss out on the Lane opportunity again. If travel becomes an issue, my wife and I have talked about moving (farther north and lower tier 🙂 ) as we have 4 kids total and most likely they will all go to high schools north of where we live.

    Bottom line: For my family, I think a 9th grader who has been in AC has an advantage overall than one who has not even even if the eventual high school is 2 rankings lower (out of 1000s in IL). My eventual goal is to maximize my children’s opportunity for a “great college.” Both options will help greatly in that endeavor.

    By the way, there are many scenarios where students were qualified for WY but chose Lane first for AC (I am talking about 880+, 900 scores). The difference in tier 4 cutoff this year is just 4.5 point (864 versus 868.5). If you look at the statistics (at least for tier 4), both programs are getting closer as far as quality of students each year. It may be like Jones/Whitney for 9th grade. They are both similar and get great students. Jones scores are higher even with neighborhood kids. Perhaps eventually Lanes average scores go up even with the size.

    I still prefer WY but I am not depressed any longer about the close missed opportunity.

  • 403. Patricia  |  April 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    @401, as I said up front, there is no need for an argument and I was giving my perspective as a Lane parent, just as other parents from other schools have done for years and years on CPSO. I genuinely believe that ANY of the SEHS in all parts of the city, LPIB, Lakeview, Admundsen, Senn all offer a great opportunity for every student. It is ultimately up to the kid to take advantage of the opportunity and own their individual future. Really, they are ALL solid programs.

    That said, I certainly have been nothing but pleased with Lane and now having kids there I really see the breadth and depth of opportunity for my kids to take advantage. Also, as all of us parents are forced to be “obsessed” with CPS choices, do not underestimate what I and others know about all the other schools that our kids do not attend. One of the benefits of living in the city is that kids have friends from all corners and at all different schools……so while my kids are at Lane, I certainly know a ton about the other schools as I am sure you do too—-thus, why I believe there are MANY great HS options within CPS.

  • 404. Chris  |  April 8, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Mom of 2: “I believe that this post is very biased due to the fact that you have 2 of your kids at lane tech.”

    What’s the point of that? That *you* think Young is miles and miles better than Lane? If so, why’s that? Because you have a kid at Young?

    What’s your bias *against* Lane??

    Yeah, more kids who end up with higher scores rank WYAC ahead of LTAC–what does that mean? That more kids who end up with higher scores rank WYAC ahead of LTAC.

  • 405. CPS dad  |  April 8, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Lane parents get intense and defensive.
    Payton and WY parent here !
    All I have to say #2 and #4 school in the state!

  • 406. Patricia  |  April 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    @405 you are kidding right? I certainly hope so anyway. How on earth can you say my posts are defensive? I certainly tout Lane because someone asked about Lane vs. WY AC. AND Lane is a hell of a school with a lot to offer. I also say that there are so many HS that offer solid programs many of which are not SE. Of course Payton and WY are great schools and congrats to your kids. Just as an FYI, we turned down both Payton and WY for Lane because that is what worked best for my kids. I have no doubt that my kids will have wonderful opportunities coming out of Lane—and they would have had wonderful opportunities if they came out of Payton or WY or Lakeview or Lindbloom or Admundsen or LPIB, etc. etc. etc.

  • 407. dednimnepo  |  April 9, 2016 at 12:47 am

    @405: A few years ago, #4 was #3. I believe it was #2 even earlier back when there was no current #2 or #3. #4’s principal may be retiring soon which will result in some change and uncertainty, good or bad.

    Perhaps you should be more “dednimnepo”

  • 408. studyingmom  |  April 9, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Between moving to near Lane and staying at South Loop area, I and hubby decided to move to near Lane because I hope that my son can enjoy and belong to Lane completely. I preferred WYAC because I’m becoming a professional student at UIC. However, after analyzing the curriculums of several schools, I become convinced that Lane should be good for my kid who enjoys to read my textbooks such as microbio, A&P, genetics and etc. due to the science rich curriculum of Lane. I’m wondering how many juniors and seniors in Lane take the difficult science subjects like orgo, biochem, genetics and etc. My family is expecting uptown life even though the commuting distance and traffic should be annoying for me. So excited!

  • 409. Patricia  |  April 9, 2016 at 7:03 am

    @408 If your son likes science then LTAC will put him in a good position to take interesting science classes. There is also the Alpha STEM program that has a focused science curriculum that he can join for HS. LTAC takes honors biology in 7th and honors chemistry in 8th which opens up science for HS. My kid took AP Physics as a Freshman and is looking to take honors Nano technology next year, probably honors biotechnology and honors genetics the remaining years. Genetics is one of the most popular classes. Many Alpha former LTACers took AP Chemistry as Freshman. Your son may also like the aquaponics lab and classes if he is into plant sciences. While my son is more a math kid than a science kid, he is really excited about his science class options. While an AC is a lot of hard work, it really opens up the possibilities with scheduling in HS and Lane’s plethora of class offerings really came into play with his decision to remain for HS.

  • 410. ChicagoDad  |  April 10, 2016 at 8:18 am

    My son is now a sophomore at Lane, started there in the AC in seventh grade. Being competitive status seeking parents we kept our options open, and made sure he got straight A’s and perfect scores in 7th and 8th grade. So when he scored a perfect 900 we applied and of course got an offer at Payton. We went to the open house there. Many of the people there were either from privileged private elementary schools or from the hyper competitive, socially stunted gifted elementary schools that he left to go to Lane AC in the first place.
    When we got home we let our son make the decision. He grew to love Lane for his friends, his teachers, the tons of things to do in the neighborhood, and just the “normal” vibe of the place (parents—these things are just as important as academics!). He’s taking more kinds of classes than he could have taken anywhere else. He’s pulling straight A’s, getting top scores on his AP tests, joining all kinds of clubs, leading school tours, and making life long friendships. Best decision he ever made.

  • 411. Chris  |  April 11, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Patricia: “@405 you are kidding right?”

    I take it that he was setting up a comparison:

    Lane parents: intense and defensive.

    Payton and WY parents: [That thing that he was being with that comment].

    In that pairing, I think that the Lane parents come out looking better.

    [Not that either is really true]

  • 412. OptionsParent  |  April 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I’m having a tough time deciding whether or not to send my kid to Taft’s AC. She is currently in the options program where she has done fantastic. Many of her friends are also opting to stay put. Question for current Taft parents who made the switch from options to AC please chime in and let me know what your experience has been. Are you kids performing well, how well do you like the curriculum/extra-curricular activities, and have there been any challenges with the transition?

  • 413. LR  |  April 11, 2016 at 11:59 am

    @402: “By the way, there are many scenarios where students were qualified for WY but chose Lane first for AC…” . Yep. My daughter would have qualified for WY, but opted to put Lane first after doing the commute to WY on open house day. She decided she wasn’t up for that for the next six years. It’s 2.5 hours per day in commute versus 30 minutes from where we are. That 10 hours per week is really important in terms of school/life balance.

  • 414. Sarah Karp  |  April 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Does anyone know where someone could get percentages for NWEA scores… in other words what do you need to get in math, reading, social studies and science in 5th grade in order to be in the 90-plus percentage area?

  • 415. Curious  |  April 11, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I too am having a tough time deciding whether to stay put at a high performing neighborhood elementary school or to accept at Taft AC–we also have a kid who is in LTAC so that makes for even more comparisons to weigh. Does anyone have any insights about the rigor of Taft’s curriculum v. LTAC, specifically, is it more weighted to math and scence like LTAC or does if offer multiple honors options for social science and english as well? Would be helpful for us to gauge against a program that we are already very familiar with.

  • 418. Chris  |  April 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    “percentages for NWEA scores”

    It’s hard to find a current, complete, chart. 95th%-ile for 5th grade is around (ie, +/- 2 or 3) 240 for math, around 235 for reading.

    Only Math and Reading count in the rubric.

  • 419. Lin  |  April 11, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    @414 Search “RIT Scale Norms Study 2011”. I heard it’s quite accurate and it was for my son’s case.

  • 420. IB/IB mom (formerly IB and AC mom)  |  April 11, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    @412 OptionsParent – if you didn’t see my post at 348, take a look at that post. Those are most of the pros and cons I could think of. My daughter went from an options program to the Taft AC and I believe the options program well prepared her. I think the biggest challenges are that they are meeting all new friends and there is more responsibility getting from one class to the other on your own and more homework and exams. But the transition into high school is so much easier. The biggest benefit is they will be getting that high school credit. In the options program, they are taking classes that are 1-2+ years ahead of where they would be at in a neighborhood school, but since they are not being taught by high school teachers, they are not getting the credit. Some classes you can test out of – like Algebra, but I have heard in the past testing out is hard and not common. That may depend on the school.

  • 421. Krysten  |  April 11, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I’m a bit confused regarding the credits our kids will be receiving in the Academic Centers. I believe they get a total of 8 during their time there, if 24 credits is needed to graduate.. does this mean they will be able to graduate High School early?
    … Thanks in advance

  • 422. harry potter  |  April 11, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    @410, funniest parody ever.

  • 423. @ krysten  |  April 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Yes, AC students can graduate at the end of Junior year. The principal of my son’s school does not recommend it, but supported the one family he’s come across in their decision. Generally, AC students in their senior year are taking AP, college bridge and dual enrollment courses for free, which transfer to most colleges (not all). This way they can get some of their general ed credits in college out of the way and start on some of the classes in their major and theoretically graduate college early. It could save money on college in the long run. Some AC students in their senior year don’t take any HS classes and take all college courses (somehow they receive grades on their report card) and come in the afternoons to study/do homework to wait out the end of the day to participate in their extra-curricular activities. There are some AC students in their senior year that take a mixture of college classes and HS classes.

  • 424. IB/IB mom (formerly IB and AC mom)  |  April 11, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    @415 Curious – If I remember correctly, when they were opening Lane’s AC it was similar to that of WY as far as the classes. I think Taft eases them in a little bit more with less high school credit classes in 7th. If you want to see the Taft classes you can take a look at their programming guide page 9. Here is the link…


    There are not a lot of options in choosing their classes, but getting the credits that they will in 7th and 8th will allow them more electives in high school.

    If they stay at Taft, and the go into the IB Diploma program, there are still not a lot of options, but while they will be guaranteed a spot in the program, they do not have to go into the program to stay at the school. And while more and more kids are staying, many still move on to other SE schools.

  • 425. Tony  |  April 14, 2016 at 7:49 am

    My daughter is a 5 grader at skinner north. She got accepted into Lincoln IG program. We have a very hard time to decide if we should choose Lincoln or stay at skinner north. We leave close to both schools. Lincoln is closer. We love skinner north ‘s smaller size. We love Lincoln ‘s literature and art education. Any suggestions?

  • 426. cpsobsessed  |  April 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    @tony, would you be wanting to stay at Lincoln through 8th grade? Or look at an Academic Center? If AC, probably not worth a move for 1 year.

  • 427. lp009  |  April 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    My son is finishing up his first year at Taft AC and he FREAKIN’ loves it there! LOL

    The true surprise for his mother and me is the way he has matured over this year. It’s like he’s matured 2+ yrs in the span of a several months. He confidence in himself; his focus and motivation and dedication to his (substantial) class work have improved greatly. His reasoning has become much more contemplative and

    Frankly, a year ago, I was dismissive of TaftAC and only included it as a choice because there were 3 slots available and only 3 ACs on the north-side. But really had no intention of sending him there.

    I’d read many “reviews” of Taft and it didn’t seem to be a school that I’d want my son to attend. But those reviews were about a school that existed 2-5+ yrs ago. Today’s Taft is not that TAFT.

    The Taft AC IB focus on teaching kids to think for themselves; to research and open their minds to differing points of view; to question… everything… is just what my son needed.

    It is not just devoted to math, science and technology.. but to a well rounded student’s understanding of cultures, philosophies, economic structures, literature, languages, history etc. With strong emphasis on collaboration, research, writing and communication skills.

    Very pleasantly surprised by this program and I believe it will be harder for current and future Taft AC students to ignore the Taft IB high school program in lieu of the current meta of leaving for the Big 5 (Young, Payton, Jones, North Park, Lane)

  • 428. TJ  |  April 16, 2016 at 7:43 am

    @394. CPSteacher

    Maybe it was the lefist before the far leftist that mandated crap in the vending machines.

    Nonetheless. Students are smart enough to bring actual food. Food that “she of the large tax-payer funded jet-setting vacationing on the public dime” type will never deign to consume herself.

  • 429. Dadstoo  |  April 16, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Can someone please give me an idea of the number score that is associated with a 99% in math and a 99% in Reading on the NWEA for 8th grade? My son is going into 4th and I’m wondering how high the RIT number needs to be in order to maintaining that 99%. Thanks so much!

  • 430. momincharge  |  April 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    DS accepted to Taft AC Tier 4 Score 866 – from a neighborhood Catholic school. I’m hearing things like 3 hours of HW a night – no time for outside activities and friends. Additionally, he skipped a grade, so he’ll be starting there as an 11yo. One of the reasons we’d send him there is because it is in our neighborhood, and he’d still be able to see his friends easily. Aside from academics – what is *life* like for these AC kids? (I guess I’m not all about 100% academic focus – cuz I think he probably won’t go to CPS for HS … I work at a private highschool and he’ll get free tuition here.)

    I’d appreciate “quality of life” comments from current AC parents, thanks!

  • 431. FutureTACmom  |  April 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I have spoken with several current TAC students who would disagree with the homework comment. In fact, they have said that there is not a lot of homework. Not sure where you are hearing that from?

  • 432. momincharge  |  April 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    It was old (5yrs+ago) comments. But those are the only TAC kids and parents I know. Seemed to think they were being overly-taxed in order to tank the kids’ grades, so they would HAVE to stay there for HS rather than get into WY, NSP, PP, etc.

    Seemed like sour grapes to me at the time, but I *hate* the feeling that this one decision could seriously alter my kids’ future opportunities. Still looking for *current* first-hand parent experience input with Taft.

  • 433. FutureTACmom  |  April 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Definitely sour grapes… As a teacher that is almost offensive to me that a parent would believe a teacher would want a student to fail just to somehow benefit the school. Odd. Besides, according to CPS mandate homework cannot be worth more than 10% of a final grade in the class so that doesn’t even make sense that lots of homework (or unfinished homework rather) would cause a student to fail.
    I hope that you can find trustworthy and accurate info to ease your mind. Did you attend the registration and open house? We got a good feeling from it…

  • 434. MAP  |  April 19, 2016 at 11:16 am

    @ 429 Dadstoo


    Map to RIT conversions. Look in the 7th grade column for Spring scores – those are used for SEHS placement.

  • 435. TAC Mom  |  April 19, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    @momincharge my 7th grader has plenty of outside activities and that’s with the new MYP(IB) curriculum in place. She regularly sees her friends and has yet to be bogged down in homework for hours on a regular basis. The only time I saw her work hard for several hours was when she was doing research for the History Fair. Ackies are constantly given opportunities to be part of the school community, the only downside for some is that they can’t participate if they rely on the bus transportation.
    As for the teachers wanting/working on the kids not getting an A in order to affect their SEHS chances, that would be laughed at. Her gym teacher tells the class if they don’t score an A in his class they affect their chance for SEHS. The school doesn’t discourage them from applying and they are very much supported. The principal makes it a point to always let them know should they change their mind after freshman year, they are more than welcome to come back to Taft. My child is seriously considering staying because she feels like home there.
    Good luck to you.

  • 436. momincharge  |  April 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you so much – I had a chance to speak with a current 8th grade TAC mom last night – it sounds like a wonderful place… now if only I can dislodge my DS from his comfort zone. A shadow day is in order I think!

  • 437. Huh?  |  April 19, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Where did you get that figure about CPS “mandating” that homework can’t be more than 10% of the grade? In my son’s HS the homework component ranges from 15-25 %.

  • 438. FutureTACMom  |  April 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    @huh? – maybe it is just Network 3? It is definitely the policy at my school and hat came from above (network Chiefs). It actually is frustrating to teachers because the kids are not as motivated to do homework and in math – homework is so important.

  • 439. anxious  |  April 20, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Anyone heard anything about second rounds at Taft?

  • 440. threexamommy  |  April 27, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    i was just wondering the same thing – several parents in our area have said that they have decided to turn down their child’s offers, (mostly stating that they decided the child is not “ready” after all) so maybe there is hope for us yet!

  • 441. Cpsmess  |  April 27, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Yes I was wondering have any second round SEES letters gone out yet? I know they said by next week but I was just curious if anyone had received a letter from any of the ACs…

  • 442. 3xamommy  |  April 28, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    According to OAE website, second round letters to be mailed out by May 5th. Process can continue through summer until all spots are filled.

  • 443. sealya  |  May 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Anyone get a second round – Academic Center letter yet?

  • 444. Agnes  |  May 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Hello, I am the person above who posted as to being torn about Taft. We turned Taft down for distance reasons, and today I just heard that my son got into Kenwood. Is there anyone from the school who would be willing to be in touch to talk to me about the school? I live in Hyde Park so the location is perfect, but I don’t know much about the school. We have a week to make the decision and it is a bit nerve wracking…

  • 445. Tier 4 Mom  |  May 6, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    We just got a call from SEES about my 5th grader getting a seat at Lincoln IG and my 2nd grader a seat at Skinner west. Tier 4.

  • 446. Jaguar Bronco Mom!  |  May 6, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Agnes,
    My son is an 8th grader at Kenwood who started there in 7th grade. I really wished you could have made it to the accepted student open house. I’d be happy to speak with you about Kenwood! It’s a great place! He’s staying for HS! Give me your email address & I will give you my number for you to call and ask all of the questions you want.

  • 447. Mom of a 6th Grader at CPS Charter  |  May 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

    My daughter was offered a spot @ Brooks AC for 7th grade. We accepted, now have re-considered and will be staying at her current CPS school. Will be notifying OES today.
    So if anyone is on the waiting list for Brooks, you are moving up a spot. Best to you and your child.
    The commute from the Westside to Roseland (111th) would have been too much for us and thinking of winter weather, it would be even longer.
    Will apply for SES – WY, Jones, and Payton for 9th grade.

  • 448. CPS mom  |  May 10, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    @447 Thanks for sharing. What’s your tier? Did you attend their open house for A/C accepted? If so how was it…

  • 449. Mom  |  May 10, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Are there any current or past WYAC parents out there? Family night is this Friday and I was curious as to what the dress code is. Do most dress casual or dress up? I know it’s a silly question but I would hate to arrive overdressed or underdressed. It’s our first time attending. Thank you!

  • 450. Jen K  |  May 10, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    @449 it’s casual – people came in jeans or straight from work when we went last year for the first time. It’s pretty low key yet well organized.

  • 451. JenFG  |  May 11, 2016 at 9:10 am

    @449 I agree with Jen K. I’ve been there both in jeans or in dresses from work. I’ve seen T-shirts and suits. Enjoy it! My child is in 9th grade now, and there’s nothing comparable. I miss those friendly gatherings and Dr. Bloland trying to quiet everyone down so that she could make a speech. 🙂

  • 452. Mom  |  May 11, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Thank you both for the reply. My family is looking forward to it!

  • 454. momof3  |  June 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    so.. just rec’d robocall and email from CPS OAE saying my child’s scores make him ”eligible for consideration into at least one of our Selective Enrollment Schools”. Goes on to ask us to fill out “ supplemental application” for consideration to one of the regional gifted centers. He didn’t make the cutoff for Taft AC in the first round, so now I’m thrilled with this “possible” offer, but wondering if I should wait to see if Taft has more available spots….Anyone have a child at Beaubien Gifted Center? I hear it’s really fantastic…

  • 455. Mom  |  June 18, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    My Son is currently in Kenwood’s AC right now. If he makes it to WY for 9th grade, will his credits transfer?

  • 456. Fam  |  June 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Yes, his credits will transfer to Whitney Young.

  • 457. identitydenied  |  September 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm


    my best friend Becky is a beautiful and amazing artist but she’s having trouble with tuition costs. Any donations are appreciated, thank you so much❤

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