Hidden Gems High School Fair Fall 2016

September 15, 2016 at 10:13 am 22 comments

High school application is nigh.  I’ll be in the thick of it.   Wayyyy less stressed than I expected to be looking back 5 years or so.

Oct 3rd is the official start date of the high school application process.

In the spirit of the “cast a wide net” mantra of CPSObsessed here is info on the Chicago GPS Hidden Gems school fair.   Here you can meet staff from a wide range of Chicago high schools beyond the selective enrollments.

for Chicago School GPS’s  
“Hidden Gems” High School Fair

Sunday, September 25, 2016
1-4 p.m.

British School of Chicago, South Loop
161 W. 9th Street, Chicago


Admission is $25/family at the door. Receive $10 off via our online pre-registration discount. Pre-registration is not complete until payment is received.  
(Free vouchers are available for low-income families upon request via email).
We encourage you to bring your middle schooler so they can meet current high schoolers, learn essay writing tips & executive functioning strategies.

These are the public schools participating (as of 9/14) and there is also a range of private schools.   Link of schools here:  http://www.chischoolgps.com/CSG_HS_Fair_Participants.html

Intrinsic (charter)
Von Stueben
CICS (charter)
Disney II
Noble (charter)

A school fair is a great way to talk to a lot of schools in a short time.  It can be overwhelming, so if you attend with an 8th grader I’d suggest going in with a short list (ie public only, certain type of private, etc) rather than stopping at every single table.  ie, if you can’t afford the $26k/year tuition at the Chicago Academy of the Arts, keep your kid away from the table or they’ll get all excited about it from the brochure.

On the other hand, it’s encouraging to see the options that are out there.

If you’ve ever survived the extensive NPN elementary school fair, this’ll be a breeze.


Link to event is here:  http://www.chischoolgps.com/CSG_HS_Fair.html

Have fun and report back!

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  • 1. Chicago School GPS  |  September 15, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for posting, CPSO! The fair will have over 35 schools, from public, private, charter and boarding schools. We have asked Amundsen, Lake View, Lincoln Park, Taft, Ogden, Lindblom, Westinghouse and a few others to attend (it’s free for CPS schools to exhibit) but maybe it’s the dwindling staff and increasing time commitments but they sound like they are swamped. If anyone has pull at these schools, please let them know that we would love for them to exhibit!

  • 2. Chicago School GPS  |  September 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Unfortunately it looks like this year, CPSOAE will not be releasing 900 point totals prior to the deadline. Last year, early test takers could get their full 900 point totals before December’s deadline. Not so this year since SEHS testing doesn’t start until after the deadline. Bummer! With the tests going so late, I wonder if notifications will be later too……

    From CPSOAE:
    The Selective Enrollment High Schools admissions exam will be offered on the following dates for the 2017-2018 school year:
    December 17, 2016
    January 21, 2017
    January 28, 2017
    February 4, 2017
    The test will be offered at five sites: King College Preparatory High School, Lane Tech High School, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Westinghouse College Preparatory High School, and Whitney Young Magnet High School.

  • 3. mom2  |  September 15, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    That’s horrible. Why would they change that? I was so happy to at least know we would know before we wait for letters. Last time that was the most painful experience in the world. I’m really angry.

  • 4. cpsobsessed  |  September 15, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Oh wow, thanks for pointing that out, Chicago School GPS. That’s quite a surprise and a shame. I liked the idea of having early knowledge of the scores.

    I do recall it being down to the wire last year with kids getting scores before the application deadline so maybe that has something to do with it. Grumble, grumble, grumble.

  • 5. Chicago School GPS  |  September 15, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I hate to say it but it may have to do with fears of a strike and the testing schools being closed in Oct/Nov.

  • 6. cpsobsessed  |  September 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Ruh roh.

  • 7. kmb  |  September 15, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    That’s weird because if you go on the Lane Tech calendar it shows selective enrollment testing dates of November 5th and November 19th. It really stinks if they don’t have early testing.

  • 8. cpsobsessed  |  September 15, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    The plot thickens…..

  • 9. westrogersparkmom  |  September 16, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Wow! However if your kid is on the cusp it is almost worse to have to wait for the score (and heartbreaking for the kid that makes the prior years score but doesn’t get in the following year because it went up). Another thing to keep in mind is that Tiers are updated every year. I just checked and the updated Tiers are not out yet. Our census tract has gone back and forth over the years.

  • 10. cpsobsessed  |  September 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    I saw a sign up about the Homecoming dance as o drove by Lane Tech. Does anyone know how a school that big accommodates so many kids for a dance?

  • 11. WRP Mom  |  September 18, 2016 at 7:04 am

    @CPSO, Lane limits the number of tickets sold on a first come first serve basis. They allocate 600 tickets for seniors, 400 for juniors, 250 for sophomores and 250 for freshman. They also put the juniors/seniors in the big gym and the freshman/sophomores in a smaller gym on a different floor.

  • 12. cpsobsessed  |  September 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Thanks for the info. A downside of a giant school I suppose.

  • 13. Chicago School GPS  |  September 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Great news! For anyone submitting an online application for high schools, apparently CPS is going to put your school notifications in your online portal starting March 3, 2017. Wow!

    They will also accept changes to your contact info and your school selections online this year.

    Online applications open at http://www.apply.cps.edu on Oct. 3 and close on Dec. 9.

    Paper applications have the same open and close dates, but no online changes or notifications. Private school kids who didn’t request to take NWEA MAP by Sept. 9 can only use a paper application, unfortunately.

  • 14. HSObsessed  |  September 20, 2016 at 11:51 am

    @13 – CPS will post notifications online this year?!? No more stalking the mail man or steaming opening envelopes?? It just won’t be the same. 🙂

  • 15. cpsobsessed  |  September 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Wow, is that what this means Chi GPS? Online notification??

  • 16. Chicago School GPS  |  September 20, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Yep, apparently they are going to post results in the online accounts that folks will be applying through. That means all CPS kids who apply online can find out on March 3, and non-CPS kids who took their MAP test in October and apply online can also find out on March 3. Progress!

  • 17. cpsobsessed  |  September 21, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Do you think letters will still be sent prior to that? Or is that the only means of notification for online apps?

  • 18. LSmom  |  September 21, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I wonder if online notification will increase the amount of residency fraud.

  • 19. Chicago School GPS  |  September 21, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    @17 CPSO- I think they are only mailing letters to those who do paper applications, but paper letters won’t go in the mail until 3/3/17.

  • 20. mom2  |  September 21, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Some high schools only do paper applications, so people will learn about some schools on the 3rd and will have to wait as much as a week to learn about the others. New sort of stress for those that aren’t just about SEHS 😦 and not knowing your scores until that date makes it even more stressful.

  • 21. pantherparent  |  September 22, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I see no advantage in knowing your 900 point total prior to applying. As a matter of fact, it can be a negative.

    Suppose your child wants to go to Payton and has a score of 884. He may decide that since last year’s Tier 4 cutoff was 890, he has no chance and therefore doesn’t even rank Payton as a choice.

    Lo and behold, the cutoff drops this year to 883 and he would have got in but he never applied.

    Just rank your schools from 1 to 6, regardless of score and see what happens.

  • 22. mom2  |  September 22, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I agree that people should still put their top school first as it doesn’t hurt anything. However, if you knew you scored so low that you most likely won’t get into any SEHS, it would help to know that before application time is over so you could help your child see the value in applying to other places and start to get them ready to deal with the funny looks from snobby people when you tell them you are going to school X and not a SEHS or LPIB. Time to prepare for that would have been nice.

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