Elementary Magnet and Neighborhood School Letter Spring 2017

March 30, 2017 at 1:02 pm 1,158 comments



In the spirit of information-sharing, please share the following if you get Magnet offers:

Grade child is entering

Also post your waiting list numbers, in the spirit of amusement.


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  • 1. majaramirez  |  March 30, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    10 years ago, can it be? – my kid was NOT accepted to Lincoln (the “neighborhood” school – go figure – if I’d made a stink I’m sure they would’ve HAD to take her). She was accepted and declined at 3-4 others each. I don’t recall what numbers we had.

    LaSalle was my first choice. They finally called, in mid-June, and asked if we still wanted her to go there – YES!

    I had her IQ-tested by CPS twice at least. The first time (I think for kindergarten entry) she was sick and deemed “below average.” The second time went hardly better, I was told she was “average.”

    In about 4th grade I paid a licensed clinical psychologist, certified to test children as to IQ and other forms of intelligence, to test her. Sure enough, dear daughter was, in several of the 8-10 or so areas, off the charts! (I checked 3 or so years ago and can no longer find the psychologist via phone books nor Google – sorry – your child’s pediatrician may know someone).

    *Vote of no confidence for CPS’s IQ tests*

    This past June my daughter graduated LLA as valedictorian, then started WPCP in September; she’s having a fine time, and still gets great grades.

    Take heart and press on!

  • 2. cc's mom  |  March 30, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Hi all! Can’t wait until Monday. I’ve been reading this blog forever (as an educator then as a school administrator), but now I’m here as a mom of an upcoming kindergartener. I have a whole new appreciation for what everyone else on this blog has been through before. Good luck everyone!

  • 3. dadrocker  |  March 30, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Following. Best of luck to everyone.

  • 4. Bill Davenport  |  March 30, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Just a note for any parents doing this the first time: Many excellent neighborhood schools go waayyyyy (250+) into their wait lists, and great neighborhood, magnet, or selective enrollment offers happen well into august and september!

  • 5. kidmom  |  March 31, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Does anyone know if Skinner West eliminated their Classical program for Kindergarten starting next fall? I’ve heard due to overcrowding from the neighborhood that there was a possibility they would eliminate classical starting with Kindergarten next fall. I’m also guessing I’ll have my answer if students are accepted in this round…

  • 6. veteran parent  |  March 31, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Good luck to all! Echoing @4.Bill Davenport’s advice.
    And I”ll add my own:
    1. If you want to be a CPS parent you’ll need to develop a “fortitude” to get you through the years. It won’t end upon the receipt of these #’s, it’s only just beginning; )

    2. “Trust But Verify” should always be your mantra. At times it will feel like the system is against you; and it will be hard to not take it personally.

    3. There are amazing educators out there ! Many of them are found in neighborhood schools and these lottery #’s do not forecast your kids future successes in school. Embrace your options; we did and were rewarded.

  • 7. Cpsteacherandmom  |  March 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Good luck to all! Just a word of encouragement and perspective before this thread has 3,000 comments:
    Our first choice school for K in 2015 called us the day before school started, in September to offer us a spot because the family right above us on the waiting list, who got the very last spot, had lied on their address to qualify for the proximity pool. Crazy stuff happens!!

  • 8. Deanna  |  April 1, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Hi, first time commenter here. I have a child that will be entering Kindergarten and I am at my wit’s end on what to do. Initially we were going to move to Indiana in hopes that our condo will sell but due to a lien against the association we cannot sell it at this point. We were then thinking to just rent our place out and rent out in the suburbs. My husband who hasn’t been giving me a straight answer decided that we should just stick it out and stay in the city in our condo. My one friend suggested I try getting her into a magnet school. I can kill my husband because now the deadline has passed and I don’t know what to do at this point. I really want to avoid her neighborhood school at all costs. Would I be able to apply to other schools at this point? My husband,who did not grow up in the educational system in the US is not realizing or understand there is a process and now we are in this situation. Any advice would be very helpful.

  • 9. tcrl10  |  April 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Newbie here. I did the process last year for PK4 to try and get my sea legs. As I fret away the weekend, can you all remind me…if you get a spot at a Magnet, how long to you have to accept/decline? Thanks and good luck!

  • 10. veteran parent  |  April 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    @8 Deanna – what is your neighborhood school?

  • 11. cpsobsessed  |  April 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    @Deana, assuming your neighborhood school truly isn’t an option:

    -The charter schools tend to have later deadlines so that might be an option.
    -Private school for a year is an option
    -I believe magnets are out of the realm for the next school year since the deadline is closed
    -You could identify a neighborhood school that is likely to have some space and talk to them leading up to the start of school. The schools have a few weeks to balance out their classes to get their funding, so a school with a space in a classroom could be willing to enroll you

  • 12. Deanna  |  April 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    CpsObsesssed the school in our neighborhood is Swift.

    I saw on the CPS website that there is another open enrollment date around May. This is when we are able to fill out the application-it’s late registration I believe -I’ll have to look at it again.

  • 13. Deanna  |  April 1, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Also any comments regarding Swift will be helpful-I’m also concerned with their playground there which is on a street that is known to frequent gangs.

  • 14. majaramirez  |  April 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Deanna – is Montessori an option? My kid did 2 years in their toddler program, several of her friends continued in it for varying years, ALL got into college prep high schools this past fall… I don’t think it’s too late to apply to one of the city’s (now-)many Montessori sites

    Or – does she HAVE to go to school, or is being home/going to museums, art/music classes, etc – an option? She could still join a Daisy Girl Scout troop, which would keep her gently connected to some of the other children who are in school.

  • 15. Deanna  |  April 1, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Montessori would be nice but I don’t have the money to pay for it,it would be way out of our budget. Home schooling would not be an option either I’m afraid.

  • 16. LSmom  |  April 2, 2017 at 4:15 am

    @Deanna, the May open enrollment date is for spots that didn’t get filled during the first round. There aren’t usually any magnet schools on the list, but sometimes there are solid neighborhood schools with spots available.

  • 17. Teachermom  |  April 2, 2017 at 6:17 am

    @Deanna, I think you should go visit Swift before you make up your mind.

  • 18. Deanna  |  April 2, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Lsmom,would I be able to find out what spots will still be available when May enrollment takes place? Will the site tell me or not really?

    Teachermom I thought about visiting the school at least yes. My neighbor did a tour last year and said was impressed but then ended up sending her kid to private.

  • 19. majaramirez  |  April 2, 2017 at 7:30 am

    FWIW, Montessori does offer some scholarships…
    Good luck!

  • 20. LSmom  |  April 2, 2017 at 7:51 am

    @Deanna, CPS will put up a list but they won’t know which schools still have spots until the time comes. It varies from year to year, last year they posted on May 9.

  • 21. cpsobsessed  |  April 2, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I wasn’t sure you could get in that second round if you hadn’t applied for the first round. Can anyone confirm it’s possible?

  • 22. Another 6th grade parent  |  April 2, 2017 at 9:57 am

    @21. cpsobsessed:

    Yes, it seems so. From the OAE FAQ’s posted this year:

    8. I missed the application deadline. Can I still submit an application?

    If you are still interested in exploring school options for the 2017-2018 school year, the Office of Access and Enrollment will have a second application process in May for magnet, magnet cluster, and open enrollment schools that still have seats available. (Please note that Selective Enrollment schools are NOT part of this process.) This process, the End-of-Year Citywide Options Program, will take place May 22-June 2, 2017. The application and instructions for this process will be posted on the Office of Access and Enrollment website, cps.edu/oae, under News and Announcement, beginning May 22nd at 9 am.

  • 23. It'sTime  |  April 2, 2017 at 12:51 pm


  • 24. MPrairie  |  April 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Deanna – Definitely go see Swift. When I was at Loyola we had a relationship with Swift where student teachers did service hours there. As I remember, the kids and families were from all over the world and the school really embraced this in a positive way. It was a happy place with very dedicated teachers.

  • 25. Deanna  |  April 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks everyone-my last hope is this late enrollment-I should in the meantime get her ready with the requirements like the hearing test,dental etc. I’m kind of at the mercy of CPS now. Wish me luck! 😦

  • 26. Learning CPS  |  April 2, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    @ Deanna – Swift was our neighborhood school until we moved out of Edgewater a year and a half ago. We lived a block from the school, and I understand your concern about that corner where the playground is. Our child got into an SEES school, so we didn’t attend Swift but I did a lot of research on it. It also was our bus stop for two years and my child did after care at the Armory with almost entirely Swift kids. The school works closely with the Alderman and the police to make sure the kids are all safe, and to my knowledge there has never been a specific incident related involving a Swift student caught up in the stuff that goes on around it.

    My impression was that the school itself is doing fairly well, definitely has improved significantly in the last years (to the point that it got a 1+ rating last year), and that the teachers are very dedicated. The ESL population is quite high, and the school embraces and supports it. I think you would be fine sending your child there for Kindergarten if you needed too, and then you can plan to explore more options next year if you aren’t happy. If you are on the Ruth’s List group for the neighborhood, there are Swift parents on there and you could get some better info.

    Good luck!

  • 27. classical parent  |  April 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    @kidmom – the classical program at Skinner West will have a kindergarten class in the fall. This summer the school is breaking ground on an addition that will include 18 new classrooms and will ease with overcrowding. Every year there is a rumor that the classical program will be cut, but if anything Mrs. Clark is trying to add an additional class for classical kindergarten.

  • 28. IEP PARENT  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Anxious to see how my child did. Any other parent with an IEP child?

  • 29. Deanna  |  April 3, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Thanks Learning CPS-that was very helpful information. Do I have to fill out an application if we choose our neighborhood school or no?

    I’m going to try Pierce too,which is not too far away.

  • 30. Learning CPS  |  April 3, 2017 at 11:23 am

    @29 – You’re welcome!

    If you go to your neighborhood school, you just register your child and you’re all set. For Pierce you would need an application, and they would have to have open spots. They used to have quite a few for out-of-zone kids, but as they improved (Pierce was one of the first Edgewater elementary schools to really start to improve and get noticed for it) I think they have had fewer spots.

    I’m a little less in the loop than I was before we moved, but we lived in Edgewater for 8 years and in that time all of the schools really turned around from what they were when we moved there. Hayt is the other elementary school (on Granville) in the area.

  • 31. Crossing my fingers  |  April 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Does anyone know how many kids are usually in the pool to get into O.A. Thorpe for 1st grade? Is it next to impossible to get in?

  • 32. Burke  |  April 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Following. Any sense of what has happened in past years, eg. whether CPS tends to post in the evening or closer to the 11:59 mark?

  • 33. hoping  |  April 3, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    This is the first year that letters are being posted online. Hopefully, it will be similar to High School letters which were posted at 3:30 p.m.

  • 34. Stephanie F Ward  |  April 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    @Deanna, I’ve been in your shoes, it will be OK! Sometimes what you think is a worst-case scenario actually turns out really well. My youngest didn’t get in anywhere for K, so he went to New Field, a neighborhood school that I knew was great in many ways, but also had some concerns, perhaps not unlike your concerns RE Swift. It turned out that his kindergarten teacher was one of the very best teachers we have had (going on 7 years in CPS system). In the first grade, he got into Hawthorne about 2 days after the CPS strike of 2012 ended.

  • 35. Jordan 7  |  April 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I’m waiting for mail notification letter. I applied for my son entering 3rd grade. I’m upset with my self for not applying online. Now I have to wait additional 2 day or so for mail notification letter. Just wanted to wish everyone the best and pray everyone get their #1 choice of school.

  • 36. cc's mom  |  April 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    @Jordan that’s rough! I hope your patience pays off!

  • 37. Agassiz Dad  |  April 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    posted now

  • 38. Proudmon  |  April 3, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    My daughter was accepted to her #1 choice!!!!!!

  • 39. LINDSEY  |  April 3, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Entering Kindergarten. Sibling at Alcott so we are counting on that, but they are cutting down to two Kindergarten classes and neighborhood enrollment has been way up so we applied to a few other options for us just in case. No dice. But I assume we will get into Alcott

    BLAINE wait listed General 611

    BURLEY wait listed General 485

    HAWTHORNE wait listed Proximity 143

    HAMILTON wait listed General 140

    MAYER wait listed General 340

    ALCOTT ES wait listed Sibling 3

    AGASSIZ wait listed General 218

    AUDUBON wait listed General 78

  • 40. helpfulmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    @ 38 proudmon, what school, what were the scores
    and what tier?

  • 41. Skinner North mom  |  April 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Applied for 1st grade Skinner North and Skinner West
    99 in reading and 97 in math- no offers
    Similar to K scores which were 98 in reading and 96 in math. She had a Skinner West offer that we turned down because we want both kids together.
    Do you know if they look at tiers for 1st grade?

  • 42. Skinner North mom  |  April 3, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    We are 116 on the waiting list for LaSalle Language.

  • 43. Nana  |  April 3, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Question: last year my son was tested by WISC-V, got 147. His reading level is of 6th grader (according to school tests), he is in 1st grade and he goes to 4th grade math, is the best student among 4th graders. He is very good chess player (has a lot of trophies) and every test since 4 year was showing him at 99 percentile in reading, math and spatial reasoning. Now CPS testing gave him 124 and he didn’t get into any SEES schools. Is it common? We didn’t prepare him though, as we suddenly decided to move to Chicago, so it was last minute decision to apply for 2nd grade. I was more worried about my older son, who got into Northside with the perfect score. Now I’m a little surprised and confused.

  • 44. Jskohl  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Burley is our neighborhood school but we really loved Hawthorne when we toured there. We are waitlisted #113 in the proximity lottery. Any hope?

  • 45. cc's mom  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Feeling a bit deflated…

    General Waitlists:
    Bateman 76
    Chappell 55
    Coonley 7
    Peterson 15
    Ogden 79

    Tier 4:
    Disney II 79
    Thorp 34

    Does anyone know if Coonley’s list moved at all last year? What about Peterson’s?

  • 46. CP  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Applied for pre-k Montessori schools:

    Suder General waitlist number 41
    Inter-American Tier 4 waitlist number 102
    Drummond General waitlist number 164
    Mayer General waitlist number 337

    Looks like we’ll have to try again next year for kindergarten…

  • 47. Proudmon  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    @40helpfulmom- Lenart Regional gifted score-133

    Classical reading 85 Math 68

  • 48. NWSidemom  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Any AC applicants? confused. Letter says my 6th grader was offered “Young, Skinner West”. Did anyone else get something similar?

  • 49. Dee  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Tier 3
    Child entering K

    Offered at Brentano.

    General Waitlist at:
    Skinner 3 (!!!)
    Brennemann 24
    Goethe 30
    Ogden ES 37

    Proximity Waitlist
    Disney II 18

    Tier 3 Waitlist
    Lasalle 4
    Galileo 37
    Disney 81
    Hawthorne 122

    There are others but those are the notables. Happy!

  • 50. Dee  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Meant to add – no classical offers but did not meet score requirements. 99.9 reading (amazing!) 62 in math. I think early testing was a critical error, but all worked out fine.

  • 51. rebelgirls  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Entering K:

    SKINNER wait listed General 337
    JACKSON, A wait listed Tier 3 12
    GALILEO wait listed Tier 3 52
    STEM wait listed Tier 3 63
    SHERIDAN wait listed Tier 3 13
    FRANKLIN wait listed Proximity 4
    NEWBERRY wait listed Proximity 14
    LASALLE wait listed Proximity 91

    Fingers crossed for a few that are close. Thoughts on chances at Franklin, Jackson, Sheridan, or Newberry? Thanks.

  • 52. dadrocker  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Tier 4
    Entering K

    No MES offers. Waitlists:

    Inter-American 180
    Alcott 274
    Beaubien 155
    Blaine 670
    Coonley 76
    Drummond 276
    Burley 110
    Hamilton 103
    Pritzker 278
    Ravenswood 144
    Waters 162
    Mayer 614

    Tier 4:
    Hawthorne 132
    LaSalle 251
    LaSalle II 52
    Disney 228
    Disney II 107

  • 53. Momoftwo  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Daughter offered:
    A Jackson

    No SEES offers
    reading 88 math 70

  • 54. OgdenParent2017  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Is there a website to find out your official distance for the purposes of proximity lottery? I used google earth and I am 1.3 miles from Franklin (straight line) but am wait listed under the “general” queue – not proximity.

  • 55. cpsed  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Tier 1 – Pre-K. #10 proximity for Inter-American (passing because didn’t realize it was half-day), #353 for Mayer. Sticking with private preschool another year.

  • 56. Jordan 7  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Anyone applying for 3rd grade. I know the higher the grade the harder it is to get your kid in. I have been applying every year since kindergarten. The waitlist numbers we get are not the best. Last year out of all the school the best we had was 23 waitlist number for Andrew Jackson but that’s not good enough for higher grade. Wish me luck I’m waiting for my letter in the mail can’t wait. Hopefully out of 5 or 6 school hope we get one offer praying.

  • 57. skinner in the game  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    @41 Skinner North mom – We too are 99 Reading/ 97 Math for first grade – no Skinner offers. Also rejected Skinner West last year (for private). I thought tiers were still considered (we are 4) but I don’t know for sure.

  • 58. It'sTime  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    My child was offered Andrew Jackson, Ray and Galileo. Thoughts on either of these schools?

  • 59. LSmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    @41 and 57, tiers are only considered for the entry year, so they don’t count tiers for 1st grade entry to Skinner North.

  • 60. Jordan 7  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    @momoftwo what grade did you get offer for for Andrew jackson

  • 61. Jen K  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    @48 head over to the Academic Center thread…”Young” means Whitney Young AC.

  • 62. Jordan 7  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Andrew Jackson is amazing please do not turn that school down. You would love it!!

  • 63. Gigi  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Prek 4
    Suder 18
    Drummond 283
    Inter-American tier 3 86
    Mayer 290

    Similar numbers from last year. 😦

  • 64. Skinner North mom  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    @57 My daughter is also in private! Funny. We are also Tier 4. I hope a lot of kids move this year so our kids can get in. I think that is a good score for 1st. I wonder if we will see higher on this thread 🙂

  • 65. UptownMommy  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Hahaha, my kid is wonderfully un-special.
    Regional Gifted Centers Your Child’s Score (K-4): 93
    Classical Schools Your Child’s Score (K-8):
    Reading Percentile: 68 Math Percentile: 46

    Our best hope I guess is:
    ALCOTT ES wait listed General 30
    LASALLE wait listed Tier 3 68
    FRANKLIN wait listed Tier 3 70

    Any chance regarding those wait-lists? Also, why is Alcott "general" and the others are tiered? What's the difference in terms of chances?

  • 66. UptownMommy  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    ^^^ Classical Schools Your Child’s Score (K-8): 68
    Reading Percentile: Math Percentile: 46

  • 67. Momoftwo  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    @jordan7 for kindergarten.

    was going back and forth on Sheridan or Jackson. Thinking Jackson though.

  • 68. Tu Nguyen  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Tier 2
    Grade – K

    LaSalle II – wait listed – 22
    LaSalle – wait listed – 31

    What are my chances? Please share any info good or bad.

  • 69. WINNIE KANTARIS  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Just for a little hope. Us last year: Tier 4, RGC score, 138…called off waitlist for Pritzker’s RGC at the END of Sept (switched her Oct 1)..as well for several schools that were too far (I didn’t apply but they asked if we wanted to). She also got called off of several waitlists for magnet schools. This year, she did around the same but we wont’ move. We did offered some schools closer to home, but I need to make sure they are better than her current RGC. Your summer will be fun!! Good luck to all!

  • 70. CFB  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Magnet lottery, no offers for K:

    Edgebrook: General 146
    Ebinger: General 113
    Norwood Park: Sibling 11
    Oriole Park General 3
    Wildwood General 293

    We have a sibling at Norwood so hopefully she’ll just get in there. I guess we wait a while to hear back regarding the sibling lottery.

  • 71. UptownMommy  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    (Forgot to mention we applied for K)

  • 72. Jennifer  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Darn it! #251 on Hamilton’s WL, which was our first choice school but just across the border, so it looks like we will probably end up at our neighborhood school, Audubon. But my question is: under Queue, it says “general.” But, we definitely live within 1.5 miles of Hamilton. Isn’t there a “proximity” lottery we should be in?

  • 73. ma  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Tier 4
    Grade: K

    General Waitlist
    Suder: 223
    Pritzker: 136
    National: 141
    Skinner: 661
    Ogden: 221

    Proximity Waitlist
    Galileo: 22
    Jackson, A: 116
    Stem: 63
    Sheridan: 46

    No Offer 😦

  • 74. LSmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    @Jennifer, there’s no tiers or proximity lottery for neighborhood schools like Hamilton, just a sibling lottery and a general lottery.

  • 75. ACH  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    We missed the fall open houses so I feel really in the dark selecting a school– we basically just gathered what we could online and selected a bunch of the Level 1 schools nearby. My son was accepted to a lot of what we applied to, and we got high waitlist numbers for plenty of others, too. Good problem to have, but now we’ve gotta pick just one!

    NTA (Tier 1, score 141)

    Wait listed pretty high for a couple others, too
    Franklin #19
    Everett #4
    Jungman #1
    Pickard #6
    Galileo #22
    Jackson #6
    Sheridan #55
    Holden #5

    Anyone with feedback on any of these schools, I would very much appreciate it!

  • 76. NTS  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Grade: K

    General Waitlist-

    Columbus 24
    Mitchell 65

    Proximity Waitlist-

    Lasalle II 47

  • 77. Alcotthopeful  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    3rd grade
    Tier 3
    Burr- 6
    Disney- 19
    Franklin- 56
    Hawthorne- 98
    Inter-American- 21
    Jackson- 81
    LaSalle 2- 11
    Mayer- 11
    Mitchell- 15
    Prescott- 31
    Skinner- 69
    STEM- 19
    South Loop- 48
    Alcott- 9
    Blaine- 45
    Newberry- Offered
    Agassiz- Offered

  • 78. K parent  |  April 3, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Magnet lottery, no offers
    Disney II, Tier 4 – 49
    Thorpe, O, tier 4 – 56
    Ebinger,, general, 103

  • 79. Candace Keene  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Pre-K, Tier 4

    Drummond: wait list #6
    Mayer: wait list #251
    Suder: wait list #76

    Does anyone know of Drummond’s wait list tends to have movement?? This would mean the world to our family.

    Thanks in advance!

  • 80. Tier4mama  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Tier 4 – 130 on gifted, no offers

  • 81. erey1  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    TIER 3

    STEM 40
    THORP 49
    SKINNER (sibling) 5

  • 82. Tier4mama  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    we applied K

  • 83. sn17  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Can anyone tell me what “general” means versus a tier? We have tier 4 at one school and general at two others…

  • 84. lakeview mom  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Do those in the 20-30s waitlisted proximity at Hawthorne ever get in?

  • 85. Headed2Chicago  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Navigating this long distance as we move to Chicago this summer si appreciate any offers.

    Entering Grade: 2
    No SEIS offers

    HAWTHORNE wait listed General 182
    BLAINE wait listed General 101
    DISNEY offered
    DISNEY II wait listed General 241
    PRITZKER wait listed General 33
    PULASKI wait listed General 25
    PRESCOTT wait listed General 31
    COONLEY wait listed General 87
    AUDUBON wait listed General 57

    Are Coonley or Pritzker likely to move?

    Thanks, all.

  • 86. Suzanne McCray  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    @47 Proudmon, I have a 1st grader at Lenart if you have any questions you can email me at smccray21@hotmail.com

  • 87. Deb  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    What do folks know about Decatur? I have a daughter entering kindergarten who was accepted. It sounds kind of intense. And if we accept Decatur, do we stay on the wait list for the magnets we applied to? We are wait listed at Stone (33), Thorp (20), Disney II (302), Wildwood (229).

  • 88. lakeviewmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    We were offered Disney and are 28 on proximity waitlist for Hawthorne. What does ‘proximity’ waitlist mean and is it different from general waitlist? Do we have a chance at Hawthorne?? Thanks!

  • 89. Proudmon  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    @80Tier4mama what schools did you apply for?

  • 90. Finally!  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Tier 4, 3rd grade
    Math 99, Reading 99, Offered Decatur (first choice) which we will take.

  • 91. Proudmon  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Suzanne McCray I will definitely be reaching out to you. Thanks!!!

  • 92. erey1  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    clarifying that earlier post was for 1st Grade and Skinner is WEST

    TIER 3
    STEM 40
    THORP 49
    SKINNER (sibling) 5

  • 93. Crossing my fingers  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Tier 4
    Entering 1st grade

    Disney II – 6
    O.A Thorpe – 8

    If I accept an RGC offer, does that remove me from the above lotteries or are they independent of each other?

  • 94. Suzanne McCray  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    @93Crossingmyfingers, If you accept a RGC spot you won’t be eligible for another but you will still be in the lottery for the SEES schools

  • 95. Crossing my fingers  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks. I appreciate your response

  • 96. stressedsouthsidermom  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Tier 3 offers from Hawthorne & ward J on magnet side as well as offer for POE classical through sees now we gotta make decisions!!

  • 97. alulu  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Tier 2
    Entering K

    General Wait list
    Drummond 393
    Mayer 5
    Burr 196
    Goethe 99
    Pulaski 97

    Tier wait list
    Lasalle II 70
    Sabin 12
    Disney II 31
    Newberry 52
    Lasalle 8
    Franklin 54

    Offered: Brentano

    We are currently at Brentano Prek and love it, so we’re over the moon. But it got complicated because he also got into Skinner North. We are huge proponents of Neighborhood schools, but the academics! We actually haven’t toured Skinner North but its reputation is making our decision harder than I was hoping it would be. The thought of driving across town and possibly having the kids in two different schools is making my mind spin. Any advice?

  • 98. TripleA325  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    for PK-3:

    DRUMMOND wait listed Proximity 43
    SUDER wait listed Tier 3 1
    MAYER wait listed Tier 3 123

  • 99. HSA Mom X2  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    For those going through this process for the first time, take heart. After three positive years at our neighborhood school, my oldest *finally* landed at our dream school (Hawthorne) last year as a rising 3rd grader. Just in time for my youngest entering K in the fall. Thank goodness for sibling preference (though I was still nervous awaiting today’s official notice — ya never know)!

    Now, we’re all set until H.S. unless DS1 wants to apply to AC. He’s thriving.

  • 100. Montessoriplease  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Pre-K 3 yr old

    Tier 2 for all

    Drummond: 15
    Suder: 28

    I think we might get lucky. But now I’m confused after seen such high numbers for general waitlist. So confused, please help.

  • 101. Tier 3 Southside Mom  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Tier 3.

    My daughter is currently at McDade, a selective enrollment classical school. She got an offer for Disney for 2nd grade. Any Disney parents or Disney knowledge here? What are the pros/cons of leaving a classical environment and going into a Magnet school?Disney is more diverse, but it has alot of students (compared to less than 200 at McDade).


  • 102. Thisisnotfun  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Tier 4
    1st grade
    Hawthorne general: 49

  • 103. sloanesmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Entering Grade: Kindergarten

    ALCOTT wait listed General #236
    AUDOBON wait listed General #232
    BLAINE wait listed General #264
    BURLEY wait listed General #383
    COONLEY wait listed General #67
    DRUMMOND wait listed General #153
    HAWTHORNE wait listed Proximity #187
    NETTLEHORST wait listed General #49
    OGDEN waitlisted General #32

  • 104. Jordan 7  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:53 pm


    Congrats on the Newberry offer. I applied for 3rd grade also for Newberry. I hope my son gets in also. I cant wait to my letter comes in the mail fingers crossed

  • 105. BN  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Anyone on here have an idea of how much movement happens to Thorp’s waitlist?

  • 106. Marta  |  April 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Applied to Montessori Pre-K 4

    Mayer 42 waitlist
    Inter-American 1 waitlist
    Drummond 119
    Suder 140

    Any chances to get into Mayer?

  • 107. A Seasoned CPS Mom  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Applied to a bunch of schools but the result most interesting to me is:

    5th Grade:
    Hawthorne – 3

    1st Grade:
    Hawthorne – 278

  • 108. Chicago School GPS  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Many of the schools will reach out with an admitted students’ open house for parents to tour and learn more about the programs. We have some listed on our website but magnet and SEES schools should be reaching out to families who got accepted in this first round. http://www.chischoolgps.com/Calendar.php

    Good luck to all as this is only the beginning of the process. Lots more movement will occur between now and early September.

  • 109. Candace Keene  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    @Marta, not sure if it was Pre-K 3yr old or 4yr old, but my friend was #76 on the Mayer waitlist, tier 4 a few years back and her daughter got in that year after Halloween.

  • 110. Rachel  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Accepted to Newberry and LaSalle – advice? Pros/Cons?
    Nettelhorst waitlist 14th – is this one that does not move? would a further drive than the other 2 options be worth it if we got the call?

  • 111. Marie  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Entering 3rd Grade.
    General Wait list
    How does the general wait list work? Who calls CPS or the School itself?

  • 112. Mom to L  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    For PK-3:

    MAYER wait listed Tier 3 – #25
    DRUMMOND wait listed Tier 3 – #55

    Okay, so I feel like an idiot but I filled out the online forms for the CPS Montessori preschools but didn’t get to tour the schools. I cannot find the cost of tuition at either school. Does anyone have any links?

  • 113. Vaibhav  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    RGC score 110
    Percentiles: English 99.7, Maths 89

    Offered Decatur

    We wanted Edison, due to proximity, please auggest if we should take a chance dropping Decatur.

  • 114. sloanesmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Grade Entering: Kindergarten
    TIER: 4

    Our assigned (“neighborhood”) school is PRESCOTT. Nothing seems to be 100% guaranteed with CPS, so we applied to a number of schools/programs just in case.


    Here’s our waitlist results:

    ALCOTT wait listed General 236

    AUDOBON wait listed General 232

    BLAINE wait listed General 264

    BURLEY wait listed General 383

    COONLEY wait listed General 67

    DRUMMOND wait listed General 153

    HAWTHORNE wait listed Proximity 187

    LASALLE wait listed Tier 4 154

    LASALLE II wait listed Tier 4 48

    MAYER wait listed General 190

    NETTELHORST wait listed General 49

    NEWBERRY wait listed Proximity 1

    OGDEN wait listed General 32

    SKINNER WEST wait listed General 79

  • 115. Thirdtimeacharm  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Help Cps mom’s Spot offered for Disney k. Wait listed 5 general..3rd.And the website say they offer pre k for 13,000.
    Not sure if wait list moves. We livefar south tell me what you know.

  • 116. sloanesmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Can anyone tell me about Newberry Math & Science Academy? Our waitlist number (Proximity #1) seems promising. But we don’t know anyone who goes there.

  • 117. ravenswood  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Entering K, Tier 4, no offers.

    Waitlisted at:

    Disney 227 (Tier 4)
    LaSalle 121 (Tier 4)
    Franklin 45 (Tier 4)
    Skinner 45 (General)
    Stone 158 (Proximity)

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s pretty deflating! I don’t have the slightest idea whether I can expect to get into any of the schools off the waitlists.

  • 118. leahsusan  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Tier 3, Kindergarten

    Applied for RGCs, score 121

    Did not get in to Coonley or Edison.

    I’m feeling kind of relieved. Testing felt like due diligence, but our neighborhood school has a lot going for it (and I think I’ll fit in much better with the parents there.)

  • 119. Kim  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Got waitlisted everywhere for Kindergarten out of 15 spots, and the lowest number was 22. Does anyone recommend reaching out directly to principals?

  • 120. djreyes27  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Entering 2nd grade 2017-2018

    LaSalle II #8
    Pulaski #7
    Mitchell #9
    Hawthorne #13
    Pritzker #26
    Skinner #95
    Disney II #95

    Lots of low numbers so hopefully we get a call soon!!

  • 121. BowiBowie  |  April 3, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    @BN my daughter was 24 proximity 2 years ago to Thorp and we got the call a week before school started. My son got an offer based on sibling this year. We LOVE Thorp.

  • 122. hopingforchappell  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Tier 4
    1st Grade
    She is in private school now

    My daughter did terrible on her RGC testing which was a surprise to me but that’s OK.

    Can anybody tell me more about the wait list process?

    This is what we got:
    BLAINE 41
    WATERS 15
    COONLEY 96
    BURLEY 71
    AUDUBON 71

    We live less than a mile from both Chappell and Waters. Any chance we could get into Waters? Do they have less spots? I am guessing Coonley and Blaine we don’t stand a chance?

  • 123. firsttimeCps  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I’m reluctant to write this comment bk I know some kids got no offers. Could I be reading this letter wrong?? We got accepted to Lenart and 3 offers for lottery schools. We are probably going to decline Lenart based on distance and accept Disney. Anybody else get this lucky with the lottery?

  • 124. South side Tier 3 mom  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    @FirsttimeCPS, Last year my daughter went into K and we got pretty lucky with McDade, Newberry, Disney 1 and 2, and Owen.

  • 125. teachermom  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    prek3, tier 2

    Suder 17
    Mayer 48
    Drummond 90

    We are really hoping for Suder. Does the wait list move at all? I know Drummond does not. (We were #9 for tier 1 for Drummond two years ago. IIRC, they didn’t even go to the first name on the list.)

  • 126. teachermom  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    @55 cpsed: Inter-American does have a tuition-based supplemental full-day program on site if you are set on that school. It’s very affordable. Under $500 a month, I think.

  • 127. tcrl10  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Tier 3

    Disney I

    Disney II – 61 proximity
    Hamilton – 68
    LaSalle II – 58
    Pritzker – 64
    Agassiz – 78

    Others not worth mentioning.

  • 128. gennatay  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Third Grade
    Skinner West – 3
    Ogden ES – 3

    If we don’t clear Skinners list we will stay at LaSalle, the commute is draining though.

  • 129. teachermom  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    @97 alulu: I firmly believe that the advantages of selective enrollment schools are social, not academic. Selective enrollment DOES NOT equal better teachers. What it DOES mean is more involved parents and more academically-minded students. I feel we have that already at our school, and Brentano kindergarten teachers seriously blow my mind. Miss Brodie is a magician.

    Linda Lutton, education reporter for WBEZ, has written about why she sent her own child to Curie over the more prestigious selective enrollment schools they were offered. The instruction in the Curie IB program is phenomenal.

    As I posted in the other thread, feel free to email me:
    miscue13 at hotmail

  • 130. teachermom  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    (I’m also biased because I once mentored a teacher from an Academic Center for National Board, and her instruction in the videos I saw was pretty awful.)

  • 131. sloanesmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Following. Interested in Newberry & LaSalle feedback.

  • 132. gennatay  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    @TeacherMom Suders wait list does move. We were in the 30’s for 1st grade and got a call, but declined the spot.

  • 133. Lydia V  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Entering Kindergarden, no offers

    Hawthorne proximity 4
    Agassiz General 2
    Drummond General 134
    Prescott General 228
    Coonley General 388
    Alcott General 310
    Audubon General 397
    Burley General 292
    Hamilton General 131

    Hamilton was my preferred, I’m assuming we have a decent chance at Hawthorne & Agassiz. Any insight on whether we have any hope at Hamilton?

  • 134. gennatay  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I have a 2nd grader at LaSalle. I love everything about the school, except the location. We are very far south and the commute is draining. The teachers are receptive and the admin looks out for the students needs. If it weren’t so far, I would keep my son there and wouldn’t look for other options.

  • 135. Marie  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    @ bowibowie when you applied to Thorp what grade was your daughter entering? Did the school call you with the offer or did CPS main office? Do you know if a 3rd grade offer is a possiblity?

  • 136. Molly  |  April 3, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Applied for 3 pre-k
    #7 for Drummond (proximity)
    #7 Suder (Tier 3)
    #74 Mayer (Tier 3)

    Does this look promising?

  • 137. Sudertwinmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    @teachermom Suder moves. Not sure how far, I was 1 and 2 but I will say it moved so much they accidentally called me a month later even though I had already registered (twins)

    For the person asking for the costs of the Montessori prek programs, there is no cost, at least not at Suder or Drummond. Last year they would not let us tour until we were selected

  • 138. Sudertwinmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Oh I was Tier 3

  • 139. firsttimeCps  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    @Southside Tier 3 mom. .. wow you got lucky too then.. Did you accept Disney for K? we got into Lenart, which i did NOT see and offer Disney, Jahn, McPherson….leaning toward Disney. I’m lost. = (

  • 140. Jrw  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Offer: Decatur for kindergarten Reading: 99.8, math 86

  • 141. KinderMom  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Just received results.
    Received offer at Sabin? Please, Please any feedback appreciated.
    STEM #11
    Jackson #57
    any feedback on chances of these two schools?

    thank you

  • 142. thirdtimesacharm  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    139 Lenart Congrates! The commute to Disney from Beverly seems crazy. Is it that great?

  • 143. gennatay  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    You guys think I have any chance at Skinner West – WL #3 for 3rd grade?

  • 144. lakeviewmom  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I’ve been lurking since I was pregnant with my daughter who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall.
    Tier 4
    Neighborhood school: Nettelhorst
    Disney I – offered (and we plan on accepting)
    Blaine – general 72
    Hawthorne – proximity – 107
    Lasalle – Tier 4 – 342

  • 145. momofboys  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Tier 4
    No offers RGC 138 Read 90 math 86

    EDGEBROOK General 73
    NORWOOD PARK General 139
    ORIOLE PARK General 102
    WILDWOOD General 370
    BEAUBIEN General 230
    DISNEY II Tier 4 32
    EBINGER General 117

    3rd grade
    NORWOOD PARK General 8
    ORIOLE PARK General 11
    WILDWOOD General 38
    DISNEY II General 200
    EBINGER General 20
    EDGEBROOK General 10

  • 146. Sopps  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Entering K
    Murphy is our neighborhood school

    -thorp Tier 3 #3
    -Audubon #4
    -Belding (walking distance) #8
    -waters #61
    -Disney II proximity #56

    Hoping Thorp calls us!

  • 147. 312Mom  |  April 3, 2017 at 7:57 pm


    Offered Inter-American & Franklin

    LaSalle Proximity: 17
    Any chance this will get to us?

    Does anyone have kids at Inter-American?

  • 148. disappointed  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Entering 4th grade – general category

    Beaubien – 25
    Stem – 25 –
    Irving – 2 –
    Mayer – 9 –
    Prescott – 8
    Thorp, O – 13
    Oriole park -5
    alcott es – 23
    skinner – 26
    Faraday – offered

    Not taking Faraday and Irving. Please provide feedback . Do you think the I would be offered any other good ones if I decline ? Also are Oriole Park, Mayer and prescott good schools ? any suggestions …are welcome.

  • 149. UptownMommy  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Anyone know if Alcott #30 General is better/worse than Franklin Tier 3 #70 in terms of waitlist chances?

    We were offered Disney 1 (proximity) but we will decline. The educational philosophy there just doesn’t jibe for us.

  • 150. Deanna  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    If these are waiting lists and I haven’t even applied yet I can’t imagine what my chances are going to be should I decide to try to get in another school :/

  • 151. Brooke  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    We are tier 4, prek3

    Drummond #47
    Mayer #259

    This is my first go around with CPS- I’m assuming this means we won’t likely get in this year, right?

  • 152. someparent  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Child entering Kindergarten in the Fall and we got wait-listed everywhere. Neighborhood school will likely be Prescott and I’m curious to know what is the general consensus here on Prescott? Any parents? I toured it and got a good impression but just trying to see if anyone has a bit more of an inside scoop.

  • 153. johnamartini  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Struck out on lottery, but got K offer at Skinner North!

    LASALLE wait listed Tier 4 12
    LASALLE II wait listed Tier 4 32
    MAYER wait listed General 698
    NEWBERRY wait listed Tier 4 140
    STEM wait listed Tier 4 128
    STONE wait listed Proximity 43
    DISNEY wait listed Tier 4 173
    DISNEY II wait listed Tier 4 173
    HAWTHORNE wait listed Tier 4 188

  • 154. parent  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Entering 1st, RGC score 119, offered Beaubien

  • 155. ChrisM  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Tier 4, Pre-K
    #8 Mayer

    2nd Grade, General Lottery

    #6 Hawthorne
    #8 Drummond
    Accepted at Jamieson

    Speaking of Jamieson, I can’t find any discussion of it here or even anywhere on last year’s 1,800+ comment board. Is it considered a poor option or is it simply off the radar?

  • 156. ChrisM  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I mean, offered at Jamieson. Still interested to hear thoughts from anyone on Jamieson. Thanks!

  • 157. parent  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    doggone it, WordPress. that was supposed to be an anonymous comment (and I can’t fix it!)

  • 158. It'sTime  |  April 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I am trying to choose between Andrew Jackson, Galileo and Ray. I like that Galileo has a comprehensive gifted program in 1st grade. I also hear good things about Jackson, and I like the language focus. It doesn’t appear to have a playground, which seems like a small thing. I looked at last year’s thread and it doesn’t appear either Jackson or Galileo went too far down in their lists, so I feel fortunate. Any feedback from those with knowledge of those schools?

  • 159. disappointed  |  April 3, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    some parent @152 – Prescott has been named in the top 15 schools. My son is on waitlist 8, wondering if he might be called. How are the facilities in the school ? do they have a playground


  • 160. Shannon  |  April 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Tier 2 entering Kindergarten

    Did not get accepted for SEES with score of 110

    Offered: Volta and Chappell


    Waters – 113
    Audubon – 307
    Beaubien – 125
    Budlong – 28
    Coonley – 206
    Disney II – 28 (Tier 2)
    McPherson – 20
    Alcott ES – 167
    Courtenay – 48
    Goudy – 51
    Blaine – 562
    Edgebrook – 173
    Nettlehorst – 6
    Peterson – 20
    Wildwood – 140

    Hibbard – Not Eligible (?? This is our neighborhood school – we are one block over)

    We are in private Pre-K now. Have 3 cousins who are/were Waters. I like the look & parent involvement of Peterson. Got to see Nettlehorst, briefly. Any suggestions?

  • 161. Kourtney  |  April 3, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    3rd Grade
    BLAINE wait listed General 102
    COONLEY wait listed General 83
    MITCHELL wait listed General 1
    PRESCOTT wait listed General 16
    DRUMMOND wait listed General 10
    FRANKLIN wait listed General 61
    HAWTHORNE wait listed General 126

    Does anyone know if Mitchell WL moves? Also, any personal info about Mitchell?

  • 162. noemy  |  April 3, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    PRITZKER wait listed General 291
    DRUMMOND wait listed General 484
    LASALLE II wait listed Tier 2 122
    HAWTHORNE wait listed Tier 2 99
    THORP, O wait listed Tier 2 39
    MAYER wait listed General 38
    PRESCOTT wait listed General 399
    BURLEY wait listed General 316
    BEAUBIEN wait listed General 19
    BURR wait listed General 139
    COONLEY wait listed General 358
    DISNEY II wait listed Proximity 81
    HAMILTON wait listed General 55
    AUDUBON wait listed General 413

    also feeling like there is no hope to get into any of these schools!

  • 163. SKT  |  April 3, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Any thoughts on Lincoln’s International Gifted Program?

  • 164. Beyoncé  |  April 3, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Question: my child got the same score as a previous comment. But my child did not get an offer from the same RGC. Does that mean the Tier affected it? I’m Tier 4, the commentator did not say what Tier but should I assume they were lower so as to explain why they got the offer and my child didn’t?

  • 165. geographymattersmost  |  April 3, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    @gennatay I can tell you I will be declining a spot at Skinner West so yeah i think your chances are VERY good. People change their minds or move well into the summer. Be patient and know what you want!

    @Kourtney Mitchell is pretty hot right now but we might be moving our son if he gets an offer that is more convenient a commute than our first offer or a stem school with a similar commute. Where is your child now? I think Mitchell is pretty solid but it is absolutely a public school in the sense that the spectrum of development within a class is vast with some very difficult children in every class, and nobody really gets any preferential treatment. The principal runs a tight ship and I really respect her but we came from a very different social environment for our son so it was a hard adjustment for him. I will say that they’ve kept him challenged – his scores are still high even though he’s not in a classical school anymore, so I’d say that’s a good sign. I’d be happy to share more about our experiences there.

  • 166. geographymattersmost  |  April 3, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Entering 3rd
    Offered: Bretano, Drake, McAuliffe, Pickard, Newberry

    Whittier 2
    Goethe 2
    Talcott 7
    STEM 7
    Burr 15
    Pulaski 15
    Haines 15
    Franklin 20
    National 29
    Pritzker 33
    Sheridan 52
    Andrew Jackson 65
    Galileo 88
    Lasalle 155

  • 167. someparent  |  April 3, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    @159 – disappointed: the facilities are reasonable and I really did get a good vibe with regards to parent involvement and all that. Playground is ok, nothing great

    Anybody with any more inside scoop about Prescott?

  • 168. herewegoagain  |  April 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Can someone please comment on Ebinger, Norwood and Prussing schools?

    How well do these schools differentiate and how is the school atmosphere?

    We have very low numbers on waitlist for 2nd grade.

    thank you

  • 169. Kourtney  |  April 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    @geographymattersmost Thank you for your feedback! We’re currently at Goethe which is in our neighborhood and we love it, but we decided to throw our hat in the ring this year to see what other options might be available. Mitchell could work for us commute-wise and we’re wondering if it has an academic environment that might help our daughter grow intellectually. She’s in the top 25% in NWEA scores, if that is helpful, so she’s bright, but not in the gifted category. She’s flexible socially, and I think this would be a good time to try a move. Honestly I just put Mitchell on the list because it was a feasible option from the list of the ‘top 15’.

  • 170. notsurewhattodo  |  April 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    grade 3

    swift offered
    greenley offered
    coonley waitlisted #1
    ward waitlisted #6
    blaine waitlisted #58

    does anyone have any insights on coonley and swift vs bell (we go to bell).

  • 171. ravenswood  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:00 am

    @Shannon: If Hibbard is your neighborhood school, then you are not eligible for its lottery because you are already able to register your child by right of the attendance boundaries. You can just contact the school directly to register if you want to go there.

  • 172. jamesgray37  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Listen to the principal (and his wife) of a well regarded CPS magnet school discuss their Kindergarten options next year — https://soundcloud.com/theedcouple/episode-15-kindergarten-mania

  • 173. sloanesmom  |  April 4, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Highly recommend listening to this. Many of the schools I included on my list were on the Principal’s (& his wife’s) Kindergarten list. It was interesting to hear their thoughts on each school as they revealed their Lottery results. Thanks for sharing this link!

  • 174. laissez-faire-mom  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Turning down offer from Jamieson.

    Next lowest waitlist numbers:
    Coonley 23
    Von Linne 51
    Ravenswood 57
    Nettelhorst 68
    Prescott 72

    The rest are 106-Audubon to 799-Skinner.

    Tier: 3
    RGC Score: 148
    School admitted to: Coonley (first RGC choice)
    Grade entering: K

    Sibling currently in 3rd grade at Skinner North.

  • 175. Lella  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:38 am

    This is the first time that we’ve done the lottery. We did it for our 4th grade son. If it matters, we live in tier 4, but I don’t think it does for the non-entry grades? All of the queues are “General” except for Coonley which is “Sibling.”

    Murphy offered
    Coonley sibling #1 (hoping for this)
    Thorp 9
    Wildwood 13
    Waters 18
    Audubon 25
    Hamilton 28
    Edgebrook 29
    Blaine 76
    Skinner 163

    I was surprised by how low our numbers were, but considering that he’s entering grade 4, I bet there were fewer applications. However, I’m also sure that movement is less frequent on the waiting lists. We can accept Murphy and still remain on all of the lists, correct?


  • 176. LasalleMama  |  April 4, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Pre k3
    Tier 1
    Suder – Waitlisted
    Mayer – Waitlisted
    Drummond – Offered

  • 177. Deanna  |  April 4, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Can someone tell me what neighborhood is Oriole Park school in? I pulled it up on the map and I notice there is a sliver if an area that’s considered Chicago surrounded by Norridge and the airport nearby. We have been contemplating to rent our place out vs staying in our neighborhood but wanted more info about that area-also is the area noisy with the airport right there? Thanks!

  • 178. Lakeview Mom  |  April 4, 2017 at 8:25 am

    How do neighborhood schools determine how many spots they will open to the lottery? Particularly for K. Do they waitlist everyone and then move down the waitlist as students enroll?

  • 179. Lakeview Mom  |  April 4, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I now realize they clearly don’t waitlist everyone since people are getting offers. I am still curious how they project enrollment and determine the number of non-neighborhood spots. Particularly given that most principals are trying to manage their K class sizes.

  • 180. NTA Parent  |  April 4, 2017 at 8:54 am

    @Lakeview Mom

    It depends on the school. At NTA, they waitlist everyone and don’t start calling until the summer.

  • 181. parent  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Deanna, Oriole Park school is in the Oriole Park neighborhood! LOL. It’s right by the park and library. I don’t know what map you’re looking at. Just west of Harlem, between Higgins and Foster.

  • 182. LET  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Offered- Burr, Brentano, Von Linne, Salazar
    Only realistic waitlist is at Sabin- 2

    Entering kindergarten. We’re between Burr, Brentano and Von Linne and plan to visit each prior to the 24th. Any insights/input on these 3?

  • 183. Vanessa  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:28 am

    This year’s application was for

    PreK (3)
    Tier 3
    Drummond– Waitlisted (154)

    Trying at my local school, which I loved a lot for PreK as an option.

    Note: I’m from Chicago and know this system well went to CPS and private school. Going to keep on trying for years.

    Good luck everyone!

  • 184. mirna  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Anyone has any idea what are my chances for 1st grader. All general waitlist

    Ebinger #13
    Norwood Park # 43
    Edgebrook #7
    Beaubien # 75

  • 185. Mom  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Alcott hopefuls – recommend you hang out there as much as possible before accepting. Odd, cold atmosphere.

  • 186. Pondering  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Grade: 4

    SHERIDAN wait listed General 97
    LASALLE wait listed General 17
    SKINNER wait listed General 176
    JACKSON, A wait listed General 163
    PRITZKER wait listed General 60

    Currently at Galileo . Any input on Comparison? Thoughts on wait list movement at LaSalle? Galileo is geographically closer, but can make LaSalle work.

  • 187. majaramirez  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:54 am

    My stepdaughter’s child was there last year for K and they LOVED it (then they all moved to Denver…)

  • 188. Deanna  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Parent it was the map that CPS provides which didn’t make it clear at all-so on whim I thought I’d ask.

    Well just because that’s the name of the neighborhood doesn’t mean that will be the name of the school? Thanks anyways.

  • 189. O Jones  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:07 am

    My daughter didn’t get an offer 😦 our first choice was waitlisted to number 77 and our second choice #36. She is entering first grade and we are in tier 3. Has any one ever been given an offer this far down on the list? Im just wondering if there is any chance we may get an offer later in the year.

  • 190. NWmom  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I second a question asked yesterday evening…any insight on Lincoln’s IG 6-8th program?

  • 191. O Jones  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:08 am


  • 192. ChicagoBelle  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Applied for PreK(3)

    Drummond #44 (Proximity)
    Mayer #226 (Tier 4)
    Suder #131 (Tier 4)

    Most of his friends are planning to go to Moos, and we are looking there as well.

  • 193. It'sTime  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Please please share your feedback about Galileo. I have an offer there and trying to weigh that and Jackson.

  • 194. It'sTime  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Above comment for 186 or anyone who can answer.

  • 195. O Jones  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Question: I have been waitlisted, but what If I am given an offer from my second school choice and I accept, does that mean my first choice won’t make an offer if I have already accepted a school?

  • 196. Pondering  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I can only comment on 3rd grade, as i only have one child that attends Galileo. We have had no issues and the academics are wonderful. My only draw back is the social aspect. Being a 3rd grader I believe social interaction outside of school is just as important as it is inside. Many kids in her class take the bus, so I do not get to meet many parents while waiting at pick up. We have attended extra activities but with their being 500 plus students in the school it makes it difficult to pin point the families in class. I may be over-thinking the whole thing, as she was a new student entering 3rd grade and this is our 1st year with CPS. There needs to be an adjustment period. I have also reached out her teacher who was very receptive of coming up with new ideas to get more parents to interact so that the children can get together outside of class as well. I cannot say enough good things of the academics and her teacher, who is kind-hearted and very passionate about her commitment to the children in her class. It is wonderful to see and eased my mind on her starting a new school at a non-entry level grade.
    Hope this helps!

    I do have a nephew who attends Jackson and he loves it!

  • 197. UptownMommy  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I read parent’s response as being good-natured and helpful. I don’t think he/she intended it to be rude. Let’s all try to assume positive-intent… no reason to feel more stressed than necessary! ❤

  • 198. momof1  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:38 am

    This year’s application was for

    1st Grade
    Tier 3
    Hamilton– Waitlisted (3)
    Audubon– Waitlisted (5)

    I assume/hoping we will get an offer from both schools, what’s everyone’s thoughts on these 2 schools? Any information you can provide, would be greatly appreciated!

  • 199. willasmom  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:40 am





    Chappel–general, #13
    Franklin–tier 3, #27
    Ogden–general, #46
    Disney II–proximity, #63
    Peterson–general, #65
    Pulaski–general, #67
    Waters–general, #135
    Hawthorne–tier 3, #159
    LaSalle–tier 3, #159
    Ravenswood–general, #196
    Hamilton–general, #216
    Alcott–general, #217
    South Loop–general, #246
    Prescott–general, #260
    Mayer–general, #562
    Coonley–general, #498
    Blaine–general, #614
    Skinner–general, #816

    Thoughts on Goethe and McPherson? Leaning toward Goethe, but hopeful for somewhere closer to us. What is the likelihood of getting into Chappel (13) and Franklin (tier 3, #27).

    Really hopeful for Peterson (65), but don’t know how likely that is. Am I correct that anything over #100 is pretty unlikely?

    Also, our neighborhood school is Hibbard. Anyone have experience or info on this school?

    Thank you!

  • 200. It'sTime  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Pondering, thank you so much!

  • 201. firsttimeCps  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I live in andersonville and score 139 got offer to Lenart, Disney, Jahn, and McPherson. I’m leaning toward Disney. Any insight to Disney or Lenart would be helpful. I can’t imagine my 5 yr old on a bus to Lenart .Just too far. = (

  • 202. Boogie  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I’m new to this process My son is waitlisted for 3 preK programs but has pretty good numbers 10,16,30. We are tier 1 any possibility they will call us? He’s in daycare now but he’s so bright and I want to foster the growth a little more

  • 203. cc's mom  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

    @199 Chappel’s WL last year went past 100. We’re 55 on the list, and I’m somewhat hopeful. I think you’re in a very good spot.

    We’re also hoping for Peterson and are 15 general. Does anyone know if Peterson moved at all last year?

  • 204. teachermom  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

    182 LET: I don’t know much about Von Linne, but I’ve driven by and seen parents doing fundraising car washes regularly in the summer. I would assume this means good parent involvement. I also love the arts emphasis of the school.

    I am a Brentano parent, and I adore our school. The early elementary teachers are phenomenal. I am a high school teacher and a literacy specialist, and I’m impressed by the work they do in kindergarten. One example: My child recently came home with a story he had written about a ghost zombie using narrative structure with exposition, rising action, conflict, and resolution. Another example: The three kindergarten classes recently did a grade-level engineering project where they built and raced cars called the Kindy 500. My child had to write a mini-essay about his favorite thing about kindergarten. He wrote that it was the science experiments they do. (Hypothesizing about the inside of vegetables and then conducting an experiment to confirm or deny.)

    I recently spent time with one of our 3rd teachers at a school fair. I am really hoping my child is in her class, but I do also know that there is a lot of grade-level and cross-grade collaboration in the school. She said the whole school has an inquiry-based philosophy. The kids have PE and recess every day and one arts enrichment class (music, visual, or drama) each day. My son is currently participating in extra-curricular art and cooking after school. I also feel confident things will keep going as the principal and assistant principal both have children in the school. The community is so positive. We got a Bell offer for 1st grade, but we will be staying at Brentano.

    I have also heard some not-so-positive things about Burr in the past. At one time, when the school was gentrifying, the LSC had pressured the principal to put students whose parents made large donations (in the thousands) in separate classes from the children of parents who did not make those donations. Granted, this was a while ago and the parent who shared this with me no longer has children at the school, but I thought it was pretty horrifying. This is the opposite of Brentano where administration is very committed to keeping the school community integrated.

  • 205. firsttimeCps  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Follow up to first ques. If I decline Lenart and Accept Disney can I still be considered for Edison or Coonley in later rounds?

  • 206. cc's mom  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

    @201. Disney is great, but make sure their philosophy and physical set up work for your kid. The open concept would be hard for my kiddo, but again, it works for really well for a lot of people.

  • 207. teachermom  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Oh, another thing about Brentano, wonderful parent community. We regularly spend time with the families of my child’s classmates. They hold regular after-school and weekend events from monthly movie night for students and their families to things like Dr. Seuss day which are open to the community.

  • 208. WestisNorthEastisSouth  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

    K, Tier 4

    LaSalle II–offered. Any LaSalle II families? I would love some feedback. I’m not seeing LaSalle II on many of your lists. This was the one school I didn’t visit! Commute will be a big adjustment.

    Ray (Hyde Park)–#210+

    All other choices, waitlisted fairly high.

    Thanks for any feedback on LaSalle II…

  • 209. Another Mom  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

    185 – I’ve hung out at Alcott plenty and think it is a great, often overlooked school. Why do you say it is “odd/cold?” Are you a current parent?

    39 – where did you get your info about Alcott going to 2 KGs? The last few years there have been enough neighborhood kids that 2 KGs would result in large class sizes, and so they’ve opened up a third and taken a few off the lottery to fill the classes out a bit.

  • 210. ChiNYC  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

    RGC score: 125
    Reading % 89; Math % 84

    Offered: Poe
    Neighborhood is Skinner West

    STEM wait listed Proximity 55
    LASALLE II wait listed Tier 4 192
    LASALLE wait listed Tier 4 116
    JACKSON, A wait listed Proximity 35
    HAWTHORNE wait listed Tier 4 68
    DRUMMOND wait listed General 410
    NEWBERRY wait listed Tier 4 143
    GALILEO wait listed Proximity 3
    WILDWOOD wait listed General 219
    SUDER wait listed General 151

    Does anyone have any insights on Poe? Moved here from New York recently so didn’t have a lot of information before we applied. We looked at schooldigger (is this site useful?) and Poe ranks 13 in Illinois elementary schools, but it’s super far south from us. Skinner West ratings/rankings always seem bunched in with the classical program so I can’t get a good sense of the neighborhood school. We live close by and our two small ones go to private preK nearby so I’ve seen pick-up/drop off — kids seem happy. went to an event there and teachers were enthusiastic, principal was nice but they all seemed nervous about the class sizes and budget cuts.

    I would SO APPRECIATE any thoughts on Poe and/or Skinner West (neighborhood). THANK YOU!!

  • 211. SSangel87  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Accepted in McDade for Kindergarten (And Accepting)
    RGC: 125
    Reading: 89
    Math: 86

    Tier: 2

    Magnet Schools:

  • 212. ChiNYC  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:40 am

    #172 – Very helpful link to the podcast by Chicago educators.

  • 213. Budlong3  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:42 am

    @155 ChrisM
    Jamieson does fly under the radar. It’s our neighborhood school, and we toured it last year. The principal really has his act together (as a teacher, I like to think I know what to look for). They also just got a brand-new annex so hopefully the overcrowding issues are solved. We did not send our kindergartener there this year b/c he needs a smaller class size and more one-on-one than we felt confident he could get there (or any CPS school, really). Our friends send their kids there (and the wife is pres of the PTA), and they love it. As a CPS school, it’s solid, but it just doesn’t have the parent traction that a lot of the more sought-after schools have. I think you would have a good experience there if you can commit to being very involved.

  • 214. SFWard  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

    @Deb, my son went to Decatur for K. The K teacher is wonderful, as is the first-grade teacher. It is an intense place, but I place a lot blame on the principal, who is not returning next year. I think the new principal is coming from Hamilton, and I’ve heard good things about that school, especially RE school atmosphere. If the campus is convenient for you, I’d consider it.

  • 215. Lakeview Mom  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

    @172 just listened to the podcast. Thanks. The real winner this year? Brentano! The parents/supporters are out in full force! Here, on the podcast, npn, etc.

    Oh, on the podcast the principal of Hamilton said they only took 5 off the waitlist last year. But he also said only 35% of their school is neighborhood students.

  • 216. mommytime  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Offer for Kindergarten at Skinner North, Disney, and Hawthorne. Any suggestions?

  • 217. teachermom  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    @132 gennatay @137 Sudertwinmom: Is the movement at Suder more in K and 1st than in the preK years? I’m wondering if the movement is because of students leaving for other schools.

    I just want to know if I should be hopeful, or if I should write this off as another lottery loss.

    I will be trying to get my daughter into Brentano preK. It would be awesome to have her in school with her brother, but I do have a soft spot for Montessori. (My mom is a retired Montessori teacher, and I am a strong proponent of the philosophy.)

    Also, I am still cringing at the thought of having to find supplemental care for another child. That was a struggle for us when my son attended 1/2 day preK at Brentano, and the wonderful babysitter we found is moving out of the country, so we would have to start from scratch.

  • 218. Suzanne McCray  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    @201, I have a child who is a 1st grader at Lenart and I’m the Vice president of the Parent Committee there. THis is a super awesome school and the Kg teacher is one of the best, very patient and great educator. I have a friend whose child goes to Disney and she likes it for the most part just didn’t like the distance and the large number of students ( 6 KG classes last year), I’m surprised that you would even apply to Lenart if you live so far north, but we have students that come as far as O’Hare so that is something to consider.

  • 219. Thisisnotfun  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    @mommytime Wow! Congrats! How I’d like to be in your shoes! If you have or are planning on having more children in CPS I’d go to Hawthorne so all of your kids can be in one (awesome) school and you can live anywhere you want. If it’s just the one kid, I’d go with Skinner North. Still an amazing option, you can live anywhere…

    Have fun choosing lucky mama!

  • 220. Sudertwinmom  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I don’t know about movement in the later years. My boys are in PreK3. I can say PreK moved at Suder. I was offered a spot early May. We were high up on the waitlist but I am certain they went farther than me.

  • 221. bj1250  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    @teachermom Wow! Thank you so much for all of that. We were getting ready to rule Brentano out! Really helpful input and I really appreciate you taking the time to provide it!

  • 222. Thirdtimesacharm  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Does 4th grade wait list at Disney move? My kindergarten’s got a spot. Is it really as great as it seems?

  • 223. Nyema  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Does the 3rd grade general wait list move at Thorp or Ebinger?

  • 224. Sudertwinmom  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Can you remind me of your waitlist numbers, also Suder has aftercare

  • 225. WestisNorthEastisSouth  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Oops, I’m updating my post since I was wrong about my tier and missed a low # waitlist school:

    K, Tier 2

    LaSalle II–offered. Any LaSalle II families? I would love some feedback. I’m not seeing LaSalle II on many of your lists. This was the one school I didn’t visit! Commute will be a big adjustment.

    Ray (Hyde Park)–#210+
    Newberry–Tier 2/ #4

    All other choices, waitlisted fairly high.

    Thanks for any feedback on LaSalle II and whether Newberry waitlist could move?

    @mommytime, that is a pretty spectacular list of offers!

    Good luck everyone…

  • 226. LSmom  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    @225, the Newberry waitlist definitely moves. @teachermom, that was not our experience at Burr at all, we found it to be a very welcoming and inclusive school. I’d encourage people to tour.

  • 227. bj1250  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    @LSmom- thanks. We are definitely going to tour just scheduled them all. Want to say that this is a really screwy process and I appreciate all of you taking the time to demystify things a bit!

  • 228. NWSidemom  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Disney I questions:

    1. is it true that they offer in-house gifted testing for accepted students?
    2. any good experience with the open classrooms and pods? any negative experience to share?
    3. do siblings have a high chance of getting in? My K is offered a spot but my 3rd grader is waitlist 113. hoping for a chance for sibling lottery next year if we accept the K spot.

  • 229. teachermom  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    @224 Sudertwinmom

    We are Tier 2 #17 for Suder preK 3. I saw the JCC is the aftercare provider at Suder. We are very pleased with the JCC aftercare at Brentano, as well, so that’s another + in the Suder column if we have a shot at getting in.

    I just don’t want to get too hopeful. We were Tier 1 #9 for Drummond three years ago, and I later learned that #9 might as well be #900 for Drummond.

  • 230. teachermom  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    @221 bj1250: No problem. We stumbled onto Brentano for 1/2-day preK after having impossible waitlist #s for the Montessori magnets. We did not need supplemental care the first year and were able to find a babysitter for the second year. We had a positive preK experience both years, but it was the hiring of Seth Lavin as principal that sealed the deal for us.

  • 231. teachermom  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    @226 LSmom: My story about Burr came from a parent whose child left for another school and just started high school this year, so things may very well have changed since then.

  • 232. teachermom  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    @216 mommytime: I think I’d be taking a serious look at Hawthorne after hearing the podcast linked in a post above (by #172, jamesgray37). One of the podcasters is the Hawthorne principal. I think there’s also a recent guest post on this blog from the Hawthorne principal.

    I have heard mixed reviews of Disney I. It seems like it’s a love-it-or-hate-it school depending on how you feel about the philosophy and size. Everyone seems to recommend touring the school to get your own feel for it.

  • 233. mommytime  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    @Thisisnotfun and @WestisNorthEastisSouth
    Thanks for your replies!

    And thanks for your suggestion @thisisnotfun to consider siblings. I wasn’t aware that there was no sibling preference at the selective enrollment schools until your suggestion prompted me to research it a bit. SO much to consider…

  • 234. mommytime  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    @teachermom…thanks will take a look and listen 🙂

  • 235. Back@itagain  |  April 4, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    @ SSangel87
    Do you have any information on McDade’s afterschool programs? Upcoming open house?

  • 236. mommytime  |  April 4, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    We will likely choose Skinner North but I have nostalgic sentiments about Disney since I graduated from Disney. I LOVED Disney! But that was many many many years ago…

  • 237. babahafez  |  April 4, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Hi everyone, thank you to all who shared.

    Here’s my info, I would welcome any/all opinions on our realistic chances of getting into Selective Enrollment HS:

    6th Grade, Tier 4, applied for 7th Grade Academic Centers program

    Regional Gifted Centers / Academic Centers/ International Gifted Program test score: 111 (50th percentile score = 100)

    692.9 out of 900 for combined score for selection criteria

    We did not use any formal test prep courses, etc. so this really is just a “baseline”. I’m thinking realistically an improvement of 50 – 100 points would be achievable, but that still puts us just out of reach of the cut-off scores for our Tier.

  • 238. #cpsneighboorhoodschools  |  April 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    170. notsurewhattodo

    You say your child is at Bell, but you are looking at other options. Care to elaborate on why?

  • 239. majaramirez  |  April 4, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    do you have any psychologist (maybe the pediatrician can rec’ one?) who can do the tests (was Wechsler Intelligence Scale in April 2011) which will show what your child is REALLY capable of?

    For K my kid was tested by CPS and adjudged “below average” (she was sick on test day) and “average” the next time several years later….

    The psychologist’s tests proved she was off the charts in SEVERAL of the intelligence realms, meaning she could go to special/gifted Saturday and summer programs at NorthWestern at least.


  • 240. Nyema  |  April 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    wait listed for Thorp general 5
    entering into 3rd Grade

  • 241. mightycat  |  April 4, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    If you’re 10 or less on Thorp list, go visit! My daughter was #8, wee took tour and she was called the next day. SHOW INTEREST toward the school you want.

  • 242. Aclements  |  April 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I have twin boys and I linked their application and we applied to Drummond. One got in, the other is #1 on the proximity queue waitlist. Will he get in?! I cannot believe this happened.

  • 243. HSA Mom X2  |  April 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Entering K (tier 4)
    Offered Disney I and Hawthorne (sibling); accepting Hawthorne

    Other “low” numbers:
    Alcott 34
    Franklin 34
    Sheridan 28

    Everything else is outside the realm of possibilities. But we’re all set and look forward to meeting classmates!

  • 244. mom2  |  April 4, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    @172. jamesgray37 – Thank you so much for the link to that podcast. That was fantastic. I had no idea this existed. Do you and the Hawthorne principal do a lot of these? What a perfect podcast for this group. Everyone should listen.

  • 245. Mark K  |  April 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Hi, my son’s score of 857 tier 4 missed the cutoff at his preferred choices. Scored 99 percentile in everything math, straight A’s. Do we any hope or options for 7th grade?
    As far as I can tell we just have to wait and apply again for 8th grade. I really would like to see him challenged mathematically and I don’t think he will have that opportunity at least for the next year.

  • 246. WestisNorthEastisSouth  |  April 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Agreed @244, Thank you for posting the podcast, @172, jamesgray37. Answered some of my questions about LaSalle II and Newberry. Thanks!

  • 247. jamesgray37  |  April 4, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    We have done 15 episodes.. Listen and rate us on Itunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ed-couple/id1136677681?mt=2

  • 248. majaramirez  |  April 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    The mom of 1 of my Cadettes several yrs ago transferred her from LaSalle I to Lincoln’s IB, she did very well there & got into WPCP

  • 249. majaramirez  |  April 4, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    When we looked at Disney 9+ yrs ago we didn’t like the idea of our 5-yr-old on a bus (from Old Town back then) with much bigger kids either…

  • 250. disneyIIhopeful  |  April 4, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Offered at Disney I

    Magnet waitlists (Tier 3):

    Disney II – 4 (proximity)
    Hawthorne – 19
    Franklin – 22
    Newberry – 36
    LaSalle II – 126
    LaSalle – 257

    Also applied and waitlisted to several neighborhood schools but need a magnet school so we won’t have to go through this again for younger sibling in a few years. Any chance of Disney II or Hawthorne? Our numbers are low but maybe not low enough…

  • 251. Firsttimecps  |  April 4, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    @250… why do you say you need a magnet for the other sibiling? Once the brother is in the other doesn’t have to enter lotto? We got in Disney and have another at home..this would be ideal!

  • 252. UptownMommy  |  April 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    @250 Disney I is a magnet, so you could accept that and I believe your next child would get sibling preference.

  • 253. WestisNorthEastisSouth  |  April 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    @251, with magnet schools, the first available KG seats go to younger siblings of current students. We will still have to enter the lottery for the spot, but we will indicate they are a sibling as we apply. Remaining spaces go to ‘proximity’ and then general lottery (is my understanding. There is some variation with ‘proximity’ spots and general lottery vs. tiers that might vary depending on school). I wonder if @250 meant ‘neighborhood schools’ as in they are close to their home, rather than their ‘assigned neighborhood school’. An assigned neighborhood school would take all the kiddos from a household without lottery application.

  • 254. WestisNorthEastisSouth  |  April 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Older post, still relevant and very helpful with questions like sibling preference:

  • 255. disneyIIhopeful  |  April 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    @253, I meant magnet school, so younger sibling would get sibling preference (and more certainty of getting in), even if we have to go through the application process again. Disney I is our backup, since we have an offer, but it’s not ideal for us for many reasons, and I’m wondering if there’s any chance for Disney II or Hawthorne.

  • 256. mightycat  |  April 4, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    245 @ Mark…wrong thread

  • 257. Gina  |  April 4, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    @teachermom, I find that the Suder list moves because most parents visit the school after applying and dont send their kids there due to the neighborrhood its in.

  • 258. Mom to L  |  April 4, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Anyone have info if the Mayer PreK Tier 3 waitlist moves?

  • 259. SKT  |  April 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I have 3 kids in the comprehensive gifted program at Disney. All incoming students are screened for the program.
    Lots of pros with Disney I: 1) Technology is fantastic 1:1 iPads, 3D printer, state of the art computer lab in addition. 2.) Excellent facilities/electives (Science Art, Music, Art, Music Technology, Library (with real librarians), PE, Dance, 21st Century Problem solving (held in the 2 year old computer lab). 3) Annual dramatic production per grade with all students participating in at least one thing: set design/art/drama/dance. 4) Daily Mandarin Chinese (comprehensive gifted program only). 5) Tuition based after school program on site (safe/fine, programming not always the best).
    Cons: 1) In the comprehensive gifted there is a fair amount of pressure to maintain MAP scores >90 percentile for reading and math. Students not achieving this cut-off get moved out of the comprehensive gifted rather quickly, especially in the lower grades.(MAP tests are given 3x/year). I know a few kids who have been in, out, and in again within the course of 1-2 years. 2) Check with the school, but I do not think they accept new lottery students higher than 3rd grade. 3) Pods aren’t for everyone. . . it is loud at times. My kids are mostly fine with it, but it is really child dependent. I would recommend a tour to decide for yourself. 4) Comprehensive gifted class sizes are large .. . . 30-35 most years in my experience. 5) The atmosphere/administration at smaller or neighborhood schools may seem more intimate/welcoming. Disney I is maybe ~1500-1700 students overall.

    Overall, our experience has been positive, and we have turned down SEES offers over the years to remain. However, it is all about fit, so I would recommend touring to see for yourself.

  • 260. Gennatay  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Anyone familiar with Mitchell? Here are my sons numbers. 3rd grade. (I posted my top choicesearlier, but here’s the complete list)

    JACKSON, A 105
    OGDEN ES 3
    STEM 23
    SHERIDAN 101
    GALILEO 77
    MURRAY 80
    SUDER 13

  • 261. Depressed@CPS  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm


    I know a lot of people are asking questions, but I’d really, really appreciate if someone would let me know:

    1. How far Andrew Jackson generally goes on its proximity waitlist. We are #10

    2. Should I expect an offer from Franklin #28, Tier 3 or Newberry #37, Tier 3.

    We applied to 12 schools and received no offers. I’m trying t plan our next steps so any edback you can provided would be greatly appreciated. We’re hoping for Jackson, but I’m not sure if that is realistic. Hopefully, you will tell me it is.

  • 262. teachermom  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    @257 Gina: I guess I should just be grateful for other people’s prejudices this one and only time, instead of wondering why you would apply to a school without having any idea where it is.

  • 263. Decisions  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Got a waitlist call today. Things are already moving

  • 264. Depressed@CPS  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    @263 which school?

  • 265. Mamadumplings  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Does anyone know if the Hawthorne wait list for first grade moves? We are no. 3

  • 266. Candace K  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Called Drummond (for pre-k 3) today. We’re #6 on the Tier 4 waitlist. The auto message stated that all offered spots had been accepted and that they’d call waitlisters only if people change their minds 😦

    Does anyone know if this is standard? And if so, does it typically move? I’m holding out so much hope that it does, but trying to manage my expectations too.

  • 267. Jordan 7  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Went to Jackson open house and everyone was asking how far down the list they make it to. She said not very far maybe to #2 if it moves.

  • 268. It'sTime  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I will likely be accepting the Andrew Jackson offer. That will open up seats at Galileo and Ray, the other two magnet seats we were offered. If I change my mind, I will post here.

  • 269. Jordan 7  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:35 pm


    Andrew Jackson list does not move. I have been trying since kg for my son every year now we are waiting for 3rd grade for next year. Haven’t got my letter in mail yet to see if we have luck this year.

  • 270. Depressed@CPS  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks Jordan 7. I’m so exhausted with this process. I seriously cannot believe we didn’t receive one offer while many others have the luxury of choosing between 2 or 3 great schools. I’m going to need therapy before I finish with CPS.

  • 271. Jordan 7  |  April 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Oh tell me about it!! Seriously this is worst then applying for college. We have been disappointed for 3 years already no offers. Just waiting list. Last year we was #23 for Andrew Jackson. No luck. Hope I get offer when my letter comes in the mail. Stressful

  • 272. mommytime  |  April 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Sooo conflicted…hearing all these great things about Hawthorne and about the technology at Disney I…but is it wise to turn down a spot at Skinner North after the child worked and earned the spot there? I feel really lucky to have these options but haunted by the decision…help!

  • 273. It'sTime  |  April 4, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    272 – I know little about those schools, but I would choose Skinner North. That school gets very good reviews.

  • 274. Thirdtimesacharm  |  April 4, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    259 What private transportation are available at Disney? E are considering commuting from Beverly. My kindergartener got a seat my 3rd grader is 5 general wait listed. Do we have a shot?

  • 275. djreyes27  |  April 4, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Nice! What school?

  • 276. djreyes27  |  April 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I hope so we are number 13!

  • 277. @geographymattersmost  |  April 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I think Goethe will be what Mitchell is now in just a few years. They’re similar. Let the commute be your guide 😉

  • 278. SKT  |  April 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Historically Disney I has gone relatively far into their wait lists (30-50s), which are organized by Tiers (1-4), proximity, and sibling. I do not know what private transportation might be available (possibly post to the Disney 1 PTA Facebook for help?). Tier 3 and 4 waitlists move more than Tiers 1 and 2.

  • 279. thirdtimesacharm  |  April 4, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    278 thank you for info! I definitely need a tour! I feel like I found a pot of gold! And can’t believe we have this option. Do other family commute from far south?

  • 280. confusedmom  |  April 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I have a question regarding the cps test results. I actually went over some practice questions with my daughter in the weeks leading up to the test and I was surprised regarding her cps test results. Obviously, we all think that our children are extremely intelligent. However, my daughter is currently at a private pre school chicago where they administer quarterly tests and she consistently outperforms her peers on these tests. Her cps test results were in the 90% and 72% percentiles and the RGC score was 110. So, are the kids taking these tests ridiculously intelligent or are they doing prep courses or private tutoring? Any comments would be helpful. Thanks!

  • 281. Wrigleyville Dad  |  April 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Blaine or Decatur?

    We live in Blaine, she’s been accepted to Decatur and it’s kindergarten. Her scores were RGC 121, Reading 97, Math 92 but my wife and I cannot recall knowing a child who can read this proficiently at age 5, and we do believe we are being objective. As for math, she can add/subtract two digit numbers from two digit numbers in a couple of seconds.

    Now, do I send her two blocks to Blaine for Kindergarten or put her on the bus to Decatur? Where would this bus even pick her up? I actually like the idea of her being independent and taking the bus (we are in the Free Range Kids, anti-helicoptering school of thought), so only qualms are the logistics of her “commute.”

    She’s the oldest of three and we both work full time. Thanks so much for all advice.

    -Wrigleyville Dad

  • 282. It'sTime  |  April 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    280 – maybe. I also think ability to confidently project what they know to play a role. My child tested into CTD with off the chart scores but bombed the CPS test. I had concerns about separation and temperament. I don’t think this test taking process adequately captures what is needed to truly demonstrate a child’s best strengths. But with limited seats, I think that is the point. To weed out rather than capture all.

  • 283. humboldt park mom  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Tier 3
    No offers for K
    Galileo – WL 9
    Disney II – WL 4
    Lasalle – WL 12
    Older sib at Skinner West but did not get classical offer and waitlisted #15 for sibling.
    Any thoughts on Galileo versus Disney II?

  • 284. parent  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    281, She would get picked up at Blaine. Tough choice – both are good schools. See if you can visit both before you decide. They have really different buildings / atmosphere.

  • 285. cpsobsessed  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    @281 – if she really seems advanced, why not give Decatur a try? The beauty of having a good neighborhood school is you can always switch her back next year (or even mid year if it didn’t feel right.)
    I’m sure given the demos of the Blaine neighborhood, there’ll be plenty of high performing kids there, but if she’s really into learning and reading, etc I’d probably give Decatur a go (knowing there is a new principal coming… the old one wasn’t quite my personal style, but the school is def the right place for certain kids whether you love the admin or not.)

  • 286. cpsobsessed  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    @280 – was this the Kindergarten test? There are so many moving parts — the time of day, how they are alone with a stranger, their mood, if something in the room caught their eye, etc etc. Many smart kids don’t do well on the Kindergarten test.

    I was told by someone at CPS years ago that the test doesn’t provide many false positives (kids who test well but aren’t really intelligent) but DOES have many false negatives (kids who are intelligent but don’t test well.) It’s just the nature of a test like this with 4 year olds.

    And I hate even using the word “intelligent” as that isn’t really what’s being measured.

  • 287. SKT  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    @279, I don’t think so many families commute from far south, but I can think of a few; one in Hyde Park.

  • 288. Thirdtimesacharm  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks for info! Well it’s a great opportunity. Unfortunately it’s not closer. Well will see if the plan falls in place for us as a family. Other option is private it just totally opisite. What do you know about pre k? Does it fill up quickly?

  • 289. Headed2Chicago  |  April 4, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Trying to navigate this long-distance, so cross-posting and appreciate any local insight.

    a) Does anyone know how far south can we live for my kid to go to Disney and still be bused? I know the school bus zone is up to 6 miles. Could we live in Roscoe Village? (I will work in the Loop and am trying to split the difference so my commute and my daughter’s are under 20-25 mins).
    b) If we go to a neighborhood school like Bell or Skinner West that is an RGC as well, do the kids in the neighborhood program classes still get a high quality education, or are we better off picking one that is not also an RGC?
    c) And finally if we accept the offer from Disney, does that automatically take us out of the classical and RGC pool as well for this year? (Just in case by some miracle, our scores (115, 99 – Reading, 82 – Math) qualify us for any call back in July or August.

    All responses gratefully accepted. Thank you!

  • 290. Tu Nguyen  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Tier 2
    Grade – K

    LaSalle II – wait listed – 22
    LaSalle – wait listed – 31

    What are my chances? Please share any info good or bad.

  • 291. Regarding LaSalle II  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:20 pm


    We have numerous years experience at LaSalle II. It is a very good school with a supportive, involved parent community, many talented teachers, and great administration. I whole heartedly recommend the school. However, commute is of concern no matter how good a school you are considering. I do not know what your commute situation is like, but no matter which schools you are considering, that is something to think about, for sure. This school does not have busing so you will need to figure out transportation. Good luck to you with your decision!

  • 292. Learning CPS  |  April 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    @ 281 – My child was like yours when we started Decatur in K. One of the best things we did for her was put her in a school of lots of kids like her; not knocking the ability of really good teachers or neighborhood schools to be able to differentiate, but it was the right fit for my kid. FWIW, we have been happy and my daughter loves Decatur (in 3rd now).

    The biggest issues with the school are facilities (not changing soon sadly, but we do a lot with what we have) and the principal (I had no major issues with her, but regardless she is leaving and the incoming one seems VERY different). I expect many of the past complaints will change with the administration, but the good stuff won’t go away. As others said, you can always go back to Blaine if it doesn’t work out.

    A key thing to remember is that there is no sibling preference, so no promise your younger kids will get in. Important to think about for when you have more than one in school. My youngest will go to our neighborhood school next year, did not get into Decatur, so we’ll have two school schedules to manage.

    Oh, and we’ve bussed since K. We’ve had good bus years, and really bad bus years but generally the bus gets her there and back with no incident.

  • 293. RRivers  |  April 4, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    250 Disney 2 hopeful
    283 Humboldt Park Mom

    I think you have good chances for your d2 wl number. My now 2nd grader was waitlist number 3 tier 4 for kindergarten and we received a phone call 3 weeks after the the response deadline. The list does move and it’s worth it! We are very happy with the school and my daughter is challenged and thriving. The new principal is doing an amazing job.

  • 294. yingz  |  April 5, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Tier 3
    Entering K
    Reading 98
    Math 96
    RGC 139

    Offered Skinner North (1st choice)

  • 295. violindad  |  April 5, 2017 at 5:43 am

    In Kindergarten at Inter-American and couldn’t be happier. We take the bus and have found a good circle of friends for neighborhood activities on the bus.

  • 296. NanaD  |  April 5, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Please write if anyone had the experience of unexpectedly low results compared to other school or gifted testings.

  • 297. LincolnSqMom  |  April 5, 2017 at 7:29 am

    For 1st grade, Tier 3

    RGC – 126

    Ravenswood # 15
    Mayer # 18
    Drummond # 26
    Pritzker # 44
    Stone # 18
    Audubon # 65
    Burley # 129
    Goudy # 2
    Hawthorne # 276
    Blaine # 196
    Coonley # 15
    Waters # 41

    No offers

    How realistically will any of these wait-lists move? I’m holding out for Coonley or Mayer, but I think that with these schools their wait-lists definitely don’t go anywhere. Does anyone have any idea about the other schools?

    Last year for K, we had low wait-list numbers for a few schools but did not get any calls for offers.

  • 298. cpsobsessed  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:11 am

    @lincoln square mom, I think Ravenswood and stone are possibilities. Coonley unlikely as they likely need to fill some sibling spots from rgc.

  • 299. Pondering  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Just following up on my previous post….Any one have any insight on LaSalle, we are General #17, any chance of getting to this number?
    Any input on the school?

  • 300. Deanna  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    First of all I want to say you guys are so inspiring to make raising kids in Chicago work. I didn’t realize there was this many families trying to stay. I only hear about how so many are leaving. I dreaded that this day would come where I would have to decide to stay in the city or move to the suburbs. And with our condo not selling my husband feels this is a sign that maybe our time in the city is not up yet.

    Ravenswood peaked my interest-would I be able to call these schools to see if they have openings left before the next enrollment date opens?

  • 301. herewegoagain  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    can anyone please comment on their experience at Ebinger or Norwood school?

  • 302. teachermom  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:40 am

    @Deanna: There will not be any openings at Ravenswood.

    You really should take a closer look at Swift. The process of applications closed in December. The only schools that will have openings are the kind of under-the-radar schools you have in your own neighborhood.

  • 303. cc's mom  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:41 am

    @cpsobsessed we have a low Coonley number (7), and I pretty certain that we will not get in because of sibling lottery. I am wondering if you or anyone else knows about movement at Peterson. We’re general 15. I could not find anything from the last two years.

  • 304. djreyes27  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Which LaSalle? We are #8 on the wait list for 2nd grade and just got an email from LaSalle II that we may have a chance and to go tour the school!

  • 305. Jordan 7  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:55 am

    ahhh! I hope we get our letter in the mail today. After looking at everyone’s offers and wait list numbers over the past 2 days i’m so anxious to see if we get offers for 3rd grade. I see a few parents posted applied for Newberry and they all got offers for 3rd grade. That’s one of the schools i’m hoping for offer for my son also. Cant wait to get off work today to check the mail tonight for letter.

  • 306. Jordan 7  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:56 am

    If anyone get letters in mail today I wish everyone luck.

  • 307. Pondering  |  April 5, 2017 at 9:00 am

    LaSalle I on Orleans, that’s awesome news! Good Luck

  • 308. Lulabird  |  April 5, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Tier 4-Kindergarden
    BURR wait listed General 192
    SUDER wait listed General 215
    MITCHELL wait listed General 156
    LASALLE II wait listed Proximity 86
    PRITZKER wait listed General 249

    Why does it feel like I received crazy high numbers at every school? Everyone else seems to have at least one lower number. Don’t know what to do!

  • 309. confusedmom  |  April 5, 2017 at 9:30 am

    @144 Lakeviewmom – just a question but what is it about Disney 1 that makes you choose it over nettlehorst your neighborhood school? We have a similar choices and am so confused as to what to do so any insight would be helpful. Thanks!

  • 310. djreyes27  |  April 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Ugh, I’m sorry to see and hear this. We were the same for prek all the way up to now. Our son will be in 2nd grade this fall! Every year he got 100-300 in the wait list. This year he got nothing but low numbers, hoping he gets in somewhere. I can recommend St.Stans were he has been the last four years! He is a first grader reading and math at 3rd grade level. I highly suggest it.

  • 311. Learning CPS  |  April 5, 2017 at 9:36 am

    @303 – RE: Peterson. It’s our neighborhood school and from what I know, very few kids out of neighborhood will get offers. It is pretty full from zoned families. Not to say impossible, but probably not a school where there will be big movement on the wait list.

  • 312. Lulabird  |  April 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Thanks djreyes27….makes me feel a bit better that we are not the only ones. Sorry you have had so many years of this, it is not fun! Thanks for the advice. Our neighborhood school is Talcott, never really considered it but have heard some good things. Anyone have any insight on Talcott?

  • 313. Kelly  |  April 5, 2017 at 10:09 am

    @301 Herewegoagain, we went to Prussing for K and Norwood for 1st. We like the smaller overall school size of Norwood. The new principal seems engaged in the school, teacher seem happy. My only complaint is the traffic flow around drop-off and pickup, it is kind of mayhem.

    DS#2 is entering K and is #7 on sibling list for Norwood.

  • 314. UptownMommy  |  April 5, 2017 at 10:13 am

    @ 296 NanaD
    I think CPSobsessed put it best… this test is highly specific, but not very sensitive. It will deliver mostly true positives but a lot of false negatives.

    I posted my son’s “low” results above. Apparently the convention is to post either high scores or say “no offers.” That’s understandable, but I don’t think it does much to assuage the disappointment and isolation felt by a majority of SEES-hopeful-parents, assuming a bell-curve and all. The vast majority of children will get completely average, unimpressive results, not just because the test is imperfect but also because normal is 100% normal and okay.

    We didn’t do heavy test-prep, but we did spend a few evenings with a friend who is an educator, and she said she expected our child to do very well in testing. A therapist has also said his intelligence is “clearly above average.” Well, clearly the test disagreed; but so what? They tested the things that they cared about, not the things that make him a wonderful child and will certainly help him become an amazing adult. Maybe I’m in denial, but I just cannot be disappointed that my 4 year old is “only average” based on a stranger’s brief assessment using a couple limited areas. There is just so much more to my kid than that score. I know there is more to your kiddo too, an that your kiddo will also be okay. ❤

  • 315. WestisNorthEastisSouth  |  April 5, 2017 at 10:29 am

    @291, thank you for your feedback on LaSalle II!

    @270, no kidding about therapy. This process is extremely stressful.

    We received word yesterday we were drawn for the lottery at Namaste Charter school in McKinley Park. I’ve visited and really like the school. Now choosing between Namaste and LaSalle II.

    To all of you, I commend you. This is very stressful and you’re doing your children a great service to find them the best possible option for them. This is not for the faint of heart.

  • 316. SSangel87  |  April 5, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I do not know yet, I am going to call the school and get some more info! Is your child starting Kindergarten?

  • 317. Back@itagain  |  April 5, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Yes, entering K. Very odd that they haven’t sent any information yet. In my past experience, this is the start of the “courting” period when the schools try to get you to accept ASAP so they can lock in their acceptances. Hope to hear something today since all will be closed next week.

  • 318. HSA Mom X2  |  April 5, 2017 at 10:40 am

    My child also tested low on both kindergarten tests. Like, so low that I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. For at least six months prior, he had been meeting weekly with a tutor who administers gifted tests at Northwestern’s Center for Talent and Development. She fully expected him to perform well. He didn’t. Not even close. So, rather than let my emotions get the best of me, I had him evaluated by his beloved speech therapist and it revealed some fundamental issues that we are trying to correct before the fall. Just want him on a level playing field because lessons move especially quickly in K, per our past experience. Thankfully, he had sibling preference at a top magnet where they focus on the “whole child” and I know he’ll ultimately thrive.

  • 319. Burke  |  April 5, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Entering K. Tier 3: no offers via lottery.

    Applied to 11 schools but highest waitlist numbers:
    Stone #23
    Pierce #40
    Waters #40

    Echoing earlier questions: Any sense of waitlist movement at any of these schools or experiences with wait lists in general? At schools that take neighborhood students, do they wait longer to start pulling from the wait lists? Should we just bag it and try to find a private spot for K and retry for 1st?

  • 320. Deb  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

    @SFWard, thank you! We are excited that she got into Decatur, and although it’s a bit of a commute, it’s not super far, so we are planning on sending her.

  • 321. majaramirez  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:04 am

    This was my experience with my now-teen 9-10 years ago.

    Anyone have information on where to find CPS stats on how many kids they say aren’t gifted – vs – how many actually ARE gifted? Do they even exist, or is this getting swept under the rug?

  • 322. Depressed@CPS  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:13 am

    @299 Pondering – #18 general is not likely to receive an offer from LaSalle. It normally has little to no movement. I have stalked it and a few other schools for a few years…so sorry.

    @312 Lulabird – Talcott is our neighborhood school too. It has the highest CPS rating, but I haven’t heard great things about it….nothing horrible, but also nothing good.

    It would be crazy convenient, if it was an option.

  • 323. lynn2kids  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I was in the same position: older child at Skinner West and younger child waitlisted. Had the opportunity to enroll younger in Galileo so we decided to go for it given proximity to SW and school’s scores at the time. We were very unhappy! It is very different from SW in terms of how they treat kids and parents. Other parents like it but it did not fit our child nor our families perspective on education. Honestly we were happy to leave. I suggest visiting both Galileo & Disney II if you can to see which school is a better fit for your younger child and your family. Good luck!

  • 324. Pondering  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Thank you for the update, I didn’t think so but figured i should check.
    We received one of those “Offered” and retracted due to error last year.

  • 325. willasmom  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Wondering if anyone has feedback about Goethe and/or McPherson?

    Also, my daughter is #13 on the Chappel wailtist–does this list usually move? Does anyone have thoughts on Chappel?

  • 326. Sulie  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Any idea if the Mayer pre-K 4 general waitlist moves at all? We have a very good number but I’m not sure they end up with any open spots for 4 year olds.

  • 327. Lulabird  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

    @322 Depressed – Why is Talcott not an option?

  • 328. Danielle  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Just got the mail! General wait list #5 for Thorp, O going in to 5th grade next fall. Does anyone know if there is likely to be any movement on this list? I assume there is also a sibling list that gets preference first?

  • 329. Decisions  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Entering K
    Offered Disney and Stem
    Waitlist Andrew Jackson 20 Tier 4
    Waitlist South Loop 57 General
    Waitlist Skinner 94 General

    Do these schools move on their waitlists? Anyone have experience or receive a call?

  • 330. cpsobsessed  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:48 am

    @decisions – probably unlikely to move enough on those 3 lists for K

  • 331. Jordan 7  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I know for Andrew Jackson is a no for sure. I cant speak on the other two schools. Great you have two offers and Disney is also a good school. Question offer on Disney 1 or Disney II

  • 332. Depressed@CPS  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:51 am

    @322 Lulabird – I don’t want to be negative towards the school because its not a terrible school and I do think its on its way to be one of the schools that people clamour to attend. Unfortuately, I just don’t think its there yet….maybe 5 years?

    One of our neighbors had her son attend for a year and decided to switch to a school she viewed as better (doesn’t mean the school actually is better). She is not nearly as anal as I am when it comes to this so that has affected my perspective.

    I also have a strong preference to send my kid to a diverse school and shied away from schools that have super majorities of one race (regardless of the majority race).

  • 333. Jordan 7  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:53 am

    north marine drive Disney is great.

  • 334. Depressed@CPS  |  April 5, 2017 at 11:56 am

    @cpsobsessed – Would you please tell me what you think ours odds are at the below schools:

    Andrew Jackson – #10 waitlist proximity
    Franklin – #27 waitlist tier 3
    Newberry – #37 waitlist tier 3


  • 335. Not sure  |  April 5, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    So my son is under 10 on the waitlist for lasalle ll. He will be starting kindergarten. I’ve done my research but I’d love to hear others experiences with this school as it is quite a drive for us! Thanks

  • 336. Decisions  |  April 5, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    @jordan7 and @cpsobsessed thanks for the reply. Disney 1 was the school. It is a far north for us so we are weighing the pro’s/con’s of Disney vs STEM. If you have any input there it would be appreciated.

  • 337. Lulabird  |  April 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    @depressed-Thanks for your imput

  • 338. Sopps  |  April 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Anyone have experience with thorp? We are waitlist #3. It would be about a 20 min drive which isn’t terrible. Any insight would be great! I already called for a tour.

  • 339. Lulabird  |  April 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Another question which is hard to word….if a school has both a proximity and tier wait list do each of the lists start at zero?

  • 340. Karen  |  April 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    @sopps what grade? Have you any information to share as to when Thorp offer tours?

  • 341. Sopps  |  April 5, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Tier 3 waitlist #3 for K. They took my info and are planning a tour for after spring break. They are supposed to call with more info.

  • 342. Karen  |  April 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks. Good luck. #3 is a great number.

  • 343. LasalleMama  |  April 5, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Unfortunately, Andrew Jackson’s waitlist doesn’t move.

  • 344. hopingforchappell  |  April 5, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    318 – now I’m worried that my daughter has some kind of learning problem. She goes to a private Montessori school (she is in Kindergarten) and is doing very well. She is also bilingual, at just under 6 can read really well (they don’t test in her school, so I don’t know what “grade level”) and her Math teacher told me she has to give her different worksheets because the regular work sheets for Kindergarten are too easy for her. We only tested RGC. Now, she is not used to being tested AT ALL. She also has vision problems and we only got her glasses adjusted last week, so she likely didn’t see well during her test. She tested 88. That’s below average and while I personally don’t think she is below average intelligence, I am very surprised she would test this low.
    I just want her to be prepared for public school next year since it will be so different than private school and now I wonder if I should get her a tutor or something.

  • 345. g g  |  April 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    @Lulabird-the only school that we were given an offer to was Talcott. We really want dual language, and I like the museum aspect of the school. We have friends who send their kids there have been really happy. This whole system is beyond ridiculous!

  • 346. az  |  April 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    entering 2nd grade

    classical: 97 math, 97 reading
    rgc: 117

    applied to the usual suspects, no offers

  • 347. Lulabird  |  April 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    @ g.g. thanks for your encouraging words. I totally agree this is CRAZY!

  • 348. veteran parent  |  April 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    @319 burke – you don’t mention what your neighborhood school is, that might be an acceptable choice for K before you re-enter next years lottery.

    As for your results….
    there’s a chance at Stone but timing will be long. The tier system will require many ‘ tier 3’ declines before they get to you.
    there’s a more likely chance at Peirce (my kids school : ) but it will take awhile…. maybe June till you hear. There’s a sibling waitlist in front of your #40 that’s probably 10 deep. But they have been running 4 classrooms and will need to use the waitlist as all acceptances/declines shake out.
    there’s a chance at Waters too…. call them to determine how many classrooms they are running, how deep the sibling waitlist is and how many acceptances they offered from the lottery…. if it’s low (like a handful or less) then you might have a good shot there too.

  • 349. Burke  |  April 5, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    @348 veteran parent
    Thank you! I should have said, we are proximity at Stone. Do you think that makes a difference?

    Good q’s on Waters. Will ask. Appreciate the advice.

    Also, we loved Peirce when we toured it. Fingers crossed.

  • 350. rebeccahellyerphotography  |  April 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    @344 hopingforchappell – We were told by our son’s teacher (he’s in K at Thorp) that the gifted testing does NOT cover anything like what they actually learn at school. Our son is also very far ahead for K — he’s reading at the level of an end of year 1st grader, is doing harder math/comprehension homework, etc. His teacher indicated that the gifted testing is more logic/puzzle based, and is not in any way related to “book smarts.” If that makes sense. I wouldn’t worry about it. She will be 100% a-ok in public school. 🙂

    @341 Sopps – you will very likely get in. Thorp is a fantastic school and we couldn’t be happier there this year.

  • 351. Newtothis  |  April 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Can someone tell me what waitlist 7 queue AA means?

  • 352. LSmom  |  April 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    @351, is it for Oscar Mayer? If so, that stands for 7th on the attendance area list.

  • 353. Jordan 7  |  April 5, 2017 at 3:35 pm


    what school just curious never heard of wait-list number like that.

  • 354. Newtothis  |  April 5, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    What does that mean in terms of how it relates to tiers?

  • 355. CPSstressed  |  April 5, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Pre-k 3….Tier 4….Drummond….waitlist 6

    Any hope? I’ve read conflicting things. Some say it never moves, some say it moves up to 10….anyone have direct or indirect experience?

    I’m driving myself crazy over here 😜

  • 356. Jordan 7  |  April 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm


    waitlist for tier 3 for drummond and mayer

    Offered Pritzker! YAYYYY

    all general wait-list below
    some of these schools I don’t even know why I applied to them anyway. I REALLY WANTED JACKSON, SKINNER, NEWBERRY, LASALLE OR FRANKLIN. But I know its hard and have to be happy for at least one offer for 3rd grade.

    hamilton 6
    alcott 6
    talcott 5
    burley 7
    drummond 14
    lasalle 19
    suder 20
    ogden es 27
    prescott 30
    mayer 30
    newberry 42
    galileo 47
    hawthorne 59
    franklin 72
    blaine 101
    lasalle II 110
    jackson 135
    skinner 203

  • 357. Deanna  |  April 5, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Teachermom I am in touch with Swift. My only concern there is the high ESL population there and the percentage low income is 82%. I was told they do try to keep the Kindergarten classes small. I would appreciate she goes to a diverse school but I don’t want her to be a minority either.

  • 358. Jordan 7  |  April 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    any chance for 3rd grade lasalle waitlist #19

  • 359. NOR  |  April 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    does anyone know what score range tends to get an offer for Kindergarten into a Regional gifted schools? my daughter got a 123 no offers

    also we were wait listed for Mayer pre-k tier 2 #2, for our youngest daughter, is it worth going to their open house or does the pre-k list even move?


  • 360. Deanna  |  April 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    *a high” ESL population. Sorry I’m multitasking.

    I am going to do a tour there next month. I see they have a new auditorium,PE and Art which is great. Looking forward to see the school. I’m going to also look into completing an application when it opens in May.

  • 361. NanaD  |  April 5, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    @321 majaramirez – that’s my point exactly. I’m not worrying too much about this test, but if it happens often, then something wrong with the tests. How come that my son was tested thoroughly last year and got highly gifted, and now he has 124? or 97% in math, when he aces 4th grade math (not my word, he’s in 1st grade and literally goes to 4th grade math class at his school, does all homework and tests as other 4th graders and is best in his class)?
    He told me that at RGC test supervisor asked him to skip several pages after he finished page 25. Does it sound right?

  • 362. It'sTime  |  April 5, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    361, the very unsatisfying answer I received from IIT is that this test is a snapshot of abilities. It is not a comprehensive assessment. I have heard of many strong readers and advanced kids bombing the test, with non-readers and those with less advanced math skills being accepted or scoring high. This is not to take away from anyone’s success, but it doesn’t seem completely accurate, especially when you have independent data demonstrating your child’s success. That being said, I have read that there is some unreliability in testing very young children. Many things can affect testing, from mood, to connection with the tester, etc.

  • 363. MathTeacher  |  April 5, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Tiwer 3
    1st grade

    Admitted to Bell

    Magnet Schools offered (will not accept)
    We also have some low waitlist scores:
    Boone 1
    Goudy 6
    Ravenswood 6

  • 364. Tu Nguyen  |  April 5, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I read a few post about testing. Can anyone tell me how the NWEA Map test play into the following…

    1. Selective enrollment
    2. Compare to the testing I see comments about
    3. Or are they the same?

  • 365. Wrigleyville Dad  |  April 5, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Re: My #281, Blaine vs. Decatur —

    Thank you 284/285/292 (cps obsessed, parent, LearningCPS).

    Thinking we will take up this advice and plunk her on the bus to Decatur. If it doesn’t go smoothly, we can revert back to Blaine, which we love and is our neighborhood school.

    We have been regulars at the Blaine playground there for 3.5 years and I’m always amazed that 10-12 year old kids take the time to play with my little ones. I don’t think I would have given 3-5 year olds the time of day at that age. Well rounded, nice kids at Blaine and we are big fans.

    Hard to “dump” Blaine for another school…hope this is the right call.

  • 366. Maria  |  April 5, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Am new at this my daughter is going to K this year no offers any suggestions

    Inter American general 262
    Pulaski General 14
    Agassiz General 136
    Lasalle proximity 22
    Hamilton General 267
    Prescott General 199
    Coonley General 424
    Disney Tier3 209
    Disney II Tier3 167

  • 367. confusedmom  |  April 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks to all the responses responses to my previous questions. A part of me realizes that I am obsessing over these cps scores. Just as a recap my daughter scored average on her cps test. I know that there are a lot of variables that factor into the test that one cant control for (ie gender of the test administrator, the ability of a 4 year old child to focus and communicate on the given test day etc.) However I am concerned that many of these test variables will not go away. The selective enrollment high schools are even harder to get into and getting into a good college is also becoming more difficult. So should I be spending more time focusing on education daily with my child than my parents did with me? I don’t remember what age I started reading but I’m pretty sure it was after 5. My daughter has been reading well since age 3 and is far superior to myself academically at the same age. My parents were blissfully ignorant about the importance of education and I went to a public high school with a 5 to 10% drop out rate and I managed to get into a top 50 medical school. Now I’m worried about how to adequately educate my child so that she can keep up with her peers, and, more honestly, outperform them. Are there other parents out there grappling with how much time they should spend on education with their child? The push now is for early literacy and early critical thinking skills. This is a very different push from the laid back learning style I experienced as a child.

  • 368. mommytime  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    @confusedmom…I can totally relate. My parents did not push education. At. All. Yet, I turned out to be some obsessive over-achieving student, adult, and now cpsobsessed parent 😉


  • 369. scolga  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Does anyone have a perspective on Franklin vs LaSalle II? We were offered Franklin and are fairly low on LaSalle II waitlist for K. Neither of those school is close to where we live and the drive to both would be comparable.

  • 370. UptownMommy  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    …I think we need to let our kids be kids.

  • 371. Whattodo  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Tier 4

    Offer at Franklin for kindergarten

    We are also in attendance boundary for Mayer. I love the diversity that Franklin offers and the arts programming but I’m not sure if it’s that much better than Mayer to prompt us to commute vs walk to school. Test scores (I know they don’t measure everything) are higher/growing at Mayer vs Franklin too. Help!

  • 372. gwo  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    @confused mom….As a first generation college student who is pursing her PhD-I can tell you that my parents did very little with me as far as education. They just didn’t know. The only thing I was told was that I needed to go to college.
    I will say with confidence that a lot of what CPS does is not research based or done with any evidence supporting the practice. I have to often take a huge step back and look at the big picture . This process makes no sense and I’m starting to wonder who this is really benefiting. As far as what you do with your child-current assessments and studies look at the mom’s education level, since the assumption is that the child will be exposed to higher level vocabulary etc. At the same time, I think of my peers who were super smart and couldn’t do the college thing or others who struggle within their own careers and hate what they do. Your own personal grit and goals have a lot more to do with academic success than how many hours you sit and throw 50 million dollar words with your kids. We have decided that if our child is safe, is not bullied, the school has strong administration and supportive teachers, and he is happy-he will learn.
    I’m not sure that will answer your question at all-since this is a forum-but I promise, everything will be fine:)

  • 373. It'sTime  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Confusedmom, I had a similar situation. My daughter is reading at the 3rd grade level, 1st grade in math and didn’t do well. My plan is to continue working with her daily, love her, make sure she is playing and having fun, and stay involved in her education. Parents are the first educators anyway. But I am not going to stress myself to death over this. I know lots of kids who had different paths to success and ended up doctors and lawyers or professionals. So this is not the end all be all. I will not let one test define her destiny.

  • 374. Sopps  |  April 5, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    @ rebeccahellyerphotography thank you for the response. I am very excited that thorp could be a possible option. My only concern was a community feel and the social aspect of school. my son is very social and constantly wants to get together with friends. id also like to be able to get to know other parents. Does thorp have a community feel despite kids coming from all over the city? Thank you for any info!

  • 375. Jordan 7  |  April 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Offer at Pritzker for 3rd do anyone know school hours and if they have a before and after school program. I can call up tomorrow to see but I was just wondering if anyone familiar with school.

  • 376. NWSidemom  |  April 5, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    @259 Thanks so much!

  • 377. cpswonderland  |  April 5, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    @It’sTime & Confusedmom
    I relate to you. Last year, my daughter, who was reading at 2nd grade level and was doing math on 1st grade level, bombed the test. I was baffled with the results, R:89 & M:49. This year she scored 99 in both R&M, and was accepted to our first choice SEES. We didn’t do any formal prep, she is naturally curious and has older sibling who’s education I supplement at home, so she was exposed to higher level math and other subjects. In my experience, you would probably need to work/tackle more things with your child not because of next year’s tests but because they will be bored out of theirs minds with very slow CC aligned curriculum.

  • 378. It'sTime  |  April 5, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Cpswonderland, thank you for this.

  • 379. Deanna  |  April 6, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Anyone know what the classroom sizes for kindergarten was last year for Pierce? I know every year is different but want to get an idea. I was told by a mom that they were pretty big.

  • 380. NWside  |  April 6, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Sopps, Re: Thorp

    My kid is in 3rd grade and we love the school!
    They do a nice job with after school programs (theater, sports, and so on) plus there is after care on site if you work. My kid does violin (meets during the lunch-recess hour, 2X a week).
    There is a “gifted” class in each grade (which really just means “accelerated” – it starts in 1st grade – the kids are recommended for it by the K teachers).
    Strong parent community and great principal, very friendly and approachable.
    The music teacher is amazing.
    The one complaint I’ve heard is about the amount of homework. It is true that there is a decent amount but my kid tends to be pretty organized and efficient about doing it, maybe 45 minutes every night. I can see that a super distracted kid would have problems getting it done though.

    Good luck! With #3 you should get an offer.

  • 381. rebeccahellyerphotography  |  April 6, 2017 at 9:58 am

    @374 Sopps – well, we live within proximity of the school, so our experience may be different than others who commute long distances to Thorp, but our son has several friends who live in the neighborhood. They do have a lot of after-school programs, and the community of the school is strong (lots of parent involvement).

  • 382. Gennatay  |  April 6, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Does anyone know which schools will have thier waitlist posted on their website?

  • 383. newtothis  |  April 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Do you know if AA #7 is a good # for Mayer?

  • 384. It'sTime  |  April 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Accepted Andrew Jackson today. My Ray and Galileo offers are released. For Jackson parents, there will be an orientation in late April.

  • 385. Anxious  |  April 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

    If I am trying to get in a neighborhood school I am not in boundary and we are looking to move before school year into boundary. Do we have up to when school starts to get in school if we move in boundary or is there a date we need to move by?

  • 386. Momto3kids  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:19 am

    K (Twins)
    Belding – Offered
    Brentano – Offered
    Thorp 11, 12
    Disney 17, 18
    Pulaski Sibling – 1 & 2
    (Everything else too high to matter)

    1st Grade
    Disney – Offered
    Belding – Offered
    Brentano – Offered
    Goethe – Offered
    Murphy 1
    Burr – 27
    Disney II – 35
    (Everything else too high to matter)

    We’re staying with our current school.

  • 387. Momto3kids  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:29 am

    ^^^^ That said, we toured Goethe and Brentano and loved both of them. We’re just not going to mess with a good thing because our daughter is really happy and doing great.

  • 388. Sopps  |  April 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you for the feedback! I’m not a huge fan of homework for young kids. With that said, I won’t pass up the opportunity if given the chance. Crossing my fingers 🙂

  • 389. Farrahmom  |  April 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I’m #5 on Suder general waitlist. Does anyone know if Suder moves? I’m also 2 on Ray’s list and 24 on Newberry.

  • 390. CPS Parental Figure  |  April 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    @389: For kindergarten? Suder absolutely moves. We were called a few years ago with a number in the 20s. (Declined it.)

  • 391. Headed2Chicago  |  April 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Any current Disney students or incoming 2nd graders out there? I’d love to hear about your experience. We are moving from out of state and are seriously considering it (assuming we can make the schoolbus option work if we live in Roscoe Village). Also planning to go to the open house on April 20th. Thanks in advance!

  • 392. It'sTime  |  April 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    389, I just turned down Ray.

  • 393. CPSDisney1???  |  April 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I second @391….would love to hear thoughts on Disney for a KG applicant as well.

  • 394. Thirdtimesacharm  |  April 6, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    We are considering Disney for K. But live in Beverly. I’ve heard postive things.We to will be at open house on April 20th.I think you can bus if your not more then 5 or 6 miles but no closer then 1.5. They have there own mappings system.

  • 395. LSmom  |  April 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    @newtothis, I think that’s a good number, they take in students in the attendance area before any of the other lists.

  • 396. ChiNYC  |  April 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Following up on a previous post (I think I was #212) any parents who can provide feedback on either Poe Classical (offered) or Skinner West (neighborhood)? Thank you!

  • 397. LaSalle?  |  April 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    hello to all – any feedback on LaSalle? Got an offer – leaning towards accepting BUT the neighborhood school is South Loop… Any feedback/advice?

  • 398. Jennifer  |  April 6, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    @headedtoChicago Welcome to Chicago! If you decide to live in Roscoe Village, our neighborhood schools are top notch: Hamilton, Audubon, Bell, Coonley, Blaine, are all stellar schools that admit based just on where you live and are impossible or nearly impossible to get in otherwise. Commuting from Roscoe Village to the Loop = easy if you live near the Brown line L- Addison/ Paulina.
    Re: Disney, I have friends who send their kids there and love it, but they live close to the school. I likewise have friends who pulled their kids out of there (and called it a prison). My understanding is that it is huge, loud due to open classrooms, very strict, and has a lot of homework. It works great for some kids, not so great for others, just depends on your kid.
    But, if you move to Roscoe Village, your neighborhood school might be your best bet.

  • 399. UptownMommy  |  April 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    We were offered Disney I (only offer, lowest WL number is 30) but even so, won’t accept Disney. We sent our son to the Ready to Learn pre-k at Disney I and discovered that it’s not a good fit for our family. Maybe the pre-k program isn’t representative of the Dinsey I philosophy or habits, if so please let me know… I’d be more than happy to learn our pre-k impression doesn’t represent the K+ reality.
    – I spoke to many Disney I parents who described hours of homework each night, starting in kindergarten. Again, probably fine for a lot of families, but that volume of homework doesn’t mesh with our parenting philosophy.
    – The technology felt like too much too soon. Again, personal preference, but I hated that my 4 year old was there for only a couple hours each day, but would come home talking about YouTube videos and iPad games. I even saw books being read to kids via video- yes, a video of someone sitting holding a book- rather than a teacher actually just reading a book.
    – The atmosphere at Disney can feel authoritarian, and our already anxious-child ended up really scared of breaking the rules and getting into trouble… so much so that he rarely tried new things or spoke to other kids for fear it wasn’t what he was “supposed” to do. I’m sure many kids thrive there and benefit from the structure, but it wasn’t for us. Within the first week of school I overheard teachers in the 2nd or 3rd grades speaking to students in a way I wouldn’t exactly call kind or respectful. I also felt that the emphasis on rules and academics overshadowed making friendships. After several months attending 5 days a week, my child couldn’t name more than two kids in his class. Every time I visited, the children were working or playing independently. I rarely saw them engaging with each other as peers or friends. Maybe this can be blamed on the shortness of the day, but my feeling is if there is time to watch a YouTube video, there is also time to develop social bonds (or maybe just the latter!).

    Do the teachers care about students? Yes, certainly. His pre-k teacher was very caring and funny, and my child really liked her. I also have no doubt that the school gets results academically. Again, all of the above is based on my personal experienced and I’m sure others have found Disney I to be a great fit for them.

  • 400. Aileen  |  April 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Hi guys, had a question does Disney II’s list ever move we got placed in Tier 1 waitlist number 14, We got accepted at Disney on Marine Drive, is it worth the trip? I live north west of the city. Also we got waitlisted at Peterson number 5. Any clue how it might work?

  • 401. Lakeview mom  |  April 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    @309 We LOVE nettelhorst, and would have been happy going there. We are ultimately going with Disney #1 based on the ethnic diversity of the student body, #2 the techonology focus. We also feel that since Nettelhorst is our neighborhood school, if Disney ends up not being a good fit for use, we can plan to go there for first grade. I don’t think I could have gone wrong with any of those schools though.

  • 402. majaramirez  |  April 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I really feel for you! For the CPS (gifted?) test to go into K, I was told my daughter was “below average” – she was sick during test – a few years later when I had her tested again, “Average.”
    In 4th grade I paid for a psychologist with experience administering the Weschler (sp.?) tests – lo & behold, as we’d always known, in several of the 8-10 test areas she was off the charts! Which meant she could take courses at Northwestern Univ through Center for Talent Development.
    Keep reading to her, keep instruction fun where possible, interesting, relate it to her & your lives/experiences. Travel by different routes & ways, talk about what you see. Go to museums, parent-child classes, the park especially & see what Nature has to teach her, see if she’d like to be a Daisy Girl Scout.

  • 403. Aileen  |  April 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Also, does Disney II have a option for a after school program?

  • 404. firsttimeCps  |  April 6, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    @391 We will be at the open house in few weeks. I have been looking at the website and I want to love it. Seems to have everything we’ve been looking for. The open classroom setup does make me a bit nervous though. Will see how it goes.
    @399 Thanks for your input.

  • 405. Tu Nguyen  |  April 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Disney 1 Q and A

    This was posted … it was well written and accurate.

    Thank you SKT.

    “SKT on April 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm
    I have 3 kids in the comprehensive gifted program at Disney. All incoming students are screened for the program.
    Lots of pros with Disney I: 1) Technology is fantastic 1:1 iPads, 3D printer, state of the art computer lab in addition. 2.) Excellent facilities/electives (Science Art, Music, Art, Music Technology, Library (with real librarians), PE, Dance, 21st Century Problem solving (held in the 2 year old computer lab). 3) Annual dramatic production per grade with all students participating in at least one thing: set design/art/drama/dance. 4) Daily Mandarin Chinese (comprehensive gifted program only). 5) Tuition based after school program on site (safe/fine, programming not always the best).
    Cons: 1) In the comprehensive gifted there is a fair amount of pressure to maintain MAP scores >90 percentile for reading and math. Students not achieving this cut-off get moved out of the comprehensive gifted rather quickly, especially in the lower grades.(MAP tests are given 3x/year). I know a few kids who have been in, out, and in again within the course of 1-2 years. 2) Check with the school, but I do not think they accept new lottery students higher than 3rd grade. 3) Pods aren’t for everyone. . . it is loud at times. My kids are mostly fine with it, but it is really child dependent. I would recommend a tour to decide for yourself. 4) Comprehensive gifted class sizes are large .. . . 30-35 most years in my experience. 5) The atmosphere/administration at smaller or neighborhood schools may seem more intimate/welcoming. Disney I is maybe ~1500-1700 students overall.

    Overall, our experience has been positive, and we have turned down SEES offers over the years to remain. However, it is all about fit, so I would recommend touring to see for yourself.”

  • 406. NTA Parent  |  April 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I haven’t seen NTA mentioned, but please know that if you are considering the school, we are starting a tuition-based preK program. The program is 8:00am-6:00pm, with 7:00am before-care available. Here’s the link to the CPS website:


    We’re not yet listed since our program hasn’t started, but our preK teachers are wonderful, and our facilities are top-notch. We’ve even started introducing the little ones to the swimming pool so they’ll be ready for their swim special, which starts in kindergarten!

    Approximately half of the preK slots have already been taken, so if you have a 3 or 4 year old and are interested, fill out the application and drop it off along with the deposit to the main office.

  • 407. NanaD  |  April 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    @377 cpswonderland
    That confirms the weakness of test. No child with any practice can go from 49 percentile to 99 in one year. 10 percentile increase also can be only valid for immigrant kids, who just learn English, not for the native speaker.

  • 408. Jrw  |  April 6, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Got an offer for kindergarten at Decatur. Anyone have good info on the school? Particularly about how bussing works there or any other transportation people use? I’m in Edison Park trying to figure out logistics. Thanks in advance!

  • 409. cpswonderland  |  April 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    @ 407. NanaD: I guess you didn’t pay enough attention to what I’ve written. If you have curious child who is bored at school, but at home is, although unintentionally, exposed to higher level math (3 academic years difference) due to older sibling’s education, and has parents who value education more than sports, than it’s natural for a child to do two digit multiplication in the kindergarten.

  • 410. cpswonderland  |  April 6, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    @407. NanaD: It’s not a miracle that she got high score, and I think there was a mistake with the kindergarten results. I only said that we didn’t do any formal prep, meaning we didn’t pay tutoring center.

  • 411. LRC  |  April 6, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    @ 13Deanna I was just reading through the feed of an Edgewater preschool e-mail, & somebody inquired about Swift Elementary. A parent replied with this: “Recently went on the swift tour, and they have some great facilities. Two music rooms, big library, gym and pool. All students k-8 have music and art classes, and band/choir are options for middleschoolers. My impression was an overall positive, healthy environment. The next tour is May 30th if your friend hasn’t seen it yet. Teachers and the principal are available during it for questions.”

  • 412. Farrahmom  |  April 6, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    @292 Any particular reason you turned down Ray?

  • 413. LRC  |  April 6, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    @250DisneyIIHopeful…Yes. #4 is not out of the question! I assume this is for kindergarten? Any wait list number much higher than 4 would be unlikely, though.

  • 414. Deanna  |  April 6, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    LRC thank you so much for that information-wow impressive! I actually just sent an rsvp via email to do the tour of the school. The Friends of Swift just formulated it looks like and they have done three successful fundraisers so far. It appears that they are really pushing to turn this school around. Did you get that from Ruth’s List? I emailed them to add me and I’m still waiting for them to approve me. The park we go to is really diverse and my daughter got along well with all the kids,but up until now she went to school with kids that look like her,don’t want her to feel like she would be the minority there. But I will be bringing my daughter so she can get a feel for the school too. I just want to make sure she is going to get a good education-she was going to pre-k at the Y and she learned how to write her name,write and recognize her numbers and letters,simple math and patterns,knows all her shapes and colors,days of the week,months of the year,and they do sight words every week.

  • 415. LRC  |  April 6, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    @414Deanna…yes. I am on Ruth’s List & saw that information. The alderman & community really seem to be rallying around their neighborhood schools such as Swift, Pierce, & Senn HS. Good luck! Remember, kindergarten is pretty hard to screw up regardless of the school.

  • 416. LRC  |  April 6, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    @403 Aileen, yes. Disney II has an after school program run by the YMCA (at the school). There are also many after school clubs & sports available to combine with the after care program

  • 417. majaramirez  |  April 6, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Being able to walk to school now with you will give your child the ability to do so with confidence with her friends (in a too-short while, when she’s old enough)!

  • 418. It'sTime  |  April 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    415, primarily because Andrew Jackson is closer to both my job and extended family (though I live in HP). I also like the World Language aspect of Jackson. They are both diverse, but Jackson has a 7:45 am start time which works for me.

  • 419. It'sTime  |  April 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Sorry, the above comment is for 412, and why I turned down Ray.

  • 420. 2017  |  April 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    @418, Hi – could you help share which queue you were in, for the other two school offers/spots you released? Thank you!

  • 421. Threetimesacharm  |  April 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Does Disney stop taking kids off waitlist in a certain grade? Is 3rd the cut off? Is the tuition based preschool & ready to learn different. Beside the longer day?

  • 422. It'sTime  |  April 6, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    420, what do you mean by queue?

  • 423. 2017  |  April 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    @422 – I just realized that you would not have a queue (Tier 3 or 4, etc) with an original offer. Only a wait list number would have a queue. Thank you.

  • 424. UptownMommy  |  April 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    @421. Threetimesacharm
    Disney tuition-based and Ready to Learn are not the same. Tuition-based is a full day, ~$13,000/year program. The Ready to Learn pre-k is only about 2.5 hours long each day, and there are two sessions to choose from: morning and afternoon. RtL costs seem to be based on a sliding scale, making it free for many families (seems like CPS can’t really decide on this though, I’ve heard the sliding scale was being ditched, but who knows). The two pre-k classes are held in different sections of the same large room, and the kids from either program don’t seem to mix at all.

    I do want to say, I was very impressed when I initially toured Disney I—which is why I signed up my kid for their RtL pre-k and applied for K there in December. But there were some things I brushed aside, and now realize should have taken seriously as indicators of poor-fit. When touring a school, don’t ignore your gut or think worrying about X or Y is petty. You know your child better than anyone, and you are the ultimate authority on what will work for your family or not.

  • 425. UptownMommy  |  April 6, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    ^^^ sorry, should also say I’m sure there are vast differences in what kids do and study during the day in tuition-based vs RtL, not least because of the time-constraints. However, I didn’t get the impression that from the Disney I staff that they didn’t take RtL seriously. My child was always sent home with at least 1 homework sheet, and they usually sat down and began doing a worksheet as soon as they walked in the door.

  • 426. Parent  |  April 6, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I have a very small number in lottery for NTA. Any comments/ recommendations for the school is appreciated. I hope the neighbourhood program will be competitive as their options program. Any NtA parents, can you comment on the culture and curriculum of the school.

  • 427. Thirdtimesacharm  |  April 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for your feed back. I really can’t wait for open house. Do you know if the take kids off waitlist after 3rd. The office staff said it’s both play base & academic. But you should observe. And you don’t get a seat automaticly if you attend pre school. You must do lottery for Kindergarten.

  • 428. Headed2Chicago  |  April 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    @398 Jennifer, thank you so much for the thoughtful response. We really like the neighborhood feel of Roscoe Village and it;s great that the neighborhood schools are good. If we didn’t do Disney, my preference would be to choose a neighborhood school that doesn’t have an RGC program as well. Any insights on Burley vs. Blaine both of which seem to be very highly regarded? Thank you all again for being so generous with your advice to this non-local:).

  • 429. UptownMommy  |  April 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    No prob. 🙂
    Sorry, I don’t know anything about Disney I waitlists except that they seem to admit most if not all proximity kids who apply for K (we are proximity, hence the offer).

  • 430. NTA Parent  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:07 pm


    I have a child in the neighborhood program at NTA, and we ar thrilled with the school. I’m not sure what you mean by competitive, but the school attained it’s Level 1 status solely based on the scores of the neighborhood classes. The RGC program only goes up to 4th grade, and the school attained Level 1 status before the RGC 3rd graders took the test last year.

    The curriculum is aligned across all grade levels, so all the teachers from preK through 8th are on the same page in terms of expectations. Within the curriculum, there is room for flexibility, and my child’s teachers have introduced fun and stimulating projects from hatching chicks from eggs to studying world religions (in 1st grade) to learning astronomy.

    The array of specials is outstanding–PE, art, music, technology, music, Spanish, and swimming on a rotating basis. There are too many after school activities to mention including several sports teams. The administration is rock solid, and the school is extremely well run.

    There will be an open house on April 18th, and I highly encourage any interested parents to attend.

  • 431. cpsmaze  |  April 6, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Anyone has applied to SEES using the first grade age exception form? What are your thoughts? How do you know your child is ready for 1st?

  • 432. Bah Humbug!  |  April 7, 2017 at 12:13 am

    I applied to the 20 schools allowed and my daughter was waitlisted at every one, with my lowest waitlist # being 35.

    What I don’t understand about this CPS nonsense (other than everything) is what do people do if they have no idea where they will be living in the Fall when school starts?

    Due to divorce, I am unable to keep the home where my daughter and I currently live. So I thought if I can get rid of the house, then I would try to move to a neighborhood with a decent school. However, in the neighborhood I was considering, the school says neighborhood registration begins April 17. If I can’t move until late summer, will I be allowed to register my daughter? Can they deny you a spot in the neighborhood school if you move within the attendance boundaries?

  • 433. @bahhumbug  |  April 7, 2017 at 6:55 am

    That does sound stressful! It is my understanding that as long as your within attendance boundaries of your neighborhood school you can register at anytime and attend that school. The registration begins on April 17 so they can start getting an idea of how many students will be attending that year.

    Come September, you can show up the first day at your neighborhood school, if it truly is a “neighborhood school” (not only a magnet, SEES, etc) if you live within the attendance boundary and they have to take your child.

  • 434. Deanna  |  April 7, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Is this odd-I’m reading the reports for Swift and the reading scores go from 16th percentile for third grade to 98th percentile for fourth grade and so forth. What is the explanation for such a huge jump in scores?

  • 435. Learning CPS  |  April 7, 2017 at 8:28 am

    @408 – As long as you live within 6 miles of Decatur, and north of Fullerton, you are eligible for the bus through CPS. Your pick up location will be one of the neighborhood schools near you…might not be the one nearest. Our pick up is at a school a mile away, despite the fact that our nearest school is one block away.

    You won’t know the pick up time for the bus until the week before school. We have lived from 2-4 miles from the school in our four years at Decatur, and our pick up has varied from 25-40 minutes before school starts over the years. The AP at Decatur has managed all the bus stuff, but with the new Principal coming in, not sure what that will look like next year. Regardless, there is a separate CPS form you need to fill out and submit to request bus service. If you choose to accept your Decatur spot. you can turn in that request form when you register for Decatur. Look on the CPS site under “transportation” and you’ll see the form I am talking about.

    Lots of the kids at Decatur take the bus, including mine, and they have it very organized. Your pick up location *should* have a bus monitor to manage the process on that end.

    Hope that helps!

  • 436. Farrahmom  |  April 7, 2017 at 8:43 am

    @418 I understand that!! I am strongly considering Ray even over Suder. I see great things about it but I haven’t heard much. She is waitlisted for Murray and Ariel for first grade also . Good luck with Jackson I heard it is a great school!!

  • 437. Jennifer  |  April 7, 2017 at 10:01 am

    @428 Headed2Chicago I do not know a lot about Burley, so hopefully another parent here does.
    Blaine is highly sought after- my impression from the limited number of people I know who have kids there is that it is more strict than some others (dress code, etc.), is academically rigorous for all, and has a lot of homework (but not as much as Disney!). Some parents has issues with the former controversial principal but that is not an issue now- they got a new principal for this past school year. Blaine has very involved parents and community and a beautiful school and playground!
    I really feel like you cannot go wrong with any of the Roscoe Village neighborhood schools. Roscoe Village is such a family focused area, and has seen a real influx of professionals with kids moving to the area, that even the schools that were not as highly ranked five years ago, are very good now- Jahn, for example, is a great choice for kindergarten. The school where parents seem to be happiest is Hamilton Elementary, which itself had a tremendous turnaround over the past five years.

  • 438. Jennifer  |  April 7, 2017 at 10:06 am

    @432 BahHumbug Neighborhood schools absolutely must accept you regardless of when you move to the neighborhood. Yes, the school would prefer that kids register in April, but you are not obligated to. When we first moved to Chicago, in the summer before 3rd grade, we just enrolled our son in Abraham Lincoln Elementary two before school started, because it was our neighborhood school. So, you can pick the neighborhood school you want and move there and they must let you in.

  • 439. SouthSide  |  April 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    @397, if you enjoy hours of homework and a school whose mantra is the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” by all means choose South Loop. Cannot wait to leave.

  • 440. ma  |  April 7, 2017 at 11:15 am

    @439 SouthSide what do you mean? Care to elaborate. We have no offers from any magnet school or SEES and since South Loop is our neighbourhood school that is my only option, but can always go the private route which is not preferred. And your insight into South Loop Elem would be invaluable and help me decide.

  • 441. SoLo MoM  |  April 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

    @ma: My child attended South Loop for three years and we had a very favorable experience. The main issue there is overcrowding, IMO, but CPS has paid notice and will shortly break ground on a brand new, state-of-the-art building to comfortably accommodate 1,200 students (higher than current enrollment). To each their own.

  • 442. Keyoka  |  April 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Good afternoon parents congrats to each and everyone of you. My name is Keyoka. I am a private transportation owner who service many north side schools the name of my company is Phenomenal Families Transportation if your in need of transportation please give us a call seats are filling quickly for 2017/2018 school year and THREETIMESACHARM we transport many Disney children from south to north please don’t hesitate to call thanks and have a great day
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  • 443. Thirdtimesacharm  |  April 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for info. Good to know.The PTA has a list as well.

  • 444. Jenny  |  April 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Hi All! Just found out that my 4-year old got into Inter-American for preschool (proximity lottery). My husband and I both work full-time and so we are trying to figure out the logistics of before/after care options. Does anyone have any advice? I know Inter-American is a half day program, so we would definitely need an after-school option for her. Our neighborhood school is Greeley in case anyone has additional thoughts/advice if we end up going that route. Thank you!

  • 445. Keyoka  |  April 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Your welcome we are on their pta list .

  • 446. Aileen  |  April 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    @416 thank you that was very helpful. Anyone know if I have a chance at Disney II being on tier one waitlist number 14? Its so much closer then Disney for me.

  • 447. Shannon Stokes  |  April 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Hi All! We’re new to this process. We are Tier 3. We tested for selective enrollment for Kindergarten and applied to magnet schools. She tested above the minimum gifted requirement, but we did not get and classical or gifted offers. As for magnet, we received an offer from Ray, have decent numbers for Newberry, Franklin, and South Loop (13 – 58). Over called CPS twice and got two different answers. If we accept Ray, will we no longer be considered for our other magnet wait listed schools? Would it also take us out of the selective enrollment second and third round processes?
    Thanks so much!

  • 448. cc's mom  |  April 7, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    @447. No. Quoted from the back of the letter:
    “If you decide to accept a seat at a school where your child has been selected, it is possible to receive an offer within the next weeks
    or months from a school where your child is on the waitlist (schools can continue to use the waitlist to fill available spaces through
    the summer and into the next school year, if necessary). Should this happen, you can decline the seat that you originally accepted, if
    you wish, and accept the second offer instead. You must notify the original school that you are declining the seat.”

    And the SEES and magnet are separate from one another.

  • 449. Jrw  |  April 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    So with you! My son has an offer for Decatur too for kindergarten. We are in Edison Park, so a few blks to neighborhood school Ebinger or accept offer? Decatur starts so early I feel like there kids will have to be at the bus stop prior to 7a….uggh!

  • 450. Farrahmom  |  April 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    @447 my first grader is #2 on the general waitlist for Ray. Do you have any info about Ray? Or Murray or Ariel. I don’t know much about either. Thanks!!

  • 451. Deanna  |  April 7, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    If we get waitlisted for other schools and/or we then get an offer while registered at our neighborhood school-would we be able to accept the offer regardless?

  • 452. cc's mom  |  April 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    See 448. Yes. Each school owns their own WL.

  • 453. helen  |  April 7, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Any Andrew Jackson parents here? My daughter could potentially receive an offer from Andrew Jackson due to her low number, lower 10s. We would like to know if there is any open house, or any opinions you can offer. Our neighborhood is Skinner West, which my oldest daughter is right now. Andrew Jackson is not far and within walking distance and I would like to hear more insights about the school if anyone knows. i.e. how many students in each class? Thanks!

  • 454. Chris  |  April 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    @Jrw, FYI: Decatur pick up time is around 645am at Edison Park.

  • 455. LNI  |  April 7, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    @439. SouthSide. Can you please elaborate on your comment about South Loop. We were waitlisted General 3. I know very little about South Loop and would love to hear more from you regarding. if you feel more comfortable elaborating via email as oppose to on this site please feel free to send me a note at lni2011@live.com.

  • 456. Jen k  |  April 8, 2017 at 8:41 am

    @446 Aileen re D2 waitlist. Anything is possible, but it’s not likely. We historically do not go into double digits for any of the K waitlists (proximity and 4 tier lists).

  • 457. Newberrymom  |  April 8, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I have seen a couple of parents on the chain ask questions about Newberry. I am a Newberry mom and have two kids at the school – 3rd grade and 8th grade and we love the school. Both boys have been there since kindergarten and my 8th grader just got into the high school of his choice – Whitney Young. A number of his classmates are going to selective enrollment high schools – Northside, Peyton and Jones. I think there are 16 Newberry students going to Lane Tech. The math teachers at the school are second to none in the CPS. They are on the UofC training videos for “Everyday Math” for the system. Principal has been there nearly 20 years – first as AP and now Principal for 7 years. That provides a lot of stability at the school. Congratulations for the families accepted to Newberry. For those lucky enough to have gotten into a couple of schools, I would encourage you to take a tour – nothing really beats walking around a school to get a sense of the culture of a place and if it is a good fit for your child.

  • 458. firsttimeCps  |  April 8, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    @457 Any idea if the waitlist moves for K? No. 15 is low but may not be for that school. Is there a chance?? Thanks!!

  • 459. AlbanyParkMom  |  April 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Tier 4

    Entering 1st
    Waters #1
    Ravenswood #27

    Entering 6th
    Ravenswood: Offered
    Waters: #15

    For what it’s worth, I called Waters (because we are just over the boundary by half a block) and asked them what the chances are. The person who answered said that many years they don’t take any kids off the waitlist. But, if they do, it won’t be until August because they have to make sure they have enough room for any neighborhood kids who are guaranteed a spot.

  • 460. It'sTime  |  April 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    436, Ray has long had a reputation for being a strong school. They have had some administration changes recently, but I hear they are doing well. In addition to asking here and looking at the scores and great schools, if you can get ahold of the LSC minutes and parent meeting minutes, that can give you insight into the current issues of the school.

  • 461. It'sTime  |  April 8, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    453, My child will be entering kindergarten at Jackson. I was told a new parent meeting will be April 24th. I would see if you can attend in case you don’t get an offer by then.

  • 462. LNI  |  April 8, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    #27 on the general waiting list for for Andrew Jackson, #3 on the general waiting list for South Loop and #9 on the general waiting list for National Teacher. For those of you who have been through this process before what are our chances of getting a call from either of these schools?

  • 463. Mom  |  April 8, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    @ Deanna yes. You would just accept the offer and enroll your child in the new school. We switched schools twice last summer.

  • 464. Mamadumplings  |  April 9, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Does anyone have comments on Hawthorne? Entering first grader is no. 3 on the general wait list. Although >95% on classical test, no offers from classical schools.

  • 465. SuMe  |  April 9, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Tier 4

  • 466. HSA Mom X2  |  April 9, 2017 at 9:03 am

    @Mamadumplings: I have a 3rd grader at Hawthorne who was also #3 on the WL last year. Got “the call” in early July. That being said, there are typically less openings in 1st grade and, of course, siblings get preference. It’s a wonderful school, both academically and social-emotionally, if you’re lucky enough to receive an offer. Fingers crossed for you!

  • 467. RR  |  April 9, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Hi, we are moving to Chicago and missed the regular application and will have to use the End-of-Year Citywide Options Program. Does anybody know how the application for this works? I am guessing we will just need to select from those on offer, but will we have to rank our preference? Any clues much appreciated.

  • 468. NTA parent  |  April 9, 2017 at 4:12 pm


    If you get a call from NTA, it won’t be until June at the earliest. There is a chance that we might not be calling off the wait list this year. The school has become very popular, and the administration is very cautious to control class sizes.

  • 469. Chicago School GPS  |  April 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    @467- the End of Year Citywide Application typically allows you to check off the schools for which you would like to be considered. In the past, you have not been asked to rank schools. Once you check off those you would like, CPSOAE will send a letter with any to which you were offered and you have a limited period of time to accept.

    You always have your neighborhood school to fall back on at any time of year.

  • 470. PublicSchoolSupporter  |  April 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    @Jenny – my twins got into pre-K at Inter-American as well. They have IAMS care from 7:00 – 9:00 am for before-care options and then they have La Escuelita, an after-care program run by JCYS that has a room at Inter-American where the kids will go after-class (or before class if your child is in the afternoon pre-K session). They eat lunch with the other kids in the lunchroom and then at 3:45 pm a bus comes to pick them up and will take them over to the JCYS facility where they can stay until 6:00 pm. They haven’t released any information or costs yet but said they will have that shortly. Hope that helps!

  • 471. Thirdtimesacharm  |  April 9, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Do the children seem happy? It’s sound very rigourous. And is as diverse as they claim? Do they take kids in upper grades?

  • 472. Threetimesacharm  |  April 9, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    @ Disney 1 sorry. Does anyone know what entry scores are for Lenart K?

  • 473. notsurewhattodo  |  April 9, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Does anyone know whether the options program and the magnet program at Coonley have an overlap in the curriculum or are they entirely separate programs?

  • 474. cpsobsessed  |  April 9, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    @473 – Coonley is options and neighborhood. For a same grade, the curriculum would differ between the 2 classes. But I would say that the school is good at meeting the needs of kids who need to work ahead who are in the neighborhood programs.

  • 475. notsurewhattodo  |  April 10, 2017 at 12:55 am

    We are trying to decide between Coonley neighborhood and Bell neighborhood programs… about to make an appointment to visit Coonley. Does anyone have thoughts on what we should be looking for in comparing the two schools while we wait to visit the school?

  • 476. 4cpskids  |  April 10, 2017 at 5:54 am

    For west loop parents deciding between Skinner West neighborhood and elsewhere (e.g. Poe; Jackson), I would stick with Skinner. Excellent principal, teachers, community, and education. No reason to commute elsewhere. Neighborhood and businesses are extremely committed to school and that is irreplaceable. I have 4 children in CPS and live in neighboring Smyth boundary. Have navigated through offers/rejections from WYAC, Skinner West, Skinner North, Galileo, STEM, Jackson, and Sheridan over past 10 years. You are not trading up by leaving Skinner. You have neighbors who chose Jackson over Skinner and it is only worth it if foreign language is a very high priority.

  • 477. SCO  |  April 10, 2017 at 8:46 am

    We were offered a spot at Franklin entering K, and just received a letter from the school not only asking us to accept the spot by April 24th, but also register – i.e. submit health records, birth certificate, etc. Somehow, I was under the impression that we can accept the spot and register at some point later. Is this the standard practice at all schools? This is the only spot we were offered and will be taking it. But if at some point we receive a call from another school where we are wait listed and decide to take it, does anyone know if this is a fairly straightforward process to switch or the fact that we will already be registered at Franklin, will make switching really hard?

  • 478. llmm  |  April 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

    @477 I think schools want you to do this so they do not have to do lots of paperwork during the summer with a skeleton crew–and with the uncertainty about when school will end probably even more so this year.

    But, it is not problem to switch later. You will call the original school to take you off their list and register at your new choice. You can only be registered at one school at a time.

  • 479. firsttimeCps  |  April 10, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Anybody have any info regarding an open house at NEWBERRY? or if they know if the waitlist moves? On WL less than 15. Is it worth me checking out the school? is there a chance for a call?? THANKS!!

  • 480. ChiNYC  |  April 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    @476 – I am a West Loop parent deciding between Skinner West (neighborhood) and an offer at Poe Classical. Can you provide specific info about Skinner West? No one seems to share specifics about the curriculum, teachers, etc or verify class sizes which I have been told are SUPER crowded (I went to an open house last fall and counted 38 chairs in the Kindergarten classroom we toured and I think someone on this thread said a 2nd grade was 40). I think those numbers are nuts, and we are hesitant about going with Skinner West (my son will be in K in the fall). I have seen the kids at pick up and drop off and they seem happy but I am concerned about how individual needs are responded to when a teacher (no matter how good he/she is) is alone in a classroom with that many kids for that many hours 5 days a week (even if schools do adhere to the new contract stipulation that classes of that size require an aide — which I’m not sure that contract has been officially agreed upon).

    It would be SO helpful to get some specifics about the neighborhood program — thank you!

  • 481. Deanna  |  April 10, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    40 kids? That is insane no matter what school it is.

  • 482. Heather Worley  |  April 10, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Reading all these comments makes me feel for the stress everyone is feeling. Here’s my two cents for what it’s worth. Last year I registered my four year old for the classical/gifted testing for Kindergarten because I work for a high school that reqires scores, and I wanted to see what this was all about. We didn’t do anything to prepare for a test other than to say that a teacher was going to play some games with and then give us some feedback on what kind of school would be a good fit. In the waiting room, the tension between the parents and kids in the room was uncomfortable. Months later the letter came. The scores were high. The acceptance was to Skinner West and waitlists for all the neighborhood and magnet schools we had listed. I wasn’t totally surprised because the test took over an hour, but I was unprepared. I hadn’t checked out any of the gifted or classical schools previously. I had hoped to get Mitchell because I’d heard good things and we can walk there. We went to orientation at SW. I was uncomfortable immediately. The air reminded me of the testing waiting room. I just don’t believe in that level of intensity for little kids. Last summer multiple schools called to offer positions from their waitlist. Late August Mitchell called, and we made the switch the next day. Our family couldn’t be happier. My kid is challenged and loves having friends in the neighborhood. Do what feels right for your family and breathe. It’s going to be okay because you love them so much.

  • 483. It'sTime  |  April 11, 2017 at 8:17 am

    @482, I know families who have pulled their children out of SEES because they felt the pressure and competition was too intense. I think the challenge occurs when there is no good neighborhood option or no good magnet offer. I have felt the insane competition at some of the schools as well, but neighborhood is not an option for me.

  • 484. Newberrymom  |  April 11, 2017 at 8:31 am

    @479 You can email Edward Collins, Newberry’s Assistant Principal at ECCollins1@cps.edu. He will arrange for a private tour. I would definitely check it out. The waitlist for K typically moves (but each year it depends on how many slots are taken by silblings – I would ask that on the tour.) Good luck!

  • 485. Thinking  |  April 11, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I have a couple of obsessive thoughts running through my head about next year, and I was wondering if anyone out there could give me clarity.

    First, my rising 4th grader is 1st on the sibling list at Coonley. I know that list hardly moves, and I’m wondering what the chances are of him getting in (and us reaching the nirvana of having both kids at the same school).

    Second, he was offered a spot at Murphy. He attended kindergarten at Murphy and we loved it, but we moved to a different part of the city, and he changed schools. Murphy’s ranking has slipped from the highest spot back then to a 2+ according to the CPS website. What happened? Does that matter? I am a teacher in CPS, and I still don’t know how much stock to put in those rankings!

    Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks.

  • 486. cpsobsessed  |  April 11, 2017 at 9:09 am

    @Thinking, having an 8th grader at Coonley, I think I’ve seen every sibling eventually been offered a spot. I think the school works to accommodate as best as they can, but I do think sometimes it happens right as school starts, unfortunately.

    I’d look at the data that feeds into the 2+ rating for Murphy. Was it scores? Attendance? Ratings of the admin? That may help you figure it out.

    See if this works:

  • 487. Jenny  |  April 11, 2017 at 9:53 am

    @PublicSchoolSupporter, Thank you so much for the insight! We are hoping to make Inter-American work for our daughter, and it’s great to know we have more flexibility than I first realized. Keep me posted what you all end up deciding to do for Pre-K!

  • 488. Twinparent  |  April 11, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I am the parent of 5 year old twins
    Got waitlisted at all schools I applied to.
    Lowest position is at Franklin
    Franklin. Positions 9,10

    Anyone know if there’s a chance or if waitlist at franklin moves?

  • 489. Deanna  |  April 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Any thoughts on Hayt? It’s another option where I live but I would have to complete an application, it wouldn’t be any better then Swift I don’t think but we have played at that playground in the past and we used the same route to go to the Catholic school last year which is next to the school. It’s a smaller street with homes that seem to have many families sending their kids to the Catholic school so it feels like a safer route to me. It’s so close to my condo I don’t know how we are not even in the boundary attendance for this school.

  • 490. Deanna  |  April 12, 2017 at 7:38 am

    It says they don’t accept kids outside the boundaries. I emailed them about that.

    Sorry for the double posting-so just read on the CPS site that they want dental work done by May 15? Can anyone confirm? I see that page has not been updated since 2014. I’m going to do it as soon as possible but is there a deadline to get these things?

  • 491. GatheringInfo  |  April 12, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Hi, this is my first post here as I check things out before throwing my hat in the ring this fall for my child to enter Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. I’m trying to figure out if it is worth putting a popular neighborhood school like Coonley on the lottery application. Have they admitted any out-of-neighborhood kids after siblings in the past couple of years (not including RGC)? How many K classes do they have? Thanks in advance.

  • 492. Prescott Mom  |  April 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    @167, asking about Prescott: We are in our 2nd year at Prescott, with a 2nd grader (transferred in from private school in 1st grade) and a kindergartener. We have been very happy with the school. Our older daughter is far ahead of her private school peers in math and about on par in writing. She loves her classmates, parents are involved and invested. There are many opportunities to either volunteer or to come to the classroom for publishing parties, non-fiction museum, etc. The kindergarten class this year is big, but they now have a full time assistant teacher. The kids are learning a ton, and my child loves school. The playground isn’t huge, but neither kid complains about that. If that’s your biggest concern, I think you’re doing great. My biggest issue is that Right at School (the private before and afterschool vendor) was much better last year. I don’t think the program is well-run this year, but that’s not Prescott’s fault.

  • 493. Rachel  |  April 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    My son got waitlisted #1 in Tier 3 for Lasalle … a friend told me there are often no spots at Lasalle. Does anyone have further information on that? I am such a novice at this process…. I thought #1 was a shoe-in, but now I feel like I might be in trouble 😦

    JACKSON, A wait listed Proximity 47
    STEM wait listed Proximity 66
    OGDEN ES wait listed General 162
    HAWTHORNE wait listed Tier 3 118
    NEWBERRY wait listed Tier 3 16
    FRANKLIN wait listed Tier 3 17
    SKINNER wait listed General 414
    LASALLE wait listed Tier 3 1
    LASALLE II wait listed Tier 3 161
    GALILEO wait listed Proximity 83

  • 494. Regarding LaSalle wait list  |  April 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Rachel, yes, you have a very good chance! Of course, there is a chance you may not receive an offer, if all tier 3 initial offers were to accept and no one ever gives up their spot. That does sometimes happen at schools, but if even one tier 3 family turns down their offer you will be the first called. There are many, many reasons families turn down ANY highly sought after school offer. Some of these reasons include a family move (tons of families leave the city and state for jobs or decide to go suburban), accepting a SEES offer instead, accepting an offer from another school that they feel fits their needs and family priorities better (location, special offerings, start/end times, where friends will be attending…), deciding to go with a private or parochial school instead… So, completely reasonable to expect that you may receive an offer at some point. The assumption that ALL families always accept their offer at a top school is a fallacy. Yes, it is not an absolute shoe-in, but would not be out of the question for you to receive an offer. Make sure they can reach you and that you pick up your phone, always check your messages, and check email regularly!

  • 495. PublicSchoolSupporter  |  April 12, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    @Jenny – We are going to accept Inter-American for Pre-K age 4. Keep me posted on what you do too. We still are on the general waitlist for Oscar Mayer #9 and #10 but I think that might be a long-shot (even though it sounds fairly high, I’m not sure how much the list for 4-year-olds moves and we need two spots). Would love to hear any other parents thoughts on Inter-American and/or the Oscar Mayer waitlist. Thanks in advance!

  • 496. cpsobsessed  |  April 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    @GatheringInfo – Coonley and other fully enrolled schools offer virtually no lottery seats for K. Sure, you *can* put it, but it’s more or less a “wasted” spot on the application. If you have room within your list, it can’t hurt I suppose.

    This is what the booklet for this enrollment season said:
    Open Enrollment School
    Note: Coonley is near capacity. A very limited
    number of seats, if any, will be available for the
    2017-2018 school year


  • 497. cpsobsessed  |  April 12, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    @493, I agree with 494, having a #1 spot gives you a very good chance (again, might take through the summer, but a good chance.) I bet within your list you could get 3 other offers as well.

  • 498. GatheringInfo  |  April 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    @cpsobsessed Thanks!

  • 499. Mama Serengeti  |  April 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Tier 4
    Entering 1st
    RGC score: 123
    Offered first choice: Beaubien

  • 500. curiousMom  |  April 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

    how do I reject an offer from a magnet school. Do I have to inform the school that I am declining or should I do nothing ?

    When will they send out the second list of offer letters ?

    My son is going to 4th grade . Does he have a chance to get into any of these schools on general tier ?

    Skinner – #26
    Mayer – #9
    Prescott – #8
    Oriole park – #5
    Stone – #5

  • 501. Jen K  |  April 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    @500 You should call the magnet school to decline, so maybe they can move to the next person waiting. Second round letters will happen after the 4/24 deadline to accept first round letters.

  • 502. curiousMom  |  April 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    okay. thank you @Jen K.

  • 503. HydeParkMom  |  April 15, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Hello! I just realized that I posted on the wrong thread. Here are my questions…

    What does anyone know about Salazar or Greeley? Was accepted for 2nd grade.

    I am accepting Greeley for 2nd grade.
    Really hoping for Hawthorne #20 or Newberry # 8. How are any of these schools with Special needs kids?

  • 504. HSA Mom X2  |  April 16, 2017 at 7:31 am

    @HydeParkMom: Your chances of getting an offer at Hawthorne are slim to none. We were WL#3 for 3rd grade last year and got “the call” in July. They stopped at #4 (called the week before school started). Very popular school; very few spots.

  • 505. LSmom  |  April 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

    @Hyde Park Mom — you have a decent chance for Newberry, we had a much higher number for K and got a call.

  • 506. ChiMom929  |  April 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Everyone! We’re currently at Burr and really love it. However, our daughter got into Brentano and we’re thinking about switching her over for 1st grade. (Closer to home, other friends who go there, more diverse younger grades, etc) Does anyone have any additional thoughts about Brentano? I’ve heard nothing but amazing things, but would love to hear the other side of things. Also, any idea how tough it would be to get my son into Pre-K 4? Thanks so much!

  • 507. Former LS Mom  |  April 17, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Take a tour of Brentano! Mr. Lavin (the principal) is awesome and really responsive. We toured both Burr and Brentano (loved the outside area of Burr, but Brentano has an awesome outside area AND great space inside) and we ended up choosing a school that worked better with our commute – but if we lived closer to Brentano, it would’ve been an all hands up vote in our house. Just go visit the school with your child – especially if you have an already established community there. I really, really loved Brentano and still sometimes ask my husband if we made the right choice.

  • 508. Lulabird  |  April 18, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I am #86 on the Proximity list for LaSalle II…..do we have any chance???

  • 509. Whattodo  |  April 18, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    My child has been offered a spot at Franklin Fine Arts for kindergarten. They sent a letter out this past week (over spring break) and demanding everyone get their required paperwork in by the 24th and are offering no tours.

    I called the principal and asked for just 15 minutes to see the school and ask a couple of questions. I was told no and to drive by at arrival and dismissal to get a good feel. He said they offered tours in the fall and those that have a strong passion for the school are asked to tour in the fall. What!?!?! This is not a private school. Talk about leaving a bad taste in my mouth and discouraging parent involvement from the start. I have a bad taste in my mouth.

  • 510. helpfulmom  |  April 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I went to Hawthorne Scholastic Academy open house yesterday and boy was I impressed. The school is awesome and I love the literacy focus. Kindergarten classrooms were so large, neat and organized. Teacher had control of kids. I am so happy we got an offer. WE accepted.

  • 511. cc's mom  |  April 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

    @509 That would definitely not sit well with me either. Hopefully someone on here might be able to give you more information on Franklin, but what you wrote is a big red flag for me. Schools, especially school leaders, need to respond to their stakeholders in a way that makes them feel welcomed.

  • 512. Jenny  |  April 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

    @PublicSchoolSupporter – We are going to accept at Inter-American as well for a Pre-K 4 spot. I just found out that there is an info session this Friday at 5pm, wanted to pass this along in case you were unaware. We are unfortunately unable to make it, but I’m hoping to follow up with the school next week to see what information was distributed. Good luck with the Oscar Mayer waitlist as well!

  • 513. SCO  |  April 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    @509. We also received the letter from Franklin, and actually went over there yesterday to drop off Acceptance letter and all the required paperwork to register. The main office is on the first floor and we could see what that floor looks like; observed kids – current K class is actually across from the main office and one can probably take a look there if kids are not in the classroom. We met the principal and were told that a couple of open houses will be held in the summer; and there would be parent orientation approx. 2 weeks before class start. For us, Franklin was the only offer we received and our neighborhood school is not an option. So, yes, I had the same feelings upon receipt of the letter – but there is currently no other option.

  • 514. Whattodo  |  April 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    What did you think of the school? Did they answer any of your questions? I may accept the offer to have it as an option but will consider our neighborhood school strongly and hope to get another offer. I was really hopeful for this as an option as it offers diversity with a liberal arts program that seems fantastic.

  • 515. cpsobsessed  |  April 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    @509 – agh that makes me so mad. The lottery process is such a long shot! It would make no sense to tour all the top schools not knowing where you’ll get an offer. I (personally) think the magnets should be required to offer a tour (or 2) after the letters go out.
    I understand the principals work their butts off. They truly do. But come on!

  • 516. It'sTime  |  April 19, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    515, I don’t think all the schools are like that. Jackson is having an Open House next week (albeit after the 24th). However, when I dropped off my acceptance over a week ago, I was informally offered a tour. I declined like a dumbo because I was running late, but I liked the feel of the school immediately.

  • 517. LSmom  |  April 19, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I agree that it’s totally unreasonable to expect parents to tour every school in the fall given the odds. That said, we’ve found Franklin to be a welcoming community with very involved parents.

  • 518. afterschool  |  April 19, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    From what I gather, Mark Sheridan doesn’t have after school programs. Correct me if I am wrong.
    What does parents who need after school care typically do?
    What are the options?
    Please suggest.

  • 519. cpsobsessed  |  April 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    @517 – agree… I wouldn’t turn down a good school because the won’t give tours after the fall. Decatur was notorious for that, but it’s still been a very good school.

  • 520. km  |  April 20, 2017 at 10:26 am

    @518 – Mark Sheridan will give you a list of afterschool options. Prices range from $250 -$500 per month. They will pick up your kid from school.

  • 521. diana  |  April 20, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    @chicagobelle I’d love to hear more about Moos. Is there a way to DM me?

  • 522. FranklinMom  |  April 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    @509 and @513 My daughter goes to Franklin and I have found the school to be welcoming, proactive and a great fit for my kid. There is a strong parental and staff involvement with Friends of Franklin and we have had only positive experiences so far. There is a kindergarten orientation a few weeks before school and if you would like to talk more about the school – there is an event on May 13th at Orso’s and you would be able to talk to the principal, vice principal, teachers, and many parents.

    Yes – agree that the principal saying that he can’t provide a tour may not send a warm, welcoming message, but at the same time most parents know they want this school when they apply. CPS principals have a lot to manage right now (especially with the threat of school ending early and managing graduation and just the day-to-day school affairs and budgets – not to mention it was report card pick up on Wednesday).

    If the principal left a bad impression perhaps it’s not the best fit for your family. If you feel so-so about the school I know there are dozens of families who have this school as their top choice and would accept it not just because it’s their only option.

  • 523. NW Side  |  April 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm


    We missed the scheduled tour of the school we got into, and the principal gave an hour of her time this morning to meet with me and show me around. It definitely made a positive impression. If she hadn’t made time for me, that would have made it really easy to reject the offer. Now, I’m torn.

  • 524. Mama2P  |  April 20, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    @deanna, Peirce (or Pierce if you’re searching by the way you spelled it) never got to me on their wait list last year so I doubt they will go beyond that this year either. Swift has a pool! 🙂

  • 525. Deanna  |  April 20, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I’m surprised for Pierce because they are not one of the top schools. I heard they also have large classrooms too.
    I almost sent her there for pre-k last fall but thankfully I didn’t-there was an outbreak of lice and although lice can happen anywhere,the situation was going on well into the winter months of this year. Then they had a case of mumps. When I emailed the principal last year to do a tour she seemed cold and I was actually proactive and asked her before the enrollment started. Meh,maybe it’s not meant to be.

    I’m really curious what will be left when end of year open enrollment starts.

  • 526. harry potter  |  April 20, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    @525, There is lice everywhere. Hawthorne had it really, really bad when we were there. And I mean realllllllllllly bad. The suburban school in which I teach? At any given time, 20-25% of our first grade girls have it. My own kids have had it. Your kids will most likely get it at least once. There’s no avoiding it.

  • 527. cpsobsessed  |  April 20, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    The expensive private schools all have had lice too. They’re the ones keeping the expensive lice removal shops in business. It’s a part of modern child life, unfortunately.

  • 528. mum  |  April 21, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Just a quick note on Disney I – there is A LOT of technology = a lot of screen time. So if you’re the type of parent who limits screen time for your kids, Disney may not be a comfortable fit.

    Also, for kids with nut allergies – Disney is NOT a nut free school. Of course they don’t serve nuts but kids can bring nuts from home in their lunches. They are only encouraged not to share.

  • 529. Marie Antoinette  |  April 21, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Quick question, I’m new to this, my daughter is going to kindergarten next year, and I was wondering if the notification letters be updated every time that school gives you an offer? Or will I just be called and/or emailed?

  • 530. Deanna  |  April 22, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I don’t know how much I should factor a school is considered a “good school” on GreatSchools.org? Does anyone look at that site and feel it’s true to what the school is all about?

  • 531. Carl Boylan  |  April 23, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Hi everyone,

    Very interesting reading all the different outcomes on the school lottery. My wife and i applied to about 12 different schools that we’d be willing to drive to. On a positive note, our son got an acceptance letter to Inter-American. The downside is the location of that school. How in heck are you supposed to go get your kid on a Cubs game day?! We consider busing, but our son has an iep and we’re concerned just sending him off into the world like that. Only other spot we landed that might be semi-interesting is we’re in the low 20’s for OA Thorp. The location would work much better for us. We toured the school last year and loved it. I know it’s been asked a hundred times, but any chance of sliding down Thorp’s list into the mid-20’s for Kindergarten? Or is that a pipe dream? We already told Inter American yes btw.

  • 532. Headed2Chicago  |  April 24, 2017 at 8:43 am

    @530, I am definitely looking at GreatSchools. I totally get that ratings have some subjectivity, but you can drill down and look at test scores – so I am trying to not consider schools below 8/10 on GreatSchools. I get that methodologies can be flawed, test scores aren’t everything etc., but it is an objective measure across schools, and I personally value it.

  • 533. Headed2Chicago  |  April 24, 2017 at 9:07 am

    For anyone that went to the Disney Open house on the 20th, what did you think of it? I was impressed by the facilities and the investment, but found the principal and management somewhat rigid – even in the way they handled parent Q&A. And this impression was reinforced through the tour. I also see a bunch of Disney parent reviews online that cite concern with how discipline is enforced. Since we are moving long-distance, we can choose to move to be near whichever school we pick. Right now, even though we accepted Disney, I am leaning towards Burley, Blaine, Lincoln or Skinner West over Disney. But my daughter will be in second grade, so the last possible year for her to get into Disney. Any insights from parents at Disney or at one of these neighborhood schools?

  • 534. cc's mom  |  April 24, 2017 at 9:31 am

    @530 and 532. Greatschools is, well, not great. They largely are not relying on test scores or other objective measures, and it’s often out of date information. It can, however, be helpful to read some comments. You are better off reading a school’s SQRP report to see a school’s test scores (in both growth and attainment) and 5 essentials data.

  • 535. KinderMom  |  April 24, 2017 at 9:41 am

    @533 – We went to the Disney Open House on the 20th and had similar impressions as you did. My husband and I went in very open minded because we had heard reviews of Disney on all ends of the spectrum. But we found the principal to be cold (especially with her answer on how the school responds to bullying) and the pods to be incredibly overwhelming. I know it is a great school but it just doesn’t mesh with our parenting style. We turned Disney down to go to our neighborhood school and are actually excited about sending our oldest there.

  • 536. thirdtimesacharm  |  April 24, 2017 at 10:03 am

    535 What is your neighborhood school your choosing over Disney? Just curious!

  • 537. AILEEN  |  April 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

    My daughter got accepted to Disney however hearing the reviews on it from the open house seems a bit concerning. This was the only school she got offered so if we accept the offer does that takes us out from the other schools we applied to below from contacting me if a spot is available?

    Peterson- waitlist #5
    Disney II- Tier 1- #14
    Schubert #34
    Solomon- #62
    Beaubien # 110

  • 538. Gina  |  April 24, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I found this to be a better resource for researching schoolshttps://www.illinoisreportcard.com/

  • 539. cpsteacherandmom  |  April 24, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    @531 Carl- You have a chance for Thorp, but if you get a call, it will be late summer. Two summers ago we were #13 for Kinder proximity and we got a call in early September. Last year I think I heard someone with a #18 got in.

  • 540. AILEEN  |  April 24, 2017 at 2:21 pm


  • 541. Chicago School GPS  |  April 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    2017-2018 CPS Calendar:
    “All high school and elementary school students are expected start classes on Sept. 5, the day after Labor Day, according to the calendar. The school year is set to end on June 16, 2018.

    The first official day of winter break is Christmas, which falls on a Monday. That means students’ actual break begins on Saturday, Dec. 23. They return to call on Jan. 8, 2018.

    Spring break is set to begin on March 26, 2018.”

    From DNAInfo https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170424/downtown/cps-calendar-2017-18-2018-schedule-christmas-first-day-of-school

  • 542. cpsmomlakeview  |  April 24, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    @533 and @535 – we also toured Disney 1 at the open house and while the technology is impressive, we also had some of the same reservations. We turned it down as well and are attending our neighborhood school

  • 543. Headed2Chicago  |  April 24, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    @542, thanks. What is your neighborhood school?

  • 544. newtothis  |  April 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I’m waiting on pre-3 for Oscar Mayer. Does anyone know who “the call” will come from? The school or CPS? Do they sent out an email too? I’m worried we will miss the call!

  • 545. NW side parent  |  April 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I am looking for insight on Beaubien neighborhood. My current 4th grader has been at a Catholic school since pre-k. We moved into the boundary for Beaubien and are considering switching to Beaubien for next year. It’s a much bigger school than he is used to. Anyone currently have their kids there?

  • 546. rubyjem00  |  April 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    @536 and @543 – We turned down Disney for Waters (our neighborhood school).

  • 547. confusedMom  |  April 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I see in the skinner west website that they are accepting applications for k-4. so what happens when we want to enroll from the neighborhood zone in 5th grade ?

    Will the kids enrolled through neighborhood enter into 5th grade ? Do they keep a gifted test at the end of 4th grade to enter into 5th grade ? sort of confusing

  • 548. Give me good news  |  April 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    What happens if a sibling doesn’t accept a magnet kindergarten spot? Who does that spot go to if there are no other siblings on the list? I have a low wait number and one of the moms I know at the school is moving to the suburbs. They won’t be accepting that spot. Just curious if anyone knows how it works in that situation.

  • 549. Thirdtimesacharm  |  April 25, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Disney perspective parents. I know many of you are concerned with the discipline and the ridgidness. Even how they handle bullies.Can you explaine more? I had a disgruntled 3 yr old at the open house and missed that.

  • 550. cc's mom  |  April 25, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Anybody have experience from previous years on when schools start to make calls from their waitlists? I know it probably won’t be for a while since only yesterday was the deadline for first acceptances. Wondering if it’s days or weeks when they start (and, yes, I know the whole process could go well into the school year).

    Also, I was at a school yesterday (McPherson) and they did not seem to have access to their accepted/waitlist yet or at least that is what the clerk told me. The clerk said I had to turn in the first sheet of the magnet letter that proves I was accepted and not just the last page with student ID/info.

  • 551. Twinparent  |  April 25, 2017 at 10:32 am

    We were 9 and 10 on proximity waitlist for Franklin Fine Arts. And today we got a call offering us two spots. Anyone know anything about franklin? We were leaning towards our neighborhood school Lincoln but now we are torn.

  • 552. LPHSDH  |  April 25, 2017 at 10:46 am

    #551 Both schools are great. My question would be whether or not you want your children to be able to get to know other kids in the neighborhood, have lots of after-school friendships and playdates, meet neighbors, etc. In that case, Lincoln, hands down. On the flip side, if you think you might move and don’t want to uproot your kids from their school, and value the arts more than most offerings, Franklin may be your choice. Both are great.

  • 553. Sopps  |  April 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Just offered a spot at Burr general waitlist #52. Didn’t think it was an option given out number. I have until Thursday to decide.

  • 554. cc's mom  |  April 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Excited for you both that you got calls–congrats! A little jealous though. Nothing here. We’re 251 on Burr, so DEFINITELY not getting that call.

  • 555. firsttimeCps  |  April 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    wow! I didn’t know they would start calling so fast. Thanks for sharing. I hope I don’t miss a future call. My phone will be on LOUD ring until September. LOL

  • 556. PublicSchoolSupporter  |  April 25, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    @Jenny – I went to the Inter-American open house. It was a bit chaotic but gave a lot of good information. I’m guessing you got one of the packets from the school when you dropped off your application but if you have any questions let me know. The one thing they stressed is that if you need the La Escuelita care from JCYS, get your application in asap as there are only 20 spots available total. They have had to turn away families in the past unfortunately. I dropped off my deposit and application for that this morning and I know they had about 10 applications already. Other important points are that pre-K students, the earliest you can drop off without any before-care is 8:55 am. You need to sign in the child. You can bring them in for breakfast at 8:30 am but you need to stay with your kids unless you pay for the IAMS before-school care. Hope that helps!

  • 557. Disney II  |  April 25, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Any info on Disney II 7th grade? Teir 2 #31 got an email today. My son is currently in a good options program.

  • 558. Janet  |  April 25, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    My daughter is in the siblings waiting list for a magnets school and I was wondering how the waiting lists works. Do they first take kids from the sibling list and then move the proximity and the general or Tier list? This is very confusing to me. I will appreciate any clarification.

  • 559. LSmom  |  April 25, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    @Janet, they will accept all siblings before moving on to other lists.

  • 560. willasmom  |  April 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Thoughts on Chappell? My daughter was called off the waitlist yesterday.

    Also wondering what anyone might know about Hibbard (our neighborhood school).

  • 561. cc's mom  |  April 25, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    @560 What number and what list? I would definitely take Chappell!

  • 562. Deanna  |  April 25, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    So we can walk in our neighborhood school anytime to register for the next school year? Bring in proof of residency and the medical records correct?

  • 563. willasmom  |  April 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    @561 She was 13 on General WL. 🙂

  • 564. CPSx2  |  April 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Anyone have intel on wait list movement for Disney II for 7th grade?
    Tier 3, waitlist #40

    I’m not even sure what their total 7th grade number is.
    Any insight into the wait list and the program from 7th grade up would be appreciated.

  • 565. CPStressed  |  April 26, 2017 at 2:48 am

    I called Drummond for pre-k 3 today.

    They wouldn’t say exactly how many spots, but confirmed they had a few open and would start calling off the waitlist this week. They said those people would then have until next Friday to accept.

    We’re Tier 4 #6 on the waitlist. Fingers crossed!!!

  • 566. tcrl10  |  April 26, 2017 at 10:13 am

    @533 & @535

    We were at the Disney tour on 4/20 and agree. I felt a bit uncomfortable with the vibe during the Q&A – the Assistant Principal’s didn’t seem happy or free to talk and we were shocked my the Principal’s response to the question on bullying. That being said, we stuck around to look at the pod set-up and then ducked out. We declined our offer from Disney.

  • 567. thirdtimesacharm  |  April 26, 2017 at 10:51 am

    566 What did she say about bullying? I missed that. My husband was concerned with how they spoke to children.

  • 568. twin parent  |  April 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    we actually decided to decline our offer to Franklin. More because of the school day schedule than anything else. Our home school Lincoln’s school day works better for us and I was impressed by the options for classes and music

  • 569. cc's mom  |  April 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    It’s still only the first week of phone calls, and I’m so anxious. It’s going to be a long summer. Anyone who has not shared yet get any calls/emails this week?

  • 570. JMarreroHansen  |  April 27, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Anyone got a call from Thorp yet?
    We’re #7 Proximity and hoping to get a call soon.

  • 571. newtothis  |  April 27, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Just spoke to someone at Mayer who told me that calls for the waitlist aren’t going to begin until August? Does anyone have any experience with this or did I just happen to speak to the wrong person?

  • 572. publicschoolsupporter  |  April 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    @newtothis I attended the Mayer open house last week and they did say that calls won’t begin until August. The reason is that they are a neighborhood magnet school, so they need to allow a buffer for space for any attendance area 5-year-old (or older) to have a spot. As they get closer to the start of school, that is when they will start calling about seats. What age and waitlist number are you? Good luck!

  • 573. newtothis  |  April 27, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you @572. We are pk3 #7. That totally makes sense, but I am getting different answers from so many different people! You think #7 is promising?

  • 574. publicschoolsupporter  |  April 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    @newtothis – What Tier are you? For PK3, there are multiple lists – a sibling list, then an attendance area (marked AA) list and then because PK3 is the entry year, the general list is divided into four Tiers. I hate to sound negative, but #7 might not actually be #7 – it might look more like #28 (and that’s assuming there aren’t any people on the sibling or AA lists for PK3).

    I have twin girls who are #9 and #10 on the general list for PK4 (because this isn’t the entry year, there is only one general list) and while I’m trying to remain hopeful, I’m not holding my breath. Hoping to have some parents chime in who have gotten calls from Mayer in the past just to better gauge the situation.

  • 575. newtothis  |  April 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    @574 Thanks…it’s the Attendance Area. So, I think that is good?! Thank you for your explanation on what the general list is. I have been wondering that for the past month or so.

  • 576. Whattodo  |  April 27, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    We have also decided to decline our offer to Franklin. I was told No more tours for the year and not offered any alternatives (i.e., a parent could walk you around, email me some questions etc). I had some high quality tours these past two weeks and the unflexibility of the principal of Franklin sealed our decision and raised to many red flags for us. Hoping someone gets an offer that has been waiting!

  • 577. publicschoolsupporter  |  April 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    @newtothis – if you are #7 on the AA list at Oscar Mayer then I would think you have a good shot! You just have to be patient and have a back-up plan in place just in case it doesn’t come through. Good luck!

  • 578. JMarreroHansen  |  April 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I forgot to put that we’re going for kindergarten (Thorp, waitlist #7)

  • 579. cpsteacherandmom  |  April 28, 2017 at 11:33 am

    @578, we were #13 proximity two years ago, and got a call for a spot the first week of September.

  • 580. ChiNYC  |  April 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Hi! Does anyone have any feedback on Galileo Scolastic Academy? Thanks!

  • 581. Nwsidemom  |  April 28, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    @CPSx2 we got an email for Disney II Tuesday, they’re giving us one week to respond. offer was for 7th grade, waitlist #9 (general), declining since we got an AC spot at Whitney.

  • 582. Rachel Newhouse  |  April 28, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    We were #1 on LaSalle’s Tier 3 waiting list for kindergarten and got a call on Tuesday and we accepted.

  • 583. imhereforthis  |  April 30, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I was at the tour at Disney…on bullying, this gist of the principles response was that We all we’re bullied as kids and it is just called a different name today…if I say I don’t like your hair, I am just stating an opinion, but if I say I do not like your hair three times, now I am considered a bully…(that was her example) she basically made it seem like it wasn’t a big deal and that sort of thing is common amongst kids. She implied that the use of the term bully in many situations is often exaggerated.

  • 584. Thirdtimesacharm  |  April 30, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Imhereforthis Thank so much for clarification. We are really on the fence about Disney. Did they metion displine measures?

  • 585. Deanna  |  April 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    We need to advocate for bullying education in the schools…in Indiana it’s a law requirement that the school provides this. You hear so many kids that were brushed off as “they are just being kids” and then end up comitting suicide. Disney seems to be popular around these parts, but based on the responses so far I’m not impressed at all and wouldn’t select that school if I had a choice. Just my two cents.

  • 586. cc's mom  |  May 1, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Is anyone going to the Chappell open house/tour today? If so, can you share your experience? I’m also wondering if they said anything about their waitlist numbers/movement.

  • 587. What to do??  |  May 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    BURLEY wait listed General 183
    COONLEY wait listed General 31
    DISNEY wait listed Tier 4 236
    DISNEY II wait listed Proximity 1
    BEAUBIEN wait listed General 296
    DRUMMOND wait listed General 451
    HAWTHORNE wait listed Tier 4 289
    INTER-AMERICAN wait listed General 163
    LASALLE wait listed Tier 4 247
    LASALLE II wait listed Tier 4 30
    MAYER wait listed General 47
    NEWBERRY wait listed Tier 4 151
    STONE wait listed Tier 4 54
    WILDWOOD wait listed General 280
    NETTELHORST wait listed General 306
    THORP, O offered
    AUDUBON wait listed General 184
    BLAINE wait listed General 225

    So help me out here people because I’m torn between Disney II which we figure there is a 90%+ chance of getting an offer and Thorp. Already have a 2nd grader at Thorp so our son got a sibling offer there. We always swore up and down we’d move the kids to Disney II if we got the chance. Now that we’re likely to get that chance we’re not so sure. Their bus stop is at Disney II Elementary so the dropoff/pickup location is the same regardless, so that doesn’t really play a factor. Complicating factors are as follows:

    1) Disney II is attractive because it’s a K-12 program so we would have a guaranteed HS option other than Schitz;

    2) However, Disney II High School’s test scores are a small tick above the CPS average which suggests this isn’t exactly a high-achieving environment;

    3) However, that may change as the upper grades get filled with kids who have been in Disney II since Kindergarten;

    4) Or it may not as the top performers get scooped up by SEHS’s and Academic Center programs after 8th and 6th grade respectively;

    5) Additionally, the older sibling won’t be eligible to attend Disney II for at least a year, and two-year and even three-year waits for older siblings are not unheard of because they often have more older siblings than sibling preference openings for them; then if she waits that long she’ll end up at the HS campus in a couple years anyway so they’ll still effectively be at different schools;

    6) Finally, Thorp has a much cheaper after-school option than the Y program at Disney II, which is $63 per student per day. For that kind of money we could just send them to private schools.

    Anyone who has a single-digit number on Disney II’s proximity waitlist, we’re entertaining offers to decline the offer and increase your odds of getting the call.

    (Just kidding.)

    (Sort of.)

  • 588. cc's mom  |  May 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    @587 If you “always swore up and down” that you’d choose Disney II, it seems like you have many reasons for liking the school and should go for it. The reasons listed not to seem more about convenience (which of course should be considered) but not because you are in love with your current school situation. If I were you, I’d choose the school you’ve wanted for quite some time.

  • 589. What to do??  |  May 1, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Well, the primary reasons for considering Disney II are also convenience factors:, namely it’s closer by a long shot and we wouldn’t have to do the whole lottery/selective enrollment thing again after 8th grade, And as noted in my prior post, being closer isn’t much of an advantage since we’d be dropping off and picking up at Disney II whether they go there or Thorp. at least through 6th grade.

    Honestly if it weren’t for the fact that D II is a K-12 program, we’d just put him in Thorp and keep his sister there too. We may still do just that because it doesn’t appear at this time that the D II high school program is anything more than a last-ditch alternative to packing up for the suburbs, and maybe not even that. If we send the kids to DII, it will be on the hope that the high school program improves by the time they reach 9th grade.

  • 590. What to do??  |  May 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    ^^ And we’re not sure that gamble is worth disrupting our daughter’s education for.

    So yeah, this decision is a lot harder than we thought it would be.

  • 591. Christine Lyons  |  May 1, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    @589: My children have all attended DII since kindergarten, and my daughter has just CHOSEN to stay on for high school, despite having other, viable options. In fact, as the high school grows, more and more of the 8th graders are choosing to remain because of the stellar, differentiated academic programming; growing music program; growing sports program; and, the STEM Maker’s Lab, which will be under construction this summer. Lane Tech has one, similar. We love the smaller environment and the racial, socio-economic, and academic diversity. This is a brand, new high school growing in accolades and quickly gaining the reputation as an equally rigorous alternative to a more academically homogeneous selective enrollment school.

  • 592. What to do??  |  May 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Growing accolades from whom?

    If it’s “quickly gaining the reputation as an equally rigorous alternative to a more academically homogeneous selective enrollment school” then it has done so very quietly. In fact you’re the first and only person I’ve seen or heard who has made this very bold claim. I’m open to any evidence or testimony that this claim has any truth to it but so far I haven’t seen any.

    What my cursory research has turned up is a school with mediocre-at-best academic outcomes and serious discipline issues. At best I’ve received ambivalent feedback from current Disney II Elementary parents who aren’t sure what they will be doing once their kids reach high-school age, and at least one parent who pulled her oldest daughter out before she got to 9th grade and plans to do the same with her two younger children.

    I do appreciate the feedback from a current HS parent though, and I’d certainly welcome any further details that might paint a more optimistic picture than I’ve seen and heard so far. I’d definitely like to believe your version because I don’t want to have to deal with the whole testing/lottery/whatever process all over again in a few years.

  • 593. Karin Sawlani  |  May 1, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    What to do??….really! Here is what you need to do….Make a decision and put the Parents of wait listed children at Disney 2 and Thorp out of their misery. Come on!

  • 594. @593  |  May 1, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Please tell me that you’re being tongue-in-cheek. Otherwise, it’s not a very helpful comment. She doesn’t even have an offer at DII yet!

  • 595. Jen K  |  May 1, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    What to do: don’t make a decision about Kindergarten based on high school 9 years from now. If your family is happy at the current school, stick with it. You don’t really seem that interested in Disney II based on your comments.

    Full disclosure, I’m a Disney II parent and I work at the high school. The school is growing by leaps and bounds every year, and the quality of education is outstanding. I hope that you would take the time to learn about the school first hand and make a decision as to whether it is a good for for your family, should you get an offer. I see these kids every day and to say there is a serious discipline problem is an extreme exaggeration. As in any school, there are a handful of kids requiring more attention due to behavior, but they are a very, very small part of the student population.

    A small number of our 6th grade students test for ACs, and only a couple end up leaving. After 8th, a significant majority stay for high school. Like the previous poster, great families (like hers) and students are staying by choice.

  • 596. chrischadl  |  May 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    @592 Well, I can only speak from my family’s personal experience, and it has been very positive. If I felt that there were any serious discipline issues occurring, my daughter would have chosen one of her other high school options. I would encourage you, and anybody entering this decision, though, to experience schools first-hand. Go on a tour; ask to sit through a Capstone class at the DII high school (you will be amazed with this AP program); or, visit an all-school function, such as the Disney II Block Party on June 7 from 4pm-6pm at the Lawndale Campus (3700 W block of Byron Street). It is so important to experience schools first hand when making an informed decision. There are “hidden gems” in CPS that go beyond selective enrollment. Ironically, the school clerk just called me at 8:30 pm tonight to check on my daughter who was injured in gym class today. In such a big city with an enormous public school system, I like that DII offers a small-community, personal experience- someone cared that my daughter needed ice today…..love it.

  • 597. What to do??  |  May 1, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    @ Karin Sawlani Gosh, we’re awfully sorry for wanting to make an informed decision, which as 594 notes, we haven’t actually been given the opportunity to make yet. Do you have any information or experience that could help?

  • 598. AlbanyParker/DII mom  |  May 1, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    @592 – I’m also a DII parent. I had one kid who attended the middle school at Lawndale last year (at a different HS this year) and one in the PK-6 building at Kedvale, so I have some perspective on both campuses. From what I’ve experienced the programs in elementary and middle school (7-8 grades at Lawndale) are academically solid; all the teachers we’ve had so far have been excellent. The arts teachers are fantastic – all elementary kids have weekly music, art and technology classes. My older kid loved his art and band classes more than he expected last year.

    I would caution you against judging the high school on a single score; the HS is graduating its first small class of seniors this year and few if any came from the elementary program. I know last year when we were considering the HS we found out that the year before 75 of the 100 8th graders stayed at DII for 9th, so the high school definitely has or is gaining the approval of the elementary families. I would have been happy to let my kid stay for ninth – he was excited about continuing in band and starting the technology track – but he ultimately decided on another school. Given the dedication of the teachers and administrators I’m betting that by the time my little guy gets to ninth grade the high school will be even better.

    (And hey, lots of kids take the SEHS exam and go elsewhere, too – the DII HS is one of many options! If you want to stay, the transition from 8th to 9th is pretty seamless. Not sure if there are any tours left at Lawndale this year but maybe you should call and see if you could visit.)

  • 599. What to do??  |  May 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    @chrischadl I’m not sure where you get the idea I’m not that interested in D II, otherwise this wouldn’t be such a difficult decision.

    What grade is your daughter in now, and did she come up through the D II elementary program?

    Also, something that seems to happen at a number of non-SEHSs is they have AP/IB/honors programs for the hard-chargers, low expectations for the, uh, academically challenged kids, while the ones in between are virtually forgotten. Do they have enough strata at D II to make sure the kids in between are getting their learning needs met?

    Thanks for any insights you can share.

  • 600. What to do??  |  May 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks AlbanyParker/DII mom, your input/insights are appreciated.I have no doubts about the elementary school program, it’s the whole high school quandary that has us wondering if it’s worth having our kids at two separate schools for possibly several years and pulling our daughter out of her current school for the chance that the high school will be both a solid and guaranteed option when it’s their turn.

    Provided that spot opens up, anyway. Who knows, maybe the decision will ultimately be made for us.

  • 601. anonymous84  |  May 1, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    @589 “it doesn’t appear at this time that the D II high school program is anything more than a last-ditch alternative to packing up for the suburbs, and maybe not even that.” Really?? That statement is mean-hearted and, I’d guess, completely uninformed. This is exactly what is wrong with parents in CPS! Badmouthing a new and growing school that is trying to recruit and retain students. Disney II is working hard to create another alternative to the intellectual caste system CPS has created, yet the school is forced defend itself to people who know nothing about it but hearsay!

    Disney II High School is 4 years old. To think that any high school in our system of choice, except perhaps those that segregate by intellect, would have off-the-chart test scores four years after opening is unreasonable. Disney II is socio-economically, ethnically and intellectually diverse with academic programming for all kinds of students… like the real world. I prefer for my children to attend a school that serves a myriad of students and works tirelessly to provide them a high-quality education, and that is exactly what Disney II is doing.

  • 602. Sopps  |  May 1, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    What to do-can you give any feedback on your experience at thorp? We are waitlist #3. I’d love to hear the good and the bad. Our neighborhood school is Murphy and other decent numbers include #8 Belding, #4 audubon. What time do you drop off at the bus stop? Any issues with bus in general?

    I feel for your situation! Such a hard choice. Good luck!

  • 603. What to do??  |  May 2, 2017 at 2:01 am

    ^^ Hi Sopps:

    I’ll admit it’s a good problem to have, but it’s definitely a more vexing one than we expected it to be.

    I’d be lying if I told you our experience at Thorp has been entirely smooth sailing. Just from sheer bad luck of the draw, our daughter had 5 teachers between kindergarten and first grade. Her first kindergarten teacher went on maternity leave, so there’s not much you can do or say about that. Her first first-grade teacher was on the verge of retirement and was basically phoning it in. One day she called in sick and she never came back. The first replacement was a fresh-face nepotism hire who lasted maybe two months before she jumped ship. The second replacement managed to stick it out through the end of the year. Thankfully she’s had one and only one 2nd grade teacher, and we haven’t noticed unusual turnover in the other grades either.

    The administration is approachable and accessible, the office staff is friendly, prompt, and competent, the parents are friendly and involved, the expectations of the students are high but not burn ’em out while they’re still in grade school high, so in most other respects we’ve been pleased. If I had one last complaint it’s that the volume of homework is unbelievably. Even in kindergarten my daughter had 30 to 40 minutes of homework a night, but it looks like that’s becoming the norm at schools with higher expectations. I believe there are ways to have kids meet those expectations without piling that much homework on them so soon.

  • 604. anon81  |  May 2, 2017 at 6:55 am

    @599 Really? Let’s look at your comments about Disney II:

    “D II high school program is anything more than a last-ditch alternative to packing up for the suburbs, and maybe not even that.”

    “Growing accolades from whom?If it’s “quickly gaining the reputation as an equally rigorous alternative to a more academically homogeneous selective enrollment school” then it has done so very quietly. In fact you’re the first and only person I’ve seen or heard who has made this very bold claim.”

    “What my CURSORY research has turned up is a school with mediocre-at-best academic outcomes and serious discipline issues. At best I’ve received ambivalent feedback from current Disney II Elementary parents who aren’t sure what they will be doing once their kids reach high-school age.”

    If that is “interested” then I’m curious what you would say about schools you’re not interested in…

    I agree with anonymous84 that people have chosen this school for their own kids (a very personal decision), and it is mean-hearted to make the claims above based on your self-admitted CURSORY research.

  • 605. D2HS  |  May 2, 2017 at 7:39 am

    What a warm and welcoming group of parents! How dare you question their precious high school?? Just wow.

  • 606. cc's mom  |  May 2, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Okay…moving on from the Disney 2 thread…

    Has anyone else gotten any calls/emails in the last week or so? Not sure if this board is simply getting quieter or if the waitlist movement has slowed down. Anything for anyone lately? (I know I’m so impatient–sorry!)

  • 607. Agassiz 5th Grade and Chappell 1st  |  May 2, 2017 at 9:03 am


    Agassiz and Chappell are calling this week

  • 608. cc's mom  |  May 2, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Thanks @607! I’m hoping for a call from Chappell.

  • 609. Deanna  |  May 2, 2017 at 9:10 am

    CPSObsessed would it be possible to create another thread for Disney questions/ information only? Seems like a hot topic that warrants it’s own thread. 🙂

  • 610. Pulaski Mom  |  May 2, 2017 at 9:41 am

    We received a call from Disney for K for my twins on Monday morning. They were in the upper teens. We declined because we are very happy with our current school, Pulaski.

  • 611. HydeParkMom  |  May 2, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Has anyone else heard anything from Hawthorne, South Loop or Newberry? I’m looking for 2nd grade.

  • 612. Gennatay  |  May 2, 2017 at 11:03 am

    FYI the Lasalle II waitlist is live

  • 613. cc's mom  |  May 2, 2017 at 11:21 am

    @612 Thanks for sharing. I wish all schools would do this (since we’re number 189 on Lasalle’s list, we’re definitely not getting in there). At least it gives us a good sense of how waitlists at highly desirable schools are moving.

  • 614. What to do??  |  May 2, 2017 at 11:55 am

    @ 604 So do you have any useful information or data that might help sway my opinion, or do you prefer to just whine?

    Anyway we got the offer for Disney II kindergarten (#1 spot on proximity list for those who prefer not to scroll up). We have until 4pm Thursday to respond. We will report back Thursday evening whether we accepted or declined.

  • 615. hopingforchappell  |  May 2, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    So I was all set on Chappell (we might actually move to Chappell school district, at least we are looking at houses there) but on the website people complain about lack of after school programs, no arts and turning another eye to bullying. Did it change recently? The people I’ve talked to before were all very positive. My daughter loves art, so if they don’t offer any art programs that would be problematic.

  • 616. It'sTime  |  May 2, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Any thoughts on Beasley’s magnet program?

  • 617. herewegoagain  |  May 2, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Can anyone comment on Norwood please? Administration, teachers, differentiation etc. Thank you very much.

  • 618. cc's mom  |  May 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    @615 Oh no! Which website did you read those comments? I also have really only heard positive things lately. I was hoping to attend the open house/tour yesterday, but had to postpone due to a work emergency.

  • 619. CPSFirstGoRound  |  May 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Thoughts, comments on Burr?
    Anyone know how their waitlists moved in the past?
    K – waitlist 75
    They are currently on waitlist 56

  • 620. ChiMom929  |  May 2, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    They went up to 150ish last year, so I think you’ll be fine!

  • 621. ChiMom929  |  May 2, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    @CPSFirstGoRound – Burr, that is. 😉

  • 622. ChiMom929  |  May 2, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Does anyone have any idea when we can apply for pre-K through CPS? (Non-tuition based half-day programs @ schools) The website just says “May 2017,” but wondering if anyone has a more specific date?

  • 623. gennatay  |  May 2, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    How do you find out what the waitlist number if its not listed on their site. My son is #3 on both Odgen and Skinner West waitlist for 3rd grade and the wait is exhausting.

  • 624. kindergarten parent  |  May 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Anyone have info on Lasalle Language Academy waitlist?
    my son and daughter are 97 and 98 on proximity list for Kindergarten.
    This is our top choice, but we aren’t sure whether we have any hope at all or not.

  • 625. CPStressed  |  May 2, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    @ChiMom929 I talked to them yesterday and they said the site should start accepting pre-k applications by mid may. They offered to call and email me when it opened up. Feel free to call them too, (312) 229-1690

  • 626. CPSFirstGoRound  |  May 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    @gennatay I called the school to see how the waitlist was moving. I was hesitant to call b/c I’m sure they get a ton of phone calls regarding waitlist, but the woman I spoke with was super nice =).

  • 627. CPSFirstGoRound  |  May 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    @ChiMom929 Thanks so much!

  • 628. Ittakesavillage  |  May 2, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    @what to do?? As a Disney II parent, I really hope you decide to stay at Thorp.

  • 629. Deanna  |  May 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Are they going to post which schools are still accepting for the End of Year Open enrollment application?

  • 630. Chicago School GPS  |  May 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    This is from cpsoae.org:
    “If you are still interested in exploring school options for the 2017-2018 school year, the Office of Access and Enrollment will have a second application process in May for magnet, magnet cluster, and open enrollment schools that still have seats available. (Please note that Selective Enrollment schools are not part of this process.) This process, the End-of-Year Citywide Options Program, will take place May 22-June 2, 2017. The application and instructions for this process will be posted on the Office of Access and Enrollment website, cps.edu/oae, under News and Announcements, beginning May 22nd at 9 am.
    Also, please visit the ‘Options for 2017-2018’ page of the Office of Access and Enrollment website, cps.edu/oae, located on the left side of the home page. This page is updated as we receive information about additional options, so we recommend that you visit it periodically.”

  • 631. Curious  |  May 2, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Skinner North vs LaSalle Language Academy. Any thoughts?

  • 632. teacher/mom  |  May 2, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    @CPStressed @ChiMom929

    I have an email from OAE saying Ready to Learn pre-K applications will be posted on May 15 this year.

  • 633. What to do??  |  May 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    After getting some data on the probability of our daughter getting a sibling offer at Disney II next year, or any given year thereafter until 7th grade for that matter, we have decided to decline our son’s Disney II kindergarten offer in favor of keeping our kids together at Thorp. Best of luck to disneyiihopeful and anyone else who has a low number in DII’s kindergarten lottery. At #4 on the proximity list — #3 now — you should get an offer at some point if you haven’t already.

  • 634. CPStressed  |  May 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    @teacher/mom thanks!

  • 635. PublicSchoolSupporter  |  May 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Aside from Oscar Mayer, what other progressive neighborhood elementary school options are there in CPS (ie, you can attend if you live in the school boundaries)? Looking for something that doesn’t have homework in the early years, focuses on play-based learning and then project-learning as they age, IAB curriculum, etc. Many thanks in advance for any recommendations.

  • 636. Yahoo  |  May 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Does anyone know what to expect from Coonley in terms of calls? Or emails? Or whatever? We are number 1 on a sibling waitlist and I wonder if we will have to wait until August.

    Raffaella Romano

  • 637. Coonleymom  |  May 2, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    636-Since Coonley has to keep spaces open for neighborhood kids all summer, expect to wait until end of August/1st week of school. Hopefully not, but this was the case for us and many others in the options program over the years. I know it is so hard to wait but being 1 on the list is a good sign!!

  • 638. Sopps  |  May 2, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    What to do-last question regarding thorp. What time do you drop off for the bus. I’d assume we would have the same bus stop since we’re not far from Disney II. Thanks!!

  • 639. imhereforthis  |  May 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    @584 Thirdtimesacharm

    On discipline at Disney, I recall the principal stating that behavior is an issue they are use to dealing with but I do not recall how she said they address the issue.

    I will say this, despite the massive budget cuts affecting CPS schools across the city, Disney does not seem to have been hit much. The principal spoke on so many of their new developments, programs, and building upgrades. Their technology is quite impressive! It truly is what you make it and I can see Disney being a great space for many families!

  • 640. Raffaella Romano  |  May 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you. That is what I thought too. Ugh. We have an offer at Murphy, which is where our son attended kindergarten. He’s entering 4th grade. We accepted the offer, but we did so with quite a bit of uncertainty. We have personal reasons for not wanting him at his current school next year, and are kind of between a rock and a hard place. We did love Murphy 3 years ago, but my sense is that it may have changed.  The feedback is much appreciated.

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  • 641. Thirdtimesacharm  |  May 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Inhereforthis Thanks The kids at Disney seem very well behaved. Disney seems to have a good buget compared to most schools and very well staffed. The commute is one of my concerns as well.But I hear families come from all over for this opportunity.

  • 642. Lessonlearn"itisnotaboutyourfear"  |  May 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Repost from SKT ….
    Thank you SKT

    SKT on April 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm
    I have 3 kids in the comprehensive gifted program at Disney. All incoming students are screened for the program.
    Lots of pros with Disney I: 1) Technology is fantastic 1:1 iPads, 3D printer, state of the art computer lab in addition. 2.) Excellent facilities/electives (Science Art, Music, Art, Music Technology, Library (with real librarians), PE, Dance, 21st Century Problem solving (held in the 2 year old computer lab). 3) Annual dramatic production per grade with all students participating in at least one thing: set design/art/drama/dance. 4) Daily Mandarin Chinese (comprehensive gifted program only). 5) Tuition based after school program on site (safe/fine, programming not always the best).
    Cons: 1) In the comprehensive gifted there is a fair amount of pressure to maintain MAP scores >90 percentile for reading and math. Students not achieving this cut-off get moved out of the comprehensive gifted rather quickly, especially in the lower grades.(MAP tests are given 3x/year). I know a few kids who have been in, out, and in again within the course of 1-2 years. 2) Check with the school, but I do not think they accept new lottery students higher than 3rd grade. 3) Pods aren’t for everyone. . . it is loud at times. My kids are mostly fine with it, but it is really child dependent. I would recommend a tour to decide for yourself. 4) Comprehensive gifted class sizes are large .. . . 30-35 most years in my experience. 5) The atmosphere/administration at smaller or neighborhood schools may seem more intimate/welcoming. Disney I is maybe ~1500-1700 students overall.

    Overall, our experience has been positive, and we have turned down SEES offers over the years to remain. However, it is all about fit, so I would recommend touring to see for yourself.

  • 643. Jennifer  |  May 2, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    @635 @PublicSchoolSupporter Alexander Hamilton on Cornelia in Roscoe Village is another neighborhood school that meets your criteria- no homework through grade 5, lots of play, 2 x recess for the lower grades, lots of art/dance/music. Kids and parents seem to love it!

  • 644. What to do??  |  May 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    @ Sopps Reily is a bus stop option too, or if you’re on the east side of the expressway, so is Cleveland. They assign you whichever stop is closest to your house. If you don’t like your original bus stop assignment you can call the transportation office at CPS and have it changed.

    This year the Thorp pickup at Disney II is around 6:50am. It’s probably similar at Reilly since it’s a different route served by a different bus. The Cleveland and Disney II stops are on the same route so the pickup time at Cleveland is probably around 6:40. Thorp’s start time is 7:30am but start times are subject to change. Last year it was 7:45 and the pickup time at D II was 7:10am.

  • 645. Thirdtimesacharm  |  May 3, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Lessonlearned Thanks for reminding me. Very well written hope it holds true.

  • 646. HydeParkMom  |  May 3, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Anyone have any insight on South Loop Elementary?

  • 647. AlbanyParker/DII mom  |  May 3, 2017 at 8:35 am

    PublicSchoolSupporter – You might want to check out Ravenswood, at Montrose and Paulina – I was very impressed with their approach to social/emotional learning when I toured a year ago. I don’t know their homework policies, though. They might still have a tour or two left this school year…

  • 648. Gennatay  |  May 3, 2017 at 8:41 am

    631. Curious —-I am a current LaSalle parent, my son is in the 2nd grade. I love the school. Parents are very active and the admin is very response. Kids change rooms ver language, art and music. If transportation wasn’t a huge factor, we would keep him there.

  • 649. Peirce Parent  |  May 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

    @publicschoolsupporter You should check out Peirce school in Andersonville. IB world school K-8. No homework in early grades. Emphasis on play / social/emotional learning. Huge involved parent community and support.

  • 650. ACH  |  May 3, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Just got a call from Andrew Jackson (which we turned down). We were Tier 1, #6 on the waitlist, so it’s starting to move, for that tier at least.

  • 651. It'sTime  |  May 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

    What made you turn down Andrew Jackson? I accepted there but I got an offer from Beasley, which offers an accelerated program (one year advanced) that kindergarteners can test into. Trying to decide between the two.

  • 652. Valkyrry  |  May 3, 2017 at 11:51 am

    651 – wish they’d offered accelerated program from the get-go at the elementary school my daughter started in +/-10 years ago (she’s now in a great HS, but still). She would’ve been just as well off or better in an accelerated program.

  • 653. SN_Dad  |  May 3, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Hello everyone. Currently in the market for a 2nd grade slot. We received a call from Franklin last week.

    How much weight are people giving the numbers on school report cards? For example, I noticed that the percentage of students “Prepared for next level” or that can handle Algebra I in 8th grade vary greatly across these schools.

    I also welcome and appreciate any comments on movement of wait lists below.


    DISNEY wait listed General 13
    ALCOTT ES wait listed General 5
    NEWBERRY wait listed General 10
    LASALLE II wait listed General 46
    PRITZKER wait listed General 74
    DRUMMOND wait listed General 33
    NETTELHORST wait listed General 35
    SOUTH LOOP wait listed General 22
    STEM wait listed General 20
    FRANKLIN wait listed General 6
    OGDEN ES wait listed General 54

  • 654. ADR  |  May 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    First time on this site, and I’m glad to find it. I’m anxious over my daughter starting Kindergarten. She was waitlisted at the all the schools we applied to including the current one she’s at now for pre-k so I’m not sure what to do. I only applied to 5 schools. I saw on the CPS website that there’s another application opening up soon. If we do the 2nd application do we lose our spots from the first time we applied? Or can we apply to other schools we didn’t apply to the first time? Should I enroll her into our neighborhood school which is Haugan or wait until we get called up? Any advice would help! Thanks!

  • 655. Gennatay  |  May 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I just came back from Skinner Westsopen house. The tour guide said that there is only one classroom for PK-2 grades and that any openings will most likely go to a sibling on the waitlist. She also mentioned that there is talk of the school eliminating the PK program. Also, the school is not nut-free.

    Other than that, I did like what I saw in the 3-8 classrooms. The are very tech heavy (chrome books and/or ipads in every classroom), but the kids seemed to be learning and having fun.

    My son is waitlisted #3 for 3rd grade. When I asked the main office about his chances, they gave a me a side-eye and stated that they have to call all of the kids on the sibling list first, she did not tell me how many where on their.

    I am visiting Ogden ES on 5/26 and Mitchell on 5/17.

  • 656. ChiMom929  |  May 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    @ADR – This happened to us last year. You can enroll your child in the neighborhood school anytime, so I would wait until mid to late-ish summer to worry about that (no need to do paperwork twice ;-). We got a call in June from Burr, even though we were number 47 on the waitlist, so things can move pretty fast!

  • 657. Shar  |  May 3, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    How do we know the selective enrollment waitlist is moving? Do they update the decision letter or call you? We are 31 at Drummond and I am wondering how Il know.

  • 658. @657  |  May 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Drummond’s WL notoriously hardly budges. (It’s also not a selective enrollment school; separate process via magnet lottery.) I wouldn’t count on a call.

  • 659. @13  |  May 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Any thoughts on Kellogg?

  • 660. teacher/mom  |  May 4, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Ravenswood does not have homework in the early grades. My friend whose children attend says the teachers don’t even share test scores with parents. It’s very whole child. She is a high school AP teacher, and she is very happy with the school. In fact, they moved two years ago to be in district after getting a high wait list offee. Rejected offers at Disney and Agassiz among others.

  • 661. thirdtimesacharm  |  May 4, 2017 at 10:25 am

    659 Kelloge is a good neighborhood school. It really depends on what your looking for it’s worth checking out. Most neighborhood kids go to private school but some go to there as well. The k-3 are in a annexs off main building.

  • 662. Pondering  |  May 4, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Any calls from LaSalle? We are on WL for 4th Grade

  • 663. newtothis  |  May 4, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Has anyone ever heard that Oscar Mayer doesn’t leave messages when they call off the wait list? Another parent told me that and it scared me! They just call and move onto the next and if you miss that call, too bad??? Doesn’t seem / can’t be right?

  • 664. cpswonderland  |  May 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

    @newtothis During 2014 (when my child was considered pre-k 3) I heard the same stories. My child was WL #1, tier 4. I was worried how and when we might receive the call during that summer because we were abroad for 2 months, so I was religiously checking my voice mail, call-logs, emails and kept calling. THE CALL came in February 2015, after the winter break. So, IMOE, you have good chance they will call you,probably during summer, but keep in mind that the school became very popular in these 2 years. Bottom line advice: Stay positive and call them just enough times so they know you are very interested in the spot.

  • 665. newtothis  |  May 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Thank you @cpswonderland. So I will not worry about missing THE CALL then? When you called the school, who did you talk to?

  • 666. HydeParkMom  |  May 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Need insight… I just accepted a spot at South Loop for 2nd grade (#2 General) for my son. Any reviews of the school or know anyone that has a child currently attending there?

  • 667. cpswonderland  |  May 4, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    @665. newtothis: I don’t know if you will worry. Sorry, I can’t answer on that question. What I can say is that you will probably have that “what if they call and I don’t pick up” thought lingering in your mind until you get the call. In my case, it proved that I worried for no reason, but as you can see we got the call mid school year and I had an option to keep my child home for the time before we got the call. So, my advice to you is: call the school often so they know you are interested (I asked main office’s personnel, whoever picked the phone about our chances to get the spot) and ask them if the rumours about not answering the call are true.

  • 668. HPDad  |  May 4, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    K, Tier 1
    Original lottery offers: Galileo
    Offered from waitlist: Disney (Tier 1, #29); received message 5/3

    We received a call yesterday from Disney with a K offer and have until tomorrow (Friday) end of school day to decide. We live in the Hyde Park area (outside of Ray boundaries, otherwise that would have been a serious option). We accepted an initial offer from Galileo, and we are now faced with deciding between remaining at Galileo or switching to Disney. My impression is that both schools are strong, though quite different from one another. Sibling considerations are not an issue (older brother is finishing 8th Gr at Lab School and will be continuing at Lab next fall).

    Since receiving the Galileo offer, I’ve attended their LSC meeting, an open house, daytime tour of K classrooms, and I took my daughter there to attend movie night (“Sing”). I’ve been impressed by the school’s leadership, the relatively small class sizes (target of 25; the three K classrooms I saw all had between 22-24 students), the strong academic performance, a warm, bright ambience with engaged and happy kids, and generally quite favorable comments posted here for this year and last year’s application/enrollment seasons. I wish that the arts were better represented, but I figure that we can compensate for that with after school programs.

    My impression of Disney is mainly shaped by the postings I’ve read here over the past two years. I think it could be a good fit for our daughter, though the strong and mixed opinions expressed here indicate that it is not for everyone.

    Both schools seem like good options, but ultimately the commute to Galileo seems more tractable (shorter and more predictable). We are leaning strongly towards remaining with Galileo. I would welcome feedback, though, and I thought that others on Disney waitlists might be heartened by the efficiency with which they are moving through their lists.

    I am also curious as to whether other South Siders have found private van services for transporting kids to schools downtown or to schools as far north as Disney.

  • 669. Gennatay  |  May 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    @ 668. HPDad
    Honestly, I would weigh in the travel distance in making my decision. I live 8700 South and my son attends LaSalle which is 1700 North. It takes us at least 45 mintues every morning to get him to school, and thats on a light traffic day. I love LaSalle, but the commute is just too much. We looked into private van services, and it was a little over $300 a month.

  • 670. thirdtimesacharm  |  May 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    You can get a list of transportation companies threw Disney PTA via facebook. We live in Beverly are also considering Disney.

  • 671. CPStressed  |  May 4, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Anyone receive calls from Drummond Pre-K 3? According to the school, waitlist calls went out last week and parents have until tomorrow to accept or decline.

    We’re still #6 on the Tier 4 waitlist, but they said the lack of movement could be because no ones accepted yet.

    Any intel is much appreciated!

  • 672. MEF  |  May 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Anyone know if the PreK3 wait list is moving for Oscar Mayer?

  • 673. Twinparent  |  May 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Anyone know is k waitlist at lasalle is moving? We are at 95 and 96 on proximity waitlist. Know it’s a long shot but wanted to see if there is hope.

  • 674. LasalleMama  |  May 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Same boat. I live 6300 South (in the Woodlawn community) and my daughter attends Lasalle as well. The commute is exhausting but we love the school. Will your son be attending next school year?

  • 675. What to do??  |  May 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    @668 Regarding Disney I, don’t forget to also take into account the fact that they have an insanely early start time, I think 7:00am. I find it unconscionable that a school that draws in students from all over the city starts that early, but they do. A friend whose son goes to Disney has to wake the poor kid up at 5:45am to get him to his bus stop by 6:20. You’d almost certainly have to get your child out of bed at an even stupider hour.

  • 676. Sopps  |  May 4, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I just toured thorp but had to skip out because my daughter was crying about her ear. She ended up with an ear infection 😦 sorry to others on the tour, we almost made it through. She was fine all day… Anyway, I did find out that they have two spots available for teir 3. They will be calling this week. I didn’t get to ask the principle any questions because he joined at the end. I felt like some of the facilities (library and lunch room) seemed small for the amount of kids that need to use them. I have nothing to compare this to besides suburban schools. This could be the norm for Chicago. With that said, I’m going to tour other schools next week. I almost feel like I need to tour it again. I was sweating by the end trying to calm my daughter. Minor disaster….

  • 677. montessoriplease  |  May 4, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Also interested in knowing this. I read they call people closer to the end of August because they are a neighborhood school, but I don’t think is the case for preK 3, right? We are in Tier #2, 15. Do we have any chances?

  • 678. What to do??  |  May 4, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    @ Sopps they have at least one if not two lunch rooms on each floor plus they eat in shifts so they’re not stuffing everyone into the lunch room at the same time.

  • 679. Mom to L  |  May 4, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    montessoriplease (#677) – I may have misunderstood but my take away from the Oscar Mayer tour was PreK 3 and PreK 4 waitlist calls don’t start until August because they are a neighborhood school and PreK 3, PreK 4 and kindergarten all share the same classroom. The principal said ideally there would be approximately 9 PreK 3, 9 PreK 4 and 9 kindergartners per class but they need to accommodate the neighborhood kindergartners first. In my notes I have there are 8 classrooms for PreK and kindergarten but that seems like a lot. Perhaps somebody better acquainted with Oscar Mayer would have more insight.

    Oh, and from my notes I have the waitlist order first calls go to siblings, then attendance area, and then tiers. Good luck! My son is #25 Tier 3 for PreK 3. I am not holding my breath :/

  • 680. Mom in Uptown  |  May 5, 2017 at 7:30 am

    @672, 677, & 679 – I called Mayer yesterday for an update on the PK3 waitlist and was told that they haven’t started making any waitlist calls yet. They’ll start the calls once they know *IF* they have space, which they expect to know in 2-3 weeks. We’re #13 Tier 3, so I don’t expect to hear from them during the summer (if at all). But I’ll hope for the best!

  • 681. Sarah  |  May 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Does anyone have any information on the difference between lasalle 1&2?

    We were #9 tier2 for lasalle and got a call yesterday

    We are #8 tier2 for lasalle 2 and haven’t heard anything yet.


  • 682. sosidemom5  |  May 5, 2017 at 10:09 am

    #659 Kellogg Elementary is a fantastic neighborhood school. It’s got small school feeling and a great principal. They have really stepped up their game in terms of communication with parents in the past few years. Teachers are wonderful and concerned. They have begun an after school program and some sports offerings as well. Definitely worth checking out.

  • 683. HPDad  |  May 5, 2017 at 11:57 am

    @669 (Gennatay), 670 (thirdtimesacharm), 674 (LasalleMama), and 675 (What to do??)

    Thanks for the feedback on commutes! We have decided to decline the offer from Disney. We are excited to have the opportunity to attend Galileo.

  • 684. 213  |  May 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    @ thirdtimesacharm/sosidemom5
    Thank you for your feedback, I have heard great things about the positive changes happening at the school. The principal has been really receptive and open with communication.

  • 685. gennatay  |  May 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    @ 674. LasalleMama We aren’t sure at this point. He is going into 3rd grade next year and has a really good chance of getting into Skinner.

  • 686. parent  |  May 5, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    @675. Disney starts at 7:30.

  • 687. majaramirez  |  May 5, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    We have friends with 3 kids who were making nearly the identical commute to LaSalle. When all 3 were in LaSallle, start time 9:00am, it usually went smoothly – until after-school activities intruded and conflicted.
    The first one who went to HS (8:00am start time) was somewhat manageable. The next really threw a wrench in the gear works. I’m not sure how it’s going now.
    Because our own daughter is going to a great school (but somewhere less than ideal because I committed to driving her to AND from for the first year)…I’m in rush hour traffic 45 minutes minimum twice every day and it’s exhausting! Next year it’s the train/bus at least 1x/day!

  • 688. NTA Parent  |  May 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    NTA is holding a COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE for all interested families on Tuesday, May 9th at 9am and at 6pm. Come and see our fantastic school and meet our amazing teachers and staff (you will be blown away, I guarantee it!) Bring a friend!

    If you are interested in the tuition-based preK program, bring your checkbook so you can make a deposit on Tuesday. We only have a few slots left!

    The tuition-based preK is part of the CPS tuition-based preK program. Here’s a link to the details:


    As you can see at the bottom of the page, “Inter-American, Jahn Elementary, and National Teachers Academy are each collecting applications from interested families in hopes of opening a Tuition Based Preschool room in September 2017. If you’re interested in enrolling in these sites please contact the school directly for more information.”

  • 689. LSMomofBoys  |  May 8, 2017 at 8:03 am

    We received a call on Friday that my son got offered a place at Pritzker RGC for first grade. Does anyone have any input on this program and how it compares to the programs at Coonley, Bell or Beaubien?

  • 690. Deanna  |  May 8, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Pierce Parent how many kids per classroom for Kindergarten at Pierce?

  • 691. Peirce Parent  |  May 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

    @690. I believe the K classes were capped this year at 28/class at Peirce.

  • 692. L2  |  May 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Does anyone know if at some point magnet schools go away from waitlist by Tier and combine it into one waitlist. If yes, when would that happen? The waitlist for our tier (Tier III) has hardly moved, but for other tiers it surpassed waitlist number that we have.

  • 693. Pritxker Parent  |  May 8, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Responding to a few Pritzker comments:
    Hours: 9-4
    Before and after programs are offered from 7:30 – 6:00 (J at School) and there are numerous other activities: running club, dance, music, chess club, mad science, theatre, school newspaper, sports, etc.
    Not sure how it compares to others but the the RGC program is awesome! Our students in the RGC, magnet and neighborhood programs routinely get accepted to the best high schools schools in the city.

  • 694. LSMama  |  May 8, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Any information on the waitlist for Disney II – has their been any movement this year? We’re #7 for Tier 2 and haven’t heard anything yet.

  • 695. 1MoreSouthsider  |  May 8, 2017 at 11:38 am

    NTA is hosting a Community Open House on Tuesday, May 9 at 9am and at 6pm. This event is not just for those who received offers in the most recent round of calls, but it is also open to those interested in future opportunities as well as PreK! I have found that it’s much easier to visit schools in the Spring versus waiting until the Fall as the window seems so short then.

  • 696. L2Falcons  |  May 8, 2017 at 11:43 am

    @692- No, the wait lists are never combined. Schools are required to follow each tier separately.

  • 697. Franklin Bus? Afterschool?  |  May 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I just got surprised by a offer for 1st grade at Franklin. #9 on the waiting list.

    I was so shocked I lost my mind and forgot to ask questions 😦

    Super excited about the school, so mostly worried about logistics: do they bus? what are the boundaries for busing? Is there after-care on site? If not, what do parents that need after care do?

    Need to let them know by Wednesday, 10am.

    Thanks in advance!

  • 698. LSmom  |  May 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    @697, Franklin does bus, if you’re between 1.5 miles and 6 miles from the school. CPS has its own way of calculating distance so you might want to check with the school to find out if you’d be in the area. There’s on site aftercare provided by J at School.

  • 699. Newberry  |  May 8, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Just got a call from Newberry.
    Grade: K
    Tier: 4
    Waitlist #: 10
    Offer declined.
    Hope it helps someone.

  • 700. Franklin Bus? Afterschool?  |  May 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    @698 Thank you! Great news about the after care!

    I think we are out of the busing area. I work downtown, so it wouldn’t be impossible for me to drop her, park, and and then take the red line downtown. Is there any parking around the school? Are there parents that do this?

  • 701. LSmom  |  May 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    @700, I don’t think there’s much free street parking, although there are some pay lots and garages.

  • 702. Mom of 2  |  May 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Just received an offer from Franklin. Are there foreign language classes offered there at any grade level? Don’t see it listed.. thought there would be some options…

  • 703. Mom of 2  |  May 8, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Any anyone know what the class sizes really are at Franklin. It says 30 for K-2 and 32 for 3-8. That seems big!

  • 704. DisneyOrFranklin?  |  May 8, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Disney or Franklin? Received 2nd grade offers from both – General Tier, 13th and 6th respectively. 48hrs to respond to Disney which I’m slightly leaning towards anyway. Disney’s 7:30a start time…ugh. Daughter goes to SN with 8:30-45a start. Franklin is closer in proximity with 8:15a start. Guess I’m just trying to see if Disney is worth throwing wrench into commute. Also interested in feedback from parents currently juggling separate start times for their kids.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

  • 705. Mom of 2  |  May 8, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Curious to here why you’d consider Disney over Franklin as I too am considering Franklin. What is it about Disney you like?

  • 706. lakeviewmom  |  May 8, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I have a current 1st grader at SN and accepted a K offer at Disney for our youngest. 7:30 start time is not ideal but we will see how it goes. SN opens its doors at 8:00 so my oldest will likely be one of the first kids there everyday. Thinking of having him start taking the bus home next year because Disney ends at 2:30 and SN doesn’t until 3:30…my little one gets antsy waiting around in the car now for 10-15 min…45 min would be brutal.

  • 707. DisneyOrFranklin?  |  May 8, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    @lakeviewmom Thanks for sharing.

    @ Mom of 2 I like what I’ve read about Disney’s technology and curriculum in addition to it’s long standing history of being a high performing school…even when I as a kid. That’s no knock on Franklin, I just don’t know much about it. Neither are my first choice since it would be ideal to have my kids at the same school. I actually went to Franklin a few weeks ago and accepted the seat with the intent of keeping options open since fortunately CPS lets you switch and you never know what will happen. I would have been fine with my kid ending up at Franklin since it seems like a good school too and If Skinner calls after Disney then we’ll take it.

    I also considered both school report cards at illinoisreportcard.com as others posts have recommended

    Thanks for the responses.

  • 708. majaramirez  |  May 9, 2017 at 7:03 am

    They do bus, I’ve seen them. I think general CPS rule is 6miles.
    I do think there are after school activities

  • 709. FranklinMom  |  May 9, 2017 at 8:23 am

    @Mom of 2 – Kindergarten classes are 30 (and usually have an aide). There are no foreign language classes but they do offer after school programs at the school for a discounted price.

  • 710. DisneyOrFranklin?  |  May 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for the feedback. Anyone care to weigh in on the culture at both Disney and Franklin. I hear Disney uses Pod system?

  • 711. Farrahmom  |  May 9, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Does anyone have any insight on Ray? Thanks in advance!

  • 712. Ashanti Bentley  |  May 9, 2017 at 11:44 am

    First time parent of a CPS student. I submitted for the lottery and picked only one school Ray Elementary because my kid goes there now for pre-school and he attends the day care 1 block down now as well and next year hoped he could go to Ray for kindergarten and attend after school at the day care who does pick ups/drops offs so he could have familiar and safe faces around him for the new year but he was waitlisted at number 86!!! I just called the school and they claim they are pretty much done calling the first 30 on the wait list. I don’t know what to do as far as enrolling him in another school at this point.

  • 713. It'sTime  |  May 9, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    What are thoughts about Andrew Jackson vs Newberry vs STEM? I have an acceptance in to Jackson but just got a call from Newberry (#13), and I am #30 on STEM’s waitlist.

  • 714. DisneyOrFranklin?  |  May 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    @Ashanti Bentley. There is another round after this with schools that have left over spaces. It is manual submission (at least last year it was) and I had to fill out a PDF then fax it in to them. Call Office of Access And enrollment (OAE) to find out when that round starts. It was sometime in May last year.

    Hope this helps.

  • 715. cc's mom  |  May 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    @712 Unfortunately I don’t have any helpful advice. I just wanted to say we are in a similar position in that we have no idea what we are going to do next year and feel at the mercy of this ridiculous system. We applied to 20 and now are waitlisted all over the place. The three schools we have low numbers at are not moving at all (not even single-digit movement). Hope we both figure something out.

  • 716. djreyes27  |  May 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Does anyone know if I accept an offer will it keep me on another waiting list? We got offered to Pulaski and really want LaSalle II as the hours and location are better for our commute and schedule for work.

  • 717. firsttimeCps  |  May 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    @itstime… can I ask your tier? Im no. 15 on waitlist for newberry but its says Tier 4. Not sure if I’ll have a chance. Thanks!

  • 718. CPSFirstGoRound  |  May 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    @712 The second application process starts May 22. http://cps.edu/AccessAndEnrollment/Documents/FAQsAdmissionsProcess.pdf

  • 719. DisneyOrFranklin?  |  May 9, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    FYI the tiers are mutually exclusive. Meaning if someone declines a seat that was tier 4, the school offers the seat to someone in the tier 4 waiting list. Same with other tiers I’m told which was good to hear. Lists will likely move again after deadline.

    @djreyes27 Yes you can accept an offer without jeopardizing your spot on other lists. They are ran independently.

  • 720. peacechyld  |  May 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Any suggestions on how to appeal the elementary selective enrollment decision? Due to the lack of transparency, it is difficult to say whether or not there was an error in the way CPS determined people’s spots.

  • 721. It'sTime  |  May 9, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    717 firsttimeCPS, sorry I am Tier 2 #13. So the list is moving and it’s just May. I might call the school and ask where they are on the list for Tier 4. I am really leaning between Jackson and STEM so I am likely going to decline the Newberry seat.

  • 722. DisneyOrFranklin?  |  May 9, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    @peacehyld Here is a link on the Appeals process. Good luck with that. http://cps.edu/AccessAndEnrollment/Pages/Appeals.aspx

  • 723. cc's mom  |  May 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Does anyone have experience with the second round application from years past? Wondering about the process as well as which schools still had openings last year for the second round.

  • 724. majaramirez  |  May 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Years ago I wrote an impassioned but nice letter to the selective enrollment elementary school I desperately hoped my daughter would get into, replete with her achievements so far and what I could offer in a volunteer capacity. They said they’d let me know.
    Mid-June I got a phone call, did I still want her to go there? ABSOLUTELY.
    Can’t hurt, might help, so why not write one?

  • 725. It'sTime  |  May 9, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    MajaRamirez Principal discretion at elementary level probably has ended since you wrote that letter. The appeals process requires evidence which most people don’t have. I am curious as to how many people have successfully appealed a denial.

  • 726. parent  |  May 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    @724. It doesn’t work that way any more. It’s all centralized through the OAE. The individual schools have nothing to do with who gets called. Parents, please don’t waste your time writing letters to schools.

  • 727. montessoriplease  |  May 9, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Does anyone know if the Suder list is moving for preK-3? We have #28 Tier #2. Any thoughts on our chances at this school?

  • 728. What to do??  |  May 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    For those wondering how the district calculates whether you are eligible for busing to magnet/selective enrollment schools: you are eligible if you live within 1.5 and 6 miles AS CALCULATED BY COMBINED NORTH/SOUTH AND EAST/WEST DRIVING DISTANCE, not by actual distance. That is to say, if it takes you between 1.5 and 6 miles to drive from your house to the school using the most direct route excluding expressways or diagonal streets like Lincoln or Clybourn or whatever, you’re eligible. So it’s possible to closer than 1.5 miles by actual distance and still be eligible, while those who live in the 5.5 to 6 mile range could be SOL.

  • 729. Deanna  |  May 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    DisneyorFranklin the application for the End of Year Enrollment is not online? You have to physically send it?

  • 730. DisneyOrFranklin?  |  May 9, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    @Deanna. I had to do this last year so if they have not improved the process it will likely be this way again. It’s an interactive form so you can fill it out online but you have to print it out and fax it to OAE. It’s fewer schools but I did get a call from one of them which we took. OAE can tell you for sure though and they are usually pretty helpful.

  • 731. teacher/mom  |  May 9, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I called Suder on Monday. All their pre-K 3 seats have been accepted, but not everyone has registered yet. They will know for sure after Friday.

    It doesn’t sound like we should be expecting much movement unless people change their plans over the summer.

  • 732. Deanna  |  May 10, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Thank you DisneyFranklin.

    Is anyone waitlisted at Pierce and if so anyone know if it has started moving?

  • 733. Farrahmom  |  May 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I was offered a position for general at Pierce and I declined. I hope this helps!

  • 734. Farrahmom  |  May 10, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Oh it was for second grade also

  • 735. Headed2Chicago  |  May 10, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Just got a Pulaski offer. Any feedback on Pulaski vs. Disney? Pulaski is more convenient location-wise, but I like the fact that Disney has a gifted track and their arts & tech focus. All insights are gratefully accepted – we have 48 hours to decide.

  • 736. cc's mom  |  May 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    @735 Was this for kinder? If so, what WL # were you? I’ve only heard really positive things around here about Pulaski where Disney has people very much on both sides of the fence. This is only based on what I’ve read around here, so maybe others with personal experience can weigh in more.

  • 737. Franklin Bus? Afterschool?  |  May 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    We declined our 1st grade Franklin offer (waitlist #9). Pretty sad about it, but we could not make logistics work with other child at another school.

  • 738. Headed2Chicago  |  May 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    @736, this is for second grade. Our waitlist number for Pulaski was in the 30s. From a NWEA score measurement perspective for reading & math, Disney seems clearly better. Plus they have a gifted track. But there is the rigidity we picked up on from the open house… Any happy Pulaski parents out there? Help this out-of-towner, please!

  • 739. RK's Mom  |  May 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    My kid just got a kindergarten slot at Burr Elementary. We were #65 on the wait list for General. I’ve heard good things about Burr, though it looks like their attainment scores have slipped over the last few years. I would love to hear if anyone here has had experience with Burr, or any other intel on the school re: if its academics are rigorous.

  • 740. Deanna  |  May 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Farrahmom any reason why you declined? Also what number were you on the waitlist? I’m doing the End of Year Enrollment application in a couple weeks. Also anyone know if Nettlehorst is moving yet? That’s another one I’m considering.

  • 741. HSA Mom X2  |  May 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Just received a call for Franklin. We are #34 (tier 4) for kindergarten, so the WL is moving along swiftly. Declining because already happily accepted sibling spot at Hawthorne. Hope this helps somebody!

  • 742. Pondering  |  May 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I know i have asked a million times already but any movement from LaSalle or Pritzker? Looking for 4th Grade (I know it’s a long shot)

  • 743. ChiMom929  |  May 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    @RK’s Mom – My daughter is currently in Kindergarten at Burr. SUCH an amazing school! The community is fantastic, parents are crazy engaged and the teachers are stellar. My daughter has learned so much, but has also matured as a person, which I often feel is even more important. She goes to school happy and is smiling when I pick her up. I’m not 100% sure about how rigorous the academics are compared with other schools, but I do know that she loves to learn and is tracking as she should with her classmates. Hope that helps!

  • 744. Humboldt Park mom  |  May 10, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Tier 3
    Galileo – WL 9
    Disney II – WL 4
    Lasalle – WL 12

    offered Galileo first and then Disney II this week. Opted for Disney II.

    Thanks @293 RRivers and @323 Lynn2kids for your input!

  • 745. Pulaski Parent  |  May 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Hi! I’m a very happy Pulaski parent. We’ve only been through K at Pulaski but we love it. We also did the lottery again this year to keep our options open and recieved an offer from Disney and declined. The school is IB K-8, has a different special every day. They do a 6 day rotation, so within those days, the kids get 2 days of PE, Art, Music, and 2 days of Spanish.

    Full disclosure: We also live on the northwest side and Disney would’ve been a logistical nightmare with their early start time and distance from our house. We also weren’t so into the technology focus, but I know that’s very attractive to other families. Pulaski starts at 8:45. If you’d like me to send you a private email, I’d be happy to share more insight. My experience is that it’s just a really solid neighborhood school.

  • 746. RK's Mom  |  May 10, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    @ChiMom929 – thank you so much for your feedback about your daughter’s experience. I really appreciate it. I haven’t heard any bad things about Burr, which is reassuring. We are moving forward, but am collecting intel as we sign papers. Will go on a school tour next week. Thanks again!

  • 747. ma  |  May 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Got a call from Galileo for waitlist number 22 Tier 4 for K
    Am not sure if will accept or not
    Any thoughts on Galileo, any Galileo parents out there would love to hear feedback.

  • 748. HydeParkMom  |  May 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Sorry, I posted on the wrong board…
    Declined spot for Suder WL # 53 for 2nd grade. We accepted at South Loop

  • 749. CPSFirstGoRound  |  May 10, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    @RK’s Mom – We also accepted a K spot at Burr today & are scheduled to attend the tour next week =)
    Waitlist 75

    @ChiMom929 – Thanks so much

  • 750. Headed2Chicago  |  May 10, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    @745 Pulaski Parent, thanks so much for the thoughtful response. Yes, I’d love to hear from you. Can you please send an email to pr@devarajan.org please? Thanks.

  • 751. RK's Mom  |  May 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    @CPSFirstGoRound – I look forward to hopefully meeting you on the tour next week! 🙂

  • 752. WaitingGame  |  May 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Has anyone gotten called from Pritzker’s waitlist for Kindergarten?
    Pritzker is our lowest waitlist # but I haven’t heard anyone report any calls from their waitlist.

  • 753. Cynthia L Fleming  |  May 11, 2017 at 6:01 am

    We received a call from Galileo for K, waitlist 25 tier 3….we will be turning it down. Good luck everyone!

  • 754. Deanna  |  May 11, 2017 at 7:09 am

    How do we know what Tier we are in?

  • 755. CPSFirstGoRound  |  May 11, 2017 at 8:07 am

    @Deanna – http://cpstiers.opencityapps.org/

  • 756. Bill The Dad  |  May 11, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Tier 3 #25 for Thorp. Is it worth holding onto hope for such a spot or just put it in the rearview mirror and move on? We have an option of Inter American or Von Linne as well. Love the idea of Inter American, but definitely locationally challenged for us.

  • 757. firsttimeCps  |  May 11, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Anyone care to share any info on NEWBERRY? We just got a call but currently registered at DISNEY. Disney has all the bells and whistles for sure but my lo is only 5! I feel its too overwhelming and have read the reviews on the staff. Haven’t heard really anything on NEWBERRY. THANKS!!

  • 758. SouthSideMama  |  May 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm


    What number were you on the waitlist? I thought SL wasn’t calling anyone off the list. I’m crossing my fingers for the 3rd grade.

  • 759. WaitingGame  |  May 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I’m going to answer my own question from previous post in case anyone is also wondering about Pritzker.

    I called the office and spoke to a very nice woman who said they have not finished the registrations yet & usually don’t call off the waitlist until July. So no movement yet.

  • 760. Farrahmom  |  May 11, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    @Deanna I declined because I just moved further south and that school is not convenient for us anymore. We were offered a spot.

  • 761. CP  |  May 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Any thoughts on Sutherland? It has a pretty good reputation, but it has a 2+ rating this year. I went on a tour, and we like the school. Any ideas on why their rating dropped this year?

  • 762. HydeParkMom  |  May 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    “” @SouthSideMama

    We were WL #2 for 2nd Grade. They are giving everyone 24-48 hours to accept. Then we have up to a week after that to register. I’m not sure of how far they are moving down the list as of yet.

  • 763. SouthSideMama  |  May 11, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks, HydeParkMom! Congrats!

  • 764. Sopps  |  May 11, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    @bill the dad-we were at thorp today for a tour. They are currently offering spots to #1&2 on tier 3 WL. They will have a week to register and then they’ll move on down the list. We’re number 3 and will accept if given the option. There is the chance people will receive other offers as summer goes on. If an offer happens, I would assume it would be at the end of summer. A friends child was #17 proximity and received an offer 2 days before school started. Good luck!

  • 765. JMarreroHansen  |  May 11, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    By any chance did they say anything about the proximity waitlist and when they’re going to start calling? We’re #7.

  • 766. JMarreroHansen  |  May 11, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    That was for Sopps

  • 767. NSM  |  May 11, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Prescott versus Stone for 1st grade- any thoughts?

  • 768. Sopps  |  May 11, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    She told us to check back in three weeks. They are trying to get everyone offered a spot registered. Unfortunately, nothing concrete. She told me last week she was going to make the offers to #1&2 but basically said the same thing today. They have a lot going on in the office. Extremely nice and helpful staff. you could always try calling. Good luck!

  • 769. NSM  |  May 11, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I’m concerned about the protests back in 2009/2010 at Prescott against the principal Dr. Erin Roche- how are things now?

  • 770. JMarreroHansen  |  May 11, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Sopps- thanks for the info. I’ve actually called once a week for the past few weeks. It seemed like they weren’t sure when they were going to start calling, due to registering people. Hopefully they’ll start in 3 weeks. We really like the school.

  • 771. Sopps  |  May 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Offered a spot at Chappell #31, we will decline. Hope this helps someone 🙂

  • 772. cc's mom  |  May 13, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Sopps thanks for the info! Hoping for a Chappell call.

  • 773. cpsobsessed  |  May 13, 2017 at 11:01 am

    @769 – I haven’t heard anything negative about Prescott on this blog in years. The principal seems to be a good fit there.

  • 774. Amy  |  May 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Has there been movement on the OA Thorp 3rd grade waitlist? #6 for 3rd grade. Are there any tours planned? TIA

  • 775. Sopps  |  May 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Thorp has tours every Thursday at 1:00. They will have an info session may 30 or 31st at 6:00 for newly registered parents regarding their newish problem based curriculum.

  • 776. Amy  |  May 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you @sopps. Do you know if the 3rd grade list ever moves? Do we have any hopes being #6? Am I being unrealistic?

  • 777. Emily  |  May 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    @659, I’m a Kellogg parent, and we’re very happy with the school. It’s very small (one class per grade), great teachers, new principal, a bunch of after-school offerings (running, track, volleyball, basketball, chess, garden club, karate, I may be leaving something off). Definitely worth checking out. That said, if you’re out of the attendance boundary, there are 800 people on the waiting list, so probably you’d need to be near the top to get in. If you’re in the attendance boundary, the principal will give you a tour if you call.

  • 778. NWside  |  May 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    @Amy, You have a good shot a the 3rd grade spot, but you probably won’t hear until some time in the summer. People often don’t tell the school they’re leaving until the end of the school year. You might want to call Ms. Dean in the office at the end of June and see what she says. She was very helpful when we went through this a few years ago.

  • 779. NSM  |  May 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Having a tough time choosing between Stone and Prescott. Have a child that doesn’t need an IEP, but does need some support. Any idea which school would be better suited? On one hand, I think Stone is a larger school with more resources, but Prescott was in the top 15 last year and is smaller, so maybe more attention? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  • 780. Whattodo  |  May 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Just declined a tier 4 spot at Franklin. Hope this helps someone else!

  • 781. KinderMom  |  May 15, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Just declined an offer at Chappell – #45 on the waitlist.

  • 782. cc's mom  |  May 15, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    It looks likely we’ll get an offer from Chappell. Anyone on here have thoughts on the school? Anything at all would be helpful.

  • 783. Aileen  |  May 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Called Disney II they are on Tier 1 waitlist number 6! I have waitlist number 14 its starting to move but might be impossible 😦 Does anyone know if we accept a spot somewhere else does hat take us off from all the waitlist’s?

  • 784. SN_Dad  |  May 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Just enrolled in Disney. Interesting feel is all I can say. It somewhat feels like a library with the openness but it is segmented and there is definitely structure. I missed the open house (wait-listed) so I didn’t know what to expect. Even though enrollment is 1500+ the kids seemed to have room to roam. Here is what I found “interesting:” First floor is carpeted and seems to house the younger grades. When I got there a group of younger kids were sitting on each side of a hallway reading on IPads with headphones. Then there was the steady stream of bathroom lines that were almost perfectly straight and quiet. The teachers/TAs were speaking in stern voices to keep order and when they arrived kids sat on the floor about 10ft in front of bathroom door and entered 1 at time from what I could tell. Never seen that before so it was different.

    I did see kids behind the glass walls sharing a table reading both IPads and books so it’s not all screen time I guess. Honestly it seems like a cool open place to learn and I hope it matches my kid’s learning style – he definitely enjoys his screen time.

    Just FYI. Just wanted to share experience as I was on the fence too reading several comments about Disney. I’m excited about the school and hopefully this will be my last year of the OAE game, well at least until High School or SN calls 🙂

  • 785. Thirdtimesacharm  |  May 15, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Congrats! I’ve been to Disney twice and it was alot to take in. The open house was alot of information at once. I also called the school and spoke to a parent volunteer. She was very helpful . And have read every review out there. There is one well written one that keeps me on track. That has been posted several times.

  • 786. MEF  |  May 15, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Got offer from Oscar Mayer PK-3
    #8 on the waitlist Attendance Area

  • 787. newtothis  |  May 15, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    @786 got call from Oscar Mayer PK-3 #7 on AA waitlist. Thrilled!

  • 788. 213  |  May 16, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Thank you for the feedback!!!

  • 789. Deanna  |  May 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

    If there is a particular school we want to find out where they are at on the waiting list will they provide that information do you know? Since I will be doing the end of Year open enrollment I want to get a sense of what the waitlist of some of these schools are?

  • 790. cc's mom  |  May 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

    @Deanna–Call or email. If you ask really nicely, most schools will tell you what number they are on. Or people on this board are pretty up-to-date. What school(s) are you thinking about?

  • 791. Twinparent  |  May 16, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Anybody hear anything about waitlist movement at lasalle?

  • 792. djreyes27  |  May 16, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Which Lasalle? Lasalle II has it online


  • 793. Twinparent  |  May 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I’m asking about lasalle language academy.

  • 794. Deanna  |  May 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    @cc’s mom I was considering so far Peirce and Nettlehorst. I’m drawing up my list of which ones I’ll be putting down. We will be in Tier 3. Possibly Edison’s Park.

  • 795. cc's mom  |  May 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Peirce and Nettlehorst will still have pretty significant WLs from the first round.

  • 796. Deanna  |  May 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Even for Kindergarten?

    I think I saw someone put in the 300’s for Nettlehorst, I can’t recall if that was for Kindergarten. If someone has waitlisted for Peirce around here can you please post what number you are if you can, it would be very helpful. Thanks in advance.

  • 797. RK's Mom  |  May 16, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Has anyone who is waitlisted for Kindergarten heard from Andrew Jackson? We are #26 proximity on the wait list (for K).

  • 798. kenyon_lady  |  May 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    @786 and @787, did you get phonecalls or emails?

  • 799. PublicSchoolSupporter  |  May 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    @786 & @787 – also curious how you were contacted. Did they leave a message and how long did they give you to accept? Kudos for getting in to Oscar Mayer!

  • 800. lakeviewmom  |  May 16, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    SN_Dad, what year is your SN kid? I also enrolled my youngest at Disney for K in the fall and have a current 1st grader at SN. Different start times aren’t ideal but we are pretty excited about Disney.

  • 801. MEF  |  May 16, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Oscar Mayer called. They ask that we come in next week to register.

  • 802. newtothis  |  May 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    @798 & 799: I was called yesterday afternoon. I had the general Oscar Mayer phone # saved in my phone so I knew to answer. I didn’t ask how long I was given because I accepted right away and will register next week. She said they do leave a voicemail if no one picks up (I asked her because I had heard that they do not leave voicemails).

  • 803. SN_Dad  |  May 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    @lakeviewmom we’re ironically in a reverse situation. My daughter is in kindergarten at SN and my son will be entering 2nd grade at Disney.

  • 804. SN_Dad  |  May 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    @Thirdtimesacharm Thanks. Have you made your decision yet regarding Disney?

  • 805. thirdtimesacharm  |  May 17, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    SN_Dad We registered after speaking with parent volunter she commutes far as well. But Still trying to figure out commute. And seeing if we have a chance at any gifted schools south. The gifted program & language & tech. ect….. is what make it so appealing. But heart broken my oldest can’t attened. But yourger sibling will have a oppurtunity.

  • 806. Twinparent  |  May 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Just got a call from Newberry for both my twins for kindergarten. We are 44 and 45 on proximity list so it seems like it is moving.

  • 807. wyattburps  |  May 18, 2017 at 9:32 am

    @796 We are waitlisted for Peirce (40) and Nettlehorst (somewhere in the 200s LOL). We have not been called yet on Peirce, but when I spoke to the principal a few weeks ago she advised that we had a good shot.

  • 808. wyattburps  |  May 18, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Has anybody heard anything from Stone?

  • 809. cc's mom  |  May 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Haven’t heard anything from anywhere…getting antsy and jealous of people with offers (especially multiple offers). Anyone else heard anything else this week (about kinder)? Any updates are helpful.

  • 810. Newberry 1st  |  May 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Newberry 1st is also moving. We were waitlisted at 74 (General) so I was surprised!

  • 811. ADR  |  May 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    @cc’s mom same here. We haven’t gotten any calls for any of the schools we were wait listed at. Kindergarten for my daughter. We are Tier 3 and highest wl # was for Solomon #48 but when I called them a couple weeks ago they were already on #10 on General and most of their spots were taken.

    Does anyone know if we do the 2nd round application if we lose our spots on the current wait list now?

  • 812. cc's mom  |  May 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I was wondering that same question. I can’t find a lot of information at all on the 2nd round except that it starts on May 22.

  • 813. Chicago School GPS  |  May 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    The End of Year Citywide Options Application is an entirely new application that will not impact your original one. It typically includes schools that do not have a long waitlist of applicants. In the past it has been a paper application process but you can scan and send it in to CPSOAE. It will open on May 22 at 9am.

  • 814. cc's mom  |  May 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks GPS! Do you know which schools have participated in the past?

  • 815. Chicago School GPS  |  May 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    @814- I looked for an old copy and couldn’t find one. I do recall that they were mostly schools in the west and south of the city, I think.

  • 816. Max312  |  May 19, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Has anybody else who was on the wait-list for Oscar Mayer received a call? Any idea what number they are on?

  • 817. gennatay  |  May 19, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Anyone get a call for the upper grades yet? I’m waiting on calls for a 3rd grade spot.

  • 818. Max312  |  May 19, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Just to clarify earlier question about Oscar Mayer wait-list—any more info on the PK 3 list? Thanks!

  • 819. cc's mom  |  May 19, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Comments 786 and 787 were the latest updates from Oscar Mayer on here. The AA list called #7 and #8.

  • 820. Depressed@cps  |  May 19, 2017 at 10:42 am

    @797 RK’s Mom, I called Andrew Jackson Tuesday and was informed they had gotten to #4 on the proximity waitlist and were full for proximity at this time. The person was very nice and said there is always a chance it may move (people move, etc,), but for now all available spots for Andrew Jackson Kindergarten proximity list have been accepted…not surprising. The wait continues.

  • 821. Jennifer  |  May 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

    This Magnet School selection is a bunch of crap!!! I hate it!!! Catholic school for my kids…Just because a person lives in Tier 4 doesn’t mean they are “rich”

  • 822. MCM  |  May 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    We accepted a K spot at Disney yesterday. We were Tier 3, #38.

  • 823. thirdtimesacharm  |  May 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    822 I agree this process is horrible! It can go on for a while. 822 Congrates on Disney! Why did you choose it?

  • 824. Twinparent  |  May 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    We declined our spots at Newberry, #44 and 45 on proximity for kindergarten.

  • 825. firsttimeCps  |  May 19, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    @824.. Where will you accept? We declined our K spot as well.

  • 826. Deanna  |  May 20, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Wyatt Burp is that for Kindergarten? And for what Tier?

  • 827. Deanna  |  May 20, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Oh and also I see some posters mention proximity lottery, is this also an option to put down for any school that you are within a mile of school for?

  • 828. Yahoo  |  May 20, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I contacted the principal at Coonley about a 4th grade spot. He very politely told me that he doubts the list will move at all. I don’t know

  • 829. Yahoo  |  May 20, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Oops! Hit send too soon. I don’t know if Oscar Mayer is similar or not.

  • 830. Twinparent  |  May 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

    We are going with our neighborhood school (Lincoln) instead

  • 831. LNI  |  May 21, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    This is so depressing. My son wants out of his current school. I want him out of his current school. His chances however of getting into a better public school is looking very bleak. His current school is great for K-4 but as you move into the higher grades the teachers currently there seem to literally stop teaching from what I have been told by parents of children who have went through his school’s 5-8th grade program. I am so worried that he won’t make it out of there before graduation.

  • 832. PR2000  |  May 21, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Lincoln Park parents, any thoughts on Alcott vs. Lincoln Elementary? If we could relocate for either school, how should we think about these two?

    Thanks very much for your insights.

  • 833. PR2000  |  May 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    @LN 1, my apologies – didn’t mean to post my question as a response to yours. I feel for you and wish there was a better alternative:(

  • 834. cc's mom  |  May 22, 2017 at 7:01 am

    LNI–where does your son currently go to school?

  • 835. Thirdtimesacharm  |  May 22, 2017 at 7:02 am

    LNI Don’t give up! Check options list coming out today.Call schools inquire. Go up to school and get to know the clerk. Email principles. Fight for your childs education.

  • 836. cc's mom  |  May 22, 2017 at 9:23 am

    FYI the EOY Citywide Application process is now open.

  • 837. djreyes27  |  May 22, 2017 at 9:27 am

    what is that? EOY

  • 838. Chicago School GPS  |  May 22, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Here is the link to the schools available for the End of Year Application. Not all grades have spots open but if the school did not appear on your initial Standard application, then you can use this time to add that school now: http://cps.edu/AccessAndEnrollment/Documents/SchoolDataYearEnd_ES.pdf

  • 839. Chicago School GPS  |  May 22, 2017 at 9:34 am

    These are some schools on the End of Year application:

    Brown, W
    Caldwell Kershaw
    Cameron Lavizzo
    Von Linne
    Davis, M


  • 840. kenyon_lady  |  May 22, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Oscar Mayer is on number AA 19…

  • 841. kenyon_lady  |  May 22, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Sorry to clarify, for Pre K 3

  • 842. HydeParkMom  |  May 22, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I am shocked that Prescott is on the list.

  • 843. Lakeview Mom  |  May 22, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I agree! @842 HydeParkMom. I thought they had a K class of 34 this year.

  • 844. SSmom  |  May 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Any Talcott parents that would be wiling to share their experiences?

  • 845. cc's mom  |  May 22, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Agree about Prescott. I’m still going to submit the application for kinder there. I am, however, assuming it’s a very long shot and wonder if they are on the EOY list because of openings in upper grades.

  • 846. gennatay  |  May 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    It would be really helpful if the schools would list what grades were available. It would also save a lot of time.

  • 847. montessoriplease  |  May 22, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I completely agree. Does anyone know if any of these schools offer preK-3? Or do we have to call each school individually to ask?

  • 848. mom to L  |  May 22, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Montessoriplease (#847), here is the link for CPS preschool https://chicagoearlylearning.org/

  • 849. yingz  |  May 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    can someone tell me the difference between disney and disney II?
    I know they are 2 different schools but which one is better? I saw a lot of comments on the board about how wonder disney is but which one is talked about?
    we are waitlisted 40 for disney and just got a call this afternoon.

  • 850. llmm  |  May 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    @yingz Disney and Disney II are both arts and technology magnet schools, but that is really the only relationship other they both have Disney is the name. Disney is the larger K thru 8 school on the lake front. Disney II is smaller preK thru 12 school near Pulaski and Irving Park Road. Both are very good schools in my opinion.

  • 851. yingz  |  May 22, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you!

  • 852. mom2girls  |  May 23, 2017 at 6:44 am

    We got an offer from Stone yesterday for Kindergarten.
    Tier 3 waitlist 21.
    We really wanted Thorp because we are so close but was waitlisted 70 proximity. Stone is going to be a bit of a drive but are still going to accept.

  • 853. L  |  May 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Anyone have a child at Agassiz in upper grades 4/5?

  • 854. HydeParkMom  |  May 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I have a child in 1st there now. What would you like to know?

  • 855. Chicago School GPS  |  May 23, 2017 at 10:19 am

    @843 & @846- Prescott said they have 1st grade spots open for 2017-2018, and that is why they put themselves on the End of Year application

  • 856. willasmom  |  May 23, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    My daughter just got off the waitlist for Franklin. They aren’t offering any tours or open houses, so I’m wondering what experiences anyone has with this school…

    Currently, she is enrolled at Chappell (off waitlist a few weeks ago).

    Chappell vs Franklin?

    Anyone know if the Pulaski waitlist moves?

  • 857. Depressed@cps  |  May 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    @856 willasmom, Which Tier and what number were you?

  • 858. alexisfpope  |  May 23, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    @857 tier 3, #27

  • 859. Sopps  |  May 23, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Just accepted thorp tier 3 #3!

  • 860. JMarreroHansen  |  May 23, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Sopps- That’s great!! Was this for K? If so, did they happen to say how many spots they have open?

  • 861. RK's Mom  |  May 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    @820 Depressed@cps – I talked to Andrew Jackson too and asked how far along they get down their wait list, and they said every year is different. We are #26 proximity. Some years they get to 26 and other years they don’t. 😦

  • 862. farfarfalla  |  May 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    do anybody know anything about the list for tier 4 at the Andrew Jackson? #41 here, I wonder if I am daydreaming on getting in…

  • 863. Decisions  |  May 23, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    862. farfarfalla Tier 4 #20 here….and I have only heard “not a chance”

  • 864. Sopps  |  May 23, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    It was for kindergarten. She said they are going through all of tier 1’s waiting list and she was going to call cps to open up more spots in other tiers. She called me five minutes later and said she made a mistake. She believes she’ll be offering my son a spot by the end of the week 🙂 she has to wait for #2 to respond to call and has to wait until tomorrow evening to allow enough time for response. She said she has a good feeling we’ll get a call. So back to waiting!

  • 865. JMarreroHansen  |  May 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Sopps- Fingers crossed for you!! No word on proximity huh? (#7) O was told by many people we have a very good chance. Just wish we’d get a call soon. Getting super anxious. 😉

  • 866. LNI  |  May 23, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    834. Murray Language Academy

  • 867. Momofboys  |  May 24, 2017 at 9:51 am

    We were offered Disney and accepted but just got an offer for Agassiz. Honestly don’t know too much about Agassiz. Anyone have any insight? The good? The bad? Would you choose Agassiz over Disney or stay with Disney? Going in to kindergarten. Help!

  • 868. HydeParkMom  |  May 24, 2017 at 10:22 am

    @ Momofboys
    For what grades? My son went to Agassiz for K and now 1st. One of my good friends has both of her sons at Disney now. Both are really good school. Agassiz focuses on the arts, Disney focuses on technology. Disney works on the POD environment, an open classroom with no walls, Agassiz has a smaller room concept (my son’s kindergarten class was 28, his 1st grade class 26) Agassiz principal is more available to parents then Disney but Disney tests higher than Agassiz due to their rigorous standards on testing. Honestly it boils down to what you are looking for. They are both great schools.

  • 869. kikimee  |  May 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

    So sad… I really really wanted to get in…😖

  • 870. willasmom  |  May 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Hi–hoping for some insight on Franklin.


  • 871. Twinparent  |  May 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Class size for kindergarten is 30. Lots of arts and music programs. Heard a lot of good things. We actually declined our admission though because we have a strong home school whose schedule works better for us. But if we didn’t franklin would have been fine.

  • 872. CPS parent  |  May 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    we got an offer for LaSalle 2, 1st grade spot. #30 in the waitlist. any insights??

  • 873. cc's mom  |  May 24, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    @872 I have a friend (who also happens to be a very successful high school principal) whose daughter goes to LaSalle 2 and LOVES it. If we got an offer there, we would definitely take it.

  • 874. CPS Lilly Mom  |  May 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    @853. My daughter is currently in the 4th grade at Agassiz. She has attended since K. Came in through the lotto. I was nervous in the beginning but honestly love the school. My daughter along with many of her classmates are high achievers but it is very diverse which will serve her well. They focus on the whole child and the IB program is fantastic. Many kids are accepted at selective enrollment. Have friends at high pressure schools which I am wary about. You only have one chance at a childhood. Hope this helps. If you decide to accept would be happy to talk off line.

  • 875. LSmom  |  May 24, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    @willasmom,we’re at Franklin. We like the arts, the diverse community, and I think the academics are strong (we’re just in K so hard to say for sure, but the 8th graders I’ve met are going to good high schools).

  • 876. willasmom  |  May 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    @LSmom Thank you!

  • 877. Nettelhorst  |  May 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    How does Nettelhorst compare academically to other schools (private & public? My daughter has done outside activities there, the school its self is wonderful, but how rigorous are the academics?

  • 878. Single mom with no clue  |  May 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    We currently live in Ohio, but we’ve just inherited a house- Blaine school district. How does CPS compare to city private schools ( non religious) like Latin, parker, city day or to private/ public suburb schools in Evanston or wilmette?

  • 879. Peterson  |  May 24, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    For those interested in Peterson Elementary School, there will be spots available for 2017-18 for incoming first grade students (current kindergarteners). These spots are open even for those who did not complete the application in the fall. You can contact the school if interested.

  • 880. Jrw  |  May 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Had an offer to Decatur for kindergarten but recently turned it down. Just got a call now have an offer at Skinner North. Any insight into the School? Thanks

  • 881. cc's mom  |  May 25, 2017 at 7:46 am

    @879 I wish so much that spots would open for kinder! Can I just have my son skip K and go to 1st? Joking…well, half joking…)

  • 882. ChicagoMomof3  |  May 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Reading 99%/ math 83%, no initial classical schools offered, just received an offer from Skinner North yesterday. We are going to decline, because although it is an excellent school, the amount of homework is more than we are comfortable with. We have decided to go with a private bilingual school instead.

  • 883. PR2000  |  May 25, 2017 at 9:06 am

    @Chicagomomof3, was this for KG?

  • 884. ChicagoMomof3  |  May 25, 2017 at 10:19 am

    @PR2000 @883 Yes, for Kindergarten. It was a hard decision because there are many great things about the school.

  • 885. thirdtimesacharm  |  May 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Any K scores out there for Lenart or NTA?

  • 886. ChicagoMomof3  |  May 25, 2017 at 10:33 am

    @single mom with no clue @878
    Blaine has an excellent academic reputation; you are very lucky! The private schools you mentioned have very high tuition ($25k+ a year), and still have many more applications than spots. With tuition that high, and wealthy parents donating additional sums, of course there is a level of individual attention that just cannot be replicated in a public school.
    That being said, academics at certain CPS schools are at least as good, if not better, than schools in the suburbs, but it varies widely by CPS school. Our oldest went through CPS, a rigorous neighborhood school and selective enrollment hs, and got an amazing education- definitely superior to most suburban schools. We have a big spread between our oldest and our middle, who going into kindergarten. We are sending our middle and youngest to a bilingual private school, in large part because of the individualized attention, but it was a close call for us.

  • 887. ChicagoMomof3  |  May 25, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Sorry- I posed on the wrong thread re: Skinner North- moving my Skinner North info to the Classical Schools thread- sorry!

  • 888. disneyIIhopeful  |  May 25, 2017 at 11:54 am

    wanted to update my previous post, in case it helps others track where they may be on the waitlist (Tier 3)

    Initial round offer at Disney I – declined
    Disney II – 4 (proximity) — we have since received an offer and accepted it
    Franklin – 22 — we have since received an offer and declined

  • 889. yingz  |  May 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    ChicagoMomof3, may I know what tier you are at?

  • 890. ChicagoMomof3  |  May 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    @889 @yingz Tier 4

  • 891. MCM  |  May 25, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    We just enrolled at Disney for K and are eligible for bus transportation (pickup would be only a few blocks from our house). Just wondering if anyone has any experiences to share regarding CPS Magnet bus transportation? Will my child’s bus just be picking up kids all going to Disney?

  • 892. gro  |  May 25, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    ChicagoMomof3-what school are you sending your children to?

  • 893. Headed2Chicago  |  May 26, 2017 at 8:52 am

    @891 MCM, we accepted a spot in Disney (for second grade) but will be turning it down in favor of the neighborhood school. We were looking at sending our 7-year-old daughter on the bus, but heard from multiple sources (parents and even an administrator at Disney informally) that it was not recommended for younger children. It came up during and after the open house as well and the principal said there was nothing they could do about bad behavior on the bus. So we decided to steer clear of the bus for our little one.

  • 894. Thirdtimesacharm  |  May 26, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Have you thought of trying Disney and if it doesn’t work out then transferring. You can always go to a neighborhood school if your in arrendence boundries. You can’t always go to Disney. Good luck

  • 895. Headed2Chicago  |  May 26, 2017 at 9:23 am

    @894, definitely torn about it. And our original plan was to take Disney and use the neighborhood school as a backup. However, our neighborhood school will now be either Lincoln or Skinner West, so both seem great (we are relocating specifically for the school). I like various things about Disney including the gifted track, focus on tech etc. However I was concerned about the administration rigidity (like others, I observed that from the open house and in followups), so combined with the inconvenient commute, I don’t think it’s the best fit for us.

  • 896. ChicagoMomof3  |  May 26, 2017 at 9:51 am

    @gro @892 German International School of Chicago, currently in Uptown, moving to a bigger space in North Center on Berteau

  • 897. New to CPS  |  May 29, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    For magnet schools that take students by tier, are an equal numbers of students offered spots from each tier? Thanks!

  • 898. It'sTime  |  May 29, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Yes. However I do not know what happens if they run through the whole list of students in one tier (or if that even happens).

  • 899. Dorota W  |  May 30, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I’m looking for any and all information about OA Thorp. Are the teachers engaged and accessible? Are parents happy with the school and administration? Are there any concerns I should be aware of? Thank you for reading.

  • 900. SN_Dad  |  May 30, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    @ChicagoMomof3. I’m not sure what you’ve heard about homework at Skinner North but my daughter is just finishing up KG there and I love their approach. They get a schedule of homework at beginning of week which is a mixture of Every Day Math, IXL, Guided Reading and random worksheets. There is usually an assignment for each day of week and my daughter completes most within a few minutes. They are intentional about not giving more that 30 minutes worth and it’s mainly re-enforcement of that day’s lesson.

    @JRW and others new to the school, check out the RGC blog too. Skinner North is one of the most sought after schools in the city and is the only Blue Ribbon Elementary School in Chicago.

    My experience has been great there so far. Wish they had sibling preference though 🙂

  • 901. SN_Dad  |  May 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Sorry Elementary and Magnet blog. I also moved my last post to RGC. Please respond there if you wish. Thanks!

  • 902. CPSMama  |  May 30, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Lasalle is also a Blue Ribbon school 🙂

  • 903. HydeParkMom  |  May 30, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    There are actually a few blue ribbon schools in CPS. You just have to look it up.

  • 904. JC2's Mom  |  May 30, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Any thoughts on McDade Classical vs. Beasley Magnet program? We were accepted to both for Kindergarten.

  • 905. CPS Teacher Mom  |  May 30, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    JC2’s Mom,

    If you’re just looking at data, McDade is a level 1+ school and Beasley is Level 2. McDade has awesome test scores as well. I have a nephew at Beasley and they have a lot of discipline issues with the kids. Beasely’s performance has declined greatly over the years.

  • 906. CPSMama  |  May 30, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    McDade, hands down!

  • 907. NWside  |  May 30, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    899, we have a 3rd grader at OA Thorp and are very pleased with the school. Teachers are engaged and there is a strong community of families. A lot of families live close by and are active in activities. There are some great after school options, theater, sports, etc. or the regular daily after school program for working parents. After K there is a “gifted” class that your child can be recommended for, by the K teachers. The only complaint I’ve heard from people is that there is a lot of homework. There is at least a half an hour a night, a lot of times more like an hour. I’m not sure how it is for upper grades. It’s not that hard though, more just time consuming. It hasn’t been a problem for us but I know it bothers some people. Also, the principal is really good and friendly.

  • 908. SN_Dad  |  May 30, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    @HydeParkMom and @CPSMama You are correct as well. I was referencing the latest award year which was 2016. Guess I should have added that context. 🙂

  • 909. JC2's Mom  |  May 31, 2017 at 10:34 am

    @CPSMama & @CPS Teacher Mom – Thank you for the feedback!

  • 910. ChiMom929  |  May 31, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Hi All! We just received a call for 1st Grade at LaSalle II (#34). Does anyone have any feedback on this school?

  • 911. cc's mom  |  May 31, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    @910 Only positive feedback on here and from my friend whose daughter attends.

  • 912. sarah  |  May 31, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Anyone currently at Aggasiz and can provide feedback on it? We are in Budlong district but received an offer from Aggasiz and get the feeling that it may be slightly better than Budlong (smaller class sizes, recess 2x a day rather than 1x a day, slightly more diverse, more extra curriculars, and the big one: they currently have an after-care program up and running where as Budlong’s is “coming soon”…although has been verbally promised to me by the principal. Just looking for feedback on Aggasiz…

  • 913. HydeParkMom  |  May 31, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    @sarah my son currently goes to Agassiz. He is in the 1st grade. What would like to know? What are looking for in school?

  • 914. sarah  |  May 31, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    @HydeParkMom – thanks! I think I am just looking to make sure it will be the right school as I had hoped to go with my neighborhood school and feel like we could end up missing out on the feeling of being a part of the community if we go to one that is out of our boundaries. Do you live in the Aggasiz boundaries? If not, do you feel like that ever plays a part in how comfortable your son feels going there? I also am interested to hear how well the teachers are able to provide individualized attention? one other thing, we heard there is a guitar program after school, and may be very interested in that since she has been talking guitar once a week for almost a year. if you know anything about that, would love to hear more. Their after-care provider, J@School, is a big reason we’ve chosen them over Budlong, as Budlong can only promise something is coming for this fall, but they can’t confirm what the after care will actually look like. Just makes me too nervous. Do you use J@School after care, or have any feedback on it? Thank you!

  • 915. Ssmom  |  May 31, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Unrelated but related question…..does anyone know how much ready to learn Pre-K costs are for different income tiers? Or where to find this info at? TIA

  • 916. Twinparent  |  May 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Costs Vary widely depending on household income. But max is I think 450 per month per child.

  • 917. Thirdtimesacharm  |  May 31, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    They don’t know yet. I called the lady said worse case $427.00 a month. But it depends on family size and income.

  • 918. HydeParkMom  |  June 1, 2017 at 5:51 am

    @sarah We do not live within the Agassiz boundaries and was accepted through the litter as well last year for Kindergarten. Agassiz he done a fantastic job of welcoming everyone as part of the community. My son has his birthday party last year and mostly everyone showed up from his class! There are a lot of out of boundary students that goes to the school and this is what brings this welcoming vibe within the Agassiz community. We live all the way in Hyde Park and we never felt that we didn’t belong. Classroom sizes are small. My son’s kindergarten class was 28 and his 1st grade class currently has 26. Usually with 1 teacher but a para pro is shared among the classrooms. Agassiz has a fantastic arts program and my son talks about this all the time. I have seen a few of the performances and it was wonderful! J@ School runs our after school program and recess. There have been mixed reviews about them in regards to their client relations but overall they offer great programming for the kids. My son is eligible for the bus so usually he takes it home. I have used J@ School before and I do like convincing factor of it all.

  • 919. CMD  |  June 1, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I have 2 kids at Agassiz, 4th and 2nd grade. We have loved it. Older kid got an offer at Edison this year and it is a REALLY hard decision. When looking at Agassiz scores, please keep in mind that Agassiz has a large diverse learner population and those scores are not “pulled out.” Even with the school-wide scoring, Agassiz still has better scores than several of the RGCs. We have found the school community to be very welcoming and involved – we live outside the boundaries, and our older child got in through the lottery and younger child got a spot via the sibling preference.
    One big positive at Agassiz is that they provide a lot of support for diverse learners – there’s reading specialists, pull-out programs, and most of the kids with learning or developmental differences are fully mainstreamed with a paraprofessional in the classroom for support. Unlike most CPS schools, which have 12-14% kids with IEPs and 504s, Agassiz has 24% – they are extremely welcoming to kids with special and diverse needs.
    The arts program is terrific. Half the year they have drama, the other half dance. There’s movement every day – gym class, yoga, dance, music. K-2 has two recesses, which really helps the kids with concentration (IMHO).

  • 920. sarah  |  June 1, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Thank you, CMD & HydeParkMom! Really appreciate all of these insights…they are making me feel more comfortable with our decision to go with Aggasiz. Smaller class sizes and 2 recesses for K-2 are nothing to sneeze at. And that’s wonderful to hear about the welcoming community even with all of the out of boundary families! I do have one other question – in my bare notes that I took, I wrote down the librarian is also the technology teacher..do you know if they offer coding classes for the older kids? or what is the technology instruction like?

  • 921. Pondering  |  June 1, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Has anyone heard From Lasalle I? I am interested in upper grade, but have not noticed anyone posting about it


  • 922. impatient and frustrated  |  June 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Anyone else still waiting on AN offer for kinder? We applied to 20 schools (all north side) and have no offers at all. Getting really impatient and frustrated since it’s now June.

  • 923. Pondering  |  June 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I received 2 calls last year, one at the end of August and one two weeks into the school. Patience is most definitely a virtue with this process. Wish they would post on their school websites

  • 924. HydeParkMom  |  June 1, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    What grade are you waiting to receive a call back from? Also what is your tier and waitlist numbers?

  • 925. impatient and frustrated  |  June 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    We are kinder, tier 4. WL numbers are anywhere from 5 for Coonley (which I’ve told by Coonley will not move at all), to 30 at Thorp, to 50-70 for both Disneys, and then we get into the 100s. I know it’s not looking good, so I’m just venting.

  • 926. BS504  |  June 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I’d welcome any comments on Pulaski.

    We were #29 in the General wait list for Kindergarten and got a call sometime early May. We accepted since we really want our daughter to learn Spanish as a second language.

  • 927. sarah  |  June 1, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    @Impatient and frustrated – Just got an offer from Burr (#97 on waitlist), but will be passing on it since it’s not really a feasible commute for us. My advice would be to call a few schools on your list to find out where in their lists they might be, to give you a better idea of what to expect. I called Chappell and they were very helpful and understanding of my need to know the realities of my chances. Good luck!

  • 928. impatient and frustrated  |  June 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks Sarah. I called a while ago, but I am definitely going to do another round of calls.

  • 929. harry potter  |  June 1, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    @925, I’d be shocked if you didn’t get an offer to Disney on Marine drive. Their waitlists typically move into the hundreds, partly because they have so many sections in each grade. You’ll get an offer there.

  • 930. Melissa Dippel  |  June 3, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Not a parent, but a teacher. If there’s an opportunity to consider Mitchell, please consider doing so. I am an upper grades teacher there and would enroll my own children in a heartbeat. The school is small and we work hard to make sure no child falls through the cracks. Academic and social/emotional needs are tended to daily. I’m so excited about the things happening in our building! Let me know if I can answer any questions for you.

  • 931. cc's mom  |  June 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Anyone have any experience or feedback on Chappell? Anything at all would be appreciated!

  • 932. WTMomof3  |  June 5, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    @Melissa Dippel

    I’d love to know more about Mitchell! We are in West Town, but I’m not in love with the school we are zoned for, and I know we will be applying to others. Are there usually slots for K for students not zoned for the school? As a teacher, I’m so heartened to hear that you would consider the school for your own children. What are the strengths of your school/school community? Thanks!

  • 933. Old Irving Dad  |  June 5, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Anyone out there have any insight regarding finding a school that would be a good fit for a boy starting kindergarten next Fall who has recently been diagnosed with moderate ADHD? Don’t care if it’s CPS or private. So far we’ve had to battle to retain services with CPS and will continue to do so if there’s a decent school for him. My concern with CPS is budget and the fact that they try to drop services every year so far. The couple of Catholic Schools we’ve tried have told us they cannot help after telling us it would be absolutely no problem with him. Then they read his IEP and get cold feet. We’re on a waiting list with Thorp, but I’m not gonna hold my breath. Anyone out there have any similar experience or advice? I just want an environment where he’ll thrive. Public, Private, doesn’t matter, just need a school administrator that doesn’t look baffled by us when we apply.

  • 934. Depressed@cps  |  June 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Updating for those still interested this year and for those in future years searching for clues regarding waitlist movement, we received an offer from Newberry today and will accept. We were #37, Tier 3.

  • 935. New to CPS  |  June 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    We just accepted at Thorp- Tier 4 wait list #9

    @933- what is your home school, have you met with them? We also met with our catholic school to look at my son’s IEP and they had a similar reaction to what you describe

  • 936. What to do??  |  June 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    @891 Most bus routes only serve one school at a time.

    @893 The principal says they can’t do anything about bad behavior on the bus?? BS. That principal needs to grow a spine. There was a problem kid on my daughter’s bus. After a number of complaints and outreach efforts to the kid’s parents, the school informed them their patience had run out and that he will either behave himself or they will have to make alternative transportation arrangements. That solved the issue.

  • 937. cc's mom  |  June 7, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    We finally got the call from Peterson for kinder, and we are thrilled! We were #15 for anyone else waiting. When I had emailed the clerk earlier this week, she said they were on #9 but had petitioned to open up more kinder spots. I guess it was approved. Hope this helps anyone else waiting for a spot!

  • 938. CMD  |  June 7, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    @933, Old Irving Dad, Agassiz Elementary in Lakeview has a lot of support for diverse learners and a big IEP/504 community (24% as opposed to most schools (9% to 14%). It’s a public school that our kids got into via lottery. Seminary and George.

  • 939. CMD  |  June 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    @920 Sarah – I’m not sure what question you’re asking. Agassiz does have a full time librarian, and she works with the kids on technology literacy (keyboarding skills for the little ones, research for the older ones). My oldest is just finishing 4th, but I know they’re not coding at that level. The library does have a 3D printer, though, so maybe in the upper grades.

  • 940. Mom2KenKen  |  June 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I received an offer for my daughter for Kindergarten to Galileo and Disney on Marine Drive. I really like the curriculum and all the programming that Disney offer, but the school size and start time (7:30am) is making me think twice. Does anyone have any feedback on these two schools. Are they both in the same quality educational league? Would love to hear from parents at either school. Thank you.

  • 941. LNI  |  June 7, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Does anyone have any insight or feedback on weather or not the waiting list for 5th grade is moving for Andrew Jackson?

  • 942. cc's mom  |  June 8, 2017 at 6:37 am

    @940, if you scroll through the comments of this thread, there is a lot of information on Disney. Not sure if there is much on Galileo already.

  • 943. mom2girls  |  June 8, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Has anyone been called off the Norwood Park waitlist? If so what was your number?

  • 944. formercpsteacher  |  June 8, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    @912…do not go to Budlong. Administration likes to shuffle teachers she doesn’t like around grades till they get the hint to quit. Very cliquish. Standing up for students and staff gets you on the “bad list”. While not a bad school by any means, Budlong does not have the opportunities and services of Agassiz.

  • 945. smartmom  |  June 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    @940 Mom2KenKen Disney is a great magnet program and so is Galileo. Disney has a performing arts and pod setup so open forum for teaching. Galileo is a Math and Science curriculum. It depends on what you want for your child. Both are great schools ranked 1+. Galileo is centrally located so depending on where you live, it may be closer than far north. I’ve heard great things about them both.

  • 946. undecidedKinderMom  |  June 9, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    My LO was accepted to LaSalle for kindergarten and I happily accepted. I just received a call with an offer from Franklin. Can anyone give more information on the 2 schools? I am unsure which to choose now! TIA

  • 947. Whattodo  |  June 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    May I ask what number you are for Lasalle?

  • 948. 2017  |  June 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Echoing the last response – both Galileo and Disney are great schools. We went to the Galileo open houses, and have registered for Grade K. The school has great principles and teachers, and has a lot of great programs. It is close and convenient for us, and we are really glad we got in!

  • 949. ChrisM  |  June 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Our 2nd grader was initially offered a spot at Jamieson only. However, we heard from Peirce via email early last week (our daughter was general wait list #11). We accepted the Peirce spot this week and went on a tour of the school this morning.

  • 950. Whattodo  |  June 10, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Any Mayer parents out there? My son has a spot here for Kindergarten but I’m having second thoughts. The rooms seem a bit overwhelming with not a lot of space to truly execute Montessori. And not every EC class gets 2 recesses as promised.

  • 951. School Levels  |  June 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Looking ahead into the 2018-19 application process, how much weight did you place on school levels in making your decision? There are A LOT of Level 1+ schools, not all of which I’d personally consider “great.” Is it a useful comparison tool? Or is it more about tracking schools’ upward and downward trends?

  • 952. Thirdtimesacharm  |  June 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    This has only been around for the last few years. I’ve been told the key is maintaining 1+ status which is difficult. It’s all about the numbers and data. But I think it depends on what your looking for in a school.

  • 953. It'sTime  |  June 11, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I’m happy with where we ended up, but if I were to move I would not just look at the Levels, but greatschools, the CPS online data that demonstrates where students in each grade level perform, and whether the schools have a comprehensive gifted program or advanced program.

  • 954. NWSidemom  |  June 12, 2017 at 12:33 am

    @951 in addition to school levels, my humble advice is to look for schools with social-emotional intelligence. principals who work collaboratively with parents, staff who take an empathetic approach to discipline, etc. You’ll want it to, as much as possible, match your own values. Having 3 kids in this process for the past few years now and attending 3 schools, I can confidently say that so much of your kid’s day-to-day well-being (and, ultimately, their ability to learn) hinges on those things.

  • 955. No Horse In the Race  |  June 12, 2017 at 10:35 am

    @951–levels are largely indicative of how well the principal knows how to play the game.

  • 956. School Levels  |  June 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    @955: Ah, so politics do impact school levels to a certain degree. That’s kind of what I figured since some parts of SQRP seem a bit arbitrary. I’ve seen several parents boasting about their schools’ ratings and wasn’t sure what the fuss was about, or if it’s even warranted. (On the flip side, I think that I’d be concerned if a school dropped from Level 1/1+ to Level 2.)

  • 957. SouthSideMama  |  June 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Really, the best metric is the 5Essential Survey:


    It covers much more than just scores and is updated, unlike the Great Schools, Schooldigger, or Niche websites

  • 958. Mom2KenKen  |  June 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you for the responses re Disney and Galileo.

  • 959. Transportation  |  June 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Hello – does anyone know of any good transportation services? I am considering using one for my daughter who will be attending Disney in the fall. They start early and end early.

    Thank you in advance for any referrals you know of.

  • 960. thirdtimesacharm  |  June 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

    959 no sure your location but PTA for Disney contact via face book has a list. We live south and I’ve contacting several companies. Not finding a good fit. Or even getting a call back or email.

  • 961. Transportation  |  June 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    960 Thank you – I will give that a try

  • 962. ChrisM  |  June 14, 2017 at 10:30 am

    We recently received offers from Peirce and Peterson for second grade. Anyone have any thoughts on how these compare? We toured Peirce and currently are going that route–we were pretty impressed with the arts focus and IB program there. Peterson doesn’t seem quite as compelling as Peirce based on what I can find online. Any thoughts?

  • 963. Decisions  |  June 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    For those wondering: Andrew Jackson’s K program is full. They made it to Tier 4 waitlist #5 before filling up.

  • 964. cc's mom  |  June 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    @962 we just accepted a kinder spot at Peterson, and are extremely excited. Principal came out of a fantastic training program and is doing great things for the school (I strongly believe that all things start with a school leader, and if that person is not strong, the school won’t be strong). Teacher retention is very high. They have active social emotional programs already in place, and the curriculum is rigorous. They have several enrichment classes. They have high community involvement as well (active Friends of Group–we attended their Beer for Books event last weekend which raised $43k). Diversity is extremely high in several senses of the word (they created the poster/campaign you see all over the north side “Hate Has No Home Here”). Finally, I know several families whose kids go here, and they all love it–it feels like a true community. For what it’s worth, I’ve worked in Chicago schools for the past 10+ years (currently as an administrator), so I think I have a good sense for what makes a strong school, and Peterson checks most of my boxes.

  • 965. Momof2  |  June 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Just gave up a K sibling lottery spot at Ravenswood. Hopefully this will bring joy/relief to another out of area Ravenswood family!

  • 966. veteran parent  |  June 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    962 – never had to choose Peterson vs. Peirce…. but we are a Peirce family and we are glad we chose Peirce 7 years ago. In addition to the wonderful programming, student-centered academics that the IB programme brings, the updated facility (with probably one of the nicest CPS elem. libraries) , and dedicated parent community….. it has a caring and creative faculty. My kids are happy and thriving and so are their classmates.
    HTH! gl!

  • 967. mom2girls  |  June 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I just talked to Norwood Park and they told me they are not taking anyone off the waitlist for Kinder this year because they are full. They are only have one classroom.

  • 968. HydeParkMom  |  June 15, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Just for updates for anyone looking to out their kid in Newberry. We were just called off of the General waitlist # 8 for 2nd grade. Declined for Souh Loop.

  • 969. Momof2  |  June 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    @962 Only did preschool at Peirce for 2 years each for 2 kiddos and were very happy for 3 out of the 4 years (one not so fabulous first year teacher). We live just out of bounds and ended up going a different way for K, but we have gotten to know several families with older kids who are very happy. The IB thing is pretty awesome even at the PreK stage. My little one was asking a bunch of questions to my mother-in-law and she ask her why she was asking so many questions. My little one said, “Because I’m a scientist and that is what scientists do. Ask questions.”

  • 970. ChrisM  |  June 15, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Thanks all for the Peirce/Peterson feedback! My wife is hoping to check out Peterson briefly tomorrow morning, although I believe school is already out so won’t get a true feel.

  • 971. Peterson  |  June 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

    @ChrisM – Peterson is our neighborhood school and my second child will start K there this fall (older one goes to an SEES). We’re excited for all the reasons #964 notes. Can’t compare Pierce and Peterson directly, but there are lots of good things happening at Peterson, even though they don’t have IB. One thing I’m thrilled to hear is how deep they go to differentiate to meet the needs of all levels of kids there and how much they work to build community amongst the school to create a strong, positive learning environment.

    I’ve gone to several parent meetings there to get to know the school and have been extremely impressed. Here is a video that shows a peek into the school in case you don’t get to see much yourself.

    Since neither offer bussing, you probably also want to take commute to get your child to school into your decision.

  • 972. ChrisM  |  June 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Peterson–thank you! My wife is actually there right now on a tour. As for commute, oddly enough, Peirce and Peterson are both exactly the same distance and driving time from us. We are just south of Indian Boundary Park.

  • 973. Headed2Chicago  |  June 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Just turned down an offer from Prescott for Grade 2 in case anyone here is hoping for an offer. Our neighborhood school will be Skinner West when we move so we’ve decided to give it a try this year.

  • 974. Deanna  |  June 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Anyone know if they ever open spots when it gets closer to the start of the school year? Also anyone have a ballpark how far down the list they are for Pierce?

  • 975. NWside  |  June 20, 2017 at 10:38 am

    @Deanna, There are often many offers in August, as people figure out for sure what they are doing and decline spots they have accepted. (for example, they get an offer from an SEES, magnet or neighborhood school they like better). Neighborhood schools usually wait until late in the summer to make offers because they can’t be sure how many spots there will be until they’ve registered all the the kids that live in boundary. Some schools will still be making calls the first week of school (especially since CPS moved to per-pupil funding, it is in their best interest to fill the classrooms).

  • 976. Thirdtimesacharm  |  June 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Just gave up a k seat for Disney tier 4 lottery.Good luck to the next family.

  • 977. BurrorMitchell  |  June 21, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I have to decide today whether to enroll my 1st grader in Mitchell or Burr. I havent been able to decide for weeks! The older kids at Mitchell behaved a little rough around the edges and gave the principal trouble during a tour, but it ranks so much higher than Burr.

  • 978. ADR  |  June 21, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Anyone know anything about VonLinne? They offered a K seat and we have until Friday to respond. We haven’t heard anything from any of the schools we are wait listed for.

  • 979. ChiMom929  |  June 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    @BurrorMitchell – My kids are currently at Burr, and while I don’t know much about Mitchell, I CAN say that Burr is TREMENDOUS! Amazing community of parents, administration who know EVERY kid’s name, stellar teachers who care about the kids as actual little people, not just academic minds. I know that scores/rankings are important, but sometimes a supportive community can make all the difference! Best of luck with your decision, whatever you choose!

  • 980. BurrorMitchell  |  June 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    @Chimom929. Thanks. I hear that a lot and at Mitchell. gym twice a week and no uniforms at Burr is better than 1 day of gym and uniforms at Mitchell.

    @ADR you can always accept the seat at VonLinne and pull out if you receive seats at other schools that you like better. I dont hate the player, but I hate the game

  • 981. happymom  |  June 22, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Hello any Hawthorne parents on the thread or families that will be going? We just got a call and surprised. But heard the Principal leaving. Any thoughts on the school?

  • 982. HSA Mom X2  |  June 22, 2017 at 8:32 am

    @981: My oldest transferred to Hawthorne last year as a third grader and my youngest will start there as a kindergartner in the fall. LOVE IT! Mr. Pietrini was a terrific principal in every way — so so so sad he’s leaving. However, the interim principal who has been recommended by him as a permanent replacement is equally wonderful. Parents adore her and she’s highly qualified.

  • 983. mom2girls  |  June 22, 2017 at 9:03 am

    @happymom what was your waitlist number and tier?

  • 984. happymom  |  June 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    @982 HSA MOM thanks for the feedback. I am so excited

  • 985. happymom  |  June 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    @983 mom2girls, I am tier 1 and waitlist number I think was 23 something like that cant remember to be exact.

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  • 987. Headed2Chicago  |  June 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Just withdrew from Disney for a second grade spot. Hopefully this helps someone. We will be going to Skinner West neighborhood program. Good luck to all!

  • 988. sunbugphoto  |  June 23, 2017 at 2:55 pm


    I haven’t heard too much about Linne School, but everything I’ve heard/seen has been good. I would accept that offer before it’s too late if you haven’t already.

  • 989. Soon2bdad  |  June 25, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Adopting 2 boys , 4 and 6. They should be in country by the beginning of August. They don’t speak English . I’ve emailed a couple of principals with no responses. My neighborhood school? Not so good.

    Best of luck to you all !

  • 990. Mitchell  |  June 26, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Just received an email from Mitchell Elementary offering 1st grade spot. Declining, but reporting here in case others are waiting.

  • 991. Near North Mom  |  June 29, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    @989 if your boys are Spanish first language, check out Ruben Salazar across from Walter Payton HS. Salazar has lots of support for ELL students and is an open enrollment school that may still have spots come August.

  • 992. Melissa  |  July 1, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Hello all! Just gave up a 1st grade spot at franklin wl # 17. Good luck!

  • 993. ChicagoMom  |  July 5, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Is Hawthorne a good school?

  • 994. Depressed@cps  |  July 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Accepted a spot at Franklin late last week. My son was #28 on the Tier 3 waitlist. Super excited we made it off as the Tier 3 list seems to move a lot slower than others. This will open up a Tier 3 spot at Newberry. Hope the info is helpful.

  • 995. Depressed@cps  |  July 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    @994 post was for K

  • 996. Loving Touch Transportation Services  |  July 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm

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  • 997. Kindergarten@Newberry  |  July 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    @968 @HydeParkMom, we just got an offer for Newberry for my twins – Kindergarten – we also live in the HydePark area -was wondering how you planned to transport your kid(s). I drop them off before commuting to work downtown or consider a bus service. Just curious if you have any leads on a private transportation service from South to Newberry? Or does anyone?

  • 998. @959 and 960  |  July 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    @959 and 960 I use a company called Loving Touch Transportation Services for my daughter attends Disney and she is wonderful! Reliable, safe and affordable. I told her to post her information above, but I am also following up with it as a referring parent.

    You can let her know Rachel referred you. Good Luck! For us working parents who do not live near these great schools the struggle is real!

  • 999. @997  |  July 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    @997 Loving Touch service the South Side and the Hyde Park area. I reside in Beverly.

  • 1000. Nervousmom  |  July 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Just got call off the waitlist for Newberry. Tier 4 -#70. We turn it down.

  • 1001. Jrw  |  July 7, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    How much is Loving Touch weekly and do you know would they go from Edison Park to Skinner North? I just need drop off at this point. Could not find a website or FB page on them. Thank you!

  • 1002. momofakid  |  July 7, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Got a phone call today for Coonley Kindergarten tier 4 138. We will be accepting! So excited.

  • 1003. HydeParkMom  |  July 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    @ Kindergarten@Newberry. Congratulations to you! We ended up declining our 2nd-grade offer at Newberry and will be sending him to South Loop. He currently has an IEP and is eligible for bus service. This has been a convenient factor for us but in the end chose a closer school due to the distance factor.

  • 1004. cc's mom  |  July 8, 2017 at 6:24 am

    1002 –Coonley has a tiered list? We are number 7 on the general list and were told they would not be pulling off waitlists. Confused now.

  • 1005. BLou  |  July 8, 2017 at 10:42 am

    My child was offered a spot at Ogden for their middle school IB – I need to decide by 7/10, is anybody familiar with its program? Any input will be greatly appreciated!

  • 1006. veteran parent  |  July 9, 2017 at 8:52 am

    1004 – 1002 is likely referring to the Options classroom at Coonley. That poster has a ‘gifted test’ score of 138… not a WL # as you refer to. Coonley has neighborhood/open seats (although that wl moves little/not) & an Options (gifted) classroom at each grade level. hth!

  • 1007. No Horse In the Race  |  July 10, 2017 at 10:47 am

    1005–My son will be starting 7th at Ogden, transferring from a very small magnet school. He has friends there and I have heard good things–my friend’s daughter was there for 3 years and will be attending Payton in the fall. Also, a friend who teaches at Jones says that kids who come from Ogden are well prepared for high school.

    My son was pretty excited by the tour–he’s looking forward to switching classes every hour just like a high school kid! Personally, I liked that there is both a library AND a librarian (which has a section of manga, much to my son’s delight). My son liked seeing all the club opportunities (and that they weren’t all sports).

    We will have him take the SE test for high school, but like having a fallback to take the pressure off (which may be more important for #2, who is an inconsistent test taker)

    In fact, my 4th grader was ready to enroll. We plan to move him for 6th grade when he can start classes on West campus (which is not far from our home)

    Hope this helps!

  • 1008. BLou  |  July 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks NHITR, for the timely reply. I will share it with my child!

  • 1009. It'sTime  |  July 12, 2017 at 10:21 am

    We just received a magnet offer from NTA. NTA families have been pretty vocal on this board, but I am looking for honest feedback about how the high school conversion may affect the school. Please also give feedback on the general magnet kindergarten program. Do they differentiate?

  • 1010. Thirdtimesacharm  |  July 12, 2017 at 11:55 am

    What is the score for NTA K seat & teir? Thanks

  • 1011. NTA Ambassadors  |  July 16, 2017 at 9:57 am

    @1009 It’sTime Congratulations on your acceptance to NTA! We are existing families welcoming you and available for you to ask questions.

    As much as we’d like to give you definitive information on the direction of the South Loop High Schools plans, unfortunately all information we’ve received from CPS thus far has been draft proposals. The one that that has been reassuring is that all current NTA students (as of 2019) will stay with their peers in either the existing NTA elementary school or be welcomed to transition to the South Loop elementary school. So good news…you wouldn’t have to apply for a new school.

    For the upcoming 2017-2018 school year we will see no changes to our existing NTA community! All students will still be welcomed by our phenomenal teachers and staff, have access to rigorous curriculum and take part in the many enrichment (specials) that have always been offered such as art, music, gym, swim, tech, Spanish and more! As to your question around differentiated teaching, all NTA teachers differentiate instruction and homework where appropriate so for example, students may have different homework and class instruction as students’ strengths and weaknesses are identified. Teachers also use technology (DropBox and iPads) to further enhance differentiation.

    If you have further questions or would like to meet with existing families, feel free to reach us at NTAAmbassadors at gmail dot com.

    NTA Ambassadors

  • 1012. sisu  |  July 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    We got a call on Friday for Pre-K 3 at Suder, and accepted (Tier 2, WL#3).

  • 1013. Melissa  |  July 18, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Got a call from Sheridan today, son is #13 on the first grade waitlist. They said they “may have a spot opening soon” and “are we still interested?” Hmmmm very vague. Enough to get a crazy mom riled 😉

  • 1014. Melissa Dippel  |  July 19, 2017 at 8:05 pm


    Sorry for the delayed response. Mitchell has a thriving “whole-child” philosophy. Kids have high academic expectations, but also various enrichment opportunities. They take music, art, PE, dance, and Chinese. There are opportunities to explore cooking, robotics, and coding. Furthermore, I’ve never seen a more involved parent community. I’ve worked at a few other CPS schools, and the collaboration between staff and parents is amazing. The “Friends of Mitchell” organization makes sure nobody wants for anything.

    A small school is truly the way to go. By 8th grade, kids have developed so many relationships across the building. K-5 students raise money for an annual 8th grade trip as a culmination of their Mitchell careers. (They don’t mind because they can’t wait for others to help them out when they’re in 8th grade!) We, in turn, require 8th graders to perform service hours to give back to the school. They run tutoring opportunities, tend the school garden, clean band instruments, etc. During graduation, each child is given an individualized introductory speech by an adult in the building. We really love each kid individually. I’m not sure that happens everywhere.

  • 1015. What to do??  |  July 19, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Just got K offers from LaSalle II and Stone, Tier 4, 41st and 54th respectively; both offers declined.

  • 1016. Melissa  |  July 20, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    @ what to do….

    If you declined those schools, what did you accept??
    Just curious 😊

  • 1017. kD  |  July 21, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Anyone get into suder EC in the proximity lottery, if so what was your # on the waitlist, just curious where they are

  • 1018. LoganSquareMama  |  July 24, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Any feedback on Disney II? Currently enrolledcat Edison, but liked Disney II from the tour, it’s closer, and the sibling preference would be nice for our youngest. Of course, only 24 hours to decide.

  • 1019. Concerned mother  |  July 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    My kid was accepted to North and grand. And OMG OMG. I didn’t know it was so only one race and ghetto.
    In their year book. in the front office , inside cover said, fuck those niggers wanna shoot up the school.

  • 1020. Devil's mother  |  July 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Does anyone know when Mather will start calling from their wait-list
    My young one is very very high up.on the list

  • 1021. Sunny  |  July 24, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Our child has been offered a Kindergarten spot at Andrew Jackson. and Pritzker. Any ideas which school would be a better choice?

  • 1022. kikimee  |  July 25, 2017 at 4:46 am

    No advise, Can I ask you what grade and what was your tier/number in the waiting list? Thank you

  • 1023. Gennatay  |  July 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    can we get comment 1019 deleted?

  • 1024. Hoping  |  July 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Has anyone heard from LaSalle I? Specifically 4th Grade.

  • 1025. LasalleMom  |  July 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I concur. Disgusting.

  • 1026. What to do??  |  July 25, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    @1016 Melissa, we accepted an offer at Thorp where we already have a now-third grader. We never seriously considered any other schools besides Disney II, which extended an offer but we declined because we didn’t want our kids in different schools for possibly several years. (We would have accepted the Disney II offer if we could have been reasonably certain the older sibling could get in the following year but the odds of that happening were small). We applied to other schools on the very slim chance that all of the K sibling slots at Thorp filled up, and we didn’t want to be left with no other option but our mediocre neighborhood school if that happened.

  • 1027. Luckymomof3  |  July 25, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Offered Stone for K, T4 waitlist 56. Accepted! This will open a slot at Peirce.

    Also posting for posterity – offered LaSalle II waitlist 26 about 2 weeks ago, declined.

  • 1028. AlcottHopeful  |  July 26, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Is there any movement on the Alcott 3rd grade wait list?

  • 1029. southsidestressed  |  July 26, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Just got offered a K spot for NTA we were 94 on the general waitlist!! Really shocked it moved that much. We will decline to keep our SEES spot at Poe Classical

  • 1030. HumboldtParkMom  |  July 26, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    @1018 Regarding Disney II- We love it. Differentiated literacy instruction starts in K, where the teachers meet with kids in small groups. My son (NOT gifted! lol) was reading quickly. There are only 2 classes of 25 kids per grade so it feels really small. My kids know pretty much every teacher in the school and every kid in their grades. The kids get a special (art, tech, music, and PE) every day. I feel like the curriculum is engaging and keeps my sometimes-reluctant kiddos motivated and loving school. The teachers are all nice and warm but also very organized and structured. All of our teachers have been very communicative and offer lots of opportunities to volunteer in school or at home. IMHO, student body seems pretty diverse, happy, and well-behaved. The only bummer is that we don’t live close so sometimes I feel that my kids miss out on playing with their peers around the neighborhood but we try to schedule playdates.

    Anyway, this is late but hope it helped in some way. I hope you took the offer! 🙂

  • 1031. WestLoop Mom  |  July 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    #1029 southsidestressed We are are going back and forth between enrolling our soon-to-be Kindergartener at our neighborhood school Skinner West or register him at Poe, where he was offered a spot. Can you share your insights on Poe? We really liked the school, but the commute is going to be very tough. Thanks for any feedback!

  • 1032. helpfulmom  |  July 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    @1031 WestLoopMom. I went to Poe’s open house and I liked it a lot. I must admit the classroom size was greater than I expected but as far as the academic curriculum was strong and solid. At that time I researched the school on a state and city level and their rankings are very impressive. My girlfriend son attends and she enjoys every aspect of the school. One other thing it lacks diversity but overall excellent school.

  • 1033. WestLoop Mom  |  July 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    @helpfulmom. Thanks for your feedback! I visited twice and was impressed each time. Actually class size is a big con for us at Skinner West (neighborhood program) which pushes up to 40 kids in a K classroom. Poe is supposed to be 28 max in K and 30-31 in other grade levels. I’m just nervous about commuting so far from home (and transporting a sibling as well) and us being disconnected from the school’s neighborhood (i.e. Meeting other families, play dates). Thanks again!

  • 1034. AnotherCPSParent  |  July 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I have not been on this website in months, but I wanted to write a very positive review of Burr elementary. Our child just finished kindergarten, and we could not have been happier with the environment and teaching. The wait list at Burr really moves, so keep it in mind if you do not a slot anywhere yet.

  • 1035. Martha  |  July 27, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    @AnotherCPSParent – thank you so much for sharing your experience at Burr! My son will be entering kindergarten there this Fall. Burr was not our first choice, but after touring the school and meeting other parents and admin staff, we are excited about sending our son there. I have not heard one negative review about the school. So thank you for your feedback.

  • 1036. lotterymom  |  July 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Does anyone have any feedback on Suder Montessori>

  • 1037. Decisions  |  July 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Any thoughts on Franklin vs Stem for K? Thanks for the feedback

  • 1038. No Horse In the Race  |  July 31, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    1036–What grade is your student entering? Suder is a wonderful, nurturing school that is great up through E2 (6th grade). As the middle school is newer and has been changed with the current administration (used to start at 6th and be less Montessori in its approach) there are still some growing pains. I have had kids there for 9 years and so far things have been mostly positive. We’ve had 1 not great teacher, and she is no longer with the school (and was only there for a year).

  • 1039. Jrw  |  July 31, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Got a call today off of waitlist for Norwood Park we were #19, for entering 2nd grade. Need to tell them by noon tomorrow. Not sure if it’s worth the switch from Ebinger. Any Norwood Park parents on here? Also, when I inquired they said they are not taking in any more kindergarteners for the fall (unless in boundaries of course) so FYI if you were waiting.

  • 1040. Waiting for CPS  |  August 1, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Has anyone heard from Murray’s proximity list for K?

  • 1041. In SN  |  August 1, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Lasalle’s 1st grade waitlist is moving past No. 10.

  • 1042. sarah  |  August 1, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Anyone heard anything about Waters kindergarten waitlist? LOL I left a vm for them yesterday but not expecting a call back. We are #12 so I know it’s unlikely…more so just curious.

  • 1043. Hoping  |  August 1, 2017 at 11:35 am

    @1041 is that Lasalle I?

  • 1044. In SN  |  August 1, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Right, not L2.

  • 1045. Hoping  |  August 1, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Thank you!

  • 1046. CPStressed  |  August 1, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Called Drummond for Pre-K 3, we were Tier 4, WL #6-we’ve singed moved up to WL #4….still holding out hope 🤞😬

  • 1047. writing review papers  |  August 2, 2017 at 6:16 am

    writing review papers

    Elementary Magnet and Neighborhood School Letter Spring 2017 | CPS Obsessed

  • 1048. On Blackstone  |  August 2, 2017 at 9:25 am

    @1040. Got a call for Murray proximity yesterday that we turned down. I have no idea what our waitlist number was. Hope that helps.

  • 1049. On Blackstone  |  August 2, 2017 at 9:26 am

    @1040 For kindergarten.

  • 1050. Waiting for CPS  |  August 2, 2017 at 9:49 am

    @1048 Thank you. It’s good to know the school is making calls to families waiting on the proximity list.

  • 1051. 1st grade offer to Ravenswood today  |  August 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    We are staying a Disney II, but just a PSA that Ravenswood is calling. We were 14 on the General List for 1st grade.

  • 1052. sarah  |  August 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    just got an offer at Prescott, and we are 61 on the waitlist. Unfortunately I never toured them. And info about Prescott? thanks in advance

  • 1053. Emy  |  August 3, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Hello – hoping for feedback/experiences with Oscar Mayer. We are considering moving into the neighborhood with two kids grades K and 2nd. We have little knowledge on the Montessori method and no preconceived opinions for or against the style. Thanks in advance!

  • 1054. helpfulmom  |  August 3, 2017 at 9:38 am

    @1033 WestLoopMom so we did you decide Skinner neighborhood or Poe?

  • 1055. WestLoop Mom  |  August 3, 2017 at 10:48 am

    @1054 Thanks for checking in — we’re still on the fence but need to register soon. The commute is still a huge sticking point for us with Poe. I wish there was more Skinner West (neighborhood) feedback so we may be swayed one way or the other…

  • 1056. Uptown mom  |  August 4, 2017 at 9:17 am

    My daughter got accepted to Skinner North. We had a spot at Hawthorne for kindergartenn.
    We are accepting skinner north so the waitlist for Hawthorne will move ! All the best!

  • 1057. some mom  |  August 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Hi, does anyone have any insight on Burr or Mitchell general WL? Love our neighborhood school, but just found out they may not have after care on sight..

  • 1058. Whattodo  |  August 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

    My little one will possibly be starting at Oscar Mayer as a kindergartener. I’m familiar with montessori but curious how they actually teach reading here. Anyone have experience with this?

  • 1059. AnotherCPSParent  |  August 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    @1052 We toured Prescott last year. It seemed like a very strong school with a great principal. It’s also tiny, so space is limited. We were #2 on wait list last year and did not get a call, but if memory serves, that was a year they only had one K class. I think it’s 2 this year, but things may have changed.

    @1057 See my post at 1034. We loved Burr for K last year. I hear the PK is very good as well.

  • 1060. helpfulmom  |  August 7, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Anyone accepted offer to Hawthorne, picnic coming up and wanted to know whose going? Want to meet new families.

  • 1061. helpfulmom  |  August 7, 2017 at 10:22 am

    @1055 WestLoopMom Good to have TWO GOOD options. I personally would prefer a classical program over neighborhood but we are talking about Skinner West, a great school overall. The school as a whole has a great vision for the kids and outstanding leadership. The curriculum is still sharp. With your own home reinforcement and the school support, I am sure your child will do well at Skinner. I live south Chatham and the commute will be a problem picking up. If you live downtown anytime after 2pm traffic is heavy. You an always consider private transportation – I have a couple if you are interested. You can provide your email and I can send to you. Hope that helps.

  • 1062. New Suder Family?  |  August 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Hello folks!

    We could use some feedback on Suder, where we just got an offer for elementary one (2nd grade)!

    If anyone could answer ANY of these questions, I’d be so grateful:

    – Do the elementary one students have homework? If yes, how much/how frequent is it?

    – Does Suder allow kids to move from the elementary one to the elementary two classroom to do works, once they have maxed out of the elementary one materials? (My child already does this in the Montessori school he is in currently.)

    – Is there a foreign language offered for the elementary students? If yes, which, and how often?

    – What sort of after school classes are offered at the school?

    – What is the status of the custodial work these days? (I saw the articles when they first came out a couple years ago about parents going to clean the bathrooms.)

    Thanks so much for any input you can give me!

  • 1063. Luckytohaveoptions  |  August 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    My daughter just got an offer at Pulaski for kindergarten. I really liked Pulaski when I toured it many months ago. Our neighborhood school is Audubon, which I have been very excited about. Now, I’m confused. Does anyone have any feedback/advice about choosing between these two schools? Thanks in advance!

  • 1064. It'sTime  |  August 7, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    What are thoughts about Andrew Jackson vs. Franklin Fine Arts?

  • 1065. No Horse In the Race  |  August 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    E1 students don’t really have homework, except for reading or spelling lists. There are quarterly projects, but no daily assignments. I have heard of kids finishing their workplans at home if they are unable to do so in class (my children have never brought one home).

    I have never heard of an E1 student being sent to work in E2. Generally, teachers are able to differentiate within the classroom. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t happen. I have just never seen it. It might require an IEP.

    Currently the language is coding. I have heard they were awarded a grant to have Mandarin, but I don’t know how that would be handled.

    After school there are music and dance classes. I can’t recall if they have others (we don’t attend).

    The custodial work is no better or worse than any other CPS school.

    1063: Stick with Audubon.

  • 1066. Mom to Pulaski kids  |  August 7, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    As a Pulaski parent, I’m going to tell you that we’ve loved the school. (We were admitted through the lottery.) But we have only a mediocre neighborhood school, so it was an easy choice for us. (We also love that the school day starts at 8:45 and we can drop off our kids at 8:30 with supervised play. The schedule is perfect for our family.) Audubon has always had a strong reputation – you SHOULD be excited that you have such a great neighborhood school. 🙂 Nothing is better than having friends in the neighborhood and being able to support your neighborhood school. We did the lottery again and turned down 3 magnets because our daughter is so happy with friends, etc. and the academics are strong. So far, it’s been a great experience.

  • 1067. New Suder Family?  |  August 8, 2017 at 7:44 am

    1065: Thanks so much for your input! I really appreciate it.

  • 1068. Mom in Uptown  |  August 8, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Has anyone received a call from Mayer for a PK3 spot? Earlier comments indicated that waitlist calls wouldn’t start until August since Mayer is a neighborhood school, and spots needed to be available to students in the attendance area first. I left a voicemail for Mayer on Friday but haven’t heard back yet.

  • 1069. Newtothis  |  August 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    We received our oscar mayer waitlist call in may. I heard they stopped with number 21 until kindergarten registration is complete.

  • 1070. Mom in Uptown  |  August 8, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    @Newtothis – were you on the attendance area waitlist or one of the tier waitlists? We’re Tier 3, #13 and haven’t heard anything yet.

  • 1071. Amy  |  August 8, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    We were attendance area…

  • 1072. Ssmom  |  August 9, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Does anyone have a transportation company that services the near north side?

  • 1073. Tone  |  August 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    @1063, why would you not send your kid to Audubon when you live in district?

  • 1074. Ann  |  August 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Any feedback on Ogden Elementary?

  • 1075. helpfulmom  |  August 11, 2017 at 9:59 am

    @1072 Ssmom, Just us Transportation 773-209-9847.

  • 1076. helpfulmom  |  August 11, 2017 at 10:01 am

    @1072 Ssmom, Class Act Transportation 800-449-1601

  • 1077. Lenart parent  |  August 11, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Just received a call from Pulaski for kindergarten. Will turn down. General with wait list 172.

  • 1078. Gennatay  |  August 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    @1074 Ann, I recently turned down a spot from Ogden. The feedback I received was that they have a bullying problem and some racial issues between the students. There was also an incident on the playground this year were a stranger walked onto the playground and started fighting kids.

  • 1079. Ogden parent 2017  |  August 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    @1074 There is a lot of uncertainty at Ogden surrounding the Jenner merger and lack of confidence in our Principal. Many families are fed up with the never ending drama and leaving for other CPS/private schools.

  • 1080. Thirdtimesacharm  |  August 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    So I call they were very informative saying 2 spots for k were offered at NTA. But Lenart was full so far. Does anyone know latest scores & teir.

  • 1081. helpfulmom  |  August 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

    @1080 Thirdtimesacharm so did you get an offer at NTA? That would be good news for you. Yes I heard Lenart was full as well. I think the only gifted spot that is available is Beaubien which is way North. My friend is tier 4 and 125 RGC and still getting calls but it depends on the school. She lives in Beverly and decide to do Catholic Christ the King. Of course the best schools probably WILL NOT have a spot i.e Lenart full.

  • 1082. Thirdtimesacharm  |  August 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Helpfulmom yes no offer for top 2 choices were holding out. He has a spot a MHR & possibly Disney but thinking it’s not going to work .He scored 119 so kinda low and were teir 4. Private school starts next week.

  • 1083. helpfulmom  |  August 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    @1082 Thirdtimesacharm well honestly at this point I don’t think tiers matter. He does qualify therefore its just a matter of a seat becoming available when honestly they do all the way up to the first day of class. A friend of mine last year got a call from SW the first day of class. She declined only because her daughter was registered at Morgan Park Academy private school. Disney is far and even with private transportation the kids have to be on the bus too early to get to school on time. Stay hopeful.

  • 1084. HydeParkMom  |  August 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Declined Suder 2nd Grade WL#53.

  • 1085. Thirdtimesacharm  |  August 14, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Helpfulmom Yes I’d imagine the deposit at Morgan Park Academy plus the registration process would detour other offers. Not sure if they have a contract as well. Well I guess will see how it turns out. Glad to have choices but we might stay with private even if opportunity comes. It really depends if it’s working for him. This process is gruelling.

  • 1086. UptownMommy  |  August 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Just offered a spot at Franklin, which was our first choice. Before today we hadn’t been offered or wait-listed to any SEE that we knew of, so that’s wild!

  • 1087. Seth Lavin  |  August 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Hello, I am the Principal of Brentano School in Logan Square. Brentano will probably have space for the coming year in 3rd and 5th grade. It’s also possible we will have a kindergarten spot or two. If you are still looking for a strong, progressive neighborhood public school for your children, please email me at SLavin@cps.edu. Thanks!

  • 1088. UptownMommy  |  August 17, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Oh whoops, just saw my first post! I guess we were wait-listed for a couple SEEs, but I must have dismissed them as bring way too high. Looks like we were 70 at Franklin. 😊

  • 1089. Decisions  |  August 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Last week
    Declined Suder K General #111
    Declined Franklin tier 4 #85
    Hope the #’s help

  • 1090. Farrahmom  |  August 17, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    we just got an offer for Suder for my 2nd grader– we live in the Southshore area -was wondering if any one in my area will be attending Suder Montessori and how you planned to transport your kid(s). I am considering a bus service. Just curious if anyone has any leads on a private transportation service from South to Suder? Thanks

  • 1091. happymom  |  August 18, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Received calls from NTA waitlist #99, Owen waitlist#7, Sheridan #27 declined all three. Accepted a seat at Hawthorne #1 magnet school in Chicago. I am tier 1 hope that helps someone

  • 1092. Peterson  |  August 18, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Peterson Elementary in North Park has a few openings for this upcoming school year in 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, & 8th grades. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis for those outside of the neighborhood boundaries. Come to 5510 N. Christiana or call 773-534-5070 for more information. You can also go to http://www.peterson.cps.edu for more information about the school.

  • 1093. Hawthorne or LaSalle II for 5th & Up?  |  August 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Need to decide today between Hawthorne and LaSalle II for 5th grade. Would likely stay at the school through 8th and add a younger sibling next year. Any feedback appreciated!!!!!

  • 1094. PositiveMom  |  August 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    @1093 Hawthorne or LaSalle II . Hawthorne is the #1 magnet school in the city and #17 in the state. Excellent leadership, teachers have been around for decades – low turnover, strong literacy program.

  • 1095. DecisionTime  |  August 21, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    So, after deciding to send our child to our neighborhood school for 1st and finding out she is in the internal gifted program there (Bateman) we have just been offered a spot at Ravenswood. This has been my favorite school of all the CPS schools I’ve seen. Our daughter has been very excited about Bateman when she visited. She doesn’t know Ravenswood was in the mix. Anyone with insight, this would be helpful? In April or May we would have automatically said yes. Not sure why we wouldn’t now other than we have been focused on Bateman since June…. Thoughts? Advice?

  • 1096. HSA Mom X2  |  August 22, 2017 at 8:22 am

    @1093: I have two kids at Hawthorne and love it there. The school’s focus on socioemotional development, as well as its high ranked academics, have been a great fit for our family.

  • 1097. Waiting for CPS  |  August 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

    For anyone who has done the CPS lottery more than once, do the odds improve beyond kindergarten?

  • 1098. Thirdtimesacharm  |  August 22, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Anyone have lates scores for NTA or Lenart?

  • 1099. HydeParkMom  |  August 22, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    @Waiting for CPS

    We have applied 3 times in the lottery and we have received more calls off the waiting list each time due to having higher Wait List numbers. What grade are you applying for?

  • 1100. Carrie Hardin  |  August 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Sorry, this is long –Long time lurker, first time poster –my oldest son will be starting kindergarten in a few weeks. We’re in district for Chappell, but aren’t actually very close to it –we’re in Trumbull’s old district and it’s been broken up oddly between Chappell and Pierce. Anyway, I really love the idea of Chappell in a lot of ways –meeting more kids nearby, it’s very small, it starts a bit later than most places (9am. My kids like to sleep), but I worry about being over a mile away, they have kindergarten homework and my kid likes to dress as a pirate-fairy-princess-superhero-dinosaur most days and they have uniforms. We just got the call that he has a spot at Inter-American and I just don’t know what to do. I haven’t looked into bussing yet, but I’m pretty certain he could get bussed from Peirce (which is way closer to where we live), no uniforms, similar hours, and he’d be freaking bilingual, which seems like a no-brainer. I kind of hate the idea of not supporting our neighborhood school (even though it’s not really in our neighborhood…) but other than giving up that wonderfully small size (Inter-American isn’t super big, either, though), I’m not sure why I’m feeling hesitant. Does anyone have first hand experience with Inter-American? Personal opinions WELCOME!

  • 1101. Jenny  |  August 22, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Before Care Question: Need Help!

    Hi All, we just found out that the school we are planning on sending my PreK student (Inter-American) doesn’t have any more spots in the before care session. She is in the PM PreK and won’t start until 1:15pm. They have a program that runs from 7am-1pm, but it’s full! We were informed we had to sign up before 8/23, but we didn’t realize spots would fill up and so we didn’t rush to send in our information and deposit. Does anyone have any ideas? Or is in a similar situation? Our plan is to start pursuing a half-day nanny, but we are open to any and all suggestions!

  • 1102. Waiting for CPS  |  August 23, 2017 at 7:30 am

    @1099 Hyde Park Mom I applied for kindergarten.

  • 1103. Thirdtimesacharm  |  August 23, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Waiting for cps Kindergarden Spots are more abundant for sure. But you can get called off waitlist for other schools definitely. I think 6th grade has alot of movement as well especially in gifted schools. It’s always good to do options program in October just in case. Best of luck

  • 1104. Waiting for CPS  |  August 23, 2017 at 9:58 am

    @thirdtimesacharm Thank you!

  • 1105. Thirdtimesacharm  |  August 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Waiting for cps Also Keller begins in 1st so they have 26ish spot available. Not sure if any other school don’t have a kindergarten.

  • 1106. BigDisneyMom  |  August 23, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Hi moms and dads: My daughter will be attending Big Disney for K and I am considering the after-school program because finding reliable transportation is not easy. Does anyone have any insight into the program? Is it worth the money? I really don’t want to pay for my child to be playing and goofing around for 3 hours. If I’m paying, I’d rather some academics and fun/learning be involved too.

  • 1107. Hawthorneparent  |  August 23, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    @1093 Hawthorne is a great school. However, some of the sibling lists are very very long. It might take 2-3 years. We will not be able to get a sibling in there this year (no movement at all)…..and I predict it will be a long shot for next year since the list will only grow. So we might have to wait 2-3 years. Before accepting I would ask how many current siblings are on the wait list trying to get in for this school year.

  • 1108. Waiting for CPS  |  August 24, 2017 at 6:41 am

    @thirdtimesacharm That’s good to know. I will keep that in mind for next year.

  • 1109. Twinparent  |  August 24, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Just received an offer to Inter-American for one of my twins. But no offer yet for the other. We were on general waitlist position 59, 60. We will accept for now and wait and see if a spot opens up for the other.

  • 1110. Budlong3  |  August 24, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Just declined a 1st grade spot at Ravenswood. We were #33 on general waitlist.

  • 1111. Sticking with what I know  |  August 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I declined a 3rd grade spot at Mitchell. WL# 16.

  • 1112. KM  |  August 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Offered a spot in K from Prescott on Aug 23. We were waitlist #153, general. We declined

  • 1113. AlcottHopeful  |  August 29, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Anyone hear if Alcott has had any movement on their 3rd grade wait list? I have a low number. It is hard to believe that out of 3 classes there wasn’t some movement.

  • 1114. WestLoop Mom  |  August 29, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Received a call from Suder yesterday, declined spot offered for Kindergarten. Waitlist General #151. Good luck!

  • 1115. Alexis Pope  |  August 30, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    FYI there are 5 kindergarten spots open at Franklin Fine Arts

  • 1116. helpfulmom  |  August 31, 2017 at 9:21 am

    FYI, Hawthorne families. Today is our back to school picnic for Kinders @ the school @5:45pm -7pm. Hope to meet some of you.

  • 1117. embadger  |  August 31, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I would love any feedback on Newberry — we were called off the wait list today (Kindergarten – Tier 4, #143). Thank you!

  • 1118. Athena Taite  |  September 1, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I was scrolling through this thread and saw some questions about Skinner West neighborhood. My experience: Yes, some classes are large, but the teachers are good at controlling their classrooms. If a child can handle working above grade level, they may be assigned to an advanced class. Younger kids change class for math and reading, so “advanced” kids will be grouped together and taught at a quicker pace, kind of like the classical kids. There’s been no groundbreaking yet for the addition to the school. But we’ve been told to expect changes to pickup and drop off soon, due to construction.

  • 1119. Carrie Hardin  |  September 1, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Anyone have experience with Magnet school bussing? We’re scheduled to pick up at Peirce on Tuesday –it took me over an hour of different phone calls to finally get a pick up time out of anyone, and then no one knew an afternoon drop off time or where, exactly, buses stop for pick up –I’m assuming the front door, since they just lost the school’s address as the stop?

  • 1120. harry potter  |  September 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Yes, excellent teachers can “control” a classroom that approaches 40 kids in a room just like a family of 10 “can” live in a studio apartment. CPS does have some developmentally appropriate sized early childhood classrooms in buildings throughout the city, but what is happening at SW is plain stupid in terms of class size. I’ve been teaching several decades and I’m a parent and 40 in a room is something I would expect in a developing country, not in the United States.

  • 1121. CPS1973  |  September 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    #1119 Piece bus pick up is on Bryn Mawr the door just west of the alley. The bus coordinator is Cynthia who is fantastic! FYI, Hawthornes waitlist for 1st grade is on the sibling list. When I called last week they had 3 on the sibling list and then they were going to start calling the general waitlist if they get through the sibling list. I am not keeping fingers crossed.

  • 1122. Depressed@CPS  |  September 2, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Received an offer from Andrew Jackson yesterday. Declined it as we are very happy with Franklin Fine Arts Center. We were #10 on proximity list for K.

  • 1123. Chicago School GPS  |  September 5, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Still looking for a 1st through 3rd grade spot for this year?

    “Prescott School is accepting a few students in grades 1-3 only first come, first served until Friday, 9/15. Prescott School was ranked #14 in Chicago by Chicago Magazine and scores in the top 10% in Reading and Math in the nation. Please contact Asst Principal Jennifer Rath at jprath@cps.edu. Prescott looks forward to welcoming your son or daughter!”

  • 1124. helpfulmom  |  September 7, 2017 at 8:16 am

    So happy just got a call yesterday that Poe Classical has a seat for my son – K. We had accepted Hawthorne Scholastic Academy and the commute was 55 minutes day 1 of school. We are now 10 minutes from the school. So any families on waitlist for Hawthorne they may or may not call you.

  • 1125. WestLoop Mom  |  September 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    @1124 Welcome to Poe! We enrolled our Kindergartener at Poe and two days in he’s happy there.

  • 1126. helpfulmom  |  September 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    @1125 WestLoop Mom. Thanks for responding. I was a little nervous to do so but it all works in our favor. Can you please email me? I have a couple questions as his first day will be tomorrow check.asap@yahoo.com THANK YOU!

  • 1127. Headed2Chicago  |  September 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    @1125 WestLoop Mom, do you find the commute to Poe manageable?

  • 1128. WestLoop Mom  |  September 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    @1127 It’s not the shortest commute, but to be honest it hasn’t been bad. Morning there and back has been between 22-27 minutes; afternoon pick up has been the longest going there at about 30-34 minutes, getting back has been 22-25 minutes. I think it depends where in the West Loop you are. We’re in West Loop “Gate” so east of Halsted so I actually get off the highway before the interchange and all the exits. I get off at Roosevelt/Taylor and have knocked off an average of 10 minutes using that route. I work from home so it’s been manageable.

  • 1129. cc's mom  |  September 8, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Got calls from both Ogden and Ravenswood yesterday. Will be turning both down, but I don’t know what number I had at either since they took the old website down.

  • 1130. cc's mom  |  September 8, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Sorry–for kindergarten.

  • 1131. As  |  September 8, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    @1129 cc’s mom, we got offered Ogden as well, and I need to decide by 9/11, are you familiar with the school since you got an offer as well? Any input will be greatly appreciated! We are currently sending him to Galileo and are still trying to gauge if he likes it or not.

  • 1132. cc's mom  |  September 10, 2017 at 7:10 am

    @1131 I have had two friends who were administrators there, and both left. The school has gone through way too much change and does not feel stable enough (yet). As a fellow school administrator, I strongly believe that everything starts with the school leader, and the multiple changes over the past few years leave me uncomfortable sending my son there.

  • 1133. RN Dad  |  September 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    AS – We’ve been at Ogden for the past 3 years and looking for new options. There will be even more instability with the Jenner merger next year, and do not believe our principal is up for the challenge. I’d recommend staying with Galileo.

  • 1134. Payton Parent  |  September 11, 2017 at 11:38 am

    We are a former Galileo family,
    my daughter just graduated from 8th Grade at Ogden. I know for sure your child will be better prepared for High School with the curriculum and teachers at Ogden.
    Galileo has had its ups and downs with it administration too. I’m not knocking Galileo but Ogden is so much more progressive. Many kids from my daughter’s graduating class were accepted into Walter Payton and top selective enrollment schools. I know kids from Galileo and they are not as well prepared in comparison to Ogden kids

  • 1135. Momofboys  |  September 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Decisions decisions!!
    We started Kindergarten at Disney last week. But just received an email offering a spot at Hamilton.
    Any input would be so helpful!
    On both the school pros/cons and moving a Kindergarten after a week of school. How does that affect them?!

  • 1136. KCabral  |  September 12, 2017 at 9:57 am

    @AS/1131 — This is late since I know you had to make a decision yesterday. But I have a 3rd grader at Galileo and thought I’d offer my $0.02 🙂 I don’t have a good perspective on the higher grades but here’s what I am able to say.

    The last principal retired and a new principal started this year. She was the previous assistant principal and is wonderful. I am excited to see where she will take the school and community. I haven’t heard any parents say they were unhappy she was chosen, she is well respected.

    We’ve had great teachers and my son enjoys all of his classmates. They have a comprehensive gifted program. I love that there’s a library with a librarian (not volunteers). They’ve been fundraising to build a new science lab for the upper grades and hope to start building this year. For the first time, they are planning a trip to D.C. in the spring for 8th graders. Also new this year, the Y is offering after-school programming.

    Obviously it’s up to you to decide what is the best fit for your child and family. I just wanted to take an opportunity to point out some positives about Galileo. Best of luck with your decision and in the new school year!

  • 1137. Sticking with what i know.  |  September 13, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I got a call for 3rd grade from Burr on Monday. I would have accepted a spot if my child hadn’t already started school. Wish they would have called before the first day.

  • 1138. DisneyIMom  |  September 13, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Considering moving my child to Andrew Jackson. She started Kindergarten at Disney I. No major complaints, but do kinda feel the school community is not a very welcoming one for parents and they’re overly strict with the kids, which can create a unhappy school experience. My daughter who’s very shy and timid at times think the people are mean. Maybe I am being a little pre-judgmental since it’s only the second week of school, but I was a little shocked that they do not allow parents to walk the little kids into school after the first week. It’s like a “you’re not allowed” guard attitude at the door with no good mornings or smiles. Once the kids are taken to the CAC building after school they cannot use the bathroom while they wait to be picked up, which I think it a little too strict. What if your little one has an active bladder or ate something earlier that bothered their stomach? That’s a bit unreasonable in my opinion. I get it’s a very big school and certain rules need to be in place for control purposes, but if any other parent who’s familiar with Disney I can fill me in on if the culture is like this I would appreciate it. I was offered a seat at Andrew Jackson so if anyone is familiar with that culture too it would be much appreciated. I just think maybe smaller schools are more of a community/everybody know your name friendlier place, but correct me if am wrong in thinking that too. Both curriculum’s seem to be pretty much aligned.
    Thanks in advance.

  • 1139. Guatemom  |  September 14, 2017 at 8:53 am

    @Disney mom
    Take the seat at Andrew Jackson!

  • 1140. NWside  |  September 14, 2017 at 9:11 am

    @1135: on Hamilton v. Disney — Considerations: 1. Commute. If you live very close to one of the schools, I would probably choose it. 2. I would only stay at Disney if you/ your kid is very comfortable with a huge school, the loud pod structure, and strict administration. 3. I think switching this early doesn’t matter very much. You have to think long term.

  • 1141. Carrie Hardin  |  September 14, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Just turned down a kindergarten spot at Hamilton this morning. I really, really wasn’t expecting to hear from them –I can’t even remember our waitlist number by it was over 100. Hope this helps someone out! We really love Hamilton, but are very happy with Inter-American!

  • 1142. suburbs_mom  |  September 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    My daughter has been offered a spot in the Skinner West magnet lottery. But we did not expect this and live far. Will they agree if I promise to relocate into Chicago Downtown a few months ?

  • 1143. In SN  |  September 19, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    A legitimate Chicago address is required at registration.

  • 1144. suburbs_mom  |  September 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    @In SN , they had let us register for the lottery/magnet schools and the Classical exams as Non-CPS students. I have given my Suburbs address for all purposes.So they already know that we live far.But we need some time to relocate !! And I was thinking they don’t need address boundaries for Magnet schools 😦

  • 1145. In SN  |  September 19, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    CPS lets families living outside of Chicago to apply. That’s accommodating enough. Now, to actually enroll at any CPS school, you have to be a resident of the city or face legal dramas down the road.

  • 1146. suburbs_mom  |  September 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Okay. I understand. I have informed the school authorities about my concerns and asked them to give me time to relocate. Its up to them to decide . Thanks a lot IN SN @1145 . This clarifies a lot of things.

  • 1147. Thirdtimesacharm  |  September 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I was told today after 10th day of school gifted program doesn’t except more kids. NTA currently has 2 Kindergarden spots never filled. Has anyone got a call after monday?

  • 1148. Lenart parent  |  September 19, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Not sure if NTA has more spots. But I know Lenart filled a kindergarten spot on Monday. My daughter who is in kindergarten said a new student started.

  • 1149. Thirdtimesacharm  |  September 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks Lenart had one spot open not long ago.but Only one and score were much higher.

  • 1150. As  |  September 20, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Just called CPSOE and they confirmed that they are still calling from Gifted/Classical schools in the past it was 10th day of school but this year they have extended that.

  • 1151. Thirdtimesacharm  |  September 20, 2017 at 10:50 am

    As- I hope your right! I called they said after the 10th day student’s will be behind. So that’s was it! As of yesterday NTA had to open kindergarten seats.

  • 1152. KM  |  September 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Got a call from Disney today for K spot. Declining. Tier 4 and was 108

  • 1153. Thirdtimesacharm  |  September 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Lenart parent Are all seats filled for K? There is still hope! AEO will be contacting for another week and a half. This has been a process to say the least! Best of luck to anyone else hanging in there!

  • 1154. Sticking with what i know.  |  September 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I got a call for 3rd grade from Oscar Mayer on Monday. #11 on the waitlist. I declined.

  • 1155. anonymous  |  September 22, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    just got a call for Oscar Mayer K. Currently at Ogden neighborhood. Any thoughts?

  • 1156. Erey1  |  September 25, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Offered spot Sept. 22., Skinner W. first-grade neighborhood/magnet. Accepting.

  • 1157. Erey1  |  September 25, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    we were #5 on list, sibling

  • 1158. Kindermom  |  October 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Ok, now that we are almost 2 months in, I’d like to hear how everyone is liking their Schools. We turned down some magnet and even RGC’s to go to our neighborhood school for kinder. While my child is doing well academically I am very underwhelmed with the classroom management style. There are so many rules. It’s the old school style of red, yellow green to manage behavior and instead of wondering what the child may need who is struggling with behavior, they go straight to discipline and constant rewarding of kids who are following rules. Tell me about your school you love who handles the classroom in what may seem more progressive, but what is proven to be what should work.

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