Elementary Magnet and Neighborhood School Letter Spring 2017

March 30, 2017 at 1:02 pm 578 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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Academic Center Letters Spring 2017

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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)

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