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2015 SEES GIFTED and CLASSICAL Elem Thread


Share scores, questions, and knowledge here about gifted and classical programs.

And remember, the process takes some time to work through the lists.


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Favorite childhood pet (just kidding, I hate those security questions)

March 19, 2015 at 8:34 am 1,345 comments

2013: SEES Gifted and Classical Letter Thread


C’mon mail – where ARE you??

Last year’s threads if you want to see some cutoff scores:



March 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm 1,663 comments

South Loop RGC Update – New RGC Opening?

Someone in the South Loop Elementary community passed this note on to me that seems to explain that a new RGC will open within 5 miles of South Loop.  It’s unclear what grades it will have initially or where it might be located, although it seems like it WILL be an option on the form this Fall.    It appears that current SL RGC kids will stay in the present building, but the program will be phased out there, but WILL fill empty seats each year.  FYI, Coonley has reached capacity this year and pending a decision about an expansion (funded by TIF money allocated by Alderman Pawar) is loosing some classroom space that is currently allotted to “extras” (ie computer lab, science lab) to make space for more classrooms.

Regarding the Phase Out of South Loop Elementary’s Regional Gifted Center

Dear Parent/Guardian:
In April, officials from Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Portfolio Office held a meeting to discuss plans to gradually phase out South Loop Elementary School’s Regional Gifted Center (RGC) to relieve the school’s overcrowding issue. This letter contains the substance of what was discussed at that meeting as well as responses to several other requests for information made by South Loop Elementary parents.
CPS is currently in the process of identifying a school within five miles of South Loop Elementary where the new RGC will be phased in beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. We remain committed to selecting the phase-in school by this fall to ensure that the new RGC will be featured on the Selective Enrollment Elementary School (SEES) application.

Current South Loop RGC students will be able to continue their elementary school education career at South Loop. New transfer students also will be allowed to backfill existing RGC seats at South Loop.
 At this time, we are still working with South Loop school leadership to determine if it is feasible to allow out-of-boundary siblings of RGC students to transfer in provided that there is room to accommodate them. We will promptly alert parents/guardians and the school community once a decision has been made regarding this issue.
Although we have made the difficult decision to phase out South Loop’s RGC, the District remains committed to providing the resources needed to support its students and the success of the program during this transition period. We also remain committed to working collaboratively with parents/guardians to ensure that your voices are heard as we continue to finalize details.

Oliver Sicat
Chief Portfolio Officer – Chicago Public Schools

July 22, 2012 at 11:45 pm 42 comments

GEAP / Magnet Fair

A reader has passed on this information.  I believe this past year was the first time CPS held this fair.  It’s a great idea as a way to get familiar with the schools without going all over the city.

Hi, just wanted to pass along some info on the GEAP fair for this year. The 2009 GEAP/Magnet fair will be Oct.3, at Malcolm X, 9am-12. That is a Saturday. I just spoke to someone at the Office for Academic Enhancement on July 28th..and that is the stated date.

July 30, 2009 at 1:54 pm 5 comments

CPS Gifted Programs in jeopardy?

A few people have asked me about the recent (and massive) cuts to Illinois education funding that were voted in this week.  Some of the cuts:

The state board reluctantly slashed foreign language, arts and agricultural education programs. They sliced teacher and principal training programs and wiped out gifted education.
(Wow, Illinois has agricultural education programs?!  I would like to see a city version of that: Urban Education),0,2979212.story?obref=obnetwork

It certainly is disturbing to see “wiped out gifted education.”  My brain was racing with thoughts on where I’d want to send my son if his program was wiped out before school starts.  Neighborhood school? Butter up some magnet school principal? Homeschooling if I’m still unemployed? Beg for a spot at his current school? Boarding school? (Actually I just threaten that one from time to time.)

I spoke with the Asst Principal at our school today who had heard nothing about any upcoming changes and said he’d just spoken with the CPS Gifted Office today and they were moving forward for the school year full steam ahead.

Speculation is that CPS doesn’t actually get much (if any?) money from the state for the gifted programs so hopefully it won’t make an impact in any way.  Not like putting all the kids from the gifted programs back into the neighborhood schools would be a bad thing given that it would raise the bar a bit in the local schools, but then what would we freaks have to obsess about?

This is the web site for the group that lobbies for gifted education in Illinois.  I thought I’d see something here but nothing yet.

I wonder if this cut in state funding moves IL to #50 out of 50 states.  We’ve been hovering at #49 for a while.  Maybe we’ve finally earned the last place spot!  Which reminds me, I did actually ponder moving to the suburbs for a brief moment when considering a school change — that’s how dire it’s become.

July 23, 2009 at 4:52 am 5 comments

GEAP letter never came

So my son’s GEAP letter never arrived in the mail and I have a couple friends who didn’t get theirs either.

If you need to get your letter, you can call the GEAP office at 773-553-2060 and the will re-mail it or you can go there in person and pick it up.

The letter tells you how your child scores on the gifted and/or classical test and which school, if any, they were selected for.

April 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm 1 comment

The testing gods have spoken…

Well, it appears that the GEAP office either lost a bag of mail or it is hidden away at the central post office somewhere.  My son’s GEAP results letter has not arrived, nor have those of several friends.

Today I sent his father to the CPS office to retrieve it.  I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive.  I’ve heard of a few kids who’s scores dropped from last year.  And while I know logically that it doesn’t mean anything, I just really didn’t want to see it.  I know so much of that score depends on the kids’ mood, etc.  I have repeated this mantra to others until I am blue in the face and I firmly believe it.  Yet of course when it comes to my own child I fear it means that he’s leveling off to the norm.

So, he did indeed drop a few points on his gifted test score.  Didn’t get into any 1st grade programs as he’s now sitting at what is probably right below the minimum needed to get in anywhere.

So it’s all a crapshoot with a few questions here or there making or breaking your entry into a program.  He’s a bright kid who squeaked his way into a gifted program last year because he had a good test day.  If he were testing for Kindergarten this year it would be whole different ballgame, what with all these smarties testing so well.

Of course I worry a little that in a few years he won’t be able to keep up with the accelerated curriculum unless I browbeat him constantly.  But in the end, who cares?  As long as he enjoys learning, that’s all that matters.  And of course getting into a selective enrollment high school.  (ha ha.)

Speaking of browbeating, for those who wonder what Kindergarten homework is like, the work is easy, it’s the mental engagement that seem difficult, at least in this household.  Homework last night consisted of writing 5 words.  This took a good twenty minutes as I dealt with the following behavior:

-Writing the word “poop” where a word should go

-Drawing a poop and writing “poo” where a word should go

-Acting like a robot, making robot noises

-Tipping chair so it toppled over then denying he caused it

-Poking his armpit repeatedly with pencil

-Claiming that he “cannot control himself” when I question his behavior

And THAT is why I don’t like homework.

March 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm 16 comments

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