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High School Application News – Fall 2017

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2018-2019 CPS High School Application News (guest post from Chicago School GPS)

We often tell families we meet with that “The only constant in CPS is to expect ‘change’ “.  This fall, there is a LOT of change in the 2018-2019 CPS high school application process.  The rumors of a “Single Application” for CPS high schools have come to fruition with the unveiling of GoCPS www.go.cps.edu .  GoCPS is essentially a consolidation of what was previously several disparate applications (magnet, military, IB, CTE, etc) into one form, with one offer of acceptance based on the highest ranked school (out of 20) for which your student qualifies. The ONE EXCEPTION is that the 11 Selective Enrollment schools (entrance test required & 900 pt system) will still be a separate application. So think of it as “Single Application Plus SEHS”.  In other words, your student can get up to two CPS high school offers next spring, as opposed to the multiple offers from different types of programs that were given in prior years.

CPS has planned for a “single application” for several years now but this year is finally pulling the trigger.  The reasons?  Mostly to promote equitability, transparency, and they say, “simplicity”.  Before there were students who could have conceivably been offered several IB schools, several magnet schools, several CTE programs, and one SEHS school.  But because a student can only enroll in one school, those other offers sat “unused” or were delayed in being available for others.

Will this change really make it more equitable, as it is designed to do?  Much speculation remains, especially since cities like Denver, New Orleans and New York City are all still working out their systems.  Read more insightful analysis here: http://www.generationallchicago.org/will-a-single-application-for-high-schools-help-expan-equity-in-chicago-public-schools/

The following steps are for 8th grade families (the guinea pigs in all this):

  1. Subscribe to updates at www.go.cps.edu
  2. Follow the prompts at http://go.cps.edu/how-to-apply/high-schools and choose if you are a CPS student or a non-CPS student (non-CPS students still need to register to take the CPS-administered NWEA MAP reading & math tests either in September or October.  It’s first come, first serve so register early! http://cps.edu/AccessAndEnrollment/Pages/NWEAnoncps.aspx )
  3. Online accounts can be Activated now so you can see your student’s eligibility for programs, etc. https://cps.schoolmint.net/signup
    1. CPS students should have received an Activation Code at the end of last school year or will get one when school starts;
    2. Non-CPS students do not need an Activation Code but may need MAP testing (see #2)
  4. Applications open on October 2nd
  5. Visit schools, open houses, research programs, etc
  6. Applications close on December 15th.
  7. Rank up to 20 non-selective schools, and rank up to 6 selective enrollment schools, for a maximum of 2 school offers.
  8. You may still need to attend info sessions, auditions, selective enrollment testing or submit supplemental materials after the application deadline.
  9. You will be matched to the highest non-selective school for which you qualify, and put on the waitlist for any schools you ranked higher, with 1st round notifications coming on March 15, 2018.
  10. If you applied to an SEHS school, you will also get a single offer for one of those schools.
  11. If you don’t want to accept your single offer (and/or your SEHS offer), then you can apply again during a second round which begins in May 2018.
  12. Supposedly by June 2018 you will be settled in a single school offer, with your neighborhood school as your fallback.

Want to learn more?

The 6th Annual Hidden Gems High School Fair will be on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 1-4p at Amundsen High School; http://www.chischoolgps.com/CSG_HS_Fair.html

“What’s on the Test? HS Edition” w/Test Prep Chicago will be on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 7-8:30pm.  Location TBD.  http://www.chischoolgps.com/CSG_HS_Testing.html

CPS Go Contact Info

 

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September 4, 2017 at 8:55 am 24 comments

Coming Soon – New Posts for New School Year!

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Well, I was just about to close up the place, when I go a couple volunteers to keep CPSObsessed going for another year.

A friend of mine who has an 8th grader (and a current high schooler) will be acting as CPSObsessed this year.   She’ll be assisted by our friends at Chicago GPS, the school consultants who run the Hidden Gems school fair each year (and already know a lot about the new application process.)  See their site here:

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There will be a post coming soon that talks about the new application, then you can continue to use the blog as a place to share questions and answers.

My son will be starting high school on Tuesday.  sniff..sniff…  I really can’t believe it.  I’m still bracing for what will be our early morning schedule for 4 years.

So stay tuned.  More to come soon.

 

August 31, 2017 at 11:30 pm 5 comments

Elementary Magnet and Neighborhood School Letter Spring 2017

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

Tier
Grade child is entering

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

 

March 30, 2017 at 1:02 pm 1,154 comments

Academic Center Letters Spring 2017

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Starting the thread so people can share information and advice.  Will spruce it up later tonight after an Amundsen fundraiser (woo! woo!)

Parents will be emailed by Monday April 3 with their notifications.

 

March 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm 155 comments

RGC and Classical school Elementary “Letters” – Spring 2017

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Emails will be arriving by Monday April 3 to inform parents of their scores and offers.

As a reminder, you can receive only 1 offer.  If you want a school that is higher on your list, you’d have to turn down an offer you get to be placed back in the pool.

Remember, the RGC and Classical schools go through several rounds of offers.  Many families don’t get placement until late spring, summer, or even the first week of school in the Fall.

CPS does not post cutoff scores for these programs, so in the spirit of crowd-sourcing, please (anonymously) share your information to help other families make choices.

Kindly post:

Tier
Score
School admitted to
Grade entering

And finally — the scores in no way are a perfect measure of your child’s intelligence.  Many many smart kids end up not testing well for a range of reason.   One of the smartest 4 year olds I knew didn’t test well at the age and was just accepted to Walter Payton high school.   Intelligence shows up in different ways and on different tests over time.  And as well all know, ALL our kids are above average anyhow.  🙂

Please post your information, questions, and moral support for other parents below…

March 30, 2017 at 12:59 pm 1,055 comments

A word on north side neighborhood high schools (guest post from Hawthorne principal)

High SchoolPrincipal Pietrini from Hawthorne Elementary contacted me about posting his thoughts on the neighborhood schools that are part of the Grow 47 initiate (lead by Alderman Pawar (also with support from Alderman O’Conner.)

Hawthorne will be hosting a get-together tonight where families can learn more about these 2 high schools.

Please pass on to families of 6, 7, and 8th graders who might be interested.   It was MOMENTUM that helps get the elementary schools going and that’s what it’ll take to have neighborhood schools that are embraced by local middle schools as a good choice.

Over the next two weeks, many 8th grade students in CPS will choose not to attend their neighborhood school. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined this being the case in any district. We don’t see that happening in as big of a way in our elementary schools. Parents, teachers, and leaders have over the years successfully branded their elementary school as being an essential part of the community, and they have committed to making that belief stay through community partnerships, fundraising, and building a positive picture in the community about what happens once those doors open for kids. But it hasn’t happened at CPS high schools for a variety of reasons, and for better or worse, we now have the great high school diaspora.

To be clear, I would never denigrate the wonderful opportunities at selective high schools. I used to work at a selective IB high school, and I have great confidence in many of the inspiring principals and teachers I know in those buildings. But if we never envisioned this challenge arising, and we believe that a school should be an anchor in the community, why have we come to believe that we can’t attend our neighborhood high schools? As a parent of two boys, my wish for my sons is that while they are at school they are engaged, they are taught to believe in themselves, they are given opportunities to explore, and that they have great teachers. We are wrong when we assume that neighborhood high schools don’t (or can’t) offer that experience.

The University of Chicago Consortium for School Research just did a very interesting study into the effects of selective enrollment schools vs. varying tiers of neighborhood schools. This was a fascinating report that I recommend you read, or at least read the coverage of this report in The Atlantic. Here is a brief selection:

“Attending a selective-enrollment school led to only a statistically insignificant bump in the ACT of half a point. The selective schools also seemed to have little or no effect on the likelihood of taking Advanced Placement classes, graduating from high school, or enrolling and staying in college….As long as the popular conception of a good school is based on a flawed measure, excellent schools that don’t screen students by test scores or real-estate prices won’t get the credit they deserve—and schools with such careful selection will get far too much credit.”

Great teachers, collaborative communities, and visionary leaders make the difference. Not enrollment criteria. We know it, and we should trust it. I hope that you will join me at the GROWCommunity event at Hawthorne tonight at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about my two favorite neighborhood high schools, Lake View and Amundsen. This event is open to the public, and will be a great first step in the grassroots idea of a community school.

Nathan Pietrini

Hawthorne Scholastic Academy | Principal

EVENT TONIGHT, TUESDAY MARCH 7 AT HAWTHORNE (FOR LAKE VIEW AND AMUNDSEN INFO)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-amundsen-and-lake-view-high-schools-tickets-32005777141

March 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm 7 comments

High School “Letters” Thread 2017

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Well, here we are on High School day eve.  And this time I am a participant.  I started CPSObsessed when my son was entering Kindergarten and we’re now at the end of that very long cycle, waiting to find out where he will be going to High School.  And importantly, where his friends and classmates will be going.  And whether he’ll be commuting.  And how early he’ll have to get up next year.  And what the high school experience might be like.

I’m much more relaxed than I thought I’d be at this point.  He’s got 3 good options, which includes a neighborhood school.  We didn’t cast the wide net I always advised others to do.

But you know, I’m the original obsesser, so it’s gonna be a lonnnnng 24 hours.

Thank you to everyone who’s ridden this long, interesting path from kindergarten to 8th grade with me.  I couldn’t have gotten here without having people to help hash out all the details of this unique school experience.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE! (ESPECIALLY TO THE CPS.OAE SITE)

OFFICIAL INFO FROM CPS:

Notification Letters for the 2017-2018 School Year
Ninth Grade Applicants Notification letters for high school will be released on March 3, 2017.
Paper Applicants
Notification letters for applicants who applied via paper to ninth grade will be put in the U.S. mail to the home address on the student’s application, no later than 5 pm on March 3, 2017. If you do not receive your letter by March 9th, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or oae@cps.edu from a telephone number or email address on your application. At that time, OAE can arrange for you to pick up your letter in person or have it emailed to you.

Online Applicants
Notification letters for students who applied online to ninth grade will be posted to the online application site on March 3, 2017. The letters will be posted after school hours and before 11:59 pm. An email and a robocall has been sent to the contact information on the student’s online application file with the following directions on how to access the notification letters and how to accept an offer, if applicable. To access the letters on March 3rd, you will login to the online application site, apply.cps.edu. Under the Application Status for each program to which you applied, you will see a link titled View Letter.* Click the link to access the letter. If you received an offer, a Confirmation Form will be attached to the letter. You will need to print the Confirmation Form and submit it according to the directions on the Confirmation Form. If you have not already done so, we STRONGLY recommend that you visit the online application site, apply.cps.edu, as soon as possible, to ensure that you are able to access your account. If you cannot access your account, click the “Forgot Password” button on the site. If you are still unable to access your account, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or oae@cps.edu from a telephone number or email address on your application file. NOTE: After you receive your letters, please carefully and thoroughly read all information, including any Frequently Asked Questions that may be included. (Note that the only programs with FAQs are the CTE, IB, and Magnet Schools.)

The deadline to accept an offer is March 17, 2017, for CTE-College and Career Academies, International Baccalaureate High Schools, Magnet High Schools and Programs, Military Academies, and Selective Enrollment High Schools. * Please note that we do not provide a notification letter if you applied to Selective Enrollment schools but did not take the Selective Enrollment admissions exam, or if you applied to Military Academies but did not attend a Military Academy Information Session.

March 2, 2017 at 7:29 pm 706 comments

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