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Elementary Letters (Magnet/SEES/Academic Centers) have mailed from OAE as of Friday evening March 18.

Second round SE High School letters will mail Monday March 21.

Well ladies and gentlemen (and bugs,) it looks like the OAE fulfilled their promise of mailing something last week, as we have a reporting of an Academic Center letter arriving (to a lucky person who’s mail carrier comes so EARLY!)

Feel free to share your information here.  If possible, include Tier, grades/scores (for AC) and any other interesting notes/info that come included in your letter that people might be of interest to people.

I’ve been through the angst and I know many other parents who have as well, and somehow it all works out.  And then you can start worrying about high school…..

March 19, 2011 at 11:33 am 1,569 comments


As of SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 19, there are 2 reports of AC letters arriving so I’ve started a new post on elem/AC letters.  Go to home page to read the new post.

This week the letters for elementary gifted/classical/magnet AND “standard” school (magnet cluster, neighborhood, academic center) notifications will begin to mail.

Supposedly this year there will be one letter for the magnet schools for the first round (whereas in the past notification was done by each school.)

Gifted/classical letters will also be in one letter (together, but separate from magnet.)  In the recent past, the test score/s and school admitted to was included in the same letter.

Elementar letters are scheduled to mail MARCH 18.  Academic Center letters are due to mail Friday MARCH 18 so we’ll see when they start showing up in mailboxes.  As of Thursday 3/17 there are no reports of letters arriving yet for elem gifted/classical/magnet/neighborhood/AC.

I wonder if mailmen feel stalked this week.  I know I was always sticking my head out the door peering around for him.  This will be the first year I’m not waiting for anything, so please share here what you’ve received in the mail so others can know what to expect.  Good luck to everyone.

FYI, I called the OAE today to inquire whether the Standard Schools (magnet, magnet cluster, neighborhood) would be treated as one pool, like the gifted/classical schools are.  Meaning, if you accept one, are you still on the waiting list for others.  After the phone was passed around to find someone knowledgeable, I was told that the system will be like in the past:

You CAN accept a Standard school and you will remain on the waiting list at your other schools.  So say you get into Nettlehorst via their lottery, you’ll still have your spot on the waiting list at Hawthorne, Disney II, etc.  And you can always attend your neighborhood school.

March 14, 2011 at 10:33 am 222 comments

Last day for Options for Knowledge. Will I or Won’t I?

Well, today is the last day to submit an application to a school for their lottery or to submit a request for testing for Gifted/Classical Schools.

About a month ago, when I was working at the NPN fair and some parents innocently asked “when do we have to apply for the gifted test? In the Spring?” and I went all bug-eyed… “uh, like NOW people, NOW!  Soon!”  That night it occured to me that I hadn’t given any thought at all to submitting an application anywhere or having my son tested again.  That was a good sign, I thought.  Real confidence in our current school and lack of interest in going elsewhere.  I always assumed that I’d just keep getting him tested for a few years for the gifted programs, just to keep options open and of course see if his “giftedness” was slipping.  But when it came down to it, I couldn’t really think of another school I’d be that keen on moving to if he did test in somewhere.  I love the neighborhood people at our school and the gifted program seems to be off to a good start.  Can’t beat that for free, eh?

I also was hesitant to test again based on a conversation with one of the dads from our class who speculated that the gifted/classical testing can probably vary by a good 10% for any kid from day to day, based on things like mood, hunger, or some random interesting object in the testing room.  I agree with that.  And I figured I would just rather stay in ignorant bliss, knowing my son did a decent job that one year.  Mama doesn’t want to see a 10% drop this year.  Then I’d just start to worry that he was going to start lagging behind, etc etc.    

I will admit to having had a few lingering doubts.  There was a recent article about the top Elementary schools in the state and Hawthorne was the only CPS school in the top 50 that doesn’t require testing in.  Something impressive goes on there, and I briefly wondered about just applying every year, hoping to hit the jackpot.

I also figured it might make sense to apply/test just in case some thing unexpectedly annoying or weird happens at our school by the end of the year and I want to get out.  Hard to see that happening, but with CPS you never know.

Plus, hey, I have this blog.  What am I going to write about if I’m not immersed in the application process?

But I came to peace.  I would stay at our school with our nice neighborhood school as our backup.  Peace, indeed.

Until today.  Now I can drive an application to a school (nah) or get to the post office to get my testing application postmarked by today.  I’m having second thoughts.  I’ve realized today that I am a testing junkie.  I took the SATs 3 times.  I enjoy doing GMAT practice questions for fun.  Something is wrong with me, I swear it.  I just may try to make it to the post office today….

December 19, 2008 at 12:26 pm 1 comment




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