Posts tagged ‘cps magnet schools’

Fall 2016: Applying to Kindergarten / Elementary School


Time to apply Kindergarten!  (or other elementary grades.)

The application period runs from Oct 3 – December 9 2016 for the 2017/18 school year.  If your child will be 5 by

CPS Office of Access and Enrollment has a nice new site that has all the information you’ll need to apply to Selective Elem programs, Magnets, and Neighborhood schools with open enrollment.

In BIG news this year, notification letters will be posted ONLINE (instead of by mail) if you apply online.

Also, the selective elem schools will still offer early testing.  If your child tests between November 1st and November 17th, you will receive your child’s test scores before the application deadline.  (And this gives you some knowledge of their scores as input for choosing/ranking your schools.)

If you like a lot of detailed information in one place, I found this power point deck to be very comprehensive:

CPS Elem Application Details

The open house schedule for Gifted and Classical programs are here:






October 2, 2016 at 10:52 pm 294 comments

2015 NEIGHBORHOOD and MAGNET Elementary School Thread

A shout out to Nettelshorst who got a lot of the neighborhool school stuff rolling

A shout out to Nettelshorst who got a lot of the neighborhool school stuff rolling

Post your news, questions, opinions here about Neighborhood and Magnet elementary schools.

If you post about your letter/status, please include:


Waiting list #

Tier (if applicable)

And remember, this process goes on for a lonnnng time as schools move down the wait list.  Patience is a virtue, as hard as it may be.

March 19, 2015 at 8:09 am 1,288 comments

Still a Chance to Get “The Call”

From the comments showing up, it looks like Skinner West and other magnet schools are still calling about spots.  I think my son got a spot at Stone right around this time last year.

The schools need to wait to see if people drop out or change plans so the whole process takes a while.  I’m not quite sure what happens over the summer.  I think it’s all on hold based on how many people seem to get calls right at the begining of the school year.

So we’ve got a week and a half of school left.  Good luck to those still waiting for a call!

June 4, 2009 at 7:26 am 31 comments

Learn the ABC’s of CPS in person

If you are just navigating the waters of CPS or if you want to discuss something in person with a knowledgeable resource, you can attend one of the following sessions at Sulzer Library (4455 N. Lincoln.)  Ellen Lourden from CPS will be there to talk about the process and answer questions. She is a master at answering the nit-pickiest questions about lotteries.

Saturday, March 14 9:00 – 10:30 am

Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

No need to register.

March 4, 2009 at 12:54 am 1 comment




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