Welcome back to school!

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Everyone’s back in school now, and we’re all looking forward to a great year!

If you have an 8th grader in the CPS system, this is a big week. It’s time to get moving on the Chicago High Schools application process!

There’s a big change in the selective enrollment process this year – the ELIGIBILITY LETTER.  The CPS OAE site reports:

Eligibility Letters for CPS and charter school students will be distributed to students through their school counselors the first week of school.  Eligibility Letters for non-CPS students will be mailed to their homes after the student takes the NWEA MAP. 

I’ll be curious to hear if these letters went out last week, if it went smoothly, and how parents are feeling about this change. Add your comments to this post and let me know your experience!

For those who are eligible, they may now begin prepping for the Dec/Jan entrance exams, the 3rd piece of the entrance requirements.

I’ve never been a fan of this process – what stress! However, test prep CAN help some kids. Here are some class/tutoring options you might want to check out:

How are Chicago High Schools’ Selective Enrollment Students Chosen?

CPS tiers for selective enrollment   Selective Enrollment High Schools base their enrollment on a 900 point system (and their address – see the map)

1.  NWEA test scores  , previously the ISAT test scores (see article about the switch) – 300 points

2.  Grade point average – Core subjects- English, Math, Science, Social Studies (300 points)

3.  8th Grade Selective Enrollment Test Scores (300 points)

Here are the score results from last year’s 8th grade class, using the NWEA tests:

Mean/Minimum Test Scores for each Chicago Selective Enrollment High School

Select this link for a step by step accounting of how students can enroll in a Selective Enrollment High School.

How do you apply for Chicago Selective Enrollment High Schools?

This Week   If your child is eligible, he/she will receive a letter at school (if they currently go to a CPS elementary school).

Sept 19     You can open your CPS account (select this link)

Oct 1       Begin the application process – choose a test date

Oct 1 – 12/12  APPLY — you have to go BACK after you’ve scheduled the exam to make the formal application.

 

Visit the High Schools This Fall!

Many parents/students like to visit the schools before making their final preferences on the CPS high school application. See this list of fall open houses, and be sure to visit!

CPS Selective Enrollment High School Open Houses

 

Articles and links of note:

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Is all this CPS HIgh School Stuff Stressing you Out?

Contact Anne Rossley

to find out how you an live in a

great CPS neighborhood high school

or,

get more information on the Chicago High School Options!

Anne Rossley

773-620-5333

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