Office of Access and Enrollment

College and Career Academies

Career & Technical Education (CTE) College & Career Academies (CCA) offer an exciting pathway to college and careers, giving students a head start on preparing for their futures. While in high school, in addition to taking all CPS college prep core courses like math, science and English, students participating in CCAs will experience hands-on training in their chosen industry.

CCA students may also have the opportunity to:

  • Receive college scholarships
  • Attain industry-recognized certifications
  • Earn college credit
  • Participate in job shadows & internships
  • Attend college fairs & tours
  • Compete in city, state and national competitions

Application Information

Eligibility Requirements for College and Career Academies

Most CTE-College and Career Academies do not have eligibility requirements in order for students to be considered. Hancock College Prep and Jones College Prep are the only schools with CTE-College and Career Academies that have eligibility requirements. The eligibility requirements for the College and Career Academies at Hancock and Jones are below.

General Education Students and Students with a 504 Plan:

  • Minimum percentile of 24 in both reading and math.

Students with an IEP and Students Receiving Bilingual Education Services:

  • Minimum reading and math percentiles that equal 48 or higher.

Student Selection Process

There are two different selection processes used for the College and Career Academies.

Lottery Academies

Most of the academies on the application are lottery academies. If more applications are received than there are spaces available, students will be selected by lottery. Preference will be given to students with minimum NWEA scores at the 24th percentile or above in reading and math (except Dunbar, which has no stanine preference). Students with an IEP or who receive bilingual education services, will receive preference when their percentiles total 48 or more (e.g., 20 in reading, 28 in math; 10 in reading, 38 in math). If not all spaces are filled by applicants meeting the minimum percentiles, remaining spaces will be offered to applicants with percentiles below those outlined above. A total of 30% of the seats made available to attendance area applicants (or applicants living within 2.5 miles of schools without attendance boundaries).


Selective Academies

Health Sciences, Law & Public Safety, IT - Cisco Networking and IT - Database Programming Academy, Pre-Engineering (identified with a  on the paper application) - For these academies only, due to their high rigor, selections will be based on points. Students will be assigned points on (1) 7th grade final GPA and (2) NWEA MAP percentiles. Each school will select their minimum cut score for selections, and applicants meeting or exceeding this score will receive an offer. If more students meet/exceed the cut score than there are seats available, a series of tie breakers will determine which students receive offers.

Hancock College Prep and Jones College Prep

Selection for these academies is based on a 600-point scale which is comprised of 300 points for 7th grade final grades and 300 points for NWEA MAP scores. Students will be ranked and selected from high to low; students residing within the attendance overlay boundaries of the schools are selected first. Click here to access the boundary map for Hancock, and click here to access the boundary map for Jones.

 

How to Apply to College and Career Academies

Applying to CTE-College and Career Academies is a snap! Just follow the directions below, and contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or oae@cps.edu if you have any questions.

But first, please note the following:

  • The application period begins October 3, 2016, and ends December 9, 2016.
  • You have a choice of applying through the online application portal, or by using a paper application. (We recommend the online portal – it’s easier, faster, reduces chances for error, and provides email confirmation and online notification.)
  • There are two types of College and Career Academies:
    1. Lottery Academies
    2. Selective Academies.
    There are no minimum requirements to apply to the Lottery Academies and most Selective Academies. HOWEVER, for the Selective Academies at Hancock College Preparatory High School and Jones College Preparatory High School, students must pre-qualify to be considered, based on their NWEA scores.
  • Your child’s application notification letter will be released on March 3, 2017, to notify you whether or not your child received an offer from any of the schools to which you applied. If you apply online, your child’s letter will be accessible via the online portal. If you apply via paper application, your child’s letter will be mailed to your home on March 3, 2017.

Next, see the step-by-step instructions below, categorized according to CPS, Charter, Contract Students, and Non-CPS Students for both the online process and the paper process. Throughout the instructions, you will also find application tips – just click the links!

ONLINE PROCESS:

CPS, Charter, and Contract Students:

Step 1: Eighth grade students will receive an Eligibility Letter through their school counselor in September. The letter will contain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that the student can use for the online process.

Step 2:Starting October 3rd, go to the online portal, apply.cps.edu, and click “Apply Online” under Step 1. This will allow you to enter your PIN, open your account, and create your password. The only schools with admission requirements are Hancock and Jones; if you are interested in applying to Hancock and/or Jones, review the scores and grades on your child’s Eligibility Letter to determine his/her eligibility to apply to these schools.

Step 3:If you are applying to schools without admissions requirements, or if your child is eligible to apply for the CTE-College and Career Academies at Hancock and/or Jones, click the APPLY button to select the schools to which your child is applying. You can apply to up to five academies.

Step 4:After you successfully submit your application, the online portal will show the word “Completed” under the status for applying. You will also receive an email confirmation. If the online portal shows “Not Completed” you have not successfully submitted your application.

Non-CPS Students:

Step 1:Eighth grade students must take the NWEA that is administered by the Chicago Public Schools. If you have not yet registered to take the NWEA, click here.

Step 2:Only students who registered for the NWEA by September 9th will be able to apply using the online application portal. (If you register for the NWEA AFTER September 9th, you will have to submit paper applications by the December 9th deadline. See below for the paper instruction process.)

Step 3:Students who registered for the NWEA by September 9th will receive a PIN along with their test notification letter. When you receive your PIN, go to the online portal, apply.cps.edu, and click “Apply Online” under Step 1. This will allow you to enter your PIN, open your account, and create your password. For most CTE-College and Career Academies, you can proceed to the next step after you create your account. If you are applying to Hancock and/or Jones, approximately two weeks after your child takes the second NWEA exam, you can login to the online portal to see if your child is eligible to be considered for the CTE-College and Career Academies at these schools.

Step 4:If you are applying to schools without admissions requirements, or if your child is eligible to apply for the CTE-College and Career Academies at Hancock and/or Jones, click the APPLY button to select the schools to which your child is applying. You can apply to up to five academies.

Step 5:After you successfully submit your application, the online portal will show the word “Completed” under the status for applying. You will also receive an email confirmation. If the online portal shows “Not Completed” you have not successfully submitted your application.


PAPER PROCESS:

CPS, Charter, and Contract Students:

Step 1: Eighth grade students will receive an Eligibility Letter through their school counselor in September. The only schools with admission requirements are Hancock and Jones; if you are interested in applying to Hancock and/or Jones, review the scores and grades on your child’s Eligibility Letter to determine his/her eligibility to apply to these schools.

Step 2: If you are applying to schools without admissions requirements, or if your child is eligible to apply for the CTE-College and Career Academies at Hancock and/or Jones, go to the home page for the Office of Access and Enrollment and click Apply and Paper Applications to download and print the CTE-College and Career Academies application.

Step 3:Complete the application. You can apply to up to five academies. Be sure to sign the application.

Step 4:Submit the application to the Office of Access and Enrollment. Paper applications can be mailed or hand-delivered only.


Non-CPS Students:

Step 1: Eighth grade students must take the NWEA that is administered by the Chicago Public Schools. If you have not yet registered to take the NWEA, click here.

Step 2: If you registered for the NWEA after September 9th, you will have to submit paper applications by the December 9th deadline.

Step 3:Go to Office of Access and Enrollment and click ‘Apply’ and ‘Paper Applications’ to download and print the CTE-College and Career Academies application.

Step 4:Complete the application. You can apply to up to five academies. Be sure to sign the application.

Step 5: Submit the application to the Office of Access and Enrollment. Paper applications can be mailed or hand-delivered only.

Scoring Rubric (Selective Academies)

The selection process for the CTE-College and Career Selective Academies is based on a point system, with a maximum of 600 points.

The application score consists of:

  • NWEA MAP results (50% or 300 points)
  • 7th grade reading, math, science and social studies grades (50% or 300 points)

For most Selective Academies, applicants will be ranked from high to low based on their application score and applicants meeting or exceeding the school's cutoff score will receive an offer. If there are more students meeting or exceeding the designated cut score than there are seats available, selections will be based on a series of tie breakers (reading grade, math grade, science grade, social studies grade, reading MAP percentile and math MAP percentile.)

For the Selective Academies at Jones College Prep and Hancock College Prep, eligible applicants will be ranked from high to low by attendance overlay area. Eligible in-area applicants will be selected first. If the in-area applicant list is exhausted, eligible applicants who live outside of the attendance overlay area will be selected next.

For a copy of the scoring rubric that identifies the points allotted for these areas, click here.

Boundary Maps for Hancock and Jones CCA

Seats in the CTE-College and Career Academies at Jones and Hancock are first filled by eligible applicants who live within the schools' respective attendance boundary area. The maps for these areas can be accessed below:

Hancock CTE-College and Career Academy

Jones CTE-College and Career Academy

2957 N. Hoyne Ave.
Pre-Engineering

5110 N. Damen Ave.
Info Tech (Game Programming and Web Design)

231 N. Pine Ave.
Manufacturing

2710 E. 89th St.
Manufacturing
Pre-Engineering

1147 N. Western Ave.
Broadcast Technology
Culinary Arts
Health Sciences (Allied Health)

4959 S. Archer Ave.
Architecture
Automotive Technology
Broadcast Technology
Business (Accounting)
Culinary Arts
Digital Media
Education (Early Childhood and Teaching)
Info Tech (Game Programming and Web Design)

2100 E. 87th St.
Agricultural Sciences
Carpentry
Cosmetology
Culinary Arts
Diesel Technology
Health Sciences (Medical Assistant)
Info Tech (STEM)

2345 S. Christiana Ave.
Automotive Technology
Pre-Law

11220 S. Wallace St.
Carpentry
Culinary Arts

3235 N. LeClaire Ave.
Digital Media
Info Tech (Web Design)

4034 W. 56th St.
Pre-Engineering
Pre-Law

9652 S. Michigan Ave.
Digital Media
Info Tech (Web Design)

6520 S. Wood St.
Culinary Arts
Digital Media

6220 S. Stony Island Ave.
Broadcast Technology
Digital Media

700 S. State St.
Pre-Engineering
Pre-Law

1450-1510 W. Cermak Rd.
Architecture
Automotive Technology
Culinary Arts
Info Tech (Game Programming and Web Design)

10330 S. Elizabeth St.
Broadcast Technology
Business (Entrepreneurship)
Digital Media
Health Sciences (Allied Health, Medical and Health Careers)
Info Tech (Game Programming)

4136 S. California Ave.
Digital Media

2935 W. Polk St.
Culinary Arts

3250 W. Adams St.
Agricultural Science
Culinary Arts

5835 N. Lincoln Ave.
Info Tech (Game Programming and Web Design)
Pre-Law

4338 W. Wabansia Ave.
Culinary Arts
Health Sciences (Allied Health)
Pre-Engineering

244 E. Pershing Rd.
Digital Media

3545 W. Fulton Blvd.
Broadcast Technology
Business (Entrepreneurship)
Culinary Arts
Pre-Law

5009 S. Laflin St.
Business (Accounting)
Culinary Arts

3436 W. Wilson Ave.
Culinary Arts
Education (Early Childhood Education and Teaching)
Health Sciences (Medical and Health Careers)
Info Tech (Cisco Networking)
Info Tech (Game Programming)

3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Automotive Technology
Business (Accounting and Entrepreneurship)
Digital Media
Health Sciences (Allied Health)
Pre-Engineering

1955 E. 75th St.
Health Sciences (Medical and Health Careers)

6631 N. Bosworth Ave.
Business (Accounting)
Health Sciences (Allied Health, Medical and Health Careers)

4747 S. Union Ave.
Culinary Arts

900 W. Wilson Ave.
Education (Teaching)

936 N. Ashland Ave.
Info Tech (Game Programming)
Pre-Law

4934 S Wabash Ave.
Health Sciences (Medical and Health Careers)

FAQs


A.Yes, you have to live in Chicago to enroll and attend a CTE-College and Career Academy School. You don't have to live in Chicago to apply, participate in the selection process, and even be selected, but you have to provide proof of city of Chicago residency by July 1st of the year that your child will enroll.

A.Admissions testing is not required for the College and Career Academies.

A.Bus transportation is not generally provided for high school students. Transportation at the high school level is provided to students with disabilities if the IEP or 504 Plan requires it; for information, contact the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services at (773) 553-1800. Transportation may also be provided to homeless students upon enrollment; for information, contact the Office of Educational Support for Students in Temporary Living Situations at (773) 553-2242.



A.When you fill out your child's application -- whether online or paper -- you must indicate your child's "primary address." The primary address is defined as your child’s regular, fixed nighttime abode. Note that you must use the address that is your primary address at the time that you apply. You cannot apply using an address where you plan to live in the future.

A.. If you apply online, you can make updates via the online portal to your address and telephone number. If you apply via paper application, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or oae@cps.edu to request a paper Contact Information Modification Form. For the purposes of determining tiers, attendance/overlay boundaries, and proximity boundaries, address changes must be submitted no later than December 9, 2016. NOTE: If you change your address and you accept an offer from a school, you will be required to provide proof of both the address on the application, and the new address, at the time of your child’s registration.

A..To correct your child’s CPS ID number, IEP/504 Plan status,current grade, or other student-related information, you will need to submit a paper Student Information Modification Form, whether you apply online or via paper application. To request the Student Information Modification Form, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or oae@cps.edu. Corrections must be submitted no later than December 9, 2016.

A.. We encourage you to attend Open Houses and conduct any other school-related research BEFORE submitting your application, to decrease the need for changing school choices. If you apply online, you can make changes by deleting your application and submitting a new one. If you apply via paper application, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or oae@cps.edu to request a paper Application Modification Form. Changes must be submitted no later than January 20, 2017.

A. If you share joint custody and your child sleeps at night at only one residence the majority of the time, that is the child's primary address, and that is the address that must be entered on the application. In cases of joint custody where a child's residence is equally divided between two addresses, either address may be used. Note that the address of only ONE parent can be used; your child cannot be considered for schools by using more than one address, and your child cannot submit applications with different addresses. The address that is used for the application and selection process must be the same, single address. If your child submits applications with more than one address, he/she will be considered for the selection process using the address on the first application that is processed by the Office of Access and Enrollment

A.No. You may not apply to more than five College and Career Academies. You may not submit a second application in order to apply to additional schools or academies. Duplicate applications will be discarded.

A.Contact the high school in which you are interested for information on transfer opportunities and guidelines. Each school establishes its own guidelines and requirements for transfer students.



A.There is no preference for students with a 504 Plan. Preference status for students with an IEP and students who receive bilingual education services will be based on the student’s NWEA MAP scores in reading and math. Students with IEPs and students who receive bilingual education services will receive preference in the lottery academy selections when their NWEA MAP percentiles in reading and math total 48 or higher (e.g., 20 in reading, 28 in math; 10 in reading, 38 in math).



A. Notification letters will be released on March 3, 2017. If you apply online, your notification letter will be posted to your online portal on March 3rd. If you apply via paper application, your notification letter will be mailed to your home on March 3rd. Results cannot be given to parents via telephone. If you do not receive a notification letter, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at (773) 553-2060 or oae@cps.edu

A.After the seats at each school are filled, the non-selected students will remain in an applicant pool. This is not a traditional waiting list, where students are assigned numbers – students are ranked based on their preference group and attendance area status. If additional seats become available, we will evaluate our attendance area needs and choose students from the pool accordingly.

Page Last Modified on Thursday, October 13, 2016