Office of Access and Enrollment

International Baccalaureate Programs

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a nonprofit educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1968, IB works with over 3,700 schools in 147 countries to develop and offer four challenging programs to more than 1.1 million students. support parents and schools. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a nonprofit educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1968, IB works with over 3,700 schools in 147 countries to develop and offer four challenging programs to more than 1.1 million students. support parents and schools.

The curriculum of IB programs focuses on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language. The core components of IB programs encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level. The programs are recognized around the world. IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorization process, which includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy. The authorization process typically takes two or more years and includes site visits by an IB team.

Additional Information

Eligibility Requirements for International Baccalaureate programs

Applicants to International Baccalaureate (IB) High Schools must pre-qualify in order to be considered for the schools. Eligibility is based on the student's reading and math scores on the NWEA and the students' grade point average (GPA) for seventh grade. In addition, eligible applicants must attend an Information Session at one of the IB High Schools.

The eligibility requirements are below:

General Education Students and Students with a 504 Plan:

  • Minimum percentile of 24 in both reading and math and a minimum seventh grade GPA of 2.5.

Students with an IEP and Students Receiving Bilingual Education Services:

  • Minimum reading and math percentiles that equal 48 or higher and a minimum seventh grade GPA of 2.5.

How are students selected?

Students are selected based on an overall applicant score -- performance on NWEA (450 points) and seventh grade report card grades in reading, math, science, and social studies (450 points).

Students residing within the attendance boundary or overlay boundary (Back of the Yards, Ogden, South Shore) of a high school with an IB program will receive 50 additional points.

Each IB high school selects a minimum cutoff score for selections and applicants meeting or exceeding this score will receive an offer.

NOTE:

Students who meet the minimum application requirements, are enrolled in the school’s Middle Years Programme partner or Academic Center program, and attend the school's Information Session, will be automatically admitted. The chart below shows the partner IB High School for each elementary Middle Years Programme.

If your child attends:

  • Carnegie
  • Edwards
  • Locke
  • Marsh
  • McPherson
  • Peirce
  • Morgan Park Academic Center
  • Taft Academic Center

He/she receives preference for:

  • Hyde Park
  • Curie
  • Steinmetz
  • Washington
  • Amundsen
  • Senn
  • Morgan Park
  • Taft


Scoring Rubric

Click here to success the Scoring Rubric for the IB High Schools application process.

 

Applying to International Baccalaureate Programs

Applying to International Baccalaureate High Schools 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.)
  • Attendance at an Information Session is required. Students must pre-qualify to apply, based on their NWEA scores and 7th grade grade point average (GPA).
  • 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. (Note that this the date that the letter will be MAILED, not received.)

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. The letter will also tell you if your child is eligible to apply for the IB High Schools.

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.

Step 3: If your child is eligible to apply to the IB High Schools, click the SCHEDULE button for IB High Schools and schedule the date, time, and location for your child’s IB Information Session. Sessions are offered at each IB High School. If you need to reschedule your child’s Information Session, you can reschedule it using the online portal.

Step 4:After your schedule the Information Session, click the APPLY button to select the schools to which your child is applying. You can apply to up to six schools.

Step 5:After you successfully schedule your child’s Information Session and submit your application, the online portal will show the word “Completed” under the status for both scheduling and applying. You will also receive an email confirmation for both actions. If the online portal shows “Not Completed” for either status, you have not successfully completed the action.

Non-CPS Students:

Step 1:Eighth grade students must take the NWEA MAP that is administered by the Chicago Public Schools. If you are a non-CPS student and you have not yet registered to take the NWEA, click here

Step 2:Only students who registered for the NWEA MAP by September 9th will be able to apply using the online application portal. (If you registered for the NWEA MAP 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 MAP 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. 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 apply to the IB High Schools.

Step 4:If your child is eligible to apply to the IB High Schools, click the SCHEDULE button for IB High Schools and schedule the date, time, and location for your child’s IB Information Session. Sessions are offered at each of the IB High Schools. If you need to reschedule your child's Information Session, you can reschedule it using the online portal.

Step 5: After you schedule the Information Session, click the APPLY button to select the schools to which your child is applying. You can apply to up to six schools.

Step 6: After you successfully schedule your child’s Information Session and submit your application, the online portal will show the word “Completed” under the status for both scheduling and applying. You will also receive an email confirmation for both actions. If the online portal shows “Not Completed” for either status, you have not successfully completed the action.


PAPER 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 tell you if your child is eligible to apply for the IB High Schools.

Step 2:If your child is eligible to apply to the IB High Schools, contact the IB High School of your choice to schedule your child's IB Information Session. Note that you will need to wait three weeks after you submit your application to schedule your Information Session, to ensure that your application has been processed. If you submit your application after November 18, 2016, you will contact the school after the December 9th deadline. If you need to reschedule, you will need to contact the school directly.

Step 3:Go to the home page for the Office of Access and Enrollment and click ‘Apply’ and ‘Paper Applications’ to download and print the IB High Schools application. Complete the application. You can apply to up to six schools. 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 MAP 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 MAP AFTER September 9th, you will have to submit PAPER applications by the December 9th deadline.

Step 3:Go to the home page for the Office of Access and Enrollment and click ‘Apply’ and ‘Paper Applications’ to download and print the IB High Schools application. Complete the application. You can apply to up to six schools. 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.

Step 5:After your child takes the second NWEA MAP exam, the Office of Access and Enrollment will contact you via email and robocall, to inform you whether or not your child is eligible to be considered for the IB High Schools. If your child is eligible to be considered for the IB High Schools, contact the IB High School of your choice to schedule your child's IB Information Session. (Your child’s NWEA scores will be mailed to you in spring 2017.)

Information Sessions

Attendance at an Information Session is required for students applying to an International Baccalaureate High School. Students only are required to attend ONE session, even if they are applying to more than one IB High School. Also, you do not have to apply to a high school in order to attend a session that is being held there.

Each individual information session lasts for 45 minutes. After the student attends the 45-minute session, the school may have an optional session with information that is specific to that school.

Click here to access the Information Sessions and contact information. (If a session is full, it has been crossed out on the Information Sessions schedule.)

If you apply online, you will schedule your child's session and select a time slot. If you apply with a paper application, you will need to contact the school directly in order to schedule the Information Session.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Parking is limited at each site, so consider public transportation or carpooling.
  • Late arrivals cannot be admitted and will have to reschedule. Please arrive on time!
  • You must register to attend a session -- unregistered families will be turned away.
  • Space is limited -- please limit the number of family members you bring. Parents/guardians are not required to attend -- if parents attend, please limit to one parent/guardian per family.

Programs

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed for students in grades 6-10. It provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university program for academically advanced and highly motivated students in grades 11 and 12. The IB Diploma is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities. IB Diploma Programme students study six courses, ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. IB Diploma students also participate in the International Baccalaureate Summer College Academy to better prepare them for the college application process. For more information on this program, click here.


The IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) is designed for students in grades 11 and 12. It incorporates the educational principles, vision and learner profile of the IB into a unique offering that specifically addresses the needs of students who wish to engage in career-related education. The IBCP enables students to develop a broad range of career-related competencies, and prepare for effective participation in an ever-changing world of work.

List of International Baccalaureate High Schools

To view the school's profile, click on the school name.


Amundsen High School

5110 N. Damen Ave.

Bogan High School

3939 W. 79th St.

Clemente High School

1147 N. Western Ave.

Curie Metropolitan High School

4959 S. Archer Ave.

Farragut High School

2345 S. Christiana Ave.

Hubbard High School

6200 S. Hamlin Ave.

Hyde Park Academy High School

6220 S. Stony Island Ave.

Juarez High School

1450-1510 W. Cermak Rd.

Kelly High School

4136 S. California Ave.

Kennedy High School

6325 W. 56th St.

Lincoln Park High School

2001 N. Orchard St.

Morgan Park High School

1744 W. Pryor Ave.

Prosser Career Academy

2148 N. Long Ave.

Schurz High School

3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Senn High School

5900 N. Glenwood Ave.

South Shore International

1955 E. 75th St.

Steinmetz Academic Centre

3030 N. Mobile Ave.

Taft High School

6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Washington High School

3535 E. 114th St.

FAQs


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 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.Yes, you have to live in Chicago to enroll and attend an IB High 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.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 and Support 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.The online procedure for IB High Schools is a TWO-STEP process:

  1. Schedule
  2. Then, apply.
You will click the 'Schedule' button to schedule your child's Information Session and the 'Apply' button to identify the schools to which you are applying. Be sure that you complete BOTH of these actions before the application deadline on December 9, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Once you have successfully submitted your IB High Schools application, three things will happen: (1) you will see a confirmation page online that lists the schools to which you applied, (2) you will receive a confirmation email which states that you successfully submitted your application, and (3) the dashboard page on the online portal will show the word "Completed" under the application status for the IB High Schools.

A.No. You should apply only to those schools where you would accept an offer if your child receives one. If you don’t want your child to attend a specific school, then don’t apply to it.

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.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.Yes. Scroll up and click the Eligibility link for the eligibility requirements for students with an IEP and students receiving bilingual education services.



A.A student entering a Chicago public school at the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade is considered to be a transfer student. Each high school establishes its own guidelines and requirements for transfer students. You will need to directly contact the school(s) in which you are interested for information on transfer opportunities.

A.No. If you accept an offer from a school, your child will be removed from the applicant pool for IB Schools. However, this does not impact any offers you may receive from other high schools to which you applied.

A.No. There is no selection preference for sibling applicants to IB High Schools.


A.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.

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