Office of Access and Enrollment

Military Academies

The Military Academies offer a unique high school option for highly motivated students, providing an academically rigorous curriculum with a focus on leadership and citizenship. Students study in a safe and supportive school environment that allows them to reach their full potential. The Academies' primary goal is to prepare students to attend the four-year college or university of their choice.

By allowing them to develop as leaders, Military Academies prepare students for successful careers and a life of active citizenship. Each academy focuses on a specific branch of the military. The experienced teaching staff at each Military Academy is joined by a small team of retired military personnel who are branch-certified instructors, and who help to foster student success. The Military Academies also offer unique extracurricular trips, activities, and academic opportunities for students

Application Information

Eligibility Requirements for Military Academies

Applicants to Military Academies must pre-qualify to be considered. Eligibility is based on the student's reading and math scores on the NWEA. The eligibility requirements are as follows for all students:

  • Minimum NWEA reading and math percentiles that equal 48 or higher (for example, 20 in reading, 28 in math).

Student Selection Process

Selections are based on a point system with a maximum of 500 points, derived from seventh grade final (cumulative) grades (150 points), NWEA scores (150 points), the two-part assessment (50 for each part), and the essay (100 points).

Selections are based on a point system with a maximum of 500 points, derived from seventh grade final (cumulative) grades (150 points), NWEA scores (150 points), the two-part assessment (50 for each part), and the essay (100 points).

 

Apply to Military Academies

Applying to Military Academies is easy! 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.)
  • Attendance at an Information Session is required. Students must pre-qualify to apply, 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 (note this is 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 Military Academies.

Step 2:Starting October 3rd, go to the online portal, apply.cps.edu, and click "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 Military Academies, click the SCHEDULE button for the Military Academies and schedule the date, time, and location for your child's Military Academies Information Session. Sessions are offered at each Military Academy. If you need to reschedule your child's Information Session, you can reschedule it using the online portal.

Step 4: 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 four 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 have not yet registered to take the NWEA MAP, 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 Letter along with their test notification letter. When you receive your PIN, go to the online portal, apply.cps.edu, and click "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 Military Academies. (You will receive a robocall and email to inform you when your child's NWEA MAP scores have been uploaded to the online site.)

Step 4: If your child is eligible to apply to the Military Academies, click the SCHEDULE button for the Military Academies and schedule the date, time, and location for your child's Military Academies Information Session. 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 four 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 Military Academies.

Step 2: If your child is eligible to apply to the Military Academies, your child will need to attend one of the Military Academy Information Sessions.

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 Selective Enrollment High Schools/Military Academies application. Complete the application. You can apply to up to four 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 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 the home page for the Office of Access and Enrollment and click 'Apply' and 'Paper Applications' to download and print the Selective Enrollment High Schools/Military Academies application.

Step 4: Complete the application. You can apply to up to four schools. 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.

Step 6: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 Military Academies, your child will need to attend a Military Academies Information Session. (Your child's NWEA scores will be mailed to you in spring 2017.)

Information Sessions

Click here to access the Information Sessions for the Military Academies. If you applied online, please use the online portal to schedule your session. If you applied via paper application, you do not have to schedule your appointment in advance; your child can attend the session of your choice.

List of Military Academies

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

 

Air Force Academy High School 3630 S. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60609
Carver Military Academy 13100 S. Doty Ave., Chicago, IL 60627
Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville 3519 S. Giles Ave., Chicago, IL 60653
Marine Leadership Academy at Ames 1920 N. Hamlin Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Phoenix Military Academy 145 S. Campbell St., Chicago, IL 60612
Rickover Naval Academy 5900 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60660

 

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.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 Special Education and Supports 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. Yes, you have to live in Chicago to enroll and attend a Military Academy. 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 1, 2017, for the 2017-2018 school year.



A.No. You should apply only to those schools where you would accept an offer if your child receives one.

A.No. You may not apply to more than four Military Academies. You may not submit a second application in order to apply to additional schools.

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.During the Information Session, students will sign a Commitment Agreement, complete a Motivation and Perseverance Assessment and write a brief essay.

A.You can submit a paper application, accessible on this site starting October 3rd under 'Apply' and 'Paper Applications.' The list of Information Sessions can be found on this site under 'Schools and Programs,' 'Military Academies,' and 'Information Sessions.' You can attend the session that is most convenient for you.

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



A.No. There is no sibling preference or consideration for applicants to schools that require testing or interviews.

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 in the applicant pool by score. If your child declines an offer or does not receive an offer, he remains in the applicant pool and has a chance to receive an offer in a later selection round for schools that still have seats remaining.

A.SA 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..If you apply using the online application site, your child's notification letter will be posted to your online portal no later than March 3, 2017. If you apply via paper application, your child's notification letter will be sent to your home via U.S. mail no later than March 3, 2017. (Note that this is the date that the letter will be MAILED, not received.)

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