Office of Access and Enrollment

Selective Enrollment for Elementary Schools

The Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools are designed for academically advanced students. The schools consist of Academic Centers, Classical Schools, Regional Gifted Centers, and Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners. Testing is required in order to be considered for acceptance into these schools.

Application Information

Eligibility Requirements for Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools

The following provides information on the requirements for each type of program, by grade:

Grades K-4: All age-appropriate students applying for kindergarten through grade 4 will be tested. Note that students must be able to separate from their parents to walk with the examiner to the assessment room. Parents are not allowed to accompany their child into the assessment area.

Grades 5-8: Testing eligibility for students applying for grades 5-8 (except for the RGC-ELs) will be based on the student's NWEA MAP scores in reading and math.

Students with an IEP applying for grades 5-8 must score at or above the 50th percentile in one subject (reading or math), and at or above the 40th percentile in the other subject (reading or math) in order to be eligible for testing.

Regional Gifted Centers

In order to be eligible for testing, general education students and students with a 504 Plan applying for grades 5-8 must score at or above the 60th percentile in both reading and math.

Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners (RGC-ELs)

Testing eligibility for students applying for grades 5-8 will be based on the student's previous year's reading and math final classroom grades. Students must have no lower than a B on their final reading and math grades in order to be eligible.

Classical Schools

In order to be eligible for testing, general education students and students with a 504 Plan applying for grades 5-8 must score at or above the 60th percentile in both reading and math.

Academic Centers

In order to be eligible for testing, students must score at or above the 45th percentile in both reading and math.

Student Selection Process

Regional Gifted Centers and Classical Schools

Applicants for the Regional Gifted Centers and Classical Schools are selected based on their admissions exam score, and applicants for the Academic Centers are selected based on a final point score. Selection for all applicants is in accordance with the tier system outlined in the admissions policy for magnet, selective enrollment and other Options for Knowledge programs.

Academic Centers and the International Gifted Program

The selection process for the Academic Centers and the International Gifted Program is based on a point system, with a maximum of 900 points, and in accordance with the tier system outlined in the admissions policy for magnet, selective enrollment and other Options for Knowledge programs. The final point score balances the admissions exam results with standardized test scores and final classroom grades. The score consists of:

  • The admissions exam (33 1/3% or 300 points)
  • NWEA MAP scores (33 1/3% or 300 points)
  • Prior year's reading, math, science and social studies grades (33 1/3% or 300 points)

Click here to access the point system rubric for Academic Centers and the International Gifted Program.

 

Applying to Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools

Applying to Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools is easy! Just follow the directions below, and contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or gocps@cps.edu if you have any questions.

But first, please note the following:

  • The application period begins October 10, 2017, and ends December 22, 2017.
  • You have a choice of applying through the online application site, or by using a paper application. (We recommend the online site – you can submit your application, receive email/text notification, and receive and accept offers -- all online!)
  • Admissions testing is required for the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools (Regional Gifted Centers, Classical Schools, and Academic Centers). All age-appropriate students applying to grades K-4 will be tested. Students applying to grades 5-8 must pre-qualify to take the exam, based on their NWEA MAP scores or classroom grades, in the case of applicants to Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners.
  • You will be notified in April 2018 whether or not your child received an offer from any of the schools to which you applied. If you apply ONLINE, you will receive your notification on your online account. If you apply via PAPER application, your child’s letter will be mailed to your home address.

Next, see the step-by-step instructions below, categorized according to whether you’re applying to grades K-4 or grades 5-8, for both the online process and the paper process.

ONLINE PROCESS

APPLYING TO GRADES K-4

Step 1: Starting October 10th, go to GoCPS, and click “Apply” at the top of the home page. This will allow you to open an account, with an email address or telephone number as your user name, and create your password. You don’t need a PIN or Activation Code to open an account.

Step 2: Follow the instructions to enter your information and add your child(ren) to your account. Note that you can enter more than one parent/guardian to the account. However – and this is very important – the account must be opened with the name and address of the parent/guardian with whom the student resides. The address for this parent/guardian will be the address that is used for determining attendance boundaries. If you would like for another parent/guardian to receive communications regarding the account, you can add their contact information later in the account creation process.

Step 3: After you successfully open an account, you will see the list of all elementary schools to which you can apply, including magnet, magnet cluster, open enrollment and Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools.

You can apply to up six Classical Schools/Regional Gifted Centers (in any combination), one International Gifted Program, and up to three Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners. These are identified as “Selective Enrollment” schools on the application, and a counter will keep track of the number of schools that you’ve selected on your application.

(Note that if you are also interested in applying to magnet, magnet cluster, and/or open enrollment schools – labeled as “Non-Selective” schools on the application – you will select these schools as well. Note that you are not ranking these schools in any order. All magnet, magnet cluster and open enrollment schools are considered equally in separate lotteries. As a result, it is possible for your child to receive an offer from more than one magnet, magnet cluster, or open enrollment school.)

You will next have the opportunity to rank your Selective Enrollment programs in the order of your preference, and you will be instructed to schedule admissions exams for any of the schools/programs to which you’ve applied.

Step 4: Submit your application no later than 11:59 pm on December 22, 2017. After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation.

APPLYING TO GRADES 5-8

Step 1: Starting October 10th, go to GoCPS, and click “Apply” at the top of the home page. This will allow you to open an account, with an email address or telephone number as your user name, and create your password. You don’t need a PIN or Activation Code to open an account.

Step 2: Follow the instructions to enter your information and add your child(ren) to your account. Note that you can enter more than one parent/guardian to the account. However – and this is very important – the account must be opened with the name and address of the parent/guardian with whom the student resides. The address for this parent/guardian will be the address that is used for determining attendance boundaries. If you would like for another parent/guardian to receive communications regarding the account, you can add their contact information later in the account creation process.

NOTE for Non-CPS Students: Non-CPS students applying to grades 5-8 must be administered the NWEA MAP by the Chicago Public Schools. This is the standardized exam used by CPS to determine student eligibility for schools/programs with academic criteria. If you have not already done so, you will need to register your child for the NWEA MAP as soon as possible, and no later than the December 22nd application deadline. If your child takes the NWEA MAP in September or October, his/her scores will be available approximately three weeks after his/her NWEA MAP exam and you will be notified by robocall and email once the scores have been uploaded to the online application site. At that time, you can resume the steps of the application process as indicated below. (If you register for the January 2018 NWEA MAP test date, you will not be able to use on the online application site to apply. Please go to GoCPS, click ‘How to Apply’ and ‘Elementary Schools,’ and print a copy of the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools paper application. You will have to submit this application by the December 22nd deadline. Your child’s eligibility to be considered for the schools to which you apply will be determined approximately three weeks after he/she takes the NWEA MAP in January. You will be given next steps at that time.)

Step 3: After you successfully open an account, you will see the list of all elementary schools to which you can apply, including magnet, magnet cluster, open enrollment and Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools.

If your child is eligible, you can apply to up to six Academic Centers (grades 7-8), up to six Classical Schools/Regional Gifted Centers (in any combination), one International Gifted Program, and up to three Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners. These are identified as “Selective Enrollment” schools on the application, and a counter will keep track of the number of schools that you’ve selected on your application.

(Note that if you are also interested in applying to magnet, magnet cluster, and/or open enrollment schools – labeled as “Non-Selective” schools on the application – you will select these schools as well. Note that you are not ranking these schools in any order. All magnet, magnet cluster and open enrollment schools are considered equally in separate lotteries. As a result, it is possible for your child to receive an offer from more than one magnet, magnet cluster, or open enrollment school.)

You will next have the opportunity to rank your Selective Enrollment programs in the order of your preference, and you will be instructed to schedule admissions exams for any of the schools/programs to which you’ve applied.

Step 4: After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation.

PAPER PROCESS

APPLYING TO GRADES K-4

Step 1: Starting October 10th, go to GoCPS, and click ‘How to Apply’ and ‘Elementary Schools.’ Scroll down to download and print the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools application. If you do not have printer access, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060.

Step 2: Use the School Codes accompanying the application in order to indicate the schools of your choice. You can apply to up six Classical Schools/Regional Gifted Centers (in any combination), one International Gifted Program, and up to three Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners. Be sure to sign the application..

Step 3: Submit your completed application to the Office of Access and Enrollment. Paper applications can be mailed or hand-delivered only. Paper applications must be received by the Office of Access and Enrollment no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017. (Note that this is a RECEIVED BY date, not a postmarked date.) If you mail your application, we strongly recommend that you (1) send your application via registered mail so that you will have a receipt, (2) enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard or envelope, which will be mailed back to you as proof of receipt, and (3) mail your application in plenty of time to ensure that it is received by the Office of Access and Enrollment on or before the application deadline. If you do not have a receipt and your applications do not reach our office, your child will not be considered for any of the schools to which you applied. Applications received after the deadline date cannot be processed.

APPLYING TO GRADES 5-8

Step 1: Starting October 10th, go to GoCPS, and click ‘How to Apply’ and ‘Elementary Schools.’ Scroll down to download and print the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools application. If you do not have printer access, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060.

NOTE for Non-CPS Students: Non-CPS students applying to grades 5-8 must be administered the NWEA MAP by the Chicago Public Schools. This is the standardized exam used by CPS to determine student eligibility for schools/programs with academic criteria. If you have not already done so, you will need to register your child for the NWEA MAP as soon as possible, and no later than the December 22nd application deadline. If your child takes the NWEA MAP in September or October, his/her scores will be received by the Office of Access and Enrollment approximately three weeks after the date of the second test. If you have not opened an online application or submitted a paper application by December 1, 2017, you will be instructed by robocall and email to open an online account or submit a paper application.

Step 2: If your child is eligible, you can apply to up to six Academic Centers (grades 7-8), up to six Classical Schools/Regional Gifted Centers (in any combination), one International Gifted Program, and up to three Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners. Be sure to sign the application.

Step 3: Submit your completed application to the Office of Access and Enrollment. Paper applications can be mailed or hand-delivered only. Paper applications must be received by the Office of Access and Enrollment no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017. (Note that this is a RECEIVED BY date, not a postmarked date.) If you mail your application, we strongly recommend that you (1) send your application via registered mail so that you will have a receipt, (2) enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard or envelope, which will be mailed back to you as proof of receipt, and (3) mail your application in plenty of time to ensure that it is received by the Office of Access and Enrollment on or before the application deadline. If you do not have a receipt and your applications do not reach our office, your child will not be considered for any of the schools to which you applied. Applications received after the deadline date cannot be processed.

There are 11 Regional Gifted Centers in the Chicago Public Schools system:


Beasley (K-8)

5255 S. State St.

(773) 535-1230

Beaubien (1-8)

5025 N. Laramie Ave.

(773) 534-3500

Bell (K-8)

3730 N. Oakley Ave.

(773) 534-5150

Carnegie (K-5)

1414 E. 61st Pl.

(773) 535-0530

Coonley (1-8)

4046 N. Leavitt St.

(773) 534-5140

Edison (K-8)

4929 N. Sawyer Ave.

(773) 534-0540

Keller (1-8)

3020 W. 108th St.

(773) 535-2636

Lenart (K-8)

8101 S. LaSalle St.

(773) 535-0040

National Teachers Academy*

55 W. Cermak Rd.

(773) 534-9970

Pritzker (K-8)

2009 W. Schiller St.

(773) 534-4415

South Loop**

1212 S. Plymouth Ct.

(773) 534-8690

*This program is phasing in; it will serve grades K-6 in 2018-2019, increasing by one grade level each year.

**This program is phasing out; it will serve grades 7-8 in 2018-2019, decreasing by one grade level each year.


Overview

Programming provides students the unique opportunity to receive instruction at up to two years above grade level. The accelerated instructional program places an emphasis on critical thinking, logical reasoning, problem solving, and creativity. In addition to rigor in the core content areas, Regional Gifted Centers expose students to a world language or Latin, laboratory science, computer science, and fine arts. The accelerated timeframe leaves time for projects, term papers, and group work that take the student deeper into the subject matters.

There are three Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners:


Greeley (K-8)

832 W. Sheridan Rd.

(773) 534-5800

Orozco (K-8)

1940 W. 18th St.

(773) 534-7215

Pulaski (K-8)

2230 W. McLean Ave.

(773) 534-4391


Overview

Classical Schools provide challenging liberal arts instruction for students with high academic potential. The instructional program in these schools is accelerated and highly structured for strong academic achievement in literature, mathematics, language arts, world language, and the humanities. Classical Schools begin in kindergarten and serve students through sixth grade (with the exception of Skinner West and Skinner North, which serve students through eighth grade). Curriculum is accelerated one grade above current grade level.

There are five Classical Schools in the Chicago Public Schools system:


Decatur (K-6)

7030 N. Sacramento Ave.

(773) 534-2200

McDade (K-6)

8801 S. Indiana Ave.

(773) 535-3669

Poe (K-6)

10538 S. Langley Ave.

(773) 535-5525

Skinner West (K-8)

1260 W. Adams St.

(773) 534-7790

Skinner North (K-8)

640 W. Scott St.

(773) 534-8500


Overview

Classical Schools provide challenging liberal arts instruction for students with high academic potential. The instructional program in these schools is accelerated and highly structured for strong academic achievement in literature, mathematics, language arts, world language, and the humanities. Classical Schools begin in kindergarten and serve students through sixth grade (with the exception of Skinner West and Skinner North, which serve students through eighth grade). Curriculum is accelerated one grade above current grade level.

There is one International Gifted Program in the Chicago Public Schools system. (Note that this program is phasing out and is not accepting students at the sixth grade level for the 2018-2019 school year.)

Lincoln (7-8)

615 W. Kemper Pl

(773) 534-5720


Overview

The International Gifted Program, housed in Lincoln Elementary School, includes intensive study in English, French, social studies, laboratory science, mathematics, technology, arts, physical education, library science, and advanced research.

There are seven Academic Centers in the Chicago Public Schools system:


Brooks (7-8)

250 E. 111th St

(773) 535-9930

Kenwood (7-8)

5015 S. Blackstone Ave.

(773) 535-1350

Lane Tech (7-8)

2501 S. Addison St.

(773) 534-5400

Lindblom (7-8)

6130 S. Wolcott St.

(773) 553-9300

Morgan Park (7-8)

1744 S. Pryor Ave.

(773) 535-2550

Taft (7-8)

6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

(773) 534-1000

Young (7-8)

211 S. Laflin St.

(773) 534-7500


Overview

Academic Centers are housed in high schools and provide a college preparatory program for academically gifted and talented seventh and eighth grade students. The curriculum is designed to allow high-achieving and motivated students the opportunity to complete the elementary curriculum and enter high school classes in English, social studies, science, mathematics, world language, and music or art. Curriculum at Academic Centers is accelerated one to two grade levels.

Overview

Comprehensive Gifted Programs and Specific Aptitude Programs are within-school programs designed for academically advanced students. They are housed in designated magnet, magnet cluster, and open enrollment schools (see the index of the Options for Knowledge guide for a list of the schools that offer these programs). Comprehensive Gifted Programs serve students in grades 1-8 in all subjects. Specific Aptitude Programs are pullout programs in specific subject areas, for specific grade levels.

Testing is not required to enter the schools that offer these programs. Once a student is accepted through the computerized lottery process or enrolled into the school as an attendance area student, the school will assess the student to determine whether he/she is eligible for the school's gifted program.

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