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 Regional Gifted Centers, Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners, Classical Schools, Academic Centers, and the International Gifted Program. 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.

International Gifted Programs

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 International Gifted Programs and 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.


International Gifted Program and Academic Centers

The selection process for the International Gifted Program and Academic Centers 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 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 notifications.)
  • Admissions testing is required for the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools (Regional Gifted Centers, Classical Schools, Academic Centers, International Gifted Program). 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 scores.
  • Your child's application notification letter will be released on April 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 April 3, 2017. (Note that 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, and whether you are applying to grades K-4 or 5-8, for both the online process and the paper process. Throughout the instructions, you will also find application tips – just click the links!

ONLINE PROCESS:

APPLYING TO GRADES K-4

CPS, Charter, Contract Students and Non-CPS Students

Step 1:Starting October 1st, go to the online portal, apply.cps.edu, and click "Apply Online" under Step 1. This will allow you to open your account, create your password, and request your Personal Identification Number (PIN), which will be mailed to your home.

Step 2:After you receive your PIN, and access the online portal, click the SCHEDULE button for Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools and schedule the date, time, and location for your child's exam(s). (If your child is applying to kindergarten, click here for additional information.) If you need to reschedule your child's test, you can reschedule it using the online portal.

Step 3:After you schedule the exam(s), click the APPLY button to select the schools to which your child is applying. You will rank the schools in order of your preference. You can apply to up to six Regional Gifted Centers/Classical Schools and up to three Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners.

Step 4:After you successfully schedule your child's exam 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.

APPLYING TO GRADES 5-8

CPS, Charter, and Contract Students:

Step 1:Starting October 3rd, go to the online portal, apply.cps.edu, and click "Apply Online" under Step 1. This will allow you to open your account, create your password, and request your Personal Identification Number (PIN) which will be mailed to your home.

Step 2:After you receive your PIN, you can access the online portal. If your child is eligible to take any Selective Enrollment admissions exam, based on his/her NWEA scores, click the SCHEDULE button for the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools and schedule the date, time, and locationfor your child's exam(s). If you need to reschedule your child's test, you can reschedule it using the online portal.

Step 3:After your schedule the exam(s), click the APPLY button to select the schools to which your child is applying. You will rank the schools in order of your preference. You can apply to up to six Regional Gifted Centers/Classical Schools, up to three Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners, up to six Academic Centers (grades 7-8 only), and one International Gifted Program (grades 6-8 only).

Step 4:After you successfully schedule your child's exam 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:Students applying to grades 5-8 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 MAP by September 9th will be able to apply using the online application portal. (If you registered 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 register for the NWEA by September 10th 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 take the SEES exam(s).(You will receive a robocall and email to notify you when your child's NWEA MAP scores have been uploaded to the online portal.)

Step 4: If your child is eligible to take any of the SEES exams, click the SCHEDULE button for Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools and schedule the date, time, and location for your child's Selective Enrollment exam(s). If you need to reschedule your child's test, you can reschedule it using the online portal.

Step 5:After you schedule the exam(s), click the APPLY button to select the schools to which your child is applying. You will rank the schools in order of your preference. You can apply to up to six Regional Gifted Centers/Classical Schools, up to three Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners, up to six Academic Centers (grades 7-8 only), and one International Gifted Program (grades 6-8 only).

Step 6:After you successfully schedule your child's exam 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:

APPLYING TO GRADES K-4

CPS, Charter, Contract Students AND Non-CPS Students

Step 1:Go to the home page of this website starting October 3rd and click 'Apply' and 'Paper Applications' to download and print the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools application.

Step 2:Complete the application and rank the schools in order of your preference. You can apply to up to six Regional Gifted Centers/Classical Schools and up to three Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners. Be sure to sign the application.

Step 3: Submit the application to the Office of Access and Enrollment. Paper applications can be mailed or hand-delivered only.

Step 4:After your application is processed, the Office of Access and Enrollment will schedule your child's SEES exam(s) and mail a letter(s) to your home notifying you of the date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the test(s).


Non-CPS Students:

Step 1: Students applying to grades 5-8 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: 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 of this website starting October 3rd and click 'Apply' and 'Paper Applications' to download and print the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools application.

Step 4:Complete the application and rank the schools in order of your preference. You can apply to up to six Regional Gifted Centers/Classical Schools, up to three Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners, up to six Academic Centers (grades 7-8 only), and one International Gifted Program (grades 6-8 only). 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 take the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools exam(s) for the programs for which you applied. If your child is eligible to take the SEES exam(s), the robocall/email will also notify you of the date, time, and location of your child's admissions exam(s). (Your child's NWEA scores will be mailed to you in spring 2017.)

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 (1-8)

3730 N. Oakley Ave.

(773) 534-5150

Carnegie (K-5)

1414 E. 61st Pl.

(773) 535-0530

Coonley (K-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-5 in 2017-2018, increasing by one grade level each year.

** - This program is phasing out; it will serve grades 6-8 in 2017-2018, 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

The Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners are specifically designed to meet the needs of high-ability students whose primary language is Polish, Russian, or Spanish. These schools provide gifted bilingual students specialized and individualized 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 and differentiation in the core content areas, Regional Gifted Centers for English learners develop fluency and literacy in English and the home language, with exposure to laboratory science, computer science, and fine arts.



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 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

The International Gifted Program is designed for students in grades 6-8 at Lincoln Elementary School, 615 W. Kemper Place (773-534-5720). The program includes intensive study of English, French, social studies, laboratory science, mathematics, technology, arts, physical education, library science, and advanced research. The International Gifted Program is designed to allow intellectually able students to be schooled in their least restrictive environment and to mature at an accelerated pace. The curriculum 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.

FAQs


A.The Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools application should be used to apply to Regional Gifted Centers, Regional Gifted Centers for English Language Learners, Classical Schools, International Gifted Programs, and Academic Centers.

A.Yes. Admissions testing is required for these schools.

A.Yes, you have to live in Chicago to enroll and attend a Selective Enrollment Elementary School. You don't have to live in Chicago to apply, participate in the testing 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.The Chicago Public Schools does NOT recommend, endorse or sponsor ANY test preparation courses, study guides, or sample questions for the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools testing process.

The admissions exams used for the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools are designed to assess your child's academic capabilities or reasoning and thinking skills. The Office of Access and Enrollment has not seen any direct correlation between student acceptance rates in Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools and their participation in courses offered by test preparation companies.

Please note that our department receives feedback each year from parents whose children participated in a test preparation course and were not selected for any of their school choices.

Let the buyer beware.

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.The following types of transportation are provided to Selective Enrollment Elementary School students:

  • Regional Gifted Centers: Students must live more than 1.5 miles from the school in order to receive transportation service to Regional Gifted Centers. In addition, for the following Regional Gifted Centers, student must live at least 1.5 miles from the school and within the identified transportation ranges:
    Carnegie: 3900 South and 7500 South, from Lake Shore Drive to the west city limits
    Coonley: 900 North and the North city limits, from Lake Shore Drive to the west city limits
    National Teachers Academy: 500 South and 5900 South, from Lake Shore Drive to Cicero
    South Loop: 400 North and 3900 South, from Lake Shore Drive to the west city limits
  • Classical School transportation service: Transportation is provided to Classical School students who reside more than 1.5 miles from the school and within the boundaries identified below:
    Decatur: from North City Limits to Fullerton Avenue (2400 North)
    Skinner West: from West Fullerton Ave. (2400 North) to Pershing Road (3900 South)
    Skinner North: from Foster Ave. (5200 North) to Cermak Road (2200 South)
    McDade: from Pershing Road (3900 South) to 106th St. South
    Poe: from 71st St. South to South city limits
  • Academic Centers and International Gifted Programs: Transportation is provided to students who live more than 1.5 miles from the school. Students must get to a designated pick-up location.

Transportation 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.

Please note: Due to the extreme budgetary pressures facing the District, the Board of Education will be reviewing all transportation policies to determine its ability to fund ongoing programs, including those related to magnet and selective enrollment programs, as well as many others throughout the District for the 2017-2018 school year. When making choices about school applications for your child, please keep in mind that current transportation policies and guidelines could be subject to change. If our transportation policy should change, updated information will be available on www.cps.edu.

A.Is your child applying to kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year? There are numerous advantages to having your child test early, rather than later!

  1. If your child takes his/her Regional Gifted Centers and Classical Schools test between November 1st and November 17th, you will receive his/her test results BEFORE the application deadline. This will allow you to learn whether your child will be in the Selective Enrollment selection pool for the 2017-2018 school year, as students must earn minimum scores of 115 for the Regional Gifted Centers and the 80th percentile in reading and math for the Classical Schools, in order to be in the selection pool.
  2. Receiving the scores before the deadline provides you the opportunity to research additional magnet options, if you wish, or to modify the choices on the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools application.
  3. The month of November has a greater propensity for milder weather than the months of December through February, which makes it easier to navigate through the city.
  4. There is no advantage to waiting later in the season to have your child take the admissions exam. The exam is developmentally age appropriate and the results are based on the exact age of your child. Therefore, if your child is four years and three months of age, he/she will be compared to the group of children of the same age. A child who is older by just a few months is developmentally expected to have acquired more knowledge and skills than a younger child.

A.Your child must be five years old by September 1, 2017, in order to apply for kindergarten enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year.

A.Your child must be six years old by September 1, 2017, in order to apply for first grade enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year.

A. Yes – for first grade enrollment only. If your child will become six years old between September 2, 2017 - December 31, 2017, your child may qualify for an exception to the age requirement for first grade enrollment.

  1. must become six years old between September 2, 2017 - December 31, 2017;
  2. must have attended preschool and kindergarten at the same non-public school, or the same public school outside Illinois;
  3. must have been taught in kindergarten by an appropriately certified teacher; and
  4. must be deemed ready by the non-public school (or public school outside of Illinois) to work at the first grade level.

If you are applying for first grade enrollment for your child under this age exception, you must:

  1. submit a First Grade Age Exception Form to the Office of Access and Enrollment by December 9, 2016
  2. (b) provide the Office of Access and Enrollment by July 1, 2017, a letter from the principal/head administrator of your child's current non-public school (or public school outside Chicago) that affirms each of the following:
    1. your child has attended the same school for preschool and kindergarten
    2. your child's kindergarten teacher is appropriately certified
    3. your child has been assessed as ready to work at the first grade level.
If this signed letter is not provided by this deadline, any seat awarded through the Options for Knowledge application process will be forfeited.

To apply for a first-grade exception, you must submit a PAPER Standard Elementary application; you cannot apply using the online process.

A.If you do not satisfy the four requirements, or if the qualifying documentation is not provided by the deadline, any seat awarded through the Options for Knowledge application process will be forfeited. Once forfeited, your child will not be entitled to move to a kindergarten seat at that school. You can only apply to one grade level.

A.No – this is not permitted under CPS policy. For kindergarten and first grade, CPS will enroll students in the grade that is appropriate for their age. Please note the following:

  • If your child was born between September 2, 2011 through September 1, 2012, your child's appropriate grade for 2017-2018 is KINDERGARTEN.
  • If your child was born between September 2, 2010 through September 1, 2011, your child's appropriate grade for 2017-2018 is FIRST GRADE.
  • If your child was born between September 2, 2011 through December 31, 2011 (only if the requirements noted above have been satisfied), your child's appropriate grade for 2017-2018 is FIRST GRADE.
If you do not apply for the grade that is appropriate for your child, your child's application will be marked ineligible for the 2017-2018 application process.



A.The online procedure for Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools is a TWO-STEP process:

  1. Schedule
  2. Apply
You will click the 'Schedule' button to schedule your child's admissions exam(s) 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 Selective Enrollment Elementary 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 Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools.

A. NO. You should apply only to those schools where you would accept an offer if your child receives one. If you do not want your child to attend a specific school, or you feel that the school is too far from your home for your child to attend, please do not apply to it.

A.No. You cannot apply to more than the maximum number of schools allowed for each Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools program. You cannot submit a second application in order to apply to additional schools.

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.In order for your child to be considered for a different selective enrollment school or program, you will have to submit an application, during the application period, and your child will have to participate in the testing process for the school in which you are interested. You cannot transfer your child without participating in the application and selection process.



A.There are two types of admission tests. The test for the Classical Schools program is an achievement skills test that assesses the student's reading and mathematics abilities. (Calculators are not permissible unless noted otherwise through an IEP or 504 Plan.) The test for the Regional Gifted Centers, International Gifted Program, and Academic Centers measures critical thinking skills, reasoning, problem solving, and mental control. Mental control is the ability to hold information in the short-term memory while performing a mental operation.

A.No. Once your child has been exposed to the admissions exam, he/she cannot take the exam again for the coming school year.

A.If you apply to Regional Gifted Centers AND Classical Schools, your child will take two separate tests.

A.Students who apply for kindergarten, and take the test between November 1-17, 2016, will receive their test results prior to the December 9th application deadline. Applicants to all other grades, and kindergarten applicants who test after November 17, 2016, will receive their test results in the notification letter that is mailed to parents in early April 2017. This letter will also inform you whether your child received an offer from any of the schools to which you applied.

A.No. The Chicago Public Schools does not have the financial or personnel resources, or the physical capacity, to test students who are not planning to apply for the upcoming school year



A.Students with disabilities are required to take entrance tests at schools that require them unless the student is placed by the Office of Special Education and Supports into a low incidence program at the school. Applicable test accommodations described in Section 10 (c) of the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will be made available. For example, if a child has a fine motor impairment and cannot fill in the bubbles on the answer sheet, and his/her IEP requires that a scribe assist with completing the answer sheet, a person will be provided during the entrance exam to scribe for them. The goal is always to measure the student's knowledge or ability, and not the disability. However, to be considered for any program for academically advanced students, all applicants need to earn a score that demonstrates they can compete and succeed in an accelerated program. Depending on the applicant pool, some students with disabilities may be accepted with lower test scores than general education students. However, no student will be admitted whose score is not representative of a student who can succeed in an advanced environment.

A.Scroll up to the top of this page and click the Eligibility link for information.



A.Yes. 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 by score in the applicant pool. If your child declines an offer or does not receive an offer, he will remain in the applicant pool and has a chance to receive an offer in a later selection round.

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

A.Cutoff scores for Academic Centers are posted on this website under News and Announcements, shortly after the notification letters are released in early April. We do not post cutoff scores for Regional Gifted Centers, Classical Schools, and the International Gifted Program. Posting these scores could potentially result in breach of privacy of the selected students, given the relatively low number of seats available. In addition, because these schools typically have multiple selection rounds, the cutoff scores fluctuate through the selection process.



A.Your child's notification letter will be released on April 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 April 3, 2017. (Note this is the date that the letter will be MAILED, not received.)

A.No. If you accept an offer from a Selective Enrollment Elementary School, your child will be removed from the applicant pool for Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools.

A.No. Accepting an offer from a Selective Enrollment Elementary School does not affect your child's status on any waitlists for the Standard Elementary Schools selection process. You may accept an offer that you received from a SEES and, if you later receive an offer from a magnet school where your child was waitlisted, you may accept that offer instead, if you wish. Should you choose to accept a later offer, you will be responsible for notifying the first school and the Office of Access and Enrollment of your child's change in status.

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