CPS Reminds Families to Explore Academic Offerings as Elementary and High School Application Process Deadline Approaches 

District Provides Easy-to-Use Tools and Resources to Help Families Identify School and Program Offerings



November 21, 2013


Chicago Public Schools (CPS) reminds families that the application process for the 2014-2015 school year will close on Friday, December 13th. This process allows families to apply for the District's elementary magnet and selective enrollment schools, magnet cluster and open enrollment schools, and high school offerings including magnet, selective enrollment, International Baccalaureate (IB), military academies, and career and technical education programs.


"As the application deadline is quickly approaching, I urge those families who have yet to make decisions to explore their academic options and get those applications in," said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. "CPS provides many high quality school options, and we have provided easy-to-use resources to help families find just the right school to meet the academic needs of their students."


Online applications must be submitted at www.apply.cps.edu no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 13th, and paper applications must be submitted to the Office of Access and Enrollment, 125 S. Clark St., 10th floor, hand-delivered by 5 p.m. or postmarked by December 13th. Families that intend to apply online need a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to use the online process.  Otherwise, paper applications must be submitted and can be downloaded and printed  from www.cpsoae.org (click ‘Apply’ and ‘Application Materials’).



Resources for researching and applying to schools include:


  • The CPS Office of Access and Enrollment (OAE) website at www.cpsoae.org Opens in a new window icon – General information about CPS' schools and academic programs is available on this site. Families can find more detailed information under the “Programs” tab regarding the application process and selection and notification processes.

  • Tier Data – Tier data is available via the OAE website. Families applying to selective enrollment and magnet schools can visit the website to determine their respective tiers based on their home address, which can help parents make informed decisions on what schools and programs their children may be most eligible for.

  • Comprehensive Resource Guides of School Options – The District's Options for Knowledge elementary school guide and the High School Guide provide comprehensive listings of CPS' academic programs. Both guides are available online, and print versions are available at CPS' downtown headquarters located at 125 S. Clark Street. Both the Options for Knowledge Guide and the High School Guide are available in English and Spanish.


Additionally, school guidance counselors are available for help making informed decision based on the academic strengths of their child. Parents also can contact OAE at 773-553-2060 or oae@cps.edu for guidance related to the applications process.


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