Department of Principal Quality

Mission: Identify, develop and retain strong principal leaders who are dedicated to student success in CPS.

Vision: Every Chicago Public School has a strong leader providing opportunities for all students to achieve their fullest potential.

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Principal Eligibility Process Application

Application dates for the SY 16-17 are as follows:

  • Monday, September 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM to Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM
  • Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 8:00 AM to Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM
  • Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM to Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM

You may preview the application questions.

Apply for Eligibility:

If this is your first attempt at the new Principal Eligibility Process (since November 2015), you can Apply now.

If you have previously applied to the new Principal Eligibility Process (since November 2015), and have passed Step 1 but not passed Step 2 of the process, you can Reattempt here.

CPS Principal Eligibility Process Overview

The CPS Principal Eligibility process is designed to identify highly qualified, successful leaders for our schools. Through this process, current and aspiring principals must demonstrate evidence of leadership experience related to the CPS Principal Competencies, which can be found in the CPS Performance Standards for School Leaders Rubric with Critical Attributes. Applicants must be able to demonstrate school-wide leadership experiences that have resulted in positive student outcomes across multiple grade-levels and subject areas.

Click on the image below for a detailed description of each step of the process, and frequently asked questions about the process.

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Information Session Workshops

The information session workshop provides a 90 minute overview of the eligibility process, covering the logistics of the process and informational guidance related to the process. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in some individual and small group exercises designed to help them prepare for the Eligibility process. Participants should be prepared to talk about their own leadership experiences and engage in small group discussions.

If you are a CPS employee, please sign up for a session on Learning Hub in order to RSVP. If you are an external candidate, please email in order to RSVP.

Dates Time Learning Hub
Class Code
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Course Code
Thursday, September 15th, 2016 4:30 - 6:00pm 65861 33090 Shields Middle School, 2611 W. 48th St., Chicago IL
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 9:00 - 10:30am 33090 65136 Gillespie Elementary, 9301 S. State Chicago IL
Monday, August 8th, 2015 2:00 - 3:30pm 33089 65136 Hitch Elementary 5625 N. McVicker Ave, Chicago IL

Contact Us

Department of Principal Quality
42 West Madison, Chicago, IL 60602
(773) 553-1515

Page Last Modified on Monday, September 26, 2016