Classical Schools 

There are five Classical Schools (Decatur, McDade, Poe, Skinner North, and Skinner West), which are designed to provide a challenging liberal arts course of instruction for students with high academic potential. Transportation is provided to students who live within designated street ranges.


(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 selective enrollment programs. 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 or



  • Establish academic coursework in mathematics, language arts, world language, and the humanities.


Program benefits

  • Provide a challenging liberal arts course of instruction for students with high academic potential.


Application process

To apply to a Classical School, apply online at Opens in a new window icon or fill out a Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools (SEES) application at Opens in a new window icon – click 'Apply' and 'Application Materials.


Application deadline

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2014-2015 school year is Dec. 13, 2013.



Learn more about some of the schools that offer this academic program:




Poe Classical

Skinner North

Skinner West


Contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at (773) 553-2060 for more information.



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Page Last Modified on Friday, October 11, 2013

Contact information

Access and Enrollment
125 South Clark Street
10th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-2060
Fax: (773) 553-2061
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