CPS Extends Application Deadline for New Southwest Area High School 

Extended Deadline Gives Parents More Time to Apply to New STEM School


May 1, 2012


Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced that the application deadline for the new Southwest Area High School has been extended from April 20 to May 8 to provide enough time for families to apply for admission. The school, which is under construction at 7651 S. Homan Avenue, was officially established by action of the Chicago Board of Education on April 25 and will open this fall as one of the five new STEM high schools specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“As a STEM school, the new Southwest Area High School presents a great opportunity for students to receive an education that prepares them for technology careers of the future,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “We need to be sure that parents and students have enough time to learn about the school and apply, especially since the Board action to establish the school just took place last week.”


Southwest will open this fall with a freshman class of approximately 220 students selected in a lottery from a pool of applications. Preference will be given to those within the neighborhood and to those having shown interest by attending an information session.


  • First Preference: Students living within the neighborhood boundary who attended an information session
  • Second Preference: Students in the Southwest HS Network who attended an information session
  • Third Preference: Students city-wide who attended an information session
  • Fourth/Fifth/Sixth Preference: Same as preceding three for students who did not attend information session


The District publicized the new school through a number of informational sessions and by visiting nearby elementary schools in March and April. The District will convene an additional information session on May 7 to ensure newly interested applicants have access to the school’s information and admissions lottery.


Information for this session is listed on CPS’ Early College STEM School website and on the Office of Access and Enrollment (OAE) website. Parents and students also can call OAE at (773) 553-2060 for more information.

All STEM schools will focus on providing students the skills they need to succeed in the modern workforce and in the information technology industry by partnering with industry leaders including Motorola Solutions, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft Corporation and Verizon Wireless. Students will have opportunities to earn significant college credits through City Colleges of Chicago and potentially earn an associate’s degree. All five new STEM schools will open in September 2012 with a class of ninth graders.


The District’s other STEM schools include: Corliss High School (821 E. 103rd Street), Lakeview High School (4015 N. Ashland), Michele Clark High School (5101 W. Harrison) and Chicago Vocational and Career Academy (2100 East 87th Street).

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