CPS Reminds Families to Explore Academic Offerings as Application Process Deadline Approaches 

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


December 11, 2012


Chicago Public Schools (CPS) reminds families that the application process for the 2013-2014 school year will close on Friday, December 14. This process allows families to apply for the District's elementary magnet and selective 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."


All applications must be submitted online at www.apply.cps.edu, or in-person at CPS Downtown headquarters located at 125 S. Clark Street no later than 5 p.m. on December 14. CPS will not accept any applications that are post-marked after December 14. Families that intend to apply online must already have applied for a PIN in order to complete their online applications. Otherwise, paper applications must be submitted and can be downloaded from www.cpsoae.org.


Resources for researching and applying to schools include:

  • The CPS Office of Access and Enrollment (OAE) website at www.cpsoae.org – General information about CPS' schools and academic programs is available here. Families can find more detailed information under the "Resources" tab regarding the application process and selection and notification processes.
  • Application Process Videos – New online videos that providing helpful information regarding the application process. The elementary school version can be viewed here, while the high school version can be viewed here.
  • 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 all-new searchable High School Directory provide comprehensive listings of CPS' academic programs. Both guides are available online, and print versions are available at all schools and 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 for guidance related to the applications process.


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