CPS to Launch 2014-2015 Elementary and High School Application Process on October 1 

District Offers New Systems and Resources to Help Families Identify Schools and Academic Programs that Fit Their Needs


September 30, 2013


CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced that the District’s elementary and high school application process for the 2014-2015 school year will begin on October 1. Through this process, families can apply to the District’s elementary magnet, magnet cluster, open enrollment and selective enrollment schools as well as high school offerings including magnet, selective enrollment, International Baccalaureate (IB), military academies and career and technical education programs.


The District has added new systems and resources to its existing slate of tools designed to help parents easily navigate the application process. Families applying to high school will now be able to schedule their own selective enrollment high school exams, IB, STEM, and military school information sessions and magnet school auditions through CPS’ new online self-scheduling system at www.apply.cps.edu. This system allows families to pick appointment dates and locations based on their personal calendars and reschedule appointment dates, if necessary.


“Our goal as a District is to empower families to make informed decisions about their children’s unique academic needs and to help them easily navigate this process,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “I strongly encourage families to take advantage of our helpful resources as they begin to explore our high-quality school and academic program offerings.”


Also new this year, CPS assigned all eighth-grade students personal identification numbers (PINs) via individualized eligibility letters that identify the programs and schools a student is eligible to apply for based on seventh grade standardized test scores and final grades. Families must have a valid PIN to access CPS’ news self-scheduling system.


Additional resources for researching and applying to schools include:

  • The CPS Office of Access and Enrollment (OAE) website– General information about CPS’ schools and academic programs is available at http://www.cpsoae.org/. Families can find more detailed information under the “Resources” tab regarding the application process as well as the selection and notification processes.
  • Self-Schedule Informational Video– Families can view the informational video on CPS’ new self- scheduling system  here. The video provides details on how families can access and utilize the system.
  • Updated Tier Data– Tier data is now 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 searchable High School Directory provide comprehensive listings of CPS’ academic programs. All CPS eighth-grade students will receive a high school guide through their elementary school. Both guides will be available online and at CPS’ downtown headquarters located at 125 S. Clark Street in English and Spanish by October 1.


CPS encourages students who intend to take the selective enrollment high school exams to schedule their test date early. All students who take the exam in October or November will receive their results within three weeks, which can help inform families’ decisions regarding the schools to which they wish to apply.


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