Discover our K-8 schools 

CPS sponsors 2nd annual elementary school fair on Saturday, Oct. 3.

September 21, 2009

The application process for the school year on this page is now closed. Please visit the OAE  for information about the 2012-2013 application process. Thank you.


Parents and students seeking information about elementary schools for the 2010-2011 school year should plan to attend the second annual Options for Knowledge Fair at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren.


The event takes place at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. The fair will provide parents with information regarding magnet schools, magnet cluster schools, regional gifted centers, classical schools, academic centers, comprehensive gifted and specific aptitude programs, and international gifted programs.


The fair will also serve as the kick-off for the 2010-2011 application process, which runs from Oct. 1 - Dec.18.  The Options for Knowledge program offers a wide range of initiatives for students, from programs that focus on literature and writing to the District's first Children's Engineering Program. The fair will also showcase schools with a back-to-basics approach to those designed for gifted students. 


Please note: Applications will be available after Oct. 1, 2009. You can contact Academic Enhancement at (773) 553-2060 to find out when applications will be available. 


Learn more about our elementary schools

At the fair, parents will be able to pick up valuable information about all gifted options as well as options in magnet and magnet cluster schools. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with administrators of the participating schools and program. Academic Enhancement staff will also be on hand to provide pertinent information regarding the application, selection, and notification process. 


View a list of  schools participating in the fair.


Application procedures, selection process guidelines

The Options for Knowledge guide will also be distributed at the fair. This annual publication provides details about application procedures, the selection process, and admission requirements for each type of school. 


The guide will be accessible on Oct. 1 at a variety of places:


  • Online at
  • At locations throughout the city, including public schools, public libraries, park district facilities, aldermanic offices, City Hall, churches, currency exchanges, day care centers, and community agencies.  
  • At CPS by calling Academic Enhancement at (773) 553-2060. A guide will delivered via mail upon request.


Support from our community sponsor

The Options for Knowledge fair is also receiving support from Fifth Third Bank, which contributes to schools and community groups through its Community Matters program.


For information on the Options for Knowledge programs or the application and selection process, or to be placed on the mailing list for the Options for Knowledge guide, contact Academic Enhancement at (773) 553-2060. 



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