2010-11 applications available 

Deadline to apply for magnet schools and programs is Jan. 6, 2010.

January 03, 2010

Photo courtesy Mireya Acierto. 


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


Application season has begun at the Chicago Public Schools. During this time, parents can apply to both new and existing schools throughout the District.  Application period runs from Oct. 1, 2009 – Jan. 6, 2010. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 6, 2010, to be considered. Review the steps below to learn more about our school application process.


Please note: The College and Career application deadline has been extended to Jan. 20, 2010.


Step 1: Do your homework

It's important for both you and your child learn more about the schools that he or she would like to apply to. Our programs consist of magnet schools, magnet cluster schools, open enrollment schools, regional gifted centers, classical schools, academic centers, international gifted programs (formerly IB preparatory programs), and Selective Enrollment high schools. We also feature several special within-school programs. Most schools select students through computerized lotteries, while some schools, which are designed for academically advanced students, require participation in a testing process.


You can learn more about our schools and applications two ways: 1) View the Options for Knowledge guide, or 2) find your school, school type (Elementary or High school) or program that piques your interest online.


Step 2: Download an application

For most schools, you will complete a Standard application and send it directly to the school(s) in which you are interested. Download Standard applications below:





For Regional Gifted Centers, Classical Schools, Academic Centers, and International Baccalaureate Preparatory Program schools, you must complete a Gifted and Enriched Academic Programs (GEAP) application and follow the directions on the application. Download a GEAP application below:





Special high school applications 

While most high schools accept the Standard or GEAP applications (available above), there are a select few who require a different application.


School-based applications

Some high schools only accept school-based applications, meaning that the Standard or GEAP application will not be accepted for admittance into this select group of schools. Instead parents must contact these schools and request that an application be sent via mail. Deadlines for these applications vary.


College and Career Academy applications

New for this fall: College and Career Academies open with citywide boundaries.


The College and Career application deadline has been extended to January 20, 2010. All applications must be postmarked by this date.


Please note: Charter schools, Military Academies and Selective Enrollment high schools use a separate application as well. Contact New Schools at (773) 553-1530 and Academic Enhancement at (773) 553-2060 for more information about these applications.


Step 3: Contact us with your questions 

The deadline to submit applications for the 2010-2011 school year is Dec. 18, 2009. Do you have questions about the application process? Contact Academic Enhancement at (773) 553-2060, Colege and Career Preparation at (773) 553-2108, or New Schools at (773) 553-1530 for more information.


Step 4: Submit your application  

The deadline to submit applications for the 2010-2011 school year is Jan. 6, 2010. Follow the submission guidelines on each application. 



For more information, contact Academic Enhancement at (773) 553-2060, College and Career Preparation at (773) 553-2108, or New Schools at (773) 553-1530.


View additional resources:

GEAP programs 

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Article written by C. Payton.