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Visit High schools for open houses and recruitment events; submit your application; and schedule and begin participating in admissions testing, information sessions, auditions, and other admissions screenings as required.

Key Dates

October 2, 2017
October 2017
  • School/Program-Specific Admissions Screenings Begin
November – December 2017
  • High School Open Houses and Recruitment Events
December 15, 2017
  • High School Application Period Closes


 Student Selection Process

Students are selected for Selective Enrollment High Schools based on a final point score and in accordance with the tier system outlined in the admissions policy for magnet, selective enrollment and other Options for Knowledge programs. Look below for a step-by-step example of how the selection process is conducted.

The Selective Enrollment High Schools selection process is based on a point system, with a maximum of 900 points. The final point score balances the admissions exam results with standardized test scores and final classroom grades. The score consists of:

  • The admissions exam (33 1/3% or 300 points)
  • NWEA results (33 1/3% or 300 points)
  • 7th grade reading, math, science and social studies grades (33 1/3% or 300 points)

A rubric showing how the points are allotted for each of these three areas can be found here.

Calculate Your Child's Score To Date

  http://cps.edu/AccessAndEnrollment/Pages/PointCalculationTool.aspx

Ranking Selective Enrollment High Schools

Rank your Selective Enrollment choices in the order of your choice. This is the order in which you will be considered.

If your final point score qualifies you for a seat at your first choice school, you will receive an offer from that school -- you will not be considered for any other schools on your application.

Similarly, if you do not qualify for a seat at your first-choice school, you will then be considered for your second choice school. If you qualify for a seat at that school, you will receive an offer and you will not be considered for schools ranked lower. 


This is why it is VERY important for you to put your first-choice school first, your second-choice school second, and so on. 

For more information, view the step-by-step illustration under the Selective Enrollment selection process.