Author - Chicago School GPS
“When is the best time to begin my school search?” is a question often posed by families looking to start the always dreaded but ultimately necessary rite of passage known as the “Chicago School Search.” Sometimes the question is followed up by a plaintive, “Oh my goodness! Am I too late?!” Rest easy, Chicago families. The answer is not as cut-and-dried as one would think — and ultimately, you are never “too late.”
As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is home to a vast range ...Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:50 PM
As you are researching preschools for your little one and weighing your options, did you know that Chicago Public Schools offers many part-time, and now even some full-day, school-based and affordable preschool programs at select CPS schools across the city? Perhaps more importantly, if you thought you missed the preschool application boat for next fall, it’s not too late to apply for a seat in this program for the 2018-2019 school year.
It’s called Chicago Early Learning (CEL), former...Posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM
For Chicago parents who have applied for Chicago Public School seats at Open Enrollment, Magnet, Magnet Cluster and Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools for the 2018-2019 school year, the countdown is underway for the CPS notification date. Let the nail-biting begin!
Notification letters for preK–eighth grade will be released the afternoon of April 27. An email and a robocall will be sent to the contact information on the student’s online application file with directions on how to a...Posted on April 12, 2018 at 12:06 AM
Parenting a toddler can be hard enough without the pressures of finding that “perfect” school for your curious, inquisitive, rambunctious and eager little one. You’ve heard the rumors before: ”Get into the right school now so that your path to Harvard is assured. If you miss your window, you’ve missed your chance!” But is that really true? Is there even such a thing as a “golden ticket” to those coveted universities? Are we doomed to let go of those lofty dreams if we send our child to th...Posted on August 28, 2017 at 9:19 AM
When a family realizes their amazing, delightful child may need more services to meet his/her needs, a cloud of confusion, panic and even dread tends to set in. They may have heard the acronym “IEP” but don’t even know that it means “Individualized Education Program” and that their child can receive specialized services to realize his/her potential. Can the complicated world of IEPs be reduced to just a few simple steps? Steps- “Yes” ; Simple- “No”.
Step 1: Identifyin...
If you have a baby and live within Chicago’s city limits, you have invariably been involved in discussions about how and where you will educate your children. Luckily, there are thousands of families who are successfully raising their kids in the city and wouldn’t change their experience for anything. Chicago offers an incredible breadth of school choices. There are school choices in all age ranges so your selection does not have to be set in stone from the first day of Pre-K. If you lo...Posted on November 16, 2012 at 6:00 AM
How quickly time flies! It seems like just yesterday that I was walking shoulder to shoulder with fellow toddler parents at my first NPN School Fair, held in a school gymnasium in those days. As I scanned the booths of various schools, I soon realized that there were far more schools than those that I had heard about through the buzz of playgroup talk. So many schools with so many programs and teaching styles I had no idea existed! While I felt the worry of choosing the right school, a...Posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM