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How to apply to CPS selective enrollment elementary schools and magnet schools
It’s the time of year again! Chicago Public Schools (CPS) opened its applications for the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, October 13; the deadline to apply is December 15 at 5pm. Students entering...
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How to help your child get ready for kindergarten
Is your child starting kindergarten next year? Consider taking a proactive approach to ensuring he or she is ready to arrive at kindergarten and learn. Evidence increasingly suggests that the are...
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CPS Universal Pre-K: What you need to know
If you have ever felt confusion about Chicago’s public preschool admissions, procedures and offerings, you are not alone. The process and nomenclature have changed each year, with various names, ...
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Concerned about CPS reading curriculum

We go to a highly rated CPS elementary.  ...

CPS algebra exit exam?

I would be so grateful if a knowledgeable CPS parent could explain high school math placement, the algebra exit exam, and anything else we should know as our kid leaves a private middle school to go to a cps high school. Our current school hasn’t explained anything, except I guess some kids (and not...

Grade/subject acceleration in CPS--timeline?

My child applied for single subject acceleration (he's in an options program right now).  He was tested toward the end of last year.  We haven't heard back yet.  Has anyone else been through this process and know what the waiting period is like?  Thx! ...

Anyone have a kid like this

My niece, age 12,  is the kindest, sweetest , most thoughtful child ever. She is also stunningly beautiful and looks like a Ralph lauren model. She has zero friends and has never had any despite connecting amazingly well with adults . She has a slight speech impediment for which she has received spe...

Restoring class in Google Class

My DD recently graduated middle school and cleared out her google class after she graduated (she was bullied, so was eager to move on).   While she did this several weeks ago after school ended, her teacher emailed us this week and told us he is unable to find her google class.  He won't give her a ...


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