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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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Chicago Early Learning Question

It looks like the results for the Chicago Early Learning Infant/Toddler applications were released today. Is this similar to the CPS elementary school process, where you accept the offer, and the program starts on a CPS calendar schedule? And are all of these programs tuition free? (In this case, my...

Illinois 5 Mental Health Days for Students

Has anyone taken the 5 mental health days now allowed under the Illinois new law for students? Planning to travel at the beginning of June with kids and categorize the absences from school as mental health days which truly they are after the 2 hard years.   Are there any caveats to ta...

CPS notification watch 2022: Post your magnet and/or open enrollment results here

Round 1 offers will be released April 29! Post your offers here for CPS magnet and open enrollment schools, including magnet preschools Suder and Drummond.  ...

Calls for Latin School Board Chair Resignation

I received this email twice in the past few days, calling for Board Chair of Latin to resign.  Does anyone know if this is happening? ...

Lincoln Elementary and LaSalle Language Academy

Our youngest has been offered a spot at Skinner North and we are thinking of relocating nearby and finding a new school for our older children (we have become disillusioned by the academic focus at our neighborhood school).  We are considering Lincoln Elementary and may also have an opportunity...


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