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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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Overnight sports camps for 13 yo/rising 8th grader?

My son is looking for an overnight camp that is focused more on sports or is dedicated to a single sport. We will sign him up for the Chicago Fire soccer camp and some of the high school sport day camps. He plays soccer and baseball, and enjoys most sports. Can you recommend an overnight camp?  If y...

Whitney Young vs. Payton

This is a tough one and such a niche situation that I might get no responses. But I love the reach of this group, and thoughtful response I've received so here goes. I want to state upfront that we will let our child make the final decision, and will prioritize their happiness over all else. With th...

Private school admissions 2024

Hi all- figured those who are applying could share how they did since a few results are coming out tomorrow! Good luck all! Ready for this to be over with!   ...

SE High School Rumors have started ...

Decisions come out Friday and right on schedule kids are stressing out because of rumors -- based on no actual information. So far, I have heard: "You'll need 900 to get into Lane Tier 4" "everything is going to be lottery"      ...

High school sports cuts

Heard it was a tough week for many. Sending love to the kids and support to the parents comforting them! ...


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