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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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CPS Selective Enrollment Question - 1st Grade

Hello! My child will be taking the CPS SEES test as a Kindergartner for 1st grade enrollment. When taking the 1st grade entry test, is the exact age taken into account (like the student is 6 years 1month old vs.6 years 5 months old)?    Also, do the home address Tiers also count for 1st gr...

Difficulty of high school selective enrollment exam?

How hard is the SEHS exam, really? Some people say it's analogous to the HPST, which isn't that hard. But then I hear about kids taking practice exams from BEC, Test Prep Chicago, etc. and getting abysmal scores -- far below what you would expect for these kids. Is it because the test prep people wa...

City Sitter Rates?

I have one Lab School senior coming over to watch my ten year old tonight.  My child wants this sitter and only this sitter - having someone watch him at this age is sensitive.   I want to be fair / generous but not weird.  Does $18 and hour plus picking up and dropping off make sense?    ...

Does your kid talk a lot?

My kid never stops talking. Not at home, not at school (3rd grade /age 8).    She's a friendly, bubbly, lovely conversationalists and her friends don't seem to mind - when they come over they go to our playroom and talk talk talk talk talk (sometimes while playing,  but also sometimes just...

How do you get a CPS ID number?

Hi- my 8th grader is in a non CPS school and she does not have a CPS ID number. She is applying to SEHS. I created a gocps account for her and registered her for the HSAT at Lane. How do I get her a CPS ID number? I’ve called 773-553-2060 twice and they don’t know. It’s just blank in her online dash...


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