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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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2024-2025 Chicago Early Learning (PK3 & PK4) Applications open 4/9/24

From https://www.instagram.com/chicagoearlylearning/ "Chicago families with little ones, applications open April 9 for early learning programs citywide at CPS Pre-K and Community-Based Preschool and Early Learning Programs — including Head Start and Early Head Start! 🏫There are high-quality ear...

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"      ...

CPS notification watch 2024: Post your high school offers here

CPS high school notifications will be available at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 23rd on go.cps.edu! Post your offers here. ...

Free Book and Coffee! Will you please review my book about parenting strong-willed kids?

Wits' End Parenting needs your help!   We’re revising our book and would love you to review it! Specifically, we’re looking to recruit 10 parents to read a draft and give feedback.   Here are the details: The book is a parenting book called Your Rules are Dumb!  Parenting Yo...

Other Chicago High School Testing/Application Message Boards?

I have a 7th grader who will be applying for high school later this fall. She’s looking at both CPS and Catholic schools.   Outside of NPN, are there any other online forums, message boards, FB groups, or Reddit threads, etc. where people discuss the Chicago high school testing and applica...


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