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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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Rising Junior - Test prep for ACT or SAT now that IL is changing

Starting to feel overwhelmed with the college process for rising junior.  How do we know if our child should prep for SAT or ACT?  When do we start? What companies do test prep? ...

Dance Team

My 8 year old has done dance at a neighborhood studio that we love for a few years now, and this school year she joined the dance team. I admit, I did not totally know what I was getting into. That is, I read all the information available in advance about the time and money commitment, and was clear...

How does your auto insurance change with a teen driver?

I feel like this should be a straightforward issue but I am tremendously confused.   What do you need to change, if anything, with your auto insurance when your teen gets a license and will be occasionally driving your car alone? One shared family car. Three drivers including self, sp...

U of C Young Scholars Math Summer Program

Does anyone have experience with this?  Please feel free to share....   Thanks! ...

Stone scholastic academy

Our daughter just got off the waitlist for first grade at Stone, so we have 48 hours to accept. Are there any current parents or CPS teachers/admins who might offer a perspective on the pros and cons of the school and current administration? We unfortunately didn’t have a chance to do a tour, so any...


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