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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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Wedding guest dress for small 13 year okd

We are going to a wedding next week and my daughter needs a dress. She doesn’t want something for little kids so the kid places we have shopped are out. Any recommendations for good early teen or teen dresses that come in small sizes?   ...

Latin suicide in the news

https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/15-year-old-boy-cyberbullying-suicide-latin-school-chicago-lawsuit/   I’ve heard about this through word of mouth, but now it’s made public. My deepest condolences to the family. I only hope schools will do better to address bullying.  Anonymous poster ha...

Transfer to K-12 School for Middle School

I was wondering if some parents who have kids who transferred into private schools after 5th grade for middle school could describe their experience. We are considering a school for our child, but would likely transfer our child after 5th or 8th grade into another independent school. The school is l...

Dropped the ball on after school program

We are a family transitioning from daycare to formal prek. I didn't realize after school programs fill up and assumed they were guaranteed so now we are left without a spot. Is it crazy to try to have a 3 year old at home during the workday from 3-5? Are there any other options in the city? Currentl...

Multiplication table woes

My 9 year old is a bright child with good conceptual math skills but I can’t get her to memorize her multiplication tables. I kid you not we have worked for the past 6 weeks for 20- 25 min per night and she knows maybe 50 percent of them ( up to 12’s). It’s like banging my head against a brick wall ...


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