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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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2023 Private Admissions - JK

I know it's another month before we hear the decisions, but I'm nervous for my JK-er. How's everyone feeling about it this year? How did you feel about the admissions process? I thought it was a little much: all the things to attend, essays, playdates, shadowing, etc. Also, my kid had a meltdown (he...

If your kid was a solid B student in 7th/8th grade, where did they go to High School and have a great experience?

We are coming up on the years that will determine where kid #1 goes to high school. I think he can get A's and his home room teacher agrees, but it takes a fair amount of nagging from me to keep him on top of things and I see the value of not doing that and letting him figure it out.  But if I back ...

Hawthorne or Burley?

Which one is better academically, with after school activities, child to teacher ratio, etc.? Trying to decide between the two ...

CPS Tiers

Just when I think I have the high school application process down I find something else to worry about! I just saw the email from GoCPS that states that Tiers get recalculated after applications are submitted - I wonder how much those change from year to year...   "Tiers The tiers tha...

CPS algebra exit exam?

I would be so grateful if a knowledgeable CPS parent could explain high school math placement, the algebra exit exam, and anything else we should know as our kid leaves a private middle school to go to a cps high school. Our current school hasn’t explained anything, except I guess some kids (and not...


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