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The upheaval forced the district to make temporary changes, but some families and advocates worry about what the high-stakes ritual might look like next year and beyond.
Now that oversized classes will cost the city, Chicago Public Schools is also taking a hard look at schools that choose to admit so many students that class sizes swell beyond the city’s limits — a move that cushions those schools’ budgets but also leaves students and teachers in classes of 30 or more.
About 100 more Chicago Public Schools freshmen enrolled at neighborhood high schools during the 2018-19 school year, an increase from 22 to 23 percent over the previous year, according to the study, from the UChicago Consortium and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
More than 26,600 eighth-graders applied for admission to high schools via Chicago Public Schools’ online GoCPS platform, and just over half were offered a seat at their first choice.
It is a game of higher stakes for Chicago’s families: the release of the lottery results for the school district’s selective high schools.
In the competition for students, Chicago’s more than 160 high schools behave like small colleges desperately vying to impress would-be freshmen and their families.
One of the key factors in Chicago public school admissions, tier numbers assigned by a student’s address serve to more equitably distribute seats in test-in and magnet programs.
Even as Chicago Public Schools has made some historic academic gains, the data show vast disparities in the kind of coursework available to students.
Dates you need to know to apply for Chicago Public Schools and details to help navigate the simplified CPS enrollment portal GoCPS.
The report contains some startling numbers CPS says will help guide decision making. But some community groups fear the district is laying the groundwork for more closings, turnarounds, or charters.
How many students ranked each public high school program among their top three choices for the 2018-2019 school year? Search the first-of-its-kind data, drawn from Chicago Public Schools’ new high school application portal, GoCPS.
A new report shows that the new, one-stop application system is working as intended, with the majority of students ultimately getting one of their top three choices. But the study, released Thursday, also lays bare a major problem with which the city’s public schools must wrangle: Too many empty seats in high schools.
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