Selective enrollment

Chicago also said it will promote all elementary students to the next grade in the fall and again suspend any update to its controversial school ratings.
The first round of applications to schools is the apex of the anxiety-provoking Olympics of school choice in Chicago.
While the high school application derby may be daunting, a trove of research on the ins and outs of Chicago high school admissions offers useful clues to families.
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.
Chicago Public Schools is hosting a dozen workshops for community members focused on a controversial report about local schools that offers an unprecedented window into the assets — and problems — in certain neighborhoods.
Chicago principals have until Oct. 26 to draft letters of intent to apply for sought-after offerings for their local schools. These programs might include in-depth culinary, automotive, and language certifications or designations such as International Baccalaureate, magnet or gifted.
A high school fair offered an array of high-quality — and achievable — alternatives to Chicago’s notoriously competitive selective-enrollment schools.
In the school-choice era in Chicago, school buildings can have many incarnations, and 8 West Root Street’s latest says a lot about what parents in Bronzeville want. But it comes amid amped-up debate about the degree to which test-in schools gut neighborhood programs.
Chicago’s school board has agreed that the district should ask for an extra year to phase in a plan to make gifted services available to more children outside of its test-in schools. This comes despite opposition from a vocal group of advocates who pushed for a new state law to expand gifted services in Illinois
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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