Learn more about choosing a school

Have an idea or suggestion?

Share your thoughts with us by filling out this form.

2017 Enrollment Timeline

Enrollment information for 9th grade applicants. 

Online  Paper 

Selective Enrollment

Notification letters for students who applied to 9th grade are now available. Please read the below to make sure you are getting all the information and support you need as you decide which offer to accept. Contact us if you need help in the process.

Online

SPECIAL NOTE: On April 26, 2017 the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education voted to move towards a single application system called GoCPS. The new system will launch in fall 2017 for eighth graders applying for their freshman year in SY 2018-19, and may affect the process for traditional, charter, magnet, contract, and other school types along with programs like IB and CTE . We look forward to updating you as we learn more.

To learn more about the single application please visit: SINGLE APPLICATION

For all other elementary school students, the online process is: 

  • Notifications to people who applied online were posted in the online application portal on March 3, 2017.
  • Go to apply.cps.edu and log in to your account.
  • Find your notification letter and print it out.
  • Follow the directions to mail or drop off your Confirmation Form to the school of your choice.
  • The deadline to accept your offer is March 17, 2017 at 5PM.

Paper

  • Notifications for people who applied by paper were mailed to the address on file March 3, 2017.
  • Watch for your notification to arrive in the mail.
  • If you do not receive it by March 9, you should contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or oae@cps.edu.
  • Follow the directions to mail or drop off your Confirmation Form to the school of your choice.
  • The deadline to accept your offer is March 17, 2017 at 5PM.

 

Selective Enrollment

  • Selective Enrollment Confirmations must be mailed or dropped off directly to the Office of Access and Enrollment.
    • Office of Access and Enrollment, 42 W. Madison St., Garden Level, Chicago IL 60602
  • The deadline to accept your offer is March 17, 2017 at 5PM.
  • Principal Discretion applications are available online at cps.edu/oae beginning at 9:00 am on March 13, 2017.
  • Click here for more information on Principal Discretion.
  • Principal Discretion applications must be returned by mail or dropped off directly to the Office of Access and Enrollment by 5:00 pm on March 24, 2017.

 

 

Find a School

Looking for a school close to home, by type, or by school quality rating? Use this tool to narrow your search.