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GoCPS

An easy guide to CPS's new single high school application.

Quick Facts  How It Works

QUICK FACTS

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be using a new single application for high schools, called GoCPS.


WHAT IS THE SINGLE HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT?

Under the new process, families can apply to any of their public-school options in one place. This includes traditional neighborhood, magnet, military, and charter schools, as well as special programs like IB and CTE. Each of these school types and programs previously had their own applications with varying requirements and deadlines.

The single application system would be available in one, easy-to-use online portal at go.cps.edu


WHEN WILL THE GoCPS TAKE EFFECT?

CPS will begin using the new application process in the 2017-18 school year for 8th graders who will be entering high school in the 2018-19 school year.


WILL SELECTIVE ENROLLMENT SCHOOLS ALSO BE INCLUDED IN GoCPS?

Selective enrollment high schools will be included in the same GoCPS online system but will be considered separately from other school types. Students who are eligible to apply to selective enrollment options will have the opportunity to rank up to six choices and receive one offer to their highest match school.


HOW MANY SCHOOLS MAY I APPLY TO?

Students may apply to up to 20 non-selective high schools and programs, and up to 6 selective schools. 

 

HOW WILL IT WORK?

  1. Parents and students review school and program eligibility, research schools, and perform school visits in the fall.
  2.  Choose up to 20 non-selective schools and programs, and up to 6 selective schools.

  3. Decide your order of preference and rank them accordingly on the application. You must rank them in your true order of preference, because once you are selected to a program or school, you will not be considered for others lower on your list.

  4. The system will match students to their highest ranked choice that has available seats.

  5. The student will be accepted to one non-selective option, plus one selective option, if eligible.

We encourage you to preview this video from Washington D.C., which is a great example of how the system could also work in Chicago.  

WATCH THE D.C. VIDEO

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