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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be using a new single application for high schools, called GoCPS.
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
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.
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.
Students may apply to up to 20 non-selective high schools and programs, and up to 6 selective schools.
Choose up to 20 non-selective schools and programs, and up to 6 selective schools.
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.
The system will match students to their highest ranked choice that has available seats.
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.