Parents, students navigate CPS enrollment process
Austin’s BUILD Chicago youth center saw its usual steady stream of kids come in for after-school activities on a recent afternoon.
About a dozen teens spent that time pecking away at computers searching for high schools and filling out enrollment applications. Angela Bowman’s 13-year-old son was among them, spending about an hour with a Kids First Chicago volunteer.
HAVING SO MANY SCHOOL CHOICES STRESSFUL FOR CHICAGO PARENTS
by Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun Times
Fernando Diaz couldn’t believe the number of school options available for his son Jairo.
To sort through all the possibilities, he did some research and took part in a workshop aimed at helping families pick the right school. Allowing for some wiggle room since his top choices are highly competitive, Diaz put in applications for his son to 13 different schools.
Nonprofit puts school choice into parents' hands
By Lee Edwards, Austin Weekly News
For many Chicago parents, deciding which school best fits their children's academic path begins with elementary and high school instead of post-secondary options. Enter Kids First Chicago, a nonprofit that offers families consultation on how to find the best educational options for their children.
“The only difference between me and everyone else on my block [growing up] is that I went to class every day. That’s it. We have the same lived experiences, I just went to class every day,” says Natalie N.
Sheryl D., has lived in Chicago since 1972, and is the mother of one daughter and one son. Both her daughter, Sherri, and son Stephen were students of Skinner Elementary School and Whitney Young Magnet High School.
Stephen recently graduated from Georgetown with a masters in Finance and her daughter is entering her final year in college. Ever since her children were young, Sheryl took every opportunity to expand their minds. From trips to the museum to playing BrainQuest on the car ride homes, she did her best to ensure that her kids would be ready to excel in the classroom.