CHICAGO — Looking to send your child to a magnet school next fall? You'll need to apply by the end of this week.
On Friday night, Chicago Public Schools will close the 2014-2015 application process for the following programs: magnet and selective enrollment schools (elementary and high school), International Baccalaureate tracks, military academies, and career and technical schools.
CPS anticipates more than 14,000 applications for 1,800 elementary school seats, according to a CPS spokesperson. And high school programs could bring in as many as 18,000 applications for 3,100 seats.
Two new programs will be added to the magnet application list this year: the Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School and Disney II High School.
Each school launched this fall and will accept applications for the 2014-2015 school year.
No existing programs have been eliminated.
Paper applications must postmarked by Dec. 13 or hand-delivered to the Office of Access and Enrollment, 125 S. Clark St., by 5 p.m. Friday.
Online applications are welcome through 11:59 p.m. Friday — but some procrastinators will be out of luck. Parents need a PIN number to compete the online application, and the deadline to request a PIN passed on Dec. 6.
Paper forms are still available at www.cpsoae.org. Parents should direct questions to the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.