ROGERS PARK — The Chicago Math and Science Academy plans to expand the number of students it enrolls in high school classes next year.
But the move would need approval by the Chicago Board of Education.
If approved, the charter would add 100 students over the next four school years, said principal Aydin Kara.
An official public hearing is scheduled for Thursday evening at the school, 7212 N. Clark St.
"The capacity of the building is able to absorb additional students, but because of the enrollment cap, we are not able to enroll more students," Kara said.
CMSA's enrollment has been capped at 600 students since 2004.
Kara said 500 students applied for just 100 open spots — awarded by lottery — for the 2014-15 school year.
Student who applied but were not chosen are placed on a waiting list, he said.
The official record for comments will be held open until 5 p.m. Feb. 21.
Concept Schools, the company that manages CMSA and other charters throughout the Midwest, was given the OK by the Board of Education last month to open two two more schools, one in South Chicago and the other in Chatham.
Last year, the Board of Education approved UNO Rogers Park's bid to double the amount of students it enrolls — to 1,340 — at the former St. Scholastica Academy campus, 7416 N. Ridge Blvd.