CHICAGO — Don't be alarmed if you see Chicago teenagers nervously waiting for the mailman starting Friday.
All decision letters for students applying to high school will be sent out from CPS headquarters Friday. The deadline for students to accept an offer is March 17, officials said.
Starting Saturday, students who are not offered a spot through the selective-enrollment process can make an appeal to a school's principal, who has the discretion to pick up to 5 percent of the incoming class despite their scores.
Students hoping to win a spot through the "Principal Discretion" process must mail or hand-deliver their requests starting March 13, with the deadline set for 5 p.m. March 24.
Final decisions by principals will be mailed to students' homes May 5, officials said.
Applicants are considered based on a 900-point scale that combines their previous grades, their scores on a standardized tests and the results of an admissions test they took in the fall.
Rejected applicants will be placed on a waiting list with the rest of the applicant pool, where they'll be considered for remaining seats in an order based on their scores.
The application process is highly competitive. More than 13,400 students applied for 3,600 seats in the 2015-16 freshman classes at selective enrollment high schools.