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Want To Go To A Selective-Enrollment High School? Apply Now

By Heather Cherone | October 10, 2017 5:03am
 Chicago Public Schools is accepting applications to selective-enrollment schools.
Chicago Public Schools is accepting applications to selective-enrollment schools.
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CHICAGO — Students who want to snag a coveted seat at one of Chicago's 11 selective-enrollment high schools can apply starting Tuesday.

The deadline is Dec. 22.

Applicants are considered based on a 900-point scale that combines their grades, their scores on annual standardized tests and the results of an admissions test in the fall.

The admission tests for CPS students will be given on Saturday and four other dates:

• Nov.18

• Dec. 9

• Jan. 27

• Feb. 3

The test will be administered on those dates at five high schools:

• Lane Tech College Prep, 2501 W Addison St.

• Lindblom Math and Science Academy, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave.

• King College Prep, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd.

• Westinghouse College Prep, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd.

• Whitney Young Magnet, 211 S. Laflin St.

Students will be notified of admission offers March 15.

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Students attending a school outside CPS who apply to one of these programs must take the Northwestern Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress. Test registration forms can be emailed to oaecommunications@cps.edu.

A limited number of students can take the test Jan. 13 and 14 at three locations:

• Lane Tech College Prep, 2501 W Addison St.

• Lindblom Math and Science Academy, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave.

• Westinghouse College Prep, 3223 W. Franklin Blvd.

This year all eighth-grade students will fill out a common high school application that will include some charter schools and military schools as well as career and technical education schools, officials said.

Students applying to a selective-enrollment school will fill out a second application, officials said.

About 30 percent of seats at selective-enrollment schools are reserved for the top scorers, while the remaining slots are split equally among four socio-economic tiers in the city to encourage an economically and racially diverse student body.

The new application is designed to make the high school application process more "fair and equitable," CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson said.

Students will be offered a spot at the highest-ranked school they are qualified for, officials said.

A student could always choose to go to his or her neighborhood school, regardless of the outcome of the application process, Jackson said.

For more information, call 773-553-2060.