Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I apply?
A. You may apply to a Chicago: Ready to Learn! program in person at an authorized application site or an authorized application event. For a list of these events, please call 312-229-1690. Paper applications will be available at the application sites or can be downloaded beforehand. Please note that income, residency, and proof of birth documents are required for all application submissions.
Q.. What factors are taken into consideration when placing my child?
A. The Chicago: Ready to Learn! program takes a variety of factors into consideration when placing a child, such as a family's income, a child's age, housing type, sibling status, and other factors. For a comprehensive list of entrance priorities, please visit our programs section.
Q. If my child was on the waiting list for the 2013-14 School Year, do I have to re-apply? Why?
A. Each year, all students are given equal opportunity to apply for seats at the upcoming grade level to which they are entering. Students who were placed on a waitlist for the 2013-2014 School Year must re-apply for entrance into a Chicago: Ready to Learn! program for 2014-2015. If your child is on a waitlist for this current school year, and you would like to find out more information about this or to check the status of availability for schools this year, contact 773-553-2010.
Q. Do I need an appointment to apply at one of the application sites?
A. No, you do not need an appointment to apply at one of the application sites. Please visit our how to apply section for a listing of sites and hours of operation.
Q. Can someone other than the child's parent/guardian complete the application?
A. No, only the child's legal guardian can complete an application on his/her behalf. This requirement is only waived for students living in temporary living situations.
Q. I have twins--can they go to the same school?
A. For the Chicago: Ready to Learn! program, parents of twins, triplets and other higher order multiple births have the option of linking their applications together so that the students are either admitted together or placed next to each other on the waitlist. Please inform the associate when you are applying for multiples.
Q. Will siblings be given preference if they have another sibling going to the same school?
A. Applicants will be given entrance priority if they are applying to a school where they have a sibling who is currently enrolled, and will be enrolled in the coming school year, in an Chicago: Ready to Learn! program. Parents must bring supportive documentation to verify that their children live in the same household and that a child attends a particular school at the time of application. Please note that siblings in K-12 grade levels do not count for the sibling priority for the Chicago: Ready to Learn! program.
Q. My child does not currently have an IEP- Do I need them to be evaluated prior to applying?
A. No, although we do offer free Child Find screenings across the city. Alternatively, if you wish to have your child evaluated, you may contact the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) at 773.553.1800
Q. I am currently living in a temporary living situation-How do I apply?
A. Students in temporary living situations generally follow the same application procedures as everyone else, but are exempt from supplemental documentation requirements. Additionally, students in temporary living situations who are unable to submit the application at a designated site, may receive assistance from a local school staff person in order to submit the application. Please be sure to enter an address on the application where you will be able to receive mail.