Office of Access and Enrollment


The CPS appeals process is designed to provide a remedy in cases where a process within the application system was not implemented according to CPS policy, or where a decision-maker failed to follow CPS policy.

The appeals process for the 2019-2020 school year applies to magnet, magnet cluster, and open enrollment elementary schools, selective enrollment elementary schools, and all district and charter high schools.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE that the appeals process encompasses a limited scope of occurrences. An appeal will only be granted if evidence indicates that an error on the part of CPS has taken place in the application process. An appeal cannot be granted simply because a parent, guardian or student disagrees with the result of a points-based or lottery selection. For example, appeals based solely on the following premises CANNOT be granted:

  • Your child was not accepted to any of the schools/programs to which he/she applied.
  • Your child was not accepted to the school or program that you preferred.
  • You know of a student who was selected with a lower score than your child.
  • You disagree with the census tract tier for your home address.

Appeals such as these cannot be granted if there is no indication that CPS failed to implement the application process according to policy.

Upon receipt, your appeal will be investigated. You can expect to be contacted within 14 business days with the response in writing to the email address you’ve provided.

In the event that the written response does not resolve the appeal, you will have an opportunity to request a hearing.

Your hearing request must be submitted within 10 business days upon receipt of the written response from the Office of Access and Enrollment.

To begin the appeals process, you will complete an appeals claim form. Your form must be submitted no later than 6 pm on May 24, 2019.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or


Page Last Modified on Monday, May 13, 2019