Academic Centers 

The Academic Centers offer an accelerated program for students in grades seven and eight. The programs are housed in seven high schools: (Harlan High School, Kenwood Academy, Lane Tech High School, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Morgan Park High School, Taft High School and Whitney Young Magnet High School). Admissions testing is required. After the application deadline, applicants will be contacted regarding testing time, date, and location. Apply now.



  • Encourage parents and provides resources to develop and support children
  • Provide an academically challenging environment
  • Enlist strategies to enable students to fully utilize their abilities
  • Encourage the intellectual, creative, artistic and leadership skills of students


Program benefits

  • Provide an accelerated curriculum
  • Enable students to earn high school credits while in elementary school
  • Maximize student potential


Application process

To apply to an Academic Center, apply online at Opens in a new window icon or fill out a Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools (SEES) application at Opens in a new window icon – click 'Apply' and 'Application Materials.


Application deadline

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2014-2015 school year is Dec. 13, 2013.



Learn more about some of the schools that offer this academic program:


Harlan High School Opens in a new window icon

Kenwood Academy Opens in a new window icon

Lane Tech High School Opens in a new window icon 

Lindblom Math and Science Academy Opens in a new window icon

Morgan Park High School Opens in a new window icon 

Taft High School Opens in a new window icon

Whitney Young Magnet High School Opens in a new window icon


Contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at (773) 553-2060 for more information.



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Page Last Modified on Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Contact information

Access and Enrollment
125 South Clark Street
10th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-2060
Fax: (773) 553-2061
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