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Magnet, Gifted, IB, and AP Programs (MGIBAP)

The Department of Magnet, Gifted, IB, and AP Programs (MGIBAP) serves as a catalyst for new and existing school communities to provide equitable access to high-quality educational programs that meet diverse educational needs and interests for every child in every neighborhood.

Magnet, Gifted, IB, and AP Programs

773-553-3543 (Fax)

42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602

MGIBAP supports the fidelity of specialty programming implementation through professional learning, classroom observations and continuous improvement processes aligned to program-specific Standards and Practices.


  • Magnet and Magnet Cluster Schools

    Magnet schools specialize in one particular area such as World Language, Fine and Performing Arts, Montessori, STEM, Dual Language, IB, Scholastic Academies, and Math and Science. There is no testing required for Magnet schools, and most elementary Magnet schools do not have attendance boundaries so students from across the city can apply. In some cases, Magnet elementary schools provide bus transportation to students who live between 1.5 and 6 miles from the school. 

    The Office of Access and Enrollment (OAE) manages the lottery for student selection via GoCPS.

    • Magnet Pre-K Schools 
    • Magnet Elementary Schools
    • Magnet High Schools

    Magnet Cluster schools are specialized neighborhood schools that focus their curriculum on areas such as: Fine and Performing Arts, World Language, and Technology. A Magnet Cluster school has a neighborhood attendance boundary and accepts students who live within that boundary. Students who live outside of the neighborhood attendance boundary must participate in the GoCPS application and selection process in order to be considered for acceptance.

  • Gifted Schools and Programs

    MGIBAP challenges gifted and talented students through either whole school models or programs and services within existing schools. Students may apply and test into selective enrollment elementary schools such as Regional Gifted Centers, Regional Gifted Centers for English Learners, Classical Schools and Academic Centers or attend and be identified for services in neighborhood gifted programs, including Comprehensive Gifted Programs and the Specific Aptitude Program. 

    The Office of Access and Enrollment manages the application and testing process for selective enrollment schools via GoCPS

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs

    The International Baccalaureate is an inquiry-based, concept-driven framework that aims to develop self-directed thinkers and reflective problem solvers. The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB offers four high-quality educational programs: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career-related Programme (CP).

  • Advanced Placement Programs

    College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP) is a rigorous college-level program available to all willing and academically prepared students on all Chicago Public Schools district, charter and contract high school campuses wishing to pursue college-level credit, advanced placement or both while still in high school Currently, the AP Program is offered to students on more than 110 CPS district, charter and contract high school campuses. 

    CPS AP provides equitable access to 36 different college freshman level courses in six different subject areas including English, History and Social Sciences, Math and Computer Science, Sciences, World Languages and Cultures and Arts in addition to an interdisciplinary area called the AP Capstone Diploma Program and its two courses. In 2021, the Pre-Advanced Placement program will be offered as well.