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Elementary School Selection

During the selection process, a computerized lottery will randomly fill the available seats at all Choice elementary schools, and the application system will try to place the student in the highest-ranked Selective Enrollment elementary school on their application for which they qualify and that has available seats.

This process is called Selections and this page will help you understand the processes and methodologies that determine how offers are issued and how you can manage them.

Selection Process

Students are considered for available elementary school seats based on a combination of the following factors:

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The order that they ranked each program on their application (selective enrollment only)

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The number of seats available in each program

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Each program’s selection process (lottery or point system)

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Whether any priority preferences are considered (e.g., siblings attending the school, proximity to the school, etc.)

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Results from any required admissions screenings or supplementary requirements (e.g., testing, auditions, essays, etc.)

Selection Results

Students who apply in the fall application window will receive their Selection Results in early spring.*

Every student is guaranteed a seat in the general education program of their neighborhood school.

Students could also:

Choice Programs

  • Receive up to 20 Choice a single best offer to a Choice Program.
  • Be placed on the waitlist for any programs for which they did not receive an offer due to not enough available seats.

Selective Enrollment Programs

  • Receive a single best offer to an Academic Center (7 & 8 grade only)
  • Receive a single best offer to a Classical or Regional Gifted Center
  • Receive a single best offer to a Regional Gifted Center for ELs
  • Be placed on a waitlist to any programs for which they qualified, ranked higher than the program for which they received an offer, but where there were not enough available seats.

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Accepting & Declining Offers

Families will have three weeks from the date of their offer(s) to log into the GoCPS Online portal and accept or decline them. Remember that an applicant can only accept one offer at any given time and accepting an offer will decline all other offers.

Accepting or declining an offer does not affect your waitlist status for any program.

If an offer is not accepted by the Accept/Decline deadline, it will expire.

If you are not able to log in and accept/decline your offer make sure to call the GoCPS Hotline and have the offer accepted/declined over the phone. Offers will not be re-offered once they expire as they will go to the student that is next on the waitlist.

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Waitlist Process

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If a seat becomes available at a school where a student is waitlisted, the family will receive a notification through phone or email from the Office of Access and Enrollment. Make sure this information is up to date in the applicant’s GoCPS portal. Families will have two business days to accept or decline a waitlist offer. Waitlist offers are available at 8 am and will expire at 8 am two business days later.

Students will remain on waitlists and can accept a waitlist offer any time it is received. If a student accepts a waitlist offer, they will remain waitlisted for any programs ranked higher than the program from which the offer was received. At the same time, the student will be withdrawn from the waitlists for any programs ranked lower than the program from which the offer was received.

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Adding New Programs to Application

If an applicant is not satisfied with the Selection results or did not receive an initial offer, they can still select additional programs to apply to once the waitlist process opens.

Families will be able to log into their GoCPS accounts and see participating programs for which they are eligible. These programs will be sorted by proximity to their home.If a program has many available seats with no waitlisted students and the applicant meets the criteria/there is no criteria, the applicant will be able to receive an immediate offer.If the program only has a few seats and/or selects students based on descending points, the applicant will be able to join the waitlist.

  • Waitlists that are sorted in descending score order will be re-sorted nightly as new students join the waitlists.
  • Elementary Schools will make waitlist offers as they determine they have space available.

Students who did Not Submit a Fall Application

Students who did not participate in the fall application window must first fill out a registration form before being able to access programs that they can then receive offers for or join the waitlist. Please see the step-by-step guide below to see how this process works.

Spring Registration Guide Coming soon.

Appeals Process

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 will be available for roughly 4 weeks after both high school and elementary school results are released. Please request an appeals application in your student’s GoCPS online portal.

Appeals for the 22-23 school year are now closed. Guide to Appeals coming soon.

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