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.
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.
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.
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 after results are released for high school and elementary school results are released. Please request an appeals application in your student’s GoCPS online portal.
The appeals window for the 2024-25 application year will open on March 4, 2024 and will close on May 17th, 2024.
All appeals must be submitted within this window.