If you apply to both Choice Programs and Selective Enrollment Programs on your application, your child will be included in two separate selection processes. Your child will be considered for the schools/programs to which you apply, based on the order in which you rank the schools/programs.
Choice Programs: The selections for the Choice Programs are based on the specific selection criteria and methodology for those schools (computerized lottery or points-based system). The selection criteria/methodology for each school on your child’s application will be used to determine your child’s status for that school/program.
Your child will be considered for the schools/ programs on their application, in the order of your preference. Your child will then receive an offer from the highest-ranked school/program on their application for which they qualify, based on seat availability, their status for the specific program’s selection process (such as lottery number or final points), and the status of other students who applied to those schools/programs.
If your child does not qualify for any of the Choice Programs, they will not receive a Choice Program offer.
Selective Enrollment Programs: The selections for Selective Enrollment schools are based on a 900-point scale, comprised of seventh grade final grades (450 points), and the student’s performance on the CPS HS Admissions Test (450 points). Applicants are ranked in order of their final point score, from highest to lowest. The selection process starts with the top-scoring student and proceeds down the list. Your child will be considered for the schools on their application in the order in which they are listed. If your child scores high enough to receive an offer, it will be from the highest-ranked school on their application for which they qualify.
If your child does not qualify for any of the Selective Enrollment schools to which you apply, they will not receive a Selective Enrollment offer.
If your child attends a school that also serves grades 9-12 (known as a “continuing school”), they will receive an offer from this school.
Your child is guaranteed a seat in the general education program of the designated neighborhood high school for your home address.