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High School Enrollment Process (SY21-22)

Once you have accepted an offer of placement from your chosen school, you will need to enroll your student prior to the start of the school year.

If your child is currently enrolled in ninth grade at a CPS high school and wishes to transfer to a different school, you can find a list of participating schools at https://go.cps.edu/selection/transfer-process.
For 10th to 12th grade transfers, contact the high school you are interested in directly for information on transfer opportunities and guidelines. Each school establishes its own guidelines and requirements for transfer students 10th, 11th, and 12th grade levels.

District-Managed Schools

Parents or legal guardians are required to present the following documents to enroll their child in a school for the first time:

Proof of Age

Parents or legal guardians are required to present the following documents to enroll their child in school:

Acceptable documentation can include, but is not limited to, any ONE of the documents listed below:

  • Child's birth certificate
  • Child's baptismal record
  • Passport
  • Court documents
  • Medical Records

Proof of Current Address

Documents can include, but are not limited to, any TWO of the documents listed below: 

  • Current utility bill
  • Illinois driver's license or State of Illinois identification card
  • Deed
  • Employee identification number
  • MediPlan/Medicaid card
  • Voter registration card
  • Court documents
  • Illinois Department of Public Aid Card
  • Stamped United States Post Office change of address form
  • Illinois state aid check/social security check
  • Other identification card issued by a federal or state agency or a foreign
    government consulate, such as a Matricula Consular

Research shows that healthy students have better attendance and perform better academically. Children must have proof of required immunizations and health exams before October 15 of the current school year or they will face exclusion from school. Please remember that a healthy child is a healthy learner.

Medical Compliance

Immunizations and physicals are required for students entering ninth grade. It is recommended that students receive their immunizations and physicals prior to the end of their eighth grade year.

Health Requirements

Children are encouraged to submit their required immunizations and physicals prior to the start of the school year and no later than October 15 of the current school year or they will face expulsion from school.

Physical Examination Requirements

All students must have a physical examination within one year of:

  • entering schools in the State of Illinois for the first time at any grade level 
  • entering kindergarten or first grade, fifth grade, and ninth grade (ages 5, 11, 15 for ungraded programs)
  • entering preschool up to age 6 (physical exam and lead screenings)

Immunization Requirements

  • Diphtheria, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Tetanus (DTP/Td) 
  • Inactivated Polio
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Haemophilus Influenza, Type B (HIB)
  • Conjugate Meningitis (MCV4)

Recommended Vaccine

  • HPV (human papillomavirus)

For questions about enrollment and required forms, contact your school.

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Charter and Contract Schools

If your student has accepted placement in a charter or contract school, follow the same enrollment process for district-managed schools. For questions and additional information, contact your chosen school directly.

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