Attend a CPS School
All children between the ages of 5 and 21 who live in Chicago are eligible for enrollment in a Chicago Public School. Learn more about the enrollment process for pre-k, elementary school and high school.
Pre-K Enrollment Process
Children must be three or four years old, but not yet five years old, on or before September 1st, in order to be age eligible for a CPS preschool program. Enrollment in any CPS preschool program is subject to availability of space.
Elementary School Enrollment Process
All children who live in Chicago and are five years old on or before September 1 are eligible for enrollment into a CPS elementary program.
High School Enrollment Process
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers below to questions about enrolling your student at CPS.
How do I enroll my child in a Chicago Public School?
Every address in the city of Chicago is assigned to a neighborhood school, and families can enroll in their assigned neighborhood school without applying. To identify the neighborhood school for your child’s grade level, please use the CPS School Locator. Next, contact or visit your desired school to speak with an administrator about the enrollment process.
How do I apply to a school that is not my designated neighborhood school?
From September to early December 2021, families can apply to any school in the city that their student is eligible to attend using GoCPS, the district’s online application system. Applications are available for all district and charter high schools, all district elementary schools, and three magnet preschool programs.
How do I enroll my child in preschool?
For complete details on Chicago Early Learning, CPS' school-based early childhood program, please visit the Chicago Early Learning (CEL) website or call the CEL Family Hotline at (312) 229-1690.
How do I obtain school records/transcripts?
You may be able to obtain records by calling the school directly. If not, please contact the Office of Former Student Records at 773-535-4110.
Can children of families who are homeless or in temporary living situations still enroll in school and receive services?
Schools must immediately enroll homeless and unaccompanied youth [who have the right to attend their school] even if the child is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment. For more information, please see the Board's Policy on the Education of Homeless Students and Youth.
For information and support,[including identifying what school(s) a student in a temporary living situation has the right to attend], please contact the Office of Students in Temporary Living Situations by phone at 773-553-2242 or email at STLSInformation@cps.edu. Learn more about how CPS protects the educational rights of students who do not live in permanent housing.