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Chicago School GPS: Helping You Navigate Preschool to High School There's no more gripping concern to parents than, "How do I secure the best education possible for my kids?" We can help you navigate the confusing school search process to find the best suited public and/or private schools in the Chicago area for your child. From pre-school through high school, school choices in Chicago are an ever-changing landscape and we continually explore all options to guide you to your school destination. Use the expertise and experience of Chicago School GPS to make your school search journey an easier one. Visit us at www.chischoolgps.com or call 312.324.GPS4 (4774)

How to apply for CPS preschools

Preschool in Chicago is not required, but many families consider enrolling their children into a local preschool option when their child is 3 years old. To attend a CPS-based preschool, however, requires understanding the differences between the options.

If you’re thinking about CPS magnet schools for preschool next fall, the time to look into those programs is…now! Because you apply one year before entry, this is the fall to apply if your child is 2 by this past Sept. 1st for programs...

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 10:40 AM by Chicago School GPS

What's up with Universal PreK? Here's what we know.

Public preschool admissions, procedures and offerings have been an ever-changing process year after year. This year is no exception as CPS is once again in the midst of changes to their Chicago Early Learning programs (formerly known as Ready to Learn, Preschool for All and others).  

The newest change is a Universal PreK (UPK) component, but CPS is rolling it out in phases, which further confuses and muddles the landscape.  

This latest initiative was announced by former Mayor Rahm...

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 9:54 AM by Chicago School GPS

How to apply to a CPS school in 5 easy steps

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It’s the time of year again! Chicago Public Schools (CPS) begins its applications for the 2021-2022 school year on Monday, October 12, and close on Friday, December 11, 2020. Students entering kindergarten through 8th grade may apply for open seats at schools across the city, with a limited number of pre-k options available as well. Learn about Universal Pre-K status.

In CPS, there are two main types of schools to which you can apply:

Magne...

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 8:49 AM by Chicago School GPS

Your school search checklist, broken down by month

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The winter is a great time to take a well-deserved break after having done your research, visited schools, and sent in your family’s applications. Enjoy the lull before the next wave of school decisions and second-guessing creeps in! While deep down we know it’s out of our hands until notifications come in the spring, we can’t quite help but think that there must be something more to do as we wait. Fear not: There are plenty of things to do to keep yo...

Posted on February 03, 2020 at 1:22 PM by Chicago School GPS

How and when to apply to Chicago preschools and elementary schools

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While Chicago is replete with hundreds of school choices ranging from public options (open enrollment, magnet, selective enrollment) to private religious and independent options, all schools will require some forethought in planning except one school into which you are automatically accepted and there is never a deadline: your assigned neighborhood Chicago Public School. Each Chicago address is guaranteed an assigned neighborhood elementary (K-8th g...

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 12:37 PM by Chicago School GPS

CPS preschool options you can apply for now

As you are researching preschools for your little one and weighing your options, did you know that Chicago Public Schools offers many part-time and full-day, school-based and affordable preschool programs at select CPS schools across the city? Perhaps more importantly, if you thought you missed the preschool application boat for next fall, it’s not too late to apply for a seat in this program for the 2019-2020 school year.

It’s called Chicago Early Learning (CEL), formerly known as “Re...

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Chicago School GPS

What to expect from CPS notification letters

For Chicago parents who have applied for Chicago Public School (CPS) seats at Open Enrollment, Magnet, Magnet Cluster and Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools for the 2019-2020 school year, the countdown is underway for the CPS notification date. Let the nail-biting begin!

Notification letters for preK–eighth grade will be released on April 22. An email and a robocall will be sent to the contact information on the student’s online application file with directions on how to access th...

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 12:06 AM by Chicago School GPS

The little-known strategy of getting into Chicago schools

“When is the best time to begin my school search?” is a question often posed by families looking to start the always dreaded but ultimately necessary rite of passage known as the “Chicago School Search.” Sometimes the question is followed up by a plaintive, “Oh my goodness! Am I too late?!” Rest easy, Chicago families. The answer is not as cut-and-dried as one would think — and ultimately, you are never “too late.”

As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is home to a vast range ...

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:50 PM by Chicago School GPS

Getting into Harvard doesn't need to start in preschool

Parenting a toddler can be hard enough without the pressures of finding that “perfect” school for your curious, inquisitive, rambunctious and eager little one. You’ve heard the rumors before: ”Get into the right school now so that your path to Harvard is assured. If you miss your window, you’ve missed your chance!” But is that really true? Is there even such a thing as a “golden ticket” to those coveted universities? Are we doomed to let go of those lofty dreams if we send our child to th...

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 9:19 AM by Chicago School GPS

Basics of IEPs- Can It Really Be Reduced to Six Steps?

When a family realizes their amazing, delightful child may need more services to meet his/her needs, a cloud of confusion, panic and even dread tends to set in. They may have heard the acronym “IEP” but don’t even know that it means “Individualized Education Program” and that their child can receive specialized services to realize his/her potential.   Can the complicated world of IEPs be reduced to just a few simple steps?  Steps- “Yes” ; Simple- “No”.

 



Step 1: Identifyin...

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM by Chicago School GPS