Category: Navigating Chicago Schools

Online resources for COVID-19 quarantine

 

Now that schools are canceled through the rest of the year, the reality has sunk in: the more options for virtual resources, the better. New: Check out our list of virtual summer camps!

Following is an ongoing list of online activities for kids of all ages. All are free unless otherwise noted. Check back often! We'll be updating this post as we get more information*.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to join COVID-19 conversations about everything from e-learning to what to make for din...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Lauren Viera

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

You have more CPS high school options than you may think

 

We’ve just closed the door on that stressful season when high school students-to-be partake in applications. My wife and I have been talking about high schools for our 6th grader for a couple of years, so we empathize. Fortunately, your choices are much better than what you might realize.

For families stressing about which school is “right” for their child, likely the anxiety is caused by the selection process to get into the “best” high schools. You might believe there are only a...

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 12:37 PM by Michael Beyer

Preparing today's kids for tomorrow's jobs

 

*SPONSORED POST BY CODEVERSE*

In this digital day and age, technology impacts everything we do, affecting the way we live, travel, work and communicate with one another. Kids are growing up with smartphones and tablets at their fingertips. Businesses must adapt or die, keeping atop of emerging technologies while also creating new technologies that drive growth and innovation. 

Every single industry has already been disrupted by technology, and the rate of change from here i...

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 12:39 PM by Lily Wilson

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! Applications for the 2020-2021 school year for 3 magnet preschools are due December 13, 2019. If you are thinking about o...

Posted on October 23, 2019 at 10:40 AM 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

How to apply to a CPS school in 5 easy steps

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CPS application season is well underway! The Chicago Public Schools application deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is Friday, December 13, 2019. 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:


Magnet schools and lottery a...

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 8:49 AM by Chicago School GPS

CPS academic centers: How a mom counseled her son on whether to accept an offer

Years ago, when my oldest son entered kindergarten, I started thinking about where he’d go to high school. The lack of good public high schools in Chicago made me nervous. As a child of public school teachers and a product of public schools, I had little interest In private school. Did that mean we would have to move in a few years? Should we just move now instead? What were our options if we went to public high school in the city?

Flash forward to last year, as I was driving him home ...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 12:43 PM by Amy Johnson

Tips for a stress-free school search [includes downloadable guide]

*SPONSORED POST BY GEMS WORLD ACADEMY CHICAGO*

For parents considering independent schools, open house season is well upon us. Whether you are looking for preschool for the very first time or for the perfect spot for your kids as they wrap up their last years before college, these next few months are an exciting time, to say the least. But, these next few months are also often filled with that little six-letter word that tends to loom large for us parents: stress. 

The biggest ques...

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 6:00 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

Childcare during the CPS teachers' strike

Unless the Chicago Teachers Union and the city come to an agreement, CPS teachers and support staff, who are on the picket lines now, will continue to strike into the week of Oct. 21. How long the strike will last is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure: If you're a working parent, you need to figure out where to send your child while school is not in session.

Here are some options for childcare during the strike. Check back often—we'll be updating this post as we get more informat...

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 9:27 AM by Laura Baginski