Category: Navigating Chicago Schools

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

Supporting your gifted child during Covid: focus on growth and take a step back

Parenting during Covid-19 is a new experience for everyone, but what if you’re the parent of a gifted child? There’s often a misconception that teaching gifted kids is easier, but this isn’t necessarily true. 

When my own gifted children were young, I was faced with the constant misconception that, because they were gifted, they didn’t need extra support. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Gifted children require just as much time, energy, and understanding as anyone--only in the...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 1:32 PM by Lemi-Ola Erinkitola

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 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 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