Understanding the GoCPS High School Application Important things to know before you apply
Program Options and Selections Once a family activates their account, they will see a list of all the high school programs to which they can apply using GoCPS. Many schools offer multiple program options. In most cases, students will apply to individual programs within a school vs. applying to the school in general.
To apply to ninth grade, students will submit only ONE application for the programs in which they are interested. Programs are categorized in two groups: Selective Enrollment High Schools and Non-Selective Enrollment programs. (A Non-Selective program is any program that is not one of the 11 Selective Enrollment High Schools.) Learn More
Select & Rank Families can apply to up to 20 non-selective enrollment programs, and if students are eligible, up to 6 selective enrollment programs. (Note that non-Selective Enrollment programs can also have minimum eligibility requirements.)
During the application period, families will select all the programs they will apply to, rank them in order of preference, provide any supplemental information required for the programs selected, and schedule and participate in any required admissions screenings (e.g., testing, information sessions, auditions, etc.). Learn More
Single Best Offer Students can receive one Selective Enrollment offer and one Non-Selective Enrollment offer. If they do not qualify for a Selective Enrollment offer, they can only receive one Non-Selective Enrollment offer. The offer will be to the highest-ranked school/program on their application for which they qualify and for which seats are available. If they do not qualify for a Selective Enrollment or Non-Selective Enrollment offer, they are guaranteed a seat in the general education program of their neighborhood school.
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Need Help? If you have any questions, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email email@example.com.
June 19, 2017
Summer Practice for Social/Emotional Skills Students can have summer fun and practice social emotional skills. Check out this activity, which includes a checklist of challenges, reflection drawings and a place to list summer goals.
June 13, 2017
Subscribe to GoCPS before the End of the School Year We are beginning the last full week of school, so if you have not already subscribed to GoCPS to receive notices and reminders about the high school application process, make sure to visit go.cps.edu and subscribe to the site today! There are also two important activities to look out for this week.
Activation Codes: Between June 8 and 14, your student should receive and bring home an Activation Code (previously called PIN) letter from school. These Activation Codes will be used to create your GoCPS high school application accounts and access your student’s high school program eligibility information in August 2017. If you do not receive Activation Code letters by June 14, please call the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553- 2060. We will send an email to the GoCPS subscribe list to remind you to activate your account this summer, so please make sure you have subscribed to the site and save this Activation Code in an easy-to- find location until August.
Subscribe Workshop: School counselors will be conducting brief workshops with all 7 th grade students before the end of the school year to give them an introduction to the new high school application process. Please check with your student to make sure they attend this important workshop.
If you have additional questions, please contact Chicago Public Schools at:
CPS Office of Access & Enrollment 773-553- 2060 | firstname.lastname@example.org 42 W. Madison St. | Chicago, IL 60602