Office of Access and Enrollment
Information for the 2019-2020 Application Process
Third week of September: Eligibility Letters will be forwarded to counselors for distribution to eighth graders. The letters will contain students’ 7th grade NWEA MAP scores, final grades, and attendance data. The letters will also contain the Activation Code that students were issued in June. The letter will not list specific programs for which students are eligible. (A document will be accessible via the GoCPS website that shows the eligibility requirements for all schools.)
October 1: Application period begins
December 14: Application Deadline
March 2019: The date of release of High School offers has not yet been established.
GoCPS is the platform that allows families to apply to nearly every CPS school and program using one site, one application, and one deadline.
The website address for GoCPS is go.cps.edu
The High School Application Process
Applying to Programs
You are guaranteed a seat in the general education program at your neighborhood high school. You do not have to include it on your application. However, if you know you want to attend your neighborhood school, you are encouraged to participate in the GoCPS application process and apply to this program so that the school will have an indication of which students intend to enroll.
Scheduling for Admissions Screenings
All scheduling for Admissions Screenings (admissions exams, auditions, IB information sessions, and interviews) must be completed by the application deadline, even if you are scheduling for an appointment that will take place after the deadline. For example, if you are planning to take the Selective Enrollment exam on January 26, 2019, you must complete the scheduling by the December 14th application deadline.
The application deadline is Friday, December 14, 2018. If you apply online, your application must be submitted by 11:59 pm. Don’t wait until the last day to apply!! You never know what might happen to delay your submission. Late applications will not be processed.
The address on your application must be your primary address, which is defined as your regular, fixed nighttime residence. In addition, note that it must be your primary address at the time you submit your application. You cannot use the address of a residence that you plan to move to AFTER the application deadline. The address that you enter on your application MUST be your primary address at the time that you submit your application.
Change of Residence
If you change your address after you submit your application, but before the application deadline, you must submit this address change. If you apply using the online application site, you can update your address on your online application account. If you apply via paper application, you must contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a paper Contact Information Modification Form. In order for your new address to be used to determine tiers, attendance area boundaries, overlay boundaries, and/or proximity boundaries, your changes must be received by the Office of Access and Enrollment no later than December 14, 2018. If you receive and accept an offer, you are required to provide proof of both addresses at the time of registration.
The Office of Access and Enrollment projects all applicants who submitted an application and accepted an offer through the GoCPS application process