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CPS 2016-2017 School Year Registration Begins Tomorrow!

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Don’t forget!!  Registration begins tomorrow and runs through December 11th.

If this is your first time enrolling you must request a PIN beginning tomorrow, Thursday, 10/1/15.

Go to the CPS website and follow the instructions: CPS 2016-2017 Registration

If you are applying to schools outside of your neighborhood, remember to apply early!

Also, if you are going for the tuition based preschool program it is wise to go into the school TOMORROW!  These programs tend to fill up the first day, possibly in the first hours of registration.  In my neighborhood school they said the admissions office will be packed the day of, so come early and come prepared with checkbook in hand!

Good luck!!

Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

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Applications for the CPS 2015-2016 school year due tomorrow!

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Don’t delay, apps are due tomorrow! For specific details and very useful information visit the Chicago School GPS website. Or you can click the link below for quick access.

Good luck everyone!!

Chicago School GPS CPS 2015-2016 application

Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

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Spotlight: Magnet Schools

UnknownWell we did it, we sold our condo!  That is a whole slew of posts on its own, and we’ll get to that later, however even though I have my ear to the ground in Real Estate I too have to pop into a few open houses now and again.  I bundled the kids and went out yesterday.  I struck up a conversation with another Chicago mom house hunting and we of course got onto the topic of schools.  I asked her if she were to buy in that particular neighborhood where would she send her child and she said the nearby magnet school would be the only option.  Since I’m still navigating the ins and outs of CPS I think we both thought our kids would simply test in and we would send them there.  We shared a laugh and stated we should keep giving our kids puzzles to prepare them.  I started to think about this and wondered ‘was testing in all we had to do to send our child to a magnet school’?  I needed answers.

I find the CPS website completely overwhelming and find that it is easier to talk to real people that have been through it.  A colleague of mine is a Chicago mom and an expert on CPS schools.  She has been through it herself, for her now college bound daughter and her 3rd grade son.   I’ll have a detailed interview with her in another post.  I asked her about her experience with magnets.  Her daughter got into a magnet school and to my surprise there is no testing at all. All it is a lottery system, yup you just submit an application and cross your fingers that your child gets in.  To my knowledge it is proximity to the school that is factored first, however to me there are still questions about the actual criteria CPS uses when selecting the children.  From my colleagues experience it is based on zip code and demographics for the neighborhood you live in.  For example, CPS could say ‘this school could use 6 kids from xx zip code and 4 from xx zip code’, however it is hard to know why.

If you apply and your child doesn’t get in, that doesn’t mean you have to give up either.  You can appeal the application and fight for your child.  It is a pain and you first have to submit a written appeal and if that doesn’t work you can schedule a hearing downtown and probably a lot of rigamarole, but it can be worth it, or at least try.

Magnet cluster schools will accept neighborhood kids first and then open the school to a lottery for kids that live out of the boundaries.

So if the best school in your current or potential neighborhood is a magnet school, you will want to have a fallback option just in case.  Many schools have open enrollment, however a lot of these schools have blossomed over the years and the open enrollment has since closed.  Check the schools websites for those options.

Also, check out one of my favorite Chicago mom blogger website for more answers to the many many questions we have about CPS. http://cpsobsessed.com/the-basics-of-cps/

So if you are house hunting keep schools in mind when you are looking.   Buying in a neighborhood with a school that is already established where you just send your kids there can make your life easier and less stressful, but this can drive up the price of homes as well.  Talk to your Realtor about these options, however if you don’t have one contact me for help on that front.

And remember…with a little legwork and navigating you can send your child to one of the many great public schools and continue to raise your kids in Chicago.

Juliana

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States Best and Worst Schools Posted

Education Weekly just posted the quality rankings for each states K-12 education system.  The rankings are based on {taken directly from the education weekly website} “The online version of Quality Counts 2014 provides updated state scores and letter grades for chance for success, K-12 achievement, and school finance.” “….the {K-12 achievement} index analyzes results across three crucial dimensions: current state performance, improvements over time, and equity as measured by poverty-based achievement gaps. As a result, states are rewarded for raising scores over time and narrowing achievement gaps, as well as for posting high rankings for current levels of performance.”  For more details on the other categories check out the link and PDF pages.

Illinois ranks as follows

Chance for Success: 18th & B-

K-12 Achievement:  26th & C-

School Finance: 19th & C+

Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

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2013 Illinois Test Scores – Top Schools Ranked

This just in::  Chicago SunTimes posts the top 25 elementary and top 25 high schools across the state.

http://voices.suntimes.com/news/2013-illinois-test-scores-top-50-schools/

As you know I follow all the school blogs, but I’m particularly fond of cpsobsessed.com The writer is a fellow Chicago mom obsessed with CPS schools.  She makes great notes and it is always a good read.

Check out her latest post about the new school rankings:

http://cpsobsessed.com/2013/11/01/random-weekend-post-suntimes-rankings-network-changes/

Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

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I’m Back…And it’s time to Act Now for 2014 Chicago School Enrollment!

After a maternity leave that felt like it went in the blink of an eye, I’m back to help my fellow Chicago families navigate raising our kids in this amazing city.

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It has creeped up on us again and the time is now to schedule your school tours and begin applying for CPS or private school.  If you are like us and your child will be 3 by September 1, 2014 you can enroll him/her in pre-school.  There are many options with CPS if you decide to go that route.  There is the tuition based option (like our neighborhood school) or pre-school for all option like many of the schools surrounding us.  If you live in the boundary for your desired school applications are being accepted as of 10/1!!  If you are out of the area typically applications are being accepted as of January 6th 2014.

The tuition based program is going to run you $12,220 for the school year (minus meals which must be purchased separately or brought from home).  Your child must be completely potty trained to be applicable.  This is a full day program open from 7:30-5:30 where the bulk of the learning is from 8:45-1:30.  Your child doesn’t have to stay the entire time, but it is nice for working moms and dads.  Here is the link for an application: http://www.cps.edu/SiteCollectionDocuments/TuitionBasedApplication2014-15.pdf

The pre-school for all program enrollment begins in January 2014.  This is a state funded program, however as of last year they have instituted tuition on a sliding scale based on your household income.  For example if you are a family of 4 and make an annual household income of $100,000 your tuition is $427.27/month or $3956.23 for the school year (depending on how many days, I roughly based it off of 9.25 months).  It’s quite the discount compared to the tuition based program however it is only a 2 hour and 40 minute program 5 days a week.  Here is the link for an application: http://www.cps.edu/Schools/Enroll_in_a_school/Choose/Application_process/Pages/Applicationproceduresforpreschool.aspx

Click this link to see what your tuition/fee would be: http://www.cps.edu/Schools/EarlyChildhood/Pages/EarlyChildhoodCalculator.aspx

lThe third option is to go private.  We opted to go this route for this school year because there was an option with the Catholic School programs for kids under 3 years old.  I have to say that the ease of enrollment was a breeze and the program is wonderful.  They aren’t as cut-throat with their deadlines, especially if you are a parishioner of the Church.  Also, there are many Catholic schools throughout the city which give you plenty of options to find a school close to where you live.  We are leaning toward this route again next year.  For our school the program next year will run about $5700 3 days a week for 3 hours.  I also like that it isn’t as intense as a 5 day a week program.  This may not be for everyone, but I like the idea of easing my child into the school structure at a slower pace.  Check out your local church and school website to see if it is something you want to look into further.  Most schools are now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year.

Of course there are many montessori school options out there as well.  I don’t have personal experience with these schools, but the one close to us in North Center has a Monday – Friday 1/2 day (8:30-11:30 @ $8110 and a full day option (8:30-3:15 @ $10,170).  This is a comparable option to weigh against the CPS tuition based program. http://www.chicagomontessori.org/tuition/

Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

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Now what about High School in the city?

So you have researched and poured over a gazillion pages of pre-school and elementary school paperwork, but have you thought as far ahead to High School?

There are definitely some dud High Schools, however there are a lot of top ranked high schools right in our back yard!  I too fell into the misconception that I can handle city elementary school, but would have to do something else when High School approached, and that meant heading to the burbs or going private, however I would like to be able to afford college for my children, so private is out.  After a lot of research and digging on my own I can now say that I would feel perfectly comfortable sending my children to one of the several top ranked high schools that are right here in the city, that’s right several!

I think we automatically assume all high schools in the city are, in one word, bad, however have you check the school ranking website lately?  You will be amazed to find that out of the top 10 ranked schools in all of Illinois, the city of Chicago has 5 on the list where the top 1-4 spots are right here in the city, pretty amazing if you ask me!

I have posted a screen shot from http://www.schooldigger.com so you can see for yourself.

The tricky part is navigating on how to actually get in to one of these fabulous schools.  On my next post I will be focusing on the infamous Tier system and selective enrollment process that CPS has developed.  However, the list below should get your pre-planning juices flowing so you can also think about buying your 30 year home right here in the city!

Illinois High School Rankings

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2011-2012

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School District City Low Grade High Grade Total students (2011) Student/ Teacher Ratio (2011) PSAE, avg Math** (2012) PSAE, avg Reading** (2012) PSAE Combined Rank Change From 2011
1 Northside College Preparatory High School City Of Chicago School District 299 Chicago 09 12 1088 16.4 99.6 99.2 198.8
2 Young Magnet High School City Of Chicago School District 299 Chicago 07 12 2177 18.9 98.7 96.9 195.6
3 Payton College Preparatory High School City Of Chicago School District 299 Chicago 09 12 895 15.7 98.3 95.9 194.2
4 Jones College Prep High School City Of Chicago School District 299 Chicago 09 12 848 16.0 97.8 91.2 189.0
5 Deerfield High School Township Hsd 113 Deerfield 09 12 1705 14.9 91.7 88.7 180.4

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6 Lane Technical High School City Of Chicago School District 299 Chicago 09 12 4170 18.3 90.1 88.6 178.7
7 New Trier Township H S Winnetka New Trier Township Hsd 203 Winnetka 10 12 3075 13.0 90.0 88.0 178.0

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8 Hinsdale Central High School Hinsdale Township Hsd 86 Hinsdale 09 12 2723 16.5 87.2 85.7 172.9
9 Adlai E Stevenson High School Adlai E Stevenson Hsd 125 Lincolnshire 09 12 4182 16.3 88.3 82.4 170.7

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10 Glenbrook North High School Northfield Township Hsd 225 Northbrook 09 12 2102 13.1 86.4 80.1 166.5

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Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

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