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CPS 2016-2017 School Year Registration Begins Tomorrow!


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!!

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To PreSchool or Not to PreSchool


I follow a blog called CPSobsessed and the topic of pre-school was on the agenda.  Even though it is only March, now is the time to start researching the schools in your area where you may want to send your child for the 2014/15 school year.  CPS starts taking applications for children that will be 3 by September 1, 2014 in September of this year, 2013.  It is a daunting task since it is a whopping year in advance.  I feel like we are constantly living in the moment with our toddler that 2014 feels light years away, however we must dive in if this is the route you want to go.  Even the private schools have 9-12 month deadlines prior to the 2014 school year, so you should start looking at all your options.

What I loved in CPSobsessed recent post were the comments, all 111 of them!  It was really interesting to see what many parents and teachers thought about pre-school.  Many thought that it was a waste of money to send their child to a pricey pre-school, while the teachers could really see the difference in the child that went to a ‘good’ preschool vs. one that either didn’t go to preschool at all or just an average preschool.

If you are inclined to send your child to preschool but also need daycare, the tuition based CPS programs may be a great option, especially if you only have one child.  That program has a full day where 1/2 the day is devoted to preschool curriculum and the other 1/2 (roughly) is play based learning and care.  If you have 2 then you may be spending double duty for child care for the little one and the preschool aged child.  For us, we decided to ease our toddler into the schooling system, more so to get him used to the structure of school, socialization and the like.  I think our expectations are realistic rather than thinking he is going to become a world scholar at 3 due to preschool.  Both my husband and I went to nursery school and preschool, so it is something we want our children to have.

We have decided to go the Catholic school route for Sept. 2013 (transitions program for kids under 3 for 2 hours/day for 2 days/week), but I’m still researching our options for 2014 when he meets the 3 year old age and potty trained requirements.  I would love to put my tax dollars to work and get him into a public (aka free) preschool, however many CPS schools are eliminating the preschool program and/or becoming tuition based (apx $12,000/year for 5 full days a week).  I’m still not sure how the requirements work for the free preschool as there may be certain salary requirements in order to be applicable for the free preschool (ex: you can’t make more than $60k/year).  We should find out more on the CPS changes by the end of this month.  I’ll continue to update you on the schools in our area (Lakeview/North Center), but please comment on the schools in your area.

Check out this blog and come to your own conclusions on what route you want to go.  (http://cpsobsessed.com/2013/03/10/back-to-the-begining-a-pre-k-post/)

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Chicago Pre-Schools & Elementary Schools – Is it Time to Start Planning for your Child?

Well since the CPS strike began I can’t stop thinking about schools and where to send our son.  Now I’m not one to see a strike and start counting my pennies in order to send my kid to private school.  I’m still pro public school and I know they will figure out the contracts and it will be business as usual soon enough.  It sounds like the ‘situation’ goes far deeper than I know, so we’ll just leave it at that.

Even though our son is only teetering on pre-school age I’m starting to do some digging on where to send him.  I have heard rumors that it can be quite cut throat so here are some tips that can give us the edge on your top schools.


Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) has a great network that is for members only.  There is a small annual fee that will put you in the know from babysitters to playgroups to (below) school fairs.


NPN Annual Preschool & Elementary School Fair (open to members only)
• WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2012, Parents RSVP for 1hour time slots to help us manage attendance
• WHAT: NPN brings together more than 130 exhibitors to give our NPN member families unparalleled access to representatives of public and private schools, enrichment programs, family friendly businesses, and nonprofits. Each year, nearly 1,000 parents turn to NPN to help them navigate Chicago school search by attending this event.
• WHO: NPN Members/Adults only Event. Free admission. RSVP is required. Parent RSVP will open in September.
• WHERE: Grossinger City Autoplex, 1561 N. Fremont
• REGISTRATION: https://secured.npnparents.org/exhibitors/new/534
Parent registration opens one month prior to the event and accessible only to NPN members. Your membership must be current to RSVP. Click to renew or join.

NPN Developmental Differences Resource Fair
• WHEN: February 2013, 10 am – 2pm
• WHAT: Our first school fair dedicated to improving Chicago families resources, school programs, service providers, and nonprofits that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences. Categories of needs include, but are not limited to, sensory processing disorder,autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down Syndrome, and physical disabilities. PLUS 3 workshops!
• WHO: Open to the public. Free admission. RSVP is not required.
• WHERE: Gordon Tech High School, 3633 N. California Ave.

With that here is a list of the 2012 top elementary & High Schools in Chicago.  I’m sure you will be able to find a great school in your current neighborhood, or if you decide to make a move use the schools as a guide on where you may want to live.



1 Decatur Classical School West Ridge K-6 283 17.7 $7,946 26.5 100
2 Edison Regional Gifted Center Albany Park K-8 269 8.9 $7,946 28 100
3 Skinner North Classical School Near North Side K-3 165 28.5 $7,946 28.5 100
4 Keller Regional Gifted Center Mount Greenwood 1-8 244 15.6 $7,946 29 100
5 Poe Elementary Classical School Pullman K-6 192 47.4 $7,946 26 99.2
6 Lenart Regional Gifted Center West Chatham PK-8 322 28.3 $7,946 34 100
7 Skinner West Elementary School Near West Side PK-8 718 26.7 $7,946 29 99.3
8 Edgebrook Elementary School Edgebrook K-8 455 11.9 $7,946 26 97.5
9 McDade Classical School Chatham K-6 196 34.7 $7,946 29 98.9
10 Andrew Jackson Language Academy University Village K-8 550 32.2 $7,946 29 98
11 Bell Elementary School North Center K-8 947 20.3 $7,946 27.8 96.2
12 Hawthorne Scholastic Academy Lake View K-8 561 17.3 $7,946 32 97.6
13 Blaine Elementary School Lake View PK-8 915 22.3 $7,946 26 95.1
14 Lincoln Elementary School Lincoln Park K-8 742 14 $7,946 30 96.3
15 Oriole Park Elementary School Norwood Park PK-8 646 16.7 $7,946 23.3 94.7
16 Mount Greenwood Elementary School Mount Greenwood PK-8 837 30 $7,946 28.8 95.1
17 South Loop Elementary School South Loop PK-8 693 35.4 $7,946 30.7 95.4
18 Burley Elementary School Lake View PK-8 566 25.8 $7,946 26.5 94.7
19 LaSalle Language Academy Old Town K-8 571 22.1 $7,946 32 95.2
20 Sauganash Elementary School Sauganash K-8 551 29.4 $7,946 29.5 94.9
1 Northside College Prep High School North Park 1,086 34.8 $7,946 100 29.2 100
2 Walter Payton College Prep High School Old Town 893 33.1 $7,946 98.8 28.3 95
3 Whitney Young Magnet High School Near West Side 2,160 38.5 $7,946 96.2 26.6 96.1
4 Jones College Prep High School South Loop 844 53.2 $7,946 92.9 25.2 92.8
5 Brooks College Prep Academy Roseland 764 85.3 $7,946 94.1 21.7 70.5
6 Lane Technical High School North Center 4,161 60.6 $7,946 88.5 23.3 88
7 Lincoln Park High School Lincoln Park 2,273 56.1 $7,946 90.6 22.1 61.2
8 Devry Advantage Academy High School North Center 221 75.1 $7,946 100 19.7 68.4
9 King College Prep High School Kenwood 925 72.2 $7,946 86.6 20.2 56.9
10 Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center North Park 1,659 74.9 $7,946 86.5 20.4 55.6
11 Lindblom Math and Science Academy West Englewood 878 69.8 $7,946 81.5 21.6 76.8
12 Noble Street College Prep West Town 5,330 88 $7,946 89.7 19.9 50.4
13 Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Mount Greenwood 586 52.6 $7,946 82.5 20 59.1
14 Chicago Virtual Charter School N/A 564 61.7 $7,946 81.8 20.1 43.8
15 Kenwood Academy High School Kenwood 1,829 78.2 $7,946 85.1 18.9 45.4

NOTES: All data are from 2010-11. Class size is for first grade. Low income is the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. ISAT is a composite percentage of students who meet or exceed minimum state standards on the Illinois Standards achievement Test. ACT is an average for student performance on the ACT college entrance exam (36 is the highest possible score). PSAE is the percentage of 11th graders who meet or exceed minimum state standards on the Prairie State Achievement Examination. SOURCE: Illinois State Board of Education

PLUS: How they ranked the schools:

Of the many statistics that reflect academic quality, say education experts, the most revealing tend to be students’ test scores, spending per pupil, pupil-teacher ratio (for elementary schools), and graduation rate (for high schools).

Using data from state report cards for the 2010-11 academic year (the most recent available), Chicago assigned points to each public school in the metro area based on how well it compares with its peers on those key measures. We then weighted the results to calculate our rankings (see formulas below). Because all Chicago public schools report the same amount spent per student—$7,946—we excluded the figure for CPS rankings.

Of course, many factors go into making the right choice for your child. Use these rankings as a starting point.


Elementary schools

  • Average class size in first grade: 33.3 percent (This is a better measure than CPS’s district-wide pupil-teacher ratio.)
  • Percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards on the ISAT: 66.7 percent

High schools

  • Graduation rate: 33.3 percent
  • Average ACT score: 33.3 percent
  • Percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards on PSAE: 33.3 percent

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