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05/07/2020 at 1:43 pm #10763lincolnparkmom
Now as we are within 24 hours of the results to be declared, lets share it so that it can be of some help for kids/parents in coming years. Good luck everyone. See you tomorrow.
Score, School if matched, Tier
05/08/2020 at 10:09 am #10769NtaRGCMom11
Total Points 676.6 RGC 120
Offered: Taft Academic Center
Does anyone have any info on Taft AC Program? Still shooting for WY in 9th grade.
05/08/2020 at 10:44 am #10773Anon
Total Score: 864
Test Score 138 (had 600 points before the entrance exam)
only applied to WY – rejected
I’m very curious to see the cut offs because his score would have gotten him in any other year. I’m very disappointed this morning.
05/08/2020 at 11:11 am #10776Sr
academic center test score 132
total score 818
05/08/2020 at 11:13 am #10777Tier4Blows
Total Score: 868.42
Test (141) 273
Had heart set on Whitney to join sibling. Nope. Good enough for Lane last year. Not this year. Offered Kenwood, will decline.
Knew it would be competitive but the disparity between Tier 3 and 4 at Whitney is ridiculous. It was a 16-point swing last year. Would have gotten an offer for sure if we lived in Tier 3, only a mile away.
After the high school process and AC process in the same year, SO OVER CPS TIER SYSTEM.
05/08/2020 at 11:14 am #10778Sr
Forgot to say applied to Lane, WY and Taft
last years cutoff scores would have gotten us a taft offer
05/08/2020 at 11:18 am #10779Sr
Can you possibly clarify your score? Was your test for RGC or AC
Total points with the exam is 676 in a Tier 3?
05/08/2020 at 11:34 am #10781Tina
Total score 874.4 . Applied to Lane – denied.
This is ridiculous. I regret even putting my kid through this.
05/08/2020 at 11:39 am #10783kt
has anyone seen this years’ cutoff scores? The one on CPS’ website is still for last year.
05/08/2020 at 11:39 am #10784OK
We didn’t get into our AC choices either WY nor Lane with Score of 850.
I have a very disappointed child at home, trying to console.
Wondering if there is a second round for ACs?
05/08/2020 at 12:22 pm #10786kt
Nevermind. They seem to now be updated.
05/08/2020 at 12:39 pm #10790Sr
Scores went up significantly from last year.
05/08/2020 at 12:27 pm #10787LSmom
In at Lane — 880.5 overall score, RGC score of 144, Tier 3, first choice. Most likely will decline. I think they overaccept and haven’t had multiple rounds in past years at Lane and Whitney, but this year could be different.
05/08/2020 at 12:42 pm #10791Tier4Blows
OMG. The cut scores.
Lane Tier 4 min went from 865.4 last year to 877.5 this year. That’s a 12-point jump. Let that sink in for a minute.
In two years when these kids all compete for high school spots, the scores will be off the charts. Good luck to all. We’ll be starting test prep tomorrow. (I’m kidding. Kind of.)
05/08/2020 at 1:03 pm #10795Tier4
Got offer to TAFT AC, will decline
05/08/2020 at 1:05 pm #10796STEM mom
Can’t see the cutoff scores still. Could someone post a link?
05/08/2020 at 1:07 pm #10797Sr
05/08/2020 at 1:15 pm #10798chicagoschooloptionsKeymaster
The Academic Center Cutoff Scores for 2020-2021 are here: https://cps.edu/SiteCollectionDocuments/gocps/GoCPS_Cutoff_AcademicCenters_2019.pdf
05/08/2020 at 1:22 pm #10802STEM mom
05/08/2020 at 3:22 pm #10819jazzman
why are you declining a offer at Lane with that score?
05/08/2020 at 9:31 pm #10866Momofboys
If you decline A/C offer Morgan Park do you go back into the pool. Score 602
05/09/2020 at 11:13 am #10908chicagoschooloptionsKeymaster
Interesting to note that if there are 120 students selected for 7th grade at Whitney Young Academic Center, and 30% got in due to rank (top scorers irregardless of CPS Tier), then apparently 36 students scored 900 on the AC rubric and were admitted to WYAC.
05/09/2020 at 4:03 pm #10928Jazzman
score 602 tier 1? If so thats going to be tough it’s tight at kenwood, brooks , and Lindblom with that score. Is Morgan Park a bad commute for you? If not consider MP for at least 1 to 2 yrs then transfer out to better high school. Would MP offer a more rigorous education than the current school they attend? I would consider reaching out to some parents who have children in the AC at MP better you decline.
05/10/2020 at 10:07 am #10951kt
It’s crazier than that. At least one other Tier 2 and Tier 3 kid also got a 900.
And for Lane, the numbers are similar. If the mean for the Rank group is 899, that means that almost all of the kids who got in through Rank there also scored 900. And since the Lane class is bigger, that means that for both schools, the top scoring 36-40 kids scored a 900.
05/10/2020 at 11:55 am #10957Tiger Dad
The RGC test is an off the shelf IQ test – I figured out which one. The test prep services also figured it out and I bet a lot of otherwise bright kids took the courses. A perfect score corresponded roughly to a 150 IQ. Like every human trait IQ exists in a Normal distribution. One person in 2330 has a 150 IQ.
You would need a student population of 167,000 to expect 72 150 IQ kids. Each grade in CPS has 26,000 kids.
So the test is not on the level. My first guess is it pure test prep, which works very well on IQ tests. The other guess is the test leaked.
If you have younger siblings you are deeply foolish not to take the prep courses. These are the rules now.
But my kid got into Lane with minimal test prep so I won’t be agitating.
05/10/2020 at 12:54 pm #10959mom
My son got in WY with score of 881.9 in tier 4. Thinking to decline because too far from home. If he declines, is there any chance to get in Lane Tech (rank 2)? Or is the distance worth the school teachings in WY?
05/10/2020 at 1:04 pm #10960WestLoop
I’m confused about the AC acceptance system. Does it work like other ES programs? If we decline an offer for AC, could we receive another offer? How do you know the chances of getting another offer?
05/10/2020 at 1:04 pm #10961ES
Tiger Dad, would you mind sharing which test?
05/10/2020 at 4:36 pm #10973Mom22
My kid got an offer at WY with an 879 in tier 4 which means she barely made it based on the range. I was worried at first thinking she may struggle some compared to the other kids coming with higher scores but then I realized many of those scoring higher took test prep, and she didn’t, so I think she’ll be fine.
05/10/2020 at 5:51 pm #10974ES
She should be fine. Don’t forget there are a lot of kids coming with scores lower than hers from tiers 1,2,3.
05/10/2020 at 5:58 pm #10975Momofboys
It would be in the neighborhood. But worried about M.P.H.S it’s not the safest or diverse school. It would be very rigerous compared to his school. Does anyone know anything about program? And thinking about what next fall will look like in public school.
05/10/2020 at 7:26 pm #10977Momofboys
And we are in teir 4
05/10/2020 at 8:27 pm #10980Jazzman
score of 602 at tier 4 ? You will not have a chance at any other AC besides MP check out the scores.
05/11/2020 at 9:11 am #10990momof3boys
O.k does anyone know anything about Morgan Park Acdemic Center? Any info. apreciated!
05/14/2020 at 8:44 am #11077Second_choice
My child got accepted to LaneTech AC(our second choice) and I didn’t do any research about it. Could any Lane family give some insight? How many students are admitted to AC, are they separated from HS students, how hard it is to navigate the building/-s, how hard it may be for quirky, shy ADD student to blend in, etc. Any information will be beneficial. Thanks!
05/17/2020 at 8:12 pm #11141Chi mom 18
Second_choice, I have a child at LTAC who sounds somewhat similar to your child, and I thought you should know this is a really challenging program for a child with adhd. While the teachers are caring and adhere to accommodations, they are all strict about due dates and generally do not let the kids make up work (eg, if your student didn’t do the backside of a worksheet, or forgot to turn something in, too bad!) If your child does not have exceedingly good time management skills or if their adhd impacts their ability to complete assignments, then you will be spending A LOT of time helping them manage their time and making sure they complete homework. There is about 2-4 hrs of homework per day and as you probably know a kid with adhd requires a tutor or other adult to watch over, or it will turn into 6 hrs of homework. That said, if your child wants to attend Lane Tech for HS and they’re ready for a change from elementary, they will learn so much and they will be academically engaged and challenged every day (these are honors high school classes they’re taking!) In terms of social, from what I’ve seen the kids seem to be sweet and of course all really bright kids. In school the LTAC classes are mostly self contained up on the smaller third floor (except for lunch/elective) so that makes it easier to transition from class to class.
05/14/2020 at 10:49 am #11078Kisha
Hi Second_Choice Mom,
My kid was accepted into LTAC two years ago. I was torn just like you. we were in a small private school and my child was very comfortable. The entire summer my child was nervous about attending a new school, making new friends, etc. From day one, my child absolutely loved it. Like your child, my child is extremely shy and quirky. I was so nervous my child would have a hard time adjusting. From day one, my child felt like a member of the Lane Family. All the students were welcoming and everyone did their best to make sure the LTAC kids felt comfortable. Each child is assigned a mentor who was once in LTAC to help with finding classes and general questions.
LTAC core classes are all on a separate floor from the hs kids. The only class your child may have with a high schooler would be an elective. Even then, my child felt comfortable.
As far as how many kids are admitted, there are 120 available seats. The final number depends on how many people accept the offer. It could be more than 120 or slightly less. Your child should have no trouble fitting in. All the kids are alike. Some may be more outgoing and talkative, but they all are quirky. Lane does a great job of embracing and appreciating diversity.
I would strongly recommend LTAC to anyone considering it.
05/14/2020 at 3:00 pm #11086PJ
My daughter is a 7th grader at LTAC and absolutely loves it. She came from a catholic school that she had attended since she was three, so I was nervous about the transition. She has thrived there. She has loved the challenge, and has made friends there easily. It is a welcoming community, and the school does a great job with the social-emotional aspect .
05/15/2020 at 10:44 am #11106Second_choice
@ Kisha and PJ, thank you!
05/17/2020 at 5:58 pm #11136JB
My daughter got 900 and is accepted to WY. We are still not sure if going or not.
05/18/2020 at 9:04 am #11144jazzman
Congratsand outstanding, but why arent you sure you will accept WY if its not too personal to discuss?
05/18/2020 at 4:01 pm #11148JB
Thanks! In my daughter’s classical school, every year, some kids chose to stay (not going to WY). A good percentage of 8th graders went to Payton, Northside etc.
It’s mostly logistics for us. My daughter and son are currently in the same school. If she goes to WY, we’ll need two different starting/pickup times. We like the mature curriculum of WY. My daughter likes the prospect of being considered a high schooler and making new friends. She wants to go. Probably will wait until the last day to decide.
05/18/2020 at 6:10 pm #11150Jazzman
I understand especially about the logistics of pick up and drop off especially at two different locations and Chicago has a little traffic lol . Adulting and parenting is so easy!!! Ha
05/18/2020 at 8:13 pm #11152LoganParent
Total Score: 900
Test Score: 150
only applied to WY – offered, accepted
05/19/2020 at 9:27 pm #11169ChiTownMom
Accepted at 1st choice Lane Tech AC
05/21/2020 at 12:17 pm #11196Momof3
My daughter scored 861 in Tier 4.
Offered Taft AC, which was her first choice mainly due to proximity
05/21/2020 at 6:26 pm #11197ES
Does anyone know of examples where a kid accepted an AC first and then was able to get into one of the top 2 SEHS?
That is, if the plan is to get into Payton or Northside, is it better to stay at SN or Decature through 8th grade or accept WY or LT AC for two years with the intention to go to a different SEHS.
Seems like safer as they will be guaranteed WY or LT for high school, but a big change in 7th grade may impact testing and grades for high school.
Do kids even do this kind of “school hopping”?
05/21/2020 at 7:51 pm #11199Ky
We have a friend that was attending WYAC and will be switching to Payton next year. Supposedly several of his friends are doing the same. So, yes, it does happen.
05/22/2020 at 9:40 am #11201ES
@LakeviewMom and Ky, thank you for your responses!