CPS HS Waitlist Round 1

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    From “GoCPS”: UNDERSTANDING ROUND 1 WAITLISTS
    Students who applied in Round 1 were automatically waitlisted for each Non-Selective Enrollment program they were eligible for and ranked higher than the one they received an offer from. Beginning on April 18, 2018, schools that still have available seats began issuing Round 1 waitlist offers. Here are a few important things to understand about this process:
    ONLY FOR NON-SELECTIVE ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS
    Waitlists only apply to Non-Selective Enrollment programs. Selective Enrollment schools do not have waitlists. You can find out if your student is on a waitlist by logging into your GoCPS account and reviewing the Non-Selective Enrollment section of your high school offer page.
    48 HOURS TO ACCEPT OR DECLINE
    When a school issues a waitlist offer, they will mark it in the system and contact the family via phone and/or email. The following morning at 8 a.m., the offer will be displayed in the student’s GoCPS account and they will receive a robocall, email, and text, if applicable. Families have 48 business hours from the time the waitlist offer posts in their account to accept or decline it, or it will be forfeited. For example, if your waitlist offer posts at 8 a.m. on Friday, you would have until 8 a.m. the following Tuesday to accept or decline.
    WAITLIST CATEGORIES
    Each Non-Selective Enrollment program has different waitlist categories that correspond with the program’s admissions process. There are nine possible waitlist categories. Waitlisted students are offered a seat based on the category in which the seat is available. For example, if an offer was declined in the first round by a student in a program’s proximity category, the seat will be offered to the students in the proximity category on the waitlist, beginning with the student who is first on that waitlist and continuing in chronological order until the seat is filled. Login to your online account or see your notification letter to view your student’s category for each waitlisted program.
    WAITLIST NUMBERS
    Within each waitlist category, students are given a waitlist number based on that program’s admissions process and priority preferences, and offers are extended in the order of the waitlist numbers, from lowest to highest. If the program uses a lottery-based admissions process, students were randomly assigned a waitlist number. If the program uses a points-based admissions process, students were assigned a waitlist number based on their total point score. Login to your online account or see your notification letter to view the number that your student has been assigned for each waitlisted program.
    WAITLIST PROCESS
    If a student receives a waitlist offer for a program, the student will automatically be removed from the waitlists for any programs that were ranked lower than the offered program, but will remain on the waitlists for any programs that were ranked higher than the offered program. For example, if a student is waitlisted for five programs and receives an offer from his/her second-ranked program, the student will automatically be removed from the waitlists of programs ranked 3-5. However, the student will remain waitlisted for the program ranked number 1, and can still possibly receive an offer for that program.
    WAITLIST TIMELINE
    Students will remain on the Round 1 waitlist for any given program until the end of their freshman year unless they (1) receive a Round 1 waitlist offer for a program, (2) receive a Round 1 waitlist offer from a higher-ranked program on their application, or (3) remove themselves from a Round 1 waitlist. Waitlists are automatically generated for each school in real time as students across the system accept or decline offers and schools can only issue offers in the order the waitlist displays them. Because of this, there is no guarantee that a student will receive a waitlist offer or that a waitlist offer will be received by a certain time.

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