Kindergarten SEES Results 2021-2022

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    • #12020 Reply

      No… I don’t know our results yet.  But started a new thread for us to post kindergarten SEES results and offers when we have them. I know it’s extremely helpful for those that didn’t get a first offer, and are hoping for offers in subsequent rounds. Or are thinking of declining a first offer, to put their in the pot for a different offer. And for those next year applications, that we know will be anxiously scrolling though here next year! Good luck to you all!

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    • #12024 Reply

      RGC 143

      Reading 97

      Math 99

      Just accepted an offer to Bell, which was our first choice!


      • #12195 Reply

        How did you see the math/reading scores? I just see a flat 142 total score, nothing showing more info…

        • #12199 Reply

          On the letter right above the RGC scores. Should say “your child’s classical reading score” with a percentile and then math.

    • #12025 Reply

      Whoops.. we are tier 4

    • #12026 Reply

      Reading 99

      Math 99

      Offered Skinner North, first choice. Tier 4.

      RGC n/a (not sure why, we only ranked Skinner North but I was curious to see how she did)

      • #12039 Reply

        Congratulations! Looks like my son and your daughter will be in the same class 🙂

        • #12046 Reply

          Congratulations to you too! Looking forward to meeting you.

    • #12028 Reply

      Son was waitlisted for Suder pre-k. He is #33 on the list at Tier 2. The number sounds like its not too far down the list but thats dependent on 33 people refusing a slot. What are the chances of him being offered a slot before the school year begins? Should I give up hope?

    • #12029 Reply

      Tier 3, K. Classical: 98 reading, 93 math. RGC 122. Offered Decatur, second choice.

    • #12030 Reply

      Accepted Bell offer, our third choice

      • #12215 Reply

        What were your first two choices?

    • #12034 Reply

      Hi All!


      Curious if anyone has insight into Pritzker RGC?  Daughter got in there but it was one of our last options and we know less about it.  Would appreciate any insight especially as to how to choose between there and Oscar Mayer.  Thanks all!

      • #12142 Reply

        I don’t know anyone at Pritzker RGC, but I do know a family at Pritzker neighborhood and they LOVE it. But Meyer is a highly regarded program.

        This is a good problem to have!

      • #12436 Reply


        I have a child at Mayer – it is a wonderful school and the teachers do a great job working with kids of differing abilities and keeping things challenging.  A very large percentage of Mayer graduates end up at selective enrollment high school too.

        The parents are supportive, involved, and a fun group too.

        Good luck to you and your family with your decision!


    • #12035 Reply

      Tier 2

      Score 132

      Offered Pritzker (1st choice)

      Thank god for this, since daughter underperformed on Classical test.

      Anybody else accepted to Pritzker– its an AWESOME program. Older daughter went from Pritzker RGC to Whitney Young Academic Center to Columbia University.

      We are very relieved Good luck to everyone.



      • #12143 Reply

        We are excited about Pritzker! Looks like our kids will be in class together!

        • #12156 Reply

          We are offered Pritzker, and would love to hear more!!! I’ve seen some negative things about the principal, teaching to the test, and bullying online, but have heard positive word of mouth.

          • #12157 Reply

            All that is to say, I am excited but love to walk into things with clear eyes and expectations.

          • #12166 Reply

            That is good to know! I’ve heard mixed reviews on the neighborhood part of the school but not on the SE portion, so this is great to be aware of.

        • #12243 Reply

          I know a family at the neighborhood Pritzker program, and they love the school.

    • #12036 Reply

      Hello, I’m new to this and wondered if someone could help with advice.  142.  So too low for the gifted school but wondering whether classical are better in the long run than a neighborhood school with a good reputation.

      • #12056 Reply

        Yes, in my opinion, classical is better than a neighborhood school with the best reputation because you will get all high achieving high performing competitive students next to your child whereas in the neighborhood, you’ll get a mixed bag of all levels. If your kids is advanced, he/she will not be stimulated enough in a neighborhood school taught to the bottom.


      • #12061 Reply

        142 is a good score, you should be very proud. What schools did you apply to? What tier are you? There may be additional seats opening if someone declines a first round.

        • #12066 Reply

          Bpmommy, thank you for your help.  Tier 4.

          Rejected by Pritzker, Bell, and Edison and both Skinners (daughter’s classical score was much lower).

          Accepted by National Teachers Academy.

          • #12086 Reply

            I don’t know anyone in the NTA program. But it seems to get a lot of good press online. You we’re so close to getting a Bell offer, so if were to take a risk and decline NTA, I’m sure you have to be super close. But that means someone has to decline their offer, which is dicey!

          • #12134 Reply

            James, what order did you rank your schools?

            • #12152 Reply

              James, I think I’ve seen something that their classical score needs to be 50 to get into some of the RGCs? Possible that your child got the gifted score high enough but the classical score disqualified?

              • #12158 Reply

                LinMom: Classical scores were around 80 despite gifted score being 142

                Bpmommy: we ranked them (1) Skinner W (2) Skinner N (3) NTA (accept) (4) Pritzker (5) Bell (6) Edison….

                …but our work location has changed so NTA no longer as convenient as what had been our #4-#6 choices and seems from others scores that we have a chance in second round, assuming second round works ok when we’re now asking for a school that we ranked lower on our list

          • #12338 Reply

            We did K at NTA RGC and it was amazing.  recommend touring/contacting the school with any questions.  Ms Both, the K teacher, was beyond words and the school community is very special.  We ended up leaving for classical due to distance but that is the only reason we left.

      • #12161 Reply

        James, replying to your original sub thread to make it easier to read. So the cutoff may not be 143 for Bell. You ranked NTA higher then Bell, so you may have received the offer to NTA because of your school rankings.

      • #12162 Reply

        The other thing to consider is that you are more likely to get Pritzker then Bell in a subsequent round, since you ranked Pritzker higher then Bell.

        • #12165 Reply

          James, I think how it works for first round is that Pritzker, Bell and Edison wouldn’t have considered your kid, because you were accepted / matched to NFT a school you ranked higher. I’d call the office to see if you decline if they will consider you for your lower ranked schools. I don’t believe you can change your rankings.

      • #12196 Reply

        Are you in Bell School District? Based on what i’m hearing, 142 is VERY close to the cutoff and if anyone declines, you probably would get a spot.

    • #12037 Reply

      Katie (#12034),

      Pritzker is in a great location and neighborhood. Upper grade teachers in the RGC were some of the best I’ve encountered in CPS. Additional benefit is that they have an amazing arts program with lots of opportunities for performance and participation in visual arts and performing arts.

      I have overseen 4 kids go through CPS schools. I am a huge fan of the Selective Enrollment options, since you’re guaranteed a very bright group of peers for your child and usually a very active and engaged parent network. When my oldest was there, there was also a very high matriculation into Lane and Whitney academic centers, which in my opinion is the golden ticket since it means you are done with the stress of high school admissions early on.

      • #12163 Reply

        James, I think how it works for first round is that Pritzker, Bell and Edison wouldn’t have considered your kid, because you were accepted / matched to NFT a school you ranked higher. I’d call the office to see if you decline if they will consider you for your lower ranked schools.

    • #12038 Reply

      Tier 3.

      Math: 99

      Reading 99

      RGC: 133

      Offered SN (2nd choice). Skinner was 1st choice (we live close by). Will likely accept SN

      • #12044 Reply
        Aparajita Das

        How is skinner west?? My daughter got in but am wondering if I want to send her there

        • #12051 Reply

          I meant Pritzker (Skinner was a typo) was our first choice. @Aparajita – I have heard some mixed feedback about Skinner West from a parent who sends her kid there and also on this forum.  So not sure. That was one of the reasons why we put Skinner North as 2 and Skinner West as 3 even though SW is closer to where we live.

          • #12064 Reply
            Aparajita Das

            Thanks for the input. Anyone in the course who have kids at skinner west or know anything about it.

        • #12380 Reply

          Our child goes to Skinner Classical.  They learn a year ahead and about half or more of them get into Whitney Young Academic Center where the rest stay at Skinner for 6-7-8 which is also very good.  They are all very bright kids.  As with all schools, some teachers are better than others.  We have been very happy so far.  I don’t know if I’d commute across the city for it, but depending on your options and if it makes sense for your family, you should take it! School is very large and also has had good afterschool and extra curriculars, pre pandemic anyways….. The neighborhood program is also one of the best in the city.

    • #12040 Reply

      Math: 99

      Reading: 97

      RGC: 137

      Tier 3

      Offered Pritzker (first choice).

      Congrats, all!

    • #12042 Reply
      Aparajita Das

      RGC score 141

      math 99

      reading 99

      tier 4

      offered skinner west, 1st choice


      debating if I want to send her there. I live in south loop but am reading not so great things about skinner west, so now debating.

      • #12124 Reply
        WL mom

        Anyone considering Skinner West should be assured it is great. My kids have attended both their classical and neighborhood programs and other than some overcrowding in some classrooms, we love it. The teachers are really good. Also please note a large number of students from SW get into the Whitney Young Academic Center, in fact it may be WY AC’s biggest feeder…or at least one of them.

        • #12160 Reply

          I’m having this same experience with my selective enrollment choice- online chatter making me nervous, but I think the people who post things online about the schools are disproportionally unhappy (in life).

          • #12205 Reply

            In case this helps at all, I’ve spoken with three Pritzker families (two RGC and one neighborhood) over the weekend and all have great things to say. I don’t know if you can PM on this software but I’m happy to share more about the conversations I’ve had!

    • #12050 Reply
      Lakeview mom

      RGC: 145

      Reading: 78

      Math: 95

      Tier 4

      Offered Bell (1st choice), will likely accept

    • #12053 Reply
      Neeharika Muniraju

      Math 99

      reading 99

      rank : 125

      got into Mc Dade . wondering if we should take it . I did attend the open house and Mc Dade as our 2nd option ,but cant find the analysis sheet now and the school is very far for us(we live in bucktown) . Any Mc Dade parents here? would appreciate any feed back on the school. Should we accept it?

      • #12333 Reply

        My granddaughter is a current Kindergarten student at McDade Classical and we love the school.  An amazing engaging Principle and we loved her Kindergarten Teacher. The work  is very challenging but my granddaughter has maintain honor status. My daughter was going to retest her in 2020 for Keller but decide to stay at McDade because she loved it that much. Has small classes, current goes to 7 grade but will be adding 8 grade.  Renovation was completed in 2020 with an added Annex.  Classes offered Reading, Math, writing, Social Science, KG Health, Science, Drama, Spanish, PE, KG Library. hope this helps

    • #12059 Reply

      Tier 4
      145 RGC

      99 reading

      95 math

      offered Edison our first choice and we plan to accept. Our oldest child goes there if anyone has any question, I’d be happy to help answer.

      • #12120 Reply
        Mellisa Storban

        Hi, I was wondering what you did to prepare? Any strategies or books? Thank you

      • #12125 Reply

        I’d love to know more about the school community is like at Edison.

        RGC: 149

        offered Edison (out first choice)

        • #12168 Reply

          Hi KMom,

          Edison is diverse because their isn’t a neighborhood school associated like Bell. The community is small 250 kids and they come from all over the city. I wish the school community was better. It’s one of only a few downsides we’ve had at the school. Our neighborhood school has a robust school community and we were so excited to hopefully find that at Edison. I think if you get involved you will find your community but it isn’t as overt as at some other schools. I think it’s just the natural of a school where so many kids are bussed in. There is an active PTO that plans events for the school and we have actively participated in those over the years. Hope that helps.

          • #12172 Reply

            Thank you so much!

    • #12065 Reply

      reading – 98

      Math – 90

      RGC – 97

      My daughter took the early kindergarten test  and did extremely well with Math and Reading at 99.8 percentile.

      I know she messed up the SEES  test,  I am ok with it.

      Skinner west is our  neighborhood school.

      I haven’t received any offers in selective programs.

      Offered in Jackson A, Galileo, STEM- magnet and SWIFT magnet cluster.

      Is it better to accept  these offers or SW neighborhood class.

      I have no idea on the programs and would appreciate input

      • #12136 Reply

        My child took the early entry test last year and did a bit better (99.9 reading 99.7 math and 99.9 cognitive) and this year scored a 99 in math 97 and 143 on the RGC) How did your child do on the early entry cognitive? I know last year I was dying to know how the early entry scores coordinate with SEES results, since we didn’t do the SEES testing last year!

        • #12153 Reply

          Thank you for in the info. Her cognitive was >99.9. So wasn’t sure how the SEES scores were messed up. Her math was also >99.9 and reading at 99.8 for early kindergarten test

          • #12154 Reply

            Based on the super basic information my child told me, the cognitive test for early entry and the RGC test was different.

          • #12159 Reply

            Could also be that your child didn’t vibe with the tester or wasn’t feeling well, etc during the SEES testing. Since all scores are lower. But your child did great on both tests… so congrats regardless!

          • #12167 Reply

            Just wanted to add that Skinner W is an excellent school, and I’m sure they would differentiate for your child! Seems to me that it would be an excellent choice for an early enrollee!

            • #12175 Reply

              Thank you for the input. With these 4yrs a lot of things their moods, she sometimes decides not to answer anything. Not much worried about her score, i am sure there will be a lot more opportunities for her.
              Now i am bit confused if i have to take other magnet school offers or just go with SW neighborhood program. She is not eligible for SW magent as she falls into the neighborhood

              • #12202 Reply

                Right! My daughter came out of the SEES test saying she got one reading wrong. Which seemed to be pretty insightful! She is a very fluent reader. Preschool tested her reading level and gave me her letter reading level in the fall. Can’t remember it off hand (we are out of town right now) but I googled it and I’m pretty sure it said first grade (if not second) but they said that she probably was higher but they didn’t have the materials to test higher levels. She can be a little hot/cold about reading to me out loud (she is self taught) so knowing her.. she likely said “I don’t know” if she came to a word that was too much work to figure out. They did ask her to read paragraphs. So you just never know how they will react in the test! Ha!

      • #12339 Reply

        STEM is great K-5 but middle is very low quality and no Algebra.  The administration do not seem to care to improve grades 6-8.  Many kids do test for ACs but most get into Kenwood.  I would take Skinner.  they are trying to manage class size better now.  Congrats on all the offers, wow

      • #12381 Reply

        We have a 5th grader at STEM and another kid at SW Classical.  STEM is great, I would say on par with SW neighborhood or slightly better in Math, Science – without the crowding – for K-5.  They also teach Computer Science, Engineering and coding where as SW teaches Spanish or Chinese and has better Fine Arts. The class is capped at 28 kids at STEM and there are two classes per grade.  SW is trying to fix their crowding problem but historically has been over 30.  Upper grades are a concern at STEM.  About half the kids move out to academic centers in 7-8 [this year it was 40% of the class].  I would recommend Skinner Neighborhood or an AC for Jr High over STEM.

    • #12068 Reply

      Bpmommy, am I reading this right – your child got 143 and accepted by Bell, and my child got 142 and Bell rejected, and we both are Tier 4?

      I don’t mean that to sound jealous – just trying to learn how this works.  Did we just figure out from our two kids’ scores that the Bell cutoff was 143?

      And does that mean I should be very or fairly optimistic about getting in as a 2nd round to Bell?

      Or is it a lot more complicated than that?

      Thank you so much for any knowledge.

      • #12075 Reply

        I wanted to reply to u but replied in wrong places lol


        It depends on how u ranked your schools. Was Bell 1st choice in your case? If there was another student with same details (same tier like urs, same score, but let’s say that student put Bell as 1st choice and u put Bell as 2nd choice, given all equal parameters the seat would be offered to a student who ranked Bell higher). I think u have a good chance of getting an offer in next round. FYI, my son got 150 and didn’t get any offers for 2nd grade, he started his neighborhood school and got an offer in the first week September

      • #12092 Reply

        143 must have been the cutoff. And yes, we ranked Bell #1. I think you have a really good shot of a second round offer if someone declines their first seat. But I think they much have to be a tier 4 decline? I think tiers factor in for more then the first round but I’m not 100% sure about that.

        • #12117 Reply

          Bell was our first choice, too 141, tier 4. Not offered.

          Offered Pritzker, second choice.

          If anyone has insight into how exactly 2nd round selections are made as it relates to tiers let us know!

        • #12164 Reply

          I’m correcting my statement about the tier 4 Bell “ cutoff “  being 143. The 142 poster (James) had ranked NTA higher then Bell, which would have factored into the NTA offer.

      • #12197 Reply

        We’re at RGC 142 and accepted to Bell. I would call them and see if it has something to do with your applicant rankings. We only applied to Bell, so it was our #1 preference.

        I don’t know what the Tiers are, but we’re in Coonley district.

    • #12069 Reply

      Score: 141

      Tier: 4

      Offered McPherson, second choice. Curious our odds of getting into Bell in later rounds? From the posts above it sounds like we are just below the cutoff. Bell is our neighborhood school and I would love to have her there.

      • #12072 Reply

        NCmom/anyone else, can one reject an offer in the first round and still participate in a later round?


        Or are later rounds only available to families who did not receive any acceptances?

        • #12074 Reply

          It depends on how u ranked your schools. Was Bell 1st choice in your case? If there was another student with same details (same tier like urs, same score, but let’s say that student put Bell as 1st choice and u put Bell as 2nd choice, given all equal parameters the seat would be offered to a student who ranked Bell higher). I think u have a good chance of getting an offer in next round. FYI, my son got 150 and didn’t get any offers for 2nd grade, he started his neighborhood school and got an offer in the first week September

        • #12078 Reply

          James, absolutely. You can reject now and still get an offer later on. But u might not get an offer too, so there is a risk. We rejected our first offer, and got another offer in second round which we gladly accepted before

          • #12235 Reply

            Toymom … What was the year you got a offer in the second round? .. I am in the same boat .. our current offer is way too far to travel  from our 2nd choice.. I am hoping to get an offer from our 3rd choice in priority list.. but worried to decline.




            • #12410 Reply

              I called the office and they are saying they take the next highest score of kids who didn’t match in the first round in the second round, regardless of tiers.

      • #12073 Reply

        It depends on how u ranked your schools. Was Bell 1st choice in your case? If there was another student with same details (same tier like urs, same score, but let’s say that student put Bell as 1st choice and u put Bell as 2nd choice, given all equal parameters the seat would be offered to a student who ranked Bell higher)

    • #12087 Reply

      Hi. I’m confused because my son has a RGC Score but no Reading or Math scores. Any idea why he would have n/a for both?

      • #12093 Reply

        What grade was your son applying for? If for Kindergarten, he should have automatically been given both the RGC (scale score) and Classical exams (reading & math percentile scores). If applying for upper grades, the exam(s) given depend on which programs you selected. If you only selected RGC programs, he would not have to take the Classical reading & math tests.

        • #12097 Reply

          We also got n/a but for gifted, and applied for kindergarten. I am confused, but it’s not important to us as we applied for Classical only.

        • #12098 Reply

          Okay and thank you. He applied to the selective enrollment programs and magnet cluster. So, since he didn’t apply to a Classical school, he wouldn’t get those scores?

      • #12102 Reply

        That means you didn’t apply for any classical schools.

    • #12088 Reply
      Mom on NW side

      Hi – just wanted to post because I saw some McPherson offers. Our oldest is in selective K there and youngest just offered selective K. We are accepting & happy to have them together. The program is not as established as Bell, etc., and obviously this year was a challenging year to make any observations, but the teachers and administration are caring (and their pre-k program is excellent) and parents extremely involved & committed to making a class of friends, from pandemic park dates to pods to after-school playground dates  – the facilities themselves are quite nice by CPS standards & the location near parks, etc (and lots of parking) is a plus. While it may not have the “name” of Bells and others, we are pleased as punch to have the opportunity of having both together. The 1st-grade teacher is also the RGC coordinator and worked with the K teacher to build up a program. K teacher also works with the other teachers in the kindergarten team so kids are not totally cordoned off. Anyway figured worth posting since we are in a unique position of having both a child and offer in SEES there.
      I’m pretty sure they are having frequent early childhood open houses and would encourage anyone with an offer to attend

      • #12657 Reply


      • #12711 Reply

        Hi! My son was also accepted to McPherson for the K RGC program. Is there any chance we could set up a time to speak? Would love to hear more!

    • #12091 Reply

      98 Reading

      97 Math

      115 RGC

      Offered/Accepted Decatur – 1st Choice (T4)

    • #12107 Reply

      I just noticed this on the letter

      “Selection for the kindergarten Regional Gifted Center seats begin as high as 150” I wonder if the test maximum score was only 150, or if the highest scoring child this year was 150. I thought the test maximum score was 160?

      • #12115 Reply

        The max score is still 160 i believe.
        RGC 159

        Math 99 Reading 99

        Tier 3

        Offered Bronzeville Classical ( 1st choice)

        • #12138 Reply

          Amazing scores!! Thanks for clarifying.

      • #12308 Reply

        Asking for clarification — when it says the scores begin at 150, that’s the cutoff score? For what school is this?

        • #12319 Reply

          This is what was printed on the letter. Not sure how to interpret it.

    • #12121 Reply

      Reading: 76
      Math: 99
      RGC: 141
      Tier: 4

      Offered 2nd choice, Pritzker.
      Was not accepted to 1st choice, Bell.
      Excited about the possibility of Pritzker, but bummed we seemed to have just missed Bell.

      • #12139 Reply

        I don’t know anyone at Pritzker RGC, but I do know a family at Pritzker neighborhood and they LOVE it. That would be tough to decline that RGC offer. Pritzker was on our list also, just ranked lower.

    • #12126 Reply
      RV Dad

      RGC 133 – Only tried for Bell and obviously didn’t get in.
      Offered at Hawthorne and debating between that and neighborhood school : Audubon.


      • #12129 Reply
        East Lakeview Mom

        Hawthorne is a great school – you will regret if not accepting it.

        • #12133 Reply

          Second that. Hawthorne is much better than Audubon!

    • #12132 Reply

      RGC: 134

      Offered at McPherson (Tier 4) (3rd choice)

      Any additional information on McPherson’s RGC program out there?
      Appreciate the insights NWside Mom. We have a strong preference for our neighborhood school (Budlong) and trying to weigh the options.


    • #12137 Reply

      Any current or prospective Decatur parents that can offer insight into the school? It looks like a great school on paper. But I’m worried about the commute (quite frankly, we ranked schools in December when I thought my husband and I would never set foot in an office again but we are both back working downtown 5 days a week).

      I’m assuming RGC 122 / Tier 3 is too low to get into McPherson or Edison in later rounds (both closer), right?

      • #12171 Reply

        I have a 1st grader at Decatur. He takes school bus to/from Decatur. He loves his school – that’s all i care about tbh. I have another son in Coonley gifted, and when i compare academics Decatur is a much harder school to study academically – assignments projects etc more difficult, heavily academic if i can say that. Principal just changed. I love the new buildings they got this year. Its a small school, everyone knows everyone there

        • #12176 Reply

          Thanks for the info and perspective on Decatur, Dad3. I emailed the school to see if they would have an open house for prospective families and they basically told me to look at the website. Not very encouraging. Maybe I’m asking too much, but we are extended an offer which we should be able to evaluate, whether in person or not. I don’t think Decatur had any sort of virtual open house earlier in the year, or if they did, I missed it.

          • #12310 Reply

            Decatur had what I thought was an excellent virtual open house. I would contact administration and ask them to send you the video recording.

    • #12144 Reply
      Mom on NW side

      I’m definitely not trying to push McPherson on anyone over others – as all are great choices, both RGC and neighborhood, but I’ll offer the following.

      * I wouldn’t focus too much on how the test scores “look” on paper – it has a large cluster program at the school, which skew the test score results (plus no RGC grades are old enough for inclusion). The primary years program is really emphasized, as there are 5 pre-K feeder classes and 4 K classes. So it’s quite nice that the school, while K-8, does not feel overwhelming.


      * I certainly understand the draw of a neighborhood school. Ours is a desired school, and we have to commute to McPherson.  My thought was that we could always fall back to a neighborhood program whenever we want but couldn’t do so the other way around and be assured of a slot anywhere. Of course the drawback is not walking to the school. One bonus if commuting is that the school is right next to the Ravenswood metra that goes into ogilvie. (There’s also a bus for RGC.)

    • #12155 Reply

      Math 96

      Reading 97

      RGC 133

      Tier 4

      Applied to Decatur and Edison – didn’t get either. Do you think we stand a chance for either in the next round?

    • #12170 Reply

      Tier 3

      scores: math/reading – 86 both

      gifted -135


      school rankings:

      1) Decatur

      2) Edison

      3) Bell


      got offered Bell and gladly accepted.

    • #12174 Reply

      Reading 99

      Math 94

      Gifted 132

      Tier 4

      Accepted to kindergarten at McPherson (4th choice)

      We’ve been accepted to a private school already where he’s currently in pre-K and has an older sibling there. Since we know little about McPherson, we’re probably going to decline, and instead discuss differentiation opportunities with his current school.

      But would appreciate others’ perspectives.

    • #12178 Reply

      Reading 91

      Math 98

      Gifted 139

      Tier 4

      Offered Pritzker (#2 choice, behind Bell).  Neighborhood school is Prescott.  Did not expect to get offers at any RGC given the number of applicants vs spots.  Any insight into Prescott vs Prizker RGC greatly appreciated – we are relatively new to Chicago and know literally no one in CPS.

      • #12207 Reply


        I don’t know much about Prescott, though have a friend that sends his son there and they like it a lot. He’s about to enter 7th grade, I think, and they didn’t do younger grades there so I am not sure what they’re like.

        I have talked with a couple Pritzker RGC families and they also like the school. Unless Prescott is way more convenient for you, I always think of the fact that you can fall back on your neighborhood school the next year if you don’t like your SE school. You may not have the option the other way around.

        • #12209 Reply

          My responses are posting to weird threads. Congrats to both of you and thanks for the info EVM! We were offered Pritzker and will likely accept. We have been in a pre-K class at CPS, and while my child is happy and we could certainly keep her on this path of general ed at our well-regarded neighborhood school, she’s not being academically challenged. If Pritzker ends up being too much or not the right fit, we can always go back to our neighborhood school, but it is much harder to get into a selective enrollment school during a non-acceptance year, as you are relying on kids moving or transferring to open spots.

        • #12226 Reply

          Thanks for the input!  We are 99% likely to take this route – accept Pritzker for next year with a plan to fall back to Prescott if it doesn’t work out.

    • #12184 Reply

      Received an offer from Skinner North, but our first choice is Bell. Our oldest child is attending Bell RGC and would love to have both kids at the same school. Unfortunately, RGC score is only 125. We are Tier 3. Any chance if we decline SN, we might hope for an offer Bell?

      • #12208 Reply

        Congrats! We were offered Pritzker and will likely accept. We have been in a pre-K class at CPS, and while my child is happy and we could certainly keep her on this path of general ed at our well-regarded neighborhood school, she’s not being academically challenged. If Pritzker ends up being too much or not the right fit, we can always go back to our neighborhood school, but it is much harder to get into a selective enrollment school during a non-acceptance year, as your relying on kids moving or transferring to open spots.

    • #12190 Reply
      Poornima Nookala

      Tier 4

      Math 96

      Reading 86

      RGC 111

      Applied to Decatur and Edison, no offers. Do we stand a chance for 2nd or 3rd rounds with these scores? Older kid goes to Decatur and it would be wonderful if the younger one gets in as well. Thank you!

      • #12193 Reply

        I think someone said on the thread that 115 is the bare minimum for gifted programs but considering the circumstances were still dealing with it doesn’t hurt to go for it. But if you have any offers I could consider the ones you have

        • #12244 Reply
          Poornima Nookala

          Thank you for the response. We only applied to Decatur and Edison and got no offers!

          Any idea if we have a shot at Classical schools for 2nd and 3rd rounds with these scores (Math:96, Reading:86) based on past experiences? Thank you!

        • #12247 Reply

          Carnegie and maybe Bronzeville. NTA and McDade are pretty up there

    • #12204 Reply
      Albany Park mama

      Reading Score: 85
      Math Score: 86
      RGP score: 121
      Tier 3

      We ranked  Edison #1, Decatur #2, Bell #3, Pritzker #4, MacPhearson #5, SN #6

      We got no offers, and fared dismally in the magnet school lottery as well.

      Does anyone have a sense of whether we might get an offer from Tier 3 in a subsequent round? Glancing through these it looks like the cutoff was about 10 points lower for Tier 3 but still a good 10 points higher than he scored on the RGP test.  We live between Edison and Bell and would be beyond thrilled to get an offer at either school, but he didn’t do as well as we had hoped. Thanks!

      • #12223 Reply

        You may try casting your net a bit wider and try Beasley, Carnegie, Coonley, Lenart and Morton all have K gifted programs. And all gifted programs bus students who live 1.5 miles away (w/ boundaries for Carnegie, Coonley and NTA) from their neighborhood school.




        • #12246 Reply

          Beasleys min is 135

        • #12276 Reply

          No gifted K in Coonley anymore. 3rd grade is the last gifted class this year

    • #12212 Reply
      Mm mom

      Reading: 99

      Math: 92

      offered skinner west (1st choice)

      anyone know about class sizes?

      also, any way to get my child’s rgc score if we didn’t apply to gifted programs?

      • #12214 Reply

        I would call the contact number on the letter to find out if you could get the RGC score.

        Just curious, what tier are you in? I haven’t seen many comments on this site about Skinner W acceptance scores.

        • #12224 Reply
          Mm mom

          We are tier 4. Finding it difficult to find much info about the program. Any information would help! Our daughter took the early entrance exam, did well, then took this, just to see. She has a late December birthday, so a little unsure of how we feel with her being the likely youngest in the class.

          • #12225 Reply

            That is a tough call. My daughter did the early entry test last year. We didn’t do SEES testing last year. December birthday as well. We obviously ended up not taking the offer, and did the SEES testing this year. It worked out perfectly for her, as she grew so much in preschool this year. So must more outgoing and confident. And she got to be in person all year.. so that was GOLD. I think she would be fine if she would have started last year (in a SEES program) I think if we got a SEES offer last year I would have been way too nervous to pass that up! But in the end it was much more beneficial for her to stay in preschool the last year, so it all worked out in the end.

          • #12234 Reply

            We were in the same boat last year .. didn’t know about SEES and had just done the early enrollment test. I was nervous but thankfully she didn’t get a offer in the magnet lottery. My daughter is gentle and has difficulty saying no. She grew a lot this past year and I feel much better sending her to kindergarten this year, I feel more confident comparatively that she will be ok 🙂 . Good luck … But like BPMommy says… If you got a seat in SEES .the decision becoming all the more challenging.think through :)..good luck !

            • #12275 Reply
              Mm mom

              Thank you! We are beyond conflicted. Shes  a smart girl, but I dont want her to be pressured. But I also feel she has outgrown her daycare.  Where is your daughter going this year?

              • #12323 Reply

                We got an offer from mc Dade… But we stay in bucktown .. contemplating our decision

      • #12340 Reply

        SW Classical sizes:  Kinder-1st 28  or so


        Largest is 34 in 4th but I think they quit doing that.  Class size is being managed/scrutinized better now than previous years

        May have lost some during Covid, these were numbers from pre Covid days.

    • #12217 Reply

      Offered/accepted Decatur.
      Does anyone know what the next steps are? Will we hear from the school about how to complete registration paperwork, etc.? Do we need to call them?

      • #12345 Reply
        Chicago Born

        We heard from our SEES on Tuesday,  June 1.  They contacted us via email.  I assume anyone with an offer was contacted.  Shared upcoming visits,  registration information and etc.

    • #12220 Reply

      Reading – 98

      Math – 99.

      Got accepted into SN (our first choice). Having second thoughts on SN. The rating is 6/ 10 on Wondering if we should go to Skinner West, which is neighborhood school for us.

      • #12248 Reply
        Chicago Born

        Schools will contact the those who select offers in in the first week or two sometimes after for the SEES that have neighborhood programs as they are much larger and more K and new students (i.e. Skinner West)

        Our child is in K at SEES and they contacted us on May 14 and offers went out on May 8. They actually sent it to all students/ families who received an offer even if they hadn’t accepted.  It was a new parent orientation.

        Some initial forms were due mid-June, all other forms were due by the first day of school.  Everything was done via email. And orientation was on Google Meet

      • #12250 Reply

        I was disappointed when I checked the rating too a couple of days ago. My friend says that ratings are kind of messed up after the pandemic and that I should not trust them. She says that the community is lovely. We will try it this year, if we don’t like it we may move to the neighborhood school.

      • #12305 Reply

        Hi newparent_1, I’m a current Skinner North K mom who extensively toured SN, Edison, and Decatur and ended up choosing SN due to location, later school starting time (8:30 as opposed to 7:45 for Edison), and a larger grade size (2 classes per grade instead of 1 per grade for Edison and 1 or 2 for Decatur).

        I am extremely satisfied with SN. The academics are excellent with many small groups based on levels for reading, spellings are math. So even though there are a lot of students that are very advanced in each class, each student can be challenged according to his or her abilities. There are also other classes like art, music, PE, and Spanish. The homeroom teacher also taught them about science and culture. For culture, they did a wonderful unit on holidays around the world where they learned about many different countries and their unique traditions, food, and music.

        But even more important than academic, the school’s emphasis on social emotional learning is superb. All the teachers use positive re-enforcement and are very kind to the students. All the students learn about sharing, dealing with big emotions, calming down, being kind, etc. These important life skills are repeated throughout the school year.

        Another advantage of SN is the large parent involvement. It has an active parent community where we organize activities both inside and outside of school. It’s something much easier to do with a larger school. Currently the chess team is coached by very involved parents. For K this year a parent ran a virtual book club.

        The principal and vice principal are very involved. Both had worked as substitute teachers for remote learning (I was so surprised!).

        I did read about bullying on forums last year when I was deciding on the school. I think they are probably from the past and I haven’t heard of any bullying instances from any parent. In fact, like I mentioned before, the school does an excellent job teaching and practicing social emotional learning that bullying if it ever occurs in the future, I am very confident the teachers would pay attention to it, communicate with the students and parents, and handle it well.

        Lastly, SN has a huge playground, a double playground in fact, because it’s next to CPD’s Stanton Park. There are classes like basketball offered at Stanton Park. 🙂

        Let me know if you have any more questions.

    • #12232 Reply

      Any feedback on Beaubien? Trying to learn more.

    • #12245 Reply

      Reading 66

      Math 90

      RGC 151

      Offered Bell, will likely accept (2nd choice, Tier 2), though puzzled by the varied scores

      • #12278 Reply

        The classical and gifted tests are different questions given at the same time, and Bell would only be looking at your RGC score (great score!), and the classical programs only look at the math and reading. My understanding is that the RCG test is more like patterns, puzzles, and inference, while the reading would be sight words, letters, etc. and the math, simple word problems, so if your child is not reading it would make sense that they would score lower.

        • #12293 Reply

          Thanks! I didn’t realize they would be entirely different sets of questions, but still curious why his results would vary between the two. He tested during a phase of finding giving the worst wrong answer hilarious so I suspect that had something to do with it. I guess it’s water under the bridge now so no point in lamenting.

          • #12383 Reply

            If he got a 60 on Reading in Classical he probably wasn’t able to show the test giver that he knows how to read.  Those who get 99s can read fluently.  If they get in the 80s they can read a little [at least that’s my experience after 2 kids taking the exam].

      • #12452 Reply

        We actually decided to decline our spot for Bell, so at least one spot is up for grabs!

    • #12262 Reply

      For anyone looking at school data, below are two surveys done by CPS and are organized by individual schools.

      The 5 essentials survey is administered to middle school students (I believe). The data collected can be found here organized by school:

    • #12313 Reply

      Hello 112518Mom,

      Can I bug you with another question about Edison? My daughter was just offered a place, and and we are trying to make a decision between Edison and Disney (which is really close to our house). Has your child felt like the student experience was positive, ie not too competitive? Are the parents nice? Sorry to bombard you, just don’t know any current parents!

      Thank you!


      • #12361 Reply

        Hi A fish,

        My son has loved his time at Edison. He has made great friends. I haven’t noticed it feeling too competitive but my son is very competitive by nature and he has really thrives on the challenges they’ve set out for him. The parent community is what you make of it. Because kids come from all over, you do have to make a more conscious effort to get together but the benefit I see is that the same kids will be together most of elementary / middle school and that is so unique. The teachers are wonderful and really work hard to tailor lessons for each child. No school is without challenges but we’ve been happy at the school. It’s a tough decision but you have two great options to choose from. Good luck!

    • #12325 Reply
      Edison Mom

      My son is in Kindergarten at Edison. I still can’t believe how much he learned this year. It is accelerated definitely but very supportive,too. Accept Edison, you won’t regret.

    • #12415 Reply


      Does anyone know when second round offers for SEES Kindergarten become available?

      Thank you!


    • #12453 Reply

      Re Question for Round 2:  I’m not positive if this applies to selective enrollment, but the website  says Round 2 Results come out July 19 (

    • #12529 Reply

      Math 96

      Reading 86

      No offers in 1st round. We are moving from Tier 4 to Tier 3 and have updated the address in GoCPS. Does anyone know if we will be considered tier 3 or tier 4 for the 2nd round? Thank you.

    • #12532 Reply

      Just curious if anybody has received a second round offer? Curious if people actually reject their first offers!

    • #12534 Reply

      Bpmommy, I was wondering the same thing!  I’m guessing no second round offers yet since no one has replied to this original thread.  Also when I looked at last year’s thread, it seemed the second round offers came like 1.5 mos after the first one.  Though would love to hear if anyone rejected since I’m hoping for an offer in round 2.

      • #12535 Reply

        Interesting! You would think SEES wouldn’t go several rounds. I have received a second or third round offer for a neighborhood school last Friday, so I know those are moving along. Of course, we are sticking with our RGC offer.

        • #12548 Reply

          A good number of 2nd round offers definitely go out for SEES schools. My child is a 3rd grader and got into an RGC in rd 2. I think people decline for many reasons (location, they move out of the city, change of heart/prefer neighborhood school, etc.).

    • #12536 Reply

      Per CPS website, Round 2 results are not released until July 19. Not sure if that applies to SEES or Choice or both.

      • #12539 Reply

        For non selective enrollment I did receive a second offer last Friday.  First neighborhood was the day results came out.

        Under elementary it says:
        JUNE 16, 2021
        Round 1 Waitlist Process Opens


        I was thinking round 2 was the additional schools you could apply for that had open seats. But who knows?

        • #12540 Reply

          First neighborhood offer was the day results came out, second one last Friday (for clarification)

    • #12588 Reply

      Round 2 results should be out today…. right? What’s the ballpark time?

    • #12589 Reply

      @Kate:  Is it today or Monday?  I thought it was Monday but would love it if it was today.

    • #12590 Reply

      I have received two neighborhood/magnet offers since original offers came out. So those have been moving along this whole time.

    • #12591 Reply

      Himama, I know that their website currently says July 19 but I sent my husband a photo weeks ago where it says July 16. I heard a rumour that it’ll be late today.

    • #12592 Reply
    • #12593 Reply

      Kate, late as in 4ish PM like last time?  Also, will they let us know via our GoCPS account or an email or phone call?

    • #12594 Reply

      I feel so impatient

    • #12598 Reply

      Our daughter received an offer to Pritzker late afternoon today – it just showed up in our GOCPS account; no call or email as of yet.  Her score was 142.

      Thank you bpmommy and LinMom for your help last month here.


    • #12600 Reply

      Are the results out for Round 2? No updates in GoCPS so far. Does that mean we have no offers in Round 2? Thank you!

    • #12601 Reply

      Received an offer from Keller for 3rd grade. Will decline.


    • #12602 Reply

      so I didn’t apply for any second rounds but somehow got an offer from NTA. We were planning on Disney. Now I’m back confused. Anyone have a kid at either school? I’m horrible at making decisions lol

    • #12604 Reply

      Hi Betty…I’ve heard good things about NTA … know a few parents there.

      • #12605 Reply

        I see they have a pool but their website isn’t as robust as disney. Granted this was my second choice original I liked the Kindergarten teacher. She took time to meet with me when I was making my list but I didn’t do much reach after the fact because we didn’t receive an offer at first. But now I’m just all confused again lol

        • #12608 Reply


          The NTA facility is great and they offer a swim team too.

          NTA will have a new kindergarten teacher this coming year (I likely toured well after you toured – I toured last month and learned this); the kindergarten teacher from last year is going to coordinate the gifted program this year instead.  The new teacher is new to teaching in the gifted program, but not new to NTA and has also taught kindergarten in the past.

    • #12610 Reply
      NTA Parent

      @Betty, was your child offered a spot in the RGC?

      • #12611 Reply

        Yes when I talked to the coordinator she said it was an oversight he didn’t get an offer the first time. From what someone said above she was the previous RGC K teacher. Is NTA a school within a school like Disney?

    • #12613 Reply
      NTA Parent

      It is one school with both a neighborhood and RGC program.

    • #12615 Reply

      Anyone know if Round 2 offers actually went out last night?

      All of our decisions still show Round 1 results. (Choice waitlists and RGC) Declined an RGC, but just waiting to enroll in our neighborhood school until our first and second choice RGCs are either offered or denied.

    • #12617 Reply

      @Dadness, yes, we got a Round 2 offer last night to Pritzker.

    • #12628 Reply

      We received a round 2 offer for our 3rd kid to K McPherson RGC.

      Tier 4


      Had ranked it 3rd among RGCs.  Unsure what we will do.

      Any Bell Round 2 offers received for K? Would love to know your scores. Our older 2 are at Bell RGC.

    • #12632 Reply

      Pritzker Kindergarten parents, I was thinking of having a meet up sometime next month so our kiddos can meet.  Let me know if you’re interested and I can start a new thread to figure out dates.  Thanks!

      • #12650 Reply

        Very interested!

    • #12651 Reply

      Hi! Know there’s a lot here about Pritzker. Similar to other posters curious if anyone can comment on the following.
      1) principal. Have heard some negative things.
      2) stress level/ focus on tests. I don’t know any parents at pritzker but I’ve heard at some other schools kids even at kindergarten level and especially first or second grade are super stressed out prepping for tests which I don’t love at such a young grade. Am wondering if at an RGC in particular this would be further exacerbated. Thanks for any insight!!

    • #12655 Reply

      Hi Katya!  Sounds good, send me your email addy and I’ll let you know.  Thinking maybe mid-August.

      As for your Pritzker questions –

      1)  I haven’t heard anything specific about the Principal but I did talk to someone who sends their children there (actually one is already at an Academic Center at Lane) and she just said, you have to hold her accountable sometimes, whatever that means.  Unless I hear something that severely affects the culture of the school, which I have not, I don’t think some “negative talk” about the Principal would stop me from sending my child to an RGC program.

      2) I watched a recording of the zoom call (happy to email it to you) from back in June and they talked about trying to dissuade kids from being competitive and discussing grades, which was good to hear.   There’s also not much homework, according to the teachers on the call, and the kids have the opportunity to finish work at school.

      Hope this helps!

    • #12664 Reply

      Hi everyone,

      Tier 4

      Math: 99

      reading: 99

      RG: 125

      my son got a 2nd round offer for the Pritzker RGC (1st grade) and we already have a spot secured at the magnet Hawthorne. Any recommendations on which one is better? I’ve read the above thread and seems like Pritzker is a great school but so is Hawthorne?!

      thank you

    • #12686 Reply

      Hi, has anyone received any 3rd round offers yet? I called up CPS couple of weeks back and I was told that offers would be released on August 9th. Thank you.

      • #12690 Reply

        We have received an offer this morning from NTA for Kindergarten.


        • #12693 Reply

          Congratulations! And thank you for the response.

      • #12696 Reply

        Just got an offer for Decatur and accepted.

        Reading 97

        Math 98

        RGC score 135

        Tier 4.

        Anyone know where I can get info on the bussing routes? My eldest is at Beaubien RGC and they also start at 7:45am!


        • #12710 Reply
          Decatur Parent

          last year there was a bus from Beaubien to DCS around 7am. Email the office and you should be able to sign up for bussing.

    • #12697 Reply

      We also received an offer from NTA.

    • #12725 Reply

      Has anyone received round 4 offers?

      • #12726 Reply

        Yes, we received an offer this afternoon to Morton for K. We won’t be accepting, as we decided to go private due to the never-ending COVID nonsense.

      • #12727 Reply

        We received an offer yesterday from Bronzeville Classical for K, I guess they went pretty far down their list since my child’s scores were 82 math, 62 reading.

        We had already everything ready to go to Galileo, we attended a summer kick off to Kindergarten program there, we met the principal and the teachers and our child is excited about going there, so we are not sure about making this last minute switch.

        Any advice?

        • #12729 Reply
          Chicago Born

          I have heard nothing but great things about Bronzeville. I would strongly consider accepting the SEES seat at Bronzeville instead of Galileo

        • #12730 Reply
          Chicago Born
          1. What tier are you? You’re right they could be trying to fill up seats 82 math 62 reading
          • #12732 Reply

            Tier 4

          • #12743 Reply

            Tiers stop factoring in at some point. Not sure if it’s round 2 or 3.

    • #12728 Reply

      We didn’t receive the offer for SN math 99, reading 98 tier 4.  SN is our rank 2 though.

      • #12746 Reply

        What is your first choice. I think you should talk with the office

      • #12747 Reply

        What grade is this for?

    • #12751 Reply

      I hope everyone had a wonderful first day of school!

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