Who has Cliff Notes for SEES?

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    • #11577 Reply
      ChicagoMamma
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      I’ve got a preschooler and I’m just starting this journey, so of course I’m losing my mind. What I’m trying to figure out is a few things (for kindergarten entry):

      • Do they just take any child who scores perfect, and then the other scores they divide up evenly among the tiers? How many “perfect” seats do they have, or is it all based on tiers?
      • What is the point spread between Tier 3 and Tier 4
      • What’s the lowest they’ll take for each tier?
      • Is there really such a huge difference between Tier 3 and 4?
      • CPS Obsessed is closed — does anyone have an archive?
      • For anyone who did test prep and was in Tier 4… did you get in? What test prep did you use?
      • I’m just learning of these rounds — is that a thing for kindergarten? Like, if you don’t get in first round at a gifted school, you can apply again?
      • Has anyone here not bought a house because of a tier situation? Is that insane?
      • How much have your therapy bills cost you so far? (LOL)

      I realize some of these questions are not answerable using hard numbers, but looking to read about others’ experiences, considerations, how they went about making decisions, etc.

       

       

    • #11580 Reply
      ES

      <p style=”text-align: left;”>There is a lot of discussion on this on NPN forum.</p>
       

    • #11583 Reply
      ChicagoMamma
      Participant

      Sorry, what does NPN stand for?

    • #11586 Reply
      ES

      Neighborhood parent network

    • #11587 Reply
      Chicago Parent

      Just my two cents:

      • Do they just take any child who scores perfect, and then the other scores they divide up evenly among the tiers? How many “perfect” seats do they have, or is it all based on tiers?

      I believe Kindergarten schools fill the top 30% of their open seats based on whoever has the top scores, and then the next 70% of seats are offered equally among the 4 tiers. I think this process is for the first 3 or 4 rounds. After either the 3rd or 4th round, kids are chosen only on their score, and tiers aren’t considered.

      • What is the point spread between Tier 3 and Tier 4

      This seems to be pretty volatile. Being in one Tier doesn’t necessarily mean that you’d score higher than other tiers. I honestly don’t know if CPS even provides this data.

      • What’s the lowest they’ll take for each tier?

      It really depends on the school. For highly sought after schools like Skinner North or Decatur, you’ll probably need near perfect scores (99 reading and 99 math) no matter what tier you’re in. There are other schools where a child can get in with 75 reading 75 math (classical) or 115 (or even lower) for some regional gifted schools.

      • Is there really such a huge difference between Tier 3 and 4?

      From my point of view, not really. Others may have a different opinion.

      • CPS Obsessed is closed — does anyone have an archive?
      • For anyone who did test prep and was in Tier 4… did you get in? What test prep did you use?
      • I’m just learning of these rounds — is that a thing for kindergarten? Like, if you don’t get in first round at a gifted school, you can apply again?

      Yes, this is something for kindergarten. Your child only tests once, and only applies once. Lets say your child gets a 90 reading and 90 math, and you’ve applied to Bronzeville Classical as your first choice. Bronzeville may go through the selective process and extend 28 offers to kids based on the 30%/70% method mentioned earlier. The parents of the kids who got offers then can either accept or decline the offer. Lets say 10 families decline the offer. Then when second round begins, 10 more offers are extended based on that 30%/70% method. This process goes on until all seats in a school are filled.

      • Has anyone here not bought a house because of a tier situation? Is that insane?

      Insane or not, its really part of the game. We made sure to rent (not buy) while we were looking for schools for our child. We found a small apartment to rent that was in the vicinity of some pretty good magnet schools (STEM, Sheridan) where we could have a better chance of getting in based on proximity. This ended up being moot because our child tested into a selective enrollment school.

      • How much have your therapy bills cost you so far? (LOL)

      LOL!

    • #11605 Reply
      New With CPS

      I have a 4 year old, and normally parents prepare to attend open houses the fall before kindergarten year. Because of Covid, we won’t be able to peek into any kindergarten classes to get a feel for the teacher/school. Tours are going to be virtual this year, but it won’t be the same (imo).

      We’re looking at the South Side selective enrollment schools (Beasley, Carnegie, Poe, McDade, Lenart, Bronzeville, NTA) and a handful of magnet schools (Sheridan, A. Jackson, STEM, Galileo). With that being said, are there any kindergarten families that can share their thoughts on how remote learning is going and their thoughts/reactions to the schools? Any current families of any of these schools with any feedback?

    • #11606 Reply
      jazzman

      My son went to McDade K-6 now ( now extended to 7&8 grades)at Lindblom Academic Center its a small school 190 students and brand new gym, class rooms, and full service kitchen for meals prepared at the school. The principle at McDade is simply fantastic and it also has strong parental involvement and are open to parents bring great ideals to make the school even greater.   Bronzevile Classical is fantastic strong parental involvement its very much what is called a public-private school. I have friends at both schools and are very happy with the environment.

    • #11608 Reply
      New With CPS

      @jazzman Thanks for the info. Do you know if the construction at McDade is done? I’d ideally like my child to go there without any construction distractions. And do you know the boundaries for school bus service for Bronzeville?

       

    • #11609 Reply
      jazzman

      yes construction is finished at McDade. not sure about bus boundaries

       

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