Spring 2018 CPS High School Offers

The 2018-2019 CPS High School notifications were released on Friday, March 30. The “First Round” deadline is April 13, and then families can enter into a “Second Round” for any leftover available spaces.

It’s a new process this spring so along with the release are some informative videos and information from GoCPS as well as the following, cut and pasted directly from the websites linked below:

Information regarding the GoCPS high school application process can be found in the High School FAQs. If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or gocps@cps.edu.

Principal Discretion is a process that allows Selective Enrollment High School principals to fill a designated number of ninth grade seats, outside of the regular selection process, based on information provided through application packages submitted by students.

Applicants to ninth grade can apply to a Selective Enrollment school through the Principal Discretion process if they (1) did not receive a Selective Enrollment offer, or (2) they received a Selective Enrollment offer but would like to be considered for a different Selective Enrollment High School. (You do not have decline an offer in order to apply for Principal Discretion).

The Principal Discretion application period for the 2018-2019 school year begins at 9 am on April 9th and ends at 6 pm on April 20th. The application will be posted beginning on April 9th. Click the links below to access the Principal Discretion Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions. The handbook provides step-by-step instructions for submitting a Principal Discretion application package and contains the guidelines and requirements for the process.

If you have questions after you review these documents, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment 773-553-2060 or gocps@cps.edu.

Click the links below to access the cutoff scores for the 2018-2019 high school selection process:

7 thoughts on “Spring 2018 CPS High School Offers”

  1. Out of curiosity, how many students were applying for the hs selective enrollment this year? And how many students scored perfect 900? Thanks!

  2. I have a question, but first THANK YOU for this blog! I’m a late comer to this whole process, and learned about your site recently through CPS obsessed.

    Two quick questions:

    1. I see this link here http://cps.edu/AccessAndEnrollment/Documents/CutoffScores_SEHS_2018-2019.pdf, I scanned through the list, and see the highest scores are at Payton at 898. I don’t see any other scores as high as 898 at other schools. Does that mean, the highest scores citywide were 898? Did no kids score a perfect score? (I’m not suggesting they should have, just trying to understand the chart.)

    2. I was at a recent Payton assembly where the principal said for every child that was selected for the 2018 to 2019 freshman year, THIRTY EIGHT kids didn’t make it. He said it as a humbling reminder that the kids who did make – they should be thankful. My question is does that mean for every kid that made it, 38 applied? or for every kid that did make it, 38 scored high enough to make it, and there was some lottery system and one out of 38 kids were selected? (Does this make sense what I’m asking?)


  3. If you look at the top line for each school (Rank), you will see a max score of 900 for several of the schools. The top 30% of scorers get in without regard to tier, so that’s where the 900s are.

    For Payton, I think it means there were 39 applications for every available space, but no, there is not a lottery system. It is the top 30% of scores for rank, then 17.5% of seats to the top scores in each tier.

    Hope that helps!

  4. interesting study -Is a kid’s success a consequence of an elite school or is it a consequence of getting into an elite school (is success due to the kid themselves vs the school experience)? Study done in 2011 around NY and Boston schools who have a fiercely competitive selective school system like Stuyvesant referenced in recent WSJ blog https://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2018/04/25/qa-how-an-economist-unlocked-hidden-truths-about-school-choice/


    Answer: they don’t do better because of the school; the kids are already inherently going to be successful. “the intense competition for exam
    school seats does not appear to be justified by improved learning for a broad set of students”

    Don’t fret if your kids don’t get into the “top schools” as their own inherent drive will determine their success

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