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High School Application Window Opens Oct. 1

The GoCPS application period opens next week, but whether you apply on October 1 or December 14, you have the same chances of receiving an offer to a program of your choice!

It is a common misconception that applying early gives families an advantage in selection when, in fact, it does not. The selection process that generates offers for all applicants is run after the application process ends, so it is important that you take your time and use the full application window to plan and make good application decisions.

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Things to Do Before Applying

Account creation will be temporarily suspended this week as CPS changes the system over to application mode. However, there are still a lot of things you can do before submitting your application. Here are some of the most important ones. 

  • Review Your Eligibility (If You Have Already Activated an Account)
  • Understand the Application Process
  • Research High School Programs
  • Talk to Your Counselor

 You have more than two months to submit your applications. Make the most of it.

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 Changing Your Program Rankings

Even after you submit your application, you can still make changes to your school choices, up to the December 14 deadline. Keep researching and talking to school leaders after you submit to make sure you’ve made the best selections. If you want to re-rank your choices, you can do so up until February 1. (Note that you cannot add new programs to the application after the December deadline.) Contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or [email protected] for re-ranking instructions after December 14.

Open Houses

Be sure to visit the high schools in which you are interested by attending an open house. Check out the Dates and Events calendar at GoCPS to view these events by date, or search by school or zip code.

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Need Help?

If you have any questions about the activation process, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email [email protected]. Source: Chicago Public Schools