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Welcome to the High School Admissions Information Session November 8-10, 2010.

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1 Welcome to the High School Admissions Information Session November 8-10, 2010

2 What we’ll cover tonight High schools and programs you may select Tools to compare Application “pathways” Questions and answers

3 Before we begin... Please write questions on notecards All info, and FAQs, will be posted online Students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply to any and all options Representatives from: – New Schools – Special Education & Supports – Academic Enhancement – College & Career Preparation

4 What types of schools can I choose?

5 141 high schools Neighborhood Small Career academy Charter and contract Magnet Military academy Selective enrollment 74 programs in high schools College and career academies Magnet programs International baccalaureate

6 Neighborhood high schools First option for most families Serve students within attendance boundary No application required* 57 options *unless applying to a school outside your area

7 Small high schools Offer smaller, more personalized experience Enrollment limited to 600 students Typically serve students within attendance boundary Application required for some schools 24 options

8 Career academy* College-preparatory curriculum Career-focused education in different fields Application required 5 options *Not to be confused with “college and career academies” (programs run in a select number of schools by Career & Technical Education) Chicago Vocational Career Academy Dunbar Prosser Richards Simeon

9 Charter and contract schools Independently operated Autonomy over curriculum, schedule, budget, staffing and governance Application required (no eligibility requirements) Application deadlines vary 42 high school options

10 Magnet schools* Specialize in specific subject area Application required Pre-eligibility requirements may apply 4 options *Not to be confused with “magnet programs” which run within neighborhood or other schools Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences Michele Clark Von Steuben Curie Metropolitan (Neighborhood Boundary)

11 Military academy Focus on leadership, team-building skills Training connected with military branch Application, recommendations, interview required Reading comprehension and math stanines must total at least 10 (e.g., 3 and 7; 4 and 6). 6 options Air Force Carver Chicago Military Marine Phoenix Rickover Naval

12 Selective enrollment Designed for advanced students Honors and Advanced Placement Application required Pre-eligibility and exam required 9 options Brooks Jones King Lane Tech Lindblom Northside Payton Westinghouse Whitney Young

13 Selective enrollment (cont’d) Minimum stanine of 5 in both math and reading comprehension on 7 th grade ISAT Selection criteria – 900 points possible Percentile rank in ISAT reading comprehension = 150 Percentile rank in ISAT total math = 150 Final grades for 7 th grade = 300 Admissions exam = 300

14 What about programs within schools?

15 PROGRAMS WITHIN SCHOOLS International Baccalaureate Rigorous, college prep program International standards Recognized by universities Designed for advanced students Pre-eligibility, other requirements apply Application required Apply directly to high schools 14 options Amundsen Bogan Curie Hubbard Hyde Park Lincoln Park Morgan Park Ogden Int’l School* Prosser Career Academy Senn Steinmetz Kelly Taft Washington

16 PROGRAMS WITHIN SCHOOLS College and career academies Program within a school College prep + 3 year career sequence Work-based learning, real-world training Invitations to college, career events Industry professionals as guest instructors 43 options

17 PROGRAMS WITHIN SCHOOLS College and career academies Automotive technology Broadcast technology & digital media Business and finance Construction and architecture Cosmetology Culinary and hospitality Early childhood education & teaching Health and medicine Information technology Law and public safety Logistics Manufacturing Pre-engineering

18 COLLEGE & CAREER ACADEMY CAREER ACADEMYCAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCTION PROGRAM Within a schoolStandalone school Within a school 43 academies at 16 schools 5 schools163 programs at 60 schools Citywide admissions; apply via the CCA application Citywide admissions; apply to the school itself (except Dunbar, use CCA app) Participation available to students in the school (no app required)

19 PROGRAMS WITHIN SCHOOLS Magnet programs Specialize in specific subject area Within neighborhood schools Application required Pre-eligibility requirements may apply 5 options Kenwood Schurz Harlan Corliss Sullivan

20 MAGNET PROGRAMMAGNET SCHOOL Contained within a schoolStandalone school Offered in 5 schools4 complete schools Apply for the program, not the school Apply for the school itself

21 How can I compare them?

22 School Profiles 1.Application Procedure 2.School Type and General Information 3.School-wide Programs and Models 4.Admissions 5.Student Supports and Resources 6.School Performance Rating 7.School Performance Summary 8.School Performance Detail 9.Other Important Data


24 Do I have to apply?

25 1 Open 2 3 Application Application Plus

26 123 Open For neighborhood and small schools INSIDE ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY:OUTSIDE BOUNDARY: No application requiredContact school Note: Students living outside boundary may attend only if seats are available

27 123 Application Requires application only AVAILABLE at: AVAILABLE AT THE SCHOOL: Magnet schools Charter schools Magnet programs Contract schools Career academies (schools) College & career academies (programs)

28 123 Application plus Requires application plus recommendations, audition, interview or exam Military academiesSelected college and career academies: Selective enrollment - Information technology International baccalaureate - Law Chicago HS for the Arts - Medical and health (Charter) - Public Safety Applications, except for Chicago HS for the Arts, available at


30 Keep in mind You may apply to multiple programs, and each program may require a separate application Application procedure by school and program index will be available on For most, deadline is December 17 PIN required for online application For most, submit directly to OAE

31 Appendix

32 Admissions policy refinements Based on independent commission recommendations Improves chances of selection for many Resolves issues for families with students in multiple schools

33 Recommended ModificationWhy? Add a 6 th variable based on performance of attendance area schools in each tract to the five current variables Median family income Adult educational attainment % owner-occupied home % single-parent households % speaking language other than English Improves chances for students in neighborhoods with low performing schools Increases diversity Complements the other variables Selective schools admittance based on 30% rank order, 70% tier instead of 40% rank order, 60% tier Increases socioeconomic diversity Align NCLB process with general education application process instead of after application process is over Ensures all applicants apply and test during regular SEHS process Students can apply to a maximum of 6 selective enrollment high schools instead of 4 Increases selection options and improves chances of selection If school is more than 50% within the proximity, AND more than 50% any one race, then the proximity lottery would be eliminated and all students placed in general lottery—instead of 40% at all schools Helps contain large swings in diversity caused by some schools being located in homogenized neighborhoods.

34 Recommended ModificationWhy? Allow multiples to apply together to ensure best chance of dual/triple admittance, instead of no preference for multiples Resolves issues for families with multiple children in separate schools Adopt preference for non-entry level siblings, instead of no preference Resolves issues for families with multiple children in separate schools Require verification of application address in addition to current address (if different) instead of only at enrollment Insures integrity of application data and implementation of policy Remove candidates who don’t respond to offers after the second round of admissions instead of extending offers in all four rounds Maximize offers to qualified students by eliminating applicants who don’t respond

35 Commission process Studied results of one-year policy 3 community forums 8 deliberation sessions Independent analysis and reflection Full report at and

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