CPS Montessori High School Registration

  • Montessori High School Acceptance

    All students in Grade 6 currently enrolled at a CPS Montessori elementary school, and interested in attending either Clark Montessori High School, James N. Gamble Montessori High School or any other CPS high school, must participate and select their preference in the high school lottery for the 2024-2025 school year. 
    For the past two years, CPS placed and assigned students at eastside Montessori elementary schools to Clark High School and westside Montessori elementary schools to Gamble High School. CPS is no longer offering this option to families due to Clark High School's limited available seats and making sure the process is aligned to board policy.
    Current students enrolled at Clark Montessori High School or James N. Gamble Montessori High School do not have to reapply through the lottery system.

    learn more about the high school lottery

    Montessori Meeting:

    CPS is providing two Montessori informational meetings regarding the 2024-2025 Lottery process for Montessori High Schools. Staff will be onsite to provide application assistance and answer questions: 

    • Eastside Montessori: Clark Montessori High School - Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m.
    • Westside Montessori: Dater Montessori Elementary School - Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m.


    How Does It Work?

    Prioritization is the same. Prioritization is given to applicants based on established Board policies to ensure each student has an equitable chance of being assigned to first-choice schools. 

    East/West priority is still applicable based on the student’s home address.

    • The location of the elementary school the student attended has no implications on the prioritization of the student’s lottery application.
    • Students who reside east of Interstate 75 will be prioritized for Clark Montessori High School
    • Students who reside west of Interstate 75 will be prioritized into James N. Gamble Montessori High School

    Families will be notified of their student’s placement and registration instructions approximately six weeks after the lottery closes.   

    Who May Apply?

    Any student interested in attending a Montessori High School may indicate that school in their top 3 choices in their Lottery application.  

    learn more about the high school lottery  

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