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Applying for Enrollment for 2022–2023 School Year

New this year! 

CPS Magnet, Out-of-Neighborhood and High School lotteries have one extended application window! Now families can submit one application per child.

CPS Magnet Sibling Application (Preschool-6 or Preschool-8)

September 21 – October 29, 2021 

Sibling Application Period

Process: Siblings are given priority to enter magnet schools. Paper applications must be submitted at the magnet school during the Sibling Application Period; this application is not part of the online lottery process. Parents should call the magnet school for office hours for handing in paper applications.

Who may apply during the Application Period for siblings?

Siblings of in-district students already enrolled in magnet schools may apply to the sibling's magnet schools. The entering student must meet the magnet school's eligibility requirements, if any, and live within the CPS district at the same address as the current student. 

New! CPS Early High School Montessori Application (Grade 6) — CPS In-District Resident Students Only

September 21 – October 29, 2021 

Early Montessori Application process — New Montessori application for in-district CPS families with elementary students wishing to continue their Montessori education into high school. CPS students who wish to remain in the Same Course of Study (academic program) should apply at this time. This only includes students in Montessori elementary schools applying to CPS Montessori high schools. 

Learn more about the Early Montessori Application here

CPS Lottery — Out-of-Neighborhood, Magnet and High School 

December 7, 2021 – March 11, 2022

The CPS Lottery is now one round for the following lotteries: Out-of-Neighborhood, Magnet and High School. Now families can submit one application per child.

Out-of-Area (East & West) Application — CPS residents only (non-lottery; paper)

  • April 12 – 29, 2022 — Magnet Elementary Schools (Paper applications turned in at schools.)
    • Magnet schools with a waiting list will not accept east/west applications. 

Open Enrollment — Preschool -12th Grade

Out-of-District Applicants — Online Only 

  • May 1–31, 2022 — Online Lottery Application; parents receive letters — July 2022 (Subject to change) 

Applying during Open Enrollment

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