The December 22 Application Deadline is Almost Here
Important Tools & Reminders to Help You Complete the Process
Research Schools & Programs Using Our New Advanced Search
GoCPS just launched a new advanced search engine that makes it easier for families to find schools and programs to apply to. With our advanced search, you can locate schools by name, zip code, and your home address; as well as use a variety of filters to sort these results by the categories of programs available. We’ve also added a map view to the search tool so you can see where schools are located and get directions with estimated travel times. There is also a comparison tool that allows site visitors to select up to four schools and compare them side-by-side. So if you are still trying to decide which high school programs to apply to, take a few moments to check out this great new site feature on GoCPS.
Consider Your Neighborhood School
Neighborhood schools offer great options for CPS students. And even though each student is guaranteed a spot in the general education program at their neighborhood school, regardless of whether they apply; we are still encouraging all students to select and rank their neighborhood school along with all their other program selections. So take some time to get familiar with your neighborhood school options and the programs they offer. You can find your neighborhood school by typing your home address into the search field of our new advanced school finder.
Find My Neighborhood School
Review the Application Guide
There are a large number of very helpful guides and documents on GoCPS to help you through the process. One of the most popular ones is the High School Application guide. This detailed booklet includes step-by-step screenshots and instructions covering the entire application process. It’s a great place to start getting familiar with how things work before applying, and you can also print it and use it as a reference piece while completing your applications.
View Application Guide
Find Events to Attend
Each week, there are a variety of high school open houses, fairs and other application related events happening all across the district. These events are a great place to get in person information about the application process and talk directly with the staff of schools you may be interested in. You can find the dates, time and details of these events in the online calendar on GoCPS. You can even add the events you are interested in to your personal calendar. Take a look and see if any of the schools on your application list are hosting applications events.
GoCPS is optimized for view on Chrome and Safari web browsers. We recommend using one of these to access the site.
If you have any questions, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email email@example.com
important Information About Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year for Current CPS Preschool Students and Siblings of Current CPS Students
Students who are siblings or in PK that do not live in the attendance area but are interested in attending Peirce for the fall need to apply by December 22nd.
November 20, 2017
Dear Parent or Guardian:
This is to provide you with important information about applications for the 2018-2019 school year for current Chicago Public Schools (CPS) preschool students and siblings of current CPS students.
Current Preschool Students
In most CPS elementary schools, the preschool program does not feed directly into kindergarten, which means that preschool students must apply in order to be considered for kindergarten. If you want your preschool child to attend kindergarten at the school where he/she is currently enrolled, you MUST submit an application if:
Siblings of current Chicago Public Schools students
If you have a child that you want to enroll in a Chicago public school for the 2018-2019 school year, and you have another child enrolled in that school, you MUST submit an application through the Options for Knowledge application process for the child that you want to enroll. The currently enrolled sibling’s last name, CPS ID number, and current school name or code MUST be included on the application. Sibling applicants to elementary magnet, magnet cluster, or open enrollment schools are selected first and will be offered seats to the extent that space is available. If a school receives more applications from siblings than there are seats available, a computerized lottery will be conducted to fill the seats.
The term “sibling” refers to natural siblings, step siblings, foster siblings and adopted siblings only. In order to be eligible, the currently enrolled sibling and the sibling applicant must live in the same household. An applicant cannot be enrolled as a sibling if the currently enrolled sibling graduates in 2018 or transfers to a different school in the 2018-2019 school year. If the currently enrolled sibling graduates or transfers to a different school, the sibling applicant will be placed in the general applicant lottery.
How to Apply
You can apply online at go.cps.edu (click ‘Apply’ to begin the process), or submit a paper application, accessible at go.cps.edu (click ‘How to Apply’ and ‘Elementary Schools’). The application deadline is December 22, 2017. Students who do not have an application submitted by the deadline WILL NOT be eligible for admission in the 2018-2019 school year. If you have questions or need assistance with the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at (773) 553- 2060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony T. Howard
New federal guidelines require schools to receive consent from families that are interested in receiving non-emergency robo calls, this begins on December 1st. If you are interested in still receiving these non-emergency robo calls, the attached forms must be returned to the school.
School Messaging Consent Form - English, Spanish
Attention Peirce parents!
Are you concerned about school funding?
Ready to help?
Friends of Peirce is looking for you!
FOP works with the school administration, community businesses, and parent and teacher volunteers to raise money for Peirce Elementary. Donations help to fund everything from furniture to extra curricular arts to science materials to field trips.
We have an open seat on the board to fill the remainder of a two-year term.
If you are interested in being considered for this seat, please send a statement of interest to Erik Schnitger, FOP Board member, at email@example.com by November 6, 2017.
Board elections will take place at the November board meeting on November 14th at 6:30pm.
The location for this meeting has not yet been determined but it is likely this meeting will be at Hopleaf. Interested candidates should plan to attend the board meeting to present their statement of interest.
Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) offers free ESL classes for adults at Senn High School. The class runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
Call Anthony Escamilla at Senn: 773-534-2365 Call Karen Parrillo at CMAA: 773-784-2900 ext. 120
Chinese Mutual Aid Association Free ESL Classes - flyer
Join the JR PSO and Harvest for Hope collect non-perishable foods, household and personal care items. November 6-30, 2017.
Canned Food Drive Flyer in English and Spanish
We have a family at Peirce whose house caught on fire and they are currently in need of the following items:
Any donations can be brought to the main office.
November 6, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 is “Conference Day” for all Chicago Public Elementary Schools. There is no school for students on this day. Parent-Teacher- Student meetings will be held in two conference sessions. The first session will last from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the second session is from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please do not come to school from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Teachers will not be available during that time.
PYP and MYP students will participate in student-led conferences. We believe that having students lead their conference encourages them to take ownership of their learning. Therefore, students are highly encouraged to attend the conference with their parents/guardians. Please come prepared to spend a minimum of 45 minutes at Peirce for Student Led Conferences. If parents have confidential questions for the teacher, please ask to set up an additional meeting outside of the student-
led conference time.
MYP Only: The parents of MYP students will pick up their child’s report card on the third floor from their homeroom teacher who will help to facilitate the student-led conference. After the conference, if you wish to speak with an individual teacher about your child’s academic progress in a particular subject, please report the teachers’ classroom with whom you’d like to speak. . An appointment sign-in sheet will be posted on the door, so that you may sign up for a five minute conference. If you would like to schedule
a more extensive conference for another day, you may do so by contacting the teacher you would like to meet with through our website (peirce.cps.edu) or calling the main office at 773-534- 2440. Appointments will NOT be assigned prior to Report Card Pick-Up Day/Parent-Teacher
Conference Day. PYP Only : Please sign up for a time block. You may come to your child’s classroom at any point during that block, unless otherwise informed by your child’s teacher. Families who are unable to attend either of the two sessions on this day are asked to come to the main office any morning after November 15, 2017 to receive the report card, it is also highly encouraged that an alternate conference be scheduled between the parent and teacher.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the PYP Coordinator, Mrs.Lebovitz for K-5th grade questions and the MYP Coordinator/Assistant Principal, Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer for 6th-8th grade questions. Thank you for your continued support, as we work together for the academic and social progress of each student.
Report Card Pick-Up Info and Student-Led Conference Time Request
On Thursday, the Spencer and Joyce Foundations hosted a symposium with leading education researchers, policy experts and educators to talk about how Chicago students are making such strong academic progress. The short answer: you.
Stanford's Sean Reardon, UIC's Paul Zavitkovsky, and UChicago Consortium's Elaine Allensworth were among a panel of leading education experts that discussed the progress Chicago students have made in the past decade and new research that found that Chicago's students improved at a rate faster than 96 percent of districts in the United States.
This new research comes on the heels of several independent studies that have drawn similar findings: Chicago Public Schools is improving academic outcomes for Chicago students at an unparalleled pace.
Again, that dramatic improvement is all thanks to the hard work that each and every one of you has put into supporting and educating Chicago students. From principals leading schools, educators fostering a culture of learning in their classrooms to Safe Passage workers who ensure that our students get to school safely, you all deserve credit for the incredible gains that our students have made and for that we thank you.
Most importantly, this work is changing the trajectory of children’s lives. A stark statistic that stood out to us is that 5,000 more Chicago students enrolled in college when they graduated in 2015 than 10 years earlier – even as our overall enrollment was declining. Think of what that means for their lives. We have much work ahead of us – particularly when it comes to narrowing the achievement gap – but this is an incredible milestone in making sure that every child in every neighborhood is going to a high quality school.
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools
P.S. You can watch the full video on our Facebook at FB.com/ChicagoPublicSchools or YouTube, and you can read the executive summary of Dr. Sean Reardon's research here.