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Selective Enrollment High Schools In Chicago

Updated on January 24, 2012

CPS Chicago Public High Schools - The 9 Selective Enrollment High Schools

There are 9 Selective Enrollment High Schools in Chicago: Brooks College Prep, Jones College Prep, King College Prep, Lane Tech, Lindblom Math & Science Academy, Northside College Prep, Payton College Prep, Westinghouse High School and Young Magnet High School. These schools are highly selective and the competition for entry is fierce. How do you apply to get into a Chicago Selective Enrollment High School? What factors affect your application? How can you prepare for the Selective Enrollment Exam? Where are the 9 Chicago CPS Selective Enrollment High Schools and how do they compare? Check it all out here.

How Do You Apply For Chicago's CPS Selective Enrollment High School

Apply either online or with a paper application to Chicago's Office of Academic Enhancement

"In order to qualify to take the admissions examination, students must score a minimum stanine of five in both reading and math on their 7th grade ISAT (or other standardized, nationally normed test). Special education students must score a minimum combined stanine of 10 in reading and math (e.g., 4 in reading, 6 in math; 8 in reading, 2 in math)".

Chicago's Office of Academic Enhancement offers 2 ways for you to apply to Chicago's CPS Selective Enrollment High Schools. You can either apply online at The Office of Academic Enhancement's website or submit a paper application, with a PDF file of the Selective Enrollment High Schools available to download online.

If you are applying online:

You must first request a PIN number. This must be down online at the Chicago's Office of Academic Enhancement and should be done well in advance of the application's submission deadline. After applying for your PIN number, you will receive a letter from The Office of Academic Enhancement several days later. Use that PIN to set up your account and a standard user name and password for subsequent log-ons. You can partially complete and save your application however many times you wish before the submission deadline.

To complete the application, you will need to enter the student's first and last names, CPS student ID#, contact phone numbers, address, demographic information, birth date, whether or not the student has an IEP or is on a 504 plan, preference for a selective enrollment testing location and any conflicts with tentative selective enrollment testing dates.

You are then asked to select 6 of the 9 Chicago CPS Selective Enrollment High Schools and rate them in your order of preference from 1 to 6.

2010 Selective Enrollment Testing

is conducted at IIT, Lane Tech, Young and King on December 11 & December 18 and all Saturdays in January 2011.

CPS Chicago Selective Enrollment Testing

After applying to the Office of Academic Enhancement, the student will receive a letter at school from the counselor stating when their Selective Enrollment testing date is.

Be sure to show up for the selective enrollment test and don't wait until February to inform the Office of Academic Enhancement if your child doesn't receive a test date.

Selective Enrollment Exam Results

will be mailed during the last week of February to all students who applied and tested. Students who have been offered a place at a selective enrollment school will also receive an information packet in the post. Offers must be accepted within 2 weeks of notification or else they will be forfei

How are Chicago's CPS Selective Enrollment High Schools Distributed Throughout The City?

Brooks College Prep - 250 E. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60628 (tel: 773-535-9930)

Jones College Prep - 606 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605 (tel: 773-534-8600)

King College Prep High School - 4445 S. Drexel Blvd., Chicago, IL 60653 (tel: 773-535-1180)

Lane Tech College Prep High School - 2501 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60618 (tel: 773-534-5400)

Lindblom Math & Science Academy - 6130 S. Wolcott St., Chicago, IL 60636 (tel: 773-535-9300)

Northside College Prep High School - 5501 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 (tel: 773-534-3954)

Payton College Prep High School - 1034 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610 (tel: 773-534-0034)

Westinghouse College Prep High School - 3223 W. Franklin Blvd., Chicago, IL 60624 (tel: 773-534-6400)

Young Magnet High School - 211 S. Laflin St., Chicago, IL 60607 (tel: 773-534-7500)

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A markerGwendolyn Brooks College Prep High School -
250 E. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60628
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B markerJones College Prep High School -
606 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
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C markerKing College Prep High School -
4445 S. Drexel Blvd., Chicago, IL 60653
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D markerLane Tech College Prep High School -
2501 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60618
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E markerLindblom Math & Science Academy -
6130 S. Wolcott St., Chicago, IL 60636
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F markerNorthside College Prep High School -
5501 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
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G markerPayton College Prep High School -
1034 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610
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H markerWestinghouse College Prep High School -
3223 W. Franklin Blvd., Chicago, IL 60624
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I markerYoung Magnet High School -
211 S. Laflin St., Chicago, IL 60607
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Brooks College Prep High School - 250 East 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60628-4324

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy is located at 250 East 111th Street in Chicago's 60628 zip code.

A markerGwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy -
250 East 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60628-4324
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Brooks College Prep Academy

Where is Jones College Prep High School in Chicago? - 606 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Jones College Prep High School is located at 606 South State Street in Chicago's 60605 zip code.

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606 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
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Jones College Prep

Where is King College Prep High School in Chicago? - 4445 South Drexel Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60653-3590

King College Prep High School is located at 4445 South Drexel Boulevard in Chicago's 60653 zip code.

A markerKing College Prep High School -
4445 South Drexel Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60653-3590
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King College Prep High School

Lane Tech College Prep High School is located at 2501 West Addison Street in Chicago's 60618 zip code.


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2501 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60618-5902
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Lane Tech College Prep High School

Lindblom Math & Science Academy - 6130 South Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, IL 60636

Lindblom Math and Science Academy is located at 6130 South Wolcott Avenue in Chicago's 60636 zip code.

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6130 South Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, IL 60636
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Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Where is Northside College Prep High School in Chicago? - 5501 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago IL 60625

Northside College Prep High School is located at 5501 North Kedzie Avenue in Chicago's 60625 zip code.

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5501 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago IL 60625
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Northside College Prep Videos

Where is Walter Payton College Prep High School in Chicago? - 1034 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610-2551

Walter Payton College Prep High is located at 1034 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610-2551.

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1034 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610-2551
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Walter Payton College Prep High School

Where is Westinghouse College Prep High School? - 4223 West Franklin Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60624

Westinghouse College Prep High School is located at 4223 West Franklin Boulevard in Chicago's 60624 zip code.

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4223 West Franklin Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60624
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George Westinghouse College Prep High School

Where is Whitney M. Young Magnet HIgh School? - 211 South Laflin Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School is located at 211 South Laflin Street in Chicago, Illinois in the 60607 zip code.

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211 S. Laflin St., Chicago IL
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Whitney Young Magnet High School - A collection of student videos

There is a Whitney Young High School Youth Engagement with their ideas of reality in 2040. One video is typical high-school student fare and attempts at humor. There is a performance from the Whitney Young ROTC program, a snippet from a pep rally and a chemistry course as well. They do offer a good look at the Whitney M. Young Campus and what the school spirit and amenities are like there.

Did you attend a selective enrollment high school in Chicago? Are you trying to get accepted into one? Did you attend a non-Selective Enrollment school in Chicago? Whatever your feelings are towards the CPS Selective Enrollment High Schools or the acceptance process, please comment on them here.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      Are these prestigious schools? I've never heard of the ISAT. I know some private and charter schools are hard to get into and require entrance exams or work on a lottery system.

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      Laura Schofield 6 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      @anonymous: I'll let my son answer as he took the test and DID get into Westinghouse! You really need to be attending the open house events now and watching your grades, try for straight A's and perfect attendance, but you don't need that if you really put the effort into the school you want to go to. Attend their sports games to get a feel for the schools to. Best of luck to you! And here's my son's advice on the placement test..

      Hello. If you want to get into a selective enrollment school, you need to take the test. Don't get stressed out on it though, as it's not as long and boring as you think it might be. There are four categories in the test (I'm not sure if they change every year or not). Last year's categories (on the test I took) were vocabulary (simple words like belligerent or communicative), math (mainly pre-algebra and fractions, but you can't use a calculator. Don't worry, you won't need it), reading (the typical ISAT type "read a few paragraphs and answer questions about it"), and English (defining parts of speech, correcting the run-on or fragment sentence, and fixing the improperly used word). After that, there was a short writing assignment based on one of the passages you read in the english section (I was allowed to go back to the story). All-in-all, it two hours, gets you in and out of the testing area (I took the test in the cafeteria of Lane Tech), and is EXTREMELY strict. I bought a water bottle right before taking the test; they made me throw it out in case I printed a cheat sheet on the label. The moral of the story is, study appropriately in your free time, have a pocketful of luck with you, and have a good night's sleep and full belly before you take the test. It'll work miracles ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is the placement test for these schools hard? I really want to go here! does anyone know, was the test easy for

      you????

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So Much nonsense involved. Tiers, etc. The SE process is unfair and sure hope Rahm can clean it up.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR SON.

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