Usually I hate the whole high school admissions process in Chicago Public Schools–it puts 7th-graders under undue stress and reminds us forcefully of the system’s baked-in inequity of opportunity.
However, last night it was a pleasant relief to see parents on my Facebook feed celebrating their children’s high school acceptances. So, in hopes that talking about high school admissions is a welcome return to normality and a respite from The Virus, I’m sharing this cycle’s admissions cutoffs for selective enrollment high schools and–is this new-new or just new-to-me?–cutoff scores for choice programs within high schools that aren’t formally selective enrollment.
The “Choice” schools and programs include International Baccalaureate programs, arts schools and programs (including ChiArts), medical and health careers, the “pre-” programs (pre-engineering and pre-law) and military-themed high schools and programs.
Here are their cutoff scores:
And here are the cutoff scores for the selective enrollment high schools:
One interesting thing I noted is that at Brooks, Lindblom and Westinghouse, the cutoff for Tier 4 census tracts is actually a lower score than the cutoff for Tier 1. That bucks the usual trend and could be of interest to middle-class parents living within reasonable commute of those South and West Side selective enrollment schools.
For an app to examine your child’s potential admits for next year, check out this Chicago Unheard post. (Note the app referenced in the post may not yet be updated with these latest cutoff scores.)