CPS: Most Incoming Freshmen Matched With Top 3 High School Choices

Eighth graders in Chicago Public Schools will find out Friday afternoon what high schools they’ve been matched with as part of the district’s new online application system.

More than eight in 10 students were matched with one of their top three high school choices through the first round of applications using GoCPS, an online common application system that lets students rank their top 20 choices and matches them based available seats and other criteria.

“The goal is to see more positive trends,” CPS CEO Janice Jackson said Friday. “We want to see more students going to higher-tier schools, we want to see more diversity in our schools and we want parents and families to be more satisfied with their choices.”

Students will receive their offer notices Friday afternoon. About 93 percent of incoming freshmen, or just under 27,000 students, utilized the GoCPS program, which was created a year ago in the hopes of simplifying what had been a difficult and confusing application process with multiple deadlines and requirements.

Of those students, CPS said more than half were matched with their top non-selective enrollment school choice and 92 percent were matched with at least one of their choices.

For applicants to selective enrollment schools, 14 percent were matched with their top selection and 29 percent were match with at least one SEHS school. The district says that’s on par with previous years’ data.

GoCPS uses seat availability and schools’ individual admissions policies to match students with their highest-ranked choice. About two-thirds of non-SEHS schools use a lottery system while the rest use a points system.

CPS says proximity and sibling attendance also play a role in determining seats.

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