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Old 12-13-2009, 09:40 PM
 
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OK, so after posting about the magnet schools I went back and talked to my friend who has jr high kids and is way more knowledgeable, etc.

We were talking about the (im)possibility of being accepted into certain schools. Are there any CPS insiders on here who can talk about how a student gets chosen and is accepted into a highly desireable magnet school such as Northside College Prep? What would the typical kid;s profile look like?

My thoughts (totally opinions not based on facts or experience) is that someone has to get in, so she might as well apply and try. She says it is impossible and better to rank another magnet school as your number one choice
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:47 PM
 
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If there was some secret to it, and I knew that secret, I wouldn't post it here.

Northside College Prep, Whitney Young, and Walter Payton are very difficult to get into. Basically, you need to fill out an application. It helps if you are from a "disadvantaged background" (not technically race-based anymore). And of course, you need really high test scores and involvement in extracurriculars. Other than that, I'm not even sure a kind word from your alderman will help you any more.
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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What would the typical kid;s profile look like?
I don't think it's the kid's profile they're looking at. It's worth a try, since you have nothing to lose - but I would also try for Young (test scores actually matter there).
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:27 PM
 
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Maybe profile isn't the right word. Who is the typical kid in one of these top magnet schools? (it doesn't have to be Northside, I was just picking one).

For example is it a child who is from a lower-socio-eco class, who speaks 3 languages and who has grown up going to other successful magnet schools?
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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I can only speak from experience, but most magnet high schools seem to be pretty diverse in terms of socio-economic backgrounds. I attended a magnet high school on the northside and was able to get in due to high Iowa test scores (don't know if they still use that) and decent grades. I come from a middle class background and I only spoke one language, but my friends came from all walks of life. The one thing we seemed to have in common were our high test scores and good grades from junior high. Same thing for friends who were at Lane, Young and Lincoln Park.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:54 AM
 
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Most of the kids I currently know in the city are much younger than high school age, but I do know two kids who recently applied to CPS selective enrollment high schools.

The first went to a highly-regarded Catholic school, had good grades, and was hoping to get into either St. Ignatius or Whitney Young. She was white, but had a single mother heading her household. She didn't get into either school, and immediately moved away from the city to attend a public school elsewhere.

The second kid also went to a Catholic school, though this one was more "middle of the road". He was white and came from a two-parent middle-class family. His grades were mediocre. He got into Lane Tech because there was a specific program there that suited his needs quite well. But Lane Tech isn't nearly as selective as Whitney Young, Northside, or Payton.

The agony that these families went through immediately after eighth grade scared me quite a bit, and it has definitely made me re-think my plans to raise my kids in the city. It's just so much easier to live in a district with good public schools. It's a no-brainer. The first family I mentioned was forced to sell their real esate in a bad market to avoid sending the daughter to a crappy high school. I don't want to be forced to move because of CPS.
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:10 PM
 
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Chicago Public Schools may shake up magnet schools with new policy -- chicagotribune.com
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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This is what I meant when I said it wasn't "technically race-based anymore", though I guess these changes haven't taken effect yet. CPS expects the racial mix of the schools to pretty much remain constant based on their new formulas.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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This is what I meant when I said it wasn't "technically race-based anymore", though I guess these changes haven't taken effect yet. CPS expects the racial mix of the schools to pretty much remain constant based on their new formulas.
Someone will bring a lawsuit against CPS's new "selection criteria". Although they can't pick by "race", they are going to divide Chicago into quadrants and then pick the student. Chicago is segregated. They are still picking by race.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:30 AM
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Chicago should use the same method that NYC uses - you take one test & that determines admission to the selective high schools. No exceptions, no special cases, principals don't get to hand select a portion of the students, etc; its purely merit based.

I'm just amazed at how total corrupt Chicago is.
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