Don’t Rush. Take Your Time.

Use the full application window to your advantage!

Early Application Myths

Applications open next week, but whether you apply on October 2 or December 15, you have the same chances of
receiving an offer to a program of your choice!

It is a common misconception that applying early gives families an advantage in selection, when in fact, it does not. The
matching process that generates offers for all applicants is run after the application process ends, so it is important that
you take your time and use the full application window to plan and make good application decisions.

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Things to Do Before Applying

There are a lot of things to do before submitting your application. Here are some of the most important ones.

· Activate Your Account
· Review Your Eligibility
· Understand the New Application Process
· Research High School Programs
· Talk to Your Counselor
· Attend Open House Events

You have more than two months to submit your applications. Make the most of it.

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Changing Your Program Rankings

On the application, you will be able to select and rank up to 20 Non-Selective Enrollment programs and, if you’re eligible,
up to 6 Selective Enrollment programs. Even after you submit your application, you can still make changes up to the
December 15 deadline.

So make sure to keep researching, attending open houses, and talking to school leaders after you submit to make sure
you’ve made the best selection and ranking choices.

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Need Help?
If you have any questions, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553- 2060 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday, or email gocps@cps.edu.

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