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Application Process

Chicago Public Schools has revamped the application process with the goal that every student should be able to attend the school with the best environment, programs, and activities for them. In order to achieve this goal, the new common application process has five phases.
Below is an overview of the process using the new Go CPS site.


(May – June)

Get Engaged & Stay Informed

There is a lot to do before you start applying. It is extremely important that we have up-to-date contact information to guide you through the process. That’s why subscribing to the GoCPS mailing list is a very important first step. We will regularly send important instructions, announcements and advance notifications that will keep you well informed and ahead of schedule. You don’t want to miss any of this information, so sign up today.

Towards the end of the school year, all 7th-grade families will also receive the Activation Code required to create their GoCPS account. Keep this in a safe place. You’ll need it in August when eligibility information becomes available.


  • GoCPS Subscribe Opens
  • Begin Researching High Schools


  • Activation Code for GoCPS Account Activation Delivered
  • Continue Researching High Schools


(June – July)

Explore School & Program Options

Use GoCPS as your research portal into the world of CPS high schools and programs. The site will have brand new graphics, videos, guides, brochures and support material to help you search. We will also be unveiling new functions and designs in our School Profile and Location searches, as well as new direct integrations with popular tools like High School Bound.


(August – October)

Create Your Account & Start Selecting Schools

Get ahead of the game. Two months before applications are available, you will be able to start the application process by activating your account. Using the Activation Code provided at the end of the school year, this will create your full profile and give you access to your student’s eligibility information. Begin ranking the high schools to which you want to apply. We’ll also unlock new research and support capabilities to make sure you’re all set to apply.


  • GoCPS Account Activation Opens
  • Access Student Eligibility Info Early in GoCPS Account
  • Continue Researching High Schools


  • First Day of School
  • Activation Code for GoCPS Account Activation Redistributed at Schools


(October – December)

Start Your High School Journey

The high school application process will open using our new common application system. Take advantage of new features and new supports made available to improve your application experience. Visit schools for open houses and recruitment events, then submit your application.


  • High School Application Period Opens
  • School/Program-Specific Testing, Auditions, and Information Sessions Begin

November – December

  • High School Open Houses and Recruitment Events


  • High School Application Period Closes


(January – June)

Get Your High School Offer

Students will complete any testing, auditions, or Information Sessions as required by the school or program. Applicants are then matched to their highest ranked school with available seats for which they qualify. Once a student has been matched, they will get an offer letter in their GoCPS account. If a student is waitlisted or turns down their offer, they can participate in subsequent matching rounds to generate their final offer.


  • School/Program-Specific Testing, Auditions, and Information Sessions End


  • Round 1 - Applicant Match High School Offers Available in GoCPS Account


  • Round 2 - Applicant-Match High School Offers Available in GoCPS Account
  • Round 1 Waitlisted Applicants Matched


  • Final Date To Accept Offers
To learn more, explore the Go CPS FAQ's page at http://go.cps.edu/faq´╗┐