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.
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.
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.
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.
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.