Applicants to Military Academies must pre-qualify to be considered. Eligibility is based on the student's 7th grade reading and math scores on the NWEA. The eligibility requirements are as follows for all students:
- Residency in Chicago.
- Minimum NWEA reading and math percentiles of 24 in bith reading and math or, for students with IEPs, scores that equal 48 or higher (for example, 20 in reading, 28 in math).