Public Elementary Schools
Neighborhood schools are those whose only attendance requirement is that your family lives within the school's attendance boundaries. Examples of some of these schools are:
To see information on these schools and find homes for sale within the schools' boundaries, go to the CPS Neighborhood Schools Page on this website.
Magnet Cluster Programs are "schools within schools." This means that, in addition to students who live within the attendance boundaries, applications for other students are taken who are interested in the specific area of interest for that particular school. The students OUTSIDE the boundaries are chosen by random drawings.
Classical schools offer highly structured and accelerated curriculums for their students. They begin with full-day kindergarten and continue through sixth grade, with the exception of Skinner. Students interested in attending Classical Schools need to take the admissions test.
- Skinner North
- Skinner West
Magnet schools specialize in a specific subject area, such as world language, fine arts, or math and science.Students are selected by computerized lottery, and may reside anywhere within the Chicago city boundaries.
Some of the Magnet Schools in my market area include:
- Disney II
- LaSalle Language Academy
Regional Gifted Centers are schools unto themselves, and 9 are programs within neighborhood schools. Students across the city may apply, and and admission is based on their test results. Gifted centers provide accelerated isntruction with an emphasis on thinking, reasoning, problem solving and creativity.
Chicago Gifted Centers:
- South Loop
To be considered for a gifted center school/program, complete the SEES application.
For more information about Chicago Public Schools, download the Options for Knowledge Guide 2013-2014
Best Elementary Schools in Chicago and Suburbs (Chicago Magazine)