Round 1 high school offers were officially released to 8th
grade students and families by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) this afternoon via the new single application system—GoCPS.
Last spring, the Chicago Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of moving to a single application for all public high schools in the district. The decision was a historic shift that solved a major pain point for families and students who, until now, had to navigate more than 290 schools and program options.
New Schools for Chicago and Kids First Chicago have worked diligently alongside community partners, schools, students, parents, and district leaders to ensure successful implementation in the first year of GoCPS. Together with CPS, we are excited to highlight some results of the Round 1 application period:
- 93% of 8th graders successfully submitted applications to high school through the new GoCPS system.
- 92% of students who applied were matched to a school.
- 81% of students were matched to one of their top 3 choices.
Compared to other urban districts, these participation and match results in GoCPS’s first year are exceptional. For example, Denver Public Schools uses a similar system and their highest participation rate is 84% after many years of implementation.
With the right support and plan for continued improvement, Chicago could emerge as the leader not only in universal enrollment, but also in the adoption of modern systems and processes to better serve large, complex student populations.
OUR WORK TO SUPPORT CHILDREN, FAMILIES & THE DISTRICT
- Free enrollment support to families, communities, and schools via our Kids First Chicago initiative.
- Ongoing parent focus groups on the GoCPS application process. Working in partnership with CPS, we have polled parents at each stage of the new enrollment process to gain insightful user feedback.
- Work directly with the district in creating and distributing clearer and more effective information on school quality for parents and students as they prepare to apply to and accept their school options.