Perception vs. Reality at Kelly High School

Since seventh grade, my teachers and family members stressed the importance of attending a selective enrollment high school. Therefore, they placed high importance on the 7th grade ISAT exam because high schools would examine and consider me based on these results. Thus, after exceeding the standards on the ISAT exam, I thought that I had guaranteed my spot in a selective enrollment school. However, I then realized that I still needed to take another exam to ensure my entry into…

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CPS High School Single Application FAQs

At our community forum on CPS’ new single application for high schools, we asked attendees to write down questions they have about the new application. These questions cover a broad range of topics and were asked by parents, teachers, counselors, and students.

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Recap — Community Forum on New CPS Single Application for High Schools

A significant number of hands rose into the air in response to this opening question at a community forum held at Benito Juarez Community Academy on July 20th. Over 100 parents, teachers, students, counselors, and community members turned out to the forum hosted by Generation All, Raise Your Hand, Chicago Teachers Union, and Brighton Park Neighborhood Council to learn and ask questions about the new “common enrollment” high school application process called GoCPS. Generation All’s executive director Beatriz Ponce de León introduced the…

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An Open Letter to CPS on the Single Application for High School

CPS parents, teachers, and counselors, Below is a letter regarding the new single application for high school.  If you share these concerns, please sign on to the letter here. To learn more, attend our public forum on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Benito Juarez Community Academy from 6-7:30pm to hear about the concerns around the new application process.  You can register and find more details here. You can also sign up to attend or speak at the CPS Board meeting on…

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4 Ways Neighborhood Schools Improve Communities

The word “community” broken down to its roots is simply the union of the two words: “common unity.” From this quite literal delineation of the word, it is easy to see that the real definition of a community is a group of people that have a particular characteristic in common. One may then ask themselves: what makes successful and dynamic communities? Contrary to what you may think, the answer is actually quite simple. Education. More specifically, quality public education- that…

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