Lottery Application Calendar

  • Lottery Application Calendar — Applying for Enrollment for the 2023–2024 School Year

    CPS Magnet, Out-of-Neighborhood and High School lotteries have one extended application window! Now families can submit one application per child.

    CPS Magnet Sibling Application (Preschool-6 or Preschool-8)

    September 20 – October 28, 2022

    Sibling Application Period

    Process: Siblings are given priority to enter magnet schools. Paper applications must be submitted at the magnet school during the Sibling Application Period; this application is not part of the online lottery process. Parents should call the magnet school for office hours to hand in paper applications.

    Who may apply during the Application Period for siblings?

    Siblings of in-district students already enrolled in magnet schools may apply to the sibling's magnet schools. The entering student must meet the magnet school's eligibility requirements, if any, and live within the CPS district at the same address as the current student. 

    CPS Magnet and High School Lottery

    December 6, 2022 – March 10, 2023

    The CPS Lottery is now one round for the following lotteries: Magnet, High School and Out-of-Neighborhood. Now families can submit one application per child.

    Learn more about the CPS Lottery here.

    Out-of-Area (East & West) Application — CPS residents only (non-lottery; paper)

    • April 11 – 28, 2023 — Magnet Elementary Schools (Paper applications turned in at schools.)
      • Magnet schools with a waiting list will not accept east/west applications.

    Open Enrollment — Preschool -12th Grade

    Out-of-District Applicants — Online Only

    • May 1–31, 2023 — Online Lottery Application; parents receive letters — July 2022 (Subject to change)

    Applying during Open Enrollment