Lottery Application Calendar

  • Open Enrollment — Out-of-District Applicants — Online Only

    May 1–31, 2024 — Online Lottery Application; parents receive letters — July 2024 (Subject to change) 


    High School and Magnet Lottery Application Submission - Closed for the 2024-25 School Year

    *To better understand who should or should not participate in the online lottery, please visit our main CPS lottery page:

    CPS Magnet Sibling Application for Preschool and Elementary Students

    Sibling Application Period - Closed for the 2024-25 School Year

    New: Siblings are given priority for entering magnet schools but must still apply through FOCUS using the Lottery system.

    • All applications must be entered online. If you do not have access to a computer, please visit a school or CPS Customer Care at 2651 Burnet Ave. to access a computer for online application assistance. 


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

    April 9 – 26, 2024 — Magnet Elementary Schools (Paper applications turned in at schools.)

    • Magnet schools with a waiting list will not accept east/west applications.