Chicago Public Schools takes seriously the decision for a child to enter school early. Accordingly, the criteria for early entry are rigorous. The evaluation process is designed to ensure that students are not hindered by the challenges of the instructional programs and the effect that early placement might have. Although a student may exhibit high ability, please be aware that they may not be ready for kindergarten. Other important factors to consider are social maturity, personal development and motor development. If a student is evaluated as a viable candidate for early entrance to kindergarten, it is important that all stakeholders are supportive of the decision.
The following provides information about the 2021 – 2022 application period. Please contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or GOCPS@CPS.EDU if you have any questions. For the 2021-2022 school year, the child must be born between September 2nd and December 31st, 2016 to be considered for Early Entrance to Kindergarten.
The window for the 2021-2022 Whole-Grade Acceleration and Single-Subject Acceleration application process opens today, December 7, 2020, and will close on March 1, 2021. The application can be found at
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