Prospective high school students in Chicago have many options. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) offers more than 250 choice programs and 11 selective enrollment programs (SEHSs) in 132 high schools. This handout was published with our first GoCPS report in 2018 -- and the key takeaways are still important! 

  • The best strategy for students is to rank the programs in the order they most prefer 
  • Students should rank as many programs as they are interested in attending. 
  • Only students who complete all program application requirements are eligible to receive an offer from that program. 
  • Students must accept offers, or the offer is considered declined. 
  • Students always have the option of enrolling in their neighborhood high school general education program.