Change is coming to Chicago’s high-stakes, high-stress high school admissions process

Chicago’s selective enrollment admissions process is changing. We’ll hear how it could impact kids.

Students stand in front of Walter Payton College Prep
In 2019, students leave Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, one of the city's 11 test-in high schools. Marc Monaghan / WBEZ
Students stand in front of Walter Payton College Prep
In 2019, students leave Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, one of the city's 11 test-in high schools. Marc Monaghan / WBEZ

Change is coming to Chicago’s high-stakes, high-stress high school admissions process

Chicago’s selective enrollment admissions process is changing. We’ll hear how it could impact kids.

About 26,000 students applied to the city’s eleven selective enrollment high schools last year. Less than five thousand were offered spots. CPS says new changes to the admissions process will promote equity and access.

Reset speaks with the head of High Jump, a non-profit helping talented low-income middle schoolers prepare and apply for high school.

GUEST: Nate Pietrini, executive director of High Jump, former CPS principal and teacher