How do you enroll a child in Chicago Public Schools?


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To enroll a child in a Chicago Public School, you must submit an application and supporting documents to the Chicago Public Schools system. Depending on your child's age, the application process requires different supporting documents.

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How do you enroll a child in Chicago Public Schools?
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The Chicago Public Schools system accepts applications at certain sites and on certain dates. Each year, the Chicago Public Schools system uploads information about sites and dates and its actual application in PDF at CPS.edu. There is one application, and you may use it to apply to as many as 20 schools.

You must submit proof of your child's age, proof of your address, proof of your income, proof of active military service if applicable and proof of immunization, in addition to a CPS application. Birth certificates, baptismal records and medical records are acceptable forms of proof of age. Utility bills, a deed or a driver's license can serve as proof of your address.

Your child must have a physical examination within one year of enrollment, and the CPS's immunization requirements include diphtheria, whooping cough, inactivated polio, measles and mumps as well as rubella, chicken pox and hepatitis B.

After submitting all of this to the CPS system at an enrollment site, you must register your child at the school of your choice. The CPS operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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