View Full Version : Private Schools 'Principal picks' letters in the mail

04-17-2011, 01:58 PM
This from Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-principal-picks-0416-20110416,0,1023213.story) by Noreen Ahmed-Ullah:
Principals of some of the city's most competitive high schools say they took a second look at high-scoring students who didn't quite make the rising cutoff scores for some Chicago neighborhoods as part of the controversial "principal picks" program.

On Friday, Chicago Public Schools sent out acceptance letters for "principal picks," a program by which students who didn't make the academic cut for the city's nine selective enrollment high schools can apply again based on their talents, community activism or extenuating circumstances.

CPS' Office of Academic Enhancements chooses the first and second round of students based on standardized test scores, class grades and admissions tests, then principals get to choose up to 5 percent of their incoming freshman class. Because of tougher admissions standards, hundreds of applications were made for pincipal picks, but only a handful accepted: 10 for Brooks, 10 for Jones, 11 for King, 53 for Lane Tech, 12 for Lindblom, 13 for Northside College Prep, 8 for Payton, 7 for Westinghouse and 22 for Whitney Young.

While the program has been pierced with clout, it does offer qualified students another chance. But the admissions process as a whole is still a work in progress.

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