The Magnet and Selective Enrollment Schools and Programs Admissions Policy allows principals of Selective Enrollment High Schools to exercise a five percent discretion in the selection of incoming freshmen students through a centralized process. The Principal Discretion process allows principals of Selective Enrollment High Schools to select these students through an application process that takes into consideration such areas as student awards and honors, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement written by the student.

The Principal Discretion Handbook, which can be accessed below, is designed to guide students and parents through the Principal Discretion process, and provide the Principal Discretion procedures and instructions for the 2011-2012 school year. Applications and related supplementary material will need to be submitted to the Office of Academic Enhancement (OAE) as described within the Student Section of this handbook.

The application period for Principal Discretion is from March 4th through March 18th. Applications are available in the Principal Discretion Handbook, or directly via the application link below. In addition, step-by-step instructions are provided in the Principal Discretion Handbook.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Academic Enhancement at (773) 553-2060 or

Principal Discretion Application -- 2011-2012.pdf (306 KB)
Principal Discretion Handbook -- 2011-2012.pdf (822 KB)