Do you know the percentage of students accepted into a Chicago Selective Enrollment High School? A mere 17%! In reality, far fewer are accepted to the more popular Selective Enrollment schools - often less than 10%!
In 2014, ALL Chicago students, both public and private students will take a Common Core compliant assessment. These new tests will be much, much more difficult. The implementation of Common Core will have its greatest impact in math. But there will also be an impact in the verbal area, with more complex texts and a greater focus on interpretative questions. In New York, which introduced a Common Core based assessment last year, the percentage of students who met or exceeded standards fell sharply -- by 25 to 35 percentage points!
Your child's performance on the 7th Grade Standardized Test (7th graders) and 5th Grade Standardized Test (5th graders) are a critical factor in determining whether he or she succeeds in the Selective Enrollment or Academic Center admissions process. Scores from the 7th Grade Standardized Test and 5th Grade Standardized Test represent one third of the Selective Enrollment and Academic Center admissions points total. Registration for our winter classes to prepare for these Exams has already started -- with the classes themselves scheduled to start in the winter.
Test scores increasingly determine whether a child gets into one of these top schools. The average GPA for all Selective Enrollment High Schools is about 3.7 while the GPA at the more competitive schools is already a perfect 4.0. Less than stellar 7th grade grades will exclude your child, but superior grades on their own will not be enough to get in.
SelectivePrep will focus your child on the math, reading, vocabulary and language skills he/she needs to excel on the Selective Enrollment High School Entrance Exam and the content needed for success on the Academic Center Admissions Test. With SelectivePrep, your child can approach the Selective Enrollment admissions process from a position of confidence and strength.
Chicago's Academic Centers offer accelerated programs for 7th and 8th graders and a path towards an excellent high school. These schools are some of the highest caliber middle schools in the entire state.
As parents become more aware of Academic Center options, competition for slots is rapidly increasing. Last year, Whitney Young Academic Center accepted only 10% of students who applied!
The Academic Center Admissions Test contains problems that most students have never encountered. SelectivePrep will provide your child with exposure to and intense practice with these unusual questions. This exposure will be invaluable in providing your child an edge on test day.
Our goal is simple...to help your child excel in an increasingly competitive admissions process
We teach in a straightforward manner, use few fancy words, and show students the most efficient method to reach the correct answer. We do not believe in tricks or magic. Your child will find the SelectivePrep program so rigorous and comprehensive that he/she will be not only well prepared on test day but also better equipped to handle his/her school work.