8th grade parents: It's Time to Register for a NWEA MAP Assessment for CPS Selective Enrollment Schools

Dear Parents of SBPS 8th Grade Students: 

The Chicago Public Schools is now accepting NWEA MAP registration forms for non-CPS students applying to grade 9 for the 2020-2021 school year to Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools and high schools with academic requirements including, but not limited to, CTE-College and Career Academies, IB High Schools, Magnet High Schools, and Military Academies, and Selective Enrollment High Schools. 

For students who did not attend a CPS school during the 2018-2019 school year, will not be enrolled at a CPS school for the 2019-2020 school year, and will be applying to any of the aforementioned schools for high school for the 2020-2021 school year, the NWEA MAP will be offered free of charge at multiple locations around the city. 

Click HERE to access the NWEA MAP registration form and additional information. Please thoroughly read ALL materials. The test will be offered on two weekends in September and one weekend in October. In order for students to be scheduled to take the test in September or October, completed registration forms must be received by the Office of Access and Enrollment no later than August 30, 2019. Submission instructions are on the registration form.

Please note that the NWEA MAP test is used by the Chicago Public Schools system to determine student eligibility to apply to schools and programs with academic criteria. The NWEA MAP is NOT the admissions exam for Selective Enrollment schools. If you are interested in Selective Enrollment schools for your son or daugther, the NWEA MAP scores will be used to determine whether he/she is eligible to take the Selective Enrollment admissions exam. If students are eligible to take the Selective Enrollment admissions exam, they will submit their GoCPS application and schedule the Selective Enrollment admissions exam later this fall, during the regular application period (September 30th-December 6th). More information on this process will be provided when the family receives the NWEA MAP test notification letter.

In addition, note that NWEA MAP scores will only be reported in reading and math percentiles. Families will not receive an NWEA MAP score report or RIT scores. Further, it is important for parents to be aware that this test is only offered for students who are planning to apply to Chicago public schools for enrollment in the 2020-2021 school year. It is NOT designed for parents to use as a practice exam for enrollment in subsequent school years.

We know that this is an exciting time for our 8th grade students are happy to support them in their search for a best-fit high school. If you have any questions about the CPS enrollment process they have helpful contact information at the bottom of the webpage from the link up above. 


Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School