UChicago Charter School is a neighborhood charter school comprised of three academic campuses on Chicago’s South Side. Two elementary school campuses serve grades preK – 5 and one combined middle and high school campus serves grades 6-12. Together, the three campuses of the UChicago Charter School provide a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade “superhighway” to college, cultivating students to become critical thinkers and leaders who succeed in four-year colleges and beyond.
Admissions Process Overview
The UChicago Charter School generally makes applications available in early October with a final due date in late February. Families may apply to more than one campus. Applications are good for one year only. Any applicants who are not admitted in one year must re-apply the next year. All applicants must be residents of the City of Chicago.
A public lottery is generally held in late March. Any openings available after priority applicants have been admitted will be filled through a random lottery.
Click here to learn more about our lottery process.
If your child is selected for admission, you will be notified via email and asked to accept admission through our online application portal, SchoolMint, complete the remaining online registration forms, submit required documentation online, and pay a non-refundable school fee. Please watch for this email notification. You will lose your seat and be replaced by someone on our wait list if you fail to respond by the deadline.
Oct 1, 2020
Application Opens - PreK-8 & 10-12: Applicants may apply for admission for the 2020-2021 school year. Applicants for grade 9 must use the GoCPS application process.
Feb 27, 2021
Application Deadline - PreK-8: All applications for grades PreK - 8 & 10-12 are due at midnight on the deadline date. Any late applications will be added to our waitlist following the enrollment lottery.
Mar 27, 2021
Enrollment Lottery: The enrollment lottery will be held at our Woodlawn Campus starting at 2PM. Attendance at the lottery has no effect on the odds of being admitted. Admission status will be updated in the application portal immediately following the lottery event.
Apr 19, 2021
Admission Response Deadline: All applicants must indicate their intent to accept or decline our offer of admission by midnight on the deadline date. Any offers that are not explicitly confirmed will be offered to the next family on the waitlist.
Apr 26, 2021
Waitlist Admissions Open: Available enrollment seats will be offered to families who are on the waitlist. Offers will be made in the order determined by the enrollment lottery.
Ready to Apply?
Grades preK-8 & 10-12
Families looking to join us in the these grades may apply using our online application system. The application process takes only a few minutes and requires a minimal amount of personal information. The Application Deadline is 11:59 PM on February 27, 2021.
9th Grade ONLY
Chicago Public Schools has developed a new unified application for all high school students applying to 9th grade. To apply to UChicago Charter School – Woodlawn Campus for 9th grade, click the button below and you will be taken to Go.CPS.edu to complete the online process. Scroll down for more details.
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