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Admissions FAQs

How do I obtain an application?

The 2019-2020 Online Application and Printable PDF Application is available. The deadline to submit an application is February 28, 2019.

How can I apply for 9th grade?


Beginning this year, all 8th graders will need to apply to U of C -Woodlawn High School through the GoCPS website, the new universal enrollment platform for all high schools in the city. Click below to learn more.

Can I deliver my application packet to the campus for which I am applying?

All completed application may submitted via email to or sent via postal mail to: Admissions Office, University of Chicago Charter School, 1313 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

We do not accept faxed applications.

How will students be selected for admission?

Students are admitted by a random lottery, taking into consideration sibling and attendance boundary priorities.

How does sibling priority work?

There is sibling priority if siblings are attending any UChicago Charter School campus. Siblings must share at least one legal parent/guardian.

How will I know the lottery results?

The lottery is open to the public. Admit and wait lists are posted at each campus. The Admissions Office sends emails and/or mail letters of notification to all applicants. No information will be provided by phone.

For 2019-20 admissions, admit and wait lists will be posted online only after the admissions lottery on March 21, 2019. Emails will be sent to all applicants within 7 days.

If my child is selected for admission, is he or she automatically enrolled?

No, if your child is selected for admission, you will be notified by email asking you to first accept admission by returning a signed acceptance letter and attending a registration session. At the time of registration a non-refundable registration fee is required to be paid towards the school fee.

What happens if my child is not selected in the lottery?

If your child is not selected for admission, then your child will be placed on a wait list.

How will I know if my child is called off the wait list? When will I know?

Based on your child's wait list number, whether or not the child has admission priority and choice of campus, parents/guardians will be notified by telephone and /or email when spaces become available.

When is Open House?

Applicants are welcome to attend an optional information session

North Kenwood/Oakland (NKO) Grades PK-5 119 E. 46th St. Nov. 8, 2018 5:00-6:00pm

Donoghue (DON) Grades PK-5 707 E. 37th St. Nov.13, 2018 5:00-6:00pm

Woodlawn Middle (UCW) Grades 6-8 6300 S. University Ave. Nov. 27, 2018 5:30-7:00pm

Woodlawn High (UCW) Grade 9 6300 S. University Ave. Nov. 27, 2018 5:30-7:00pm

How old does my child have to be in order to start Pre-Kindergarten?

Students must be 4 years old by or on 9/1/2019 to start Pre-Kindergarten.

How long is the school day?

The school day runs from 8am to 3:30pm (3:40pm at UCW). All campuses have an early dismissal on Wednesdays at 1:00pm.

Do I have to fill out more than one application if I have more than one child applying?

Yes. An application must be filled out for each applicant.

What if I have additional questions about the admit list or the wait list?

If you have any questions or concerns, you may call the Admissions Office at 773-834-2865.

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