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Admissions Policy

McPherson IB World School is pleased to provide insight into our admissions policies, guided by the directives of Chicago Public Schools under the leadership of the Chicago Board of Education. Our commitment is to create an inclusive and nurturing educational environment for every student.
Students in grades K-12 have a guaranteed seat at the general education program in their neighborhood school. No GoCPS application is required. Please reach out to our school directly if you live in our attendance boundaries and wish to enroll at McPherson IB World School.
Every street address in the city of Chicago is assigned one attendance area/neighborhood elementary school. Students can attend their designated neighborhood school without having to submit an application as long as they provide proof of residency.
Students who live beyond the McPherson attendance boundaries may apply for Open Enrollment admissions through the GoCPS Choice Schools application process.
The CPS Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) works to support networks, schools, and families with all issues related to special education including instruction, interventions, and legal and compliance supports. To this end, admissions to our Low-Incidence or Multi-Sensory Cluster programs are managed centrally by ODLSS and a school placement letter is provided to students accepted into either of these specialized programs. 
PreK students are not guaranteed a seat in their neighborhood school and should apply through the Chicago Early Learning website.
Regional Gifted Centers (RGC) provide an accelerated instructional program that places an emphasis on thinking, reasoning, problem solving and creativity. Admissions to an RGC is managed centrally through the GoCPS Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools (SEES) process.
You can apply via the online application site. Identify the schools to which you want to apply and submit your application between fall and early winter. Children applying to grades K-4 at any of the Selective Enrollment Schools will be tested for admission without having to pre-qualify, as long as the child is age-appropriate. Children applying to grades 5-8 for any of the Selective Enrollment Schools must meet minimum eligibility requirements based on their GPA in order to be tested for admission.