The 2017-2018 application period is open from October 3, 2016 - December 09, 2016. Applications should be completed online ( or mailed directly to the Office of Access and Enrollment. Notification letters will be mailed to all applicants in the late winter / early spring of 2016 regarding offered positions or wait list spots. The lottery drawing is conducted by the Chicago Board of Education. All communication regarding applicant status will come directly from the Office of Access and Enrollment. Please contact the Office of Access and Enrollment if you have questions or concerns regarding the status of your application for the 2017-2018 school year: 773-553-2060.

Drummond will host two open houses for families receiving admission to Drummond for the 2017-18 school year. To learn more about our program, please attend one of our open houses:
  • Tuesday, April 18th, 9am
  • Thursday, April 20th, 9am
To attend an open house, please enter the building through the front door and proceed to room 104 for a brief orientation, which will be followed by a tour of the school and classrooms.

For questions about the application, selection, and notification process; contact the Office of Academic Enhancement at 773 553-2060 or visit their website at
  • To apply to Drummond Montessori Magnet School you must submit a Standard Elementary Schools application.
    • You may apply online, or by using a paper application.
    • Please note that Drummond's Entry Grade Level is Pre-K-3.
  • Drummond accepts approximately thirty-six 3-year-olds into the Early Childhood Program each year. All applicants must be 3 years of age on or before September 1, 2016 and must be fully toilet trained in order to attend school during the 2016-2017 school year. 
  • Students wishing to apply for admission to Pre-K-4 through 8th Grade must also complete the application through the Office of Academic Enhancement (see information above). Students in Pre-K-4 through 8th Grade are selected by lottery as space permits.
  • All siblings wishing to attend Drummond during the 2017-2018 school year must also complete an application.

You are strongly encouraged to apply to schools online at
  • Applications are processed faster.
  • Chances for parent error are diminished.
  • You can print a confirmation form after you submit your application.
The Office of Academic Enhancement will send you an email confirmation after the application is successfully received.

Notification letters will be mailed by the Office of Access and Enrollment - date TBA (typically around the end of March). Results cannot be given to parents via telephone. If you do not receive a notification letter within two weeks of the designated date, contact the Office of Academic Enhancement at (773) 553-2060 or

quick facts

CPS Office of Access and Enrollment runs all the numbers, lottery picks and appeals processes.

You can access them online or call them directly if you:
  • did not receive your letter by April 7th, 2017
  • moved addresses/changed phone numbers between applying and March, 2016
  • did not apply by the deadline, December 11, 2015 and are seeking an appeal
No one can apply WITHOUT going through the Office of Access and Enrollment.

How does the waitlist move?
We do occasionally have a handful of people who do not accept spots. In that event, Administration goes to the waitlist to make phone calls. The administration must offer to #1, #2, #3, etc... so if you have #10, there must be 9 declines before you would get a call.

Unfortunately, there might be a case where someone waits until the last minute before informing us that they will not be taking their spot. It is not unheard of to get a call in August letting a family know that they are next on the list. In any case, you are always welcome to call (773) 534 - 4120 to see where you are on the waitlist.

How does the Office of Access and Enrollment decide on acceptance?
There are actually SIX lists for three year-old applicants. Here are their priority:
  1. siblings
  2. proximity (40% come from within a mile and a half radius)
  3. equally distributed: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4
All other applicants (age 4 years old and up to 8th grade) are placed in TWO categories:
  1. siblings (priority)
  2. general admission
There are waitlists for ALL levels every year. 

How are Tiers determined?
Every Chicago address falls within a specific census tract. CPS looks at five socio-economic characteristics for each census tract: (1) median family income, (2) percentage of single-parent households, (3) percentage of households where English is not the first language, (4) percentage of homes occupied by the homeowner, and (5) level of adult education attainment. CPS also considers a sixth characteristic, the achievement scores from attendance area schools for the students who live in each census tract.

Based on the results of each of these six areas, each census tract is given a specific score; these scores are ranked and divided into four groups – or 'tiers' – each consisting of approximately the same number of school-age children. This is how CPS establishes the four tiers. Consequently, every Chicago address falls into one of the four tiers, based on the characteristics mentioned above.