The 2016-2017 application period is open from October 3, 2016 - December 09, 2016. Applications should be completed online (www.apply.cps.edu) 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 prospective families seeking admission for the 2017-2016 school year. To learn more about our program, please attend one of our open houses:
For questions about the application, selection, and notification process; contact the Office of Academic Enhancement at 773 553-2060 or visit their website at www.cpsoae.org.
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. Instructions for both options are as follows:
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 2016-2017 school year must also complete an application.
You are strongly encouraged to apply to schools online at apply.cps.edu.
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 www.oaecps.edu.
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:
How does the waitlist move?
We do occasionally have a handful of people who do not accept spots. In that event, the Montessori Director goes to the waitlist to make phone calls. She 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 773-534-4997 to see where you are on the waitlist. If you have a number less than 10- it is a good idea to call.
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:
All other applicants (age 4 years old and up to 8th grade) are placed in TWO categories:
How are Tiers determined?
Tiers are determined based on your neighborhood. CPS takes an average of all the taxes from city census data and determines a median income for an entire neighborhood. For example, the zip code 60647 (Logan Square) is Tier 2. Even if one household has a yearly income of $40,000 and next door has a yearly income of $250,000 both households fall into a category Tier 2.
How do Drummond students compete academically when it comes to High School?
The first class to go all the way through the Montessori program graduated in June, 2015. There were 19 graduates. 17 of the 19 tested well enough to be accepted into Selective Enrollment High Schools. 5 of the 17 tested well enough to gain admittance into the Honors programs. Our students do very well and can compete with the city’s best because of our small class sizes, emphasis on collaborative learning and the 10 hours of required service learning. We prepare the whole child thoroughly and it pays off!