The 2016-2017 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 prospective families seeking admission for the 2017-2016 school year. To learn more about our program, please attend one of our open houses:
  • Wednesday, October 19th from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 8, 5:00 - 6:00pm.
To attend an open house, please enter the building through the front door and proceed to our third floor gymnasium for a brief orientation, which will be followed by a tour of the classroom.

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. Instructions for both options are as follows:

Online Application

Paper Application

1. Go to

1. Use the paper Standard Elementary Schools Application in the front of this section (or obtain the application at the Office of Academic Enhancement website,, or by mail from the Office of Academic Enhancement).

2. Request a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This is used instead of your signature. The PIN will be mailed to your home address in approximately five days.

2. Select up to 20 schools by entering a school code for each school to which you are applying. Drummond's code is: 3120DJ

3. Use the PIN to sign on to the online site. You only need to use the PIN once, you can use it to apply or more than one child in a family, and you can use it to apply to all different types of schools and programs.

3. Sign your completed application and mail or hand carry it to the Office of Academic Enhancement. Mailed applications must be postmarked by December 11, 2015. If you mail your application, we recommend that you include a self-addressed, stamped postcard/envelope.

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
  • 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 March 30, 2016
  • 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, 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:
  1. siblings
  2. proximity (30% 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?
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!