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Admissions

Thank you for your interest in applying to Senn High School!

Admission to Senn High School is governed by the GoCPS application process (www.go.cps.edu). Applications for the 2019-20 school year are open from early fall through mid-December. Exact dates can be found on the GoCPS website.

Eligible 8th grade student may apply to any of our selective programs:

  • IB Diploma/Diploma Prep Programme (International Baccalaureate)
  • Senn Arts DANCE (Magnet, audition required)
  • Senn Arts MUSIC (Magnet, audition required)
  • Senn Arts THEATER (Magnet, audition required)
  • Senn Arts VISUAL ART (Magnet, audition required)

Additionally, students who live within Senn's attendance boundary (check the CPS School Locator) may apply to the neighborhood program where you can join our non-selective Design, STEM, or Digital Journalism programs.

*Senn is a wall to wall IB High School, thus all students will participate in the IB Middle Years Programme in 9th and 10th grade, and have access to college-level IB courses in 11th and 12th grades. 


*PAPER APPLICANTS ONLY:


​​​​​​​Selective program requirements

SENN ARTS:

PREPARE FOR THE AUDITION - 

Click on the links below to see the requirements for each of the art disciplines. 

DANCE

MUSIC

THEATRE

VISUAL ART

SELECTION IS BASED ON YOUR RANKING OF SCHOOLS/PROGRAMS. 
Since you will only receive one offer, RANK US AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST to help ensure an offer to SENN ARTS. 

**Even if you are highly qualified, you will NOT receive an offer if you do not rank us high enough on your list of schools.**

Minimum qualifications include 24% each on the NWEA Reading and Math (or combined 48% for students with IEP), and an audition. 

  • During the online application process through GoCPS, families will be prompted to register for a SENN ARTS audition. Choose an audition date and time. 

Auditions will be held on:

   Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9AM – 2PM

   Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6PM – 8:30PM

   Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10AM – 3PM

  • Applicants will be chosen for admission based on your ranking of Senn Arts, along with a combination of 7th grade grades, audition score, and NWEA. Note that the audition is required. 

IB Diploma/Diploma Prep:

SELECTION IS BASED ON YOUR RANKING OF SCHOOLS/PROGRAMS. 

Since you will only receive one offer, RANK US AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST to help ensure an offer to Senn's IB Programme. 

**Even if you are highly qualified, you will NOT receive an offer if you do not rank us high enough on your list of schools.**

Minimum qualifications include 24% each on the NWEA Reading and Math (or combined 48% for students with IEP), a minimum 7th grade GPA of 2.5, and attendance at an IB information session.  

  • Families must SCHEDULE an IB Information Session when applying to Senn's IB Programme

City-wide Information Sessions will be held at Senn: 

     Saturday, Novmeber 10, 2018, 10:30AM

     Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:00AM

     Tuesday, January 29, 2018, 6PM

Attendance at one of these Information Sessions (or one hosted by another IB school) is necessary in order to apply to Senn. 

*While attendance at one of the Information Sessions is mandatory, it does not guarantee selection. Final selections will be determined by your ranking of Senn, along with a final application cut score based on your GPA and NWEA scores.* 


For other questions about the application or admissions process, contact:

David Gregg
Admissions Director
IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator

(773) 534-2501
dgregg@cps.edu