Salazar = Open Enrollment
An open enrollment school is a neighborhood school that offers another option to parents and students who are interested in schools outside of their attendance area. Open enrollment schools have neighborhood attendance boundaries and give priority to students who live within the attendance boundary.
The application asks for my primary address. What is this?
Your primary address is the address of the residence where your child sleeps at night. You cannot use the address of a property that you own or rent if your child does not sleep there at night. If your child gains admission to a school by submitting an application that does not list his/her primary address, your child may be subject to immediate removal from the school.
I share joint custody with my child's father/mother. Whose address should I use?
If you share joint custody and your child sleeps at night at only one residence the majority of the time, that is the child's primary address, and that is the address that must be entered on the application. In cases of joint custody where a child's residence is equally divided between two addresses, either address may be used. However, the address of only ONE parent can be used; students cannot be considered for schools by using more than one address, and students cannot submit applications with different addresses. The address that is used for the application and selection process must be the same, single address. If a student submits applications with more than one address, the student will be considered for the selection process using the address on the first application that is processed by the Office of Access and Enrollment.
NOTE: If your child gains admission to a school or program based on a falsified application, he/she may be subject to immediate removal from that school or program.
How Do I apply?
You have the option of applying by using an online application process, or by submitting paper applications.
To apply using the online application process, go to www.apply.cps.edu and click ‘Step 1’ to begin. Your first step will be to create a user name and password, and submit a request for a Personal Identification Number (PIN), which will be mailed to your home via U.S. mail. The PIN letter should arrive within five business days; if it does not arrive within 10 days, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment.
Once you receive your PIN, return to the online site and enter the user name and password you created; you will then be prompted to enter the PIN you received in the mail. After you use the PIN to access the online site, you will not need to use it again; for subsequent visits, you will only enter your user name and password to enter the site.
Applying with Paper
To apply using the paper application process, use the applications that are accessible on this website (click 'Apply' and 'Application Materials'); in the Options for Knowledge guide; or by mail upon request from the Office of Access and Enrollment (773-553-2060 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Submit your completed application(s) to the Office of Access and Enrollment.
The only requirement for Kindergarten students was that the Options for Knowledge application had to be submitted by the deadline December 12, 2014. Now that this deadline has passed, please consider enrolling your child in our 1st grade for the 2015-2016 school year!
Grades 1 - 8
Admission is based on available space. Students do not have to take an entrance exam and we do not use a lottery system. There is no need to complete the Options for Knowledge application for students in grades 1 - 8. Please call the enrollment coordinator here at Salazar, Marylou Hernandez, 773-534-8310.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to live in Chicago to attend an Open Enrollment School?
Yes, you have to live in Chicago to enroll and attend an Open Enrollment School. You don't have to live in Chicago to apply, participate in the computerized lottery selection process, and even be selected, but you have to provide proof of city of Chicago residency by July 1, 2015, for the 2015-2016 school year.
How old does my child have to be to start kindergarten next year?
Your child must be five years old by September 1, 2015, in order to apply for kindergarten enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year.
How old does my child have to be to start first grade next year?
Your child must be six years old by September 1, 2015, in order to apply for first grade enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year.