If eligible, should I apply to both of Von Steuben's programs? (Scholar and Magnet)
YES! YES! YES!!
We recommend that you apply to both programs in order to increase your chances of receiving an offer. For Scholars Program applicants, if you do not meet the cut-off score, but get selected in the Magnet, there are opportunities to move into Scholars.
Do I need to take an entrance exam to apply for Von Steuben's lottery?
No. Your seventh-grade NWEA MAP scores are required for admission. To be eligible to apply to the freshmen Magnet lottery, you must score at or above the 24th percentile in Reading and Math. (This is a combined score of 48 for students with IEPs.) To be eligible to apply to the Scholars Program, you must score at or above the 60th percentile and have 3.0-grade point average (GPA) in your core subjects (Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies).
Should I apply to both programs if I'm eligible? Does this improve my chance of gaining admission to Von Steuben?
Yes, you will be able to rank both Magnet College Prep and Scholars Programs on your Go CPS application. They are considered two separate programs. Look at your NWEA MAP scores and review the materials on both of our programs. If you meet the requirements for Scholars, we suggest you rank that program #1 and the Magnet College Prep #2!
I have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Am I still eligible to attend Von Steuben?
Yes! Von Steuben accepts students with IEPs. In fact, Von Steuben students receive individualized attention in various forms: co-taught classroom environment, self-contained classroom environment, and modified instruction. Regardless of the specific environment, our students' educational needs come first, and we are here to help all of our students excel.
What if I am from a private school and don't have NWEA/MAP scores? What do I do?
You probably took Terra Nova, Iowa or some other standardized exam during your seventh grade, you will be required to take the NWEA exam. Please follow the directions provided by CPS. More information can be found at the following link.
Do I have to live near Von Steuben to apply to the lottery?
No.The only residency requirement is that you live within the City of Chicago boundaries. That's it. Von Steuben's well-known diversity is strengthened by attracting students from just about every neighborhood across the City of Chicago.
My sister/brother attends Von Steuben. Do I still have to apply?
Yes, you still need to apply by selecting one or both of Von's programs, but you need to mark the "Sibling" box on the application. If you forget to check the box, then you will not be considered for the sibling lottery. Your sibling must be either a current Freshmen, Sophomore, or Junior to qualify.