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Admissions FAQs

How do I obtain an application?

The 2017-2018 Online Application and Printable PDF Application are now available. The deadline to submit an application is February 27, 2017.

Can I deliver my application packet to the campus for which I am applying?

All completed application may submitted via email to or sent via postal mail to: Admissions Office, University of Chicago Charter School, 1313 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

We do not accept faxed applications.

How will students be selected for admission?

Students are admitted by a random lottery, taking into consideration sibling and attendance boundary priorities.

How does sibling priority work?

There is sibling priority if siblings are attending any UChicago Charter School campus. Siblings must share at least one legal parent/guardian.

How will I know the lottery results?

The lottery is open to the public. Admit and wait lists are posted at each campus. The Admissions Office sends emails and/or mail letters of notification to all applicants. No information will be provided by phone.

For 2017-18 admissions, admit and wait lists will be posted at each campus after the admissions lottery on March 16, 2017. Emails and/or letters will be sent to all applicants within 7 days.

If my child is selected for admission, is he or she automatically enrolled?

No, if your child is selected for admission, you will be notified by email or mail asking you to first accept admission by returning a signed acceptance letter and attending a registration session. At the time of registration a non-refundable registration fee is required to be paid towards the school fee.

What happens if my child is not selected in the lottery?

If your child is not selected for admission, then your child will be placed on a wait list.

How will I know if my child is called off the wait list? When will I know?

Based on your child's wait list number, whether or not the child has admission priority, and choice of campus, parents/guardians will be notified by telephone and /or email when spaces become available.

When is Open House?

Open House will be held in December and January on the following dates and times:

December Open House:

  • CGW: December 8, 2016 | 5pm - 6:30pm
  • DON: December 14, 2016 | 5pm - 6:30pm
  • NKO: December 7, 2016 | 5pm - 6:30pm
  • UCW: December 12, 2016 | 5pm - 6:30pm

January Open House:

  • CGW: January 25, 2017 | 5pm - 6:30pm
  • DON: January 24, 2017 | 5pm - 6:30pm
  • NKO: January 31, 2017 | 5pm - 6:30pm
  • UCW: January 23, 2017 | 5pm - 6:30pm

How old does my child have to be in order to start Pre-Kindergarten?

Students must be 4 years old to start Pre-Kindergarten.

How long is the school day?

The school day runs from 8am to 3:30pm (3:40pm at UCW). All campuses have an early dismissal on Wednesdays at 1:00pm.

Do I have to fill out more than one application if I have more than one child applying?

Yes. An application must be filled out for each applicant.

What if I have additional questions about the admit list or the wait list?

If you have any questions or concerns, you may call the Admissions Office at 773-834-2865.

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