Student Application Process

Interested in joining a CTE program? Below is a description of the different ways students can join!

How to Apply to a District-wide program

8th Graders

Steps to attend a CTE Academy for high school:

  • Learn about the different programs on this site
  • Choose the schools and academies you want to apply to
  • If the school you would like to attend is not listed on the application, contact the school directly

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year closed on December 9, 2016.


If you are attending a high school with a CTE program and want to participate, speak with your counselor.

How to Apply to a Neighborhood Program

See the High School Guide for application instructions. The guide can be accessed online at – click ‘School Guides.’ The application period for most high schools begins October 1st each year and ends in mid-December.

For more information about applying to high schools, speak with your elementary counselor or visit

Selection Information

The application process for College and Career Academies is very similar to other CPS high school programs such as Magnet and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. The CTE application process is part of CPS’s Options for Knowledge program managed by the Office of Access and Enrollment (OAE).

Click here for indepth information on the selection process.

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