• LIMITED SCHOOL CHOICE Lottery UPDATES (as of July 27, 2020):

    • Round 3 Selections are now complete! Parents who submitted eligible applications will receive an email indicating either an "offer" or "no offer" on Monday, July 27th. Parents will have until Monday, August 3rd, to submit their offer confirmation. Detailed instructions will be provided within the offer email they receive.

    • Families will receive either an offer letter or non-offer letter at the conclusion of each respective round they are eligible for.

    • ALL lottery seat offers are subject to final review and may be revoked under certain situations (e.g., required re-registration is not completed, new registrations over the summer at a particular school by students residing within the boundaries causes overcrowding, etc.).

    • Having children enrolled at a particular school DOES NOT guarantee a seat for their siblings who are applying for that same school. 

    • Families who are offered a seat from the limited school choice lottery DO NOT receive transportation. Please do not accept an offer if you will be unable to transport your child/ren to the school you are offered as part of the lottery. 

    • Bessie Rhodes and King Arts school day is from 8:00 am - 2:45 pm (please take this into consideration if you are offered a seat).

    • The lottery selection process is very fluid and relies on various factors such as enrollment levels, number of applications received, etc. As a result, the Registration Team will provide official offers for seats; school personnel cannot provide offers for permissive transfers and are considered invalid

    • Due to the high volume of inquires and number of applications, please do not contact the registration department for individual application status/updates. 

    • The application for the 2020-21 lottery went live in early February 2020.

    • There are approximately 4 selection rounds; spanning from late May through late August.

    • We thank you all for your understanding and patience while selctions are made.

    limited school choice program for the 2020-21 School year

    District 65 Limited School Choice includes the following programs/school options: African-Centered Curriculum (ACC), Two-Way Immersion (TWI), Magnet Schools and Permissive Transfers

    The application process is OPEN ONLY to registered students living within the District 65 attendance boundaries. To ensure an equitable selection process, the only information used to make selections is what is contained on the application and received through registration.

    Limited School Choice Applications for currently enrolled 2019-2020 students will be available in the Parent Portal beginning in February 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. 

    Limited School Choice Applications for students new to District65 for the 2020-2021 school year apply as part of the New Student Registration Form

    Applications for all students submitted by May 28, 2020 will be considered during the early selection phase (Rounds 1 and 2). 

    Please note: students who have not completed all required registration steps and provided approved residency documents will not be eligible for lottery selection; this applies to all re-registrations and new students. 


    Applicants are assigned a random number and chosen by lottery. When making permissive transfer, magnet program, and magnet school selections, consideration is given to gender balance and enrollments at the schools impacted by the selection.

    If you receive a selection letter, you will be given a deadline by which to inform the District whether or not you accept the placement. If you do not respond by the deadline given, your offer will be rescinded and given to another student.

    Limited School Choice selection preferences are given to the following as long as the gender balance and relief of overcrowding goals are not violated:

    • Magnet school applicants who live within a neighborhood preference area
    • Siblings of students placed at a school for programmatic reasons
    • Siblings of a student currently attending a magnet school or participating in a magnet program

    Students who attend a school on permissive transfer are not eligible for district transportation services. Permissive transfer students must attend on a consistent basis and student attendance is reviewed throughout the school year.

    Students who are excessively tardy or absent will undergo a formal review by the principal and the Registration Department to determine whether to continue the permissive transfer or not. In the event the student's permissive transfer is revoked, the child will be required to enroll at the attendance-area school.

    For more information about permissive transfers, please contact the Registration Team:

    Harriet Pontikes: 847-859-8056
    Arait Zamudio: 847-859-8065
    Saranda Karpuzi: 847-859-8055

    application overview for 2020-21 School year

    Please click on the following links to view detailed information and step-by-step instructions on applying to the lottery: