Thanks for your interest in Midwest Academy for Gifted Education. All the information about our application process can be found by expanding one of the categories below. Please feel free to reach out to (312) 600-5571 or admissions@mage.education if you need any assistance. 

Please join us for Admissions Coffee at 9 AM on Sunday, August  11th. Please email admissions@mage.education to RSVP.

Admissions Process

STEP 1: DATA QUALIFICATION* for first child per family:

Academic Attainment Qualifications:
KTEA II/III or WIAT III or WJ III/IV
130 or more in at least one category
IQ Qualifications:
WISC IV/V or SB V or WPPSI IV or DAS II
130 or more in at least one category
Davidson Institute Young Scholars Proof of acceptance
NWEA MAP* 98% or above in at least one category
CPS SEES Classical Score** 98% or above in at least one category
CPS SEES RGC Score** 130 or above

* If your child was given another standard test, please contact our admissions team.
** If submitting this data, must submit more than one of the starred categories.

Notes:
  • Public service announcement: you should know if your child's IQ or even SEES is 145 or higher on Standard IQ tests, or has equivalent achievement of 3+ years ahead of age peers, that Davidson Institute Young Scholars is free and a great source of advocacy and support for your student.
  • The Academic Attainment and IQ Qualifications will be accepted from any licensed psychologist. For a list of local psychologists that have a strong understanding of the gifted, please click here.
  • Siblings below the 130 cut-off are admitted as long as they pass our overall screning. We believe that in order to support our gifted learners and their families the best, we need to admit siblings so that familes do not spend all of their family time on school commutes and so that they have time to be involved in the gifted student's community. We believe that gifted differentiated education model is the best for any student. This is our only admissions loophole. It is widely believed that siblings are usually within 5% of IQ of each other anyway but not all children test well.
  • The last test date must be within 3 years of  your application submission date.
  • All CPS students receive the NWEA MAP data through annual testing. You may need to request this from your school’s main office if applicable. This test is also available for free for 5th grade and up private school students through CPS, though the schedule options are limited.
  • We recommend, but do not require a full Neuropsychology assessment prior to enrolment. The recommendations from such an assessment allow us to have an in-depth conversation about meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of your child.
  • In some rare cases, such as when the gift is not academic, we may accept portfolio applicants. Please contact admissions for details.
  • If you encounter difficulties with the testing process, please don’t hesitate to contact admissions to discuss options.

Tuition and Fees

We are tuition funded start-up at this time. We will be launching a grant-writing and crowd funding-campaign in the near future to help offset costs. Our costs are just a straight pass through of faculty, facility and other expense costs to the families.  

Please click here for our Tuition and Schedule.

Notes:

  • Application Fees: there are no application fees at this time.

  • Financial Aid: we are not able to offer financial aid at this time, but are working on it for the 2020 academic school year. Students with IQ of 145+ may qualify for additional assistance. We will do our best to be creative and work with all families that wish to enroll.

  • Lunch: we will not be offering a lunch program by default to all students. If there is adequate interest of 10 or more families in paid lunch, we will work to select an organic, healthy, allergy compliant, locally-sourced-food-conscious provider to bring in lunch - we do have one identified already. This data will be collected during enrollment.

  • Future increases: We anticipate the tuition schedule to go up only with inflation every year, no more than 1-3%. Our goal is to keep costs as affordable as possible for all families. In fact, we are guessing that tuition will in 2 years when we achieve enrollment volumes that allow the economy of scale.

  • Additional Costs in the Full and Part time programs:

    • There are no uniforms. However, all admitted families will have to respect the uniform code as described in the handbook.

    • From time to time, families will be asked but not required to bring personal items related to physical education such as dance shoes, yoga mats, and so on.

    • There may be additional costs for some field trips. Grades 5 and up will possibly have an optional overnight trip.

    • Backpack, water bottle will need to be provided by families for their children. Besides that, basic supplies are included.

    • Click here for Before/Aftercare and Clubs Costs.

Step 2. Fill out online application

Application deadline for priority enrollment for the 2020 school year is February 1, 2019.  

With regard to applications, our non-discrimination policy may be found here

You will qualification criteria and a recent copy of your child's report card to apply. At enrollment, a full transcript will be required. Homeschooler families may contact admissions to obtain the equivalent requirement.  You will be asked to provide one email address for a non-family member that served in a teacher capacity for your child that will receive a link to a short online recommendation form. If you wish to receive a paper application, please contact our admissions office.

Step 3. Confirmation of application

Receive confirmation of application received within 48 business hours.

Step 4. Family interview

You will be contacted for an interview after we process your application, if your child is qualified. Depending on your family’s specific needs, the family interview will be conducted over one or two days and includes a parent interview and a child assessment.

Step 5. Offers or waitlist notification

The offers for admissions or notification of waitlist will be sent for the 2019-2020 academic school year on March 29, 2019. After this, we have rolling admission based on space.

Step 6. Enrollment contracts

First term tuition and all enrollment forms except the list below are due on May 1st, 2019.

You will need to fill out the online enrollment paperwork. The enrollment links will be sent to you by admissions if you are offered a seat following your family interview and your child's evaluation. The following documents are due by August 14, 2019:

  • Request a transcript from your child's previous school(s)

  • Request Health Forms or schedule appointments to get the following paperwork done on time, that must be from an exam no older than 1 year of October 1, 2019:

    • Dental health examination form from your dentist

    • State form for health xamination from your dentist

    • Vision examination form from optometrist or ophthalmologist

Step 7. What happens next?

  1. Class list mailed out July 10th, 2019

  2. Health examination forms for the 2019 school year are due by August 14, 2019.

  3. Submit a transcript from your child's previous school(s).

  4. Submit Health Forms that must be from an exam no older than 1 year of October 1, 2019:

    • Dental health examination form from your dentist

    • State form for health xamination from your dentist

    • Vision examination form from optometrist or ophthalmologist

  5. Teacher Visits

    During the last 2 weeks before start of school, you have the option to have your teacher visit your student at home, for all grade levels, to ease the process of transitioning to a new school setting and for our teachers to have a chance to get to know your child. This is available to all students, including the part time students.

  6. Back to school event

  7. 1-3 PM, August 25th, 2019. Families may drop off supply items they wish to keep at school.

Admissions FAQ

Q1: What happens if I have 3 children, and only one has a qualifying score, while the other children are close but not quite over the cut-off?

A: We aim to support the gifted learner and their family. We feel that it would be a disservice to the learner, family, and community to have siblings attend multiple schools. As we are focused on ability, not age-based groupings, we will attempt to place the siblings in our program, conditionally, to be evaluated after the first term, and will sit down with the family to discuss their feelings about fit and comfort. Since most siblings in a family are within 5% of IQ according to studies, though we will evaluate a sibling at the time of the interviews as well, most likely, the siblings of a child with 130 IQ will still be gifted, and on average, more so than the cut off in most of the other area gifted programs. 

Q2. Is there a sibling discount? 

A: Yes, 5% less for both, 7% off cumulative tuition if more than 2 in a family.

Q3. Are there any discounts?

A: There are a few:

  • Siblings: 5% less for both, 7% off cumulative tuition if more than 2 in a family.

  • If a parent or legal guardian is a full-time teacher at an accredited university in Chicago, or is an active member of the armed services, they receive a further 2% discount over their total.

  • 2% off for paying for the entire academic school year in full.

  • Full time teachers at the school get free tuition for one child.

  • Part time teachers at the school get free part time tuition for one child.

Q4. Do you offer Financial Aid?

A: We are working hard on establishing Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 academic school year. We did not have it in place for our first year. However, we will be working very creatively with any families wishing to enroll and not being able to afford it to come up with a solution.

Nondiscrimination Notice: Midwest Academy for Gifted Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age or sexual orientation in admission and access to its programs, services, activities, or in any aspect of their operations. Please click here for our full non-discrimination policy.

 

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