8th Grade Selective Enrollment Program

We will start registration for our Fall 2016 classes in April 2016. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

SelectivePrep offers the only classroom programs in Chicago to help students prepare for the Selective Enrollment Entrance Exam. This test is one third of the score required for admissions to a Selective Enrollment High School.

Program Overview

With the SelectivePrep Program, students prepare for the Selective Enrollment Entrance Exam in a structured classroom setting with one of our expert Instructors. These classes enable students to master the math and verbal topics on the exam. Students leave the course better equipped to face the admissions process and better prepared to succeed in high school. The SelectivePrep Program starts with a diagnostic test to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses. Students will have access to supplemental material so they can practice in areas where they need the most improvement. Students also take a practice test under test conditions just before they take "the real thing". The SelectivePrep Program:

  • Is offered on weekends at convenient locations or after school at local elementary schools
  • Includes both regular 8 week (2 hours per session) or intensive 4 week (4 hours per session) programs
  • Includes a Study Guide with extensive review material
  • Includes a Diagnostic Test to pinpoint student strengths/weaknesses
  • Is divided between math and verbal sections
  • Does not use calculators to encourage students to think on their feet
  • Limits class size to twenty students
  • Provides regular communication to parents on student progress
  • Includes quizzes to provide additional feedback and keep students on their toes

Program Syllabus

Session Topics Covered
Session 1 Diagnostic Test; Intro to Exam, Number Properties
Session 2 Decimals, Fractions and Mixed Numbers, Probability and Combinations, Reading Comprehension 1
Session 3 Percents, Ratios, Averages, Grammar 1; Math Quiz 1
Session 4 Basic Algebra & Equations; Reading Comprehension 2; Math Quiz 2
Session 5 Inequalities, Units of Measurement, Charts and Graphs, Grammar 2; Math Quiz 3
Session 6 Geometry, Vocabulary & Spelling Review Quiz
Session 7 Word Problems, Grammar 3; Language Quiz 1; Reading Comprehension Quiz 1
Session 8 Practice Test; Practice Test Review & Last Minute Tips

Click here to try some sample SelectivePrep Selective Enrollment Entrance Exam Program material.

Program Timing

Registration for SelectivePrep's Fall 2016 classes will start in April 2016. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

After School Classes

SelectivePrep conducts after school classes at elementary schools across Chicago. If you are interested in after school program, please let us know.

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Matthew Greenberg (312) 409-8411

September 28, 2015

Chicago, IL –Over the summer the Chicago Board of Education “recommended” that Ogden close its International Gifted (IG) program since it is “redundant” with the International Baccalaureate (IB) middle years program and announced its intentions not to accept new student applications for the Ogden IG program.
      International Gifted programs are accelerated middle school programs that accept the most advanced students city wide who apply as 5th graders. IB middle year programs admissions are determined by a combination of neighborhood boundaries and lottery. To describe Ogden IG as “redundant” to an IB program is simply incorrect. While it is true that Ogden Elementary is overcrowded and that eliminating its IG program will help free up some space, ending one of the top middle school programs in the City of Chicago to ease overcrowding is short sighted. Moreover, this decision was made very quietly with little discussion, no notice and no community input.

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