Enrollment | New Students

South Loop School is a diverse school in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. South Loop serves families within the neighborhood boundaries and throughout the city of Chicago through its Fine Arts Magnet Cluster Program, Early Childhood Center, and Community School.

Students who live within the school’s attendance boundary can enroll automatically and do not have to apply. See below for documents required for registration.

Students who live outside the attendance boundary must submit an application through Office of Access & Enrollment (OAE) and GoCPS between October and December. Available seats, if any, are filled via computerized lottery. Priority is given to applicants with a sibling who is currently enrolled in the school in grade K-7, and who will remain enrolled in the school for the coming school year.

We are currently not offering in-person tours. 
Pre-K Virtual Tour –  https://tinyurl.com/SLSPreschoolVirtualTour
Primary Virtual Tour – https://tinyurl.com/SLSPrimaryVirtualTour
Middle School Virtual Tour – https://tinyurl.com/SLSMiddleSchoolVirtualTour

Registration Information

Early registration is recommended so the administration can adequately plan for teacher assignments. Registration must be in person and opens the first Monday in April.


1601 S Dearborn Building Only 
During regular school hours 8:30am-3:30pm


Required with NO EXCEPTIONS:

1.Parent/Guardian’s IL Driver’s License or State ID with current boundary address. If you recently moved, please bring the paper copy issued by the Department of Transportation 

2. Original Lease/Mortgage- Bring the entire lease agreement

3. Proof of current address with includes but is not limited to any of the two of the following documents:

Neighborhood Boundaries
  1. Two original utility bills (gas, electric, water – not cell phone) (or)
  2. One original utility bill and one of the following:
    • an original voter’s registration form
    Original piece of mail from the City of Chicago or State of Illinois
    • Employer identification card;
    • MediPlan/Medicaid Card;
    • Court documents;
    Original Bank statement

4. Proof of age includes, but is not limited to, the following original documents:

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Passport

5. Immunization Requirements- We can provide you with the medical forms to take to your primary physician

  1. Diphtheria, Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  2. Tetanus (DTP, DTaP & Tdap)
  3. Polio
  4. Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)
  5. Hepatitis B
  6. Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Two (2) doses of varicella are required for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th,11h, & 12th grades. The first dose on or after the first birthday and the second dose no less than four weeks (28 days) after the first dose.
    • One (1) dose required on or after the first birthday for PreK, 3rd, 4th, 5th, grades.
  7. Haemophilus Influenzae, Type B (HIB)
  8. Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV)
    • If none is received before age 24 months, only one (1) dose is required from age 24 to 59 months of age. Not required age 5 years or older
  9. Meningitis Conjugate (MCV4)
    • One (1) dose of the meningitis vaccine for 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
    • Two (2) doses of the meningitis vaccine for 12th grade.
    • 2nd dose must be administered at least 8 weeks after 1st dose.
    • If the 1st dose was given at age 16 or older; only one (1) dose will be required for 12th grade.

Medical, eye and dental records:
The following must be provided during registration or as soon as they are available to you (before October 1, 2022).=

  1. Medical with up-to-date immunizations
  2. Eye exam
  3. Dental exam

CPS Health Requirements and Forms

Enrollment Eligibility

• Preschool: If you have a child who will be three years or four years old on or by September 1, and are interested in a preschool program, please visit www.cps.edu/ChicagoEarlyLearning.  For personal assistance, please contact the South Loop Early Childhood Center at (773) 534-9066 or ejchandler@cps.edu.

• Kindergarten: Child must be 5 years old but not yet 6 on or by September 1st

• 1st Grade: Child must be 6 but not yet 7 on or by September 1st

Please refer to Chicago Public School enrollment guidelines for more information.