Enrolling leaders at Perspectives

About Perspectives Charter Schools

We are a network of five open-enrollment public charter schools serving students in grades 6-12. Our campuses are located in Bronzeville, South Loop, and Chatham. Students must reside within Chicago’s city limits to enroll.

Perspectives Charter Schools enrolls new students on a first-come first-served basis depending on seat availability. To find out seat availability, you can contact the Perspectives Enrollment office by emailing enroll@pcsedu.org or calling (773) 358-6141.

Perspectives Charter Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2024-25 school year. Students entering grades 6-8 and grades 10-12 can apply by clicking on the links below. Our application lottery is scheduled for Friday, February 16, 2024. You will receive your student’s offer to enroll and directions for enrollment on Monday, February 19, 2024.

Incoming 9th grade students apply through GoCPS, a universal application that allows families to explore and apply to high school programs of interest through one online platform. All current 8th grade students need to activate their application in order to rank high schools and complete their application. The GoCPS 9th grade application deadline is Thursday, November 9th at 5pm. Click here for more information!


Visit Us!

Please see below for upcoming Information Sessions. Please RSVP using the link if you plan to attend.

Join us at Perspectives Leadership Campus to learn about our three schools located at this campus: Perspectives Middle Academy, Perspectives Leadership Academy and Perspectives High School of Technology. Meet leadership, learn more about our educational offerings and tour the campus. Seats are limited, reserve your spot today!

8522 S. Lafayette St.

Grades 9-12


Tuesday April 16th: RSVP Here

Join us at Perspectives Rodney D. Joslin Campus for an Information Session to learn about our South Loop middle and high schools. Meet leadership, learn about how we’re connecting students to their future through college and career readiness and tour the campus.Seats are limited, reserve your spot today!

1930 S. Archer Ave.

Grades 6-12


Wednesday, April 17th: RSVP Here


Join us at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy to learn about our Bronzeville middle and high schools offering personalized learning, STEM program offerings, a high school recording arts program and more. Meet leadership, learn about applying and enrolling and tour the campus. Seats are limited, reserve your spot today!

3663 S. Wabash Ave.

Grades 7-12


Thursday, April 18th: RSVP Here

Incoming 9th Graders Apply through GoCPS

All 9th grade students in the city of Chicago who are interested in one of our four Perspectives high schools must apply through the universal GoCPS application system used by all public schools in Chicago.

Please visit the GoCPS website for important information about the application process and important dates.


Proof of grades

Incoming 6-9th grade students:
Most recent report card

Incoming 10th – 12th grade students:
Current transcripts which must be approved prior to enrollment.

Proof of guardianship

Student’s birth certificate


Legal guardianship documents (if applicable)

Proof of residency

Valid parent/guardian State ID or Driver’s License


Current bill (gas, light, phone, cable)

IEP/504 plan (if applicable)

All documents must be submitted at the time of enrollment. Enrollment holds the seat at the campus you choose, as long as seats are available. Seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Enrichment Fee

Student enrichment fees are $265 annually and cover student’s first ID and lock, field studies, college tours, out-of-area trips and enrichment programs.

Click here to pay school fees.

Contact Us:

Perspectives Charter Schools (PCS) has established the following policy regarding student admissions:

On a predetermined date in February, a public lottery for all grades other than 9th grade, will be held to determine admission to PCS for applications received by a pre-determined deadline at PCS Central Office (1530 S. State St., 2nd floor). All rising 9th graders will be admitted through the GoCPS universal high school application. Applicants are invited to attend the lottery if they choose. The lottery is network-wide and not specific to one PCS campus. Once applicant has been accepted through lottery, they enroll at the campus of their choice based on seat-availability. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Admission to PCS is based on the applicant successfully completing their previous years’ grade. Rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students must submit transcripts for principal approval prior to enrollment to confirm that proper credits have been earned and student is on-track to graduate on time.

All applications received prior to the established deadline will be eligible for participation in the admissions lottery. Applications received after the lottery will be held on a numbered waitlist until open enrollment begins, depending on offers extended and seat availability.

Online Illinois State Board of Education Notification of Intent to Homeschool:

As of January 6, 2023, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is no longer accepting homeschool registration forms through email or by physical mail. The CPS Homeschooling website has been updated to reflect the new online Illinois State Board of Education Notification of Intent to Homeschool form. The requested CPS Documents remain the same (Statement of Assurance and Letter).