Incoming Freshmen

Lane Tech College Prep High School is a selective admissions school whose student body is chosen through a formula, which incorporates standardized test scores, academic grades, and the results of the entrance exam. Each year approximately 1,200 freshmen are selected from more than 13,000 applicants. Students are encouraged to work with their elementary school counselor throughout the application process.

Lane Tech does not offer shadow days for prospective students or incoming freshmen. For information about the history of our school, visit the pages under “About us.” For information about our academic offerings, visit our Curriculum Page or Digital Course Catalog.

Click here to apply to Lane Tech. All students must apply through the GoCPS website
Click here for additional information on the selective enrollment process

Test Dates

Test dates are listed on the website.

Students must sign up for a test date at  Walk-ins will not be eligible to take the exam.

Open House

The annual Lane Tech open house will be held on Saturday, October 29th (LTAC 9-11 am and high school 12-3 pm). Interested students and parents will go on a guided tour of the building, receive an informational booklet, and be able to speak with teachers, counselors, coaches, and the Lane Tech administration.
Parking in the Lane Tech lot is limited. Taking public transportation is encouraged.

A virtual open house will be posted following our October 29th event. We look forward to seeing you at Open House 2022!

Transferring to Lane Tech

The transfer application is now available online. Please read all information carefully prior to submitting the application. Acceptance as a transfer student is contingent upon available space, a transfer applicant’s academic history, and successful completion of the current school year. Due to the volume of transfer requests, combined with the few openings available, Lane Tech is very limited in the number of students it can accept. The deadline for submitting the transfer application is Friday, May 13th, 2022.

General requirements to transfer to Lane Tech College Prep:

  • 3.0 unweighted GPA and demonstrated success in a rigorous curriculum
  • Very good attendance
  • No suspensions or major disciplinary infractions
  • In good standing at your current school

Please submit the application only one time when all of the required documentation is ready to be uploaded. Prior to starting the form, applicants should complete the following steps:

  1. Obtain a copy of their official or unofficial transcript, an attendance report, and their most recent standardized test scores. Each of these items will need to be uploaded to the application. Report cards will not be accepted.
  2. Prepare a 300-500 word responses to the following prompt. This response will be uploaded to the application. Writing Prompt: Climate change, inequality (income, discrimination), large scale conflict, and food insecurity have been identified as some of the biggest challenges facing the world right now. What do you see as one of the world’s biggest problems, and what would you do to solve it if you had unlimited resources?
  3. Have the name and email address for a School Administrator or Counselor who will complete a Conduct Report for the applicant.
  4. Have the name and email address for two teachers, one math or science teacher and one English or social science teacher, who will complete student recommendations. Once the transfer application has been submitted, an email will be sent to the provided recommenders’ email address. Please be sure to check that the name and email address of each recommender is spelled correctly.

Once the application has been submitted, Lane Tech will email the school administrator, counselor, and/or teachers provided to request a completed Conduct Report and recommendation. Applicants will receive an email stating that the application is complete and in review once the completed Conduct Report is received. Applicants will be notified of their admission decision via email no later than June 10th, 2022. Application updates will not be provided prior to this.


Click Here to complete the transfer application.

If you have any questions please email Ms. Tara Johnson at

Please note following information before completing the application:

We do not accept transfer students into the 7th, 8th or 9th grades. These students must apply using the Selective Enrollment application available at The application period for Selective Enrollment has closed for the 2022-23 school year. Students currently in 9th, 10th, or 11th grades are eligible to complete the transfer application.

You do not need to be a resident of Chicago at the time of your application. However, at the time of enrollment, you MUST provide two (2) proofs of residency showing that you are living in the city of Chicago.

If you are applying for transfer from another country, you must first have your transcript evaluated by the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Foreign Student Services. We will need an evaluated transcript before completing the review of your application. Reference:

Contact: Beata Arceo
Foreign & Exchange Student Manager
(773) 553-1936

If you are declined admission we do not offer a waitlist. If additional seats become available we will contact you.