Admissions – LTAC


The Lane Tech Academic Center is an accelerated program for high-achieving students. Since academic centers are housed in high schools, they allow students to take high school-level courses in English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, World Language, Music, or Art. The Academic Center is a two year program, and students must apply to LTAC in 6th grade in order to be admitted to grades 7 and 8. Any student who has a minimum GPA of 2.5 can submit an application for an Academic Center. Students use the GoCPS site beginning in September of their 6th grade year to apply to the Academic Center. The deadline to apply is typically mid-December. Click here for full information about Academic Centers. Visit during the fall of a student’s sixth grade year in order to apply.
Scoring Overview (600 Points Total)
The application scoring system for Academic Centers is made up of two parts:

  1. Academic Center Entrance Exam (50% of the total- 300 points)
  2. Previous year’s final grades for core subjects (50% of the total- 300 points)

Further details and information can be found at

Open House

Lane Tech will host an open house for sixth grade students who are interested in the Academic Center (LTAC) in late October or early November of 2024. This is the only open house offered each school year. Accepted students will be invited to see Lane at the Meet & Greet in April or May before making their selection. Please check back in early August for the open house date.
Go to starting September 2024.

Meet & Greet

Newly accepted students for the school year 24-25 are invited to attend a Meet and Greet on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 5pm-7pm. Please enter through Door M off of the parking lot and security will guide you to the student cafeteria for a presentation.
Students and families will hear a presentation from the Academic Center Director. Students and families will be able to meet LTAC teachers and get questions answered by current and former LTAC students.

Accepted Students for the 2024-2025 Year

Congratulations on your acceptance to LTAC!
Please enroll by filling out our online enrollment form by Friday, April 19th.

CPS Transportation

As of right now, there is no CPS provided transportation for Academic Center students for SY24-25.

Upcoming Events for Incoming Students

Music Auditions – May 14, 2024 and May 16, 2024

Lane Tech offers advanced placement to students in music performance groups, Algebra, and World Languages. Music auditions are open to any student who chose band, chorus, orchestra, guitar, or piano as their freshmen elective and would like to place out of the beginning level. Auditions will be held in person on May 14 and 16, or students can submit audition videos if they are unavailable on the audition dates. Select the following link for more information.

Music Auditions

Language Placement Exam – Saturday, May 11, 2024

Lane Tech offers advanced placement to students in music performance groups, Algebra, and World Languages. Students who speak the language they selected on the enrollment form or took the selected language in elementary school are encouraged to take the World Language placement exam. Select the link below to see full details on language placement exams.

World Language Placement

Math Placement Exam – Friday May 24, 2024 in the afternoon

Incoming LTAC students may choose to take a math basic skills exam for placement into Pre-Algebra or Algebra. Calculators are not allowed. All details will be updated here on the website and emails sent when we have them. If a student does not wish to take the placement exam, they will be taking Pre-Algebra

If you would like to take the exam, please register using this form. Detailed instructions will be sent to those who register. A letter to provide your school for attendance purposes will also be provided to those who register.

Summer Information

Additional information for incoming students will be posted on this website no later than May 3rd. The post will include detailed information about summer events, LTAC Orientation, Champions Week, and athletic camps. Sign up links will be available for Champions Week. Information will be available under tabs titled “Athletics” and “Incoming Freshmen Information”, and updates will also be emailed to parents and students.

LTAC Champions Week – June 10-13, 2024 8:30-11:30am

Champions Week will take place in June and is a great opportunity for students to get to know each other, become familiar with the school building, and HAVE FUN!! Champions Week is $60 per student. The June 10-13 sessions will take place from 8:30-11:30am. Read below to learn more about Champions week!

***A sign up link will be posted here in late April.

On Days 1 & 2, students will learn more about what their classes will entail, make a Lane t-shirt in the printmaking lab, tour the school, and get to know their classmates through fun activities. Classes will last approximately 40 minutes. During each period, the teacher will briefly discuss the class expectations for the upcoming year, and then have fun lessons where students will work together and get to know each other.

On Day 3, students will attend four activities of their choosing. Each activity will reflect a class, club, or activity that is offered at Lane. For example, students will be able to learn an International Nights dance, participate in a Drama activity, learn to play the guitar, build a robot, or explore Lane through the lens of a camera. These are just a few of the activities offered! This day will enable students to meet and interact with others who have common interests and explore curricular and extracurricular offerings.

Day 4 will be a culminating day filled with activities including a scavenger hunt, team building games, and will end with a pizza party in the Memorial garden.

Quickstart Registration – Wednesday August 14, 2024

At Quick Start, students will pay school fees, receive their class schedule, gym uniform, and textbooks, and will take student ID and yearbook photos.

Students who are unable to attend Quick Start on August 7th should make arrangements to send a trusted individual to Quick Start on their behalf, or attend the make-up session on a tbd date. If you send someone, that person will be able to pick up the student’s class schedule, purchased items, and Chromebook, but will not go through the ID station & Yearbook station. Information regarding makeup dates for ID pictures for those who cannot attend Quick Start will be posted at a later date.

Additional information and Quick Start forms will be posted here in June.

LTAC Orientation – Tentatively August 21, 2024 2-6:30PM

LTAC orientation is a one-day event where students will meet their upperclassmen mentors, follow a shortened version of their class schedule, and tour the school. The day will be filled with activities that will enable students to become more familiar and comfortable with Lane and their fellow classmates and learn the ins and outs of the school. Additional details will be posted later this summer. This event is for students only.

More information coming soon via email and posted on the website.

LTAC Kick-Off Event – Friday August 23, 2024

The kick-off events will be for just our 7th graders! Students will participate in some teamwork, communication building activities, and improv on Friday August 23, 2024. More details will be coming via email and on the website! The activity will more than likely happen in the morning.

Information for Incoming LTAC Students

Medical Forms

All incoming seventh graders are required to submit a physical examination form for the 2024-25 school year. The physical must include a current T-DAP vaccination, 2 doses of MMR and Varicella, and 3 doses of Hepatitis. Please make a copy of your child’s physical for your records. Physicals must take place July 1, 2024* or later and are due at Quick Start. Click here to access a copy of the CPS required physical form.

*Some schools have required students to have a completed physical before the end of the school year. Physicals are good for one year. At the time of Quick Start, students who have had a physical within the year can submit the existing physical. Students should then submit an updated physical when the current physical expires.

Incoming 7th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

All students will have a summer reading assignment every summer. Check back here for the assignment in the upcoming weeks. It will also be emailed to you.

Shadow Days

Unfortunately, Lane does not offer shadow days given the amount of requests we receive. We simply do not have the capacity to accommodate all students. Accepted students will be invited to visit Lane one more time before making their selection.