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 2023. 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 2023.

Meet & Greet

Newly accepted students for the school year 23-24 are invited to attend a Meet and Greet on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 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.
If you missed the meet and greet – please see the slideshow HERE that was used in the presentation.

Accepted Students for the 2023-2024 Year

Congratulations on your acceptance to LTAC!
Please enroll by filling out our online enrollment form by Friday, May 12th.

CPS Transportation

Students attending Academic Centers are eligible for school bus services. Please review CPS Transportation Information.
If you would like to receive CPS transportation services, please complete the Student Transportation Services “White Form” (ENGLISH, SPANISH), scan it and email it back to me at by Wednesday May 18, 2022.
Then complete the Lane Tech Transportation Form indicating your stop choices by Friday May 12, 2023.

Upcoming Events for Incoming Students

Music Auditions – May 16, 2023 and May 18, 2023

Students who are taking a music performance class, such as band, chorus, piano, or orchestra, and have music experience are encouraged to audition to be placed in an advanced performance class. The music department will hold auditions in person for band and orchestra only on May 16th and 18th from 3:30-5:30 pm. If you are unable to attend in-person, you may also contact the director to schedule a virtual audition. Instructions for virtual auditions are included below for all performance class.

Please consider attending our Spring Concerts!
-Orchestra: May 12th at 6 pm at Lane
-Choir: May 17th at 7 pm at Lane
–Band: May 24th at 6 pm at Lane

Full Information: Music Auditions

Language Placement Exam – Saturday, May 13, 2023

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 19, 2023 1PM-2PM

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.

LTAC Champions Week – Week of June 12, 2023 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 12-15 sessions will take place from 8:30-11:30am. Read below to learn more about Champions week! PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PICK SESSION 2!

Click here to sign up for Champions Week!

Click here for the ePay link if you need to pay the $60 fee online. You will select “Freshmen Connections” to pay the fee.

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 – August 7, 2023

Quick Start Registration will take place on August 7th for LTAC. 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 July.

LTAC Orientation –Wednesday August 16, 2023 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.

LTAC Orientation Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Time: 2:00-6:30 PM
Location: Lane Tech High School

Enter through Door M, located off the parking lot on the southeast corner of the building. Students will check in and will be directed to their advisory room to start the day. This event is for students only.
LTAC NEW PARENT MEETING will be held at 2:30PM *location TBD and will be updated here soon.

LTAC Kick-Off Event – Thursday August 17, 2023 10am-12:00pm and Friday August 18, 2023 12:15-1:15PM

The kick-off events will be for just our 7th graders! Students will participate in some teamwork and communication building activities on Thursday August 17 and the 8th grade student council is hosting the social event on Friday August 18. Information about registration for both events sent via email!

Information for Incoming LTAC Students

Medical Forms

All incoming seventh graders are required to submit a physical examination form for the 2022-23 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, 2023* 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.