2015-2016 Lottery and Enrollment

Two open house events are scheduled for parents to tour the school and hear about the many wonderful educational opportunities available at Disney:

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

Original Acceptance Letters are due at the school no later than April 14, 2015*. (Notification Letters to new Disney students who are selected by CPS lottery should be mailed by the Office of Access and Enrollment by March 20, 2015.) We strongly encourage you to hand deliver the signed letter to the school prior to that date. You will receive a date stamped, initialed copy of the Acceptance Letter that will serve as your receipt. Certified mail delivery is recommended should you decide to use the U.S. Postal Service so that you have a receipt of delivery. Faxed copies will not be accepted. The school must have received your Acceptance Letter by the due date of April 14, 2015 in order for you to enroll your child at Disney. (*Please note that Spring Break is the week of April 6 - 10, 2015. The school will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily during that week.)

Enrollment Information (no tours will be given during enrollment events)

Students enrolling in kindergarten should accompany their parent at the time of enrollment so that a brief assessment can be given for reading group placement in September.

You must bring the following documentation with you when you come to enroll:

  • Your child's original birth certificate
  • Two proofs of address (preferably a current utility bill and Illinois driver's license or identification card)
  • Medical Records: click here for Physical/Immunization, Vision, and Dental forms

Early enrollment dates (by appointment only for parents who submit the Acceptance Letter): March 30 - April 3, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon each day. Please contact Mr. Smith at 773-534-5840 to schedule an appointment or sign up in the office when you drop off your Acceptance Letter.

General enrollment dates: April 27 - May 1, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon each day. Please try to come on your date to avoid last minute crowds; however, you may select an alternate date.
Last names, A-C:              Monday, April 27th
Last names D-H:               Tuesday, April 28th
Last names I-M:               Wednesday, April 29th
Last names N-R:               Thursday, April 30th
Last name S-Z:                  Friday, May 1st

You must contact the school no later than May 1, 2015 if you are unable to attend any of the aforementioned enrollment events. Failure to do so will result in the loss of your child's seat at Disney.

Please monitor the Disney website for enrollment updates at and direct any questions to Mrs. Abbie Meyers at

2014-2015 Tuition-Based Pre-School

The applications for the 2015-2016 school year are available for both new and returning students.  A completed application is required, along with a deposit for the upcoming school year; new enrollees are also required to present a photo ID.

The school conducts tours of the early childhood programs every Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. for prospective families to see what makes our program so outstanding! No appointments are needed.

Welcome to Walt Disney Magnet School

There is always something exciting going on at Disney. Our outreach for grants and additional resources provides opportunities such as:

  • Coding
  • 3-D Printing
  • eSpark
  • Arts Integrated Projects
  • Children's Film Festival
  • and many more thrilling experiences for children

Other special events at Disney include:

  • Honors Assemblies
  • Spelling and Math Bees
  • Literacy Night
  • Data Night
  • College and Career Fair
  • Early Childhood Halloween Carnival
  • Science Fair
Additional resources and teacher grants allow our staff the opportunity to do special projects such as creating school gardens, and a "peaceful playground.
  In Memoriam
Diane Disney Miller was an elegant, soft spoken, remarkable woman who carried her family's legacy with grace. We were fortunate to have known her. She enriched the lives of the Disney family with her generosity and her undying support of our vision. May she rest in peace knowing that she brought so much to so many with her personal style and representation of her father's genius. We will miss you, Diane, but you will always be a part of what we do at Disney because you believed in us. And dreams do come true. ~ 11/13/2013
  • November 9, 1955:
    The Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. "Today is; Anything Can Happen Day."
  • November 9, 2004:
    Diane Disney Miller (the daughter of Walt Disney) helps dedicate a $250,000 animation lab that her family helped fund at Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago, Illinois


Mr.Szymanski's National Geographic Cover photos!
March 2015 - Code Camp at U of C
ST Math Homework Flyer
5th - 6th Grade Tennis Team
3rd QTR 2014 Shared Facilities Click here
10th Anniversary of the Animation Lab
dedication by the late Diane Disney Miller click here to view the news footage
& articles from the event!
School Bus Information
iPads at Disney - see what Disney students are doing with their iPads...
Dear Parents:
Please read the attached documents for information about safety at Disney and other resources provided by CPS:
Memo from Dr. Hagstrom
Letter and Parent Resources from Barbara Byrd Bennett

Disney parents and students,
Please click on the image for information on Walt Disney Magnet sports offerings for students in grades 5-8, including game schedules, photos and required permission slips.

Disney 21 - 21st Century Projects at Walt Disney Magnet School

Disney's 21st Century Classroom
Disney's Technology Highlights
Get access to Connect2 Compete's low-cost computers and deeply discounted high-speed internet today.

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