The 7th grade year is the optimal time to begin researching high schools.  You want to explore the variety of options available to your family and consider which environment is the best fit for your child.


Between August & November of the 8th grade year, you should research and visit high schools (i.e. Shadow Days), attend high school fairs, attend one of LINK’s Information Sessions (October 11th, 6:30pm-8:00pm or October 28th, 10:00am-12:00pm) and watch for the September 1 application launch to apply to LINK Unlimited Scholars.  All complete applications received by the deadline (November 17th) are reviewed and a select number of families (typically 125-150) are invited to interview.


Interviews take place December and January.


All LINK applicants are notified of their final status with the program by February 14th.


Final program acceptance will be granted when the following criteria have been met:

  • Signed LINK Unlimited Scholars Agreement
  • Acceptance and enrollment at LINK partnering high school
  • Attend the mandatory New Scholar Orientation on April 18th 6:30pm-8:30pm.
  • Successfully complete the mandatory 6-week Summer Bridge Program from June 25th-August 3th

Good luck Chicagoland area 8th graders!