An error at the Chicago Public Schools resulted in the district mistakenly sending out acceptance letters for a top magnet elementary school to nearly 500 students.
The offers for LaSalle Magnet School on the city's North Side were withdrawn after CPS learned of the mistake. CPS gave acceptance letters to 512 students for first through eighth grade spots, though LaSalle could only accept 16 students.
CPS spokesman Michael Passman issued a statement to the media Tuesday.
"Due to an error in assigning transfer students to LaSalle Magnet School, CPS inadvertently offered more seats to students than LaSalle had available," he said. "When the error was discovered, CPS immediately called and emailed all families that received an incorrect notification, and District staff is working with families individually to help identify alternate options for their children."
Kathryn Ellis with CPS' Office of Access and Enrollment emailed impacted families about the district's error.
"I am deeply sorry to have to inform you of this change," she wrote. "The application and enrollment process is an emotional time for many families, and I want to assure you that we will work individually with your family to make sure you understand your options."
Candice Warltier is among the group of parents who had their admission offers rescinded.
"Families choose where they live based on schools," she told DNAinfo Chicago. "I'm very disappointed in this mistake."
"For our family, this isn't a huge deal, but for other families, it's a major disappointment," added Warltier. "I hope CPS looks into fixing this."