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CICS Ralph Ellison Students, recipients of College Search Fund grant..

March 20, 2014

CICS Ralph Ellison juniors Tenia and Shandale will get the chance to expand their college search out-of-state in hopes of finding the best university to fit their long-term goals. In the pursuit of the best-fit college... read more …

Building Effective Colleges

March 04, 2014

This video featured on INCS's recent policy brief, speaking of high schools that are having success sending students to and through competitive four-year colleges. It shows exactly how powerful the charter school movement is in creating real opportunities for Illinois families. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: 8 CICS Teachers Surprised by OfficeMax's A Day Made Better

October 14, 2013

OfficeMax awarded 8 CICS teachers with over $1,000 worth of school supplies as part of its "A Day Made Better" program on October 1, 2013. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: Superintendent, State Legislators, Aldermen Celebrate Grand Opening of CICS Jackson in Rockford, IL

October 14, 2013

On Friday, September 27, educators, civic leaders and elected officials joined together to commemorate the grand opening of Chicago International Charter School (CICS) Jackson campus in Rockford, Illinois. CICS Jackson, formerly known as CICS Patriots, recently moved into the historic 108 year-old Jackson Elementary building in Rockford and currently serves over 500 students in grades K – 7. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: Art Reliford Named to CICS Board of Directors

September 13, 2013

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Arthur J. Reliford, Jr. has been named to the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) Board of Directors. read more …


September 10, 2013

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PRESS RELEASE: CICS Graduate Earns Scholarships Worth Nearly One Million Dollars

August 23, 2013

Chicago International Charter School (CICS) Northtown Academy Class of 2013 graduate Saadia Kabir received over $900,000 dollars in college scholarship offers in the spring of 2013. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Northtown Academy Special Educator Joins Elite Cohort

August 15, 2013

Timothy Poulemanos becomes one of approximately 30 educators to earn the Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) II - Transitions Specialist Endorsement. read more …

2012-2013 End-of-Year PROGRESS REPORT from Beth Purvis

June 25, 2013

The 2013 school year demonstrated tremendous student growth, exceptional college acceptance rates, and fostered innovative college readiness programming, among other noteworthy stories. read more …

POLYGON NEWS: CICS ChicagoQuest Feature

June 13, 2013

Ever wondered what it's like inside the walls of CICS ChicagoQuest, the digital learning middle and high school? Read on to learn more! read more …

WIFR/CBS: Spotlight on CICS Patriots at Jackson

May 29, 2013

In tonight’s “Classroom Victories” report, 23 News Education Reporter Lauren Kravets takes us to a Rockford Charter school to show us how kids are preparing for their future. read more …

CICS alumni panelists share advice with current students on how to succeed in college

May 16, 2013

An impressive panel of CICS alumni gathered to share advice with current CICS high school females at the CICS/Accenture mentoring program's end-of-year event. Watch the video to learn more! read more …

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: CICS Ralph Ellison Student Wins Future Founders Competition

May 10, 2013

For the third year running, a CICS high school student has won the Future Founders competition for their entrepreneurship business plan. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Patriots at Jackson Broadens Student Horizons, Welcomes Local Leadership

May 10, 2013

Rockford Native and Golden Apple Nominee Angelique Watson will Begin as School Director in Fall 2013 read more …

Spring 2013 PROGRESS REPORT from Beth Purvis

April 25, 2013

Spring has sprung at CICS! This progress report celebrates record-breaking rates of CICS 8th graders being accepted into selective enrollment high schools, high school alums joining the ranks of education researchers at University of Pennsylvania, campus tours with congressmen and elected officials, and more! read more …

PRESS RELEASE: More than half of 8th graders at CICS West Belden accepted to selective enrollment high schools

April 10, 2013

7 out of 11 CICS Elementary Campuses’ boast Selective High School Acceptance Rates above 20% for Spring 2013 read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Ralph Ellison Partners with Schuler Scholar Program, Offering Motivated, Underserved Students a Competitive Advantage in College and Life

April 09, 2013

Acceptance into College Preparatory Program Earns CICS Ralph Ellison Schuler Scholars a “Once-in-a-Lifetime” Opportunity. read more …

Chicago Tribune/WBEZ coverage of charter community's response to watchlist

March 01, 2013

“I have no problem being held accountable...[but] I'm trying to understand whether I’m being held accountable to our renewal document from last year or to some new set of standards,” said Beth Purvis, CEO of CICS. read more …

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