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CICS Longwood Senior says "Dreams really can come true."

February 02, 2017

CICS Longwood Senior, James J. shares his experience.

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CICS Northtown Student Announcer Gains Experience, Networks for Future Career

January 27, 2017

CICS Northtown Academy senior Jeremiah Paprocki shares his story of turning his sports announcer dreams into reality

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Three CICS Students Named Posse Scholars

January 11, 2017

CICS is proud to share that three students have been accepted as Posse Scholars! Our staff connected with Katlyn, Rebecca, and Darriana to learn more about what motivates them and find out their plans for after graduation.

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CICS Students Present to Cushman & Wakefield

January 07, 2017

Since 2010, CICS has partnered with Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate firm with headquarters in Chicago. As part of this year's program, the firm hosted an entire class of sixth graders from CICS Prairie...

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Reflecting and Looking Ahead

December 08, 2016

...As we celebrate this important milestone and approach year-end, and as I conclude my first one hundred days at CICS, I want to take a minute to reflect and to share my sense of optimism about the future of CICS and my gratitude for the commitment and talent across the CICS network

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A Culture of Reading at CICS Northtown

December 06, 2016

On Monday, Nov 28, the CICS Northtown campus welcomed award-winning author Laura Ruby to its monthly student book club. Ms. Ruby's most recent novel, BONE GAP, won the 2016 Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, given annually by the American Library Association.

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Civitas Schools High School Fair

November 18, 2016

Join CICS Ralph Ellison, CICS ChicagoQuest, and CICS Northtown at Their Upcoming High School Fair! December 3rd, 2016. read more …

CICS Longwood Student Receives Charter Excellence Award

November 10, 2016

As part of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) Illinois Charter Excellence Awards, CICS Longwood student Anthony R. has been given the "Outstanding Illinois Charter School Senior" award! read more …

Parent Testimonial: The Wades at CICS Irving Park

November 02, 2016

One parent shares her story on transferring her son to CICS Irving Park for 7th grade.

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Parent Testimonial: The Castrejons at CICS West Belden

November 02, 2016

Now that her daughter is in high school and her son has entered sixth grade at CICS West Belden, Mrs. Castrejon reflects on her family’s relationship with the school.

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Chicago International Charter School Celebrates School Quality Improvements

October 13, 2016

Last week, Chicago Public Schools released school performance results – School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) – from the 2015-2016 school year. CICS has a lot to celebrate and more work to do. We are proud to announce our third consecutive year of improvement across the network, with six of our campuses rated in the top two performance categories of SQRP. read more …

CICS Northtown Community Donates Supplies to Fellow CICS Schools

October 12, 2016

“We started this about four years ago to start off the school year,” explains Kevin Ryan, CICS Northtown Dean of Students. The CICS Northtown high schoolers are invited to bring extra school supplies to the Dean’s office, and have the chance to enter a raffle sponsored by the school.

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CICS Welcomes New CEO Elizabeth Shaw

September 08, 2016

CICS Welcomes New CEO Elizabeth Shaw. Read her note to CICS students, families, teachers, and staff:

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CICS West Belden featured for Personalized Learning Model

September 06, 2016

CICS West Belden’s unique and engaging personalized learning model has been featured in two education publications!

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Congratulations to the Latest Class of Piedmont Interns!

August 05, 2016

Congratulations to CICS Northtown Scholars Vanessa M. (Class of 2018), Taha M. (Class of 2017), and Fiza M. (Class of 2018) for their completion of the 2016 Piedmont Office Realty Trust Internship Program! Vanessa, Taha, and Fiza spent two weeks working with Rebecca Miles, Piedmont’s Senior Property Manager, to learn the ins and outs of commercial real estate in Chicago.

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Photos: CICS High School Graduations

July 13, 2016

Congratulations to the CICS Class of 2016! Here are just a few photo highlights showcasing our scholars.

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CICS Scholars Fight Hate with the Anti-Defamation League

July 13, 2016

“Sometimes people fail to treat other people with respect or dignity, sometimes accidentally. I want my school and my fellow classmates to feel as though they are treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve,” says Patrick M, a rising CICS Northtown junior. Patrick recently applied and was accepted to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission.

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CICS Students Advocate for Funding Equity

June 20, 2016

In an effort to draw attention to the current funding crisis in Illinois, hundreds of CICS students, staff, and supporters gathered downtown for a rally at the Thompson Center.

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Scholars Complete 2016 Accenture Mentoring Program

May 19, 2016

On Friday, May 6th, CICS Northtown and CICS Longwood scholars attended their last Accenture mentoring event for the year! This year marked the first male cohort of students participating in the mentoring program designed to give scholars professional connections with Accenture employees as the scholars move into college and careers.

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Advocacy in Action

May 19, 2016

As a crucial step to continue their community connections, CICS schools have been interacting with local legislators in a number of ways!

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