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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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CICS Scholars Commit to College

May 19, 2016

The time is here! Our CICS seniors have taken a huge step on their path to success and determined their postsecondary plans. With 91% of seniors accepted to college and over $14 million in combined scholarship awards, the Class of 2016 is well-positioned for a bright future.

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Teacher Appreciation at CICS!

May 06, 2016

Heartfelt thanks from parents, scholars, and fellow staff.

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CICS Parents and Scholars Advocate for Charter Schools at Lobby Day

April 14, 2016

On April 6th, CICS parents, staff, and scholars joined together with other charter schools from across Chicago and Illinois as part of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools’ sixth annual Lobby Day.

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CICS Lloyd Bond Scholars Win Community Art Contest

March 02, 2016

CICS Lloyd Bond scholars participated in the Chicago Police Department's 005th District Community Art Contest!

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Mr. Franklin: Building a Safe Community with CICS Prairie

February 26, 2016

Mr. Benjamin Franklin has worked with CICS for nearly 20 years. He began as a security guard at CICS Longwood then moved on to CICS Prairie when it first opened in 1998. In his time at CICS Prairie, Mr. Franklin has influenced the lives of hundreds of scholars as they advanced through the school. We caught up with Mr. Franklin to learn more about his time as CICS Prairie and what motivates him each day:

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Philanthropy at CICS Longwood

February 05, 2016

Through the holiday season to today, CICS Longwood scholars have been working on supporting their communities.

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Photos: Cooking with Cops, Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club, and CICS Wrightwood

February 05, 2016

Through Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club, CICS Wrightwood scholars joined with officers from the Chicago Police Department for an afternoon of healthy cooking and eating.

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Stepan Company Scientists Connect with CICS Scholars

February 03, 2016

Scientists from Stepan Chemical manufacturing company visit CICS Northtown Academy to connect with scholars in and out of the classroom.

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