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PRESS RELEASE: CICS Irving Park Ranks Number One

July 18, 2012

For 2nd Consecutive Year, CICS Irving Park Receives Top ISAT Score of City’s 56 Charters read more …

Feature NBC News Coverage: Kids stay healthy & active thanks to CICS tennis camp

July 09, 2012

NBC's Michelle Releford showcases students and families enjoying CICS's safe and healthy summer program, the South Side Junior Tennis Camp. read more …

2011-2012 Progress Report from Beth Purvis

June 19, 2012

Beth shared a CICS Progress Report to reflect on 2011-2012's network-wide and campus outcomes. read more …

Chicago Sun-Times feature: CICS Longwood's Entrepreneur Stevie Bailey

June 18, 2012

Congratulations to Stevie Bailey, CICS Longwood graduate and winner of this year's citywide Future Founders technology entrepreneurship competition. read more …

News Coverage: 90 CICS participants donate 101 ponytails to Locks of Love charity

June 18, 2012

Students, parents and teachers donate hair to children with cancer at 3 Distinctive Schools campuses: CICS Bucktown, CICS Prairie and CICS West Belden. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Wrightwood PTA Honors Teachers

May 15, 2012

11 Teachers honored in week-long celebration read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Patriots and Distinctive Schools Announce Partnership

May 04, 2012

Distinctive Schools will begin engaging campus communities immediately, including introductory meetings with families and staff. Distinctive Schools will begin day-to-day operations of CICS Patriots in July 2012. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS and Charter Schools USA Announce Partnership

May 01, 2012

Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) will begin engaging campus communities immediately, including introductory meetings with families and staff. CSUSA will begin day-to-day operations of CICS Larry Hawkins, Lloyd Bond, Longwood and Loomis in July 2012. read more …

CICS Lloyd Bond students visit Washington, D.C.

May 01, 2012

CICS Lloyd Bond teacher John DiChiara successfully brought his 6th grade students to Washington, D.C. for the second year running - yielding vice presidential aspirations for some. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS and EdisonLearning Partnership Ending

April 17, 2012

The 12-year partnership between EdisonLearning and CICS will end in June 2012. New school management partner(s) will assume day-to-day operation of five CICS campuses; school officials working with campus communities to ease the transition. read more …

Parents and Families - take the "My Voice, My School" Survey

April 16, 2012

University of Chicago's Urban Education institute has created a special survey for parents and families of charter school students to take. Please take 5 minutes and help your school improve! read more …

Chicago and Illinois charter community to rally for equal funding

April 13, 2012

On Tuesday, April 17, the charter community will come together for "Have Your Say Day" in Springfield. Many will be advocating for HB 5225, calling for equal funding for all public charter schools in Illinois. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Welcomes Chief Development Officer, Board Member

April 03, 2012

CICS proudly announces the addition of Alberta Johnson, board member, and Maggie Morrison, Chief Development Officer read more …

Progress Report: Spring 2012

April 03, 2012

CICS's quarterly newsletter reflects upon student achievements, from debate team successes at CICS Ralph Ellison to our networkwide 8th graders' impressively high acceptance rates to selective enrollment schools. read more …

PRESS RELEASE:CICS Ralph Ellison to Host Inaugural Charter High School Debate Invitational

March 19, 2012

Auburn Gresham charter school’s winning debate team to go up against fellow charter school students in special tournament read more …

CICS ChicagoQuest teachers and leaders to speak at "Beyond These TImes" innovation events

February 20, 2012

On February 27 and March 26, National Louis University, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Golden Apple Foundation have partnered to host two panel events that will focus on the future of education. CICS ChicagoQuest teachers will speak alongside Dr. Kieran Egan and Dr. James Paul Gee. read more …

CICS Irving Park named highest-performing charter school in Chicago

February 01, 2012

CICS Irving Park had the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards among all charter schools in the City of Chicago. CICS Irving Park outscored 93% of Chicago schools on Composite ISAT performance, including every other charter school. read more …

Community organizer makes New Schools EXPO a reality

January 30, 2012

Chicago community organizer Adrienne Leonard is the force behind the New Schools EXPO, and a true advocate for young people and their education needs read more …

Happy Holidays Newsletter from Dr. Elizabeth D. Purvis

December 30, 2011

Beth Purvis, as she is more widely known in the education reform community, sent out a Happy Holidays newsletter that reflected on 2011's network and campus successes. read more …

Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits CICS Washington Park to support a longer school day

October 28, 2011

All CICS campuses already have a longer school day and year than traditional CPS schools, but we stand in solidarity with all Chicago Public Schools who are pushing for an extended day. See the press coverage of the big day here. read more …

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