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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 …

Public Charter Schools Now Enrolling At Least 30 Percent of Students in a Record Six School Districts Nationwide

October 20, 2011

A record number of school districts—six—have at least 30 percent of their public school students enrolled in public charter schools, according to an annual report released Monday read more …

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Walter Burnett support CICS ChicagoQuest's Grand Opening

September 30, 2011

The CICS ChicagoQuest community is humbled and moved by Alderman Walter Burnett committing to join us at the Grand Opening Celebration, and by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's thoughtful letter supporting the school's opening. read more …

4,000+ community members turn out for charter rally

September 28, 2011

530 CICS parents, students, teachers and staff made it out on Saturday to a citywide charter school rally and let their voices be heard. read more …

Chicago Sun-Times features CICS ChicagoQuest

September 06, 2011

CICS ChicagoQuest opens today, September 6, with 6th and 7th grades. Read on to find out the new and different ways students will be learning. read more …

CICS's 16th campus to open on September 6

September 02, 2011

The day many students, families, and teachers have been waiting for is right around the corner. CICS ChicagoQuest opens its doors this Tuesday! read more …

Ask Mayor Emanuel and CEO JC Brizard a Question

August 23, 2011

Hold Mr. Brizard to his word about equal funding for all CPS students. Click the link to ask your question. Questions will be broadcasted on August 24th. read more …

CICS High School Students on the Fast Track

August 17, 2011

Five CICS students admitted to Piedmont Realty summer internship program, emerge better prepared for college and career read more …

CICS co-signs letter to Jean-Claude Brizard, CEO of Chicago Public Schools

August 10, 2011

This letter from the Chicago charter school community calls for Mr. Brizard to make charter school per-pupil funding equitable. read more …

CICS's reaction to The Reader's article about charters and transparency

August 10, 2011

In a recent issue of The Reader, charters and specifically CICS were accused of being unresponsive to FOIA requests. CICS's letter to the editor proves otherwise. read more …

CICS alum advocates for school choice

August 01, 2011

CICS Ralph Ellison alum, Sean Hopkins, says it's time for parents and Chicago residents to demand better schools and the right to choose them. read more …

CICS ChicagoQuest Director shows his school pride on Vocalo.org

July 20, 2011

Listen to Michael Donhost discuss his new school, CICS ChicagoQuest. ChicagoQuest is CICS's first project-based, interactive learning high school opening this September with 6th and 7th grades. read more …

CICS Ralph Ellison campus featured as innovative learning environment

July 15, 2011

Architect Trung Le talks about his design of CICS Ralph Ellison's state-of-the-art high school campus. read more …

Year in Review: 2010-2011 CICS Newsletter

June 22, 2011

CICS had a number of top news stories this year, including our new campuses' successes, strong college enrollment and acceptance rates, and more. read more …

CICS graduates featured in Tribune, Sun-Times

June 21, 2011

CICS graduates of our Longwood, Northtown, and Ralph Ellison campuses are headed to Big Ten schools, top liberal arts colleges, U.S. military, and more. read more …

CICS Ralph Ellison alum featured in charter school success profile

June 15, 2011

Watch this moving piece to learn more about Sean Hopkins, a successful CICS alumnus. read more …

CICS Larry Hawkins Boasts 96% Graduation Rate in First Year - Reflections on 2010-2011

June 08, 2011

Watch as ABC News catches up with CICS Larry Hawkins one year after the campus opened its doors in September 2010. read more …

Class of 2011 Graduation Dates, Times, and Locations

June 08, 2011

Hats off to the Class of 2011, whose destination colleges include Howard University, Oberlin College, and DePauw University! Read on to see the list of graduation dates, times, and places. read more …

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