Application Information

Chicago International Charter School (CICS) is open to all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, or disability status. Students are assigned to our campuses via a fair, random lottery, which ensures all students have an equal opportunity to enroll at the campuses of their parents' or guardians' choosing. No tuition is required. 

For more information, please see our Application Instructions and FAQs section or call (312) 651-5000.

Applications for Next School Year (2017-2018)

Elementary School (K-8)

Online: English - Español
Paper:  English - Español

Deadline: March 24, 2017 5:00pm
Lottery: April 5, 2017 5:00pm

High School (9-12)

Online: English - Español
Paper:  English - Español

Deadline: January 27, 2017 5:00pm
Lottery: February 8, 2017 5:00pm

Any applications received after the lottery will be added to our waitlist.

Applications for Current School Year (2016-2017)*

Elementary School (K-8)

Paper:  English - Español

High School (9-12)

Paper:  English - Español

*Please note that current year seats are extremely limited. Openings are available as follows:

  • Ralph Ellison: Grades 9-12

Transfer Applications: Current CICS Students ONLY

Paper only:  English - Español

High School transfer applications are due January 27, 2017.
Elementary school transfer applications are due March 24, 2017.

If you are applying for a student who will be new to CICS you must fill out the new student applications in the above sections.

If you do not apply online please submit application via mail, fax, or email:


Chicago International Charter School
11 E. Adams St., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60603

Fax: (312) 651-5001


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