CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL
CHARTER SCHOOL

STUDENTS & FAMILIES

Enrollment Instructions and
Frequently Asked Questions

Chicago Campuses: Enrollment Instructions

Step 1:
Complete the appropriate application (elementary or high school). 

YOU MUST INCLUDE:
• Proof of Chicago residency. Valid proof of residency includes: Utility bill, medical card, payroll stub, voter registration card, or mortgage statement. Note: ID, lease, or cell phone bill not accepted as proof of address.
• Copy of child's birth certificate, passport, or legal guardianship papers. No notarized letters accepted. You must also list the CICS campuses you'd like your child to attend, in order of preference. You may apply to as many campuses as you like, as long as that campus has your child's grade level.

Step 2:
• The application must arrive at the CICS main office by the Friday prior to the lottery date.
• If you mailed your application, we recommend that you call a week after mailing to confirm its receipt.
• If you faxed your application, please call 15 minutes after it was faxed to confirm its receipt.
• Students who apply after the lottery date will be assigned a place at the requested campus, if space is available, or on the appropriate waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.

Address:

Chicago International Charter School

11 E. Adams St., Suite 600

Chicago, IL 60603

Fax: (312) 651-5001

Email: apply@chicagointl.org

Online:  Apply Now

Step 3:

If the lottery assigns your child a seat at one of our campuses, you will receive a letter from CICS with enrollment procedures. Otherwise, you will receive a waiting list letter.

Chicago Campuses: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I obtain an application?

You can apply online at www.chicagointl.org; stop by any of our campuses, or call the CICS Network office at 312-651-5000 to request an application

What application must be filled out?

If you are new student entering KG – 8th grade, you are to fill out an Elementary New Student Application.

If you are a new student entering high school, you are to fill out a High School New Student Application

If you are a current CICS student that would like to apply for a transfer, you are to fill out a CICS Transfer Application

What documents are needed?

A copy of the student’s birth certificate and a proof of Chicago residency.  Examples include: utility bill, mortgage or bank statement, paystub, or voter’s registration card.  Not accepted: Cellphone bills, leases and credit card bills.

Will my child receive sibling preference?

Students that have a brother or sister enrolled at CICS will receive preference if you apply to the same campus. Sibling preference is not a guarantee.  It will depend on available open seats for the grade that you are applying for.  Please note that cousins, nieces, nephews or living in the same household is not considered sibling preference.

How will I know if my application was received?

Application can be filled out online and will receive an email confirmation of the application received.

Applications that are faxed at 312-651-5001 is recommended for the parent to contact the CICS Network Office at 312-651-5000 15 minutes after it was faxed for verbal confirmation

Applications that are mailed in is recommended for the parent to contact the CICS Network office at 312-651-5000 one week after it has been sent for verbal confirmation 

What is the deadline to receive the applications, when will the lottery take place, and do I need to be present?

Deadline to receive applications for high school is Friday, January 30, 2015. The high school lottery will take place on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the CICS Northtown Academy; 3900 W Peterson at 5pm

Deadline to receive applications for elementary is Friday, March 27, 2015. The elementary lottery will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the CICS Longwood Campus; 1309 W 95th St at 5pm.

The lottery is open to the public but it is not mandatory to be present. 

How will I be notified of the lottery results?

Letters will be mailed out to parents on Friday, after the lottery has been conducted.  Parents will either receive an acceptance letter or a waiting list letter. Results of the lottery will not be given by phone for 2 weeks.

If the student has an offer to one of our schools, an acceptance letter will be sent that will include mandatory registration dates and other pertinent information that must be brought at the time of registration.

If the student was not selected through the lottery, the student is placed on a waiting list and the parent will receive a waiting list letter.

How does the waiting list work?

Students that were not selected through the lottery are randomly placed on a waiting list.  The wait list remains open until mid-September.  CICS will select waitlisted students when seats become available in the order that the students are placed in.  Once selected, the parent will either receive an acceptance letter or a phone call offering the seat to the child (ren). 

Does the waiting list carry over to the next school year or do I need to re-apply? 

The waiting list does not carry over and closes on mid-September.  Students not selected from the waiting list will need to re-apply in the next open enrollment that begins October 1st.

CICS Jackson, Rockford IL: Enrollment Instructions

Step 1:

Complete the appropriate application including:

  • Proof of residency in Rockford Dist. 205 (valid proof of residency includes: Utility bill, medical card, payroll stub, voter registration card, or mortgage statement.)
  • Child's birth certificate


Step 2:

The application must arrive at CICS Jackson Rockford, IL office by the Friday prior to the lottery date.

Address:

CICS Jackson

315 Summit Street

Rockford, IL 61107

Fax: (815) 316-0170

We recommend that you call a week after submitting your application to confirm its receipt.

Students who apply after the lottery date will be assigned a place at the requested campus, if space is available, or on the appropriate waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis

Step 3:

If the lottery assigns your child a seat at one of our campuses, you will receive a letter from Chicago International with enrollment procedures.

CICS Jackson, Rockford IL: Frequently Asked Questions

Where is CICS Jackson located?
CICS Jackson is located in at 315 Summit Street. Rockford, IL 61107. The school opened in 2010 and currently serves 500 students in grades K-8.

Who will attend the school?
Any child residing in School District 205 who will be entering grades K-8 in the fall of 2015 may apply.

How do I enroll my child?
Parents must complete a New Student Application and mail to or drop off at CICS Jackson (315 Summit Street, Rockford, IL 61107), or fax to 312-651-5001.

How do I obtain an application?

You can apply online at www.chicagointl.org, stop by the campus or call the CICS Network office at 312-651-5000 and request to have it mailed. 

What application must be filled out?

If you are new student entering KG – 8th grade, you are to fill out an Elementary New Student Application for Jackson. 

What documents are needed?

A copy of the student’s birth certificate and a proof of District 205 Rockford residency.  Examples include: utility bill, mortgage or bank statement, paystub, or voter’s registration card.  Not accepted: Cellphone bills, leases and credit card bills. 

Will my child receive sibling preference?

Students that have a brother or sister enrolled at CICS Jackson will receive preference. Sibling preference is not a guarantee.  It will depend on available open seats for the grade that you are applying for.  Please note that cousins, nieces, nephews or living in the same household is not considered sibling preference.

How will I know if my application was received?

Applications can be filled out online and will receive an email confirmation of the application received.

Applications that are faxed at 312-651-5001 is recommended for the parent to contact the CICS Network Office at 312-651-5000 15 minutes after it was faxed for verbal confirmation

Applications that are mailed in is recommended for the parent to contact the CICS Network office at 312-651-5000 one week after it has been sent for verbal confirmation. 

What is the deadline to receive the applications, when will the lottery take place and do I need to be present?

For Jackson: Deadline to receive applications for Jackson is Friday, December 12, 2014. The lottery will take place on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the CICS Jackson Campus; 315 Summit St at 5pm.

The lottery is open to the public but it is not mandatory to be present. 

How will I be notified of the lottery results?

Letters will be mailed out to parents on Friday, after the lottery has been conducted.  Parents will either receive an acceptance letter or a waiting list letter. Results of the lottery will not be given by phone for 2 weeks.

If the student has an offer to one of our schools, an acceptance letter will be sent that will include mandatory registration dates and other pertinent information that must be brought at the time of registration.

If the student was not selected through the lottery, the student is placed on a waiting list and the parent will receive a waiting list letter.

How does the waiting list work?

Students that were not selected through the lottery are randomly placed on a waiting list.  The wait list remains open until mid-September.  CICS will select waitlisted students when seats become available in the order that the students are placed in.  Once selected, the parent will either receive an acceptance letter or a phone call offering the seat to the child (ren). 

Does the waiting list carry over to the next school year or do I need to re-apply? 

The waiting list does not carry over and closes on mid-September.  Students not selected from the waiting list will need to re-apply in the next open enrollment that begins October 1st.

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND LOTTERY DATES

CICS CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOLS:

  • Deadline: January 30, 2015
  • Lottery date: February 11, 2015

CICS CHICAGO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:

  • Deadline: March 27, 2015 
  • Lottery date: April 15, 2015

CICS JACKSON:

  • Deadline: December 12, 2014
  • Lottery: December 17, 2014

Available Seats

The following CICS campuses have seats available for the 2014-2015 school year. Enroll Now to claim your spot!

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