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Our vibrant network of diverse Chicago charter schools enables students to thrive every day, puts them on a path to success in college and life, and empowers entrepreneurial educators to pursue excellence through innovation.

CICS Student Outcomes

100

of CICS high schools have a better SQRP rating than their comparison schools in:
  • 9th grade SAT growth percentile
  • 4-year graduation rate
  • College persistence rate
  • 1-year dropout rate

96

CICS high school students attend a campus that performs as well or better than their CPS-zoned school in the percentage of students who meet college readiness benchmarks.

89

CICS elementary students attend a school that meets or exceeds the reading and math performance of their CPS-zoned counterpart.

> 98

college acceptance rate for students at all CICS high schools.

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Voices

Voices

Lift every voice…” I have sung that opening refrain on many occasions in my life, each time freshly reminded how much every voice matters and how much every voice counts. Now more than ever before, the transforming power of each of our voices is not simply a good thing, it’s a necessary one.

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Educator Spotlight: Kevin Kreller

Educator Spotlight: Kevin Kreller

What is your role at your school?

I am a Mentor Teacher at CICS Irving Park. I teach three sections of 8th-grade History, co-teach a section of Algebra, and I help coach teachers.

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Accenture

Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. Partnering with CICS for 10 year, Accenture supports a mentoring program that provides CICS students with exposure to career fields and guides them to make informed decisions about college after high school graduation and their career going forward. As part of the program, an Accenture employee is paired with a CICS Student for the duration of the school year.

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 CICS Launches Open Call for Next Cohort of Education Entrepreneur Fellows

CICS Launches Open Call for Next Cohort of Education Entrepreneur Fellows

Chicago, Illinois (September 11, 2018) - Chicago International Charter School (CICS) has launched an Open Call for applications for the next cohort of its Education Entrepreneur Fellowship program. CICS’ flagship innovation and incubation program, the Fellowship, supports education innovators by providing them with the tools, networks, and resources necessary to bring their innovative classroom and school model concepts from ideation to transformational impact. Launched in January 2018, the Fellowship has resulted in the successful launches of the school transformation ventures, ChicagoRise and Empowered Community Schools, and the micro-lab ventures, Boy’s Lab and the Civitas Community Impact Experience.

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2018 Kickoff Highlights

2018 Kickoff Highlights

On Thursday, August 16th, 2018, Chicago International Charter School (CICS)  celebrated the beginning of a new school year at the UIC Pavillion. On that day, staff of fourteen unique CICS campuses and one microlab came together, united by a shared vision: to create a hub of innovation where every student will flourish, every school will meet the unique needs of its community, and every success will improve our city and our world.

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This software company has donated millions to local schools for tech equipment

This software company has donated millions to local schools for tech equipment

According to a 2015 report from the tech nonprofit CompTIA, students and educators alike believe access to technology in classrooms is beneficial to getting ahead in the increasingly digital workforce.

To help schools ensure access to learning technologies, Relativity, a provider of cloud-based data management and analytics tools for companies in the legal industry, has established a Wired to Learn technology grant for local schools.

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CICS Prairie Awarded Relativity’s Wired to Learn Grant to Expand Technology Access and Education

CICS Prairie Awarded Relativity’s Wired to Learn Grant to Expand Technology Access and Education

Chicago, Illinois (August 13, 2018) Distinctive Schools, in collaboration with Chicago International Charter School, announces that Chicago International Charter School (CICS) Prairie, managed by Distinctive Schools, has been awarded a Wired to Learn grant from Relativity, a Chicago-based technology company.

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