CICS ChicagoQuest

Civitas Education Partners 9-12

1443 North Ogden Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60610

(773) 565-2100

7:30am - 3:30pm

The mission of CICS ChicagoQuestis to engage, challenge, and prepare all of our students to be activist within their communities and the world as problem-solversdesignerscritical-thinkers and innovators.

  • To support the advancement of this mission, ChicagoQuest Schools and its employees are committed to:
  • Keeping students and their learning at the center of all of our decisions
  • Creating and sustaining an environment that supports risk-taking and learning from “failure”
  • Holding high expectations for all members of the community
  • Holding a high rigorous bar for our scholars and ourselves
  • Making our practices public for the purposes of improvement and sharing
  • Keeping data on the progress of our scholars and using it to guide instruction


  • STEM FOCUS courses
  • Campus of Chicago International Charter School
  • Located in the Near North/Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago
  • Serving students from over 50 neighborhoods
  • First graduating class will be in 2017
  • Founded in partnership with Chicago International Charter School (CICS), Civitas Education Partners (CEP), and Institute of Play (IOP), with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Through an innovative pedagogy that immerses students in differentiated, challenge-based contexts, the CICS CQ acknowledges design, collaboration and systems thinking as key literacies of the 21st century. Within an integrated, rigorous standards-based curriculum, students work with teachers to gain the skills and literacies necessary for top college and career readiness.

Director(s): Zataya L. Shackelford

Extra Curriculars

  • Art
  • Cooking
  • French
  • National Honor Society
  • Poetry
  • Robotics
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Drumline
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting

By the Numbers

21 Teachers
325 Students

76 African American
20 Hispanic
3 White
1 Other


of staff at this school feel they work hard to build trusting relationships with parents.


of students agree that they are continuing steadily towards their goals.


of students believe their teachers want them to learn in their classes.


of students agree that their teacher expects them to do their best, and that they expect everyone in school to work hard.

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