Chicago International Charter School (CICS) is open to all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status or disability status. When we receive more applications for a school than seats available, students are enrolled in our campuses via a fair, random lottery.  This ensures all students have an equal opportunity to enroll at the campuses of their parents' or guardians' choosing. All CICS schools are charter public and tuition free.

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

Open Seats for 2021-2022 School Year

Elementary School (K-8)

Parents can still apply for the 2021-2022 school year!  The students will be added to the waitlist in the order it is received and if a seat becomes available, families will be contacted via email and telephone call. 

The following CICS campuses have limited open seats available for the grades noted:

CICS Avalon (KG, 8th)
Call 773-721-0858 for more information

CICS Basil
(KG-3rd, 7th, 8th)
Call 773-778-9455 for more information

CICS Bucktown (KG-3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th)
Call 773-645-3321 for more information

CICS Global Leaders Initiative (8th)
Call 312-877-0541 for more information

CICS Irving Park (KG, 1st, 3rd)
Call 773-433-5000 for more information

CICS Lloyd Bond (KG-6th)
Call 773-468-1300 for more information

CICS Loomis (KG, 2nd)
Call 773-429-8955 for more information

CICS Washington Park (4th, 7th, 8th)
Call 773-347-0200 for more information

CICS Wrightwood (KG, 1st)
Call 773-434-4575 for more information

High School (9-12)

GoCPS 9th Grade Transfer Window is now open for the summer!  CICS Longwood and CICS Ralph Ellison have 9th grade seats available! Contact the CICS Enrollmet Departmet at 312-877-0541 for transfer process information.

CICS also has open seats for grades 10th-12th at the following CICS high schools.  Please contact the CICS Enrollment Department at 312-877-0541 for more information.

CICS Longwood - 1309 W 95th St

CICS Ralph Ellison - 1817 W 80th St


Application for 2021-2022 School Year

Apply Online

Create an account to begin the application process online, or log-in to view the status of your application.

Apply by Mail, Fax or Email

Download and complete one application (elementary or high school) per student. 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.


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


(312) 651-5001


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Current CICS Transfer Students Only

If interested in applying for a transfer to a CICS school for 1st-12th grades, a transfer application must be submitted.

Transfer applications are available at the campus main office or click the button below to download a transfer application. 

Please note transfers are not a guarantee as it is determined on seat availability.  Families will be contacted as seats become available.

The Transfer Waitlist closes on Friday, August 27, 2021.




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