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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

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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.

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

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College acceptance rate for students at all CICS high schools.

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Voices Blog and Spotlights

Educator Spotlight: JoeAnn Nash

Educator Spotlight: JoeAnn Nash

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Educator Spotlight: Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

Educator Spotlight: Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

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Educator Spotlight: Barbara Wright

Educator Spotlight: Barbara Wright

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How CICS Bucktown is using social-emotional learning in the classroom

 
CICS Bucktown
 

Congrats CICS Bucktown!

The Today Show featured CICS Bucktown teachers and students this morning discussing SEL (Social Emotional Learning). Listen to some of Bucktown's teachers and students discussing the prioritization of the student-teacher relationship in their everyday curriculum. 
 
Great work team!
 
Check out the feature story: https://on.today.com/39vjsiu

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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Dear Teachers and Staff,

I am grateful and excited to be welcoming staff and students back into our school buildings this month. While I cannot say for sure what the coming weeks and months may hold, I can say with complete confidence that teachers and staff and all of our School Management Operators (SMO) partners and teams are ready to jump back into supporting student learning, collaborating with one another, and welcoming students and families back into our CICS community with open arms.

By now, you have all heard from your SMO leadership and school leaders about the logistics of your first days back and you should have a good idea of what to expect. Today, I’d like to focus on the slightly bigger picture as we navigate a return back to school buildings and continue adjusting to the changing landscape around us.

This school year, I hope we take with us some hard-earned lessons from last year and commit to creating an even brighter path ahead. I hope we maintain our commitment to truly supporting one another, being nimble and innovative, and keeping a laser focus on supporting our students both academically and emotionally regardless of the context or challenges. I hope we carve a new path – one that brings our Graduate Aims to life on a daily basis; one that doesn’t just fill gaps from the last year but actually accelerates student learning and opportunity; and one that brings our community closer together and engages and invests even more people in the success of our students.

I am absolutely delighted and honored to start this new school year on a positive and safe note with this team of exceptional educators and staff members. Our CICS team is working very closely with our SMO partners and closely monitoring local school health data, as well as school reopening guidance from local, state and federal agencies to ensure a safe and successful experience for all. We ask that you continue partnering with us in finding the balance in providing a safe learning environment and educating all of our students during this time. I look forward to engaging and communicating with you all as we begin this journey together.

With gratitude,


Pelin Deniz

Chief Operations Officer 
Chicago International Charter School 

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[Spanish translation]

Estimados maestros y personal de las escuelas CICS,

Estoy agradecida de dar la bienvenida al personal y a los estudiantes de nuevo a nuestros edificios escolares este mes. Si bien no puedo decir con certeza lo que depararán las próximas semanas y meses, puedo decir con total confianza que los maestros y el personal y todos nuestros socios y equipos de Operadores de Administración Escolar (SMO) están listos para volver a apoyar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes, colaborando con unos a otros, y dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes y sus familias a nuestra comunidad CICS con los brazos abiertos.

A estas alturas, todos habrán escuchado de sus líderes del SMO y líderes escolares sobre la logística de sus primeros días de regreso y deberían tener una buena idea de qué esperar. Hoy, me gustaría centrarme en el panorama un poco más amplio mientras navegamos de regreso a los edificios escolares y continuamos ajustándonos al panorama cambiante que nos rodea.

Este año escolar, espero que llevemos con nosotros algunas lecciones del año pasado que tanto nos costó ganar y nos comprometemos a crear un camino aún más brillante por delante. Espero que mantengamos nuestro compromiso de apoyarnos mutuamente, ser ágiles e innovadores, y mantener un enfoque en apoyar a nuestros estudiantes tanto académica como emocionalmente, independientemente del contexto o los desafíos. Espero que logremos un nuevo camino, uno que dé vida a nuestros objetivos de posgrado a diario; uno que no solo llena los vacíos del año pasado, sino que en realidad acelera el aprendizaje y las oportunidades de los estudiantes; y una que acerque a nuestra comunidad e involucre e invierta aún más personas en el éxito de nuestros estudiantes.

Estoy absolutamente encantada y honrada de comenzar este nuevo año escolar con una nota positiva y segura con este equipo de educadores y miembros del personal excepcionales. Nuestro equipo de CICS está trabajando muy de cerca con nuestros socios del SMO y monitoreando de cerca los datos de salud de las escuelas locales, así como la orientación de reapertura de escuelas de las agencias locales, estatales y federales para garantizar una experiencia segura y exitosa para todos. Le pedimos que continúe asociándose con nosotros para encontrar el equilibrio para brindar un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y educar a todos nuestros estudiantes durante este tiempo. Espero involucrarme y comunicarme con todos ustedes mientras comenzamos este viaje juntos.

Sinceramente,

Pelin Deniz

Jefa de Operaciones

Escuela Charter Internacional de Chicago

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Reopening CICS Schools In The Fall

Reopening CICS Schools In The Fall

Dear CICS Families,

I hope that you all have found moments of relaxation and rejuvenation as summer weather finally graces our beautiful city. After an exceedingly difficult year, we all deserve time to celebrate what we accomplished, mourn what we lost, and feel grateful for what lies ahead.

Speaking of what lies ahead, it is with great excitement that I am writing to officially notify you that our CICS campuses will return for full-time, in-person learning this fall. We are working closely and collaborating with all our SMO partners for a strong and safe launch. Planning is ongoing and new information is gathered daily, and we are confident that we will be ready to welcome back students into our school buildings when we begin the 2021-2022 school year.

There will be many more details and conversations in the weeks ahead, and you should expect outreach from your individual school campus as plans evolve. Please reach out directly to your school leaders with any questions that you have. And, in the meantime, continue to rest and find moments of joy as you soak in a long-awaited Chicago summer.

I look forward to seeing our community back together soon.

With warmest regards,

Pelin Deniz
Chief Operations Officer 
Chicago International Charter School 

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[Spanish Translation]

Estimadas familias de CICS,

Espero que todos hayan encontrado momentos de relajación y rejuvenecimiento mientras el clima de verano finalmente adorna nuestra hermosa ciudad. Después de un año extremadamente difícil, todos merecemos tiempo para celebrar lo que logramos, lamentar lo que perdimos y sentirnos agradecidos por lo que nos espera.

Hablando de lo que nos espera, les escribo con gran entusiasmo para notificarles oficialmente que nuestros escuelas de CICS volverán para el aprendizaje en persona a tiempo completo este otoño. Trabajamos cerca y colaboramos con todos nuestros socios del SMO para un lanzamiento sólido y seguro. La planificación es continuada y se recopila nueva información todos los días, y estamos seguros de que estaremos listos para recibir a los estudiantes en nuestros edificios escolares cuando comencemos el año escolar 2021-2022.

Habrá muchos más detalles y conversaciones en las próximas semanas, y debe esperar un acercamiento de su escuela escolar individual a medida que evolucionen los planes. Comuníquese directamente con los líderes de su escuela si tiene alguna pregunta. Y, mientras tanto, continúe descansando y encuentre momentos de alegría mientras se sumerge en un verano de Chicago tan esperado.

Espero ver a nuestra comunidad nuevamente unida pronto.

Con mis mejores deseos,

Pelin Deniz
Chief Operations Officer 
Chicago International Charter School 

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