What is an SMO?
An SMO is a School Management Organization. An SMO creates and oversees charter schools, supervising all that occurs within school walls, from curriculum to culture. An SMO can operate schools by attaining its own charter or by partnering with organizations that have attained charters. When an SMO partners with an organization, the SMO monitors all day-to-day operations, and the organization monitors the SMO. Chicago International Charter School is proud to adopt a “portfolio model,” partnering with SMOs that align with CICS’s mission and vision. CICS provides academic autonomy to its SMOs in exchange for accountability.