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.
The virtual elementary lottery occurred on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Interested applicants can still apply for 2020-2021 school year and will be added to the waitlist in the order it is received. Families will be contacted as seats become available.
The following CICS campuses have limited seats available:
CICS Basil (KG-6th)
Call 773-778-9455 for more information
CICS Washington Park (KG)
Call 773-347-0200 for more information
CICS Wrightwood (KG)
Call 773-434-4575 for more information
The High School lottery for 10th-12th occurred on February 5, 2020. Interested applicants can still apply for 2020-2021 school year and will be added to the waitlist in the order it is received. Families will be contacted as seats become available.
The following CICS High School Campuses have limited seats available:
CICS ChicagoQuest (9th-12th)
Call 773-565-2100 for more information
CICS Ralph Ellison (9th-12th)
Call 773-478-4434 for more information
The 9th Grade transfer window is now open!
CICS ChicagoQuest located at 1443 N Ogden
CICS Longwood located at 1309 W 95th St
CICS Ralph Ellison located at 1817 W 80th St
Chicago International Charter School
11 E. Adams St., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60603
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 28, 2020.