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Chicago International Charter School

Our vibrant network of diverse Chicago charter schools enables students to thrive every day, puts them on a path to success in college and life, and empowers entrepreneurial educators to pursue excellence through innovation.

CICS Student Outcomes

100

of 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

96

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.

89

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

> 98

college acceptance rate for students at all CICS high schools.

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Voices

Voices

Lift every voice…” I have sung that opening refrain on many occasions in my life, each time freshly reminded how much every voice matters and how much every voice counts. Now more than ever before, the transforming power of each of our voices is not simply a good thing, it’s a necessary one.

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Accenture

Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. Partnering with CICS for 10 year, Accenture supports a mentoring program that provides CICS students with exposure to career fields and guides them to make informed decisions about college after high school graduation and their career going forward. As part of the program, an Accenture employee is paired with a CICS Student for the duration of the school year.

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CICS Prairie Awarded Relativity’s Wired to Learn Grant to Expand Technology Access and Education

CICS Prairie Awarded Relativity’s Wired to Learn Grant to Expand Technology Access and Education

Chicago, Illinois (August 13, 2018) Distinctive Schools, in collaboration with Chicago International Charter School, announces that Chicago International Charter School (CICS) Prairie, managed by Distinctive Schools, has been awarded a Wired to Learn grant from Relativity, a Chicago-based technology company.

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Beyond Academic Personalized Learning: Implementing Restorative Justice

Beyond Academic Personalized Learning: Implementing Restorative Justice

For students to have a truly personalized learning experience, the philosophy has to become a part of the non-academic parts of their learning as well. Based on this, our schools have shifted to adopt a restorative justice model. Here's how we did it--and the positive results we're already seeing.

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The path to personalized learning is not straight

The path to personalized learning is not straight

In the shift to personalized learning, schools and districts often chart distinctly different ways.

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CICS Celebrates 20 Years!

CICS Celebrates 20 Years!

The entire CICS network came together for a fantastic kickoff as we celebrated the our 20th anniversary!

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    Student voices are so powerful! How cool to hear about the Harkness Method from students at CICS Northtown at the 2018 CICS Kickoff today. #WeareCICS @civitasschools
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