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Every Day.
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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: Larry Daniel

Voices: Larry Daniel

I have worked at CICS for over 13 years as a Facilities Manager and I have seen CICS improve tremendously. Part of my role is to maintain facilities and infrastructure at all our 14 campuses. 

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Educator: Kevin Kreller

Educator: Kevin Kreller

What is your role at your school?

I am a Mentor Teacher at CICS Irving Park. I teach three sections of 8th-grade History, co-teach a section of Algebra, and I help coach teachers.

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Partner: Accenture

Partner: 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 News

CICS Official Statement on Strike Authorization Vote

CICS Official Statement on Strike Authorization Vote

November 2, 2018 

On Friday, November 2, the union representing teachers and staff at four CICS campuses (ChicagoQuest, Northtown Academy, Ralph Ellison, Wrightwood) voted to authorize a strike. The authorization vote does not mean that a strike has started, or indicates when a strike might begin. It simply means that union members have voted to authorize the union to strike at some point in the future. 

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A Statement from CICS

A Statement from CICS

October 26, 2018

CICS is committed to communicating openly and transparently with its stakeholders, and sharing facts and correcting misinformation regarding our vibrant and diverse CICS network. CICS has fourteen campuses, CTU, the union representing teachers at four CICS campuses, has scheduled a strike authorization vote for next Friday, November 2.

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A Message from the CEO

A Message from the CEO

Greetings, CICS Leaders-

As we brace for what feels like a watershed moment in Chicago’s long history of police violence against young Black and Brown people, I’m thinking of our communities, our students, and our school staff and leaders. As you likely know, the verdict in the trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who four years ago shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, is expected soon. 

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    CICS Parents and Alums met last night at the Wrightwood PTA meeting. Shout outs to Mr. Orr and his team for a successful pizza evening! Go Wildcats! #EveryChildEveryDay @wwdwildcats @civitasschools

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