We’re passionate about providing abundant opportunities for each of our students to learn joyfully, explore ideas enthusiastically, tackle challenges confidently and collaborate creatively. Our goal is to build the knowledge and skills required to achieve excellence, now and in the future, no matter how our fast-changing world evolves.
We understand that students, families and communities have diverse interests, preferences and needs. Our portfolio of 14 schools across Chicago offers a vibrant mix of school models and learning environments to ensure you can find the right fit for your student.
We believe that providing a quality education to every student, in each of our schools, is simply nonnegotiable. We attract and nurture exceptional teachers, insist on rigorous content, hold our schools and leaders accountable for student success, and encourage and empower innovative thinking in our educators as well as our students.
We have a 20-year track record of meeting and exceeding Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) average performance standards and outperforming traditional schools in the neighborhoods we serve. We have also made significant progress closing the achievement gap between the performance of our students and their more economically advantaged peers.
We combine high expectations with compassionate, individualized support and access to enrichment activities that cultivate the social and emotional competencies students need to reach their fullest potential. Nurturing both mind and body prepares students to be happy, healthy and successful in college and beyond, whatever life path they choose.
Success means achieving excellence for every child, every day. We believe that the truest measure of that success for our campuses is strong academic performance by our students.
Since our founding two decades ago, CICS performance has surpassed the CPS average. Far from being willing to rest on our accomplishments, however, we continue to seek new ways to further accelerate student performance.
On average, CICS elementary schools performed better than similar CPS schools as measured by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) standardized assessments, based on data from the 2017-18 school year:
Students who attend CICS high schools are better positioned for college and career success than peers at their CPS-assigned schools, based on Chicago’s School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) scores covering several key performance metrics: