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.

Application for the 2023-2024 School Year

Apply Online

Create an account to begin the application process online, or log-in to view the status of your application.

Early Admission for Kindergarten

Families interested in applying to Kindergarten whose students birthdates are between 9/2/2018-12/31/2018 and are currently attending a certified Pre-K program, can apply for Early Admission to Kindergarten!  Please read the Early Admission eligibility process and criteria and if it applies, the parent/guardian can proceed to apply online.

Familias interesadas en aplicar al Kínder con fecha de nacimiento entre 9/2/2018-12/31/2018 y actualmente asisten a un programa certificado de Pre-Kínder, ¡pueden aplicar para Admisión Temprana al Kínder! Por favor lea el proceso y criterios de elegibilidad de Admisión Temprana y si aplica, el padre/tutor puede proceder a aplicar en línea.

SY 2023-2024 Early Admission Criteria

Admisión Temprana Para Año Escolar 2023-2024

Rising 9th Graders

GoCPS Applications for the 2024-2025 school year is now live!  Log into to apply to CICS high schools!

CICS Longwood (1309 W 95th St)
CICS Northtown (3900 W Peterson)
CICS Ralh Ellison (1817 W 80th St)

The deadline to apply is November 9, 2023.

Seats available for 9th grade for this current school year 2023-2024 for CICS Longwood and CICS Ralph Ellison.  Deadline to apply is Monday, September 18, 2023. Log into

Apply by Mail, Fax or Email

Download and complete one application (elementary or high school) per student. If you mailed your application, we recommend that you call a week after mailing to confirm its receipt. If you faxed your application, please call 15 minutes after it was faxed to confirm its receipt.


Chicago International Charter School
11 E. Adams St., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60603


(312) 651-5001


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Open Seats for 2022-2023 School Year

Elementary School (K-8)

The following CICS campuses have limited open seats available for the grades noted.  Parents may apply for other grade levels not noted and will be added to the waitlist in the order it is received:

CICS Avalon (Kg, 1st, 3rd)
Call 773-721-0858 for more information

CICS Basil
(Kg, 3rd, 5th)
Call 773-778-9455 for more information

CICS Irving Park (1st, 3rd, 4th)
Call 773-433-5000 for more information

CICS Lloyd Bond (KG, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th)
Call 773-468-1300 for more information

CICS Prairie (Kg, 1st)
Call 773-928-0480 for more information

CICS Wrightwood (KG, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th)
Call 773-434-4575 for more information

High School (9-12)

Enrollment for CICS High Schools is closed for the school year.  

It is recommended to apply for the 2023-2024 school year.


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