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Illinois Charter Schools Winter 2019-20 Directory

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Looking for Illinois Charter Schools That Offer a Specific Focus, Program or Activity?

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Often the Illinois Charter Schools listed below will specify their special focus programs or curriculum in their Mission Statements. But, if you don't see a specific program listed, be sure to contact the school you are interested in for complete current info.

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Best Illinois Charter Schools
Winter 2019 Update

IL Online Charter Schools & Online Classes

Many Illinois Charter Schools now offer (or are considering) opportunities for Online Students, or have specific online charter school classes in addition to their regular attendance classes. Parents should contact each charter school they are interested in to find out exactly what online school opportunities might be offered currently, or in the future..

Illinois Charter School Jobs Starting in November, 2019

Many Illinois Charter Schools are still looking for qualified teachers and staff for immediate employment for their current and upcoming school year.

In addition to Winter replacement and substitute teachers, many Illinois Charter Schools are looking for other Full and Part-time Winter positions, including: before and after school program activities specialists, custodial and maintenance staff, office staff, bus drivers, tech and media specialists, and marketing assistants.

Eventually, all our Illinois Charter Schools wth available job openings, will be able to list all their employment opportunities as part of their complete directory listing.

In the meantime, if you are interested in working for any of the IL Charter Schools listed below, you should contact each school directly, as soon as possible.

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Illinois Charter Schools List Organized by City, including:

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Charter Schools in Rockford, IL


Beardstown Charter Learning Academy
Beardstown, Illinois

Visit Our Beardstown Charter Learning Academy Website
217-323-4529
515 Canal Street
Beardstown, Illinois 62618

GRADES TAUGHT:
9-12

*There are 24 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Illinois K-12 Charter Schools Offer Before & After School Programs

Most Illinois Charter Schools offer some top-notch before and after school care programs and activities, available to all students.

For Illinois K and Pre-K Charter School Kids, before/after school care could be anything from supervised play time, to more creative arts and activities.

For older Elementary, Middle School and even High Schoolers, before and after school programs and activities run the gamut from challenging and fun performing arts programs, to designing computer games, to athletics and sports activities.

Be sure to ask each charter school EXACTLY what they offer (if anything) for their before and after school care activities, and of course, if there is any $$$ charge to participate.


Academy for Global Citizenship
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Academy for Global Citizenship Website
773-582-1100
4647 W. 47th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60632

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-3

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Our mission is to empower all students to positively impact the community and world beyond.

*There are 23 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Illinois Charter Schools Offer New Educational Options for Illinois Students and Families

Fall 2019-20 Update:

Illinois Charter Schools now offer diverse student options such as: flexible student schedules, online classrooms, excellent before and after school activities, special interest concentrations (such as: computers, STEM or performing arts), and comprehensive programs for special needs students, to name just a few.

Many IL Charter Schools might mention some of these student options in their mission statements, but be sure to visit a school's website, or contact them directly for complete information.


Alain Locke Charter Academy
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Alain Locke Charter Academy Website
773-265-7232
3141 W. Jackson
Chicago, Illinois 60612

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
The mission of Alain Locke Charter School is to serve as a demonstration for urban schools exemplifying excellence in academics, the arts, personal and social development, and producing students who are globally competitive.

*There are 22 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


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Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School Website
773-535-1460
8 West Root Street
Chicago, Illinois 60609

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
We prepare our students for college through a rigorous arts-infused program.

*There are 21 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Chicago Math and Science Academy
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Chicago Math and Science Academy Website
773-761-8960
7212 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60626

GRADES TAUGHT:
6-12

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
To prepare our students for college by creating an effective learning community of high standards and expectations with a rigorous curriculum focusing on science, math, and technology.

*There are 20 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Chicago Virtual Charter School
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Chicago Virtual Charter School Website
312-267-4486
info[AT]chicagovcs.org
38 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, Illinois 60607

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-12

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
To empower every student to flourish as an individual and citizen in a diverse, global society.

*There are 19 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


EPIC Academy High School
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our EPIC Academy High School Website
773-535-7930
8255 S. Houston Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60617

GRADES TAUGHT:
9-12

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Preparing each student with the 21st century skills necessary to revolutionize society and ensure a heroic journey of college and career success.

*There are 18 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Frazier Preparatory Academy
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Frazier Preparatory Academy Website
773-534-6776
4027 W. Grenshaw St
Chicago, Illinois 60624

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Frazier Preparatory Academy staff embraces students, families, and communities to build and develop well rounded individuals who are independent critical thinkers, intrinsically motivated to be life-long learners excelling in higher education and leaders of legacies.

*There are 17 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


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Galapagos Charter School
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Galapagos Charter School Website
773-384-9400
3814 W. Iowa
Chicago, Illinois 60651

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Galapagos Charter School is dedicated to preparing scholars to be responsible, productive, college-educated adults capable of adapting and prospering in a changing global economy.

*There are 16 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


KIPP Ascend Middle School
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our KIPP Ascend Middle School Website
773-521-4399
1616 S Averes Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60623

GRADES TAUGHT:
Middle School

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
The mission of KIPP Chicago Schools is to create a network of schools that empower students with the character and academic skills necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools and universities, to be happy in the competitive world, and to have a positive impact on their communities.

*There are 15 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Legal Prep Charter Academy
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Legal Prep Charter Academy Website
773-922-7800
4319 W. Washington Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60624

GRADES TAUGHT:
High School

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Create high expectations for its students.

Require maximum effort from its students.

Provide extended school days and a longer school year to bring all students up to grade level and challenge those students who are already succeeding.

Demand accountability from students, teachers and administrators.

Provide the resources for students to succeed.

Require summer school and after-school tutoring for students not currently at grade level in any core subject.

Require every student to prepare a post-secondary education plan.

Require every student to complete a college readiness curriculum to ensure students have the skills to succeed at college.

*There are 14 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Montessori School of Englewood
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Montessori School of Englewood Website
773-808-1921
7033 S. Honore
Chicago, Illinois 60636

GRADES TAUGHT:
Pre-K - 3

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
The mission of the Montessori School of Englewood is to Educate the Human Potential.

*There are 13 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


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Namaste Charter School
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Namaste Charter School Website
773-715-9558
3737 S. Paulina Street
Chicago, Illinois 60609

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Namaste Charter School aims to change the trajectory of underserved children’s lives by promoting lifelong student success and a love of learning by implementing and sharing a groundbreaking educational model that combines health and wellness with academic rigor in a peaceful environment.

*There are 12 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Noble Street College Prep
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Noble Street College Prep Website
773-862-1449
1010 N. Noble Street
Chicago, Illinois 60639

GRADES TAUGHT:
High School

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Noble prepares low-income students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives, and serves as a catalyst for education reform in Chicago.

*There are 11 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Passages Charter School
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Passages Charter School Website
773-549-1052
1643 West Bryn Mawr
Chicago, Illinois 60660

GRADES TAUGHT:
Pre-K - 8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Serving and Educating a Diverse Population of Lifelong Learners to Become Responsible Citizens of the World.

*There are 10 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Catalyst - Circle Rock Campus
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Catalyst - Circle Rock Campus Website
5608 West Washington Boulevard
5608 West Washington Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60623

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
We believe every child possesses inherent value and potential regardless of background educational level or life circumstances. We create agents of change in society by showing profound respect for students, and by joining with their families and communities to foster each scholar’s growth.

*There are 9 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


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Chicago Int'l Charter School (CICS) - Bucktown
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Chicago Int'l Charter School (CICS) - Bucktown Website
773-645-3321
2235 North Hamilton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60647

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
The mission at CICS Bucktown is to inspire and support each child’s physical, social, emotional, and academic learning for success at school and beyond using a personalized learning approach.

*There are 8 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Henry Ford Power House High
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Henry Ford Power House High Website
773-533-7600
931 South Homan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60624

GRADES TAUGHT:
9-11

*There are 7 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Joshua Johnston School for Fine Art and Design
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Joshua Johnston School for Fine Art and Design Website
773-341-2260
1547-49 W. 95th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60643

GRADES TAUGHT:
9-12

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Prologue’s mission is to provide a unique, self contained educational community of learners with opportunities to get involved in their total socialization process as human beings. This involvement includes educational classes in skills development, social justice, economic literacy, and community activism for the transformation of their environment.

*There are 6 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Providence Englewood Charter School
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Our Providence Englewood Charter School Website
773-434-0202
6515 South Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60636

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
We believe in the creation of inspired lives produced by the miracle of hard work. We are not frightened by the challenges of reality but believe that we can change our conception of this world and our place within it. So we work, plan, build and dream – in that order. We believe that one must earn the right to dream. Our talent, discipline and integrity will be our contribution to a new world because we believe that we can take this place, this time and this people, and make a better place, a better time and a better people. With God’s help, we will either find a way or make one.

*There are 5 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


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Edwardsville East St Louis Charter School
East St Louis, Illinois

Visit Our Edwardsville East St Louis Charter School Website
618-482-8370
601 James R. Thompson Drive
East St Louis, Illinois 62201

GRADES TAUGHT:
9-12

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
The mission of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Charter High School is to prepare students, who are career- and college- ready, upon graduation. To achieve this mission, the school and its staff will positively impact the educational and economic lives of East St. Louis, Illinois youth through individualized instruction in core academic subjects, exploration of career interests and aptitudes, assistance in realizing students' talents, high academic goals, and expectations that graduates will become competitive employees for the 21st century.

*There are 4 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Prairie Crossing Charter School
Grayslake, Illinois

Visit Our Prairie Crossing Charter School Website
847-543-9722
1531 Jones Point Road
Grayslake, Illinois 60030

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Prairie Crossing Charter School is a public school that transforms our children through academic discovery and interaction with our unique natural, ecological, and community resources.

*There are 3 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


8 Points Charter School
Jacksonville, Illinois

Visit Our 8 Points Charter School Website
217-271-1000
630 E State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

GRADES TAUGHT:
5-7

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
The mission of 8 Points Charter School is to prepare students academically, socially and emotionally to succeed in college preparatory classes at the secondary level.

*There are 2 More Illinois Charter Schools Below


Cambridge Lakes Charter School
Pingree Grove, Illinois

Visit Our Cambridge Lakes Charter School Website
847-464-4300
900 Wester Blvd.
Pingree Grove, Illinois 60140

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-8

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
Cambridge Lakes Charter School will facilitate learning among its youthful students (P-8) in a way that will: Infuse a core of knowledge and literacy upon which they can build throughout their lives; Help them envision their future and prepare for it with care and diligence; Introduce them to the world, outside their learning center, that contains resources and means of discovery and learning; Develop critical-thinking and communication skills; Develop skillful use of electronic media and an ability to draw from the digital realm for learning and life; Stimulate character development with pro-active application; Encourage responsible citizenship and social skills; Engage parents with their children in the learning process; Model high performance and continuous improvement.

*There is 1 More Illinois Charter School Below


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Legacy Academy of Excellence
Rockford, Illinois

Visit Our Legacy Academy of Excellence Website
815-961-1100
4029 Prairie Road
Rockford, Illinois 61102

GRADES TAUGHT:
K-6

SCHOOL MISSION OR CORE OBJECTIVES/VALUES:
The mission of Legacy Academy of Excellence Charter School is to instill a lifelong passion for learning within all its students while ensuring that all learners, including those considered to be “at risk” regardless of economic and social background, succeed academically and become contributing citizens of a global society.


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