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Charter School Facts

  • # of campuses: 148
  • # of students: 63,000
  • Charter schools welcome all students in Illinois and currently serve 92% minority and 87% low-income students


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    Perspectives High School of Technology

In the News

  1. Alumni Perspective: Charter Schools Helping to Overcome Barriers

    My name is Sterling Gilmore. For most of my life, I’ve had to overcome challenges. From birth, I have dealt with a speech impediment, ...

  2. UChicago Charter School Parents Happy to Have a Choice

    It didn't take long after moving to the North Kenwood community for Geannine and Gerald Harris to realize that their eldest child, ...

  3. Charter School Success: UCSN Tamayo Turns Around in One Academic Year

    What a difference a year can make! New Chicago Public School rankings released this week show that Rufino Tamayo Charter School, a ...

  4. Alumni Perspective: The Charter School Difference

    By Gloria Munoz, 2013 Stanford University graduate and Noble Network of Charter Schools alumna My parents wanted their children to ...

  5. Student Success: Daniela Hernandez, UCSN Carlos Fuentes Elementary

    Daniela Hernandez is an inspiring example of what is possible when motivation to learn is met with strong academic support. Daniela ...