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Chicago Sun-Times: Why I chose a charter school

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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


  • KIPP Ascend Academy

  • David Oclander

    Noble Network of Charter Schools

  • Jo Michelle Hale

    Perspectives High School of Technology

In the News

  1. EPIC Intensives: Enriching Students through Collaboration

    EPIC Academy High School serves the South Chicago community by offering a college-prep curriculum to nearly 500 students, grounded on a ...

  2. Featured Parent Story: Tanika Meeks, Catalyst Charter School

    My name is Tanika Meeks, and I am the proud mom of Tyler, a third grade student at Catalyst Maria Charter School. Before beginning ...

  3. CPS Recognizes Level 1+ Charter Public Schools

    Photo: Middle Students in Class at CICS Avalon

    The Illinois Network of Charter Schools ...

  4. Why I Chose A Charter School

    Op-Ed: Why I chose a charter school By Erin McSherry-Fergus November 25, 2014 This ran on the Chicago ...

  5. 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, ...