About Charters

Get the Facts about Charter Schools in Illinois

  • Demographics

  • Enrollment

  • Growth

    • How many charter schools are there in Illinois and Chicago?

      • There are 142 charter school campuses in Illinois. Chicago is home to 128 charter school campuses, 21 of which serve special populations (e.g. alternative schools for drop-out recovery students).

    • What Illinois cities outside of Chicago have charters? How many and when did they open?

      • City School Opened
        Decatur Robertson Charter School 2001
        East Saint Louis SIUE East St. Louis Charter School 1999
        Grayslake Prairie Crossing Charter School 1999
        Great Lakes LEARN Charter School - 6th Campus (North Chicago) 2012
        Great Lakes LEARN Charter School - 10th Campus (North Chicago) 2016
        Normal YouthBuild McLean County Charter School 2008
        Peoria Quest Charter Academy 2010
        Pingree Grove Cambridge Lakes Charter School 2007
        Richton Park Southland College Prep Charter High School 2010
        Rockford Legacy Academy of Excellence 2009
        Rockford Galapagos Academy - Rockford 2009
        Rockford Chicago International Charter Schools - Rockford Patriots 2010
        Springfield Springfield Ball Charter School 1998
        Waukegan LEARN 9 Waukegan 2015
    • How many charters are "taken" against each portion of the cap?

      • Illinois law allows for 120 individual charter agreements to operate in the state with 45 of those carved out for schools outside Chicago.

      • Among the remaining 75 charter agreements assigned to Chicago, 5 are set aside for dropout recovery schools that can operate up to 5 campuses each.

      • Here is the breakdown of which charter agreements are spoken for:

  • Policy Impact