About INCS


All students in Illinois have access to a high quality public school that prepares them for a successful future.


The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) advocates for the improvement of public education by leveraging the charter school model as a catalyst to transform lives and communities. INCS works to ensure that charter public schools have adequate and equitable resources, the autonomy to find innovative approaches to meet student needs, and a fair and transparent policy landscape that allows high-quality options to thrive. As the voice of Illinois charter schools, INCS engages a diverse coalition of policymakers, school leaders, parents, and community members to create systemic change and secure high-quality schools for underserved communities.

INCS Core Values

People Growth

Everything we do is aligned to improving the quality of public education in Illinois.

  • We set intentional goals and work with discipline toward them.
  • We adjust course when necessary, we are nimble and flexible.
  • We innovate by taking bold, calculated risks.
  • We work with urgency.
  • We grapple with challenges.

We produce at the highest levels.

  • We take personal responsibility for results.
  • We deliver on commitments.
  • We hold each other accountable for best work.
  • We strive to make the INCS brand synonymous with excellence.
  • We seek creative solutions.

We seek opportunities for personal and professional growth.

  • We reflect on areas of professional growth.
  • We develop self-awareness as leaders.
  • We invest in our team members.
  • We ask for guidance.
  • We celebrate individual and collective “wins.”

We support our colleagues and create an environment of honesty, humility, balance, and fun.

  • We embrace diversity of people, talents, and strategies.
  • We treat others with respect.
  • We assume the best intentions of each other.
  • We actively seek ways to support each other in our work.
  • We communicate clearly and proactively to address conflicts.