Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
To provide, through innovation and choice, an attractive and rigorous college-preparatory education that meets the needs of today's students.
Chicago International Charter School (CICS) opened in 1997 with two schools, and has grown to 15 campuses in Chicago and 1 campus in Rockford, serving students in grades K-12
Our students are representative of Chicago's neighborhoods: 96% are minority, and 86% qualify for free/reduced lunch status
We serve 9,222 students from communities across Chicago from as far south as Altgeld Gardens to as far north as Peterson & Pulaski. Our families live in all 50 city wards, with many sending their children to a CICS campus in their neighborhood, and others traveling across the city for a CICS education
Our schools are
Tuition free and with no entrance exams
Non-selective, enrollment is determined by random lottery
Rigorous, with a longer school day and year
Filled with highly qualified teachers
Closing the achievement gap between urban students and their more affluent peers