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CICS Avalon

Charter | K-8 | 426 students

Our school is best known for its family environment and commitment to rigor.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $87,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $830.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I work at Avalon, and I don't think I've met a more satisfied and passionate teaching staff. I respect the teachers and school leaders so much. Clearly I'm a little biased since I work here, but I'm also thrilled to see how much students are learning and growing. Three years ago, Avalon had the lowest CPS rating, and after many changes in the school, Avalon is one of the fastest growing schools in the city. I'm so excited to kick off an even better new year!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 11, 2014

CICS Avalon has truly improved significantly over the past two years. The school went from having approximately 23 fights within three months to only 1 or 2 a year. The academics improved significantly! Change isn't easy, but the changes have made the school better for children. When children perform well on assessments they increase their likelihood of getting accepted into a better high school and college. We use data to drive instruction, because it matters. Teachers have to know if students have mastered the content, so that we can reteach. CICS Avalon focuses on best practice, and we implement techniques that are proven. If you want to be developed into a great teacher, then this is the place to be!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 5, 2014

Since Victory took over management of Avalon two years ago the atmosphere at the school has really changed. Teachers and staff as well as students and families are not shown respect by administration. Morale is low and turnover is high, both among teachers and students. Teachers are given zero control over what or how they teach and there is a heavy focus on test preparation. Everything is about appearances and the students scoring well enough on assessments to make the administration look good, no matter the cost to students. Students do not have recess and are rarely if ever given any time to socialize or engage in creative activities. There is an extremely strict discipline policy enforced even in the primary grades. There is no school council or PTA for parents to get involved in decisions made about the school, and the general opinion among the administration is that it is a "school of choice" and if parents/teachers don't like it, then they have the "choice" to go somewhere else. I would not recommend this school as a place to work or send your children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 23, 2013

My daughters attend CICS Avalon Campus and have been here since 1st and 3rd grade. They are currently in 6th and 8th grade and love it. What drew my attention to this school was the size of the student body. The students are more acquainted with the staff and each other and not just another student like a school of a larger size. The principal has been making every effort to make this school number one in academics and I believe he can do it. I would recommend this school to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

My son started kindergarten there in 2012 and he has learned so much. My sisters went there years ago and it has changed a lot. The directors are great. His teachers were awesome. They tried going in a different direction and so far in my opinion they have succeeded. He will definitely stay in Cics-Avalon until 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

My grandchildren started this school for the 2011-2012 school year and they enjoy going to school. I like that the curriculum is challenging and exciting to them. The staff is great and caring that is important to me as it creates a good learning enviroment. GREAT JOB!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2011

My daughter is in K and I LOVE her teacher and the entire staff. I was nervous when she started school but was comforted by the dedication and commitment the staff has towards the students. The school has a family atmosphere and I Love the fact that their are male teachers the students can view in a positive light. Ms. Hill and the entire staff is doing a Wonderful job!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2011

My children have attended CICS Avalon since it opened in 2005. I love the hands on attention that the administrative staff and teachers give the students. Ms. Hill, I believe has done in excellent job in her position as Director. She seems to have a genuine care for her students. I love this school and I would recommend it to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2011

CICS Avalon is a GREAT school!! My children are in 4th and 1st grades and have been here since kindergarten. They are both excellent students. The curriculum is challenging and fun. The environment is safe. The security staff knows each student and parent by name. The school has a full computer lab and each student has access to a computer. As a result the students have a great opportunity to excel in technology. The principal is AWESOME she is very active with the students and staff which makes a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2011

As a teacher at CICS Avalon, I can say that it's one of the best schools on the south side. We have great administrative support at all times, we are held accountable for the success of each of our students, and we are rewarded for our accomplishments. I've been here for nearly 6 years. I will not trade this for any other. I truly enjoy the atmosphere and "family like" community we have at Avalon.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 14, 2011

I am a Charter School advocate I Love Avalon especially. My Grandson has been a student at Avalon since kindergarten. He is progressing very well in this school I would highly recommend Avalon to all of my friends and family. I also have tow sons who attended Charter at Longwood and are in college both on academic scholarships that I give Charter School a great deal of the credit.. I think Charter School are the future for our students and will be a life long promoter of Charter Schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2010

My children attended this campus when it first opened and were there for 3 years. At inception, the school's rules and policies were not enforced nor concrete. The Dean of students continually took the words of 'other students' when resolving disputes. The principal at the time, although highly educated, was book smart but lacked common sense. Because it was a new campus, I gave them time to iron out their administration but year after year, it just got worse. The academic curriculum was good, the teachers cared and some were good and loved their work but in the end, none of that made up for the administrative nightmares of the place. I gave up and moved my children to their current school. I'm happy with the new school and so are they. I gave them 1 star because zero stars was not an option.
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Academic Olympics (2008)
  • Spelling Bee (2007)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 3:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Julia Hill
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (773) 731-0142

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Girls on the run
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We have a band that was formed from our community schools program. We have a cheerleading and basketball team. We take the NWEA computerized exam 3 times a year to monitor and ensure individual student progress and to prepare students for the ISAT exam. We have a very rigorous grading scale to set high expectations for our students.
School leaders can update this information here.

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1501 E. 83rd Place
Chicago, IL 60619
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Phone: (773) 721-0858

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