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CICS Bucktown

Charter | K-8 | 670 students

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $292,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,000.

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5 stars

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2011:
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Posted June 11, 2014

My son had several teachers in Kindergarten which i wasnt very thrilled about, but when he got to first grade and his Teacher Mrs Flynn was just AMAZING. She was firm but yet very loveable. She event stayed after class to tutor my son. LOVE HER! And now i am lucky enough for my daughter to have her in Kindergarten. Overall the school has a lot to offer and has great communication with the parents. You will get text, phone calls and the teachers weekly update. Great school that you should bring your child to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

My children attended this School. My children got abused here,Yelled at the teachers, And my childrens grades was falling apart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

I can't even described how thrilled I am with the education and care my child has received at Bucktown. We were worried initially about the size of our neighborhood school, and so applied to CICS for something smaller. We've commuted quite a distance for my daughter to attend Kindergarten there, and don't regret the decision at all. Her teacher is warm and obviously cares a great deal for the students, yet keeps an amazing control of the classroom at all times. The students respect their teachers and my daughter has gone from 'behind the curve' to reading, advanced math, etc in the course of less than a year. Each student receives personalized homework and classwork based on their level of learning. Everyone at the school knows each child, and the weekly school assemblies demonstrate a commitment to community building that is SO important in young children. We are likely moving, and I'm truly sad that we won't be able to return to this school that has been SUCH a positive introduction to learning for my little girl. I highly encourage parents who are looking for a smaller school environment with personalized learning options, to consider applying to CICS Bucktown.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2012

My daughter Alexis Abadia has learned so much and this school is so very well organize also The teachers are extremely dedicated and professional. Me and my famliy and daughter are so glad to have My daughter at cics bucktown !!!!!11
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

Bucktown is an excellent school with a high qualified staff. My daughter has been attending this school since kindergarten and is now in the advance class for 3rd grade, thanks to her dedicated teachers. My daughter deserves a good quality education without having to pay high tuition fees.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2011

When it came time to choosing a school for my son who has an IEP it became very apparent of what school was willing to work with us and which one s weren t and it was pretty obvious that CICS Bucktown was going to take the extra steps in doing so to make sure my son receives the necessary services and is provided with the tools in order to meet his goals that are in his IEP. Not only is he receiving all the services that he needs so am I. CICS Bucktown offers monthly Parent Training workshops to answer any questions or concerns we might have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2010

Bucktown is an excellent school! The teachers are extremely dedicated and professional. There is a very individualized approach to teaching at this school with the attitude that every child is important and every child can learn. The environment is positive and nurturing with a focus on positive reinforcement and character education. We are so fortunate to have our children at CICS Bucktown!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2010

It is an excellent school and we are very happy to have our child attend kindergarten here. Her class teacher is XCELLENT and so are her course teachers. Very individualized approach. Teachers respect and seek parents' input and implement it. We do not mind the distance and the drive everyday and plan to send our both younger kids to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2010

Bucktown makes many successful efforts to remain connected with its students, families and community. The teachers have the youth, energy, focus and desire to provide the tools needed for their students, listen to their students, and utilize technology to enhance their student s entire educational experience. Bucktown has implemented an innovative approach to developing character both inside and outside of its doors through their Character Counts initiative. It teaches student s how important character is as a global citizen: TRRFCC Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibly, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship Our Director, Mrs. Hope Kyle-Mitchell and her upper grade team, recognized a need to adjust the middle school students to a more enhanced and relevant approach to allow the students the continuously build their sense of confidence in subjects where they excel, while enhancing the student s educational understanding and appreciation in those areas where they could use a bit more assistance. This type of innovation is what makes Chicago International Charter School-BUCTOWN, our family s school of choice, the absolute best in Chicago!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2010

I have 4 children; all 4 children have attended CICS Bucktown since kinder and will all graduate from CICS Bucktown. At this time one of my children have already graduated, and the next 3 will soon follow. It says a lot about the school that we do not live in the area and we travel out of our way to go to this school. I have had great teacher support, communicate and teamwork throughout all our yers there and for this reason I will continue to travvel out of my way to have my children attend this school. The parent involement/volunteers has improved a lot since my beginings years at the school and its great to see, only working together can we make a difference for our children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2010

CICS Bucktown is AWESOME!!! The teachers are very informative for the students as well as the parents. My child teacher is one on the best. I can't express the overall quality of the school and the administrators. I am very happy with the knowledge that the school provides.
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Ranked 5th Highest Performing Charter out of 115 campuses in Chicago by Catalyst Magazine (2010)

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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Girls on the run
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
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
  • Christy Krier
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (773) 645-3327

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • softball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Girls on the run
  • Rock Band
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We offer students a rigorous, well rounded education. We offer art, music, media, physical education, and Spanish to every student. Daily recess time allows all students a chance to recharge. After school programming includes yoga, dance, culinary arts, games, Girls on the Run, Chicago Run, and more. We offer full day kindergarten, middle school, and accelerated programs as well.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
C.I.C.S.-Northtown
Noble Street Charter
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2235 N. Hamilton
Chicago, IL 60647
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Phone: (773) 645-3321

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