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CICS ChicagoQuest

Charter | 6-8 | 280 students

The Quest model offers "game-like learning" with a focus on critical thinking.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $275,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,240.

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 2, 2014

LOVE< LOVE< LOVE this school! CICS mission is to engage, challenge, and prepare learners to impact their communities and the world as problem-solvers, inventors, designers, and innovators. This school is preparing my child to be a thinker and leader that tomorrow needs. The Principal allowed my highly motivated and driven 6th grader to start a Debate team at her school. Our Principal petitions the debate commission for membership into the Chicago Debate Middle School League. My daughter marketed, recruited members and sponsorship for the newly formed CICS "Thinkers Debate Team", in their first year they came in 6th place in championship rounds of the AAA and my daughter won a speakers award. I am seeking your support in helping out students win the $5,000 in order to grow and develop our debate program, as well as our melting pot club, gay-straight alliance club and our sports clubs. We really need a activates / gym center in the building. Thank you for your consideration, sincerely a dedicated mom of a 6ht grader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

The school isn't good at all. In fact, the students cannot stay quiet for one minute and are always acting up. The teachers cannot handle the students at all whatsoever . I can see what the school is trying to do, but the students are just a distraction.


Posted January 10, 2014

PART 1: After graduating from this school, I've learned I have been exposed to more than a basic academic perspective; I've been shown a spectrum a students, teachers, friends, but more importantly education. What was taught to me was of more importance now than I realize-- comprehend even. I admit, what those children who wreaked havoc during class and slew a day of education away missed a vital path that was practically purposefully smeared across their faces-- of course that was only to demonstrate to them how imperative it was for them to take it-- missed more than they could possibly understand. The only handful that would learn would be those who did the exact opposite of the other children: be quiet and be willing to learn, constantly making unfoggy the pane of education through which they can see, understand, and learn, as I did.


Posted January 10, 2014

PART 2: I would be that student who would sit far from the others, absorbing more knowledge than drawing in friends and unnecessary attention. Albeit the past, present, and even future conditions of this institution may seem off, I still see no reason strong enough to stand to point fingers to anyone to know that this was truly all our fault; students, teachers, staff, even parents. I know I can't say my name, but my attitude towards education has been recognized by my friends, the other students, and even the teachers to know who I am; they'll know who I am when they read this.


Posted January 10, 2014

PART 3: On my way to high school, I've realized how easy it was to understand-- far easier than I had hoped. Because of ChicagoQuest I have all honors classes. This was as a result of the astonishingly advance education that they taught. I remember reading a book of George Orwell, "1984" is what it was called, and another by William Golding called "Lord of the Flies" (which I can't shake the feeling that the teacher intentionally or rather coincidentally brought in to tell us that, "THIS IS HOW YOU GUYS BEHAVE!"). They were good books and good morals to take. The math: slope-intercept, implied quadratic equations, exponential growth and decay, all kinds of math that we would definitely need to have a strong start in high school. And science, my favorite subject of them all; we've learned basic genetics, but then our teacher left and was replaced by a new one who taught physics. I also enjoyed the other classes and I'm sure the others who brought along the chaotic "tornado" with them because it was there that they released all of their energy (the classes were suspiciously placed as the first ones).


Posted January 10, 2014

PART 4: But as every day goes by I can't help but notice this weight of guilt I now carry. Instead of being afraid to speak up and realize that even though they can hurt me, they would not because of who I am. I should have said something. Maybe that could have caused a difference. --Anonymous


Posted January 9, 2014

The teaching enviroment is great (my student loves it) however the students that disrupt the school and disrespect the teachers and other student... make it difficult for the students that want to learn. Everytime I walk into the school there is always drama in the hallway/office. Students are obnoxious and rowdy. The stories I hear are disturbing and disappointing. We were very excited about attending a new school. I really wanted my student to graduate from CQ, and were reluctant in comeing back after the holidays. We did go thru the CPS system and applied for other schools, but we hope that the students will improve and the school will implement/modify the rules on misbehaving and get the parents more involved. My questions is, where are the parents of these students that have no respect for the teachers who are trying to do the job. The job is to teach not disciple or babysit. I rated this school based on the student environment not the teaching environment. I give the teachers 4 stars. My only complaint as far as the teachers is that not enough homework is given.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

I've substitute taught at CQ a few times and it was by far the most difficult subbing I've done. Students are disrespectful and out of hand and not only for me, a substitute, but for most regular teachers. The general feeling in the school is disorder and no consequences. They are clearly understaffed, I was in a classroom with one paraprofessional for 15 IEP students. I appreciate the innovative ideas behind the school's mission but it does not seem to be working. I feel especially bad for the students who genuinely want to learn who simply cannot because of the disruptive, chaotic atmosphere.


Posted September 19, 2013

I agree with the first post. The school sounds great but the kids who want to learn simply cannot due to other kids being out of control and disrupting classes daily. I really hope the school can turn it around or we will be leaving, this is unfair to other students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

The school is innovative and forward-thinking. Yes, students need a lot of work and teachers can be more diverse, but the fact that low-income students have access to this kind of instruction and teachers are always finding creative ways to reach out students is great!! I do think that discipline is a bit harsh and perhaps there can be one day when students don't have to wear uniforms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

This school has a welcoming environment inside and out, a seemingly caring and concerned principal (she's new) and awesome teachers. My only concern is the behavior of some of the students, but I know this problem is being addressed, and can be overcome with the help of our parents and school counselors. Looking forward to more years and great memories to come, go CQ!
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
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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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Literary magazine
  • Step team
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Foreign Language will begin in 9th grade
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Step team
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kristin Baldino
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Contact link at www.chicagoquest.org
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Technology
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
  • Foreign Language will begin in 9th grade
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
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Classroom-based interventions
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Literary magazine
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Judge student work
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
More from this school
  • We are the 2nd school in the U.S. to implement an innovative, problem-based curriculum that utilizes concepts from game design and focuses on students' development of critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, independence, and technological sophistication. Our sister school, Quest to Learn in New York City (www.q2l.org), is a key partner as we develop our 6-12 model, which includes opportunities for real-world learning (internships), early college exposure, and distance learning.
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1443 N Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610
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Phone: (773) 565-2100

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