Enrolling in a charter or contract school

ONS: ParentsEvery charter and contract school has its own admissions policy, student application, and application deadline. To apply to a charter or contract school, you should contact the school directly to learn about its admissions procedures. Click on the links below for a list of charter and contract elementary and high schools.


Charter Elementary Schools

Contract Elementary Schools

Charter High Schools

Contract High Schools


Resolving issues with a charter or contract school

Process for Addressing Concerns with Charter or Contract Schools

The Office of New Schools recommends that parents or community members follow the procedures below to resolve concerns involving charter or contract schools:


1. Notify school leadership of the issue

Charter and contract schools are independently operated public schools. Parents, guardians, or community members should first attempt to address their concerns with the established leadership within the school. Teachers and administrative staff can help identify the appropriate school leader. You can find contact information for the school by utilizing the CPS school directory.


2. Contact the charter or contract school's board

Every charter and contract school has a school board. If the leaders within the school are unresponsive, parents, guardians, or community members should address their concerns with the school's board. Contact the school for a list of its board’s upcoming meetings.


Parent resource library

Student Transportation


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Page Last Modified on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Contact information

Office of New Schools
125 South Clark Street
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Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-1530
Fax: (773) 553-1559