Process to Open a New School: 2014-15 

Overview of the 2014-15 Request for Proposals

At Chicago Public Schools (CPS), our vision is that every student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career, and life. To achieve this ambitious goal, we have identified several key strategic initiatives. This Request for Proposals (RFP) process to identify new high-quality school options represents one of these initiatives. Overseen by the Office of Innovation and Incubation, the 2014-15 RFP seeks educational experts familiar with the complexities of urban school districts to apply to open, expand, and/or replicate the most promising programmatic designs that are intentionally focused on the achievement outcomes of all children.

The District is seeking teachers, administrators, national education management organizations, and current school leadership teams from Chicago and nationwide to respond to the RFP with proposals that demonstrate the capacity to run high quality new schools. New schools should embody the five pillars that CPS believes will help increase graduation rates, academic preparedness for college and career, entry into college, military, or employment, and persistence and success in college and employment:

Pillar 1: High standards, rigorous curriculum, and powerful instruction
Pillar 2: Systems of support that meet student needs
Pillar 3: Engaged and empowered families and community
Pillar 4: Committed and effective teachers, leaders, and staff, and
Pillar 5: Sound fiscal, operational, and accountability systems

On April 8, 2015, applicants who are proposing to open new charter, contract, or alternative “options” schools submitted proposals in response to the RFP. Depending on the type of student body that the school is seeking to serve, applicants responded to one of two versions of the RFP:

  • Applicants seeking to open a “*traditional” (i.e. non-“alternative”) charter or contract school responded to the 2014-15 New Schools RFP
  • Applicants seeking to open an “alternative” education options school (charter, contract, or Alternative Learning Opportunity Program (ALOP)) responded to the 2014-15 Request for Education Options

Below please find a complete list of applicants who submitted proposals by the April 8, 2015 deadline to open schools in the fall of 2016 or 2017:

Please note: All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission, and may change based on further information.

Proposed School Name

Proposal Status

School Type

# of Proposed School(s) or Campus(es)

Names of Individual Schools (if applicable)

Targeted Student Population

Grades

Enrollment

Planned Opening Date

Targeted Communit(ies)

Management Organization

Proposal Materials

At-
Capacity

Yr. 1

Yr. 5

At-
Capacity

Yr. 1

Yr. 5

International School of Languages Charter School

Withdrew

Charter

1

NA

Traditional

K-8

K-1

K-5

450

100

300

Fall 2016

Hyde Park and Douglas

None

International School of Languages Charter School Proposal Materials

Intrinsic Schools- 3

Withdrew

Charter

1

NA

Traditional

7-12

7-9

7-12

1200

600

1200

Fall 2017

North of Fullerton Ave.

None

Intrinsic Schools Proposal Materials

Key Charter School

Withdrew

Charter

2

Humboldt Park Campus

Traditional

K-8

K, 6

K-4, 6-8

225

50

200

Fall 2016

Humboldt Park

None

Key Charter School Proposal Materials

Withdrew

Charter

Back of the Yards/New City Campus

Traditional

K-8

K, 6

K-4, 6-8

225

50

200

Fall 2016

Back of the Yards/New City

None

KIPP Chicago

Withdrew

Charter

3

KIPP #4

Traditional

K-8

5-6

K-3, 5-8

1035

230

920

Fall 2016

Woodlawn

None

KIPP Chicago Proposal Materials

Active

Charter

KIPP #5

Traditional

K-8

5

K-3, 5-8

1035

115

920

Fall 2016

Humboldt Park

None

Active

Charter

KIPP Primary Expansion

Traditional

K-4

K

K-4

575

115

575

Fall 2016

Expanding KIPP Create in Austin

None

New Life Academy

Active

Charter

1

N/A

Traditional

7-12

7-8

7-12

1200

400

1200

Fall 2016

Grand Crossing

Edison Learning

New Life Academy Proposal Materials

Noble Network of Charter Schools

Active

Charter

1

Noble Campus 17

Traditional

9-12

9

9-12

1100

760

1100

Fall 2016

Brighton Park

None

Noble Network of Charter School Proposal Materials

Withdrew

Charter

Noble Campus 18

Traditional

9-12

9

9-12

800

480

800

Fall 2016

West Elsdon

None

Withdrew

Charter

Noble Campus 19

Traditional

9-12

9

9-12

1100

480

1100

Fall 2016

Garfield Ridge, Archer Heights, Brighton Park, McKinley, New City, West Elsdon, Gage Park, Clearing, West Lawn, and Chicago Lawn

None

Perseid Charter School

Active

Charter

1

N/A

Traditional

K-8

K-2

K-6

450

150

350

Fall 2016

Pullman, Roseland, Washington Heights

None

Perseid Charter School Proposal Materials

SMART

Incomplete Submission

Charter

N/A

STARS Project Engineering Academy

Active

Charter

1

N/A

Traditional

9-12

9

9-12

640

160

640

Fall 2016

Little Village, Brighton Park, Archer Heights

None

Stars Project Engineering Academy Proposal Materials

YCCS

Active

Charter

1

Rincon Family Services Young Adult Learning Academy: A Youth Connection Charter School Campus

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

250

175

250

Fall 2016

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa, Avondale

None

YCCS Proposal Materials

Withdrew

Charter

SER YouthBuild Academy: A Youth Connection Charter School Campus

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

225

125

225

Fall 2016

Pilsen or Little Village (South Lawndale) or East Garfield Park or Back of the Yards

None

UCAN

Withdrew

ALOP

1

UCAN Tech

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

220

135

220

Fall 2016

Austin or West Garfield Park or Little Village / South Lawndale

None

UCAN Proposal Materials

Connected Futures Academies

Active

Charter

5

CFA Campus 1

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

165

125

165

Fall 2016

Chatham / Greater Grand Crossing

None

Connected Futures Academies Proposal Materials

Active

Charter

CFA Campus 2

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

165

125

165

Fall 2016

Grand Boulevard

None

Active

Charter

CFA Campus 3

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

165

125

165

Fall 2017

Chicago Lawn

None

Active

Charter

CFA Campus 4

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

165

125

165

Fall 2018

TBD

None

Active

Charter

CFA Campus 5

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

165

125

165

Fall 2019

TBD

None

Catapult Academies

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

3

Catapult Academy of Austin

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

220

100

220

Fall 2016

Austin

None

Catapult Academies Proposal Materials

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

Catapult Academy of North Lawndale

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

250

100

250

Fall 2016

North Lawndale

None

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

Catapult Academy of Englewood

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

150

100

150

Fall 2016

Englewood

None

Acceleration Academies

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

8

Acceleration Academy of Bronzeville

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

250

250

250

Fall 2016

Bronzeville

None

Acceleration Academies Proposal Materials

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

Acceleration Academy of Washington Heights

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

250

250

250

Fall 2016

Washington Heights

None

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

Acceleration Academy of West Englewood

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

250

250

250

Fall 2016

West Englewood

None

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

Acceleration Academy of Belmont Cragin

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

250

250

250

Fall 2016

Belmont Cragin

None

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

TBD

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

250

250

250

Fall 2018

TBD

None

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

TBD

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

250

250

250

Fall 2018

TBD

None

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

TBD

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

250

250

250

Fall 2020

TBD

None

No Longer Under Consideration**

ALOP

TBD

Options

9-12

9-12

9-12

250

250

250

Fall 2020

TBD

None

Banner Learning Corp.

Withdrew

ALOP

N/A

Camelot Alternative Education

Withdrew

Contract

N/A

Center for Positive Advancement

Withdrew

Charter

N/A

* The term “traditional,” when used in reference to the targeted student population, means that the student body will not primarily be comprised of “alternative” or “dropout” students.

* * CPS discontinued its review of ALOP proposals due to budgetary constraints and will not bring them to the Board for consideration.

† The Noble Network of Charter Schools submitted a request to update the targeted communities and at-capacity enrollment for all three proposed campuses on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

† KIPP Chicago submitted a request to update the targeted communities for all three proposed campuses on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

An updated timeline reflecting this year's RFP process is detailed under the Timeline tab below.

The information, forms, and support tools needed to complete this process can be found below in three tabs: The 2014 RFP Applicant Forms and Documents tab, which includes the RFP, Proposal Summary Form, and Business Plan option for qualifying existing Chicago operators; the RFP Timeline tab, which will include dynamic updates as RFP information becomes available; and the RFP Support Documents and Resources tab, which provides helpful guidelines and information to applicants.

Applicants should contact (773) 553-1110 or newschoolapplicants@cps.edu with any additional questions.

2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) Process

Required Applicant Forms and Documents

Applicant Forms and Documents

Format

Proposal Summary FormAll charter and contract “traditional” (i.e. non-alternative education option) applicants must complete and send electronically to newschoolapplicants@cps.edu by 10 a.m., January 20, 2015. All “alternative” education options applicants must complete and send electronically to newschoolapplicants@cps.edu by 10 a.m., February 20, 2015.

2014 CPS Request for Proposals

RFP materials for “traditional” (i.e. non-alternative options) applicants:

RFP materials for “alternative” education option applicants:

Additional Required RFP Documents

ADA Compliance Report

RFP Financial Form – All proposals must include the following financial forms submitted with the completed proposal.

Charter Proposal Assurances Statement

Board Member Form

Board Member Economic Interest Form

Illinois State Board of Education Special Education Form

Inspecting Architect's ReportAll proposals including an independent facility must include an Inspecting Architect's Report.

Sources and Uses Report – All proposals that cite an independent facility must include a completed 'sources and uses' report.

RFP Timeline

Activities marked with a (T) are intended for applicants applying to open a “traditional” (i.e. non-alternative) charter or contract school. Activities marked with an (A) are intended for applicants applying to open an “alternative” education options school.

Activity

Proposed Dates

Information and Updates

Release 2014 New Schools’ Request for Proposals

December 30, 2014

 

Applicant Webinar Training

(T) January 8, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

(A) January 15, 2015, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Click here to view the webinar for “traditional” applicants held on January 8, 2015.

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the January 8th webinar.

Click here to view the webinar for alternative education options applicants held on January 15, 2015

To sign up for the webinar on January 15, 2015, email newschoolapplicants@cps.edu with the first name, last name, and email address of any attendees. Title the email “2014 RFP Webinar Training.”

Initial Applicant Office Hours with I&I

(T) January 12-16, 2015

(A) January 20-22, 2015

If you have specific questions about the RFP, please email newschoolapplicants@cps.edu with a list of the questions and request to schedule a consultation with I&I.

Proposal Summary Form Due

(T) January 20, 2015

(A) February 20, 2015

Proposal summary forms due to I&I by 10:00 a.m.

Mandatory Proposal Introductory Meetings with I&I

(T) February 9-13, 2015

I&I will email all applicants who submit a Proposal Summary Form with possible times. See the RFP for a description of the meeting.

Introduction to NACs Training Session

(T) March 12, 2015

 

Tier 1 Proposals Due

April 8, 2015; 10:00 a.m.

 

Publicly Post Tier 1 Proposals

By April 24, 2015

 

Capacity Interviews Conducted

May 4-6, 2015

 

Request for Amendment (RFA) Questions Released

May 13, 2015

 

RFA Questions Due

May 26, 2015; 10:00 a.m.

 

Community Forums for Education Options Applicants

(A) July 17-31, 2015

 

NAC Capacity Interviews

(T) August 3 - 6

 

NAC Community Forums

(T) August 10 - 13

 

Tier 2 Proposals Due

August 10, 2015; 10:00 a.m.

 

NAC Public Community Meetings

(T) September 7 - 10, 2015

 

CPS Hosts Public Hearing at 42 W. Madison St.

September 30, 2015

Click here for details regarding the Public Hearing.

Board Votes on New School Authorization

October 28, 2015

 

Support Documents and Resources

Documents and Resources

Format

What's New in 2014?An introduction to updates to the 2014 RFP for charter and contract school applicants

FAQs for the Office of Education Options RFPAn introduction to the RFP for “alternative” education options applicants

Education Options Seat Gap Map 2014

Education Options Seat Gap Map 2015

CPS Approved Architects

CPS Facilities Master Plan 2013 – A guide to communities and capital resources in Chicago

Illinois Charter Schools LawAll proposals will be evaluated on compliance with Illinois Charter Schools Law

CPS Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services

CPS School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) WebsiteFind helpful explanations of the SQRP and tools to improve your understanding of the policy

ADA Guidelines – Details charter and contract school requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Instructions on completing ISBE Special Education Form

RFP Due Process Resource Guide

Sample Charter School Agreement Template

FY 15 Sample Charter School Insurance Requirements

FY 15 Sample Charter School Accountability Plan

School Calendar Template 2016–2017

Process for Establishing Non-Profit Status

Dropbox Instructions

For any other questions, please call (773) 553-1110, or email newschoolapplicants@cps.edu.


Contact Information

Office of New Schools
773-553-1530 | Main
773-553-1559 | Fax
newschoolapplicants@cps.edu
42 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60602

Related Links

2016: Process to Open a New School - Request for Proposals
2014: Process to Open a New School - Request for Proposals - [Archived]
2014: Neighborhood Advisory Council - [Archived]
2013: Process to Open a New School - [Archived]
2013: Neighborhood Advisory Council - [Archived]

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