Innovation and Incubation


We want you back! Do you need support finding a school that meets your needs? Call 773-535-8500 or visit a SOAR Center (see below for locations)

What are Options Schools?

Options Schools serve students who need a new pathway toward high school graduation.

Our schools offer additional supports and services for students who have been out of school and seek to return, or who may need opportunities to earn credits in an accelerated program. Some of our campuses offer additional supports such as counseling and alternative schedules for students who may work during the traditional school day.

Student interested in enrolling in an Options School should contact one of the Student Outreach And Re-engagement Centers (SOAR) below, or email Erinn Bonne the Re-Engagement Program Manager at

I have been out of school, but I am ready to come back
I am a prent, and I want a school that can support me as I finish high school
I was expelled, but I want to finish school. Where can I go?
I have been involved in the juvenile justice system, and I want to go back to school. Where can I go for help?
I am behind on credits, and I need help getting back on track toward graduation
I have a job and need a school that works around my schedule

SOAR Center Locations

The Student Outreach And Re-engagement Centers (SOAR) of CPS will help you find a school that works for you. Contact them today to speak to a specialist:

Location Name Phone Address
Pilsen/Little Village SOAR Center 773-542-9030 3948 W. 26th St., Suite 213
East/West Garfield Park SOAR Center 773-265-0560 2622 W. Jackson Blvd., 2nd Floor
Roseland SOAR Center 773-291-1086 837 W. 119th St.
Englewood SOAR Center 773-358-3248 945 W. 69th St., 2nd Floor

Options Schools

Options Schools Name Phone Address School Type
Camelot - Chicago Excel Academy 773-629-8379 1257 W 111TH St., Chicago IL 60643 Contract
Camelot - Safe Elementary 773-902-2487 7877 S Coles Ave., Chicago, IL 60649 SAFE
Camelot - Safe HS 773-902-2487 7878 S Coles Ave., Chicago, IL 60649 SAFE
Camelot - Chicago Excel Academy of Englewood 773-675-6654 7141 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60621 Contract
Camelot - Chicago Excel Academy of Southwest HS 773-424-0721 7050 S Washtenaw Ave., Chicago, IL 60629 Contract
Camelot - Chicago Excel Academy Southshore HS 773-902-7800 7530 S South Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60649 Contract
Consuella B York Alternative HS 773-535-7021 2700 S California Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 CPS
Instituto - Justice and Leadership Academy 773-890-8060 2570 S Blue Island Ave., Chicago. IL 60608
Charter Options
Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy 773-690-5500 1060 E 47th St., Chicago, IL 60653 Contract
Nancy B Jefferson Alternative HS 312-433-7110 1100 Hamilton Ave., Chicago, IL 60612 CPS
Ombudsman Chicago - Roseland 773-941-6674 10928 S Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628 ALOP
Ombudsman Chicago - South 773-498-5085 6057 S Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60636 ALOP
Ombudsman Chicago - Northwest 708-669-7828 7500 N Harlem Ave., Chicago, IL 60631 ALOP
Ombudsman Chicago - West 312-243-1550 2401 W Congress Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60612 ALOP
Pathways in Education - Ashburn 773-434-6300 3284 W 87th St., Chicago, IL 60652 ALOP
Pathways in Education - Avondale 773-588-5007 3100 W Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 ALOP
Pathways in Education - Brighton Park 773-579-5007 3124 W 47th St., Chicago, IL 60632 ALOP
Pathways in Education - Humboldt Park 773-804-8866 2421 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622 ALOP
Peace & Education Coalition HS 773-535-9212 5114 S Elizabeth St., Chicago, IL 60609 CPS
Simpson Academy HS for Young Women 773-534-7812 1321 S Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60608 CPS
YCCS - ASPIRA Anotonia Pantoja 773-486-6303 3121 N Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60641 Charter Options
YCCS - Innovations HS of Arts Integration 773-999-9360 17 N State St. #300, Chicago, IL 60602 Charter Options
YCCS - McKinley Lakeside Leadership HS 312-949-5010 2920 S Wabash Ave., Chicago IL 60616
Charter Options
YCCS - Academy of Scholastic Achievement 773-921-1315 4651 W Madison St., Chicago, IL 60644 Charter Options
YCCS - Association House HS 773-772-7170 1116 N Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60651 Charter Options
YCCS - Austin Career Education Center HS
773-626-6988 5352 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60651 Charter Options
YCCS - CCA Academy HS 773-762-2272 1231 S Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60623 Charter Options
YCCS - Chatham Academy HS 773-651-1500 9035 S Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60619 Charter Options
YCCS - Community Youth Development Institute 773-224-2273 7836 S Union Ave., Chicago, IL 60620 Charter Options
YCCS - Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican HS 773-342-8022 2739 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622 Charter Options
YCCS - Jane Addams Alternative HS 312-563-1748 1814 S Union Ave., Chicago, IL 60616 Charter Options
YCCS - Latino Youth Alternative HS 773-648-2130 2001 S California Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 Charter Options
YCCS - Olive Harvey Middle College HS 773 291-6350 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave. Building 7, Chicago, IL 60628 Charter Options
YCCS - Sullivan House Alternative HS 773-978-8680 8164 S South Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60617 Charter Options
YCCS - Truman Middle College HS 773-907-4840 1145 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 Charter Options
YCCS - West Town Academy Alternative HS 312-563-9044 534 N Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612 Charter Options
YCCS - Youth Connection Leadership Academy HS 312-225-4668 3424 S State St., Chicago, IL 60616 Charter Options

For additional information or support in enrolling a student in an Options School, please contact the Office of Innovation and Incubation at 773-553-1530, 42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60602.


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