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.

Students interested in enrolling in an Options School should contact us at 773.553.1530 or visit a SOAR Center.

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 Address Phone
Pilsen/Little Village SOAR Center 3948 W. 26th Street, Suite 213 773.542.9030
East/West Garfield Park SOAR Center 2622 W. Jackson Boulevard, 2nd Floor 773.265.0560
Roseland SOAR Center 837 W. 119th Street 773.291.1086
Englewood SOAR Center 945 W. 69th Street, 2nd Floor 773.358.3248

School Types

ALOP - Alternative Learning Opportunities Program   CPS - Chicago Public School   Charter   Contract   SAFE

Options Schools

School Name School Type Address Phone Community
Instituto - Justice and Leadership Academy Charter - Alt. Multi-site 2520 S. Western Avenue 773.890.0055 Lower West Side
Community Services West – Academy of Scholastic Achievement Charter - YCCS 4651 W. Madison Street 773.921.1315 Austin
Ada S. McKinley – Lakeside Charter - YCCS 2920 S. Wabash Avenue 312.949.5010 Douglas
ASPIRA - Antonia Pantoja Charter - YCCS 3121 N. Pulaski Road 773.252.0970 Avondale
Association House – El Cuarto Ano Charter - YCCS 1116 N. Kedzie Avenue, 4th Floor 773.772.7170 Humboldt Park
Austin Career Education Center Charter - YCCS 5352 W. Chicago Avenue 773.626.6988 Austin
Community Services West – Community Christian Academy Charter - YCCS 1231 S. Pulaski Road 773.762.2272 North Lawndale
Community Youth Development Institute Charter - YCCS 7836 S. Union Street 773.224.2273 Auburn Gresham
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School Charter - YCCS 2739 W. Division Street 773.342.8022 West Town
Innovations High School of Arts Integration Charter - YCCS 17 N. State Street 312.999.9360 Loop
Jane Addams Charter - YCCS 1814 S. Union Street 312.563.1748 Lower West Side
Latino Youth Alternative High School Charter - YCCS 2001 S. California Avenue 773.648.2130 South Lawndale
Olive Harvey Middle College High School Charter - YCCS 10001 S. Woodlawn Avenue 773.291.6199 Pullman
Sullivan House Alternative High School Charter - YCCS 8164 S. South Chicago Avenue 773.978.8680 Avalon Park
Truman Middle College High School Charter - YCCS 1145 W. Wilson Avenue 773.907.4840 Uptown
YCCS Virtual High School Charter - YCCS 1900 W. Van Buren Street 312.429.0027 Near West Side
West Town Academy Alternative High School Charter - YCCS 500 N. Sacramento Boulevard 312.563.9044 Humboldt Park
Westside Holistic Leadership Academy Charter - YCCS 4909 W. Division Street 773.261.0994 Austin
Youth Connection Leadership Academy Charter - YCCS 3424 S. State Street 312.225.4668 Douglas
YCCS Chatham Academy Charter - YCCS 9035 S. Langley Avenue 773.651.1500 Chatham
Chicago Excel Academy Contract 1257 W. 111th Street 773.629.8379 Morgan Park
Chicago Excel Englewood Contract 7141 S. Morgan Street 773.675.6654 Englewood
Excel Academy of Southshore Contract 7530 S. South Shore Drive 773.902.7800 South Shore
Excel Academy Southwest Contract 7014 S. Washtenaw Avenue 773.424.0721 Chicago Lawn
Little Black Pearl Contract 1060 E. 47th Street 773.690.5500 Kenwood
Pathways In Education Ashburn ALOP 3284 W. 87th Street 773.434.6300 Ashburn
Pathways In Education Avondale ALOP 3100 W. Belmont Avenue 773.588.5007 Avondale
Pathways in Education Brighton Park ALOP 3100 W. Belmont Avenue 773.588.5007 Brighton Park
Magic Johnson - Brainerd Bridgescape Academy - Brainerd ALOP 89089 S. Ashland Avenue 773.239.2037 Auburn Gresham
Magic Johnson - Bridgescape Academy - Humboldt Park ALOP 2421 W Division Street 773.276.0620 Humboldt Park
Magic Johnson - North Lawndale Bridgescape Academy - North Lawndale ALOP 3222 W. Roosevelt Road 773.826.1137 North Lawndale
Magic Johnson - Roseland Bridgescape Academy - Roseland ALOP 10928 S. Halsted Street 773.468.1505 Roseland
Ombudsman Chicago Northwest Campus* ALOP 7500 N. Harlem Avenue 708.669.7828 Edison Park
Ombudsman Chicago West Campus* ALOP 2401 W. Congress 312.243.1550 Near West Side
Ombudsman Chicago South Campus ALOP 6057 S. Western Avenue 773.498.5085 Marquette Park
SAFE - Camelot Safe (HS/Elem) SAFE 7877 S. Coles Avenue 773.902.2487 Citywide
SAFE - Camelot Academy of West Garfield Park (HS/Elem) SAFE 230 N. Kolmar Avenue 773.417.2045 Citywide
Consuella B. York Alternative High School CPS 2700 S. California Avenue 773.535.7021 County Jail
Simpson Academy High School for Young Women CPS 1321 S. Paulina Street 773.534.7812 Near West Side
Peace & Education Coalition High School CPS 4946 S. Paulina Street 773.535.9212 New City
Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative High School CPS 1100 S. Hamilton Avenue 312.433.7110 Juvenile Detention

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.


Page Last Modified on Monday, January 07, 2019