2018 Request for Proposal to Open a New School 

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. This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to identify high quality school options that will accelerate academic outcomes for their targeted CPS student population.

As the local school district in Chicago, CPS serves as the charter authorizer for the city. The Illinois Charter School Law requires the review of all charter school proposals submitted to Illinois school districts. CPS releases an annual request for proposals designed to review new school applications, provides recommendations to the Chicago Board of Education on new school proposals, and provides oversight to authorized charter schools. CPS uses this RFP as its mechanism to accept proposals and meet the Illinois statutory requirement. The Office of Innovation and Incubation (I&I) is the office within CPS that oversees charter school authorization and oversight for the district.

CPS is the nation’s third largest school district and a national leading charter authorizer, implementing all 12 essential practices established by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers as critical to fostering high-performing charter schools. Currently, I&I oversees a portfolio of 142 charter, contract, and options schools, and serves approximately 63,000 students citywide.

Among the portfolio of CPS-authorized schools are several diverse and innovative school models, blending technology with individualized instruction, dual-language programs, pre-professional training in the arts, and International Baccalaureate Programmes, among many others.

The 2018 Request for Proposals

This RFP will prioritize proposals seeking to serve communities in high need of improving educational outcomes and communities experiencing school overcrowding. CPS will consider proposals from operators who seek to open charter or contract schools to serve either a "traditional" student population (grades kindergarten through 12) or an "alternative" student population of students who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out.

The information, forms, and support tools needed to complete this application can be found in the three tabs on this site:

  • Timeline - This tab provides a timeline of the RFP process.
  • New Operator Application - This tab provides the Application for Operators New to Chicago and includes the accompanying materials required to develop and submit a proposal.
  • Existing Operator Application - This tab provides the Application for Existing Chicago Operators and the accompanying materials required to develop and submit a proposal.

CPS will host a webinar for applicants in February 2018. We encourage all applicants to participate, and will provide information to sign up when an exact date is set.

Please contact 773-553-1530 or iandiauthorization@cps.edu with any additional questions.

 

Request For Proposal Process Timeline 2018

Each stage of the proposal submission and evaluation process is included in the timeline below. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Activity Proposed Date Information and Updates
RFP Released December 29, 2017  
Applicant Intent to Apply Form Due February 23, 2018 Due by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu by 5 p.m.
Overview Webinar for Applicants April 12, 2018  
Office Hours with Applicants Week of April 16-20, 2018 If you have specific questions about the RFP, please email iandiauthorization@cps.edu with a list of the questions or request to schedule a consultation.
Tier I Application May 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Publicly Post Tier I Proposals Summer 2018  
Tier II Application Due August 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Tier III Application Due October 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Public Hearing at CPS Central Office November 2018 42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL
CPS Board Meeting December 2018  

I&I reserves the right to request additional information and documentation from applicants, as deemed necessary for review, and to amend this timeline as needed.

New Operator Application and Support Material

This page includes all materials required to develop and submit a proposal if the applicant applying would be a New Operator in Chicago.

Applicant Forms and Resource Documents

Intent to Apply Form – All applicants must submit by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu on February 23, 2018 by 5 p.m.

2018 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

2018 New Schools RFP for Operators New to ChicagoApplication to open new charter or contract schools

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 1: Community Engagement and Support

Section 1.2 Facilities

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 2: Academic Plan

Section 2.5: Diverse Learners

Section 2.6: Annual Calendar

Section 2.10: Design Team Experience and Capacity

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 3: Financial Plan

Section 3.1 School Budget

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 4: Operational Plan

Section 4.4: Governance

Helpful Documents and Links

Domain 5: Business Plan

Section 5.3.1: Operational Capacity

Helpful General Documents and Links

 

Existing Operator Application and Support Material

This page provides materials required to develop and submit a proposal for applicants that are already an operator in Chicago.

Applicant Forms and Resource Documents

Intent to Apply Form – All applicants must submit by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu on February 23, 2018 by 5 p.m.

2018 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

2018 New Schools RFP for Existing Chicago Operators – Application only for operators who currently manage schools in Chicago

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 1: Community Engagement and Support

Section 1.2 Facilities

Helpful Documents

Domain 2: Academic Plan

Section 2.5: Diverse Learners

Section 2.6: Annual Calendar

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 3: Business Plan

Section 3.3: Operational Capacity

Section 3.4: Financial Soundness

Helpful Documents

Helpful General Documents and Links

 

Applicant Overview

Applicant School Name (Proposal Materials Linked)
School Type
# of Proposed Campuses
Name of Organzation Applying
Targeted Student Population
Proposed Grades Served Proposed Enrollment
Planned Opening Date
Targeted Communit(ies)
Management Organization
At Capacity Yr. 1 Yr. 5 At Capacity Yr. 1 Yr. 5
Intrinsic 2 Charter 1 Intrinsic Charter School Traditional 9-12 9 9-12 1080 200 1080 Fall 2019 Citywide None
Kemet Leadership Academy Charter Charter 1 Project Simeon 2000 At-Risk 5-8 5-6 5-8 500 250 500 Fall 2019 Greater Englewood YCCS
Moving Everest 2 Charter 1 Chicago Education Partnership Traditional K-8 K-1 K-5 810 180 540 Fall 2019 Austin None
Evelyn Ann Charter Institute
Withdrawn
Katherine G. Johnson S.T.E.A.M. School for Girls
Withdrawn
Illinois Prep
Withdrawn
CICS Campus 1
Withdrawn
The Big 3
Withdrawn

Request For Proposal Process Timeline 2018

Each stage of the proposal submission and evaluation process is included in the timeline below. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Activity Proposed Date Information and Updates
RFP Released December 29, 2017  
Applicant Intent to Apply Form Due February 23, 2018 Due by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu by 5 p.m.
Overview Webinar for Applicants April 12, 2018  
Office Hours with Applicants Week of April 16-20, 2018 If you have specific questions about the RFP, please email iandiauthorization@cps.edu with a list of the questions or request to schedule a consultation.
Tier I Application May 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Publicly Post Tier I Proposals Summer 2018  
Tier II Application Due August 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Tier III Application Due October 1, 2018 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Public Hearing at CPS Central Office November 2018 42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL
CPS Board Meeting December 2018  

I&I reserves the right to request additional information and documentation from applicants, as deemed necessary for review, and to amend this timeline as needed.

New Operator Application and Support Material

This page includes all materials required to develop and submit a proposal if the applicant applying would be a New Operator in Chicago.

Applicant Forms and Resource Documents

Intent to Apply Form – All applicants must submit by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu on February 23, 2018 by 5 p.m.

2018 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

2018 New Schools RFP for Operators New to ChicagoApplication to open new charter or contract schools

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 1: Community Engagement and Support

Section 1.2 Facilities

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 2: Academic Plan

Section 2.5: Diverse Learners

Section 2.6: Annual Calendar

Section 2.10: Design Team Experience and Capacity

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 3: Financial Plan

Section 3.1 School Budget

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 4: Operational Plan

Section 4.4: Governance

Helpful Documents and Links

Domain 5: Business Plan

Section 5.3.1: Operational Capacity

Helpful General Documents and Links

 

Existing Operator Application and Support Material

This page provides materials required to develop and submit a proposal for applicants that are already an operator in Chicago.

Applicant Forms and Resource Documents

Intent to Apply Form – All applicants must submit by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu on February 23, 2018 by 5 p.m.

2018 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

2018 New Schools RFP for Existing Chicago Operators – Application only for operators who currently manage schools in Chicago

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 1: Community Engagement and Support

Section 1.2 Facilities

Helpful Documents

Domain 2: Academic Plan

Section 2.5: Diverse Learners

Section 2.6: Annual Calendar

Helpful Links and Documents

Domain 3: Business Plan

Section 3.3: Operational Capacity

Section 3.4: Financial Soundness

Helpful Documents

Helpful General Documents and Links

 

Application Overview

 

Proposed School Name Proposed School Type Proposed Number of Campuses Proposed Year of Opening Proposed Grades Served Geographic Communit(ies) of Proposed School
Achiever’s Academy World Class Charter Elementary School Charter 1 Fall 2019 K-12th Austin
Chicago Pure and Sure College Prep Charter 1 Fall 2019 K-8th Southwest Side of Chicago
Chicago Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Academy Charter School Charter 1 Fall 2019 K-8th Canaryville, Englewood, Kenwood, Bronzeville, Grand Boulevard, Washington Park, Back of the Yards, and Fuller Park
CICS Campus 1 and 2 Charter 2 Fall 2019 Campus 1 (K-8th)
Campus 2 (K-8th)
TBD
Connected Futures Academy Charter Alternative 2 Fall 2019 9th-12th TBD
Destiny STREAM Academy For Girls Charter 1 Fall 2019 6th-8th Bronzeville, Little Village and Washington Park
Evelyn Anne Charter Institute Charter 1 Fall 2019 9th-12th West Pullman, Roseland, Morgan Park
Fresh Start School for Vocational Education Alternative Student Population 1 Fall 2019 8th-12th Southside Chicago
Illinois Prep Charter 1 Fall 2019 K-12th Citywide
Inspire Learning Academy of Chicago Charter 1 Fall 2019 K-8th Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, Austin
Intrinsic 2 Charter 1 Fall 2019 9th-12th TBD
Katherine G. Johnson S.T.E.A.M. School for Girls Contract 1 Fall 2019 K-8th Grand Crossing, Auburn Gresham, Englewood, West Englewood, Woodlawn, Washington Park, South Shore, Bronzeville, Kenwood
Kemet Leadership Academy Charter Charter Alternative 1 Fall 2019 5th-8th Englewood, West Englewood, Auburn Gresham ,Chatham, Washington Heights, Roseland
KEYS Nineveh Academy Charter School Charter 1 Fall 2019 K-5th Rogers Park, West Rogers Park, West Ridge
Lodebar Preparatory Elementary School Charter 1 Fall 2019 K-3rd Englewood
Moving Everest 2 Charter 1 Fall 2019 K-8th TBD
The Big 3 Contract Alternative Student Population 1 Fall 2019 9th-12th Ward 34
The Institute of Positive Development Alternative High School Dropout (At-Risk) 1 Fall 2019 9th-12th Englewood/Roseland
The Millennium STEM Academy Charter 1 Fall 2019 4th-8th Chicago/Southside
Vanguard Collegiate Charter Academies Charter 1 Fall 2019 9th-12th Targeting communities for enrollment that will serve and be accessible to "low-income" students/families

Page Last Modified on Thursday, November 29, 2018