SEHS Open House Dates

The following selective enrollment high schools (SEHS) will host open house events for prospective families this fall. For more information about the application process, please call the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060. It’s never too early to get a jump on your high school plans!

Brooks College Prep High School
250 E 11th St
November 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. to Noon

Northside College Prep High School
5501 N Kedzie Ave
October 26, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Jones College Prep High School
606 S State St
October 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Payton College Prep High School
1034 N Wells Ave
November 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

King College Prep High School
4445 S Drexel Blvd
November 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to Noon

South Shore International High School
1955 E 75th St
November 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. to Noon

Lane Tech High School
2501 W Addison St
November 2, 2014
Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Westinghouse High School
3223 W Franklin Blvd
November 8, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lindblom Math & Science Academy
6130 S Wolcott Ave
November 1, 2014
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Young Magnet High School
211 S Laflin St
October 19, 2014
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Jackie Robinson West: The Kings of the Diamond

CICS Prairie middle school students Yorel Harris and Antoinette McCauley wrote and performed a rap to celebrate the return of their classmates who played on the U.S. Little League Champion Jackie Robinson West baseball team!

Some of the lyrics:

Congratulations to the kings of the diamond,
Jackie Robinson West, the kings of the diamond.

A lot of violence going on in Chicago,
Fighting, robbing, killing, stealing and shooting in Chicago.
Many say there is no hope but they’re dead wrong,
The Jackie Robinson boys proved everybody wrong.

Congratulations to the kings of the diamond,
Jackie Robinson West, the kings of the diamond.

Become a Charter Ambassador


We will have a translator on site and lunch will be provided.

Live on the North Side? Click here for information about training near you!

Please direct specific questions to Lori Fink at 773-928-0480 or

U.S. Champions Play for World Series Title

Led by Joshua Houston and Marquis Jackson of CICS Prairie, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West won the Little League World Series U.S. Championship yesterday and will play South Korea today for the world title!

Coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. on ABC.

JRW Watch Party Information

Please click here for information about Little League World Series U.S. Championship watch parties on Saturday.

The nearest location to CICS Prairie is:

Kroc Center
1250 W 119th St

First pitch is at 2:30 p.m.


Good luck to Marquis, Joshua, and the rest of the Jackie Robinson West team!

CICS Prairie Students Help South Siders Unite


If you haven’t heard, perhaps you’re just really into that book you’re currently reading, but CICS Prairie students Joshua Houston (above) and Marquis Jackson are part of a very special team of Little Leaguers that has made the city of Chicago, particularly the South Side, very proud. With a win tonight vs. Rhode Island, Joshua and Marquis’ team, Jackie Robinson West, will be in serious contention for the tournament title. The effect of JRW’s magical run on the local community is even more impressive, as folks have gathered at Jackie Robinson Park, 10540 S. Morgan Park, to watch each game.

“South Side of Chicago is not all about shootings, it’s kids coming to play baseball, African-American kids that are doing the right thing,” said Marquis Jackson.

Catch tonight’s game on ESPN 2 at 7:00 p.m. or at Jackie Robinson Park on the big screen!

Inching Our Way Toward a New School Year!

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year, Eagles!

CICS Prairie 4th graders spent several art classes toward the end of last school year working on a collaborative animation of the Eric Carle story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Thanks to the help of Mr. C, students were able to make their first animation a success.

Check it out…

New Start Time Begins August 18

We did a little math this summer and realized something very important: 10 minutes per school day x 192 days = 32 hours of added instructional time! Consequently, please note our new morning procedure below… beginning on Monday, August 18.


Doors will open at 7:55 a.m. and close at 8:00 a.m.

Every student who arrives after 8:00 a.m. will receive a tardy pass. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Springboard After School Program Begins August 18


CICS Prairie is excited to announce that we will partner with Springboard After School to provide daily after school programming for 2014-2015 school year. Springboard’s after school programming is designed to extend student learning time and opportunities beyond regular school hours. Programming will begin on August 18, 2014, and will run each day until 6:00 p.m.

Springboard’s after school program is comprised of research-based curriculum delivered by a team of licensed and certified on-site teaching professionals whose materials are created to provide a well-rounded, fun and enriching environment for every student. Each day of programming will include guided homework support, team building, read aloud’s, SPARK (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) and inclusive enrichment.

Please click here for details.

Art Club Students Boast Considerable Creative Output

CICS Prairie students in Art club have worked hard this school year experimenting with new materials. During the first semester, upper school students collaborated to create a tile mosaic for the school’s cafeteria. Next time you’re in the cafeteria, be sure to check it out. During the second semester, lower school students made robots, bandanas using the batik method, paintings, flower sculptures out of paper towel rolls, t-shirts, and much more!

Students Collaborate with Cannon Design Firm at Millennium Park

CICS Prairie sent 24 middle school students to participate in Discovery Day at Millennium Park. The event, hosted by Cannon Design, was designed to give students exposure to working in such fields as design, architecture, and engineering. The students took the Metra downtown and spent the day working with a team from Cannon on the proposed redesign of Millennium Park. Our students’ exciting new additions to the park, designed to reflect the CICS Prairie community, included ground murals, a lazy river, a camera station, and basketball courts!

Choir Performs for Peace

Chicago Children’s Choir hosted its annual Paint the Town Red concert, presented by Target, to celebrate freedom of individual expression as demonstrated through the power of music. Students from CICS Prairie rocked the house and made a commitment to spread peace throughout the neighborhood. Thanks for exhibiting Prairie Pride, Eagles!

Heritage Assembly

The CICS Prairie community recently celebrated our rich mix of cultures at an all-school Heritage Assembly. The assembly, organized by our music teacher, Ms. Griffin, included a variety of cultural songs and dances!

Run Club on the Move Again

CICS Prairie Run Club participated in the “Move for the Kids” 5K race on Sunday, May 18 at Soldier Field to benefit Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital. Way to go, Eagles!

CICS Prairie Students Receives Art Scholarship


CICS Prairie 7th grader Tiffany Martinez is the recent recipient of a Distinctively College Bound (DCB) art scholarship. Distinctively College Bound provides opportunities for Distinctive Schools students to participate in extra-curricular programs geared toward their individual interests and talents. Tiffany’s scholarship will help her pursue her passion for art by taking pottery classes. Erica Camiliere, DCB board member, was on campus on May 9 to present the award to Tiffany during our weekly all-school assembly.

Important: Please Fill Out a Witness Slip to Support Charter Schools

Attention, CICS Prairie Supporters: We really need your help…again! In order to continue to do what we do, we are asking that you take five minutes of your time to fill out a “witness slip” to oppose HB 4527 by Tuesday, May 13.

Click here to complete the form. Please reference the red text in the picture below for guidance.


Thank you for your continued support of public charter schools!

Enrichment Night

Join us on May 15 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for Enrichment Night. We’ll feature a variety of activities that celebrate the Arts, including:


Art Show & Art Auction with Ms. Torres in the Gym
Karaoke with Ms. Griffin in the Gym
Obstacle Courses with Mr. Z in the Parking Lot
“Smart Choices Bingo” with Ms. Stoffey in Room 001

See you there, Eagles!

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

CICS Prairie Students Join Peers, Tour Notre Dame

Because of their exemplary behavior and consistent academic achievement, 55 Distinctive Schools students earned the chance to visit the University of Notre Dame last week. CICS Bucktown, CICS Irving Park, CICS Prairie, and CICS West Belden each sent several representatives who were able to witness both the bustle and beauty of a storied college campus!

Family Matters

Distinctive Schools produces Family Matters, a monthly electronic newsletter, to keep parents and families informed about news and activities throughout our network of schools.

Click here to read this month’s edition of Family Matters.

Past issues of the Family Matters newsletter are available on the Distinctive Schools website.