2017 Process to Open a New School 

Overview of the 2017 New Schools 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. This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to identify high quality school options that accelerate academic outcomes for their targeted CPS student population.

CPS, as the local school district in Chicago, 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 recommendation 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 146 charter, contract, and options schools, and serves approximately 65,000 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 2017 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 training for applicants on February 7, 2017. We encourage all applicants to participate in the training to receive an overview of the process. Applicants interested may sign up by completing the Request For Proposal Webinar online form.

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

 

Request For Proposal Process Timeline 2017

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 Dates Information and Updates
RFP Released December 30, 2016

 

Overview Webinar for Applicants February 7, 2017 View the webinar
*Available after the week of February 7th
Office Hours with Applicants Week of February 13, 2017 If you have specific questions about the RFP, please email iandiauthorization@cps.edu with a list of the questions and request to schedule a consultation.
Applicant Intent to Apply Form Due February 24, 2017 Due by email to iandiauthorization@cps.edu by 5 p.m.
Tier I Application Due April 28, 2017 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Community Meetings September 2017

For information about a proposed school’s community forum, please contact the applicant’s point of contact in the “Applicant Overview” section.

Publicly Post Tier I Proposals Fall 2017

 

Tier II Application Due September 8, 2017 Due by 5 p.m. to Epicenter
Tier III Application Due October 6, 2017

 

Public Hearing at CPS Central Office November 6, 2017 42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL
CPS Board Meeting December 6, 2017 42 W. Madison, Chicago, IL

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.

If you have questions regarding epicenter or if you have issues with submission please contact 773-553-1530.

New Operator Application and Support Material

This page includes all materials required to develop and submit a proposal if the applicant is applying is 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 24th by 5 p.m.

2017 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

Helpful Documents

Domain 1: Parent and Community Engagement and Support

Domain 2: Academic Plan

Section 2.5: Diverse Learners

Section 2.6: Annual Calendar

Helpful Documents

Domain 3: Organizational Plan

Section 3.4: Governance

Helpful Documents

Domain 4: Financial Plan

Section 4.1 School Budget

Section 4.3 Facilities

Helpful Documents

Domain 5: Business Plan

Coming Soon

Domain 6: Management Organizations (MOs)

Coming Soon

Other Resources

 

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 24th by 5 p.m.

2017 CPS New Schools Request for Proposals

Helpful Documents

Domain 1: Parent and Community Engagement and Support

Domain 2: Business Plan

Section 2.3: Operational Capacity

Section 2.3: Financial Soundness

Helpful Documents

Domain 3: Facilities

Section 3.2: Overview of Proposed Site

Helpful Documents

Domain 4: Management Organizations (MOs)

Coming Soon

Other Resources

 

2017 Applicant Overview

 

Applicant and Proposal Materials

Proposal Status

School Type

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

Proposed School Name

Targeted Student Population

Grades

Enrollment

Planned Opening Date

Targeted Communit(ies)

Point of Contact

Management Organization

At
Capacity

Yr. 1

Yr. 5

At
Capacity

Yr. 1

Yr. 5

Chicago Classical Academy

Pending

Charter

1

Chicago Classical Academy Charter School

Traditional

K - 8

K - 5

K - 8

504

224

504

Fall 2018

South Loop, Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park, Pilsen, and Bronzeville

Alice Epstein
773-816-8032

None

A.I.M. (Art in Motion)

Pending

Charter

1

Art In Motion Charter School

Traditional

7 - 12

7 - 8

7 - 12

1200

400

1200

Fall 2018

Grand Crossing

Dr. Karen Ratliff
773-285-1731

Distinctive Schools

KEYS Nineveh Academy

Withdrawn

Charter

N/A

Chicago Collegiate Charter School

Withdrawn

Charter

N/A

Katherine G Johnson S.T.E.A.M. School for Girls

Withdrawn

Charter

N/A

Kemet Leadership Academy

Withdrawn

Charter

N/A

Epic Prep Charter School

Withdrawn

Charter

N/A

Evelyn Ann Charter Institute

Withdrawn

Charter

N/A

Perspectives Charter School

Withdrawn

Charter

N/A

Page Last Modified on Thursday, November 09, 2017