Charter Schools 

Public schools open to all Chicago children. Charters are approved by the Board of Education but operate independently from the Board and each other.



Each charter school has a curriculum, schedule, calendar and admissions procedures that may differ from other public schools. There are charter schools operated by community organizations, universities, foundations, and teachers—all are held accountable for high student academic achievement by the Board of Education. Generally, charter schools admit students based on lottery.

Attendance Boundaries

No, for most schools. Students across the city can apply.

Enrollment Requirements

Acceptance Criteria

  • Application
  • Random lottery, if there are more applications than available spaces. Charter schools have their own applications.

Download Application Form

Contact each school directly.


View list of Charter schools

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Elementary School Types

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