Alain Locke eighth-graders headed to Evanston over the weekend for a special tour of Northwestern University. But at the end of the day, it was our students who ended up showing their hosts at NU a thing or two. Students choreographed a d...
Alain Locke Board Chair Claire Hartfield has received the 2019 "Author" award from the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards for her latest book, "A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919." The American Library Association's CSK awar...
Alain Locke Charter School has cancelled classes on Wednesday and Thursday due to the severe weather that is expected in Chicago. Please note that our closures on Wednesday and Thursday may not be consistent with those of Chicago Public S...
Please note that Alain Locke Charter School follows the action of Chicago Public Schools.  If Chicago Public Schools are closed due to extreme cold weather or snow, then Alain Locke Charter School will also be closed.  Please be su...
Alain Locke hosted our annual science fair on Monday, which featured tons of tremendous submissions from students. Check out the photos below! All images courtesy of Deshawn Holmes (click thumbnails to enlarge) Related Content: ...


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Message From the Principal

"On behalf of the faculty and staff, we welcome you to Alain Locke Charter School! Our extended day, year round school is located in the heart of Chicago’s West side, serving over 560 students in grades pre-K-8. " - Read More

Alain Locke is one of the top charter schools in Chicago. The mission of Alain Locke is to produce globally competitive students, while at the same time setting the standard for successful urban charter schools by exemplifying excellence in academics, the arts and personal and social development.

  • #1 proficiency rate among Illinois K-8 schools predominantly serving African-American students
  • #1 rate among K-8 schools in the state predominantly serving low-income students
  • #1 rate among all Chicago charter schools serving elementary and middle school students
  • 94% high school graduation rate
  • Largest test score gains in the history of Illinois’s ISAT exam
  • 1 of 7 schools in the United States recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as “Best Closing the Achievement Gap”


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