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As the end of the school year draws near, Alain Locke students are making us proud by recognizing the contributions of past generations to American history. Seventh-graders Michelle, Nylah, D’Shanti and Tiona brought home “Red Ribbon” awards...
On April 27, Alain Locke 7th graders enjoyed a visit from a special guest speaker—and Alain Locke graduate—who is working to change the landscape for black women in the entertainment industry. Taylor K. Shaw (2008) is the founder of Black Girl A...
In December the Alain Locke Associate Board held a resume building workshop with parents at the school. More than 25 Alain Locke parents attended. They were treated to dinner with their kids and associate board members, and then got one on one assi...
Please note that Alain Locke Charter School follows the action of Chicago Public Schools.  If all Chicago Public Schools are closed due to extreme cold weather or snow then Alain Locke Charter School will also be closed.   Please be sure to check...
Alain Locke student Arai won an Excellence Award and a silver medal for her science project at the Regional STEM Exhibition! 🏅🔬🏆 Arai experimented with egg shell enamel and sodas to test the effects sugary drinks have on te...

Leadership Inspires

Insights of six Alain Locke students talking about who and what inspires them to be leaders in their education and life pursuits.

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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 Charter School

Alain Locke is one of the country’s most successful charter schools. The mission of Alain Locke is to serve as a demonstration for urban schools exemplifying excellence in academics, the arts, personal, and social development, and producing students who are globally competitive. Alain Locke’s culture is a commitment to absolute excellence and is present in every element of day-to-day life at the charter school.

  • #1 K-8 public charter school serving our demographic
  • #1 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”
  • 7 years in a row achieved the distinction of being named a Spotlight School for by the Illinois State Board of Education
  • 94% high school graduation rate



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