Employees from SWC Technology Partners, an Oak Brook-based IT consulting firm, visited Alain Locke on Thursday to deliver coats to students. In total, SWC donated 300 coats from its annual coat drive to Alain Locke. Our students were ver...
One of Alain Locke Charter School's very own students was honored on Thursday at a special awards ceremony. Alain Locke student Nylah was recognized as an "Outstanding 8th Grader" at the 2018 Illinois Charter Schools Conference. Nylah was...
The Alain Locke Science Committee recently invited instructors to a workshop to perfect their teaching of Alain Locke's new science curriculum. The curriculum—entitled Amplify Science—is designed to inspire the next generation of scien...
Now that November is here, it's time to start getting excited for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's one more holiday this month, though, that you might not already be familiar with—#GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is ...
Alain Locke had an outstanding turnout last week for the annual pre-K through fourth grade Family Literacy Night event. This year's event, themed "The Enchanted Forest," was organized by the Alain Locke pre-K through fourth grade teams. The ni...

Leadership Inspires

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


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 top charter schools in Chicago. The mission of Alain Locke is to serve as a demonstration for urban charter schools by exemplifying excellence in academics, the arts and personal and social development. In doing so, the school produces students who are globally competitive. Alain Locke’s culture is a commitment to absolute excellence that 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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