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Alain Locke on Thursday hosted its 2018 High School Fair, which featured visits from recruiters at 27 schools around the city. The event gave students grades five through eight the opportunity to learn about prospective high schools from admission...
Alain Locke students put their love for the arts on display on Friday in a very special art show. The event was open all school day for students, and for parents during report card pick-ups. The show was organized by Art Instructor Marisa Choate, a...
The Alain Locke Associate Board wants to say a big THANK YOU to all who made gifts to the Exceed the Need campaign. Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and fans—and the help of a matching challenge grant—more than $25,000 was raised thi...
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...

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 top charter schools in Chicago. The mission of Alain Locke is to serve as a demonstration for urban charter 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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