Begin With The End In Mind

Prepare for college today with Chicago Collegiate!

Our Mission

To equip ALL scholars with the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits to succeed in the college of their choice, strengthen their communities and change the world.

We achieve this mission by creating a unique, student focused environment that unifies the efforts of family, community and school to foster life long learning, social responsibility and academic excellence.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to ensure 100% of scholars complete college within six years.

Our work is to ensure our students have the best possible education and are prepared for the world that is ahead of them, thus helping to break the cycle of inequality in the world in which we live.

Chicago Collegiate Charter School, situated on the far south side of Chicago, is a remarkable tuition-free charter school catering to students from 5th to 12th grade. With an impressive 100% graduation rate, 100% college acceptance rate, and 100% parent approval rating, we provide exceptional high quality education to every student, regardless of their background.

What sets Chicago Collegiate apart is our commitment to academic achievement and our inclusive and welcoming student culture. Here students receive a one-of-a-kind educational experience that cannot be found anywhere else. We pride ourselves on our commitment to putting our students first and ensuring that their needs are met.


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Chicago Collegiate Charter School, the home of the Lion, welcomes you with open arms!

We are not just a school, but a vibrant learning community that places great importance on setting high expectations for both academic achievement and behavior. Our dedicated staff is committed to embracing students, families, and the wider community, working together to cultivate well-rounded individuals who possess critical thinking skills and an intrinsic motivation to become lifelong learners.

Since our doors first opened in 2011, Chicago Collegiate has been providing top-notch education to all students in a secure, nurturing, and stimulating environment located on the far south side of Chicago.

We encourage all parents/guardians to maintain regular communications with their child’s teachers and be actively involved in the school community. Checking the school calendar, website, and our Facebook page for events and activities will help keep you informed. We are looking forward to meeting your child and helping foster a love of learning.

Chicago Collegiate where "Excellence Is A Habit"


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Our Founder

Established in 2011 by Beth Napleton and a group of passionate individuals, Chicago Collegiate was born out of a desire to offer quality education to at-risk youth on the south side of Chicago. Beth was a 2011 Building Excellent Schools Fellow, which has an acceptance rate of less than 1%, and through that fellowship was able to travel to over 50 high-performing charter schools from across the country to study their best practices and design Chicago Collegiate.

Our Story

Since then, our school has become one of the most sought-after charter schools in the city. We take immense pride in our commitment to diversity and inclusion, ensuring that our doors are open to students of all races, ethnicities, creeds, sexualities, learning abilities, and primary languages. At Chicago Collegiate, we believe that every student deserves an equal opportunity to thrive and succeed.

Operating both a middle school and a high school, we currently serve nearly 300 students. Our dedicated team of educators and staff work tirelessly to create a nurturing and supportive environment where students can flourish academically, socially, and emotionally.

We believe in empowering our students to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and compassionate individuals who will make a positive impact on their communities. At Chicago Collegiate Charter School, we are committed to transforming lives through education and fostering a sense of belonging for all.