The CICS ChicagoQuest school day has several unique features, as can be seen on our sample student schedule. The instructional day begins promptly at 8:00am ends at 3:30pm.
On Mondays and Fridays, the whole school attends Morning Meeting, where our identity as a school is reinforced, student and teacher achievements are celebrated, and school-wide topics can be discussed in a town-hall format.
Students attend Home Base and “check in” at the beginning of the day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Home Base is led by “advisors” who work with the same small group (12-15 students) of students over a number of years. In Home Base, students build community, deepen their understanding of the school’s core values, and engage in service learning.
Advisors are responsible for advocating for their students, supporting and monitoring their students’ social and academic growth and development, and connecting with their students’ parents.
We use a "block schedule" which results in students have 75 minutes in a class to engage in, explore, and delve into the course content.
We call our courses "domains" because they integrate related content, knowledge, and skills from different subject areas. We believe that integrated courses help students make connections across the disciplines and will result in more complex thinking.
Being, Space, Place integrates English/Language Arts with Social Studies. CodeWorlds integrates Math with Writing. The Way Things Work integrates Science with Math. And Wellness integrates social, emotional, and physical wellness. The Sports of the Mind domain focuses on digital skills and media arts.
Students have 40 minutes for lunch, during which time they have an opportunity to eat, as well as move around (recess).
Every day, students spend time in mixed-age groups boosting and/or extending specific content knowledge and skills, based on the individual assessment results.
We offer an after-school program that provides students with a space to engage in specific classes, based on student interest. Students also have time to do homework and receive an afternoon snack. The after-school program is fee-based, with a sliding scale.
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