The Chicago Academy

Welcome to The Chicago Academy

As the city’s first contract school, we serve a dual mission as a neighborhood elementary school and CPS’s first school-based teacher preparation program for aspiring teachers. In lieu of a Local School Council, The Academy for Urban School Leadership serves as our governing board. The goal of the CPS-AUSL collaboration is to improve student achievement in Chicago Public Schools by attracting, training, and retaining Chicago’s next generation of exceptional teachers and school leaders.

The school day is 8 am to 3 pm.  Students should arrive between 7:35 and 7:55 am, and be ready to line up in their classrooms at 7:55 am.  Please remember that students should not be on school property before 7:35 am, as there will be no adult supervision provided prior to 7:35 am.

Students in K-8 may be dropped of in the circular drive of the parking lot.  Please remember that there is no parking in the drive, and use caution in during drop-off.  Safety for our children is the priority.   



The First Step in Applying to High School

For our 7th grade families, high school application season for school year 2018-19 is quickly approaching. There are a lot of things to prepare before then, but the most important among them is to complete the first step in the application process by visiting and subscribing to the mailing list today.

By completing this important first step, you will:

Our entire high school application process has been updated to make things simpler for you. So visit GoCPS to subscribe and start exploring CPS high schools today.

  • Receive instructions and announcements that are critical to completing your application.

  • Get reminders about key application milestones like account activation and high school program eligibility access.  

  • Be among the first to know when new application system features are released to the public. 

  • Get alerts about recruitment and open house event dates. 

If you have additional questions, please contact Chicago Public Schools at:

CPS Office of Access & Enrollment

773-553-2060 |

42 W. Madison St. | Chicago, IL 60602


GoCPS launches to make applying to high school simpler

Over the years, we’ve heard from families about the importance of having a choice in selecting which high school provides the best match for their child’s needs. We’ve also heard that applying to high school can be frustrating and confusing. So this year, Chicago Public Schools has completely revamped its high school application process for students that will be freshman in the 2018-19 school year with the launch of GoCPS, a new website where students and families will be able to:  

  • Review school and program options in one place

  • Rank these school and program choices based on their preferences

  • Be matched with your highest possible choice for high school with available seats

  • The new application process will feature five key phases, the first of which, “Subscribe,” launched this week.

    Each month, CPS is planning to open access to the new features listed in the dates above. This will lead up to August 2017, when families will be able to able to begin using the application functions of the site and October 2017 when high school applications will become available.

  1. Subscribe (May – June 2017): Sign up to receive important updates and announcements

  2. Research (June – July 2017): Conduct detailed research to find the best school for your child

  3. Activate (August – September 2017): Create an account and access your student’s eligibility

  4. Apply (October – December 2017): Complete applications with one system and one deadline

  5. Match (January – June 2018): Get matched and receive high school offers

But before then, there’s still a lot to do, so current seventh grade families are encouraged to visit as soon as possible to start reading about the new application process and to subscribe to the GoCPS mailing list. This will allow them to receive important instructions, announcements and advance notifications that are critical to completing the application process.

With GoCPS, Chicago Public Schools wants to empower all students to attend the school with the best environment, programs and activities for them while creating an application process is that is more equitable, transparent and simple for everyone. Stay tuned for more updates to come.

















Pre K-8

The Chicago Academy

3400 N. Austin Ave.
Chicago , IL 60634

Enrollment: 612
A CPS Neighborhood School

Useful links


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Upcoming Events

Supply Drop Off

Parents are welcome to drop off their students’ supplies on September 1 at noon.

First Day of School!

Welcome back TCA families! First day of school starts promptly at 8am on September 5.

Latest News

Below you will find information about TCA’s activities, milestones, and events.

Congratulations to our January, February and March Attendance Champions, Homeroom 209!

​Our 6th Grade homeroom had the best attendance for 3 consecutive months! That is a first for any homeroom this year!

Congratulations to our December Attendance Champions, Homeroom 201!

​Our 7th Grade Homeroom had the best attendance in the school for the month of December!