Dedicated to Promoting Academic and Social Excellence

The Chicago Academy works diligently to provide our students with a strong foundation for success as they strive for greatness. TCA’s staff is trained to deliver rigorous academic instruction and create a positive culture and climate.

Pre K-8

The Chicago Academy

3400 N. Austin Ave.
Chicago , IL 60634

Enrollment: 612
A CPS Neighborhood School

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TCA Family Calendar



National Junior Honor Society

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.


TCA Student Selection Process

Since 2001, The Chicago Academy has provided students with a high-quality education and trained aspiring teachers for the Chicago Public Schools. The Chicago Academy has two classrooms at each grade level (PreK through 8th).



A majority of our student enrollment comes from the immediate local community. Depending on the number of spots open, we first accept siblings of current K-8 students, in the order of those residing in closest proximity to the school. Next, we open up admissions to applicants whose families reside closest to the school. To do so, we use software to determine the distance from an applicant’s residence to The Chicago Academy to a tenth of a mile. Students whose families reside closest are given priority.

Preschool students currently attending Chicago Academy, who will be five years old by September 1, 2014, must fill out an application to be considered for Kindergarten. Students without a completed application will not be considered.
The Preschool application process is now run by the Chicago Public Schools. Please click here for more information or call CPS Early Childhood at (773) 553-2010.



We are not a traditional CPS neighborhood school. Since there are no attendance boundaries, families may apply on a voluntary basis. We also do not provide busing for students at our school.

Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) must submit their IEPs and have their placements approved by the Office of Specialized Services. Siblings of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) students must apply through the NCLB Choice Program of the Chicago Public Schools, due to transportation issues.



Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted beginning Tuesday, October 11, 2016 through Friday, January 27, 2017. No late applications will be accepted.
If your child has an IEP you should attach a copy to the application. Families of Kindergarten students will be notified of their application status by U.S. mail by the end of May and families of students grades 1-8 will be notified by the end of July.

Applications must be submitted in person in the main office, on school days, from 8 am to 4 pm. No mailed or faxed copies will be accepted.