CMSA Ranked among Best Public Charter High Schools by Chicago Magazine

   Chicago Magazine, a monthly magazine published by Tribune Publishing that concentrates on human-interest stories in and around Chicago, recently released its annual report of the 2016 Best Public Schools in the Chicagoland area.  Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA), a public charter high school managed by Concept Schools, earned the second highest ranking in […]

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S.T.E.M Festival Organized by Chicago’s Own Children

STEM City 2016 was a “STEM-TAC-U-LAR” success! Friday, May 27th at the Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, over 150 students from Concept Schools’ four campuses in Chicago participated in the first annual event. Parents, teachers and community members were on hand to support and cheer on our future scientists, mathematicians, engineers, spoken word artists and […]

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Whole New Year! Whole New Blog!

Welcome to School Year 2015-2016! As the title suggests, this year’s blog will take a new direction. At Concept Schools, we try every day to address the hopes, fears, aspirations and challenges our students, teachers and parents feel. Being true to that mission has brought us to three new ideas for this communication platform: Blog […]

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Summer’s Not over Yet! There’s Still Time to Prevent “Summer Learning Loss” and Narrow the Achievement Gap

Before you start shopping for back-to-school shoes and taking the last dip in the neighborhood pool, take some time to “retrain” your kids’ brains for the upcoming school year. Yes, these lazy days of summer are necessary to refresh young minds; but they also have a measurable negative effect on kids’ memory and academic performance, […]

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Two Concept Schools Firsts! MIT Graduate and University of Chicago Full-Ride

HSA-Columbus 2009 alumnus Dorma Flemister graduated from MIT on June 6, 2014 This school year marked two historic firsts for the Concept Schools network—which includes 30 schools in 6 Midwest states and which began in 1999—and both are from Horizon Science Academy Columbus, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We could not be prouder of […]

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Why Charter School Enrollment Has Doubled in Past 5 Years

The numbers don’t lie. More and more families are opting to leave their traditional neighborhood public schools for a chance at a better education for their children. Currently in the United States there are just over 1 million student names on charter school waiting lists. Charter School Enrollment Is Up, Way Up This school year […]

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