Welcome from the President and CEO
On behalf of Concept Schools, welcome to our website and thank you for visiting us online. Whether you are a prospective parent, teacher, staff member, or student—or an interested community member or educational partner—we hope you will find our website informative and useful.
If you are new to Concept, a little background is in order. Since 1999, Concept Schools has been providing, college-prep, STEM-focused education through our tuition-free, non-selective public charter schools. We are proud to say that 16 years later we operate and/or manage 30 high-quality public charter schools in 7 Midwest states, with nearly 2,000 staff members serving just over 13,000 students. Last year we welcomed the newest members of the Concept family—Horizon Science Academy Southwest Chicago and Minnesota Math & Science Academy in St. Paul.
Our mission is to use our proven, results-based educational model to give all children the opportunity to attend college and succeed. We do this in so many ways, including through innovative classroom practices, personalized education, a longer school day and year, home visits, and strong community engagement. Our schools also give our students a competitive advantage in the global workforce by devoting more instructional time to math and science instruction every day.
Each year, our schools have more and more to celebrate. Check out our Success page for just some of the top highlights. Our students are winning in regional and national robotics tournaments, and are graduating with scholarships to top colleges. Most of our students will be the first in their families to attend college. These achievements are no coincidence. They are the direct result of the high standards we hold for our teachers and staff and that they, in turn, hold for their students. There is always room for improvement and growth, and we continue to set the bar higher every year.
Once again, welcome to Concept Schools, and thank you for your interest in our organization.