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2013 Annual Report

01 Welcome p 1 02 Where We Are p 2 03 Year in Review p 4 04 Academic Performance p 6 05 Financial Reporting p 13 06 Board of Directors p 17 07 Our Supporters p 19


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CICS

2013 Annual Report

01 Welcome Thank you. It is with your continued partnership, support and encouragement that Chicago International Charter School (CICS) continues to put children first by providing a high quality, college preparatory public K-12 education to 9,249 students in Chicago and Rockford, Ill. This report is provided as a summary of our work together over the past year. You may notice that this is not the usual FocalPoint magazine, which has included the annual report for the past several years. We look forward to bringing you a renewed FocalPoint down the road. In the meantime, we offer a streamlined update and welcome your feedback on both the format and content. The past two years have been a time of unprecedented transition at CICS. We have changed school management partners at 11 of 16 campuses over this period and undergone a significant reorganization of network office staff to better reflect our values and goals. Change is never easy. We have experienced frustrations and setbacks along the way. Our commitment to being transparent, focused and reflective about those experiences has served us well. And there are already signs of the transformational results that I firmly believe are possible — for this organization and, more importantly, for the children, families and communities we serve. The shift from school management operators (SMOs) with similar educational approaches to each other to SMO partners that truly offer diversity in curricular choices has allowed CICS to embrace the portfolio management model that makes us unique. We are providing real choices for families, both alternatives to a traditional public school system and within the network in order to achieve the best fit for their children.

Options range from a classical interdisciplinary humanities design to a highly structured model focused on math and reading to a next generation approach that imparts 21st Century skills in a blended context.

CICS operates schools with the firm belief that all children can learn and deserve access to a great school. Regardless of method, expectations for each partnership remain the same: shared accountability, strong relationships, and responsible decision making that always places children first. Two other recent areas of focus have been the creation of a data team to support decision making across the network and increased advocacy in the ongoing fight for equitable funding. There are details about both included within this report; we look forward to updating you on our progress in future communications. Until then, I invite you to reach out to us for a conversation or campus visit in order to learn more about how we can work together to maintain the path to success in college and careers for CICS students. Warm regards,

Elizabeth D. Purvis, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer Chicago International Charter School

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02 Where We Are

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CICS Avalon

1501 EAST 83RD PLACE

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CICS Basil

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CICS Bucktown

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CICS ChicagoQuest

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CICS Irving Park

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CICS Larry Hawkins

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CICS Lloyd Bond

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CICS Longwood

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CICS Loomis Primary

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1816 WEST GARFIELD BOULEVARD

2235 NORTH HAMILTON AVENUE

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1443 NORTH OGDEN AVENUE

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3820 NORTH SPAULDING DRIVE

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801 EAST 133RD PLACE

13300 SOUTH LANGLEY AVENUE

1309 WEST 95TH STREET

9535 SOUTH LOOMIS STREET

Northtown Academy 10 CICS 3900 WEST PETERSON AVENUE

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CICS Prairie

11530 SOUTH PRAIRIE AVENUE

Ralph Ellison 12 CICS 1817 WEST 80TH STREET

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Washington Park 13 CICS 110 EAST 61ST STREET

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West Belden 14 CICS 2245 NORTH MCVICKER AVENUE Wrightwood 15 CICS 8130 SOUTH CALIFORNIA AVENUE Jackson 16 CICS 315 SUMMIT STREET, ROCKFORD, IL

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03 Year in Review Embracing The Portfolio Model: Alignment & Operations CICS is the only charter network in the country with an authentic portfolio management model. We partner with school management organizations (SMOs) to provide a high-quality, college preparatory education to public school students across the K-12 continuum. Many of our scholars live in high poverty, violent neighborhoods but refuse to allow that to define their present or future.

While we continue to pursue even better outcomes, CICS is already among the best open-enrollment educational options in each of the neighborhoods we serve, meeting the needs of families who are unwilling to wait for underperforming neighborhood schools to improve. Our innovative mindset makes CICS an attractive partner. We are proud of our SMO partners and collaborate actively with each for maximum effectiveness. Here is a brief summary of our current SMO partners and the campuses they manage: Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) is our newest partner, selected to manage CICS Larry Hawkins, Lloyd Bond, Loomis Primary and Longwood because they are among the most successful K-12 charter networks in the country at preparing students for college. ChicagoQuest Schools is a new school management organization working exclusively with CICS ChicagoQuest during its expansion phase, adapting the New York City Quest to Learn curriculum developed by the Institute of Play to the Chicago context. This project-based approach to learning incorporates system thinking, game design principles and technology to teach students 21st Century skills.

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Civitas Schools employs a classical humanities design at CICS Wrightwood, Ralph Ellison and Northtown Academy. CICS Northtown Academy is among the top ten open enrollment public high schools in Chicago. Civitas has also established partnerships with programs that provide wrap around supports throughout high school for students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Distinctive Schools is converting already successful urban schools to places of next generation learning, imparting 21st Century skills to students in a blended context. They currently manage CICS Bucktown, Irving Park, Jackson, Prairie and West Belden.

Victory Education Partners recognized that their approach was not achieving results for students at CICS Avalon, Basil and Washington Park and sought out a better alternative. In 20122013, they implemented at those campuses a highly structured model focusing on reading and mathematics that has proven success at Uncommon Schools and other high performing public charters. These three schools were the top performers in the network in terms of growth this year, as illustrated in the following pages.


CICS

2013 Annual Report

Advocacy

Data

CICS families, staff and advocates continued to speak with elected officials about the funding disparity that exists in Chicago during the 2012-2013 school year.

An earlier issue of FocalPoint included a feature on a multi-year data dashboard project funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. This initiative reached a critical point at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. The result was the formation of a new 3-person data team to develop and roll-out dashboards for use in decision making at the network, SMO and school levels.

This situation does not exist in all Illinois school districts. CICS Jackson is fortunate to be funded at parity with other Rockford public schools. Charter Parents United (CPU) was founded with support from CICS and other charter schools to provide an independent voice for parents who have seen the positive difference charter schools have made for their children and believe that charter families deserve equal funding and a voice in the decision making process of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). CPU hosted a rally across the street from Chicago Public Schools headquarters in May that attracted more than 7,000 people and prompted a series of follow up meetings with district leadership.

We remain excited about the potential of these tools. With shared data as the foundation of our work, we can more confidently make decisions that best serve all students. In addition to supporting teachers and school leaders in differentiating instruction and accelerating student achievement, this network-wide data analysis capacity will bring additional transparency and improve our ability to assess academic return on investment.

Academic Performance Summary 9,249 Students K-12 NWEA Math & Reading MEETS GROWTH TARGET

68% African-American 24% Latino 4% White 4% Other

88% Low Income ISAT Composite

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

Math 59% Reading 57%

49% 43%

Average ACT Score

17

CPS AVERAGE

17

Students Scored >20

112

CPS COMPOSITE

55%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 58% Reading 56%

NWEA Attainment Percentile

50TH

75TH

Attainment An absolute measure of a student’s performance at a moment in time.

CPS AVERAGE

93% 84%

Math 51% Reading 50%

25TH

5-year Cohort Graduation Rate

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

88% College Acceptance Rate

Attainment Percentile A student’s attainment relative to the national average at their grade level.

Growth Measure of how much a student’s attainment has changed over a time period.


04 Academic Performance: Elementary Fall 2012-Spring 2013 CICS Avalon 422

OPENED 2005

NWEA Math

Students K–8

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

78% 55%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

NWEA Reading

95% Low Income

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 72% Reading 69%

74%

25TH

55%

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

9% African-American 9 1% Latino

ISAT Composite

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

NWEA Attainment Percentile

52% 43%

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

CICS Basil 717

Math 54%

Reading 59%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

OPENED 2002

NWEA Math

Students K–8

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

74% 55%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

NWEA Reading

9 6% Low Income

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 69% Reading 67%

71%

25TH

55%

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

0% African-American 9 8% Latino 2% Other

ISAT Composite

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

CICS Bucktown 672

Students K–8

47% 37%

Math 49%

Reading 50%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

OPENED 1997

NWEA Math

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

64% 55%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

8 4% Low Income

NWEA Attainment Percentile

NWEA Reading MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 61% Reading 59%

60% 55%

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

81% Latino 14% African-American 3% White 2% Other

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ISAT Composite

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

54% 48%

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

NWEA Attainment Percentile Math 51%

Reading 55%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%


CICS

CICS Irving Park 527

Students K–8

OPENED 2007

NWEA Math

62% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NATIONAL AVERAGE

6 0% Low Income

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NWEA Reading

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 60% Reading 58%

62% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

5% Latino 6 13% White 8% African-American 14% Other

CICS Jackson 393

Students K–7

ISAT Composite

75% 59%

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

Math 66%

Reading 67%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

OPENED 2010

NWEA Math

59% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NATIONAL AVERAGE

8 4% Low Income

NWEA Attainment Percentile

NWEA Reading

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 42% Reading 42%

41% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

75% African American 12% White 7% Multi-Racial 6% Other

ISAT Composite 19%

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

NO NEIGHBORHOOD COMPARISON AVAILABLE.

CICS Larry Hawkins 110

Students 7–8

NWEA Attainment Percentile

INSUFFICIENT DATA

Reading 33%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

OPENED 2010

NWEA Math

69% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NATIONAL AVERAGE

98% Low Income

Math 30%

NWEA Reading

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 65% Reading 56%

54% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

8% African-American 9 1% Other 1% Not Available

ISAT Composite 25%

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

32%

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

NWEA Attainment Percentile Math 32%

Attainment: academic performance at a point in time.

Reading 33%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

Growth: academic performance over a time period.

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CICS Lloyd Bond 354

OPENED 2009

NWEA Math

Students K–6

56% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NATIONAL AVERAGE

NWEA Reading

99% Low Income

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 56% Reading 55%

54% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

97% African-American 2% Latino 1% Not Available

ISAT Composite

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

CICS Longwood 943

Students 3–8

NWEA Attainment Percentile

36% 32%

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

Reading 45%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

OPENED 1997

NWEA Math

35%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

55%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

8 9% Low Income

Math 42%

NWEA Reading

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 39% Reading 42%

40% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

9% African-American 9 1% Other

ISAT Composite

43% 53%

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

CICS Loomis Primary 587

Students K–2

Math 32%

Reading 40%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

OPENED 2008

NWEA Math

55% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NATIONAL AVERAGE

8 4% Low Income

NWEA Attainment Percentile

NWEA Reading

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 55% Reading 49%

48% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

0% African-American 9 7% Not Available 2% Latino 1% Other

ISAT Composite NA*

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

NA*

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE *ISAT TESTING BEGINS AT 3RD GRADE LEVEL.

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NWEA Attainment Percentile Math 57%

Reading 57%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%


CICS

CICS Prairie 406 Students K–8

OPENED 1998

NWEA Math

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 57% Reading 60%

59% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NATIONAL AVERAGE

9 8% Low Income

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NWEA Reading

61% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

55% African-American 45% Latino

ISAT Composite

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

NWEA Attainment Percentile

42% 42%

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

CICS Washington Park 448

Students K–8

Reading 53%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

OPENED 2000

NWEA Math

77%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

55%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

98% Low Income

Math 48%

NWEA Reading

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 70% Reading 62%

65% 55%

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

97% African-American 1% Latino 2% Not Available

ISAT Composite

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

35%

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

CICS West Belden 500 Students K–8

51%

Math 47%

Reading 50%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

OPENED 2002

NWEA Math

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

68% 55%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

95% Low Income

NWEA Attainment Percentile

NWEA Reading MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 63% Reading 62%

66% 55%

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

91% Latino 8% African-American 1% White

ISAT Composite

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

60% 50%

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

NWEA Attainment Percentile Math 53%

Attainment: academic performance at a point in time.

Reading 58%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

50%

Growth: academic performance over a time period.

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CICS Wrightwood 725

Students K–8

OPENED 2005

NWEA Math

MEETS GROWTH TARGET

59% 55%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

87% Low Income

NWEA Reading MEETS GROWTH TARGET

NWEA Growth Percentile Math 58% Reading 54%

55% 55%

25TH

50TH

75TH

NATIONAL AVERAGE

93% African-American 3% Multi-Racial 2% Latino 2% Other

ISAT Composite

MEET OR EXCEED STANDARDS

55% 52%

CPS NEIGHBORHOOD COMPOSITE

NWEA Attainment Percentile Math 54%

Attainment: academic performance at a point in time.

Reading 58%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

Growth: academic performance over a time period.

New Campuses & Pilot Programs CICS ChicagoQuest

Global Citizenship Experience

298 Students | 6–9 | Opened 09/2011

1535 N Dayton | 9-12 | Collaboration Est. 09/2012

CICS ChicagoQuest serves students in grades 6-9 and will open a new grade each subsequent year. It is a revolutionary charter school that engages and challenges middle and high school students with a curriculum based upon principles of digital learning, systems thinking and game design. CICS ChicagoQuest is designed to prepare students for college, careers and sophisticated participation in an evolving world.

CICS has collaborated with Global Citizenship Experience (GCE) on a school-within-a-school pilot serving two cohorts of CICS students who were languishing on the high school waiting list. These students and their families are paving the way for a long-term partnership between the two organizations. GCE aims to transform education by cultivating graduates who are global citizens — demonstrating the values of purpose, autonomy, accountability, gratitude and, through each of these, achievement. The CICS students participating, whether in their first or second year at GCE, are benefiting from GCE’s innovative and relevant pedagogical model grounded in the Common Core State Standards and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. We invite you to learn more about the CICS-GCE students who explore integrated curriculum taught through inquiry- and project-based learning. Please schedule your visit to GCE, host our students on field experiences, or interact with students through the digital portfolios they curate on GCEVoices.com.

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04 Academic Performance: High School Fall 2012-Spring 2013 CICS Larry Hawkins 261

Students 9-12

Average ACT Score

14

CPS AVERAGE

17

OPENED 2010

98% Low Income

98% African-American 1% Other 1% Not Available

5-year Cohort Graduation Rate Students Scored >20

INSUFFICIENT DATA* 84%

0

45% College Acceptance Rate

CPS AVERAGE

*CAMPUS HAS NOT BEEN OPEN FOR 5 YEARS.

CICS Longwood 469 Students 9-12 Average ACT Score

17

CPS AVERAGE

17

OPENED 1997

86% Low Income

5-year Cohort Graduation Rate Students Scored >20

6 CPS AVERAGE

CICS Northtown Academy 865 Students 9-12 Average ACT Score

20

CPS AVERAGE

17

76% Low Income

552 Students 9-12

91

CPS AVERAGE

17

97% 84%

96% College Acceptance Rate

OPENED 2006

89% Low Income

97% African-American 1% Latino 1% Multi-Racial 1% Other

5-year Cohort Graduation Rate Students Scored >20

88% College Acceptance Rate

56% Latino 20% White 14% Asian 10% Other

5-year Cohort Graduation Rate Students Scored >20

CICS Ralph Ellison

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96% 84%

OPENED 2003

CPS AVERAGE

Average ACT Score

99% African-American 1% Latino

15 CPS AVERAGE

96% 84%

94% College Acceptance Rate

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05 Academic Performance: Elementary

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CICS

2013 Annual Report

05 Financial Reporting Colleagues and Friends, We are proud of our strong 2013 financial performance, especially having delivered it in spite of the immensely challenging funding environment we face as a charter school in the city of Chicago. Delivering a high quality education to our students in a fiscally responsible way is a core value for CICS, and here are some of the highlights of fiscal 2013: • CICS has achieved an operating surplus every year since our founding. • We continued to invest in programmatic services in 2013 that have the most direct impact on our students, with an increased investment of more than 5.5% over the prior year.

• We continue to focus on the efficiency of our indirect spending, and in 2013 we saw decreases in management and general expenses of 9% over 2012. • Through strong cash management we were able to reduce overall notes payable and debt by more than $970,000 in 2013.

These financial accomplishments would not be possible without the extraordinary efforts of our CICS leaders, teachers and staff who efficiently manage every dollar we spend — we are immensely grateful for their commitment to and passion for delivering our mission with integrity.

Best,

Laura Thonn CICS Board of Directors, Finance Committee

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05 Financial Reporting: Assets ASSETS

End June 30, 2013

End June 30, 2012

Current assets Cash 11,431,191 Accounts and contributions receivable 6,465,347 Amounts due from management company Assets under control of management company Prepaid expenses 360,957 Investments 7,519,587 Deposits 148,238 Total current assets 25,925,320

11,827,064 4,882,345 75,905 459,153 359,496 7,650,169 195,305 25,449,437

Non-current assets Cash and investments—restricted by bond indenture 5,414,295 Property and equipment, net 55,923,449 Bond issuance costs 763,624

5,524,539 55,704,952 798,878

(less accumulated amortization of $211,918 in 2013 and $176,664 in 2012)

Total non-current assets Total assets

62,101,368

62,028,369

88,026,688

87,477,806

64%

Property and Equipment

ASSETS 28%

Cash and Investments

1%

Other Assets

14

7%

Accounts Receivable


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05 Financial Reporting: Liabilities LIABILITIES

End June 30, 2013

End June 30, 2012

7,595,083 19,914 156,228 13,603 147,358 1,030,000 8,962,186

5,636,556 1,193,599 123,636 42,202 89,980 985,000 8,070,973

Long-term liabilities Capital leases payable, less current portion 205,274 Deferred rent 485,880 Notes payable, less current portion 1,375,351 Bonds payable, less current portion 45,604,461 Total long-term liabilities 47,670,966

155,040 485,102 1,387,278 46,666,680 48,694,100

Current liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses Amounts due to management company Capital leases payable, current portion Deferred revenue Notes payable, current portion Bonds payable, current portion Total current liabilities

Total liabilities

56,633,152

56,765,073

86%

Debt

LIABILITIES

1%

Other Liabilities

13%

Accounts Payable

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05 Financial Reporting: Revenue & Expenses REVENUE

End June 30, 2013

Chicago Public Schools Per-capita tuition 63,314,429 Pass through funds 18,957,138 Small schools supplement Federal E-rate discount funding 2,304,719 Contributed goods and services 6,490,833 Grants, contributions and fundraising income 1,788,673 Interest income 171,981 Investment income—decrease on investments held (118,685) Other 458,597 School lunch program 5,043,638 Student fees, bookstore income and extended day income 1,026,510 Total revenue 99,437,833 EXPENSES Program services Management and general Fundraising Total expenses

59,584,130 16,185,854 467,250 2,595,037 6,011,457 6,476,186 176,589 (76,207) 396,622 4,906,024 1,270,185 97,993,127

82,087,344 77,654,888 16,293,069 17,946,549 376,617 313,570 98,757,030 95,915,007

83%

83%

District Funding

Program Services

REVENUE

EXPENSES

9%

16%

In-kind Services

Management and General

6%

Other Revenue*

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End June 30, 2012

2%

Grants, Contributions, Fundraising

1%

Fundraising

*Includes student revenue such as lunch and after school fees that are typically netted against expenses


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06 Board of Directors Lorraine J. Arvin David J. Chizewer, President Violet M. Clark Catherine H. Gottfred, PhD Tom Hayden Craig W. Henderson, Vice President Gerald L. Jenkins Alberta Johnson Vivian Lee* Thomas J. Nieman, Secretary Arthur J. Reliford, Jr.* Laura Thonn, Treasurer Italics Denote Founding Board Members. *Partial Year Term

WELCOME TO ARTHUR J. RELIFORD, JR. Arthur J. Reliford, Jr. joined the CICS Board of Directors in June 2013. He is an equity partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. A general litigator, Art has successfully represented as lead and co-counsel a variety of professionals, businesses, major corporations and municipalities in state and federal courts across the country. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, product liability law, and complex civil litigation. He has tried as lead and co-trial counsel a variety of jury and bench trials to verdict and participated in arbitrations and mediations.

Art is co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and a member of the firm’s Associates Committee. Art has been selected multiple times for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers—Rising Stars Edition in general litigation. Art is a sponsor in LINK Unlimited. He is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, the Professional Liability Defense Federation and the American Bar Association. A Chicago native, Art attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School. He received his B.A. from Hamilton College in 1996 and his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He and his family reside in Chicago’s Hyde Park area.

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07 Thank You to Our Supporters Thank you to the people and organizations whose generosity and partnership have made critical investments possible this year. DONORS & PARTNERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE: VI CLARK & FRIENDS OF CICS TENNIS Friends of CICS Tennis (FCT) has come a long way since its foundation in 2006 as an after school program for CICS students. Board member Violet (Vi) Clark and Director of Family & Community Engagement Meghan Schmidt discovered a shared love of tennis that has grown into an independent 501(c)3 organization and a leadership role in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Midwest Region. FCT currently offers annual programs that serve 600 Chicago children at three sites and support to student athletes who demonstrate the potential to compete regionally and beyond.

In early 2013, Vi took advantage of FCT’s eligibility, as a USTA affiliated group, to apply for a special U.S. Open ticket package to use as part of a fundraiser for its youth tennis programs. In partnership with CICS, the Healthy Kids, Bright Futures event was held featuring a U.S. Open VIP experience raffle. Through the generosity of the winner, new CICS Board member Art Reliford, and founding Board member Jim Murphy, the package was ultimately raffled a second time by the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, raising even more in support of tennis programming for CICS students.

The mission of FCT is “to expose the students of Chicago International Charter School (CICS) to the life-long benefits of tennis through professional instruction, mentoring and regular play.” Students learn healthy habits and lifelong skills like work ethic, perseverance and decision making. Participation can also provide an added incentive to do well in school, with the hope that students who stay in the program may have access to college scholarships in a sport where there is sometimes a shortage of eligible recipients.

Through the support of over 40 guests, and many more who purchased raffle tickets, the event raised a total of $11,775. Even more importantly, it provided friends of CICS, FCT and families connected to both an opportunity to get to know one another. CICS Prairie 6th grader Kenya H. shared her experience, which has included regional tournaments and participation in summer tennis camps. Through hard work, family support, generous donors and a strong partnership between FCT and CICS, the future is bright for Kenya and many of her schoolmates as they learn to make healthy choices in support of their college goals.

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07 Our Supporters Thank you to the people and organizations whose generosity has made critical investments possible even in the face of public funding challenges. We are grateful for your support and the difference that it makes for the students, teachers and staff of the CICS network. The progress outlined in these pages would not have been made without you. $100,000 AND ABOVE

Anne E. Matz

Elizabeth Allen

Debra Colodny

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Mesirow Financial

Academy of Our Lady Alumnae Association

Wight & Company

Bart Anderson

Maria Corona

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation New Schools for Chicago Rauner Family Foundation

$10,000-$99,000 Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation The Broad Center

The Richard and Barbara Metzler Charitable Foundation Oppenheimer Family Foundation ORBA, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants

Margot & John Anello Chris Arlinghaus Allen Asemota

Target Foundation

Sharon Ashford

Laura A. Thonn

David Bain

Transitpro Logistics, Inc.

Kristin Baldino Claudio Ballesteros

Children’s Inner City Educational Fund

$500-$999

Chris Barton

CME Group Foundation

American Hospital Association

Anne Bell

John A. Bollero, Jr.

Gina Biondi

Catherine & Richard Gottfred

Andrew Curto

Deanna Blair

Patty & Craig Henderson

Suzi Dulle

Desmond Boachie

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Keiser Donor Advised Fund

Cassie Gavin

Teresita Bondoc

Nancy Gidwitz & Jeff Grossman

Eileen Boyce

The Philip M. Friedmann Charitable Trust

LJM Partners Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation

Steven Goering

Anne & Bill Tobey

Maggie & Bill Morrison

$5,000-$9,999

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund

Diana Lopez

Jessica Bergman

Kim Bracy Karin Breo Olga Breslavskaya Jennifer Brock Caroline Brown

Thomas J. Nieman

Timothy Bruhn

Anthony Paskevich & Associates

Amanda Cadin

Beth & Jeff Purvis

$1000-$4,999

Erica Camiliere

Arthur J. Reliford, Jr.

Heidi Casey

Lorraine Arvin

Mary Stafford

Elizabeth Castellon

Atlantic Research Partners

Craig Stubler

Gina Castronovo

Debbie & David Chizewer

The Joseph Valenti, Jr. Family Foundation

Kapil Chaudhary

John & Weezie Gates Charitable Trust Pass with Flying Colors

Daniels and King Management Co., L.P.

Tricia & James Valenti

Gorter Family Foundation Laurus Strategies

UP TO $500

Sandra & Daniel Leib

Anonymous Abbott Laboratories

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Karoline Andris

Vanessa Calderon-Miranda

Chicago Foundation for Education Violet & Anthony Clark Colleen Collins Beth Colodny

Vincent Congine Andrea Corral Michael Cotter Ben Crist Katherin Crist Matthew Cullen David Daiga Anthony Danielak Anthony Danzy Kristina Davis Marie & Bob Delaney Daniel Delgado Phil Dodson Robert Durst Aimee Eichelberger David Emery Primera Engineers Ltd. Elizabeth Evans Melissa Feinberg Leon Feret Christina Fiduccia Laura Fisher Jason Flahive Lori Flood Scott Frauenheim Dana Gagnon Armen Garry David Giants Amy Gierthy Jody Gitelis Carolyn Glantz Ginger Glantz Molly Glantz Virginia Glantz Jorge Gloger


CICS

2013 An CICS 2013 Annual Report

Joseph Glossberg

Trisha McCullough

Erica Schwartzenfeld

IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS

Matthew Godfrey

Lee & Tom McGrath

Nancy Schwartzenfeld

Jaclyn Goldis

Trish McNulty

John Sfikas

Academy for Global Citizenship

Anna Mae Grams-Pullappally

Melissa Megliola

Kate Soden

Accenture

Mark Graves

Christine Meier

Will Stephens

Isabelle Barany

Jennifer Greene

Lisa Meyer

Alissa Stolberg

Bin Donated

Monica Green-Wilson

Amy Mills

Cherry Stubler

Kevin & Jane Berg

Katrina Greenwood

Genevieve Misfeldt

Gwenn & Steve Suvada

Chicago Children’s Museum

Ashley Grosshuesch

Amanda Morford

Jason Swindle

Rosemarie Clohisy

Greg Gurley

Sarah Morgan

Brenna Taub

Jennifer Epich

Sheila Hamilton

Lauren Muldoon

Rachel Teachout

First Book

Elizabeth Harper

James Murphy

Kristi Teague

Friends of CICS Tennis

Craig Henderson

Randi Myers

Barbara Thomas

Peter Gidwitz

Jane & Stephen M. Hoffman

Ron & Diana Naspo

Robert W. Thomas

Ehryck Gilmore

Rhiannon Holcombe

Katie Nay

Mark Tomezak

Glencoe PTO

Michael Hubbard

Emily Newell

Kathleen Toth

Goldberg Kohn

Donald M. Hubbard, Jr.

Francis Nkwocha

Margaret Trausch

Alexandra Hunt

Edward O’Connell

Tom Tuohy

Mrs. Sandy DeArmond Glenkirk

Steven Hyde

Sarah O’Connell

Meagan Ulmer

Ramsey Jabbar

Brian O’Connor

Adjovi Vana-Biney

Erin Jewell

Jenna Otwell

Ryan VanElslander

Rachel Johnson

Glenna Ousley

Melchor Vargas

William Johnson

Keith Palz

Joshua Vick

Andrea L. Jones

Pantaleo Family

Helen Wargel

Ann Kauth

Andrew Parker

Chris Weber

Bryan Kenny

Luke Paskevich

Erika Weiss

William Kesler

JoAnne & Bryan Pepper

Carl Wenz

Emily King

Meghan Petersen

David Williams

Imtiyaz Kothawala

Amy Peterson

Amanda Williamson

Natalie Kottmann

Christine Poindexter-Harris & Jarrard Harris

Sarah & Chase Wilson

Kelly Pollack

Scott Witoszynski

Rachel Kramer Christy Krier John Kuebler II Cheryl Larson eSpark Learning Wendy Szeto Lee & Brian Lee Susan & Richard Lenny Matt & Joan Lewin Melissa Lipshutz Christopher Lozier Jim Lullo Juliet Luna Jennifer Lynch

Patricia Prince Kate Proto Erick Pruitt James Quaid Lindsey Rader Jennifer Rehor

Cheri Wilson-Chapelle Sloane Wolf Denise Woods

Joan Rose

Julia & Sam Osorio

Amanda Rychel

Christina Tse

Lauren Rzepka

Scott Saunders

Linda Martin

Meghan Schmidt

Megan Mau

Todd Schmidt

Don McCord

Krisitn Schrepferman

Pass With Flying Colors Beth & Jeff Purvis Ravinia Arthur J. Reliford, Jr. Piedmont Realty Schuler Scholar Program Asbill & Brennan Sutherland Tyranena Brewing Company Neal Weisenburger Youth Guidance

Chicago Public Schools

Thomas F. McGrath III

Lisa Salvatore

Jenny Lorbeck

iNTELLISHARE

IN HONOR OF

Amber Mandley & Cheri Tatar

Kathleen Iriarte

Inside the Envelope, Inc.

Eric Roby

Nicole Rzepka

C.W. Henderson and Associates

LOCAL, STATE, & FEDERAL CONTRIBUTIONS

Brian Zambie

Brandon Ritschard

Brian Malkin

Beth Hattel

MATCHING GIFT COMPANIES

THANK YOU TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO GAVE USING DONORSCHOOSE.ORG

Illinois Tool Works Foundation Nokia Matching Gift Program PCS Administration (USA), Inc.

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2013 Annual Report