Located in Chicago's historically underserved neighborhood of East Garfield Park, ALCS serves students pre-K through eighth grade. For the 2013-2014 academic year 98% of our student population is African-American and 93% are low-income.
Alain Locke is one of the country's most successful charter schools. Since 2006, ALCS has been named a Spotlight School by the Illinois State Board of Education, a distinction which is given to schools serving a population of at least 50% low-income students with 85% passing state reading and mathematics tests. In 2009, the school was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as 1 of 7 schools in the United States “Best Closing the Achievement Gap”. This recognition was earned by having the ALCS students achieve the greatest test score gains in Chicago in the history of Illinois’s ISAT exam. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the ISAT, along with standardized tests throughout the country, incorporated common core questions into their testing. While scores dropped nationally, ALCS continued to see growth, even with the more challenging test.