Polaris Charter Academy


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Who are we?

We are Polaris Charter Academy, a dynamic EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) school on Chicago’s West Side. We exist to support students to become academically successful life-long learners with a strong sense of personal and civic responsibility. With 450 students in grades K – 8, Polaris promotes an expanded definition of student achievement, putting both academic excellence and character development equally at the forefront.

We are CREW!

Polaris was founded in 2007 by three Golden Apple Award-winning teachers whose mission was to transform education by creating a school deeply rooted in the best practice of “learning by doing.”  Their partnership with EL Education brought about a rigorous community-based curriculum called “expeditions” (long-term projects), experiential learning methods, and the importance of developing character through a core set of values that we call the Points of Polaris.  Polaris is one of the 33 credentialed EL Education schools and one of 14 EL Mentor Schools in a national network of more than 150 schools that work together with EL Education to challenge students to think critically and take active leadership in their classrooms and community.  We are the only EL school in the City of Chicago

Talent Opportunities

Lead Primary Teacher K-2

Primary Special Education Teacher

Middle School Science Teacher

Middle School Math Teacher




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