National School Walk Out: Polaris–Rise Up, Rise UP!

March 14, 2018

Polaris Charter Academy K-8 grade students Rise Up and walkout to stand up against gun violence in their neighborhood. Polaris Active Citizens become a symbol of PEACE and UNITY in their Community and took back their school corner where gunshots were fired on February 28. Polaris students have had #Enough, and they are standing up for themselves, for their neighborhood, and for a better world. This is what active citizens and leadership look like. 




Spring Benefit–May 10–A Celebration of Learning

March 5, 2018

Join Polaris Family & Friends

May 10

Annual Spring Benefit

A Celebration of Learning

Enjoy a fun evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music and mingling, raffle prizes, an inspiring student program, giving back and making a difference.

All proceeds will support Polaris learning expeditions, fieldwork, and education initiatives for our K-8th grade students.


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To Purchase Tickets with Assistance: Please contact Elizabeth Whiting or 773 726 9588

Celebrate with us!


Crew Cares Day

February 20, 2018

On February 14th we celebrated Crew Cares Day, a day when all in our community appreciate and celebrate the bond of Crew. Building Crew through acts of compassion for one another is the focus of fun. Polaris student family members–parents, grandparents, aunties, and uncles–greeted students and then spent time in their children’s Crew. Crew Cares Day is also a dress down day. As a symbol of unity, students wore Valentine colors such as red, purple, and pink. Buddy Crews (older and younger students paired together) made art projects and enjoyed snacks together. Valentines were made and exchanged. It was a special day that reminded all of us at Polaris how we are all connected through the bond of Crew. (more…)

11th Annual Festive Frock Day

December 24, 2017

Polaris Charter Academy’s 11th Annual Festive Frock Day where Kids AND Adults dressed up in their favorite holiday gear. Crews spent festive time together before being dismissed for holiday break.




Donate November 28 #GivingTuesday

November 3, 2017

Support Student Fieldwork to Birmingham, Alabama

As part of their Learning Expedition that explores the Civil Rights Movement and how one can effect change, Polaris 5/6 graders go on fieldwork to Birmingham, Alabama, to experience history from the people who lived it. Students meet and interview Foot Soldiers from the 1963 Children’s March at Kelly Ingram Park, and they explore history with experts at the 16th Street Baptist Church. This fieldwork in Birmingham is life-changing as Polaris students find their voice and realize the power children have to be active citizens and effect change. Polaris students learn that children can make a difference, and they return to Polaris ready to make their world better.

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Light Leader Recommitment Ceremony

September 10, 2017

At Polaris, we honor and recognize the leadership of others in many different ways, but the Light Leader is the HIGHEST honor bestowed on less than 10% of Polaris students. Light Leaders are those among the Polaris community who are recognized for their incredible growth and leadership in one or more Points of Polaris (Integrity, Compassion, Explorer, Critical Thinker and Active Citizen).
A very special ceremony took place in Community Crew last Friday. Polaris middle school Light Leaders publicly pledged their choice to recommit their Light Leader leadership in our community. 
We look forward to framing and launching 2017-2018 Light Leader Nominations.


September 2017 Newsletter

September 5, 2017

Greetings Polaris Families! As we head into our fourth week of school we want to officially welcome all new and returning Polaris students and their families. This year we are very excited and energized to be refocusing on the Points of Polaris. You may have noticed that our uniforms are helping us “Get to the Point”. Our shirts make public the Point of Polaris we are working on. More than words on a wall (or a shirt) the five Points of Polaris are what unite our school and move our Crew forward on the path to success. Throughout the year we will keep you informed and involved in all of the ways we are working on the POINTS!

Please click the URL below to read September’s Newsletter. (more…)

Back-To-School Night

August 31, 2017

Polaris students, parents, and families gathered for our annual Back-to-School Open House. Head of School Michelle Navarre welcomed all and spoke to families and parents about the mission of Polaris and how we achieve our mission through our nationally recognized model of EL education, Learning Expeditions, Culture of Crew and Points of Polaris. Parents and families visited classrooms with their children who introduced their teachers and showed off their classrooms. The evening ended outdoors with students, families, teachers and staff enjoying food and festivities together, playing games and face painting.


Thank you to all who attended Polaris’ Back-to-School night.

We explored academic excellence, character development, and CREW.


5/6 crews partner with Shedd Aquarium

August 24, 2017

This past October, to join them on amphibian-focused Great Lakes Action Days (GLADs).  We are restoring healthy habitat and increasing biodiversity around amphibian breeding ponds. Invasive species such as European buckthorn crowd out most other plant species, leaving nothing but bare ground underneath. GLAD volunteers remove buckthorn and other invasive plants, and then we spread the seeds of nearly 100 native plant species on the ground to increase biodiversity.

These wildflowers, grasses and sedges will in turn attract hundreds of caterpillars, leafhoppers, grasshoppers, snails, ants and many other invertebrates that are the foundation of the food web, not to mention herbivores such as mice, voles and deer. Our work is restoring a rich tapestry of biodiversity to support amphibians and all of the life that makes up our healthy, resilient woodlands and prairies. (more…)

Solar Eclipse 2017

August 21, 2017

A Solar Eclipse is one of the most exciting celestial events we can observe. The moon will completely cover the sun allowing you to see the corona, the sun’s atmosphere. Polaris science crews went to Kells Park to do fieldwork on the Solar Eclipse. Crews used eye protection to view the eclipse, took notes on what they were experiencing, and some crews built a pinhole camera device using a cereal box for safe viewing of the Solar Eclipse.