Children who marched for equal rights inspire a new generation

May 18, 2018

Fifty-five years ago, thousands of African-American children walked out of their schools and began a peaceful march in Birmingham, Alabama, to protest segregation. They were met with attack dogs and water hoses. For a new generation of students, traveling to Birmingham has made that moment in history come alive. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week went along with Polaris Charter Academy 5th and 6th grade crews.


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Community Print Day at Polaris!

March 25, 2018

Community Print Day at Polaris! Bringing together Art and Community for an amazing ART-filled day! 


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

A Celebration of Learning

6:30-9:30 pm

Larkin Hall at Blue Plate Chicago

1362 West Fulton Street


Enjoy an uplifting evening of giving back and making a difference. Join Polaris family and friends to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music and mingling, raffle prizes, paddle raise giving, and an inspiring student program.

All proceeds will support Polaris Learning Expeditions and education initiatives for our K-8th grade students.

Purchase Tickets $125 Each

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

Celebrate with us!



Become A Sponsor. Your investment in Polaris helps create a positive future for our students and gives them the opportunity to excel and achieve success in the classroom and to create a better world for themselves and their community.

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Make a Donation. If you are unable to attend this event, stay involved by making a donation. For details please email Elizabeth Whiting at

To Become a Sponsor or Donate a Raffle Item: Please contact Elizabeth Whiting or 773 726 9588

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors! 




Uday and JoAnne Khedkar



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.