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Interested in Making a Difference for Education in Chicago?

Polaris has many opportunities to get involved. Click on the links below and consider how you would like to participate in the Polaris Charter Academy mission! Thanks for being Crew and joining our community.

If you have questions or would like to make a difference, please feel reach out to Development Manager Elizabeth Whiting 773 948 8809 or

Polaris Charter Academy is funded through a per student allotment from Chicago Public Schools, as well as national and state funding. Funding for charter schools was decreased by 4% in 2009-2010 and remained flat since. Therefore, we rely on support from generous individuals, corporations, and foundations like you! Make a Gift HERE

Donate your time and energy to a cause worthy of your support! Ranging from serving as an expert for learning expedition to a fieldwork chaperon or event support to reading buddies, volunteers help further our students’ education.

Each spring, Polaris hosts a benefit to support our Kindergarten–8th grade learning expeditions and education initiatives. Our Celebration of Learning benefit is our biggest fundraiser of the year and features an inspirational student program and  installation highlighting the work of our students. Please join us in May 2023 as we celebrate Polaris and this work together.

In Kind Giving helps Polaris provide technology, practice instruments for our school band, and project materials for our students and classrooms. In addition to making a difference in the classroom, many of our children often need winter coats, scarves, mittens so they can keep warm as well as they travel to and from school. If you would like to donate an item or service to support Polaris student learning, teacher instruction, or general student needs, please contact Elizabeth Whiting 773 948 8809 or

 Polaris recruits high-quality teachers and staff to create the next generation of exemplary citizens. Please click the link above to see current job openings. 


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