Who We Are

INCS Action is Illinois’ only statewide advocacy organization that solely focuses on promoting charter public schools. Charter schools are unique public schools that have the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. They are community-driven, open to all children, do not charge tuition, and do not have special entrance requirements.

Our Mission

INCS Action is a 501(c)(4) organization focused on engaging the charter school community in the legislative and political process, growing the coalition of charter school supporters and activists and educating Illinois public officials on the impact of charter public schools.

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Our Vision

INCS Action believes all children in Illinois should have access to a high-quality public education. We envision a day when Illinois families’ educational opportunities are not limited by geography or income and that one day all children receive the education they deserve for a successful future.


About Charter Public Schools in Illinois

Each charter public school is unique – both inside and out. Some may focus on college preparation, math and science, and others integrate the arts into each subject. While the possibilities are endless, charter public schools aim to provide a range of options so that parents can choose the school that best fits their child’s needs.

61,107 students served throughout Illinois
8.7% of students are enrolled outside of Chicago
Icon 64 elementary schools
Icon 56 high schools
Icon 16 combination schools
121 charter schools in Chicago
15 charter schools outside of Chicago
136 charter schools in Illinois
are students of color* *African American, Asian, Native American / Alaskan, Hispanic, Multi-racial, Pacific Islander / Hawaiian
receive free or reduced lunch
are enrolled in special education

Charter public schools continue to excel in nearly every metric of academic achievement and student outcomes.

In Chicago, students who attend charter public schools are likely to graduate from high school and college. According to a University of Chicago Consortium on School Research study, on average, charter school students’ performance on post-secondary outcomes was much higher than similar students who attended non-charter high schools.

 Higher college and university enrollment rates

Higher college and university enrollment rates

7.2% compared to 2.2% for similar students who attended district-run (non-selective) high schools

 Higher standardized test scores

Higher standardized test scores

10th-grade PLAN and 11th-grade ACT scores

 Higher completion of college coursework

Higher completion of college coursework

21.4% complete at least 4 semesters compared to 13% of district-run (non-selective) school students

 Higher attendance and classroom engagement

Higher attendance and classroom engagement

Thanks in part to innovative, engaging curriculum that inspires today’s young minds

University of Chicago Consortium on School Research: Chicago’s Charter High Schools Organizational Features, Enrollment, School Transfers, and Student Performance