EPIC Academy is a charter high school that opened fall of 2009 in the South Chicago community with the mission to inspire and equip every student to build a path to college and career success. We embrace the challenge of public education---to develop every student's resolve to reach his or her full potential. To achieve that goal we inspire students to imagine their future, provide belief-altering experiences that broaden their vision of what is possible, and build students' academic skill sets to achieve attain their goals.
- Bachelor's Degree
- Type 9 Illinois Teaching Certificate and NCLB Highly Qualified status in Secondary English required
- ESL Endorsement required
- Transitional Bilingual Endorsement in Spanish preferred
EPIC's Core Instructional Beliefs and Expectations
- We create classroom environments where learning is sacred.
- We increase students' belief that they can be successful, and help them create a successful future vision.
- We invest in a detailed, long-term planning before the year begins.
- We know and expect that we can lead students to meet or exceed standards.
- We are assessment driven.
- We create proactive instructional interventions before a unit begins.
- We are strategic and efficient with instructional time.
- We teach students how to be students, and hold them accountable.
- Execute a skills first curriculum (CRS). Content is secondary and flexible based on what will best engage students to master skills.
- Teach 5 sections of ESL 1-3 in a block schedule structure (80 minute classes).
- Identify and screen students in need of initial language screening.
- Test students for ACCESS testing January-February.
- Provide 2-4 professional development sessions to teachers on effective teaching practices for English language learners.
- Attend and participate in professional development, freshmen retreat, parent conferences, and other key school functions.
- Display professionalism at all times as a role model for the students and guardian of school mission and culture.
- Deliver reports and paperwork critical to tracking student performance and school compliance with high levels of organization.
- Display a high level of attendance as every second of instruction counts.