EPIC Academy


Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

8255 S Houston Ave
Chicago, IL  60617

(773) 535-7930
Every EPIC student develops a unique road map to college. EPIC offers a safe learning environment, a project based curriculum and college guidance starting the first day of school. Dare to imagine. Prepare to succeed.

EPIC inspires students to dream their future, research the steps required to reach it and provide belief-altering experiences that broaden their vision of what is possible. EPIC students receive a rigorous core of college preparatory curriculum.

EPIC students achievements since opening in 2009:
- Increased ACT 1.3 points to a 17.6 in 2016
- 100% College Acceptance, 2013-2016
- Class of 2016 received $7.2 million in scholarships
- 60% of students received a scholarship
- 3 Year Entrepreneurship program: 2 NFTE city-wide champions
- Two Gates Millennium Scholarship winner
- One Posse Scholarship winner
- Dual Enrollment: 32% of Class of 2016 earned college credits

At EPIC, each semester ends with Intensives: full-day,week-long courses to introduce careers our students may have never considered. Every Intensive course features partnerships with professionals. Here are a few course examples (and companies):

• Architecture (SOM)
• Airlines (Southwest Airlines)
• Engineering (SPACECO)
• Hotel Industry (Hilton Hotels)
• Law (DLA Piper)
• Marketing (Groupon)
• Restaurants (McDonald's)
• Sports Management (Chicago Bulls)
• Insurance (Allstate)
Academic Performance
School LevelLevel 1
This is the rating the school district gives to a school about how well they are performing. From highest performing to lowest performing, the possible levels are: Level 1+, Level 1, Level 2+, Level 2, and Level 3.
Freshman On Track80%
This is the percentage of the last 9th grade class that, based on their grades and attendance in 9th grade, is on track to graduate. Whether or not a student is on track during their freshman year is the biggest indicator of whether or not they will graduate from high school on time!
Average ACT Score17.40
The ACT is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions that students take during their 11th grade year. This piece of information averages together the scores of the last 11th grade class at a school. The CPS average is 18.2.
Graduation Rates74%
This is the percentage of a group of students at a school that graduated within five years. The average in CPS is 69.9%.
College Enrollment Rates81%
College Readiness11%
This is the percentage of students at a school that scored at least a 21 on the ACT, which demonstrates a higher level of readiness to take college level courses.
School Culture
Student Mobility18%
The percentage of students that transfer in or out of the school during the school year. A higher percentage means that there are more students coming and going. Though it doesn’t tell us why students are transferring in and out, we can imagine that it could feel a little unstable if this is a high percentage.
Student Attendance93%
This is the average daily attendance at the school – on average, what percent of all the students enrolled at the school are in attendance. We don’t know why students may not be attending the school, but if this is a low number it is likely that teachers may have to spend more time reviewing material that absent students miss, making it harder to move forward in a class.
Teacher Attendance100%
This is the average daily attendance of teachers at the school – on average, what percent of all the teachers employed at the school are in attendance. As a student, it could be more challenging to make academic progress if you regularly have substitutes or don’t get to build a relationship with the teacher.
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities?Strong
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations?Strong
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging?Very Strong
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement?Strong
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence?Strong
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school?Weak
School Fit
Avg Class size20
This is the average number of students that is in each classroom. Use your current class as a reference point. Are you comfortable learning and contributing in a class this big? Would you prefer a class that has fewer students or more students?
Total Enrollment527
This tells us the total number of students that attend the school. Use your school as a reference point. Would you like a school that has fewer, more, or about the same number of students in your school?
Black 64.3%
Hispanic 34.7%
Other 0.6%
White 0.4%
Black 57.7%
Hispanic 40.5%
Other 1.1%
White 0.7%
This tells us about the racial and ethnic backgrounds of the students that attend the school. Is it important to you that there is diversity in your high school? Are you more comfortable being around other students that have a similar racial/ethnic background as you?
General Information
NetworkNetwork 12
School TypeCharter
Application RequirementsStudents are randomly selected by computerized lottery. The lottery is conducted in the following order: sibling, proximity, general.

How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at
Selections(Not Available)
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily ScheduleSchool Hours: 8:10 am - 3:50 pm
HS Freshman Hours: 8:20 am - 3:50 pm
Bilingual ServicesYes
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