Buy/Renew Ventra Cards

Parents, please visit the following links for information about discounted Ventra cards for your student(s):

Buy or replace new Ventra cardRenew existing Ventra card

Order Your 2015-2016 School Supplies Now!


Complete steps 1, 2, 3, and click “Submit.” That’s how easily you can order your student’s school supplies from SchoolKidz! Visit, enter code 28771, select your student’s grade level, pay, and your order will automatically be shipped to CICS Irving Park.

Another benefit of the one-stop-shop is that 5% of the sales go directly to CICS Irving Park. The online ordering site will close on Wednesday, June 24, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Orders cannot be accepted after this date. Please email Ms. Matthews with questions.

Pumas Create Prototypes, Share with Peers


Several CICS Irving Park students participated in the James Dyson Foundation’s Design. Build. Test. design engineering program showcase on May 26 at the Distinctive Schools downtown office! Prior to the showcase event, students took apart a Dyson vacuum and analyzed the design and parts. Next, they brainstormed a problem they face in school and collaborated to create a prototype to help solve the problem. Our kids created pencil sharpeners that sent shavings straight to a garbage can to help keep the floor clean. At the event, students from all five Distinctive Schools campuses had the opportunity to show each other their prototypes and share the failures and triumphs of their respective design engineering processes.

CICS Irving Park Puma Players

Our resident improv troupe performed recently for a host of teachers and leaders at the Distinctive Schools Central Office! Thanks to Mr. Kuebler for his coaching prowess, and for facilitating such unique opportunities for our students.

2015-16 School Calendar

Please click here to view the 2015-16 CICS Irving Park School Calendar.

Puma Pridecast (Spring 2015)

Listen to our latest Puma Pridecast and share it with your friends and family, Puma Nation!

CICS Board Meeting: May 19

Update: The CICS board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, has been moved to the following date:

Tuesday, May 19
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
CICS Network Office
11 East Adams, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60603

CICS board meetings are open to the public. Please call (312) 651-5000 for more information.


Planting Day

Last week, the CICS Irving Park Plant Explorers Club worked together to gather their seedlings and transplant them to a campus garden!