Polaris Charter Academy

Polaris Charter Academy

Chicago, IL
Tax ID01-0874029

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The mission of Polaris Charter Academy is to educate students to be self-motivated, creative, critical thinkers, with the ultimate goal of shaping life-long learners and citizens with a strong sense of personal and civic responsibility.


Polaris Charter Academy is a K-8 school in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. Polaris is a recognized leader in a rigorous and engaging approach to teaching and learning. As an EL Education credentialed mentor school, Polaris students engage in learning expeditions that tie standards to meaningful work focused on finding complex solutions to real world problems around issues of social justice. Polaris Charter Academy has had a broad impact on national and international education. Polaris students have given the keynote address at both the EL Education National Conference and the Hewlett Foundation's Deeper Learning Conference. Teachers and administrators have presented their work both nationally and internationally to thousands of educators. Polaris is featured as an exemplary school model in Paul Tough's book 'Helping Children Succeed', and Polaris student work is featured in the Harvard Graduate School of Education's online archive 'Models of Excellence'. Polaris Charter Academy is a Level 1 school where 8th grade graduates successfully transition to top high schools around the city. This year alone three Polaris graduates have been awarded the prestigious and competitive Daniel Murphy Scholarship totaling approximately $300,000 in high school scholarship funds.

Interesting data from their 2019 990 filing

The filing specifies the mission of the non-profit as “To organize and operate a charter school in chicago,il and engage in other education activities permissable under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code of 1986.”.

When explaining its duties, they were described as: “The mission of polaris charter academy is to educate students to be self-motivated, creative, critical thinkers, with the ultimate goal of shaping life-long learners and citizens with a strong sense of personal and civic responsibility.”.

  • The state in which the non-profit is authorized to operate legally is IL.
  • According to the filing, the address of the non-profit for the year 2019 is 620 NORTH SAWYER AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL, 606241528.
  • The non-profit has reported 93 employees on their form for the year 2019.
  • Is not a private foundation.
  • Expenses are greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue is greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue less expenses is $295,379.
  • The organization has 10 independent voting members.
  • The organization was formed in 2006.
  • The organization pays $3,778,851 in salary, compensation, and benefits to its employees.
  • The organization pays $109,884 in fundraising expenses.

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