About our school
Intrinsic is a new, public charter school. You can learn more about a charter school in our FAQ, but here’s the gist: a charter school is a public school, open to every Chicago student — no testing required — that trades more accountability for more autonomy, which means CPS sets standards and monitors our progress, but we get more freedom to do new things.
So what do we do that’s new? We blend technology with great teaching so our students can own their education and personalize their path to college and career. Our first permanent campus is located at 4540 W. Belmont Ave., and we will serve 7th-12th grade students.
We’ve got awesome teachers. We’ve got cool clubs and sports. And we expect every student who attends Intrinsic to hold herself or himself to the highest standards, both in the classroom and as a citizen of our growing community.
We are E.P.I.C.
belonging naturally; essential.
“access to a high-quality education is
intrinsic to a high quality of life”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Being an Intrinsic student means immediate access to the most innovative new technology in schools:
Google Chromebooks: Your own, personal laptop, and the most important tool (other than your brain) in your education at Intrinsic. All you need is a wireless connection — which are strong and plentiful at our beautiful new campus — and you can tap into everything Intrinsic has to offer. If you need help getting Internet off campus, we also offer many solutions such as $10/month WiFi hotspots.
Smart Programs: Tackle fractions with Khan Academy, make claims with ThinkCERCA, and connect everything with Google Drive. Our suite of programs has been (and will continue to be) tested in order to improve your experience at school — and at home, where, with that handy wireless connection and Chromebook, you can go deeper with your work.
Technology has changed the world: from how we find information, to how we work, and even how we play. For most young people in the U.S.A., a world without the Internet and iPhones and PSPs sounds crazy; but to many of your teachers, that’s the world we lived in not too long ago. And schools are still catching up.
Intrinsic was built so that, when you graduate and go to college and pursue a career, you’ll have the professional skills you need.
Simply: You need to build your school experience around a computer because after you graduate from Intrinsic your world will be built around a computer. And, yes, we like books, too. We have a real library, with real paper books, and we’ll make sure you read them!
Technology means better access to teachers. Technology empowers teachers to offer targeted instruction and mentorship so they can help you get to where you want to go. Technology gives our teachers a better sense of you as a student: where you are great and where you are struggling, what you are passionate about and what you’re not. Technology streamlines the classroom and connects traditional tools — textbooks, lesson plans, assignments — in one place. Think of it this way: In a traditional classroom, a teacher has her desk and her files, and a student has his row and his seat and his backpack and his folders and textbooks. At Intrinsic, you have a Chromebook, and your teacher has a Chromebook, and the classroom — which we call a “pod” — is built to fit your needs.
A pod is a big space with flexible furniture that a teacher can reorganize daily to accommodate his lesson plan. A pod makes our technology more usable, creating spaces for independent work, collaboration, instruction, and 1-on-1 time with teachers, which we prize. Learn more about it in our Explore The Pod section.
Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Just to name a few, we have — Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee. We’ll have a band/ensemble group. We’ll have clubs around art: photography, media, design, painting, and more. And we’ll have dances and all that other good stuff.