BOYS LAB CHICAGO
A Chicago International Charter Microschool
CICS Boys Lab is an innovative, three-year cohort, single-sex laboratory classroom, purposed to provide an inquiry-based academic program for boys, beginning in fourth grade.
The core innovation is the single-sex cohort looping model, which provides small cohorts of boys of color with rigorous instruction that promotes core subject matter learning while also developing social intelligence and leadership skills through collaboration and a broad range of life experiences. The program is focused on serving students who have been traditionally marginalized and impacted by school-based microaggressions.
HIGH-QUALITY ACADEMIC PROGRAM
"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others." - Ayn Rand
The achievement gaps that exist today are an affront to a society committed to equal educational opportunity and a drag on the nation's economy, prosperity, and competitiveness. - ETS Policy Notes, 2011
Boys Lab is committed to providing a high-quality curriculum that is guaranteed and viable. Currently, our students engage in standards-based lessons that are culturally relevant and responsive. All curriculum is highly rated by EdReports.org and is culturally and socially relevant and responsive.
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - Frederick Douglass
For Black males to have increased success in schools, there is a need to redefine the Black male student. There is a profound need to develop and reposition outlooks on what it means to be a Black male in settings in and of out of school. - Hill, 2012
Boys Lab is committed to providing a space where boys are physically and emotionally safe. An educational space that is free of microaggressions and overly-punitive disciplinary approaches.
FOCUS ON JOY OF LEARNING
"The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is in running. - Simone Weil
Through the creation of supportive learning environments for Black boys, there is the capacity for significant improvement in Black male achievement. Activating the desire to learn through the implementation of gendered and culturally focused teaching strategies is imperative. - Pedro Noguera, Ph.D.
Boys Lab is committed to providing boys a learning space that is rigorous, engaging, safe, and joyful. Students' voice is amplified as they are co-directors of their education journey.
EDUCATIONAL EXCURSIONS & FIELD STUDIES
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - Saint Augustine
STRONG HOME-SCHOOL CONNECTIONS
"The home is the chief school of human virtues." - William Ellery Channing
Children learn best when the significant adults in their lives -- parents, teachers and other family and community members -- work together to encourage and support them. - Edutopia, July 1997
Boys Lab is committed to involving parents in the educational experience of their children. Parents are provided multiple communications to track both academic performance and behavioral growth. There are myriad opportunities for parents to engage during the school day and outside of school time.
CREATING LIFE-LONG RELATIONAL BONDS
Effective teaching includes getting to know scholars and assisting them in overcoming anti-academic tendencies and improve scholastic attitudes. - Glass, 2017
Boys Lab is committed to forming strong teacher-scholar relationships to ensure students are not subject to micro-aggressive tendencies. Through purposeful collaboration between adults and students and positive peer relationships, there is a focus on building healthy bonds, which will lead to lifelong support networks, expectantly leading to successful lives.
"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." - James Miles
The manner in which teachers and administrators perceive students directly affects their ability to realize their full academic potential. - Wildhagen, 2012
Boys Lab is purposed to provide a learning environment that allows all scholars the opportunity to develop a balanced approach to learning by strengthening their verbal, spatial, kinesthetic, auditory, and iconic skills. A place where scholars can explore different ways of learning, and where they (students) are the stars.
"If I could describe it in one word, it would be awesome."