Great Lakes Academy is a K-8, college preparatory charter school serving the greater Southeast neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. During the 2016-2017 school year, we will have grades K-3 and will add a grade level each year until we reach 8th grade. A firm belief in the power of education to empower individuals and provide them with increased opportunity in life guides our mission. Our school model draws from the best practices of the highest performing schools serving low-income, urban students across the country. We believe that all students, regardless of home circumstances, race, or economic status are able to learn and achieve at the highest levels when provided with a school that is designed and prepared to teach, support, and hold all students to high expectations. Our mission requires that we ensure that students on Chicago’s Southeast can embrace the challenge and responsibility of high school by the end of eighth grade, and therefore have full access to the opportunities that college, our city, and our country provide.