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At Distinctive Schools, we build joyful classrooms, develop a sense of belonging, and provide growth opportunities for our students and staff alike. Distinctive Schools are an amazing place to learn and grow. We pride ourselves on being an innovative and collaborative organization, with a focus on student-centered learning, social-emotional development, and teacher voice. 

Distinctive Schools support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism. 

Our model helps our students grow as learners and as individuals. Small class sizes coupled with a focus on building deep, meaningful relationships, results in a very Distinctive culture. We prioritize mental health and wellness to provide a unique and supportive learning space for all. 

Distinctive Schools provide access and opportunity for all students. Distinctive Schools are tuition free, provide free breakfast and lunch, offer 1:1 technology for every student and incredible programming all year round. 

Learn more about Distinctive Schools by visiting our campus websites:

Distinctive Schools Campuses | CHICAGO 

Art In Motion – grades 7-12 | 7415 S East End Ave Chicago , IL 60649

CICS Bucktown – grades K-8 | 2235 N. Hamilton Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

CICS Irving Park – grades K-8 | 3820 N. Spaulding Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

CICS Prairie – grades K-8 | 11530 S Prairie Ave Chicago, IL 60628

CICS West Belden – grades K-8 | 2245 N. McVicker Ave. Chicago, IL 60639

Distinctive Schools Campuses | MICHIGAN 

DCP Harper Woods – grades K–8 | 19360 Harper Ave, Harper Woods, MI 48225

DCP Redford – grades K–8 | 17175 Olympia, Redford Charter Twp, MI 48240

Plymouth Educational Center – grades K–8 | 1460 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

River Heights Academy – grades PK 3–8 | 30100 Olmstead Rd, Flat Rock, MI 48134

Distinctive Schools are COGNIA accredited, have been featured on THE TODAY SHOW, and named one of Crain’s Chicago Best Places To Work 2021. We invite you to learn more about our model, and how you can be part of our Distinctive community by applying today! Reach out to us with any questions at media@distinctiveschools.org