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  • 16:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  • 100% Graduation Rate
  • 99% Attendance Rate
  • $125,000 In Scholarships last year

About Us

Our school vision is...
to position RCA as a thriving, viable, and sought-after neighborhood high school. 
Create a community of shared leadership in order to collectively set the course and path for advancing RCA.
​All RCA Warriors will grow and apply critical thinking skills using academic and project-based learning with a focus on decision making and problem-solving to prepare for post-secondary success and to affect positive change in their community, city, country, and world.  

Recent News

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Richards is a Sustainable Community School

You’ve heard, “It takes a village to raise a child.” SCS are the embodiment of that saying – they are community hubs designed to provide wraparound academic, health, and social support for the entire community beyond the traditional 9 am – 3 pm school day. By leveraging community assets, resources, and external partnerships to provide comprehensive community care, SCS brings students, parents, educators, school staff, community members, and service providers together in a coordinated effort to promote neighborhood health and well-being. It is a community-led, community-driven approach to educational justice and equity.

SCS are not an unproven program. They are a paradigm shift in how we think about education.
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Richards Outreach Efforts

In the run-up to this fall’s reopening, Richards Career Academy on Chicago’s South Side set out to reach 180 students the district had flagged as at risk of missing the school year’s start — here is how we did it.


PAC Meeting

Time: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Parent University Room 401