About Us

CICS Jackson (formerly CICS Patriots) is a free, public college preparatory charter school serving students in Kindergarten through Grade 8.

CICS Jackson is part of the Distinctive Schools network of high-performing charter schools.


Our New Home

Last year, our school moved into a larger, permanent home:

the former RPS Jackson Elementary School at 315 Summit St. (map)

Read more here about the relocation.

Enroll Now!
CICS Jackson is now accepting applications for new students to enroll in Kindergarten through Grade 8 in August 2014. If you are applying for Kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2014.

On-line applications: English | EspaƱol

Our Director
Ms. Watson

Raised and educated in the city of Rockford, Angelique Watson earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Rockford College. Ms. Watson will earn a Masters degree in Education Supervision and Administration from National Louis University.

During her career, Ms. Watson has taught first, second, third, and fifth grade. While teaching in District 205, she worked on aligning its Reading program to the Illinois State Standards and devising a Reading Curriculum Map. A 2012 Golden Apple Award nominee, Ms. Watson joined the Distinctive Schools Leadership Team as a Lead Teacher at the CICS Patriots campus. At CICS Patriots during the 2012-2013 school year, Ms. Watson was responsible for leadership and supervision of teachers, as well as analyzing data, implementing operational processes, and facilitating professional development. The 2014-15 school year is Ms. Watson’s second as Director of CICS Jackson.