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Bees can show us something about collaboration. On a warm day about half the bees in a hive stay inside beating their wings while the other half go out to gather pollen and nectar. Because of the beating wings, the temperature inside the hive is about 10 degrees cooler than outside. The bees rotate duties and the bees that cool the hive one day are honey gatherers the next. Though the individuals are small, behaving as a single organism and working toward a common goal means that great things can be achieved together.

Like the bees, ICNS is structured to be a collaborative organization. We work with schools to achieve a goal - to be your voice in all matter of nonpublic education in Illinois. We can do more together than any individual school could do alone. Your continued interest and support in the upcoming school year is necessary as ICNS exists solely for the benefit of its member schools, The ICNS Board is hopeful that we will be able to not only retain schools, but to increase membership in 2019-20.

Our dues are minimal, particularly when a school understands that without our collaborative efforts, nonpublic education would not have a voice with the legislators or ISBE. The revenue from dues allows ICNS to engage the services of two part-time lobbyists who provide services throughout the legislative session. An investment of $125 for one year and $200 for two years, can pay dividends with direct benefit for nonpublic education. The ICNS Board of Directors values and appreciates your continued support as we work together on your behalf for the benefit of nonpublic education in Illinois. Membership Renewal Form


ICNS Featured Schools

Illinois State Board of Education Second
Annual Public/Nonpublic Conference

CAPE Action on
Title II-A

How the Tax Bill Affects Independent Schools

ISBE Update - Recognition in IWAS for 2017-2018

October 2017 Ombudsman Update

Invest in Kids Act of 2017

Tax Credit Scholarship Program Key Facts

Grant Accountability & Transparency Act (GATA)

Public Act 99-0922 Lead in Water Testing

As a member school of ICNS, click here for a memo providing initial guidance to schools in complying with PA99-0922, specifically testing for lead in water in Pre-K through grade 5 schools. Further guidance will be forthcoming in the near future.


2019 Blue Ribbon Schools Named
September 26, 2019

CAPE Outlook
March 2020

COVID-19:CDC Issues Guidance for Schools

COVID-19:CDC Issues Guidance for Schools

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This useful tool, provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics, allows a user to locate a private school throughout the USA using a variety of search criteria.


To learn more about benefits available to private schools students, teachers and other personnel, visit the U.S. Department of Education Office of Nonpublic Education


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Federal Labor Law Posters
A school may obtain (at no cost) the required posters that reflect the federal laws governing employers. Click here to order your posters.

Link to CAPE’s  “Benefits of Private Education” brochure: http://www.capenet.org/benefits4.html

Illinois Nonpublic School Key Links:
Illinois State Board of Education

Federal Nonpublic Key Links:
U.S. Department of Education (USDOE)
Council for American Private Education (CAPE)
National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

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Ad Hoc Committee for Illinois Home Education

Agudath Israel of America

Alternative Schools Network

Archdiocese of Chicago (Catholic)

Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago

Association of Christian Schools International

Association of Illinois Montessori Schools

Catholic Conference of Illinois

Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF)

Christian Schools International

Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)

Council of Islamic Schools

Illinois Association of Christian Schools

Illinois Lutheran Schools

Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools

Lutheran Schools - Central Illinois District - LCMS

Lutheran Schools - Northern Illinois District - LCMS

Lutheran Schools - Southern Illinois District - LCMS

North Shore Montessori Schools

Seventh-Day Adventist Illinois Conference

Solomon Schechter Day Schools of Metropolitan Chicago

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)






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