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"The voice of nonpublic education in Illinois"
Welcome to ICNS!

ICNS, founded in 1973, represents students and families from approximately 800 nonpublic schools in Illinois. The tragic events in Charlottesville, NC remind us that hate and discrimination have no place in our society or our schools. Our organization strives to bring together a diverse group of nonpublic schools to find opportunities, both at the state and national level, to ensure safe school environments are created for all children.

State Superintendent Tony Smith recently wrote, “All Illinois students, families, and staff have the right to both feel and be safe in every school every day. There is no room for racism, hate, or violence in our schools. In light of the tragic events that occurred this past weekend, I want to remind you of the anti-bias and anti-hate resources available on the ISBE website. The National Network of State Teachers of the Year has a diverse list of books broken down by grade level, and organizations such as Teaching Tolerance and Facing History and Ourselves offer lesson plans, professional development, and other educator resources to help combat bias and build safe and inclusive classrooms, where all members of the school community feel supported as they explore new ideas and question their beliefs.”


Debbie Senoff-Langford

Chair, ICNS


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Regulatory and Nonpublic School Policy Updates.


ICNS Featured Schools

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.


2017 Blue Ribbon Schools Named

CAPE Outlook
February 2018

States Assessing Impact of
Federal 529 Change

New Tax Law Affects Private Education

Looking for a nonpublic school?
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


Click here for more information related to Nonpublic Education in Illinois

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)

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Evangelical Lutheran - Wisconsin Synod

Illinois Association of Christian 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




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