AGC Mission and Vision

AGC develops mindful leaders who take action both now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond.

Vision :
AGC will ignite a movement to create a better world.
We will transform our educational systems by being an incubator of innovation.
Using a foundation of academic knowledge and global-mindedness each student will create a life of possibility and contribute to a more peaceful and just society.

Announcements and Reminders

A note from Principal Anne Gillespie:

Dear AGC families

CPS informed AGC late last week that the public hearing for our charter renewal is  TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 20, at 3:00 p.m. at their district offices in the loop (42 W. Madison).  A public hearing is an important part of the renewal process for all schools.   

While it is short notice and at perhaps a difficult time, we want to encourage as many parents as possible to attend the public hearing. Parent support during this process is extremely helpful as it shows CPS how truly invested we all are in our children's education!

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to 


Una nota de parte de la Principal Anne Gillespie:

Queridos  familias de AGC, CPSnos  informó  la semana pasada que la audiencia pública de nuestra  renovación Charter es mañana, miércoles, 20 de mayo, a las 3:00 p.m. en las oficinas de distrito  (42 W. Madison). La audiencia pública es una parte importante del proceso de renovación de todas las escuelas.  Disculpe que es poco tiempo y tal vez en un tiempo difícil asistir pero,  queremos tratar de tener  muchos padres a asistir como a la audiencia pública. Apoyo de los padres de AGC durante este proceso es muy útil ya que muestra a CPS cómo realmente invertido todos están en la educación de nuestros hijos!

Si usted es capaz de asistir, por favor avise respondiendo a este correo electrónico:


Anne Gillespie

Posted by: mmares 5/19/15

Summer Camp 2015 Registration.pdf
5th Grade Exhibition

Dear AGC Family,


I am very proud to introduce you to our new President and Chief Educational Officer to you, Dr. Dave Magill!  As we have shared previously, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, our current Founder and Executive Director, is transitioning to serve as AGC’s Board Chairman.  We conducted a thorough search for her successor and identified Dr. Magill as a fantastic match for AGC. 


As President and Chief Educational Officer, Dr. Magill will lead the overall operations of AGC, specifically focusing on development and fundraising.  With over 45 years in education, he brings a wealth of experience.  Dr. Magill most recently served as Director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.  Prior to this, he was a special education teacher, principal, and superintendent.  He also has a Doctorate and Master’s degree from Temple University and his B.S. from Ohio State University.


Dr. Magill will officially take over as President and Chief Educational Officer as of August 1st


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Anne Gillespie


Meet Dr. Magill, AGC's Incoming President

Students, families, and staff are invited to a meet and greet event with Dr. Magill and his wife Judy on Monday, May 11th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the garden at 4647 W. 47th st. 

After 11 years as the Director of the University of Chicago Lab Schools, Dr. Magill is coming to AGC to serve as our President and Chief Educational Officer. With his years of experience at the Lab Schools, in addition to 20 years serving as the superintendent of two public school districts in Pennsylvania and 21 years on the Board of the Educational Records Bureau, Dr. Magill will help AGC through a transitionary period, as we move forward with our Net Positive energy campus and Founder Sarah Elizabeth Ippel transitions from her role as Executive Director into a new role as the Chairman of our Board of Directors. Dr. Magill holds both a Doctorate in Education for Leadership and Policy Studies and a Masters in Education for Special Education from Temple University.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Magill to our community. 

Sign-up for FREE Parent Yoga classes with AGC parent Tameka Walton every Thursday from 4-5pm in the Annex Multipurpose Room! Classes run for 6 weeks. Last class will be on June 11th.

The class is open to AGC Parents and staff. Students may participate, but we ask that they be accompanied by an adult and participate throughout.

Please only sign-up at this link if you can commit to attending all or most of the classes! We have limited space available and want everyone to be comfortable!

Contact: Ms. Chaidez

AGC, Our new Business Manager, Josh Marder, has been improving various systems at AGC. I am so happy to announce that we now accept Credit Cards at both the Annex and 47th St.! If you have more than one child, please pay for all at once at any location. We can take your number over the phone or send you a credit card authorization form, and of course take payment in person. If you have a balance on your student fee, please pay as soon as possible. At this time there is no fee to pay by credit card. Thank you!

AGC, Nuestro gerente de negocios, Josh Marder, han estado mejorando varios sistemas en AGC. ¡Estoy tan contenta de anunciar que ahora aceptamos Tarjetas de crédito en el Anexo y en el edificio de la 47! Si tiene más de un niño, por favor pague la cuenta en total para todos en cualquier ubicación. Podemos tomar su número sobre el teléfono o enviarle una forma de la autorización de la tarjeta de crédito, y claro en persona. Si tiene un balance en sus honorarios estudiantiles, por favor pague lo mas pronto que pueda. ¡Gracias!

AGC’s Plan to Make Up Snow Days/School Closings for 2014-2015


As of 2/27/15, we have had four snow days where school was closed.  In order to make up those days, we are making the following changes to our calendar:


March 12th – now a regular school day

May 8th – now a regular school day

June 24th  – now a regular school day

June 25th – now a regular school day

June 26th – now a regular school day




El Plan de AGC para compensar Cierres / Dias de Nieve para 2014-2015


Desde la fecha 02/27/15, hemos tenido cuatro días de nieve o frio extremo, donde la escuela fue cerrada. Con el fin de compensar estos días, estamos haciendo los siguientes cambios en nuestro calendario:


12 de marzo - ahora un día regular de clases

08 de mayo - ahora un día regular de clases

24 de junio - ahora un día regular de clases

25 de junio - ahora un día regular de clases

26 de junio - ahora un día regular de clases

Posted 4/23/15 by M. Mares


Please save the date for the Annual Volunteer Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 13
10:00 a.m.

Invitations will be sent out in May .

posted by. M. Mares 4/27/15

Dear Families,
CPS announced this week that all schools must give the PARCC test.  The district was seeking permission from the State Board of Education to wait until next year to test all students.  Those efforts were not successful.  Some things you need to know:

1. PARCC is a new Common-Core aligned standardized test
2. This year, there are two tests: 1-Problem Based Assessment (March) and 2-End of Year Assessment (May)
3. 3rd-5th grades test using a paper version.  6th-7th grades test on the computer.
4. We do not know exactly how the results will be used for promotion, high school admissions, or school ratings.
5. The State Board of Ed does not have specific laws stating students may opt-out of standardized exams.  However, if you would like your student to not take the test, please see Maria in the office to fill out a permission form.  AGC will honor these requests.
6. Testing starts next week.

If you would like more information about PARCC; please see the following resources:

Raise Your Hand

More than a Score:


Also, please see me in the office if you have any questions.  I am very happy to help.

Anne Gillespie

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Upcoming Events

Wed, May 20 - Fri, May 22
4th Grade Camping Trip
Camp Manitowa
Mon, May 11 - Wed, Jun 24
MAP testing
Mon, May 18 - Fri, May 22
Talent Show Auditions
Monday, May 25
No School
Tuesday, May 26
STEP testing begins
Family Group Connections with Ms. Gleason
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday, May 29
Second Grade Field Trip
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Starved Rock
Thursday, June 4
STEP testing ends
Chef's Playground
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Terzo Piano in the Art Institute of Chicago
159 E. Monroe St. Chicago, IL, 60601