After-School Programs

Enrichment activities and academic support offered outside of regular school hours to help students with homework, engage in extracurricular activities, and develop new skills.

Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC)

Bilingual Advisory Committees (BACs) help parents and caregivers of English Learners (ELs) get involved in their kids’ education. BACs provide a platform for parents to advocate for the academic, social, and cultural development of all ELs.

Community Action Council (CAC)

Community Action Councils (CACs) are groups representing families, school staff, teachers, and community stakeholders to support the improvement of education within a specific community. Each CAC typically consists of 25 to 30 voting members who are directly involved in developing a strategic plan for educational success within their communities. CACs are in the following community areas: Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood, Humboldt Park- East, Humboldt Park-West, South Shore, Far South Side-Pullman/Roseland, Lawndale and Hyde Park.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally responsive teaching seeks to create a learning environment that is inclusive and respectful of all students, and incorporates the unique cultural experiences and perspectives of students from diverse backgrounds.


The content and materials used to teach students, including textbooks, lesson plans, and educational resources.

Data Driven

"Data-driven" refers to a decision-making approach that relies on information and evidence gathered from data analysis or information-gathering from families (and stakeholders). At K1C, being data-driven allows us to maintain objectivity, even when confronting hard truths.

English Language Learner (ELL)

A student whose primary language is not English and who is in the process of learning English as a second language.

Equitable vs. equal

“Equitable" and "equal" both relate to fairness and distribution of resources, but they are different things. “Equal” means that every student receives the same amount, regardless of needs or circumstances. “Equitable” considers the individual needs, circumstances, or differences of the students recognizing that not everyone starts from the same place and may need different levels of support to achieve the same outcome.

Extracurricular Activities

Activities outside of regular classroom instruction, such as sports, clubs, and arts programs.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

A legally mandated document for students with disabilities that outlines their specific learning needs, goals, and the support they will receive.

Latine vs. Latino/a/x vs. Hispanic

K1C has opted to use “Latine” instead of “Hispanic,” or “Latino,” “Latina,” or “Latinx” because it honors the Spanish language, while also being inclusive of all gender identities. Language is complex and deeply personal. We acknowledge that some people may embrace the term "Latine" for its inclusivity, while others may still prefer "Latino" or "Hispanic" based on personal or cultural reasons.

Local School Council (LSC)

Local School Councils (LSCs) serve as a school’s governing team. Each LSC typically consists of 12 elected members. LSCs make very important decisions like selecting and evaluating the school's principal, approving the school's budget, and developing, approving and monitoring the school's Continuous Improvement Work Plan (or CIWP). They also make recommendations on certain policies and programs.