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“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.” -Plato
Dates to Remember!


October 20, 2017 – End of Quarter 1

October 25, 2017 – Parent/Teacher Conferences 2:30 – 7:00 (regular Wednesday schedule)

October 26 & 27, 2017 – No School (Fall Break)

October 31, 2017 – Character Day

November 3, 2017 – Dress Down Day (Purple)

November 3, 2017 – Honor Assembly @ Primary


8th Grade Trip Funding

This 8th grade class is extra special in that it contains our first graduating group of students that started with our school as kindergarteners.

They asked to take a special trip in addition to the small activities that we already have planned but due to the recent budget cuts and the restricted personal incomes, this has been difficult to plan.

It is our hope that financial restraints will not prevent our students from culminating their middle school experience with an enjoyable outing where they will be able to spend time with friends before scattering across the city to various high schools.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support!

Location – Enchanted Castle
Trip Date – June 5th
Cost includes – Package and bus

Welcome Message

     Greetings! Welcome to the Plato Learning Academy website. Our students, staff, and administration are excited that you came to visit us. Please take a moment to browse through the different sections of our website. We are confident that you will be able to find interesting information about our school as you peruse through our blogs, newsletters, and forums.

       As you navigate through our site, you will discover that we have a dedicated staff and a committed community of families whose sole purpose is to ensure the best education for our students. In addition, we are devoted to providing an educational environment that is beneficial to students with diverse learning styles and preferences. Most importantly, you will also notice that we designed our school programs to develop the whole child. This means that we aim to nurture students who are academically successful, socially competent, and emotionally intelligent.

   Thank you very much for your interest. Should you have any questions or require further information, please contact our office and ask to speak to our Curriculum Director, Ms. India Stewart or our Principal, Mr. Charles Williams.

Student Picture

Student-Centered Programs

Instruction and scholastic programs are designed to meet the differentiated learning needs of our students. The academics and emotional intelligence of our students are at the core of our instructional practices.


Rigorous Curriculum

Plato’s curriculum is created to improve our students’ critical thinking skills. Rigor is present in both content areas and the performing arts; Such as Art, Dance, Band, Creative Writing, and Tae Kwon Do.


Dedicated Staff

Our school’s teaching and support staff are committed to our students’ success. We have an open door policy with regards to communication with our educators. Please visit our faculty blogs above to learn more.

Address and Hours

Address: 5545 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60644
Hours: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Contact Information

Ph: 773-413-3090
Fax: 773-413-3095
Email: afrazier@aqs.org

Address and Hours

Address: 116 N Leclaire Ave, Chicago, IL 60644
Hours: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Contact Information

Ph: 773-673-5100
Fax: 773-673-5100
Email: kowens@aqs.org


Mr. Charles Williams, Principal

Birthday: November 14th

High School: George Rogers Clark High School in Hammond, Indiana, Home of the Pioneers

College: Purdue, Home of the Boilers and Calumet College of St. Joseph, Home of the Crimson Waves

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Tacos

Favorite Book: Books by Rick Wormelli

Favorite Song: He likes country music, but doesn’t have a particular favorite song right now.

Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead or Blacklist

Favorite Thing about Working at Plato: The new challenges associated with the new position. I also get to meet new staff members and new students.

Za’Kia, 4th Grade

Birthday: May 7th
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Book: I Like Mel by Nancy Carlson
Favorite Song: “Work” by Rihanna
Favorite TV Show: K.C. Undercover

Why does she like to learn at Plato?
Za’Kia says that her favorite thing about being a student at Plato is getting to learn even more about math because she likes it.

Who We Are

American Quality Schools (AQS) is a not-for-profit educational management company that operates charter schools in the Midwest.

How Are AQS Schools Different?

AQS Schools are college preparatory schools with a specially designed curriculum that includes the AQS 6 to promote and equip young men and women with the knowledge, skills, and social judgment needed to face the challenges in a complex global environment.

The Vision and Mission of American Quality Schools


The American Quality Schools Corporation will through its commitment to the highest educational, management, and ethical standards become one of the nation’s leaders in creating world-class, high performance schools for the children of America.


We believe in the innate capacity of every child to succeed. This capacity is fostered through high academic and personal standards, respectful and orderly schools, competent and dedicated faculty and staff, involved and caring parents and administrative and management leadership creating a climate and culture of continuous improvement and a commitment to high and measurable standards of excellence.