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

February 4, 2016–> School Picture Day

February 8, 2016 to February 19, 2016–> Bottled and Purified Gallon of Water Drive for Flint, MI

February 11, 2016–> Kindergarten Promotion and 8th Grade Graduation Picture Day

February 11, 2016–> Black History Month Celebration at Michelle Clark High School 6:00-7:30pm

February 12, 2016–> No School, Teacher and Staff Development Day

February 15, 2016–> No School, Presidents’ Day

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Welcome Message

     Greetings! Welcome to 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 Directors, Jessica Plaza (Elementary School) and India Stewart (Middle School) or our Chief Administrative Officer, Chris Austria.

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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

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Ms. Sara Neiman, 7th/8th Grade Social Science Teacher and Girls’ Basketball and Volleyball Coach

Birthday: May 27th
High School: Hinsdale South High School, Home of the Hornets
College: Illinois State University, Home of the Redbirds
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: French Fries from Portillo’s
Favorite Book: Tell No One by Harlen Corben
Favorite Song: “I Wanna Get Better” by Bleachers (Her favorite song for the moment as Ms. Neiman says she likes way too much music to have one favorite song all the time.)
Favorite TV Show: Sherlock

Why does she like to work at Plato?
Ms. Neiman states she loves teaching students about government and the community around them. More importantly, she develops and discusses important issues that need solutions in the modern world today with her students. Ms. Neiman also enjoys being the girls’ basketball and volleyball coach because it is rewarding for her when students start to develop essential team building and leadership skills that can transfer into the classroom.

Primary Featured Student 2-2016

Daria McAllister, 1st Grade

Birthday: December 12th
Favorite Color: Pink and Purple
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Book: Frozen
Favorite Song: Monster High Soundtrack
Favorite TV Show: Cat and the Hat

Why does she like to learn at Plato?
Daria says that her favorite thing about being a student at Plato is getting to learn how to read.

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.