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

November 1-20, 2015–> Online Bookfair

November 2-20, 2015–> Canned Food Drive

November 5-14, 2015–> On-Campus Bookfair

November 10, 2015–> No School, 1st Quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences 12pm-6pm

November 11, 2015–> No School, Veteran’s Day

November 14, 2015–> Bagels and Books 9am-12pm

November 25-27, 2015–> No School, Thanksgiving Break

Plato Crest

The newly designed crest of Plato.

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Click the words below to access the online book fair.

Plato Middle School thanks London 2012 Olympic Medalists, Terrence Jennings and Paige McPherson, for visiting our school on November 6, 2015. We appreciate the time they took to answer our questions and provide demonstrations about how Olympic Tae Kwon Do matches are scored. Aside from sharing their experience during the 2012 London Olympics, both Olympians also discussed character education topics like, citizenship, hard work, perseverance, and goal setting. Plato wishes them both good luck as they represent our country in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

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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.

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

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Mrs. Keisha Owens

Birthday: October 15th
High School: Simeon High School, Home of the Wolverines
College: Illinois State University, Home of the Redbirds
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Pepe’s Tacos
Favorite Song: “I Give Myself Away” by Williams McDowell
Favorite TV Show: Scandal

Why does she work at Plato?
Mrs. Owens is here to provide an exceptional service to all staff, parents, students, and community to ensure a well-balanced and organized office environment for our school.


Sophia Purkett, Kindergarten

Birthday: February 11th
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Food: Vegetables
Favorite Book: Cinderella
Favorite Song: “Let It Go” from Frozen
Favorite TV Show: Doc McStuffins

This is Sophia’s first year at Plato.

Why does she like to learn at Plato?
Sophia says she likes learning at Plato because she will learn to read and write stories!

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.