Chicago Lights Academic Success in Schools (CLASS)

Chicago Lights Academic Success in Schools (CLASS) supports learning and creative self-expression through fine arts programming for students who attend under-resourced, and often under-performing, schools in Chicago.

During the school year (20132014), CLASS is at ten schools serving nearly 1,000 students with in-school and after-school instruction.

With support from the Polk Bros. Foundation, professional artists teach drama and dance classes at Manierre Elementary School, Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, and William H. Brown Elementary School. These in-school classes uncover talents, build self-esteem and confidence, and increase students’ desire to apply themselves in school.

Dance ensembles comprised of advanced students are hosted at all three schools. Many of the students in the ensembles participated in our highly successful dance intensive held at Fourth Presbyterian Church in July 2013.

In partnership with Chicago Youth Services, CLASS is providing arts programming at Richard Daley Elementary, Mollison Elementary, Reilly Elementary, Westcott Elementary, Deneen Elementary, Philip D. Armour School, and Young Women’s Leadership Charter. Students participate in a range of after-school CLASS offerings including fashion design, literature and drama club, arts and crafts, and photography.


CLASS Photos

Newsprov for the Arts #3 | April 19, 2013

Newsprov for the Arts #2 | April 12, 2013

Newsprov for the Arts #1 | April 5, 2013

Chicago Lights CLASS Students Have a “Chance to Dance” | May 24, 2012


More information about CLASS is available on the Chicago Lights website or by contacting Cescily Washington, Director of Chicago Lights Academic Success in Schools.