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History

How it all began...

Our Company History

2003 – 2004 School Year

In the fall of 2003, The Banner School, a therapeutic day school, opens on the south side of Chicago. The Banner School starts as a small therapeutic school for students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.

By spring of 2004, CPS selects The Banner School as one of its preferred partners which increases enrollment and enhances educational opportunities.

2004 – 2005 School Year

In the fall of 2004, Banner is selected to operate a Learning in New Communities (LINC) school for older high school students with few or no credits.

Banner LINC Academy West opens on the west side of Chicago in the Austin neighborhood.

2005 – 2006 School Year

In the fall of 2005, Banner is selected to operate a second LINC program on the south side of Chicago. Banner LINC Academy South opens in the south side neighborhood of Englewood. Banner Dade Academy, an alternative school, opens on the southwest side of Miami-Dade County under contract with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

2006 – 2007 School Year

Banner LINC Academy South moves to a new location in the south side neighborhood of Jeffery Manor.

2007 – 2008 School Year

Banner opens Banner Preparatory School of Milwaukee, an alternative partnership school for students referred by the district for disciplinary reasons.

2008 – 2009 School Year

In the fall of 2008, Banner is selected to operate an alternative safe school for students referred by the district for disciplinary reasons. Banner Academy North opens on the north side of Chicago in the Bridgeview neighborhood as an alternative safe school.

Banner’s LINC programs become Alternative Learning Opportunities Programs (ALOP). Enrollment is expanded to serve additional students and the schools are renamed Banner Academy West and Banner Academy South.

Beginning with the second semester, Banner is selected to operate another alternative program in Chicago, the YES Fellowship Program for students transitioning from juvenile detention to educational programs. Banner opens YES programs for these students at two locations in Chicago.

In February 0f 2009, Banner opens Banner Day School of Milwaukee, a therapeutic school for students with severe emotional , behavioral and other disorders.

2010 – 2011 School Year

Banner’s YES Transition programs are combined with its ALOP programs and moved to Banner Academy West and Banner Academy South. The program is renamed ALOP Transition and enrollment is expanded to serve more students.

Banner Preparatory School moves to its new site in the Silver Spring neighborhood on the northwest side of Milwaukee.

2011 – 2012 School Year

Banner receives authorization to open a charter middle school (grades 6, 7 & 8) in Milwaukee in the fall of 2013.

Banner receives full organizational accreditation from AdvancED.

2012 – 2013 School Year

Banner is chosen as an ALOP provider through the CPS Call for Quality Schools. The selected school is Banner Academy West located in the west side neighborhood of Austin.

2013 – 2014 School Year

Banner Academy West moves to a new location but remains in the west side neighborhood of Austin. Enrollment is increased and educational, vocational and dual enrollment opportunities are enhanced.

Banner School of Milwaukee opens on the northwest side of Milwaukee. Banner School of Milwaukee is non-instrumentality charter middle school (grades 6, 7 & 8) authorized by Milwaukee Public Schools.

Our Humble Beginnings

2003
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Carlton & Cohen Start Banner

Eric Carlton and Barry Cohen start Banner with the goal of operating effective educational programs in urban school districts.

2004 – Spring
CPS selects The Banner School as a preferred partner
Banner selected to operate a Learning in New Communities school for older high school students with few or no credits.
2004 – Fall
2005
Banner selected to run 2nd LINC program
Banner LINC Academy South opens in Englewood
2005
2005
Banner Dade Academy opens in Miami-Dade County

Banner LINC Academy South moves to a new location

2006
2007

Banner opens Banner Preparatory School of Milwaukee

Banner selected to operate an alternative safe school for students referred by the district for disciplinary reasons.
2008
2008
Banner’s LINC programs become Alternative Learning Opportunities Programs (ALOP).
Banner opens YES programs for students transitioning from juvenile detention to educational programs in Chicago.
2008
2009

Banner opens Banner Day School of Milwaukee

YES Transition programs are combined with ALOP programs.
2010
2010
Banner Preparatory School moves to its new site.

Banner receives authorization to open a charter middles school

2011
2011

Banner receives full organizational accreditation from AdvancED

Selected as an ALOP provider
2012
2013
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Flavian Prince Joins Our Team

Flavian Prince joins the Banner team, bringing his innovative and highly effective approaches to education.

Banner Academy West moves to a new location

2013
2013

Banner School of Milwaukee opens on the northwest side of Milwaukee.

We believe that all children (including our “lost” and “at-risk” youth) are entitled to attend equal schools where meaningful and significant learning occurs.Banner Learning

2013
2014

Here and now…