Jackson Charter School is an independent, 520 student, K-8 charter school serving students in Rockford, Illinois. Jackson Charter School initially opened in 2009 with the help of Zion Development as CICS-Patriots. The school began serving students in grades kindergarten through third grade in the Patriots Gateway Building in partnership with Chicago International Charter Schools (CICS) and Edison Learning. In 2011, Distinctive Schools joined CICS and a year later moved the school to the historic Jackson School at 315 Summit Street. Jackson Charter School now serves students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Rockford Public Schools initially authorized and then renewed the school’s charter in 2015.