National Teachers Academy


National Teachers Academy seeks to create a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success through developmentally appropriate instruction that allows for individual differences and learning styles. NTA is committed to providing academic and social excellence in a positive and supportive culture to produce productive citizens prepared for a global society.

Pre K-8

National Teachers Academy

55 W. Cermak Rd.
Chicago , IL 60616

Enrollment: 722
A CPS Neighborhood School

Upcoming Events

Candidates for ALSC

Local School Council Advisory Board Nomination Form Now Available

Parent partnership is an important part of NTA’s success. NTA’s Local School Council Advisory Board (also known as the ALSC) plays an important role in advising and overseeing NTA school improvement efforts and communicating school needs to the principal. The window to express interest in joining the ALSC is now open through March 7. If you are interested in joining the ALSC in any capacity, please complete the attached nomination form and the (optional) candidate statement. These forms should be returned directly to CPS (address included in the form) or back to NTA. All candidates will be enrolled into an election in April. 

Equity Team

Equity Team Meeting March 7

NTA parent Ms. Napper-Watkins is excited to lead the Equity Team starting in March! NTA will host its fourth second Equity Team meeting on Thursday, March 7, from 3:45-5:00 pm. We hope you can all attend. At this meeting we will be exploring issues of equity at NTA. Our February discussion was powerful and engaging, so we hope you can attend on March 7.

Additional meeting dates are as follows: April 3, May 9, June 5 (3:45-5:00pm)

Sexual Health Education

Sexual Health Announcement

Beginning Monday, March 11, 2019  your child will receive Sexual Health Education during health classes as part of the CPS Sexual Health Education Policy. The Board acknowledges that parents/guardians are the primary sexuality educators for their child/children and National Teachers Academy is committed to partnering with parents/guardians to provide supplementary instruction to students via the sexual health education lessons. CPS has provided a well thought out curriculum that has a scope and sequence for each grade level located at the web address

In alignment with Illinois State Code 105 ILCS 110/3 (No pupil shall be required to take or participate in any class or course on AIDS or family life instruction if his parent or guardian submits written objection thereto, and refusal to take or participate in the course or program shall not be reason for suspension or expulsion of the pupil), no student shall be suspended or expelled for refusal to participate in any such course with submitted objection. If you wish to have your child excused from participation in any of the lessons, please email Ms. McCord at or send a written letter to Ms. McCord.

Latest News

Below you will find information about National Teachers Academy’s activities, milestones, and events.

Letter to South Loop and NTA Familes

Late yesterday a legal opinion was issued that prevents the district from expanding the boundary of South Loop Elementary School (South Loop) and converting National Teachers Academy (NTA) to a neighborhood high school...

Letter to South Loop and NTA Families

The district determined that due to the potential disruption to children that further legal action may create, and the considerable amount of time needed to successfully establish NTA as a high school, CPS...

NTA Named Among 100 Schools Worth Visiting

NTA is named among 100 schools worth visiting for our powerful learning experiences and innovative technology implementation.