After School Programs Designed to Enrich Motivate, and Engage Our Students

Our students not only have a strong academic daily experience, but also have opportunities to participate in our extra-curricular and enhancement programs. These programs include fine arts, performing arts, academics, and athletics. We believe that these experiences are critical to the development of our students. O’Keeffe enrichment programs will take place on Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 4:00pm-6:00pm (depending on the program) weekly. Academic programs will be held on Tuesday’s and Thursdays’s of each week from 4:00pm-6:00pm (depending on the program).

At O’Keeffe School of Excellence, we have something for everyone!


  • College Bound Cougars
  • Tutoring
  • Common Core Math and Reading Programs


  • Crochet
  • Boy Scouts
  • Music Plus
  • Art Club
  • Ballet
  • Dance
  • Cougar Cubs
  • Wellness Club
  • O’Keeffe Times
  • LTAB (Spoken Word)
  • Girl Scouts
Pre K-8

O’Keeffe School of Excellence

6940 S. Merrill Ave.
Chicago, IL 60649

Enrollment: 620
A CPS Neighborhood School managed by the AUSL Network



Athletic Program

The mission of our athletic program is to offer student-athletes, through participation in competitive athletics, an opportunity to experience meaningful growth, accomplishment, and success. As an O’Keeffe Cougar  student-athlete, you are a positive role model within our school and the community at large. As a student-athlete at our school, your sportsmanship goals should include:

  • Maintaining at least a C+ in all classes, attend school daily, and exhibit positive behavior
  • Respecting the rules of the games, the officials who administer the rules, and their decisions
  • Respecting our opponents as fellow student-athletes
  • Refraining from engaging in all types of disrespectful behavior
  • Looking at athletic participation as a potentially beneficial learning experience, whether you win or lose
  • Educating other students and fans to understand the rules of the game, and the value of sportsmanship

O’Keeffe Cougars meeting our school-wide expectations, will have opportunities to join:

  • Middle School Football League
  • Middle School Flag Football League
  • Middle School Baseball League
  • Co-Ed Volleyball
  • Boy’s Basketball
  • Co-Ed Track and Field 

After school ending


After-School Clubs and Activities

Our extracurricular programs are designed to provide opportunities for students to extend their learning beyond regular school hours. Students are able to participate in a variety of clubs and activities such as:

  • Chicago Run
  • Boy Scout
  • Art Club
  • City Year Clubs
  • Ballet
  • Choir
  • Academic After School Reading and Math (K-8)

Students are then able to participate along side other AUSL schools in a variety of events and competitions such as:

  • AUSL Honors Choir
  • AUSL Holiday Event
  • AUSL Festival of the Arts
  • Visual Arts Competitions
  • “Write on!” A Young Author’s Competition