Welcome to the Zapata Academy Library Website!

To search the Zapata Academy Online Library Catalog, click on the SOAR icon below.

There are MANY e-books available from the CPS Virtual Library.  Explore the CPS Virtual Library today!

Try these learning and research resources for Zapata Academy Students! 

Click on the icons below to access the program.

What is BrainPOP?  BrainPOP is a website that offers fun, educational games in English, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Arts & Music, Engineering & Technology.


Homework Help from the Chicago Public Library
What is Brainfuse?
  Brainfuse provides FREE online academic services for students in elementary school through college. This comprehensive learning resource provides live one-on-one help, online lessons, interactive study tools, practice tests, and collaborative tools. Children, parents and teachers can access Brainfuse for free at any CPL branch or at home with a library card.  More information about Brainfuse.

Also, FREE drop-in Homework Help is available for school-aged children and their parents at the Toman Library.

CPS Connects 

What is this?  
Connect your learning experiences in your school and around the city

Claim Your Account
CPS students already have accounts waiting for them! Students need to visit ChicagoCityOfLearning.org/CPS and enter their name and CPS ID# (located on report card or ID card) to claim their account. 


Search through the list of FUN and FREE activities to do. Get connected to learning opportunities online or in your neighborhood. Partners include libraries, museums, parks and community organizations.


When students learn a new skill or participate in a program, they will earn digital badges. Students collect their badges in a secure online “Electronic Portfolio” and if they would like to, with parent/guardian consent, students can share the badges with family and friends, teachers and potential employers.

Leveling Up

Each time a badge is earned, students will receive suggestions for other programs and activities they may be interested in. Students will be invited to “level up” and broaden or deepen their new knowledge and skills. These are called Learning Pathways.

Learning Pathways

Through badges, students can link one learning opportunity to the next – a class at a museum, for example, followed by a challenge online. Students create their own learning pathways, and open up new opportunities for themselves. Some colleges and employers now accept badges as Indicators of achievement.

Incentives and Rewards

Students who participate in CPS Connects and Chicago City of Learning will be entered into random drawings that will offer further rewards from partners throughout the city. Some badges “unlock” special opportunities, like access to special events and opportunities to showcase.