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Male kindergarten student at play.
Female kindergarten student excited about starting school.
Kindergarten class and teacher flexing their muscles as they get ready for a great day of learning.
Two female students learning about specimens at the nature museum
Students, parents and school leadership entering the building for their very first day of class.
Male kindergarten student at play.
Group of five female kindergarten students at play.
Teachers and a large group of kindergarten students waiting to begin class.
Two male kindergarten students standing together smiling after playing.
Female kindergarten student at play.
A shot of Acero Schools parents and families of all ages with their teacher and school principal.
Female kindergarten student at play.
Four elementary school boys review specimens using a magnifying glass
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Student actors perform in the Cruz Winter Showcase

Cruz Winter Showcase

Students at Cruz K-12 displayed their skills at the school's Winter Showcase.

Welcome to Acero Schools

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year.  As we begin this new year, we also begin a new chapter in the history of our organization as we become Acero Schools with the start of the school year on Aug. 14.
Acero means “steel” in Spanish – it evokes strength, resilience, and the enduring impact that this maturing collective of high-performing charter schools, outstanding educators and professionals, and inspiring alums, students and families embody.
We are excited about this name change and the chance to forge a new identity – one that charts our future, not our past.  We began as one school serving one community and have grown into a respected network of 15 schools, serving multiple communities across Chicago. The new name honors our roots within the Latino community, recognizes the strong foundation that has been built over nearly two decades, and fortifies the network so that it can continue to reach even higher.
Our new name also helps dispel any confusion over former affiliations.
Although we are turning the page on UCSN, our story doesn’t end here.  We will move forward as Acero Schools with the same commitment to high-quality education and a mission dedicated to transforming minds and launching the next generation of extraordinary life-long learners, discerners and doers. Thank you for your dedication, passion and your partnership as we write the next chapter.
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  • 1998 Year Established
  • 15 # of schools
  • 7500 # of students
  • 96% Average Attendance