Garcia, which opened in 2008, serves approximately 620 students from ninth through twelfth grade. It earned a Level 1 SQRP rating in 2018. The school focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning, with multimedia, architecture, art and engineering studios on campus. Garcia prides itself on a robust curriculum, featuring various AP courses, dual enrollment math and four-years of Mandarin and Spanish instruction. It also offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including eight athletic teams, National Honor Society, Literary Magazine, Debate Team, Drama Club, Pride Club, Student Council, and more. 

 

Acero Schools provide a strong academic foundation for high school students to help them master the fundamental skills necessary for success in high school and beyond.

 

School Rating ?

Level 1 ?

NOT APPLICABLE

School Grades

9-12

# of Students

636

Governance

Charter ?

Faculty


Lindsay Ahlgren-Blythe
Director

Kerry Bartholomew
Assistant Principal for Culture

Karin Wissman
Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Instruction

Hours


8:00 AM-3:30 PM
School Hours
7:00 AM
Earliest Drop Off

 

Public Transit


CTA Bus
47, 53A
CTA Train
Orange

Demographics ?


Asian
0.0%
Black
2.4%
Hispanic
95.8%
White
1.9%
Other
0.0%
 0
100

Statistics ?


Low Income
89.8%
Diverse Learners
18.6%
Limited English
29.6%
Mobility Rate ?
8.1%
Chronic Truancy ?
NOT ENOUGH DATA
 0
100

Bilingual Services:

N/A

Classroom Languages:

Mandarin, Spanish

Dress Code:

Yes

Attendance Boundaries:

No

Refugee Services:

N/A

Title I Eligible:

Yes

Accessibility Level:

No/unknown accessibility

School Year 2019-2020

2019 Profile Page Report

SCHOOL RATING ?
Level 1 ?
STUDENT GROWTH ?
AVERAGE ?
STUDENT ATTAINMENT ?
BELOW EXPECTATIONS ?
CULTURE & CLIMATE ?
MODERATELY ORGANIZED ?
SAT Average ?
923
CPS Average 962
5-Year Cohort Graduation Rate ?
87.3%
CPS Average 78.9%
College Enrollment ?
64.2%
CPS Average 67.2%

Healthy CPS
Healthy Schools Image coming soon ?

Creative Schools Certification ?
Creative Schools Image

Supportive Schools ?
Supportive Schools Image ?

Student Growth By Grade Level AVERAGE ?
Student Growth (percentile)
9th Grade (PSAT 9) Cohort
87th
10th Grade (PSAT 10) Reading
33rd
10th Grade (PSAT 10) Math
30th
11th Grade (SAT) Reading
19th
11th Grade (SAT) Math
63rd
11th Grade (SAT) Cohort
43rd
0
50
99
Median
Student Attainment By Grade Level BELOW EXPECTATIONS ?
Student Attainment (Percent Meeting College Readiness Benchmarks)
9th Grade (PSAT 9)
44.7%
10th Grade (PSAT 10)
34%
11th Grade (SAT)
30%
All
36.3%
 0
50
100
Majority of Students
This School's Average Score
PSAT 9 - 844
PSAT 10 - 842
SAT - 923
Progress Toward Graduation and College
Freshman On Track
School (2019)
92.9%
CPS (2019)
88.5%
School (2018)
89.5%
CPS (2018)
89.4%
 0
100
4 Year Graduation
School (2019)
90.9%
CPS (2019)
78.0%
School (2018)
83.7%
CPS (2018)
75.6%
 0
100
5 Year Graduation
School (2019)
87.3%
CPS (2019)
78.9%
School (2018)
86.3%
CPS (2018)
78.2%
 0
100
College Enrollment
School (2019)
64.2%
CPS (2019)
67.2%
School (2018)
71.4%
CPS (2018)
68.2%
 0
100
College Persistence
School (2019)
76.7%
CPS (2019)
73.2%
School (2018)
68.4%
CPS (2018)
72.3%
 0
100
School Culture and Climate Details MODERATELY ORGANIZED ?
The 5Essentials from the My Voice, My School Survey ?
 
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities? NEUTRAL
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations? NEUTRAL
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging? STRONG
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement? WEAK
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence? NEUTRAL
Parent Survey Results ?
 
School Community: Do parents feel welcome and included in the school? NOT ENOUGH DATA
Parent-Teacher Partnership: Do parents feel teachers partner with them to support student success? NOT ENOUGH DATA
Quality of Facilities: Do parents feel satisfied with the physical environment of their child's school? NOT ENOUGH DATA
Safety ?
 
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school? WEAK
Behavior and Discipline ?
2018 2019 District Average
Number of out-of-school suspensions per 100 students --- --- 5.2
Percent of misconducts resulting in out-of-school suspension --- --- 15.1%
Average length of out-of-school suspensions --- --- 1.9 days
Other Important Metrics
2018 2019 District Average
Student attendance 93.3% 90.5% 92.8%
Teacher attendance --- --- 94.7%
1 Year Dropout Rate 1.4% 0.5% 6.0%
Survey Response Rate
Response Rate CPS Average
Students 53.9% 81.4%
Teachers 83.0% 78.5%
Parents --- ---

You can find more information about the measures used in this report on the CPS web site.

The State of Illinois Report Card for this school can be viewed at the State Report Card web site.

Program Application Requirements

STEM

Deadline:  Dec 11, 2020
Grades Served: Entry Grade 9
Application Requirements
None
Selections
Students are randomly selected by computerized lottery. The lottery is conducted in the following order: sibling, students currently enrolled in eighth grade at an Acero Elementary Charter School, general.
Round 1 Application Information (2020-2021 School Year)
  • Number of applicants: 854
  • Number of offers: 191
How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at go.cps.edu.
In-School Programs   ?
  • AP (5) 
School-Wide Programs and Models
  • College Prep Math and Science 
Creative
  • Art Studio 
  • Choir/Chorus 
  • Drama 
Health and Wellness
  • Nutrition Program 
Life and Leadership
  • Activism/Social Impact Clubs 
Scholastic
  • Advanced Placement 
  • Chess Team 
  • Debate Team 
  • Yearbook Club 
Sports and Fitness
  • Baseball 
  • Basketball 
  • Boys’ Cross Country 
  • Boys’ Track 
  • Cheerleading 
  • Girls’ Cross Country 
  • Girls’ Track 
  • Soccer 
  • Volleyball 
Performance
Report Name Date Download
School Quality Rating Report 2019
High School Progress Report - English 2019
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2019
School Quality Rating Report 2018
High School Progress Report - English 2018
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2018
School Quality Rating Report 2017
High School Progress Report - English 2017
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2017
School Quality Rating Report 2016
High School Progress Report - English 2016
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
School Quality Rating Report 2015
High School Progress Report - English 2015
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2015
School Quality Rating Report 2014
Financial
Report Name Date Download
FY18 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2018
FY17 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2017
FY16 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2016
FY15 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2015
FY13 Financial and Compliance Scorecard 2013
Building
Report Name Date Download
6 Month Asbestos Report Fall 2018
Asbestos Inspection Report 2019
Asbestos Inspection Report 2013
Education Facilities Master Plan 2013
Other
Report Name Date Download
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2019
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2018
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2017
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2016
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2015
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2014
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) 2016-2018
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