Santiago, which opened in 2011, serves nearly 300 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. Santiago has earned a Level 1+ SQRP rating over the last few years and has established itself as a top performing elementary school in Chicago with reading and math growth and achievement scores consistently exceeding the national average. 

Santiago empowers students by putting them at the center of their learning and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to grow and achieve and love learning. They personalize student learning by employing primarily small group instruction, flexible and fluid multiage classrooms, 1:1 adaptive technology, competency based learning, project-based learning, mentoring, social emotional (SEL) programming, and a K-8 interest-based elective block built into the school day, including classes such as guitar, yoga, cooking, drama, video animation, and many others. 

In 2016, Principal Melissa Sweazy was named Principal of the Year by the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, and Santiago was ranked as the #1 charter elementary school by Chicago Magazine. In 2018, they were selected as a TFA School to Learn From: Reimagining Schools national award winner and have won multiple grants to further tailor and enhance their rigorous curriculum, ambitious instruction, and highly student-centered learning environment. 

At Acero Schools, our mission is transforming minds through academic empowerment and success. We provide a strong academic foundation for students at the elementary level to help them master the fundamental skills necessary for success in high school and beyond. 

 

School Rating ?

Level 1 ?

NOT APPLICABLE

School Grades

K-8

# of Students

247

Governance

Charter ?

Faculty


Melissa Sweazy
Director

Kate Cauhorn
Instructional Coach

Hours


8:00 AM-3:30 PM
School Hours
7:45 AM
Earliest Drop Off

 

Public Transit


CTA Bus
49, X49, 70

Demographics ?


Asian
0.4%
Black
1.2%
Hispanic
96.0%
White
1.6%
Other
0.8%
 0
100

Statistics ?


Low Income
88.7%
Diverse Learners
17.0%
Limited English
50.6%
Mobility Rate ?
5.8%
Chronic Truancy ?
NOT ENOUGH DATA
 0
100

Kindergarten:

Full Day

Bilingual Services:

Yes

Classroom Languages:

Spanish

Dress Code:

Yes

Attendance Boundaries:

No

Refugee Services:

N/A

Title I Eligible:

Yes

School Year 2019-2020

2019 Profile Page Report

SCHOOL RATING ?
Level 1 ?
STUDENT GROWTH ?
AVERAGE ?
STUDENT ATTAINMENT ?
ABOVE AVERAGE ?
CULTURE & CLIMATE ?
WELL ORGANIZED ?
NWEA Reading Growth ?
48th
National Average 50th percentile
NWEA Math Growth ?
16th
National Average 50th percentile

Healthy CPS
Healthy Schools Image coming soon ?

Creative Schools Certification ?
Creative Schools Image

Supportive Schools ?
Supportive Schools Image ?

Student Growth By Grade Level AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
3rd
17th
4th
18th
5th
45th
6th
27th
7th
86th
8th
75th
All
48th
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
3rd
32nd
4th
37th
5th
1st
6th
9th
7th
84th
8th
25th
All
16th
 0
50
99
National Average
Student Attainment By Grade Level ABOVE AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
2nd
68th
3rd
75th
4th
84th
5th
69th
6th
54th
7th
84th
8th
89th
All
77th
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
2nd
92nd
3rd
91st
4th
96th
5th
60th
6th
52nd
7th
83rd
8th
86th
All
81st
 0
50
99
National Average
School Culture and Climate Details WELL ORGANIZED ?
The 5Essentials from the My Voice, My School Survey ?
 
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities? VERY STRONG
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations? STRONG
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging? VERY STRONG
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement? STRONG
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence? VERY STRONG
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? STRONG
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 97.1% 97.3% 92.8%
Teacher attendance --- --- 94.7%
Survey Response Rate
Response Rate CPS Average
Students 78.3% 81.4%
Teachers 87.0% 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

There are no program application requirements available.
School-Wide Programs and Models
  • Kindergarten 
Creative
  • Animation 
  • Art Studio 
  • Culinary Classes 
  • Dance 
  • Drama 
  • Guitar 
  • Knitting 
  • Talent Show 
Health and Wellness
  • Nutrition Program 
  • Physical Education 
Parent and Community
  • Family Nights 
Sports and Fitness
  • Basketball 
  • Cheerleading 
  • Flag Football 
  • Girls on the Run 
  • Soccer 
  • Volleyball 
Performance
Report Name Date Download
School Quality Rating Report 2019
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2019
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2019
School Quality Rating Report 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2018
School Quality Rating Report 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2017
School Quality Rating Report 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
School Quality Rating Report 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2015
Elementary 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
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
Healthy CPS Report 2017
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