Cruz is an arts academy and earned a Level 1 SQRP rating in 2018. Our students have the opportunity to pursue their passion for both the creative and performing arts through courses in music, visual arts, theater and dance.

Cruz offers:

-4 years of instruction in students’ art of choice, plus studio rehearsal classes

-Student choice of elective classes in science, literacy, languages, and more

-Dual credit, Advanced Placement (AP), and Honors courses

-Close, supportive school community with a 7:1 student:teacher ratio

-Junior and senior classes dedicated to college preparation and application, as well as securing scholarships

-Restorative practices that support students' behavioral success

-Extracurricular programs + IHSA sports teams in the Lake Shore League

At Acero Schools, our mission is transforming minds through academic empowerment and success.

 

School Rating ?

Level 2 ?

NOT APPLICABLE

School Grades

K-12

# of Students

568

Governance

Charter ?

Faculty


Molly Robinson
Director

Lisa Amburgey
Assistant Principal

Antoine Reed
Assistant Principal

Hours


8:00 AM-3:30 PM
School Hours
8:00 AM-3:30 PM
HS Freshman Hours
7:30 AM
Earliest Drop Off
3:30 PM-5:30 PM
After School Hours

 

Public Transit


CTA Train
Red

Demographics ?


Asian
1.1%
Black
47.9%
Hispanic
47.4%
White
2.5%
Other
1.2%
 0
100

Statistics ?


Low Income
86.6%
Diverse Learners
16.4%
Limited English
40.8%
Mobility Rate ?
13.3%
Chronic Truancy ?
NOT ENOUGH DATA
 0
100

Kindergarten:

Full Day

Bilingual Services:

Yes

Classroom Languages:

Spanish

Dress Code:

Yes

Attendance Boundaries:

No

Refugee Services:

Yes

Title I Eligible:

Yes

School Year 2019-2020

2019 Profile Page Report

SCHOOL RATING ?
Level 2 ?
STUDENT GROWTH ?
BELOW AVERAGE ?
STUDENT ATTAINMENT ?
AVERAGE ?
CULTURE & CLIMATE ?
NOT YET ORGANIZED ?
NWEA Reading Growth ?
25th
National Average 50th percentile
NWEA Math Growth ?
20th
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 BELOW AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
3rd
17th
4th
15th
5th
1st
6th
89th
7th
58th
8th
24th
All
25th
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
3rd
34th
4th
3rd
5th
11th
6th
73rd
7th
19th
8th
21st
All
20th
 0
50
99
National Average
Student Attainment By Grade Level AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
2nd
69th
3rd
64th
4th
59th
5th
17th
6th
76th
7th
66th
8th
80th
All
59th
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
2nd
39th
3rd
43rd
4th
38th
5th
14th
6th
50th
7th
42nd
8th
53rd
All
38th
 0
50
99
National Average
School Culture and Climate Details NOT YET ORGANIZED ?
The 5Essentials from the My Voice, My School Survey ?
 
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities? WEAK
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations? WEAK
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging? WEAK
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement? WEAK
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence? VERY WEAK
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 95.5% 94.4% 92.8%
Teacher attendance --- --- 94.7%
Survey Response Rate
Response Rate CPS Average
Students 60.5% 81.4%
Teachers 94.9% 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

Fine and Performing Arts

Deadline:  12/13/2019
Grades Served: 9-12
Application Requirements
None
Selections
Students currently enrolled in the school's eighth grade will receive an offer.

Applicants who are not currently enrolled in the school are randomly selected by computerized lottery. The lottery is conducted in the following order: students currently enrolled in eighth grade at an Acero Elementary Charter School, sibling, general.
How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at go.cps.edu.
School-Wide Programs and Models
  • Fine and Performing Arts 
  • Kindergarten 
  • Performing Arts 
  • Smaller Learning Community 
  • Student Leadership and Performing Arts Academy 
College and Career
  • ACT/SAT Prep Courses 
  • College Tours 
Creative
  • Animation/Cartoon 
  • Art Studio 
  • Band/Orchestra 
  • Choir/Chorus 
  • Culinary Classes 
  • Dance 
  • Drama 
  • Drawing 
  • Figure Drawing 
  • Fundamentals/Theory of Music 
  • Guitar 
  • Improv 
  • Media and Production Workshops 
  • Mixed Media 
  • Modern/Hip-Hop Dance 
  • Murals 
  • Musicals 
  • Painting 
  • Paper Making 
  • Percussion 
  • Photography 
  • Piano/Keyboard 
  • Plays/Acting 
  • Recorder 
  • Rhythm Group 
  • Sewing 
  • Sketching 
  • Student Music Club 
  • Talent Show 
  • Tap/Ballet/Jazz Dance 
  • Theater 
  • Troupe Performances 
  • Woodwork 
Health and Wellness
  • Crisis Intervention Services 
  • Nutrition Program 
  • Nutrition Workshop 
  • Physical Education 
  • Recess Daily 
  • School-based Dental Services 
  • Targeted Interventions 
  • Workshops/Classes 
Life and Leadership
  • Activism/Social Impact Clubs 
  • Leaders Program 
  • Mentoring for Boys/Girls 
  • Peace Circles 
  • Peer Jury 
  • Peer Mentors 
  • Restorative Justice 
  • Service Learning/Community Volunteer Program 
  • Student Council/Government 
Parent and Community
  • 8-9th Grade Transition Workshops 
  • Community Service 
  • Computer/Technology Workshops 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Cooking Club 
  • CPR Classes 
  • Dance Classes 
  • Enrichment Classes 
  • ESL Workshops 
  • Family Nights 
  • Field Trip 
  • Fitness Classes 
  • Fitness For Parents 
  • Gang Awareness Workshop 
  • Health and Wellness Workshops/Programs 
  • Leadership Development For Parents 
  • Math/Science Workshops 
  • Meeting Space For Parent Groups 
  • Music Appreciation 
  • Nutrition Workshops 
  • Parent Advisory/Group 
  • Parent Advocacy 
  • Parenting Classes 
  • Peace Circles 
  • Supporting your Student Workshops/Programs 
  • Transition to College Workshops 
  • Yoga 
Scholastic
  • Advanced Placement 
  • Algebra 
  • Bilingual Support 
  • Chicago History Fair 
  • Evening School 
  • Summer School 
Sports and Fitness
  • Basketball 
  • Boys’ Baseball 
  • Boys’ Basketball 
  • Boys’ Cross Country 
  • Boys’ Soccer 
  • Boys’ Volleyball 
  • Conditioning and Fitness 
  • Dance 
  • Flag Football 
  • Girls’ Basketball 
  • Girls’ Cross Country 
  • Girls’ Soccer 
  • Girls’ Volleyball 
  • Soccer 
  • Volleyball 
  • Yoga/Pilates 
  • Zumba 
Performance
Report Name Date Download
School Quality Rating Report 2019
High School Progress Report - English 2019
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2019
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2019
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2019
School Quality Rating Report 2018
High School Progress Report - English 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2018
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2018
School Quality Rating Report 2017
High School Progress Report - English 2017
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2017
School Quality Rating Report 2016
High School Progress Report - English 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2016
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
School Quality Rating Report 2015
High School Progress Report - English 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2015
High School Progress Report - Spanish 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
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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