A public, pre-k-12th-grade school on Chicago’s South Side, the University of Chicago Charter School (UCCS) cultivates culturally aware critical thinkers and leaders. UCCS’s work is grounded in formative evaluation and systematic empirical research. We are committed to the whole child, creating a student-centered learning climate that promotes healthy social and emotional growth and prepares 100 percent of our students for college acceptance and graduation.
Nearly all our 1,500 students are Black and approximately 80 percent are low-income. Admission to UCCS is by lottery, with students living in the neighborhoods surrounding our schools given preference in the lottery. Our two elementary schools are in Chicago’s North Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood and our combined middle and high school is in Woodlawn, just blocks from UChicago’s campus.
The COVID-19 pandemic upended our ways of teaching. The UCCS team responded with creativity and grit, designing a rigorous remote learning curriculum that supports students’ academic growth and tends to their social/emotional needs in these challenging times.
As we begin to bring students back in person, we need additional resources to ensure a safe learning environment.
Philanthropic contributions are necessary for UCCS to offer our distinctive model of education, centered around differentiated and culturally responsive instruction. Government funding is not sufficient to offer the robust, personalized support that our students deserve.