Our Mission

We create schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

Our Core Values

We passionately believe that all students deserve a quality education.
We hold high expectations which drive our urgent focus on continuous improvement.
We hire and grow the best talent.
We create a culture that embraces initiative, collaboration and resilience.

Developing Highly Effective Teachers

High-quality, well-trained teachers are the most significant in-school factor that impacts student achievement. Through the Chicago Teacher Residency™, coaching, and professional development, AUSL develops highly-effective teachers. Many of the teachers at our schools are graduates of the Chicago Teacher Residency™, which is a yearlong urban teacher training program. During the training year, residents work with a carefully selected and trained mentor teacher in the classroom and complete coursework to earn a Master’s Degree.

Transforming Educational Outcomes

To transform educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools, AUSL executes a rigorous, comprehensive, and proven model that has become a national model for reform. The transformation begins with new leadership, new teachers and staff with many of them trained to teach in urban schools, new curriculum, additional after-school programs, and newly renovated facilities. The same students return in the fall to the same school, with a new climate focused on success for every student. AUSL manages these schools under contract with CPS. AUSL schools are, and continue to be, public neighborhood schools.