As a donor, you strengthen our network and bring us closer to transforming educational outcomes in Chicago’s lowest performing schools.


Black, Latino, and low-income students served from the highest risk communities in Chicago


Students accepted into college


Freshman are on track


Average attendance rate


Reduction in suspensions


Teachers trained through the Chicago Teacher Residency


Number of our schools that require intensive support in the Chicago Public School system

How donations are used

Longitudinal studies of children growing up in high-needs areas, like the neighborhoods AUSL schools are located, consistently reveal that these students are at a high risk of educational underachievement as early as first grade.

AUSL raises substantial funding from foundations, corporations, government agencies, and committed individuals to provide our students with extra support structures above and beyond the resources Chicago Public Schools provides for general school operating budgets. These services range from teacher coaches to afterschool programming and everything in between.

  • Teacher Training (Chicago Teacher Residency)
  • School Management
  • Coaching, Professional Development, Performance Management, and Advisory Services
  • Administration and Operations
  • Curricular Enhancements

(Data from Fiscal Year 2017)

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Our Partners
In addition to forming strong relationships with our students, their families, and their communities, we have many organizational partnerships across multiple industries that help us with our mission.
Progress Report
Since we're always working towards improving public education in Chicago, we dubbed our Annual Report our Progress Report. Check out the latest edition to learn more about our impact and our financials.
Impact Through Innovation
Since becoming the nation’s first in-district innovation zone in 2006, we have operated autonomously within the Chicago Public School system to transform the city’s lowest-performing schools.

Ways to Donate


Give online through our Network for Good account.

By Check

Send checks made out to “Academy for Urban School Leadership” to:

3400 N. Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634-0990


Give over the phone by calling (773) 534-0129. We’re available Monday-Friday, 9-5 p.m.

Have some more questions about donations?
Contact our Development Director, Shane.

Better Schools. Brighter Futures.