AUSL in the News

Read the incredible stories about AUSL and our schools, teachers, and students.


Gage Park school jumps hurdles for undocumented kids

Chicago Sun-Times – Gage Park school jumps hurdles for undocumented kids

November 19, 2015 – As soon as Solorio Academy opened its doors to freshmen in the Gage Park neighborhood in 2010, teachers and administrators set out to get their students to college. It’s every high school’s goal. But as graduation neared in 2014 for Solorio’s first senior class, a harsh reality hit. Its students who were undocumented immigrants were ineligib...

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Local high school football team turning boys into men

Fox 32 News – Local high school football team turning boys into men

November 13, 2015 – The football team at Wendell Phillips may be undefeated and just a few wins away from the state championship, but the incredible part of their story began long before they ever stepped out onto the field. Cold on a football field can only mean one thing – it’s the end of the season. The Wendell Philips Academy football team has one heck of a ...

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Happy Beginning

Chicago Tribune – Happy Beginning

September 11, 2015 – Carter School of Excellence, an AUSL network school in the Washington Park neighborhood, received free supplies for its entire student body courtesy of Back 2 School Illinois, a nonprofit group, after an application from first-grade teacher Sarah O’Connor....

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Low Income Students Receive Free School Supplies

ABC 7 News – Low Income Students Receive Free School Supplies

September 11, 2015 – Students at Carter School of Excellence at 57th and Michigan received their own boxes of free school supplies Wednesday from the nonprofit organization Back 2 School Illinois....

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The 6th Annual AUSL Festival of the Arts & Sciences

WGN Plus – The 6th Annual AUSL Festival of the Arts & Sciences

May 26, 2015 – WGN's Rachel Woodall attended the festival and spoke with Mariam Thiam (Manager of Curricular Enhancements for AUSL), Tim Sheldon (Principal of Chalmers School of Excellence), and several students who participated in the program. It was an eye-opening day, a great example of the powerful effects art can have in a child’s life....

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Josh Groban Cuts Ribbon for New Chalmers School Mural

ABC 7 Chicago – Josh Groban Cuts Ribbon for New Chalmers School Mural

March 31, 2015 – Students at the Chalmers School of Excellence got a big surprise Monday when recording artist Josh Groban stopped by for a ribbon cutting at the school's new outdoor mosaic, which his foundation helped fund....

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Chicago Fire Foundation Announces Expansion of P.L.A.Y.S. Program in AUSL Schools

– Chicago Fire Foundation Announces Expansion of P.L.A.Y.S. Program in AUSL Schools

March 3, 2015 – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Monday that the Chicago Fire Foundation’s P.L.A.Y.S. (Participate, Learn, Achieve, Youth Soccer) Program will expand from eight to twelve Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) schools across Chicago, and will add programming in the fall to complement the existing spring program....

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Alvin Ailey Dance Residency Returns to North Lawndale AUSL Schools

The Sun Times – Alvin Ailey Dance Residency Returns to North Lawndale AUSL Schools

February 24, 2015 – For the third year, the Department of Creative Engagement in partnership with the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) Network, presents the “Revelations” Residency Program Feb. 23-27. This unique five day program, taking place at Collins Academy High School, is offered to junior high school and high school students in Chicago’s North L...

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