The UNO Charter School Network (UNO-CSN) was founded in 1998 by the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), whose mission is to lead the transformation of the Hispanic Community toward an educated, powerful and prosperous citizenry by engaging and challenging it to redefine its potential and its legacy in metropolitan Chicago and the United States of America. For nearly three decades UNO has been challenging Hispanics to play active roles in the development of a vital American community. The central principle behind UNO’s philosophy is a strongly held belief that Hispanics must be challenged to take full advantage of American possibilities through deep investments in family, civic involvement, and in the education of the next generation.
UNO currently operates a network of 16 charter schools, serving over 7,500 students and families throughout the city of Chicago. UNO believes that public schools should serve as the main platform for transitioning Hispanic families into successful and civic-minded Americans. UNO recognizes that the students and families served by its schools are the future stakeholders of America’s democratic traditions and therefore offers them the opportunity to become model citizens and informed participants in the country’s political processes.
Through UNO-CSN, UNO seeks to create a national model for education that proves not only that all students can learn, but also that education is the driving force that builds, improves, and empowers communities. In keeping with UNO’s philosophy, all UNO-CSN schools provide a full English immersion curriculum grounded in the Common Core Standards, with a commitment to civic engagement and the American experience. UNO-CSN serves as an extension of UNO’s commitment to advancing the lives of community residents by challenging students, parents and faculty to reach the highest of academic standards.
The UNO Charter School Network believes that all students can learn. With a rigorous and individualized approach we develop students who act with integrity and who are civically engaged, intellectually curious and prepared for success in high school and college. Academic Success is not a hope, but an expectation.