The UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) 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. 

UCSN currently operates a network of 16 charter schools, serving close to 8,000 students and families throughout the city of Chicago.  UCSN believes that all students can learn and deserve the opportunity to reach their potential.  UCSN 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 civic participants.  

UCSN also believes that:

Parent partnerships are critical to our work.

Effective classroom instruction is the key lever for student success.

Students learn best in a structured, supportive, and intellectually stimulating environment.

Robust data should drive all of our decisions.

We are all accountable for the achievement of our students.

UCSN 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. UCSN challenges students, parents and faculty to reach the highest of academic standards.

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.