Casas, which opened in 2006, prides itself on a rigorous curriculum, an individualized approach and strong parent partnerships.
As a community of students, teachers, mentors, writers, scientists, artists, explorers and leaders, we are truly a family. The word family is connected so strongly at our small school, both literally and figuratively. We span grades K though 8, with a total of 276 students. Many of our students have a familial bond with one another. Those who are not related by blood have come to find brothers and sister in their classmates through the nine years they spend together at Casas.
Our students can participate in various extra-curricular activities such as the National Junior Honor Society, athletic teams, Spanish Club, girl scouts, and others.
Acero Schools provide a strong academic foundation for students at the elementary level to help them master the fundamental skills necessary for success in high school and beyond.
Our Mission: Transforming minds through academic empowerment and success.
Our Vision: Provide educational opportunities that will launch the next generation of extraordinary life-long learners, discerners and doers.
National Junior Honor Society, The Pilsen Chapter - In 2016, Casas founded "The Pilsen Chapter" of National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). NJHS is a national organization that recognizes academic excellence. Students in grades 6-8 are invited to apply.
Museum of Science and Industry - The Museum of Science and Industry provides teacher professional development around Next Generation Science Standards. They also provide science classroom materials, real-world lab experiences at the museum, as well as field trips for students.
Museum of Contemporary Art - The Museum of Contemporary Art provides students with creation labs where they are given opportunities to work with different art media.
Mighty Acorns - Mighty Acorns is an elementary environmental education program that engages 3rd - 5th grade students in the Midwest through exploration and meaningful interactions with their local ecosystems through field studies and hands-on learning opportunities.
Kohl Children's Museum - The Kohl Children's Museum provides teacher professional development around Early Childhood Connections. They also provided classroom materials, parent/student activity kit, as well as field trips for students.
YMCA- The YMCA provides after school programming that offers healthy snacks, homework help, physical activity, STEAM and character development focusing on the Y's four core values for caring, respect, responsibility and honesty.
Bernie's Books - This organization donates bags of books to each student at Casas.