History, Mission, Vision

Our History

The UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) was founded on the need to bolster public education in Chicago as a way to effect positive change in predominantly Hispanic communities. UCSN’s first school, UCSN Octavio Paz Elementary, was founded in 1998. UCSN is a 501(c)(3).

UCSN is focused on advancing the lives of community residents by challenging students, parents, and faculty to reach the highest academic standards. Over the past 18+ years, UCSN has increased educational opportunities for deserving and capable students in Chicago by expanding its network to include 12 K-8 elementary schools, two high schools, and one K-12 school.

Our Mission

The UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) believes that all students deserve the opportunity to realize their highest potential. Increasing in diversity but rooted in Hispanic communities, our educational model is anchored by strong parent partnerships, structured learning environments, rigorous curriculum, and an individualized approach that develops and empowers our students. For us, academic success is not a hope; it is an expectation.

Our Vision

Our vision is to develop a diverse group of intellectually curious and passionate civic leaders who act with integrity and who compete and excel locally, nationally, and globally.

Our Values

Excellence – High expectations; Growth, Achievement

Integrity – Transparency, Communication

Community – Teamwork, Collaboration, Responsibility

Innovation – 21st Century Learning Environment

Tenacity – “No Excuses, Whatever it Takes”, Passion

Accountability – Ownership, Outcomes, Responsibility

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer/Title IX Coordinator

Christopher Gorman, Director of Labor Relations — cgorman@unocharterschools.org