The students at Aspira Charter School work hard and play hard. They have won the O'Hare Network Soccer Championship in both 2014 (boys) and 2015 (girls). The 8th graders visit Washington DC and New York as part of their class trip. They offer leadership opportunities for kids in preparation for high school and beyond. Their graduates go on to some of the most prestigious high schools in the city including Aspira Business and Finance High School, Aspira Early College High School, Whitney Young, Lane Tech, and Northside College Prep.
ASPIRA's Charter Schools provide a wonderful learning environment for young people. Every school has a space that welcomes ALL learners. While my child is not yet eligible to enter these schools, I've had the opportunity to connect with staff and parents and can see that everyone in invested in the success of their students.
Students have a variety of classes that go above and beyond traditional curricula. At ASPIRA Haugan Middle School, teachers Skype in authors to connect with students and provide meaningful context to their books.
ASPIRA Early College has implemented a credit recovery program to keep students on-track to graduate, and have also added Advanced Placement courses, in addition to their partnership with Northeastern Illinois University.
The ASPIRA Business and Finance High School is preparing young entrepreneurs to be college and business-ready.
Antonia Pantoja High School is a Level-1 School, providing students with opportunities to not only receive their high school diploma, but to move onto meaningful paths in college and the work force.
Parents are engaged throughout the year, not only to connect with the principals and staff, but to receive trainings and workshops ranging from Health & Wellness, to navigating the IEP.
I would recommend the ASPIRA schools to any parent that is interested in schools that truly welcome the whole family!
I recently attended a 7-8 grade volleyball game at the Aspira middle school campus on Leland Ave. Students were out of control, foul mouth, disrespectful and security guards were oblivious. Must be the "norm" for this school. Very sad! Stay away, terrible atmosphere.
Aspira inc of IL. is a charter school that has many problems with its faculty and students.The faculty members are always offering extra help and never seem to follow thru on those promises.The school seems to turn a blind eye to the violence it has occuring in its schools especially Aspira Early College Prep.Alot of the students are gang related and some of the faculty were gang related in there early years aswell.The city would be better off closing these schools and using those funds to upgrade the existing schools that could use those funds properly in the education of good students willing to learn.I was very dissapointed that i transfered my straight A student into there school system expecting a real college prep enviornment and the experience is anything but.I am glad the school year is almost over so i can transfer my child out of this disfunctional school.
ASPIRA Inc. of IL is a terribly run organization, whose high schools are failing and making no progress. They do not offer any advanced courses, so students cannot receive an appropriate level of instruction; fast kids are constantly bored, and slower kids can't keep up. ASPIRA schools also allow students who fail all of there classes to move on with the next year's classes, which creates many problems in the classroom. ASPIRA does not even provide books for most classes! Over 50% of teachers leave each year from AEC and Mirta! ASPIRA Early College High School currently has a principal with no experience working at the high school level, and little experience with the American education system. Yolanda Mijangos spent many years teaching elementary levels in Mexico, and then found her way into the ASPIRA organization, where she was pushed up as an assistant principal of Haugan Middle School. One year later, she became the principal of AEC, after the CEO, Jose Rodriguez, fired the only capable principal ASPIRA has ever had. These schools will remain dysfunctional until real principals are put into place, proper resources are provided, and experienced teachers are retained.
School is horrible! i went there for about 3 weeks and everything was very disorganized. i did not understand anything that was going on and that in the school i transfered from i was in ap and in honors classes bein a sophmore. but i know that some teachers did try to teach but the students made it really hard to progress and move on to a next lesson. the only good thing about the school being runned by latinos is that they do really care about the students. because thats how we are with each other. i think if it gets alot of help in the education area it would be a great school because the teachers did care and the administration. no fights at all, not even arguements. but school is all about education and since it lacked very badly in it. it is not a good school.
Mirta Ramirez HS is currently sharing space with a public grammar school after their old location was shut down by the fire dept. The students are constantly harassed by the security guards. The school offers no AP classes so students are not prepared to attend college. Parents offer to volunteer but are never contacted by the Aspira organization that runs the school. All of the good teachers left this year due to zero support from the Aspira administration. Only nieghborhood children attend this school because their parents believe the false promises of Aspira. Most of the students that attend are low income minority kids who desperately need a good education.