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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Acero Schools Chicago is a public, charter school located in Chicago, IL. It has 7,842 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 187 to 1. According to state test scores, 25% of students are at least proficient in math and 26% in reading.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
26%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1020
87 responses
Average ACT
21
30 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$109,077
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,074
National
$949
Median Home Value
$448,235
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 15 responses
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  • Soccer Games
    33%
  • Homecoming
    27%
  • Chinese Festival
    13%
  • Talent Show
    13%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
7,842
Free or Reduced Lunch
95%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
187:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,254
Teachers in First/Second Year
21.2%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,924/ year
National
$12,239
56%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.16 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.16 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.16 responses
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Overall, I had a great high school experience. I met many great people some who I'm still great friends with today. When it comes to academics, my teachers always made sure I understood everything that I was learning. They helped me get caught up whenever I had missing work and they always offered after school tutoring whenever I had trouble with a certain subject we were learning in class. Also, they offer a variety of after school clubs where anyone who is interested is allowed to participate in. The staff members are very welcoming and help you out with whatever you need assistance with. I would recommend my school Acero Victoria Soto to any upcoming freshmen or transfer students. The schools culture is predominantly Hispanic; however, we're always looking for the opportunity to make our school more diverse. Throughout the school year, the school administration plans events such as dress down days, spirit week, field day, where students in good standing are allowed to take part of.
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I have been attending Cruz Acero k-12 school for six years. Every year the school kept getting worse. I am currently a senior and I feel extremely sad and mad at the fact that the school cares more about a student not wearing the right uniform, even if itś just socks, then your education. Being in this high school feels like a prison so many unnecessary rules and punishments. I understand that it is a good way to educate but it is too extreme. Our rewards aren´t rewards. There is no freedom or any type of fun in this school. I don´t know anyone who likes or thinks the school is good.
What I liked about my high school is that it was a small populated school, so the teachers/staffs knew who you were personally and you felt like you belonged there. The staffs cared about your education and always pushed you to do better. I had many connections with teachers and they always helped me do my best and not give up. Something I did dislike about that school is that it was not organize.In some ways were that they never had a real environmental teacher and I feel like everything was just a mess when it came to clubs/sports, but the problem might have been due to the fact that the school was new.