It is Our Mission to Produce Lifelong Learners

Chicago Academy High School is a community of learners contributing to the world through the power of education.

We have a dual mission: to provide a supportive college preparatory environment for students and a collaborative mentoring experience for aspiring teachers. 

We share the core values of compassion, commitment, integrity, and reflection, which we call the Learner’s Life. By infusing our school culture with these qualities, we seek to inspire excellence in ourselves and our community.

9-12

Chicago Academy High School

3400 N. Austin Ave.
Chicago , IL 60634
773-534-0146

Enrollment: 510
A CPS Neighborhood School


Principal's Message

logo-cahs.jpg

Greetings and Welcome to Chicago Academy High School

CAHS is committed to the development of college bound students and aspiring teachers. Through our systematic program, which includes Advanced Placement courses, seminar classes, and an extensive extracurricular program, we seek to send every student to college ready for success.

Performance

Our Growth In
Achievement

Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. You will find reports for Chicago Academy High School to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence

wright-historical.jpg

Chicago Academy High School is housed on the third floor of the former Wilbur Wright Junior College building, which was opened in 1934. The building was completed in 1930 and originally served as a junior high school until 1933, when it was converted to an elementary school and high school branch for two years. The navy took over the building from 1941 to 1946 to offer navy training classes during World War II. A library was added in 1961, which now houses part of the high school. Wright College moved to its new location on Narragansett and Montrose in 1993.

Chicago Academy High School opened in 2004 and was Chicago Public School’s second contract school. In its first year, it operated classes for ninth grade, adding a grade each year until its first class graduated in 2008.

A synthetic turf field was added in 2007, the first of its kind at a CPS school. In 2012, the old pool was filled in and the space was converted into a multipurpose room with completely renovated locker rooms to serve both schools and the community.

Building off the successes of Wilbur Wright and Wright College before us, CAHS integrates technology into the classroom for innovative lessons and enhanced student achievement.

The building contains 27 classrooms and serves 550 students.

AUSL

AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

AUSL opened the Chicago Academy High School in 2004 as a training academy. Training Academies are neighborhood schools in which residents are trained. These schools are not turnarounds but were opened with the purpose of developing highly effective teachers for the challenging urban environment.

AUSL is committed to to providing all AUSL students with a quality education to prepare them for college and career.

Staff List

Questions for Our Staff?

If you have any questions, Chicago Academy High School’s staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone: (773) 534-0146

Fax: (773) 534-0192

Administration

David Gilligan
Email Me

Paul Zeitler
Administrators in Charge
Email Me

Lydia Ryan-Menzer
Assistant Principal
Email Me

Cherylynn Jones-McLeod
Dean of Students
Email Me

Eric Miller
Athletic Director
Email Me

Teachers

Ana Avila
Spanish
Email Me

David Blancas
Math
Email Me

Sara Carroll
English
Email Me

James Cavallero
Math/Diverse Learning
Email Me

Erica Chavarria
Diverse Learning
Email Me

Kathryn Childers
Science
Email Me

Zachary Crain-Davis
Diverse Learning
Email Me

Stephanie D'Anza
Diverse Learning
Email Me

Justyna Drag
Science
Email Me

Marina Duffy
English
Email Me

Christine Edison
Math
Email Me

Maral Eidell
Social Science
Email Me

Val Enwall
Physical Education
Email Me

Sean Hamilton
Music
Email Me

Glen Heffernan
Physical Education
Email Me

Troy Hoff
Science/Diverse Learning
Email Me

Moaweah Kader
Social Science/Diverse Learning
Email Me

Ryan Kelly
English
Email Me

Wajiha Khan
Diverse Learning
Email Me

Nicholas Nasir Kotelensky
English/Diverse Learning
Email Me

Saswati Koya
Science
Email Me

Kevin Lee
Math
Email Me

Marie Alix Loichot Powell
English/Diverse Learning
Email Me

Brian Mead
Art
Email Me

Victor Munoz
Social Science
Email Me

Megan O'Keefe
English/Diverse Learning
Email Me

James O'Shaughnessy
Science
Email Me

Franky Perez
Math
Email Me

Julie Rosenquist
Social Science
Email Me

Matthew Schultz
English
Email Me

Marcus Tollerud
Computer Science
Email Me

Susan Wineburner
English
Email Me

Lisette Zamudio
ESL
Email Me

Support Staff

Sana Anwer
Librarian-Online Learning Coordinator
Email Me

Maria Casanova
Post-secondary Counselor
Email Me

Mario Connor
Security Officer
Email Me

Samuel Dieppa
Security Officer
Email Me

Maria DeLuna
Clerk
Email Me

Monica Lopez
Clerk
Email Me

Melvina Maisonet
Case Manager
Email Me

Gretchen Rhodes
Counselor
Email Me

Gloria Salvey
Nurse
Email Me

Scott Sandberg
Technology Coordinator
Email Me

Ellen Schein
Social Worker
Email Me

Danijela Striegel
Security Officer
Email Me

Justyna Waltos
Clerk
Email Me