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: 550
A CPS Neighborhood School


Principal's Message

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Greetings and Welcome to Chicago Academy High School

Chicago Academy High School is a future-focused, comprehensive high school that empowers young people to be intrinsically motivated, collaborative agents of change who will design creative solutions in our evolving world.  We fulfill this vision by fostering a positive school culture in which students feel that they are part of a family.  As part of the Chicago Academy High School family, students are held to high expectations.  They engage with rigorous academic content every day.  They have access to high-performing athletics and clubs, and they experience non-academic services that support their social-emotional development.  Through our supportive environment, our students access and attend top-tier post-secondary endeavors.  They are out in the world, making us proud.  Join the family; become part of the Chicago Academy pride!  Go Cougars! 

Lydia Ryan-Menzer, Principal

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

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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

Lydia Ryan-Menzer
Principal
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Brian Murphy
Assistant Principal
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Eric Miller
Athletic Director
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Danijela Striegel
Dean of Students
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Yaseanda Tate
Assistant Dean of Students
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Teachers

Dr. Nai Albaina
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Ana Avila
Spanish
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Sara Carroll
English
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James Cavallero
Math/Diverse Learning
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Anjuli Chatrath
Math
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Erica Chavarria
Diverse Learning
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Kathryn Childers
Science
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Zachary Crain-Davis
Diverse Learning
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Wojo Czarniecki
Physical Education
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Stephanie D'Anza
Diverse Learning
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Marina Duffy
English
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Christine Edison
Math
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Maral Eidell
Social Science
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Sean Hamilton
Music
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Troy Hoff
Science/Diverse Learning
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Dan Jeske
Math
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Moaweah Kader
Social Science/Diverse Learning
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Ryan Kelly
English
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Wajiha Khan
Diverse Learning
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Saswati Koya
Science
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Marie Alix Loichot Powell
English/Diverse Learning
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Jessica Martinez
SECA
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Brock Massie
English
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Brian Mead
Art
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Victor Munoz
Social Science
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Megan O'Keefe
English/Diverse Learning
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James O'Shaughnessy
Science
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Franky Perez
Math
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Julie Rosenquist
Social Science
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Marcus Tollerud
Computer Science
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Maria Valencia
World Language
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Susan Wineburner
English
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Lisette Zamudio
ESL
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Support Staff

Maria T. Casanova
Credentialed College and Career Access Advisor
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Ms. Jean Marie Daleo
Health Services Nurse
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Samuel Dieppa
Security Officer
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Maria DeLuna
Clerk
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Eric Wetzel
Security Officer
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Monica Lopez
Clerk
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Brooke Robinson
Case Manager
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Gretchen Rhodes
Counselor
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Scott Sandberg
Technology Coordinator
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Ellen Schein
Social Worker
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Justyna Waltos
Clerk
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