George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Ariel Community Academy

Grades K-8 | Chicago, IL

Financial Literacy Makes School Relevant

The Ariel Community Academy is a public K-8 school on the South Side of Chicago. They have been having remarkable success thanks to a number of effective strategies, particularly a financial-literacy program.
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What This School Is Achieving


Since 2002, Ariel has consistently outperformed their district, Chicago Public Schools, on the percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards in math, reading, and science.

Since 2007, the school has outperformed the entire state of Illinois every year.

Among the school’s alumni, 97% have graduated from high school. 65% of those students have enrolled in two-or four-year colleges.

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