San Miguel Schools of Chicago are communities of compassion that provide an innovative and accessible education in the Lasallian tradition for children from inner-city families who could not otherwise afford it.
The San Miguel Schools were born out of the shared believe that character, zeal and opportunity - rather than social class or environment - are the determining factors for achieving one's goals.
The first campus, opened in 1995 behind the historic Stockyards in Chicago, serves mostly Latino students and their families.
In 2002, the Gary Comer Campus of San Miguel was founded on Chicago's West Side in the Austin community, serving African-American students and families.
Students are accepted based on three main criteria: academic underperformance, financial need, and living in proximity to the school. Most who test years behind their garde level upon entering San Miguel typically catch up or exceed their grade level upon graduation.