Transforming Lives

For Over 25 Years

Unleashing Innovation

Witness the synergy between science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics as students collaborate, experiment, and bring their ideas to life. From robotics competitions to artistic masterpieces, at Uplift we highlights the incredible range of opportunities available in our STEAM program. Explore our cutting-edge facilities and witness the transformative impact of STEAM education on our students' lives, equipping them with the skills needed to thrive in the modern world.



Our mission at Uplift Early College STEAM High School is to provide a relevant student-centered curriculum focused on STEAM and social justice, creating an academically nurturing environment that promotes critical and creative thinking, instills pride and respect for others and self, and equips all of our students to become leaders of tomorrow.

What Guides Us


We envision a college preparatory school that supports community involvement and is committed to working for social justice.

What Drives Us

Core Values



Dedicated to our student & families

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We treat each other with dignity & respect



We are striving to be the best



We do what we say we will do



We are open to new ideas & solutions

Our History Is

Strong, Proud, & Just

Uplift was born out of over 25 years of struggle for affordable housing, decent health care, and quality education in Uptown.

Twenty-five years ago, parents all over Chicago began a movement to ensure their children got a world-class education. In Uptown, even as parents picketed, protested, and sued for better housing conditions, they also got involved in their children’s schools. They formed committees and joined Local School Councils, educating themselves so they could demand the best for their children. They fought for an Uptown high school that would better serve the needs and interests of the students. They were united and organized to make the community a better place for their children.

Some of those children have grown up to become dedicated teachers. Their experiences growing up in Uptown led them to a commitment to providing outstanding education to children of their community. They came to Arai Middle School with a proposal that included before and after-school programs, a plan to build connections with parents, and a high-standard college preparatory program. The proposal, now known as Uplift, did not receive funding, so it sat on the shelf while those teachers worked hard with their students raising test scores with a demanding academic program.

When the Board of Education decided to close Arai, the team recruited other middle and high school teachers, as well as a dynamic and new principal. They all worked together to update the original proposal, creating the Uplift we know today, a college preparatory program connected to the community and designed to develop in students a commitment to making a positive difference in their community and the world.

As we look ahead, we reflect on the inevitable challenges of starting a new school. However, the numerous successes that have been accomplished give us the hope and strength to continue what we have created while overcoming any obstacles that may lie ahead. Uplift is rooted in a strong, proud, and just history - and you are a part of it!

We Are

United in Our Commitment

We are all on a mission to help students reach their full potential and be confident, happy individuals. Every teacher, administrator, and staff member in this building cares deeply about the students and their success. We are united in our commitment to helping our kids reach their full potential. This is what makes Uplift a special place.

A Heart Of Gratitude

Our Community Partners

We are proud to partner with organizations that share our commitment to making a difference in the lives of our young people. Their support allows our kids to grow academically and socially, while also discovering their identity and voice. Together, we are making a positive impact on the world. Thank you for supporting our students!

Staff & Faculty

Meet the Team

Our goal is to prepare students for success in all aspects of their lives. Meet the team helping our students succeed here at Uplift.