Steel City Academy will empower the students of Gary with the most rigorous academic skills, cultural fluency, and depth of character so they can choose from boundless opportunities and strengthen the community of Gary.

Team Steel City 

It's hard to believe the first day of school is less than 6 months away! Team Steel City is getting ready to grow! Student and teacher applications are open. What started out as 4 founding team members and grew with 8 board members, will soon be a team of 160 students and 15 staff. All of us working together to redefine what is possible for kids and families in Gary. 

TEAM: Each of us contributes unique strengths to our community. As we understand ourselves and one another, we are able to maximize all our strengths towards a collective success.

As the school year approaches, there become more and more opportunities to be a part of the team. Whether you want to teach, enroll a student, volunteer, join the board, partner in our efforts, donate, or continue to spread the good word of Steel City Academy, your strengths ensure our success. Follow the links below and reach out to any team member to get involved! 

- Chrissy, Executive Director

Join the team! Support Steel City!

What We're Up To

It's been a busy month! Several founding team and board members travelled to the Teach for America 25th Anniversary Summit in Washington DC. We left energized with the chargethat Steel City Academy does its part to end educational inequities in Northwest Indiana.  

Despite the freezing temperatures and postponed volunteer event, Steel City sent 15 cases of water to Flint, MI on behalf of the volunteers who signed up for our February 13 student recruitment effort. The recruitment canvas is rescheduled for THIS SATURDAY, February 20. It's going to be a beautiful day- please join us! You can use this link to sign up

School Director, Katie Kirley (l), and Board President, Hilary Lewis (r), reconnect with former Gary teacher, Vic Wakefield in Washington D.C. 
Thanks to our volunteers, Steel City was able to donate to The Urban League of NWI's Water for Flint initiative. 

Team Steel City

Board Chair
Hilary Lewis

Hilary Lewis serves as the Board Chair for Steel City Academy and is the Vice President for Alumni School Leadership for Teach For America.  In this role, she cultivates school leaders that run some of the highest performing schools in the nation and has successfully designed and administered regional and national programs that support over 900 principals, 2,100 mid-level school leaders, and over 400 individuals in their emerging leader programs. 
 After beginning her teaching career in New Orleans, Hilary became an instructional and school leader for four years in Gary.  Hilary is deeply committed to the community of Gary and ensuring that the families of her former students have the opportunity to get an excellent education from committed educators.

Hilary graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington D.C. and received her Master’s in Education, Elementary and Middle School Administration from Concordia University.
Hilary is married and mother to daughter, Willa. Hilary is an avid music fan and is excited to return to Jazzfest in New Orleans this spring. 

You can email her at

Join the team! 

Volunteer : Help us recruit the first students to attend Steel City Academy! We will be knocking on doors in Gary this Saturday, February 20.  

Enroll a student:  Know amazing kids who deserve boundless opportunities?  We are now accepting applications for students who will be in 7th and 9th grade during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Teach at Steel City: We are seeking talented and dedicated 7th and 9th grade teachers for all content areas who want to join and grow Steel City's founding team. Use the link to check out our website or email for more information.

Make a community connection: Do you know a great community member or organization that Steel City should be partnering with to support its students and families? Connect with our Director of Culture and Community today! 
New Swag! Get yours now! 

Thank you!

Joel Serin- Christ      Duffy Magesis       Joe and Karin Terry 

Your name belongs here! Please donate today!
Every amount helps bring boundless opportunities to Gary!
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