The United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) was founded by community leaders and local Priests, whom possessed a grass-roots approach to leadership within Chicago’s Hispanic neighborhoods. Their core concept of serving, empowering, and educating Chicago’s low income immigrant population continues on at UNO where the teaching extends beyond the classroom. Through unique life experiences, culture, and sport, the curriculum grows outside of the typical school environment to fully engage the surrounding community.This approach of grounding the school into the community is exemplified in the Elementary School design concept. Responding to the unique site constraints of residential access to the east, industry to the north, parking lot to the west and railroad to the south, the building grows from the site context reaching out to the community and inviting them in.The site is developed from nature, starting with trees that block views to the north and west. The trees transform into landscaped topography that rises from the site blocking views and sound generated from the railway to the south of the site. This elevated platform also acts as a billboard for the school. From the topography, the building begins to rise. The growth from ground to building is where the multipurpose room is settled, giving access to the tiered landscape and direct access to the community courtyard. From this space the building continues to grow from the earth and begins to curve Northward to Natchez St. Once the three level school nears the street, it turns back down into the ground, identifying the building entry and the beginning of the educational journey.With the core concept of UNO’s community involvement reaching beyond the classroom, a new way to bring a natural social interaction between student, teacher and community is implemented. The natural curving of landscape and building creates an intimate courtyard that would bring the community and school functions together into one harmonious space. Stadium seating following the growth of the landscaped topography and facing the courtyard, is introduced to provide a spectator area for softball games, soccer games, graduation events, outdoor movie theater, and numerous other activities.In conclusion, the new Elementary School is not only an opportunity for the students, faculty and parents to experience a stimulating learning environment but also invites the community to become involved with the organization. This campus truly embraces the community while offering the opportunity to people of all ages and cultures to play active roles and develop the community in which they live.