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About Us

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The Hope Institute Learning Academy opened its doors in September of 2009 as part of the CPS, Renaissance 2010 project.  Through a partnership with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology & the University of Illinois Chicago, The Hope Institute for Children and Families created an educational environment designed to help each child reach their potential regardless of learning style, socioeconomic background or level of cognitive ability.

In July of 2009, HILA was chosen as a Pearson Innovation School.  As such, students have access to the most up-to-date print and digital curriculum from Pearson.  In addition, the company provides ongoing professional development support – both through hands-on workshops and online – to ensure that HILA teachers are prepared to make the most of the core and supplemental curriculum products they have in their classrooms.

Originally opening as a K-3 school, HILA has expanded classroom offerings to grades K-5 for the 2011-2012 school year. Eventually, HILA will become a K-8 education provider.

The Hope Institute Learning Academy is more than just a school; we are a community-centered organization.  We support families by sponsoring the HILA Family Educational Resource and Support Center, providing families with the tools and resources that they need to help their child succeed.

Located at 1628 West Washington Boulevard on Chicago’s Near West Side, The Hope Institute Learning Academy is a unique partnership between The Hope Institute and Chicago Public Schools.  Opened in September, 2009, this K-5 elementary school is a place where children receive an individualized education suited to their specific needs and where diverse learners with a variety of learning styles all succeed.

Vision and Mission

The mission of The Hope Institute Learning Academy is to create a learning environment that supports students to achieve optimally, regardless of socioeconomic background, learning style, or disability. The mission is realized by creating a school that lives up to its vision – helping students to be successful.

The vision of The Hope Institute Learning Academy is to create a demonstration school within the Chicago Public School system that serves to change the way that children are educated in Chicago. The vision is nothing short of creating a major change in supporting students to achieve – by adopting a model that supports personalization of the educational experience for all students, that engages students in experiencing their curriculum, that utilizes data to make decisions and relies on evidence-based practices, and that is designed from the core to be agile and responsive to student and staff needs – breaking down unnecessary barriers to educational supports, settings, and services that can help all students be successful in our inclusion model.

Fast Facts

  • Opened in 2009 with grades K-3
  • Currently serving grades K-5
  • 250,000 square feet of bright classroom space in a completely updated physical plant
  • Fully-staffed library
  • Learning garden
  • Chicago Blackhawk sensory gym
  • Community health center serving students and their families
  • Full-time clinical staff including speech therapists, social workers, applied behavioral analysts, nurses and occupational therapists
  • Outstanding after school programming

Academic Leadership

The Hope Institute Learning Academy is proud of its academic leadership. Click here to read the biographies of our key administrators.

1628 W Washington
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Phone: (773) 534-7405

 

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For more than 50 years, The Hope Institute for Children and Families has led the way in providing innovative educational approaches to help all learners meet their maximum potentials. Hope understands how to teach – and care for – children with a variety of educational needs and styles of learning. Students in Hope classrooms regularly exceed the national average for being “on task” in learning activities. But more importantly, Hope students experience the joy of learning to their full potentials.
Learn more at www.thehopeinstitute.us