“An Innovative Learning Environment for all Children”
The Hope Institute Learning Academy (HILA) first opened its doors to students on September 7, 2009, serving grades K-3. HILA was the result of more than three years of discussion and planning between Chicago Public Schools and The Hope Institute for Children and Families. Its goal? To create a new type of school. A school in which children with special needs were responsibly included in the general education classroom. A place in which a child with disabilities could attend the same school as their more typically-abled brothers and sisters. A place in which all learners are accepted and valued.
The HILA model has proven to be a success. Here’s how one HILA mother put it: “The children really take care of each other. When one child needed some help tying their shoes, another classmate was there to help. When one child boarded a bus, about five of his classmates asked the teacher if his wheelchair was on board. The students take care of each other, and that is what inclusive education is all about. Everyone is included and loved for their individual gifts.”
HILA has since expanded classroom offering with long-term plans to serve children in grades K-8. Shouldn’t your child be part of the developing history of The Hope Institute Learning Academy?
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.