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1628 West Washington Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60612

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April 02, 2014
I have two children who attend HILA, 2nd grader and Kindergartner. Overall, I have been pleased with the school. My children have learned a lot and enjoy seeing their teachers and friends daily. Initially when I first started with HILA 3 years ago, I was skeptical at how the staff would be able to maintain a fun and safe space for the general population students while incorporating a few students who have special needs. But I must say, I have been thoroughly impressed by the integration process and it teaches all the children tolerance. The entire school staff seems to be trained on how to properly deal with disruptive behavior regardless of the child and it has been very rare that I've seen or heard my children mention unruly conduct. The school is clean and it feels safe. They seem to also really work hard at providing additional support for families via their parent resource center. There are however three things I'm hoping the school will improve on: (first) better parent involvement; (second) establish a music program in which the students will learn to play an instrument; (third) establish a program in which the children learn a foreign language.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2014
The school is wonderful and has turned around since its opening. The administration now is focused and serious in making this a top notch school. We have been with Hope since the beginning and have seen its ups and downs as with any new school. The school has improved tremendously within the last two years due to the newer principal and better staff. This is an especially good school for special needs as the staff is caring, communicative, and supportive. They will do their best in making it right for your child. My child loves Hope and I highly recommend it now.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
I have two children at The Hope Institute and I absolutely love this school. They have an excellent program; and the teachers and staff are extremely competent and very professional. My kids love the school as well! My kindergartener once described Hope Institute as "really cool!"

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
My child has started Kindergarten in 2012. We have been very pleased with her teacher from last year and this year. The administration is very helpful, and the new principal is great. I agree, HILA did have trouble in the past, but I've seen the new administration really step up and make some changes. Parents also cannot put all the blame on a school for low test scores. We need to be working with our children at home on a daily basis, assisting them, and staying involved. My son will start at HILA in the fall, and we are very excited for him to be able to attend, also. I would recommend HILA to another family.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
Our child was with HILA since it first opened its doors and it was the biggest mistake we ever made. Now she is in 6th grade and her teacher has spent the first half of the school year working extra with her to catch her up to her peers as she is far behind in reading and mathematics despite good grades at HILA. Like other parents we gave this school opportunity after opportunity to change and were deceived by promise after promise which were broken. We saw good teachers walk out the door time and time again because of administration. The school has continued to have new 4th grade, 5th grade and Kindergarten teachers and things are so bad they cannot even keep a librarian. Do not make the same mistake we did, the schools abyssmal test scores do reflect the quality of education at Hope Institute Learning Academy.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2013
My son is currently in 2nd grade and has attended Hope since kindergarten. He has significant learning disabilities and gets more support at Hope than he would at any other school in the city. His teachers truly care about him and push him to learn. We are very grateful for Hope.

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2013
This school has a revolving door for leadership and teachers, causing chaos and among the lowest test scores in Illinois. Communication is horrible as the school refuses to communicate with parents in regards to failure to become a 6-8 grade school and dcfs and dhs investigations.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
This isn't a great school it's like a revolving door in regards to teachers. This is my son's first year in kindergartner and he has had 3 different teachers. During the first couple of weeks of school they had more students then teachers for kindergartner so they had to open a third classroom and my son was moved to the new class. After about 8 weeks the new teacher resigned and another teacher was placed in his classroom and as of today (11/18/13) he has yet another new teacher. I really had high hopes for this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
This year is the first time in three years that our son will not be starting the year at Hope. This is also the first year that we are not starting out the year with overwhelming concern that the school administration is acting in their own best interests and going out of there way to mislead parents into believing that everything is great. Beyond the image that Hope tries to create with a neverending stream of new computers, big fundraisers and donor dollars is a school that is chaotic, lacks stable leadership and consistently scores lower on academic testing.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
I have two children returning back to this school and I feel like the school is good but needs improvement. When school starts back next week my children will be in 1st & 3rd grade. I have no problems with this school. The teachers that my children have had has been excellent. My Oldest son has been attending going on 4 year's. I love HILA!! :-)

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2013
Glad to finally have my child on to a different school. Administration continually makes promises that they never intend to keep (i.e. 6th-8th grades). State test scores are among the lowest in the state and lowest in the city, perhaps because they can't seem to keep a 4th or 5th grade teacher employed for longer than a year. They claim inclusion in the classroom, but don't provide appropriate support to those classrooms, as a result classes are out of control, teachers spend all their time dealing with disruptive students which only hurts and holds back the majority of the classes.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
This school has successfully created an environment where it is cool to be disrespectful, disruptive, and unkind to other students. In fact, if you are bad enough, you will even get put on a special reward system where you get extra incentives and attention just for doing the minimum that is expected of you. And then the other students will see you, and imitate your behavior just to earn extra rewards too. There is no real discipline in place, and I have seen too many good students slip into bad habits because their achievement isn't recognized or encouraged. This school is acceptable for students with special needs, but if your child is well-behaved and high achieving, expect them to be bullied and overlooked.

- submitted by a teacher
September 08, 2012
As with many new schools, this school has had a few "kinks" to work out-most take at least 5 years to become established. They are definitely moving in the right direction now, especially with the new Principal and Asst. Principal, and I am confident this new leadership team will bring the improved test scores needed to expand in the future. This school has a fantastic curriculum, amazing teachers and tons of potential! My son is excited to go to school each day and loves LEARNING which should be the ultimate goal of any great school!!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
For the second year in a row the school has failed to expand to sixth grade despite repeated promises. Three principals in three years. Test scores that are way below the rest of Chicago.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2011
This School is awful do not put your kid in here. The retention rate for teachers is deplorable., Most are inexperienced and low paid. I'll take the worst public school teacher any day.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2011
I have two children here, one special needs and the other general education. They are both excelling and like going to school every day. The administration is so attentive and teachers are great with communicating.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
My daughter has attended Hope Institute Learning Academy for the past two school years, and I must say that her father and I are pleased as punch with her academic progress. Our daughter is currently in the second grade, and she performing at grade level in certain subjects and above grade in others. The teachers, and administrative staff are encouraging, and they expect the very best performance from the HILA students each day. I must say that I am quite pleased with HILA, and I am looking forward to the 2011- 2012 school year.

- submitted by a parent
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Hope Inst Learning Academy High School
1628 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL  60612
(312) 355-0172
Last modified Hope Inst Learning Academy High School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hope Inst Learning Academy High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top