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Village Leadership Academy

Private | PK-7 | 175 students

Empowering and transforming our students into global leaders of tomorrow.

 
 

Living in Chicago

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $288,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,340.

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted March 22, 2014

This school has provided the academic space for my child to grow and learn without any boundaries. My six year old asks questions that shows he's being challenged to think critically. Recently, he wanted to meet all of the local politicians in his community so he can push his class grassroots campaign on Homelessness. Thank you VLA! The exposure he's receiving at VLA is trajectory of a future global leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

Village Leadership Academy has been a breath of fresh air for my husband and I as parents of a kindergarten son. They have the structure that our son needs but TRULY understand that he is only 6 and allow room for him to grow and mature. My son enjoys going to school and loves his teacher and classmates. I appreciate the efforts they make to always have activities to keep the kids busy which is a tremendous help for working families. We couldn't be more satisfied with this first year and look forward to many more years to come here at VLA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

I can not say enough positive things about Village Leadership Academy (VLA)!! Speaking as an individual who works in education and also as a parent- their curriculum is literally outstanding ! Curriculum is presented in thematic global context and back to the community level & carried out in very a holistic way. To hear my son speak he sounds like a College Student! As a single parent with a very limited support system VLA is a DREAM COME TRUE!! I can drop my son off as early as 6:30am if need be and pick him up as late as 6pm (if need be).The teachers & staff are literally like our Village. They are very caring & supportive of my son & provide a very structured & safe environment for him. They have expectations of him and help him to identify and work on his weak areas both in academics as well as in character... which has helped him to take more responsibility for his actions in a very progressive way. They have great extracurricular activities I would never have been able to engage in due to time constraints and costs. They go on field trips regularly & have fun family events. I am very pleased and grateful that a school like this exist! I would highly recommend this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

This school is WONDERFUL! You dont find a school that treats your child like family, they teach nurture and committ to making our children be better at school and home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2013

This school is awesome!! I love the teachers and the curriculum. My child is challenged in the classroom and through social and cultural awareness initiatives. The school is diverse and teaches kids about the cultures of the world through a program called World Scholars where they take 3rd and 4th grade students to another country at the end of the school year. They encourage children to initiate real life grass roots movements to address ways to solve things that happen in the community. The children take art, music, dance, Spanish and physical education. They have a full-time psychologist and a full-time reading specialist and tutor on staff. My daughter is in Kindergarten and is reading at the first grad level and is doing word problems in math and she is not even in the advanced kindergarten room. I am more than confident that at the end o this school year that her reading will be at least at the 2nd grade level. I cannot say enough about this school. Its a fairly young school and is not widely known but when it catches on I am more than confident that it will be considered one of the best schools in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2011

This school is outstanding! From top to bottom, all of the staff seems to genuinely love all of the children. The energy of a positive learning environment is palpable. The teachers always look like they are engaging the students. There seems to be very few behavior issues; the students are even well behaved when they are walking in halls! As a working parent I truly appreciate their innovative approach to education by having an extended school day with included before and after school programming (which includes homework help!). You can drop off your child as early as 6:00am and pick them up at late as 6:00pm! I do not have to worry about making arrangements for after school care at all. AWESOME! They serve breakfast, lunch, and supper; take numerous field trips that are relevant to the dynamic curriculum; and promote and celebrate emergent leadership skills at their weekly assemblies and other special pull out classes. My 5 year old in kindergarten is already reading and doing math concepts on a 1st grade level. She is so happy that she never wants to leave at the end of the day! And she is not alone. Children are happy here and they love to learn. I love it! Thank you VLA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2010

I am very excited about this school's fresh and new approach to teaching. I understand that this school is in the fetal stages of developing and there are things that need to be worked on but I feel that they are headed in the direction of being one of the top schools in the Illinois. One of the school's beliefs is that if we are molding world leaders of tommorow, they should be exposed to other countries and cultures. So this year the third graders are going to Brazil and I think that is wonderful. My daughter is 7 and in the 2nd grade and maybe she will be able to go and explore another country next year. Bravo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

This school is unorganize. The principal is also extremely rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

This school challeges the children and exposes them to everthing (extracurricular) and everybody (different cultures). Upon entering the school, my child was a #1 follower. A characteristic that I have been trying to change for years. Today, my child is one of the many #1 leaders at Village Leadership Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

V.L.A the best school to send your childern 5 stars + more
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

Village Leadership Academy was a great decision for my son and daughter. Since enrolling them (my son is 4 and baby girl os 6) they have become considerable notice changes in the initiative really. They take on responsiblilties on there on that makes me so proud. They voluntary show there progress reports daily which is very helpful for me to now there behavior throughout the day. I Just Love this school
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 73% 18%
Hispanic 21% 24%
White 3% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Hip-Hop
  • Drum line
  • Step team
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Nakisha Hobbs
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (312) 675-0069

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Social Justice
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club: Hip-Hop
  • Drum line
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Science club
  • Step team
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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800 S Wells St Ste 90
Chicago, IL 60607
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Phone: (312) 675-0056

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