Confident. Committed. Focused.
The achievement gap is alive, but we refuse to let it hinder Village Leadership Academy students and their potentials.
Not only do we raise our teaching standards and expectations of our students across core subject areas, but we also implement a unique, rigorous, and social justice based teaching model to reform education on the elementary level.
Through our innovative model, we aim to empower and transform low income middle school students from the West Side of Chicago, as well as other students across the city, into inspiring leaders of tomorrow.
Additional Program Info
VLA classes are kept intentionally small to support student learning, with core class sizes being 20 students or less. All middle school students are provided with collaborative, small group instruction and classes are taught above grade level.
All middle school students receive instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, and social justice delivered by content area experts as students transition to the various classrooms. Instruction in science, art, music, Spanish and physical education is provided by instructors with training in those particular content areas.
The middle school program also allows for the self-selection of many special elective courses and clubs such as Debate, Drama, Science Club, Cross Country, Yearbook/Journalism, Homework Club and many others. Middle school students are charged with being an example to our elementary school participants and are encouraged to partner with elementary school students on school initiatives and programs.
In a like manner, middle school program participants are also encouraged to network and explore beyond the walls of VLA on school sponsored excursions such as educational endeavors to Washington, D.C., and Springfield, IL, visit various local colleges and universities, speak at and attend conferences and community hearings, and participate in international service as members of the World Scholars Program.
VLA is committed to assisting and supporting families in our learning community. Financial aid, scholarships, and/or grants are available to eligible families.
VLA families with demonstrated need are encouraged to apply for financial aid–the priority application deadline is typically in February; however, we do accept applications on a rolling basis. We also accept Illinois Action for Children for before care and aftercare services.
Families can also apply for tax-credit scholarships through Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund.
14 years have passed since my story with ITAV began. I am so grateful to the ITAV family for allowing my three daughters and me to be part of their great family. There have been great moments and memories that will always remain in my mind. Thank you ITAV for your support and commitment.
My toddler’s face lights up with excitement every time we are approaching his school. It gives me a great sense of comfort knowing that he is in great hands while I am away from him.
ITAV Parent and Family Support Staff Representative
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