Esperanza School

520 N Marshfield Ave,
Chicago, IL, 60622-0606
Tel: (312)243-6097
Esperanza School is a private, therapeutic day school that addresses the educational and developmental needs of students age 5-21 with mild to severe developmental disabilities, including emotional and/or behavioral disorders, intellectual delays, cognitive impairment, Autism, and other conditions.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other school association(s)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarians
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild to severe developmental disabilities, including emotional and/or behavioral disorders, intellectual delays, cognitive impairment, Autism, and other conditions.
Year Founded 1969

Student Body

Total Students 47 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 93%
State avg.: 28%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 27%
Average Class Size 10 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Acceptance Rate 90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Stephanie Ong

School Notes:

  • At Esperanza School, students learn and grow in a supportive environment, and individualized attention helps each reach his or her academic and developmental goals. Through individualized educational plans (IEPs), life skills, vocational training, and the arts, students are reaching their academic, developmental, and social goals.

    We partner closely with parents and guardians at every step of their child’s education. From the referral and enrollment process through planning for life beyond Esperanza School, our multidisciplinary team that includes teachers, social workers, transition specialists, nurses and speech therapist collaborate with parents to determine student goals and the paths to reach them.  Students are supported to make independent choices and pursue their interests to the extent possible. Students enjoy art, music, and theater, and all have access to a nurse, speech therapist, and social workers.

    Our small class sizes facilitate the high level of personal attention that all of our students receive. Like all of our programs,Esperanza School provides bilingual (English and Spanish) services to both students and parents to meet the diverse needs of the families we serve. Door-to-door transportation is provided.

    Esperanza School is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and Education and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Profile last updated: 01/16/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Wolcott School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Uhlich Academy (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic School (0.8 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Chicago Wolcott School    
    Special Education School
    524 N. Wolcott Ave.
    Chicago , IL , 60622
    (312)610-4900
    Special Education School
    0.3  mi  |  55  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Chicago
    Uhlich Academy    
    Special Education School (Nonsectarians)
    3110 W Grand Ave
    Chicago , IL , 60622
    (773)722-3097
    Special Education School (Nonsectarians)
    0.4  mi  |  135  students  |  Gr.  2-12
  • Chicago
    West Town Academy
    Alternative School (Nonsectarians)
    2021 W Fulton St
    Chicago , IL , 60612
    (312)563-9044
    Alternative School (Nonsectarians)
    0.6  mi  |  77  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Chicago
    Montessori Academy Of Chicago
    Montessori School (Nonsectarians)
    1335 W Randolph St
    Chicago , IL , 60607
    (312)243-0977
    Montessori School (Nonsectarians)
    0.7  mi  |  271  students  |  Gr.  NS-8
  • Chicago
    St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic School
    (Roman Catholic)
    2200 West Rice Street
    Chicago , IL , 60622
    (773)384-7243
    (Roman Catholic)
    0.8  mi  |  125  students  |  Gr.  PK-8

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