Esperanza School

520 N Marshfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60622-0606
Tel: (312)243-6097
Grades: K - 12 | 47 students
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Esperanza School
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)
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.: 32%

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.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Wolcott School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Ucan Academy (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Montessori Academy Of Chicago (0.7 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Chicago
    Wolcott School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 9-12 | 55 students
    0.3 miles
    524 N. Wolcott Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60622
    (312)610-4900
    0.39-12
    55
  • Chicago
    Ucan Academy
    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-12 | 131 students
    0.4 miles
    3110 W Grand Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    (773)722-3097
    0.41-12
    131
  • Chicago
    West Town Academy
    Alternative School
    Grades: 9-12 | 77 students
    0.6 miles
    2021 W Fulton St
    Chicago, IL 60612
    (312)563-9044
    0.69-12
    77
  • Chicago
    Grades: NS-8 | 157 students
    0.7 miles
    1335 W Randolph St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (312)243-0977
    0.7NS-8
    157
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-8 | 125 students
    0.8 miles
    2200 West Rice Street
    Chicago, IL 60622
    (773)384-7243
    0.8PK-8
    125

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