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
... Read more on Homelessness. Thank you VLA! The exposure he's receiving at VLA is trajectory of a future global leader. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/22/14
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.
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/04/14
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
... Read more 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!! Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/19/14
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.
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Posted by a parent on 01/22/14
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/02/13
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
... Read more 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! Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/05/11
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
... Read more 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! Read less
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
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Chicago schools — Village Leadership Academy is located at 800 S Wells St, Chicago IL 60607. 800 S Wells St is in the 60607 ZIP code in Chicago, IL Village Leadership Academy is a Private school that serves grade levels K - 5.
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