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Enrollment is NOW OPEN for the 2023-2024 school year. HOPE will be accepting applications through September 30, 2023 for the school year starting in Fall 2023.

HOPE is a Level 2+ contract school embracing diversity and serving students of all learning styles and abilities. Through individualized instruction and data-driven best practices, HOPE makes a commitment to better outcomes for students. HOPE is what education should be – personalized, responsive, engaging and innovative.

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Admissions Policy

Admission Application and Procedure

The HLAC Admissions Application is a document that is typically reviewed and updated in the fall prior to the coming school year.

The admission process for the 2023-2024 school year will begin in fall of 2022. Applications must be submitted within the given time period stated on the application. Lottery usually takes place at the end of March. (Application will have the exact date and location of where the lottery will be held.) Updated applications will be posted on the HLAC website ( and available in the HLAC main office.

Families are encouraged to attend the lottery but it is not necessary.

Students who are accepted to HLAC receive an acceptance letter and a phone call or email within 15 days after the lottery has been conducted. When the family confirms they will attend HLAC, they must schedule and complete a new student assessment for placement in a classroom. In order to register the accepted student, a parent or guardian must complete an enrollment packet, provide required documentation and pay a $25 student registration fee when enrolling. Families must submit all supporting documents in order for the application to be considered complete.

HLAC Admission Policy

The Hope Learning Academy manages the admissions process for its campus per its status as a contract school partner in the Chicago Public School System.

HLAC Lottery Process

HLAC conducts a manual lottery within the school on the specified lottery date. The lottery process is independently conducted according to CPS systems and must be recorded and audited per CPS compliance rules. CPS will notify HLAC of when and how they would like to receive a copy of the recording. During the lottery, students are randomly selected to fill the seats available for each grade. If a child’s name is picked during the lottery, that child will be accepted. In the event that there are no available seats in a certain grade level, a lottery will be conducted for that grade level and those applicants will automatically be placed onto a waiting list according to the order they were selected in the lottery.

Wait-list Policy

Children who are not accepted during the lottery are placed on a wait list in the order they were selected in the lottery; placement is determined by seat availability and by the order in which they were selected in the lottery.

Sibling Policy

HLAC utilizes a sibling preference policy for siblings of students currently enrolled. Applicants who have a sibling currently enrolled at HLAC will be given preference, provided that there are seats available in the grade for which they are applying. If there are vacancies for the grade for which the prospective student is applying, siblings will be accepted before non-sibling prospective students in order to fill the available seats. If seats are not available in the grade level that the sibling is entering, the sibling will not be accepted and will follow the standard lottery and wait list procedures.

Kindergarten Sibling Policy

Children entering kindergarten who are the sibling of a current HLAC student will be given preference and ensured a kindergarten seat before the lottery is conducted, provided that enough kindergarten seats are available.