Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy

Grades Currently Served CPS Rating
9 - 12 Level 2+

The Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy (IJLA) provides students with an education that fosters growth as critical, active, and productive members of their families and communities. IJLA provides a unique and rigorous education program to reach out-of-school youth in Chicago, allowing them the opportunity to reinvest in their future.

IJLA students take responsibility for their education as they learn the meaning of being physically, emotionally, and socially healthy. To enable this, IJLA looks to its students to help create the education environment that will allow them to be most successful. Student voice is an important part of every decision, ranging from the school dress code to the topics covered in class. In addition, IJLA encourages self-exploration and social justice as part of its curriculum to give students further agency and ownership over their education.