Our Mission is as Unique
as Each of Our Students

At Hyde Park Day School (HPDS), our sole purpose is to help bright first through eighth grade students with learning disabilities reach their full potential. We believe students who receive the appropriate intervention can develop the skills necessary to keep pace in traditional classrooms. We achieve this by teaching our students how to leverage their significant strengths in areas that are difficult, and how to self-advocate for the tools that they need to be successful.

We transform our students from self-doubters to self-champions.

Our students regain self-confidence and courage, and no longer feel like they are the only ones in the classroom that “don’t get it”. This transformation opens new doors of possibility for students who have been stuck, frustrated, and discouraged; it is nothing short of amazing.

Hear about what makes HPDS unique in our new video

Our approach is what sets us apart.
It’s what makes our students successful.

Individualized Program

Our students are not expected to adapt to standard instruction. Instead, we employ talented staff, state-of-the-art technology, and integrated services to develop deeply individualized academic programs.

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We constantly reference current industry-leading research and studies for ongoing guidance on curriculum and general life skill development, and our nimbleness allows us to make updates quickly.

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Success Attributes

We evaluate each student’s self-awareness, pro-activity, perseverance, goal setting, use of support systems, and emotional coping strategies on an on-going basis to determine readiness for transition.

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Positive Culture

We create a safe, nurturing environment that’s designed to foster self-esteem, confidence, and a genuine interest in learning for each student.

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Dream(s) for the Future

Here is a poem made by the Chicago Campus. Students submitted their own dreams for the future and created this piece collectively. Click here to read their poem.

Key Dates for the 2021-2022 School Year

August 23, 2021 First Day of School
November 24-26, 2021 Thanksgiving Break
December 20-31, 2021 Winter Break
January 3, 2022 First Day Back from Winter Break
March 28-April 1, 2022 Spring Break
June 3, 2022 Last Day of School

Calendar PDF

2021-2022 Academic Calendar

Bellick Family Speaker Series

Dr. Elizabeth Norton

“Understanding Automaticity: How the brain supports reading and Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) tasks, and why they matter for literacy”

Virtual Presentation and Q&A

Thank you to all who attended!

Make a Gift Today

We cannot thank you enough for the immediate and powerful impact your generous gifts make to our school. Online donations are handled securely through a third-party credit card processor. Donate through Paypal today.



Giving Tuesday

Thank you to all who made a gift this Giving Tuesday! If you’d still like to contribute to HPDS, please visit our Make a Gift Today page.

COVID-19 Planning

The Hyde Park Day School Administrative Team, in concert with the Board of Directors for the Leslie Shankman School Corporation, and the COVID-19 Response Team have developed a re-entry strategy that is broad in its scope, specific in its applications, and flexible in its deployment. Teaching and learning at HPDS is at its best when teachers, students, and clinical staff can work as closely as possible.  The COVID-19 Response Team has incorporated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, National Association of Independent Schools, Independent School Association of the Central States, and public health experts to address what we must do to provide in-person instruction.  

The 2021-2022 school year is underway and in-person!