Our Mission is as Unique
as Each of Our Students
We transform our students from self-doubters to self-champions.
Hear about what makes HPDS unique in our new video
Our approach is what sets us apart.
It’s what makes our students successful.
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.
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.
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.
We create a safe, nurturing environment that’s designed to foster self-esteem, confidence, and a genuine interest in learning for each student.
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 2023-2024 School Year
|August 23, 2023||First Day of School|
|November 22-24, 2023||Thanksgiving Break|
|Dec 23, 2023 – Jan 7, 2024||Winter Break|
|January 8, 2024||First Day Back from Winter Break|
|March 25-29, 2024||Spring Break|
|June 5, 2024||Last Day of School|
We would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions towards making this year’s annual gala a success! Your assistance allows us to help even more families with the Bright Futures Scholarship Fund!
Online Gifts and Payments
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.
Please note that transactions may appear on credit card statements under our legal name, the Leslie Shankman School Corporation.
HPDS Spirit Wear Shop
Show your HPDS pride wherever you go! Visit our spirit wear shop to purchase HPDS clothing, tote bags, magnets, and more!
Save the Date for Summer School!
Summer school is fast approaching! This year’s session will begin on Tuesday, June 20th!