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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Leadership Opportunity

NCLD has created an opportunity for young leaders that live with learning and attention issues to learn from each other and obtain skills to advocate for the LD community. Here is more information on the opportunity: The Young Adult Leadership Council is a 2-year leadership fellowship that harnesses the power and voices of young advocates (ages 18-26) with the shared goal to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 people with learning and attention issues. Click here to learn more and apply!

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Some learning disabilities include dyslexia (reading), dysgraphia (writing), dyscalculia (math) and executive function difficulties (organization). This month and throughout the year we’ll share resources with you about LD that can be passed onto your own communities. There will be an Everybody Reads Illinois conference held virtually on October 28th. You can click here to gather more information about the event.

Half My DAF Challenge

Did you know there is $120 billion sitting in Donor Advised Funds across the country right now?  One philanthropic couple wants that money to go to work to support non-profits — like Hyde Park Day School — doing important work during this challenging time.  Read more about the #HalfMyDAF challenge here.

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.


We’re Off to a Great Start!

The school year is off to a great start.  Thanks to all the students and parents who are working within the new social distancing and health and safety parameters necessitated by COVID-19.  Thanks also to our teachers who are finding new and creative ways to keep everyone focused on the learning at hand.

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.  

School is in session for the 2020-2021 school year.