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

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

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

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 2022-2023 School Year

August 22, 2022 First Day of School
November 23-25, 2022 Thanksgiving Break
Dec 24, 2022 – Jan 8, 2023 Winter Break
January 9, 2023 First Day Back from Winter Break
March 27-31, 2023 Spring Break
June 2, 2023 Last Day of School

Calendar PDF

2022-2023 Academic Calendar

Save the Date!

This year’s Annual Gala, The Stars Are Out at HPDS, will take place on Friday, April 28, 2023 at the Bryn Mawr Country Club! We can’t wait to see you there!

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!

Bellick Family Community Education Program

Thank you to everyone who attended the Bellick Family Community Education event on December 7, 2022  featuring Dr. Mark Seidenberg, Vilas Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as speaker! Dr. Seidenberg’s research is concerned with basic questions about the nature of language and how it is acquired, used, and represented in the brain. This event was entitled Raising Reading Achievement: We Can Do More and  was filled with fascinating insights.  We’re gratified to be able to offer such esteemed speakers.

The 2022-23 School Year is Underway!