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ASPIRA Antonia Pantoja

Program Description

Founded in 1985 to provide dropout services to West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and Hermosa areas, Antonia Pantoja High School is state-recognized and affiliated with Youth Connection Charter School and ASPIRA of Illinois. Antonia Pantoja provides a standards-aligned curriculum emphasizing project based learning and basic academic, socialization, and cultural skills to a total of 200 students. Counseling and job placement are also available.

Antonia Pantoja High School (APHS) strives to create a challenging, safe, and supportive learning environment. APHS students are valued individuals with unique, personal and academic needs. Our school empowers students through a balance of traditional and innovative programs along with strategies to help them develop their strengths and self-esteem. APHS students are exposed to a variety of post-secondary opportunities through the school's network of local and state learning institutions.

The Antonia Pantoja High School community is passionate about educational success. All members of our learning community have responsibilities and share a collective commitment towards each of our students. Antonia Pantoja High School provides meaningful curriculum, instruction, and assessment that challenges all students, promotes academic success and personal growth. In order to provide meaningful curriculum, it is important to be open to diverse perspectives and the study of various academic disciplines. All learners at APHS will encounter a small school community where they will find staff members who know them well and are committed to their academic growth. More importantly, staff members at APHS will provide a supportive and safe learning environment to all students in order to help students succeed in all of their academic endeavors.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 170
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%