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Instituto Health Sciences Academy

  • Instituto Health Sciences Academy
  • 2520 S. Westerm Ave.
  • Chicago, IL 60608
  • (773) 890-0055
  • 2009

Program Description

Founded by the Instituto del Progreso Latino, the Instituto Heath Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA) is a charter high school that serves Chicago-area youth, grades 9 through 12. At IHSCA, we prepare students for success in competitive colleges and universities while simultaneously providing job readiness certifications in entry-level positions with higher wages at the healthcare sector. IHSCA offers a college preparatory and health sciences curriculum. This means that IHSCA offers all the courses that is needed to prepare students for college, including language arts, mathematics, computers, and English and Spanish, as well as to prepare them for a career in health sciences.

Success Stories

Jorge Pliego was the first to go to high school when he enrolled at IHSCA. He was part of a 10-week internship program at Lurie Children's Hospital that made a major impact on him. At the end of the program, Jorge was chosen as one of five students to participate in a summer internship that would provide him with a $1,000 stipend and teach him CPR, how to work with protective safety equipment in the hospital environment, and other skills training. He was also selected to give a presentation on the experience to a room of staff, including the hospitals' CEO. Jorge's teachers say he came back from the summer program with a new level of enthusiasm. In fact, he ran for Student Council President and was recently selected as a finalist for a Posse Foundation Scholarship.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 95%
  • African American: 3%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 750
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (50)


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College (35)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College (19)
  • Governors State University (15)
  • Northeastern Illinois University (3)
  • Northern Illinois University (3)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (15)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (8)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 60%