The Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA) provides an education focused on preparing urban youth to succeed in competitive colleges and universities, obtain job-readiness certification for entry-level positions with higher wages in health care, and gain new awareness of and seek out a healthier lifestyle.
In 2016, IHSCA achieved a Level 1 rating from CPS recognizing it as a "high performance" school and "a good choice" for families and students. IHSCA students complete a 32-credit curriculum with additional math and science requirements along with English and Spanish instruction all four years. In additional to classroom instruction, students participate in a number of unique career exploration activities including internship programs, experiential projects working with professionals in the field, guest speakers, and more.
Our school offers a variety of supportive services, chief among them the in-depth guidance provided by IHSCA advisers and educators. Our advisers begin working with students during our required summer bridge program before 9th grade, then stay dedicated to the same group of students through out all four years of high school to build a trusting relationship and provide quality, tailored support. Given that our goal for students is not only high school graduation, but also college graduation, IHSCA provides Fifth Year advising, helping students transition through their first year of college.
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Instituo Lottery Dates and Guidelines
Instituto Health and Science Career Academy (IHSCA) is open to any 10th – 12th graders who resides within the City of Chicago. We admit students by blind lottery, not based on grades, test scores or proximity. 9th Grade students who want to enroll in Instituto Health Science Career Academy must submit their application through the GoCPS website and select school number HSGEOØ
Application Available – Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Application Due Date – Friday, March 13, 2020
School Lottery Date – Monday, March 23, 2020
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If you are applying for a current CPS students, you will need to use the Activation Code sent home with your student at the end of the school year to complete this step. Non-CPS students do not need an activation code. If you have misplaced or did not receive this code, please contact the Office of Access and Enrollment from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday- Friday at 773-553-2060 or email@example.com to have it reissued.
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