In 1996, Little Village Academy opened its doors to relieve the overcrowding in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth in the neighborhood schools nearby.  The building is renowned for its ground-breaking and iconic design, inspired by Aztec design. Throughout the years, Little Village Academy has received recognition for its award winning architectural design including 2002 Institute Honor Award for Architecture, American Institute of Architects. 1999 Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture, American Institute of Architects. 1998 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards. 1997 Distinguished Building Award, American Institute of Architects Chicago. 1996 Silver Medal, Illinois Indiana Masonry Council.


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Located in the heart of the Little Village community, the school was initially built to serve 640 students. Since its inception, there has been a steady increase of new students enrolling yearly. Currently, the total student population is 899 students, 99% of which is Mexican and Mexican American, 40% which is English language learners and 98% who qualify for free or reduced lunch.  


As a result of the school’s high enrollment, a modular was built in the staff parking lot to alleviate some of the overcrowded primary classrooms. Our class sizes currently range between 26-34 students in each classroom. The library was converted into a special education resource classroom in which 2 separate classes are conducted daily.


Exploratory classes such as health, art, music, writing, and computer tech are “ala cart” meaning they are conducted in the homeroom.  The teachers’ lounge was converted into a primary resource classroom. In spite of our challenges, teachers never complain, students come to school daily (attendance is rate averages 97% monthly) and the school is a warm and welcoming environment.


The middle school program has beenhonored with the “Schools to Watch Award” for being one of the top four schools in the Chicago Public Schools system to have a model middle school program within an elementary school.  This year, our school also received a Level 1 Rating (in good standing).