Opportunities to learn in person may be provided to diverse learners, English learners, students who require access to specific resources, and students who require additional social and emotional academic support.
A combination of learning models will allow PLA to adapt alongside Illinois' public health response to COVID-19 and the diverse needs of school communities. A hybrid approach will also allow learning to continue uninterrupted should students need to learn at home full-time for health reasons.
Progressive Leadership Academy (formerly Charles Houston High School) offers opportunities to get back on track by completing classes needed to get a diploma. Our mission is to reduce high school dropout rates, increase academic achievement and learning through competency based instruction, and empower students by preparing them for the next stage in life.
YCCS meets the individual needs of students through programs committed to academic excellence, human development, cultural enrichment, & social equity.
Y.C.C.S IS FOUNDED. Y.C.C.S is chartered by the state of Illinois in partnership with a consortium of 28 community-based organizations in the city of Chicago.
1,336 GRADUATED. The Y.C.C.S Board implements a number of innovative initiatives, including our Math Science & Enrichment Academies.
The Chicago City Council & Mayor Daley publicly recognize Y.C.C.S, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, for our achievements in serving Chicago’s at-risk youth.
2,500 ENROLLED. Y.C.C.S implements Quality School Measures, & develops and provides occupational skill training on-site on one of our campuses.
5,927 CUMULATIVE GRADUATES. Y.C.C.S is a leader in the development of a state-wide task force on Growth Models for high schools serving at-risk youth.
NEW VIRTUAL HIGH SCOOL. Y.C.C.S opens a brick & mortar campus offering online education for students who are under-credited & over-aged.
RENEWED FOR 4th TIME. Our charter is renewed for another five year contract with 20 campuses. We achieve a Level-One rating on the C.P.S S.Q.R.P.
YCCS EARNS TOP PERFORMANCE. Y.C.C.S performs at a Level-One rating on the C.P.S S.Q.R.P rating for the second consecutive year.
PLA strives to make sure that all programs are intersting, exciting & relevant to the real world, to not only transform youth into productive individuals, but also to spark intellectual curiosity & develop a capacity for participation in their futurre communities.
PLA provides its students with a world-class education in an urban setting. Our curriculum provides an opportunity for YCCS students to graduate with a diploma & confidence to demonstrate their mastery of the core competencies that are essential for academic & personal success. Every student is prepared for college, careers & beyond.
Our afterschool programs are offered in the following 4 primary content areas: Arts (dance, photography, & food preperation), Communications & Leadership (social media, video editing, & community organizing), Sports (Basketball, Cheerleading, Boxing), & STEM (computer programming, repair, & robotics).