Village Leadership Academy (VLA) is a K-8th grade social justice school located in the South Loop of Chicago offering an innovative approach to teaching and learning that includes high academic standards, culturally-responsive classrooms, exposure to world history and geography, appreciation for cultural differences, the development of critical thinking and perspective-taking skills, and socially-just decision making. VLA students are engaged in deep exploration of relevant high interest content in math, science, reading, language arts, social science, physical development, health awareness, fine arts, world languages (Spanish), social emotional development, technology, and leadership development. Academic content is grounded in real world experiences that help our students develop and expand their knowledge, productive habits, and critical intellect. The academy guides students in realizing their potential for academic excellence and supports them in gaining the skills necessary to positively transform and advance their community, nation, and world. Village Leadership Academy’s goal is to prepare tomorrow’s world leaders today.