History, Mission, & Values
Who We Are
Instituto Justice & Leadership Academy is a second chance high school designed to serve students between the ages of 16-21 years old, who are seeking a more personalized and individualized program. We provide students with a rigorous academic program while simultaneously providing strong social emotional supports. Our educational philosophy is rooted in social justice and focuses on rebuilding students’ perspective of learning in order to navigate life in a meaningful and purposeful way.
We define social justice as a way of life that challenges an individual to realize the power and potential in themselves and their community. IJLA seeks to empower students to become decision makers in their own lives and to use their education to become productive agents of change. We do this by encouraging youth who may have faced injustice to actively participate in various community actions that fight against all forms of oppression. We prepare our students to respectfully question our society at all policy levels and encourage students to model what they believe by becoming critical thinkers and leaders cultivating a cycle of individual success and lasting social justice. We cultivate a safe environment that promotes critical reflection in order to transform the world.