Welcome to the New Alex Haley Academy website. The faculty and staff hope that website will be a great way to reach out to our parents, students, and the school’s community and possibly the world! Take a few moments to explore our website.
Alex Haley Academy is located in the Sheldon Heights. We currently offer Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, educating about 540 students. We are committed to helping each child develop academically, emotionally, and physically in a safe, respectful, and student-oriented environment. We encourage parents to become partners in their child’s educational journey. Research has shown a direct relationship between parent involvement and student success at school. Alex Haley has a thriving Local School Council (LSC) and Parent Action Committee (PAC), which also provides additional parent support and activities.
This school year promises to be an exciting one. We have scheduled exciting field trips, sports programs, as well as other captivating after school programs. While our after school programs will provide additional supports for our students, we also takes great pride in high quality academic programs, for all of our students. Haley strives for a positive school environment committed to student achievement. We hope you enjoy our website and thank you for your support of our school.. If you would like to learn more about the school please click here
Alex Haley Academy strives to create a rich learning community by embracing the diversity of our students. Our aim is to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of every student. We believe that individualized instruction, profession learning communities, standards based instruction, with the infusion of technology, along with parental involvement and community partnership create a climate that through effort and encouragement we can empower every student to learn and grow into responsible, global, successful life long learners.
Our vision at Alex Haley Academy is establishing a positive and safe school climate
where mutual respect and continue learning is embraced by all our stakeholders. We envision our students taking ownership of their education. Our teachers modeling effort and enthusiasm. Our parents and community members supporting and encouraging our students to meet with success.
Who is Alex Haley?
Alex Palmer Haley (1921-1992) was an African-American biographer, scriptwriter, and author who became famous with
the publication of the novel ROOTS. Haley traced his ancestry back to Africa and covered seven American generations, starting from his ancestor, Kunta Kinte. In 1977, Roots won the National Book Award and a special Pulitzer Prize. The book sold in one year more than one million copies and became the basis of courses in 500 American colleges and universities. To learn more about the life of Alex Palmer Haley please click here.
Alex Haley and West Pullman Coming Together as ONE
Principal Rhonda Larkin of Alex Haley Elementary Academy and Taquia Hylton of West Pullman Elementary meet for lunch with Celia Coleman, CPS transition coordinator on May 9, 2013. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune) Here's what Principal Larkin had to say about schools closing.