Established in 1957 as a groundbreaking concept for children with developmental disabilities, Hope Learning Academy in Springfield has evolved into a center combining excellent teaching, state-of-the art technology and a specially designed facility to allow students with autism and developmental disabilities to achieve their maximum potential.

Today, our learning center is a 40,000-square-foot facility designed with a unique way-finding system, visual supports, diffused lighting, sound-absorbing carpet and sensory rooms within the classrooms and playgrounds. This creative environment supports a variety of programs designed to meet each child’s needs.

Innovative Programming

Our school is designed to foster independence and personal growth in our students. Our specialized programs were developed to emphasize a wide-range of activities from functional life skills to employment readiness. Programs include:

  • Independence Learning Program
  • Therapeutic Education Program
  • Community Transition Program
  • Community Integrated Classrooms
  • Lakeshore Program
  • Vocational Skills Development Program
  • Judith A. Jordan Summer Camp

Building Hopeful Futures

Our goal is to help our children live joyful, independent and productive lives. Many of our programs, such as the Community Transition, Vocational Skills Development, Community Integrated Classrooms and Lakeshore Programs are designed to improve basic life and vocational skills while increasing the potential for independence.