Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy

The Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA) provides an education focused on preparing urban youth to succeed in competitive colleges and universities, obtain job-readiness certification for entry-level positions with higher wages in health care, and gain new awareness of and seek out a healthier lifestyle.


In 2016, IHSCA achieved a Level 1 rating from CPS recognizing it as a "high performance" school and "a good choice" for families and students. IHSCA students complete a 32-credit curriculum with additional math and science requirements along with English and Spanish instruction all four years. In additional to classroom instruction, students participate in a number of unique career exploration activities including internship programs, experiential projects working with professionals in the field, guest speakers, and more.


Our school offers a variety of supportive services, chief among them the in-depth guidance provided by IHSCA advisers and educators. Our advisers begin working with students during our required summer bridge program before 9th grade, then stay dedicated to the same group of students through out all four years of high school to build a trusting relationship and provide quality, tailored support. Given that our goal for students is not only high school graduation, but also college graduation, IHSCA provides Fifth Year advising, helping students transition through their first year of college.

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Instituo Lottery Dates and Guidelines

Instituto Health and Science Career Academy (IHSCA) is open to any 10th – 12th graders who resides within the City of Chicago.  We admit students by blind lottery, not based on grades, test scores or proximity.  9th Grade students who want to enroll in Instituto Health Science Career Academy must submit their application through the GoCPS website and select school number HSGEOØ


Application Available – Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Application Due Date – Friday, March 13, 2020

School Lottery Date – Monday, March 23, 2020


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Upcoming IHSCA Open House Dates:

  • Fri. Nov. 17 -- 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Sat. Dec 2 -- 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Fri. Dec. 8 -- 6:00pm-8:00pm


GoCPS Guidelines

The application process has changed! Use these links and documents to get step-by-step instructions on key application processes:


Activation Guide

The first step in submitting an application is to activate an account. This will create your family’s profile where you can add any students who are applying and view the programs to which they are eligible to apply. There are lots of important steps to follow in this process, especially when adding addresses for the primary parent/guardian and creating current vs. new CPS students. The GoCPS Activation guide is a great resource to help you complete these steps correctly.

Activation Guide


Application Guide  

Once you are ready to apply, the GoCPS Application Guide is one of your best resources for understanding all the steps required to select and rank programs/schools, submit the application and schedule required events. Covering both non-selective enrollment and selective enrollment programs, this step-by-step instruction manual is perfect to print or view from a mobile device and use as a reference guide while completing the application process.

Application Guide


Elementary & High School Guide

This is one of the most extensive and detailed documents on the GoCPS site. The Elementary and High School Guide covers everything from application process, selection and notification details, to eligibility requirement breakdowns and a list of high schools by program. The guide also contains a glossary and FAQs to provide definitions and answers to common questions. By putting all of this information in one place, the goal is to have this single guide replace both the High School Guide and the Options for Knowledge Guide.

Elementary & High School Guide


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GoCPS Enrollment:

If you  are applying for a current CPS students, you will need to use the Activation Code sent home with your student at the end of the school year to complete this step. Non-CPS students do not need an activation code. If you have misplaced or did not receive this code, please contact the Office of Access and Enrollment from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday- Friday at 773-553-2060 or to have it reissued.  


If you have questions about IHSCA:

Please email Mr. Mendez at or call 773-890-8020.

Please click here for the CPS Non-Discrimination Policy.