IHSCA opened its state-of-the-art new building for the 2011-2012 school year. Students learn in science labs with equipment that they may see in future science focused careers and have access to a large library as well as multiple computer labs. Our students are inspired by sweeping views of their surrounding neighborhood and downtown Chicago, which can be seen best from the school's cafeteria.
IHSCA partners with the local YMCA one block away where students take athletics classes and have practice for IHSCA's sports teams. Additionally, IHSCA has a dance room and a weight room for student use, located within the building.
IHSCA is easily reached by public transportation including the 49 bus on Western Avenue, the 60 bus on Blue Island Avenue, the Orange Line at 35/Archer and the Pink Line at Western.
Designed by local architecture firm JGMA, the 100,000 square foot building, a transformed 1920s warehouse, offers students an environment that is bright and welcoming. JGMA repurposed the abandoned building expanding it to house IHSCA and meet the needs of parent organization Instituto del Progreso Latino, truly imagining the space as a community center. The building's innovative design has won many awards including: The Richard H. Driehaus Design Excellence Award in 2014, Frank Lloyd Wright Special Recognition - Design Excellence Award in 2012, and the Retrofit Award from Metal Magazine in 2012.