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8th Grade Orientation (BOLA/JWLA)
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Open for New and Returning Students Registration 2022-2023July 25th - August 10th Online
Jesse White students celebrate their 8th grade graduation
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Ms. Thigpen teaches our potential future clothing designers sewing basics
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JWLA students talk and listen to a slew of individuals from various professions during career day.
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Be a buddy not a bully
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Jesse White Learning Academy

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Family Community Day 2022

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 Families enjoyed shopping for summer workbooks, clothing, new uniforms, and a plethora of items.

Officer Pennington, Mr. Sawyer, Ms. Johnson, Dr. Spells, and FireChief Jarrett. 

May Newsletter 2022

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Jesse White Learning Academy Mission and Beliefs

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Maximize student achievement and personal growth by fostering a unique path to greatness. 

We believe student achievement and personal growth is improved when: 
  1.  Strong school, home and community partnerships are cultivated
  2. Rigorous and relevant instruction, along with high expectations are the norm.
  3. Research, data, and educational best practices drive decision-making.
  4.  A culture of mutual respect and empathy is established.
  5. A safe, clean, secure and inviting atmosphere is maintained.


Administrative Team

Ms. Latrice Johnson - Principal
Ms. Killeen Sharp  - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Sandra Jaime - Assistant Principal
Kimberly Myles  - Administrative Assistant 
 Taren Brown - School Secretary

Graduation 2022 Staff Well wishes Video

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Jesse White Learning Academy  is proud to offer weekly student testing through a mouth swab. Currently we have 250 students who have signed up for this process. Thank you for working with us to help keep all students and staff safe.  If you have not provided consent for your student to be tested yet, please notify the office so we can send home a consent form with your student Or click the link above. One Kindergarten student stated "It tickled".


16910 Western Ave.
Hazel Crest, IL. 60429 
Phone - 708-825-2190

Teacher Spotlight

Hazel Crest Teacher Rewards Art Class Students With New Sneakers They Designed Themselves

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s been a tough year for kids, but a Hazel Crest teacher found a way to reward his students with new sneakers.

These shoes weren’t designed by Adidas or Reebok, they came straight from the students’ imaginations.

CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas was there when their hard work paid off.

What wound up on their new shoes started on the minds of the students in Mr. Ben Salus’s art class.

“You can have your great ideas come to fruition right now,” Salus said.

His students are about to get their first look at the coolest new kicks in town—shoes they designed themselves.

“You had a creative idea and you made something of it,” Salus said.

Anthony Amos spent weeks bringing those ideas to life. He’s a professional artist who hand-paints custom designs on sneakers; a craft he started as a kid, when his family couldn’t afford the cool new shoes.

“This project was really close to home, mainly because it is exactly why I got into customizing shoes,” Amos said.

Amos unveiled the finished product at the Jesse White Learning Academy.

“I’m happy,” student Eric Rockett said after seeing his new shoes. “My favorite thing is the dinosaur part.”

“These shoes are something special, and I’ll keep them by my side for a very long time,” DaAngelo Jones said.

“I thought the yellows and the pinks look good together,” Danielle Moore said. “I’m excited to wear these, see which outfit could go best with these.”

“Man, I’m keeping back from crying,” Salus said. “I feel like they had a bigger sense of what they accomplished this year, just holding something like this.”

“Pure elation to see a child just go, ‘Wow I made this,’” Amos said.

Salus has come up with a name for the project: From Concepts to Kicks.

He’s already raising funds for next year when the challenge will expand district wide.

Upcoming Events


Teacher Institute Day

Thu Aug 11 2022

Teacher Institute Day

Fri Aug 12 2022


Mon Aug 15 2022

Board of Education Meeting

Mon Aug 15 2022


Mon Sep 5 2022


Thu Sep 15 2022