John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy

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If you have completed the application at and have accepted your seat in the Go CPS portal, then you have come to the right place!
We are excited about all of the success and accomplishments our VHA family experienced this year, and we are eagerly anticipating you and your family continuing the Standards of Excellence with us next school year.
To begin the enrollment process and for any questions that you may have please contact Ms.Heard
Scroll down for information on the upcoming school year, school uniform, and school supply list!
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Vanderpoel Humanities Academy

2019 -2020 School Year Upcoming Dates to Save:

First Day of School - September 3, 2019

SY 2019 -2020

Third Baptist Church of Chicago FREE August 11, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Back to School Extravaganza 

Kindergarten Orientation: August, 29, 2019,     8:00 a.m. -  9:00 a.m.

New Student (1st -4th grade) 

New Middle Student School Orientation: August 29, 2019,       8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fine & Performing Arts Academy Auditions September 9 - 13, 2019 After School 





Tech/Stage Crew 

Visual and Creative Arts

Digital Arts 

VHA Student Fees

Vanderpoel Student Activity Fees (For All students) $75.00; $25.00 per sibling - Due before October 4, 2019. 

  • Technology Maintenance and Repair
  • Beginning of Year and End of Year Activities 
  • Classroom and Individual Website Subscriptions
  • General Student Supplies, etc. Including Student Planner 

8th Grade Graduation Fees (Mandatory)

  • $140.00 - Facility, Cap, Gown, Diploma Cover and Pin/Ribbons

*Anticipated 8th Grade Trip Fee: between $400.00 - $600.00 (Tentative)

*Luncheon (TBD) 

* Yearbook $30.00

* T-Shirt $25.00 

Kindergarten Promotion Activity Fee

  • $100.00  - Cap, Gown, Diploma, 2 Tickets to Awards Dinner,  T-Shirts and Flowers

*$20.00 - Additional (2) Awards Dinner Tickets

*$20.00 - Yearbook

* Students may purchase a chromebook for school use ($189 payable in installments) or students may bring their own device.  (See Mr. Williams - School Technology coordinator for details) 

*Vanderpoel Athletic Fee: $100.00 

  • Uniforms
  • Transportation
  • Tournament Participation and Fees
  • Supplies, Equipment and Materials

*Fine and Performing Arts Academy Activity Fee $100.00

  • T-Shirt
  • Costumes
  • Performance materials, supplies, and equipment
  • Support Staff
  • Stage maintenance, Lights, Microphones, sound
  • Instrument maintenance, repair and replacement
  • Transportation 

*Indicates optional Fees 

The Vanderpoel Humanities Academy Local School Council hosts 2 annual fundraisers to help defray the general costs applicable to all students.  Other VHA organizations may sponsor other fundraisers to help make optional fees more manageable.

Other Important Dates: 

  1. VHA Local School Council Meeting September 10, 2019 5:30 p.m. 
  2. Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Annual Meeting Notice September 13, 2019 7:30 a.m. 
  3. 8th Grade Parent Meeting September 18, 2019 6:30 p.m.
  4. VHA 2019 Annual Open House and Local School Council Meeting October 1, 2019 5:30 p.m. 
  5. Annual State of the School Address November 5, 2019 6:30 p.m. 
Please note School Supply lists are the same as last year.