Little Black Pearl Arts and Design Academy (LBPA) is a CPS contract high school where the enrollment is open to 9th– 12th grade students from all communities in the City of Chicago. Operated by Little Black Pearl Workshop, a non-profit organization, LBPA is located in the Kenwood/ Hyde Park/ Bronzeville area. LBPA is an Arts-focused high school with an enrollment of 150 students and a 23:1 class ratio. Although LBPA’s graduation requirements are aligned with Chicago Public Schools, we extend the traditional focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)by adding the opportunity for our students to engage their natural creativity through focused Artistic outlets (STEAM). LBPA is the only high school in the city that offers Glassblowing classes as part of the regular credited curriculum.

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy maintains Level 2+ Level (Good Standing) rating as reported by the CPS School Quality Rating Report. In addition, the school has celebrated several milestones throughout the school year to include:

  • 100% graduation rate for LBPA Seniors in May 2018.

  • Partners with the Urban Alliance Obama Youth Job Corps that offers paid internships to seniors who meet GPA and academic credit requirements

  • 5% of the 2016 and 2017 graduates were eligible to participate in dual-enrollment programs at the City Colleges, as well as, off-campus internships.

  • Partnerships with UNCF and Jordan Brand provides full-ride scholarships for eligible seniors.

  • Over $500,000 in college scholarships awarded to students who participated in the Jordan Wings Program.


Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy’s (LBPA) vision is to provide a unique creative secondary education and business environment that nurtures and promotes the product of design, originality, and imagination. LBPA builds on a school culture that encourages life-long learning and ingenuity.


Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy (LBPA) holds the following to be true:

  • As educators, we control and are ultimately responsible for the conditions that lead to the success or failure of our students in our school.

  • Education must be relevant to our students; as educators, we must provide opportunities for them to discover a reason to learn.

  • We, as educators, must break the underdevelopment cycle and create a psycho-social support structure as a part of the educational process.

  • Education is a collaborative process that supports the development of all students.

  • It takes a community to provide an education that our youth deserve.

  • Education is liberating; as educators, we must create visceral experiences to get students to look at the world from different perspectives.


  • Equality- providing all students access to a high quality education despite socio-economic status, race, gender, cultural background, and disability.

  • Resiliency- achieving academic success despite the circumstances.

  • Independence- empowering students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers through their own experiences.

  • Accountability- holding ourselves and our students accountable for their academic success at all times.

  • Trust- trusting that we as a school community will hold each student to the highest standards and that we will exhaust every avenue to see that each student success.


The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.