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The International Academy of Hope (iHOPE) is a highly specialized private school focused on educating students, ages 5-21, with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and multiple disabilities. It fulfills an unmet need in the community while serving as a model of best practices in the delivery of special education services. iHOPE provides students with a literacy-rich curriculum that incorporates a multidisciplinary and collaborative program including cognitive strategies, small group instruction, assistive technology, therapeutic intervention, behavior management, physical rehabilitation, social interaction, and transition services.


iHOPE opened its doors in 2013 for six children as a therapeutic and academic school for students with TBI and multiple disabilities. Since then, iHOPE's enrollment has continued to expand to more than 80 students, as families, advocates and educators have recognized the school as a leading institution in the field of traumatic brain injury. In 2019, as iHOPE continued to gain recognition within the greater community and field of disabilities, a partnership was formed with YAI, a leading nonprofit organization providing supportive programs for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with YAI, iHOPE has amplified its focus on student learning and is looking forward to moving to a new site in March 2022, which will enable the school to provide more comprehensive support in a custom-designed facility.

Board of Trustees

Kevin Carey, Chair, Irene Cavanagh, Hope Levy, Erik Putnam
Latest financial statements

Work With Us!

Are you interested in joining the iHOPE family? Do you have a passion for supporting and empowering others? 

We are looking for people who are caring, motivating, positive, and team-oriented!  

Current positions include:

Teacher of the Visually Impaired (part time, short term)

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Sanna & Tony Sjoman

River's Parents

The overall and individual approach is nothing short of amazing! He has made large strides on every level. We have definitely noticed a lot of improvement. We believe that he would not had made as much progress as he has without iHOPE.


Big Things Are Coming

iHOPE is taking a giant leap forward! In January, the school will relocate to a beautiful new site on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 53rd Street in Manhattan. Support from our community will help realize the potential of our new home and enrich the learning community we have built together. Designed with our students’ individual abilities, needs and goals in mind, iHOPE’s new facility will assure a bright future filled with possibility.

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