Moses Montefiore Academy

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Moses Montefiore Academy or Moses Montefiore School is a special school of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). It is located in the Near West Side of Chicago. It serves students with severe emotional disorders.[1] As of April 2015, most Montefiore students had been expelled from other schools due to violent behavior.[2] As of 2015 it serves grades 7-9.[3] As of August 2015, the Chicago Public Schools eliminated all students and most staff from the school (except an assistant principal and a clerk), but claims that the school is not closed. [4]


In 1988, a gunman entered the school property and shot and killed Irma Ruiz, a 40-year-old female police officer. The assailant also injured a 38-year-old male police officer, Gregory Jaglowski. The injured male police officer shot the gunman dead.[5]

In 2010, the school had 62 students in grades 5-8. Prior to 2010 there had been a decline in enrollment and Micah Maidenberg of the Chicago Journal wrote that "Staff and administrators at Montefiore had feared closure".[1] In 2010 CPS announced plans to add a high school division to Montefiore with a plan to make it a 6-12 school; at the time the district administration was recommending Bartholome De Las Casas Occupational School, which had 82 students, for closure. Ron Huberman, the CEO of CPS, stated that the Montefiore facility is superior to the De Las Casas facility for special education.[1]

Vice made a documentary series on the school, titled "Last Chance High."[6]


  1. ^ a b c Maidenburg, Micah. "High school at Montefiore." Chicago Journal. January 20, 2010. Retrieved on April 19, 2015.
  2. ^ VICE Staff. "Last Chance High - Part 1." Vice. April 5, 2014. Retrieved on April 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Home." Moses Montefiore Academy. Retrieved on April 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "[1]." According to "Last Chance High" the parents were told the school was closed while the teachers were told they were getting more students in 2016. This was done so that no parents would know to show up for the "public hearings" to decide if the school should be shut down. Since no parents were told about public hearings or that the school was technically still open, they were forced to either put their children back into public schools where they were expelled from previously or pay for private therapeutic schools. Chicago public school district says they sent out letters to the parents about when hearings would be held but no parents ever received these letters.
  5. ^ "Police Officer Loved Children And Died While Protecting Them." Chicago Tribune. September 23, 1988. Retrieved on April 19, 2014. "Irma Ruiz, 40, the mother of four children and a police officer who liked her job working with kids, was killed Thursday morning when a rampaging gunman barged into the Moses Montefiore School, 1300 S. Ashland Ave.,[...]"
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