Asian Human Services offers a range of services for people at all stages of learning, from the two year old in her first classroom to the senior citizen learning how to use a computer, and every age in between. Our main educational services are offered through Passages Charter School, a pre-K to 8th grade school located in the Edgewater neighborhood, and the LEAF Program, located in West Ridge, which offers ESL and computer classes for adults as well as preschool and after-school programming. We are especially committed to serving low-income immigrants from Asia and around the world.

Passages Charter School

Passages Charter School serves students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Focused specifically on the needs of immigrant and refugee students, Passages offers a tailored educational program focused on high academic standards and instruction based on students' individual needs. The school follows an English Immersion program model.
In 2001, Asian Human Services (AHS) was awarded a charter by Chicago Public Schools to start Passages Charter School.

For more information, call (773) 433-3530.
Passages is located at 1643 West Bryn Mawr Ave. Chicago, IL 60660.

  • High Academic Standards
    Every student is expected to perform at or above grade level. We follow many strategies to improve student achievement.

  • Longer School Day and School Year
    Our school doors open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:55 am to 3:30 pm and on Wednesday from 7:55 am to 1:50 pm. Passages offers free morning care starting at 7 am daily and a tuition based after school program for students daily until 5:30 pm. This reassures working parents that their children are in a safe and educational environment.

  • Effective and Committed Teachers
    Like our students, our diverse teaching staff comes from around the world and speaks many languages. More than seventy five percent of our teachers have post-secondary degrees, and we have strong support staff, including AmeriCorps members.

  • Small Class Size
    Small student-to-teacher ratios allow for more individual attention and education that is matched to each student's needs.

  • Strong Parent Network
    Passages has an active parent/teacher group that supports all school activities.

  • Connection to Social Services at AHS
    All of the programs and services offered by AHS are available to Passages' families. We can assist parents with adult literacy classes, computer training, employment services, health education and medical assistance.

  • Mental Health Services
    The Mental Health Program at AHS collaborates with the school to help children who are struggling to succeed.

The LEAF Program

The Literacy Education for Adults and Families (LEAF) Program offers year-round educational programming for low-income adults, children and families. We have a licensed, Head Start preschool, a Chicago Public Schools-funded daycare for two years olds, and an after-school program for school-age children. The LEAF Program also provides a range of classes for adults, including four levels of ESL classes as well as Computer Skills classes.

Free Computer Classes

Registration Dates and Times:
Thursday, May 4th, & Friday, May 5th, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Course Dates:
Starts: May 8, 2017 Ends: June 28, 2017

Advanced Computer Skills for Job Seekers
M – TH 9:00 am — 11:30 am (4 Days a Week)
Classes are in English

Introduction to Computers
M – TH 2:00 pm — 4:00 pm (4 Days a Week)
Classes are in English

For more information, including registration dates and enrollment requirements, please contact the LEAF Program at (773) 564-4944.

We are located at 2838 W. Peterson Avenue. Chicago, IL 60659.

LEAF Adult Education

The LEAF Program offers daily classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Computer Skills. We welcome immigrant students from around the world for our ESL classes and both immigrants and native-English speakers for our Computer Skills classes. We currently have four levels of ESL, from basic literacy to transition classes that help students move to the workplace and community college. Our classes meet Monday to Friday from 9:00-1:00, and we have regular registration periods. We also have four levels of Computer Skills classes, offering training from basic computer skills to advanced Microsoft Office skills. Our classes meet from Monday to Thursday, 9:00-11:30 and 2:00-4:30.

To register for free ESL classes, please come to our learning center on Friday, May 5th from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

For more information on the LEAF Adult Education program, please call (773) 564-4944, or visit us at 2838 W. Peterson Avenue.

LEAF Early Childhood

The LEAF Program has a licensed Head Start program for children ages 3-5, and a daycare for two-year-old children. We are a Chicago Public Schools-funded program in which children take part in activities designed to prepare them for preschool and kindergarten. Every day, children enjoy nutritious meals, a nap, indoor and outdoor playtime, and learn in a creative, nurturing environment. We also offer a Home Visiting program for parents with young children and pregnant mothers. This free program offers eligible families twice-monthly visits to support children’s social, emotional and cognitive growth.

For more information about the LEAF Preschool, Daycare and Home Visiting programs, please contact Alison Brinson at (773) 564-4946, or by email at

Our preschool and daycare program is located at:
2838 W. Peterson Ave. Chicago, IL 60659.

LEAF After School

In the LEAF After-school Program, children from local elementary schools meet daily with tutors to work on homework and reading skills, do arts-and-crafts projects, and play educational games. From June-August, we run a summer camp for kids whose parents are enrolled in ESL programs. Children from local schools such as Clinton, Jamieson, and Stone on Chicago’s north side are matched with tutors from Loyola University’s Federal Work Study Program.

For more information about the LEAF After-School Program, please contact Jermaine Primus, School-Age Coordinator, at (773) 564-4951, or by email at

We are located at 2838 W. Peterson Ave. Chicago, IL 60659.