School is an integral part of normal life for children, teens and young adults. Cancer or other serious illness can disrupt the sense of normalcy and connection it provides, beyond how it may affect their studies.  
Our program is designed around helping young patients continue their education. That helps them maintain that sense of normalcy through socialization and continued academic progress during treatment and recovery.

City of Hope’s School Program helps children, teens and young adults...

  • Feel more normal and adjusted by keeping pace with their peers
  • Increase self-esteem through opportunities for achievement
  • Provide motivation to stay socially and mentally engaged
  • Reduce depression and anxiety associated with treatment
  • Have smooth transitions back to school after treatment


The School Program provides services for all phases of education, including:

  • Preschool
  • Elementary school
  • Middle/High school
  • College
  • Vocational studies


The School Program helps to coordinate:

  • Hospital tutoring
  • Home instruction
  • School re-entry
  • Student and parent advocacy
  • Special accommodations
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Community resources and referrals
All student patients at City of Hope are invited to participate in our School Program. For more information please contact Alejandra Muro, MSW, LCSW School Program Coordinator, at 626-218 2015, or send an email to [email protected].
You can ask any member of your medical team to submit a referral on your behalf.