About Our School
Our specialized curriculum and/or programs are individually adapted to meet the needs of every child as determined by parents, therapists, teachers and medical professionals. Most staff members have Master’s degrees and five teachers have been Nationally Board Certified. Other highly qualified staff includes a registered nurse, 6 licensed practical nurses, 2 physical therapists, 2 occupational therapists, and 2 speech pathologists. These and various other services including hearing, vision, and mobility are assigned from Central Office, full or part time, as determined by the IEP’s of the children. Each of the nine classrooms are staffed with a highly qualified teacher and at least two assistants. The program is provided following an integrative model. This requires all staff to go into the classrooms and work collaboratively with the other adults. The premise of this theory is that skills acquired in a natural environment are more often generalized into daily living.
Several of our teachers have supported their programs through small grant awards from Donors Choose. In the fall of 2007, Charlene Clay was recognized by her peers within the Chicago Public Schools as a DRIVE award winner. We are very proud of their accomplishments.
Technology is another avenue towards knowledge for our students. We strive to make sure that all of our computers are working and have the appropriate programs to meet the diverse needs of the staff and students. All of the classrooms are equipped with computers, laptops, and iPads. Many of these devices are adapted with equipment that enables the children to have access to the internets’ plethora of information. Many of the students receive augmentative communication evaluations from Ms. Andrea and the rest of the assistive technology team at central office. As a result, several students have Dynavox communication devices that allow them to interact with educators and peers.
We welcome high school and college students from several area schools. Although these students have a variety of goals, they report gaining a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding physical challenges and learning styles. Other community alliances and contributions include regular visits from police officers and firefighters.
We feel strongly that our educational and therapeutic program is the best in the city. Phone (773) 534-7460, or come in and let us prove it to you and your family members!!