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Rush Day School

Empowering Minds for a Brighter Future

Rush Day School, founded in 1967, is a not-for-profit therapeutic school offering education and treatment for autism spectrum and emotionally disabled children ages 6 to 14. Some of the children may also have another neurologically based disorder, a learning disability or a speech and language disorder that requires clinical and educational intervention. The goal for each student is to return to a less restrictive school environment. The majority of our students return to a public or private school in regular education with support.

Highlights of the Rush Day School:

  • A strong regular education academic program — curriculum is aligned with the Illinois State Standards and Common Core Standards. Students who return to their home schools report academic success.
  • Certified special education teachers provide individualized and group academic instruction in classrooms of up to nine students. A resource teacher provides additional support for individual students both inside and outside of all classrooms as needed.
  • Psychiatric nurses design individualized behavior management plans for each student in collaboration with other team members. Additionally, they collaborate with child psychiatrists and other physicians regarding diagnoses, medication monitoring and reduction of symptoms.
  • Intensive therapeutic services including individual and family therapy, group therapy with an emphasis on social skills development, and parent groups are provided by a professional and experienced clinical team. This includes a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed clinical social workers, and advanced practice nurses.
  • A full-time occupational therapist and speech and language therapists meet individually with children who require services based on their individualized education plan (IEP) and consult with the classroom teams. A focus for treatment may include sensory integration. We offer art therapy and a wide range of other art programs including music, drama, improvisation and photography as part of a fine arts curriculum.
  • Learning specialists and board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist provide weekly consultations.
Hear what some of our parents and students have to say about their experiences with Rush Day School.

Approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, Rush Day School is the only therapeutic day school in the Chicago metropolitan area affiliated with an academic medical center. Our mission aligns with the mission of Rush University Medical Center and incorporates the core "I CARE" values: Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

We are committed to providing the very best individualized treatment and academic training for autism spectrum and emotionally disabled children who come from over twenty school districts.

To obtain further information, please call (312) 942-6627.

Download a copy of the Rush Day School Brochure.

Planning for the future:

Our ultimate goal is to return students to the setting that is appropriate for them, be it a mainstream school, an alternative self-contained program or a unique combination of educational and resource services. Planning for that return starts early in a student's tenure at Rush Day School. Each child's academic and therapeutic plan includes important benchmarks — and strategies for reaching those benchmarks — that will empower him or her to achieve success.

Clinical Team
  • Jean L. Heideman, MPP, MS, director of the Rush Day School
  • Robert Worgen, B.S., assistant unit director
  • Margie Lenoir, assistant principal

Providing the most effective education and best experience for its students takes a team approach. The team at Rush Day School includes a number of specialists:

  • Teachers certified in emotional and behavior disorders, learning disabilities and autism
  • Clinical social workers and psychologists
  • Child psychiatric nurses
  • A consulting psychiatrist
  • Occupational and speech therapists
  • Art and music therapists

Contact Name Rush Day School
Contact Phone (312) 942-6627
Contact E-mail

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