Therapeutic Day Schools for Middle and High School Students with Autism

Therapeutic Day Schools for Middle and High School Students with Autism

Middle School

Acacia Academy

La Grange Campus: 6425 Willow Springs Rd
Burr Ridge Campus: 6880 N. Frontage Rd Suite 100 
info@acaciaacademy.com
708.579.9040

Acacia Academy is an accredited, private special education / therapeutic school for elementary (grades 1-8), high school (grades 9-12) and Transition Program for ages 18-22. We offer a variety of school year and summer programs designed to meet each student’s learning objectives in terms of his/her learning capabilities. Acacia Academy is AdvancED accredited and has been approved for out-of-district placement by the Illinois State Board of Education for special education. Students from all over northern Illinois attend Acacia Academy.


Academy of Excellence in Learning

19056 Henry Drive, Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 271-3478 or (913) 485-8151
stephanie@academyofexcellenceinlearning.com and lindsay@academyofexcellenceinlearning.com

Illinois State Board of Education approved, non-public special education facility. They are currently accepting students with educational diagnosis of autism, cognitive disability, learning disabilities, challenging behaviors, speech or language impairment, and other health impairment.


Beard Special Education Center

6445 W. Strong St., Chicago, IL 60656
(773) 534-1228

Offers education and treatment for autism spectrum, emotionally disabled, and cognitively delayed children including, discrete trial, sensory integration, behavioral, music, and art therapy, group theraplay and public talking circle. 


Bridge High School (Little Friends)

2318 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-964-1722

Therapeutic day school for children ages 14-22 with autism or other emotional, cognitive disabilities and emotions disorders that have experienced difficulty in traditional academic programs and require an alternative functional curriculum.


The Camelot Schools

Locations in Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas & Virginia
(512) 858-9900
info@cameloteducation.org

Illinois locations in Chicago, Custer Park, Garden Prairie, Genoa, Hoffman Estates, Moline, Mount Prospect and Naperville. Children participating in the autism program at Camelot’s day schools take part in a specialized curriculum that focuses on maximizing independent functioning in home, school, vocational and community settings by utilizing music therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, social skills training, prevocational and vocational instruction, and a functional academic curriculum.


Cardinal Cushing Centers

405 Washington St. Hanover, MA 02339
(781) 829-1205
mmarkowitz@cushingcenters.org

Private, non-profit therapeutic special needs boarding school for children and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities.


Chicago Autism Academy

21133 S. 80th Ave., Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 806-2900
CAACorwin@gmail.com

Serves children who have an autism spectrum disorder, cognitive disability, or a developmental delay with a variety of programs and empirical based procedures, which include: speech and language, occupational therapy, behavioral analysis, and social programming.  A variety of empirically based procedures are used including, Behavior Analysis, Precision Teaching, Direct Instruction, and many other interventions. The Chicago Autism Academy accepts students from many school districts across Northeastern Illinois.  


The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 997-3675
mary.zabelski@chicagolighthouse.org

Therapeutic day school: Programs for students with blindness/visual impairments, moderate to severe/profound cognitive impairments, hearing impairments, traumatic brain injuries, autism, sensory processing disorders, seizure disorders, physical disabilities, communication disorders and other health concerns; program includes speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, nursing, psychology, orientation and mobility, and vision and hearing.


Connections Day School

31410 North US Highway 45 | Libertyville, IL  60048
847.680.8349

We serve children and adolescents, ages 8-21, primarily from Lake County who, because of significant special education needs (ED, BD, LD, OHI, AUT & CD), require an alternative school program that is both educational and therapeutic. By utilizing therapeutic, educational, family and community connections, CDS is able to promote academic achievement, social/emotional well-being and personal growth.


Connections South Campus

909 E. Wilmette Road, Palatine, IL 60074
847-359-8300

South Campus is a private therapeutic day school serving students with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs serving students in Southern Lake and Northern Cook Counties who are in need of an alternative school program, which is supportive, therapeutic and educational. The program serves students between the ages of 6 and 21 years.  SC utilizes educational, therapeutic, family and community connections to promote academic achievement and personal/emotional growth. 


Easterseals Central Illinois

507 East Armstrong Avenue, Peoria, IL 61603-3201 
(309) 686-1177

Provides interdisciplinary pediatric therapy and support for the whole child, and your whole family. Services include: Early Intervention, Feeding therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Counseling. Additional autism services include ABA, DIR/Floortime, assistive technology clinics, adaptive swim lessons, care management, diagnostic evaluations, social skills groups, residential day camp and parent training. 


Easterseals Chicagoland & Greater Rockford 
 
School locations in Chicago, Rockford and Tinley Park
312-491-4110

Autism services include screening and diagnostics (ages 3-12), parent training, individual therapy, parent support groups, and resource support. Therapeutic day school programming available children ages 5-21. 


Eisenhower Cooperative

5318 W. 135th St. Crestwood, IL 60418
708-389-7580

Member districts include: Atwood Heights (D125), Alsip Hazelgreen Oak Lawn (D126), Worth (D127), Chicago Ridge (D127.5), Cook County (D130), Calumet (D132), Midlothian (D143), Posen-Robbins (D143.5) and Community HS (D218).

The Developmental Learning Program provides a complete educational program for students with multiple disabilities in a regular education setting. Children are with age-appropriate peers for lessons that are educationally appropriate to the individual child. Students in the Developmental Learning Program work on an academic and functional curriculum developed individually for them. When appropriate, students are included in a general education class for components of their educational program. If necessary, inclusion facilitator will accompany and assist with adaptations and support. 


Elim Christian School

Autism Comprehensive Education (ACE) Program
13020 S. Central Ave., Palos Heights, IL 60463
(708) 389-0555

School offers a one-on-one integrated holistic approach of services including TEACCH, applied behavior analysis, and augmentative communication.


Esperanza School

520 N Marshfield Chicago IL 60622
(312) 243-6097

Ages: 6-21 years. Esperanza School is a private therapeutic day school that serves special education students with severe and profound Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, aged 6 through 21 years old. Due to their autism and other developmental disabilities, our students also display significant behavioral needs. Our multidisciplinary team includes teachers, behavior therapists, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and a speech and communication specialist.


Genesee Lake School

Contact: Stephanie Koster-Peterson, admissions director
36100 Genesee Lake Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 569-5510, ext. 3004
admissions@geneseelakeschool.com

Genesee Lake School is a nationally recognized provider offering programs for students with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and emotional disturbances. Additionally, we offer specialized programs for students with autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and complex trauma. Our 160 acre campus is a nurturing setting where students from around the country gain the skills and experiences necessary to successfully return to their families, school districts, and communities. Our goal at Genesee Lake School is to provide an innovative and enriching environment for the students in our care to learn and experience all that life can offer. Illinois State Board of Education Approved and COA Certified. Ages: 6-21 years.


Giant Steps Inc.

2500 Cabot Dr., Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 864-3801
ssmith@mygiantsteps.org

Giant Steps Illinois day school offers a one-on-one integrated holistic approach of services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 


Guiding Light Academy 
 
1051 Internationale Pkwy, Woodridge, IL 60517
Woodridge, IL (Academy)- (630) 739-7500
Woodridge, IL (Central) - (630) 328-0438
Shorewood, IL (West) - (815) 409-4495

Guiding Light Academy accepts referrals for students from various school districts in the Chicagoland area. Potential students must be in grades K-12 and have a primary diagnosis of Autism, Other Health Impairment, Intellectual Disability, and Developmental Delay.


Helping Hand School for Autism

Sally Wilson-Gamble
9649 W. 55th St., Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 352-3580, ext. 437

Use research-based intervention modalities and teaching methods to assure best practice to design each child's own individualized program and curriculum.


Holtz Educational Center

8149 Cass Ave., Darien, IL 60561
630-541-6441

Holtz Educational Center, LLC is a non-public, therapeutic day school that provides special education alternatives to students pre-K through 8th grade utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  Holtz accepts students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, students previously diagnosed as having PDD-NOS, intellectual and specific learning disorders & other health impairments.


Jewish Child & Family Services

Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd, Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 467-3900
therapeuticdayschool@jcfs.org

Provides the best educational, emotional and therapeutic services for students of all backgrounds in grades K-12 who have not thrived in a traditional school setting, to encourage their academic, interpersonal and vocational success.


Kemit Academy

(773) 966-5039
5100 South Dorchester Avenue Chicago Illinois 60615

Kemit Academy offers specialized day care for infants and toddlers and a therapeutic day school for children ages 5-12 with developmental disabilities. Kemit also provides pediatric occupational and speech therapies. 


Kradwell School

1220 Dewey Avenue Wauwatosa, WI 53213
414-454-6590

A unique learning environment on Aurora Psychiatric Hospital’s wooded campus. Kradwell is a private, nontraditional and nonsectarian school for children in grades 5 through 12. The school specializes in serving students who struggle to succeed in traditional school environments. The teachers and support staff develop educational plans tailored to each student and any conditions they may have, such as dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, PSTD, OCD, reactive attachment disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and more. Contact form 


Krejci Academy/The Mansion (Little Friends)

619 E Franklin Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-6870

Therapeutic day school for children ages 5-21 with autism or other emotional, behavioral or developmental disabilities.


LaGrange Area Department of Special Education

1301 W. Cossitt Ave., LaGrange, IL 60525
(708) 482-1152

Provides services to residents to seventeen school districts in DuPage and Cook Counties.


Little City - Children's Programs

1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
Main Campus: 847-358-5510
700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago office: 773-265-1539

Our ChildBridge Centers provide individuals up to age 21 with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and therapeutic day school, home-based supports and therapy, and foster care/adoption services.


Marklund

info@marklund.org
(630) 593-5500

Locations in: 

  • Bloomingdale: 64 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108
  • Elgin: 1435 Summit Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
  • Geneva: 1S450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva, IL 60134

Programs include Early Intervention services (Ages 0-3; 630-529-2871, ext. 2238), day school programming (Ages 3-21), day program services (Ages 18+) and residential services (all ages), and employment services for indiviudals with developmental disabilities. 


The Manhattan Childrens Center (MCC)

111 West 92nd Street, New York, NY 10025
212-749-4604

The Manhattan Children's Center (MCC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) school for Autism education and treatment based in New York City. MCC provides world-class treatment and education to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


New Connections Academy

865 E. Wilmette Road, Palatine, IL 60074
847-359-8690

New Connections Academy serves boys and girls ages 6 to 21 with ASD placed by local school districts. New Connections Academy provides school, family and community partnerships leading to successful learning. New Connections Academy offers a primary program (grades 1 to 3), intermediate (grades 4-6), junior high (grades 7 & 8) and several high school classes (grades 9-12).  The classes are self-contained, offering a standard elementary curriculum of Reading, Spelling, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education.  Each student has an Individual Educational Plan developed by the placing district.


New Hope Academy

Brandy Larrance, executive director
6289 W. Howard St. Niles IL 60714
(847) 588-0463

Illinois State Board of Education approved. Serves students in special education diagnosed with emotional disabilities, other health impairments, learning disabilities, and autism. Students are average to above-average intelligence, withdraw socially and emotionally, experience difficulty “fitting in” a mainstream environment, have difficulty reading social cues, “slip through the cracks” until their problems are severe, procrastinate (specifically with homework assignments and long-term projects), have difficulty with executive functioning, have talents in art and music, have the potential for academic achievement, struggle with gross and fine motor skills, have difficulty with social skills, use frequent illness as a means to avoid school and may become “school phobic,” appear sad, lonely, hopeless, or depressed, harbor anger and hostility but does not act out violently in school or in the community. Ages: 11-21 years.


New Horizon Center

6737 W. Forest Preserve Ave, Chicago, IL 60634-1470
(773) 286-6226
Patricia Palmer: ppalmer@newhorizoncenter.org

Therapeautic day school for those with severe and profound learning disabilities, autism, and intellectually challenged students who benefit from a personalized program with services such as speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, art therapy, nursing services, social services, vision services, sensory room, Rainbow Dog Therapy, Greenhouse Gardening and much more.


O-School (The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago)

Therapeutic Day School Program
Kristin Friesen, LCSW (Director of Admissions)
6245 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 420-2891

The O-School is a therapeutic day school for individuals with high functioning autism and/or other mental health issues. The O-School is Illinois State Board of Education approved. The day school is committed to fostering inquiry into the clinical and treatment needs of students. The O-School relies upon the therapeutic relationships that develop between a student and their teachers and therapists as a major component of the treatment. Milieu staff members are actively involved with the students throughout the day, not simply monitoring or supervising them but developing bonds and relationships with students that create a structure in which each child or adolescent can receive emotional support, develop new skills and sustain healthy relationships. The school and family work together to create a consistent experience for each student. Serves ages: 5-21; Funded through private pay or child's school district.


PACTT Learning Center

7101 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 338-9102
learningcenter@pactt.org

Illinois State Board of Education approved. PACTT is an agency that provides educational, residential and vocational services to individuals with autism.


Rush Day School

Jean L. Heideman, MPP, MS, director
2150 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-6627

Illinois State Board of Education approved. Rush Day School utilizes a team approach to provide intensive psychotherapeutic services combined with an academic program. Offers education and treatment for autism spectrum and emotionally disabled children. Goal for each student is to return to a less restrictive school environment. The majority of students return to a public or private school in regular education with support. Class size: limited to six to nine students. Children may be enrolled throughout the academic and extended school year. Ages: 5-15 years (grades K-8).


Soaring Eagle Academy

8330 S. Madison St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-2900
info@soaringeagleacademy.org

First school in the Midwest to provide a social and academic learning environment utilizing a developmental individual-difference relationship based (DIR) approach for students diagnosed with autism and related disorders.


Stuart G. Ferst School 

6050 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 761-4651, ext. 235

Illinois State Board of Education approved. Provides co-ed functional academic instruction, vocational experience and/or therapeutic education to students with behavioral/emotional disorders, traumatic brain injuries, or developmental disabilities such as autism, cognitive impairment or physical/medical impairment.


Summit School

The Autism Spectrum Program
333 W. River Road, Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 468-0490
jwhite@summitdundee.org 

Program offers a one-on-one integrated holistic approach of services including DIR, TEACCH and RDI.


Trinity School 

301 Veterans Parkway New Lenox, IL 60451
815-485-6197

Trinity School was founded in 1950, and has evolved to Trinity Services, Inc. to provide a broad range of supports and services for people with disabilities. The school remains a vital support for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. Issues may include developmental delays, autism, behavioral challenges and attention deficit disorder. 


Turning Pointe CN Day School

Contact: Bernadette Bassett, School Principal
1500 W. Ogden Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 615-6037
bbassett@turningpointeaf.org

Turning Pointe's therapeutic day school program serves middle and high school students impacted by autism. Our trademark COPES (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Sensory and Social) method is utilized to help students progress.  Programming is highly individualized as outlined in students' Individual Education Plans (IEP) and includes a collaborative therapeutic team approach. Additional services may include: Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Behavior Analysis, Dog Therapy, and Recreational Leisure. Students practice life and vocational skills to increase their independence. These skills are generalized into the community setting. Ages: Middle School, High School, and Transition


The Winston Knolls School

2353 Hassell Rd, Suite 110, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(630) 283-3221
info@knollscenterforautism.org

Services Provided:  Provides ABA Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, Social Skills Groups, Parent Training and Education, Family Counseling, Social Work, Psychiatry, and Academic Programs through insurance. 

High School

Acacia Academy

La Grange Campus: 6425 Willow Springs Rd
Burr Ridge Campus: 6880 N. Frontage Rd Suite 100 
info@acaciaacademy.com
708.579.9040

Acacia Academy is an accredited, private special education / therapeutic school for elementary (grades 1-8), high school (grades 9-12) and Transition Program for ages 18-22. We offer a variety of school year and summer programs designed to meet each student’s learning objectives in terms of his/her learning capabilities. Acacia Academy is AdvancED accredited and has been approved for out-of-district placement by the Illinois State Board of Education for special education. Students from all over northern Illinois attend Acacia Academy.


Bridge High School (Little Friends)

2318 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-964-1722

Therapeutic day school for children ages 14-22 with autism or other emotional, cognitive disabilities and emotions disorders that have experienced difficulty in traditional academic programs and require an alternative functional curriculum.


The Camelot Schools

Locations in Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas & Virginia
(512) 858-9900
info@cameloteducation.org

Illinois locations in Chicago, Custer Park, Garden Prairie, Genoa, Hoffman Estates, Moline, Mount Prospect and Naperville. Children participating in the autism program at Camelot’s day schools take part in a specialized curriculum that focuses on maximizing independent functioning in home, school, vocational and community settings by utilizing music therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, social skills training, prevocational and vocational instruction, and a functional academic curriculum.


Cardinal Cushing Centers

405 Washington St. Hanover, MA 02339
(781) 829-1205
mmarkowitz@cushingcenters.org

Private, non-profit therapeutic special needs boarding school for children and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities.


Chicago Autism Academy

21133 S. 80th Ave., Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 806-2900
CAACorwin@gmail.com

Serves children who have an autism spectrum disorder, cognitive disability, or a developmental delay with a variety of programs and empirical based procedures, which include: speech and language, occupational therapy, behavioral analysis, and social programming.  A variety of empirically based procedures are used including, Behavior Analysis, Precision Teaching, Direct Instruction, and many other interventions. The Chicago Autism Academy accepts students from many school districts across Northeastern Illinois.  


The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

1850 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 997-3675
mary.zabelski@chicagolighthouse.org

Therapeutic day school: Programs for students with blindness/visual impairments, moderate to severe/profound cognitive impairments, hearing impairments, traumatic brain injuries, autism, sensory processing disorders, seizure disorders, physical disabilities, communication disorders and other health concerns; program includes speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, nursing, psychology, orientation and mobility, and vision and hearing.


Connections Day School

31410 North US Highway 45 | Libertyville, IL  60048
847.680.8349

We serve children and adolescents, ages 8-21, primarily from Lake County who, because of significant special education needs (ED, BD, LD, OHI, AUT & CD), require an alternative school program that is both educational and therapeutic. By utilizing therapeutic, educational, family and community connections, CDS is able to promote academic achievement, social/emotional well-being and personal growth.


Connections South Campus

909 E. Wilmette Road, Palatine, IL 60074
847-359-8300

South Campus is a private therapeutic day school serving students with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs serving students in Southern Lake and Northern Cook Counties who are in need of an alternative school program, which is supportive, therapeutic and educational. The program serves students between the ages of 6 and 21 years.  SC utilizes educational, therapeutic, family and community connections to promote academic achievement and personal/emotional growth. 


Easterseals Central Illinois

507 East Armstrong Avenue, Peoria, IL 61603-3201 
(309) 686-1177

Provides interdisciplinary pediatric therapy and support for the whole child, and your whole family. Services include: Early Intervention, Feeding therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Counseling. Additional autism services include ABA, DIR/Floortime, assistive technology clinics, adaptive swim lessons, care management, diagnostic evaluations, social skills groups, residential day camp and parent training. Therapeutic day school programming available for children ages 5-21.  


Easterseals Chicagoland & Greater Rockford 
 
School locations in Chicago, Rockford and Tinley Park
312-491-4110

Autism services include screening and diagnostics (ages 3-12), parent training, individual therapy, parent support groups, and resource support. Therapeutic day school programming available children ages 5-21. 


Eisenhower Cooperative

5318 W. 135th St. Crestwood, IL 60418
708-389-7580

Member districts include: Atwood Heights (D125), Alsip Hazelgreen Oak Lawn (D126), Worth (D127), Chicago Ridge (D127.5), Cook County (D130), Calumet (D132), Midlothian (D143), Posen-Robbins (D143.5) and Community HS (D218).

The Developmental Learning Program provides a complete educational program for students with multiple disabilities in a regular education setting. Children are with age-appropriate peers for lessons that are educationally appropriate to the individual child. Students in the Developmental Learning Program work on an academic and functional curriculum developed individually for them. When appropriate, students are included in a general education class for components of their educational program. If necessary, inclusion facilitator will accompany and assist with adaptations and support. 


Elim Christian School

Autism Comprehensive Education (ACE) Program
13020 S. Central Ave., Palos Heights, IL 60463
(708) 389-0555

School offers a one-on-one integrated holistic approach of services including TEACCH, applied behavior analysis, and augmentative communication.


Esperanza School

520 N Marshfield Chicago IL 60622
(312) 243-6097

Ages: 6-21 years. Esperanza School is a private therapeutic day school that serves special education students with severe and profound Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, aged 6 through 21 years old. Due to their autism and other developmental disabilities, our students also display significant behavioral needs. Our multidisciplinary team includes teachers, behavior therapists, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and a speech and communication specialist.


Genesee Lake School

36100 Genesee Lake Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 569-5510, ext. 3004
admissions@geneseelakeschool.com

Genesee Lake School is a nationally recognized provider offering programs for students with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and emotional disturbances. Additionally, we offer specialized programs for students with autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and complex trauma. Our 160 acre campus is a nurturing setting where students from around the country gain the skills and experiences necessary to successfully return to their families, school districts, and communities. Our goal at Genesee Lake School is to provide an innovative and enriching environment for the students in our care to learn and experience all that life can offer. Illinois State Board of Education Approved and COA Certified. Ages: 6-21 years.


Giant Steps Inc.

2500 Cabot Dr., Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 864-3801
ssmith@mygiantsteps.org

Giant Steps Illinois day school offers a one-on-one integrated holistic approach of services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 


Guiding Light Academy 
 
1051 Internationale Pkwy, Woodridge, IL 60517
Woodridge, IL (Academy)- (630) 739-7500
Woodridge, IL (Central) - (630) 328-0438
Shorewood, IL (West) - (815) 409-4495

Guiding Light Academy accepts referrals for students from various school districts in the Chicagoland area. Potential students must be in grades K-12 and have a primary diagnosis of Autism, Other Health Impairment, Intellectual Disability, and Developmental Delay.


Helping Hand School for Autism

Sally Wilson-Gamble
9649 W. 55th St., Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 352-3580, ext. 437

Use research-based intervention modalities and teaching methods to assure best practice to design each child's own individualized program and curriculum.


Jewish Child & Family Services

Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd, Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 467-3900
therapeuticdayschool@jcfs.org

Provides the best educational, emotional and therapeutic services for students of all backgrounds in grades K-12 who have not thrived in a traditional school setting, to encourage their academic, interpersonal and vocational success.


Kemit Academy

(773) 966-5039
5100 South Dorchester Avenue Chicago Illinois 60615

Kemit Academy offers specialized day care for infants and toddlers and a therapeutic day school for children ages 5-12 with developmental disabilities. Kemit also provides pediatric occupational and speech therapies. 


Kradwell School

1220 Dewey Avenue Wauwatosa, WI 53213
414-454-6590

A unique learning environment on Aurora Psychiatric Hospital’s wooded campus. Kradwell is a private, nontraditional and nonsectarian school for children in grades 5 through 12. The school specializes in serving students who struggle to succeed in traditional school environments. The teachers and support staff develop educational plans tailored to each student and any conditions they may have, such as dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, PSTD, OCD, reactive attachment disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and more. Contact form 


Krejci Academy/The Mansion (Little Friends)

619 E Franklin Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-6870

Therapeutic day school for children ages 5-21 with autism or other emotional, behavioral or developmental disabilities.


LaGrange Area Department of Special Education

Colleen Brown
1301 W. Cossitt Ave., LaGrange, IL 60525
(708) 482-1152

Provides services to residents to seventeen school districts in DuPage and Cook Counties.


Marklund

info@marklund.org
(630) 593-5500

Locations in: 

  • Bloomingdale: 64 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108
  • Elgin: 1435 Summit Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
  • Geneva: 1S450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva, IL 60134

Programs include Early Intervention services (Ages 0-3; 630-529-2871, ext. 2238), day school programming (Ages 3-21), day program services (Ages 18+) and residential services (all ages), and employment services for indiviudals with developmental disabilities. 


The Manhattan Childrens Center (MCC)

111 West 92nd Street, New York, NY 10025
212-749-4604

The Manhattan Children's Center (MCC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) school for Autism education and treatment based in New York City. MCC provides world-class treatment and education to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


New Connections Academy

865 E. Wilmette Road, Palatine, IL 60074
847-359-8690

New Connections Academy serves boys and girls ages 6 to 21 with ASD placed by local school districts. New Connections Academy provides school, family and community partnerships leading to successful learning. New Connections Academy offers a primary program (grades 1 to 3), intermediate (grades 4-6), junior high (grades 7 & 8) and several high school classes (grades 9-12).  The classes are self-contained, offering a standard elementary curriculum of Reading, Spelling, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education.  Each student has an Individual Educational Plan developed by the placing district.


New Hope Academy

Brandy Larrance, executive director
6289 W. Howard St. Niles IL 60714
(847) 588-0463

Illinois State Board of Education approved. Serves students in special education diagnosed with emotional disabilities, other health impairments, learning disabilities, and autism. Students are average to above-average intelligence, withdraw socially and emotionally, experience difficulty “fitting in” a mainstream environment, have difficulty reading social cues, “slip through the cracks” until their problems are severe, procrastinate (specifically with homework assignments and long-term projects), have difficulty with executive functioning, have talents in art and music, have the potential for academic achievement, struggle with gross and fine motor skills, have difficulty with social skills, use frequent illness as a means to avoid school and may become “school phobic,” appear sad, lonely, hopeless, or depressed, harbor anger and hostility but does not act out violently in school or in the community. Ages: 11-21 years.


New Horizon Center

6737 W. Forest Preserve Ave, Chicago, IL 60634-1470
(773) 286-6226
ppalmer@newhorizoncenter.org

Therapeautic day school for those with severe and profound learning disabilities, autism, and intellectually challenged students who benefit from a personalized program with services such as speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, art therapy, nursing services, social services, vision services, sensory room, Rainbow Dog Therapy, Greenhouse Gardening and much more.


O-School (The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago)

Therapeutic Day School Program
Kristin Friesen, LCSW (Director of Admissions)
6245 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 420-2891

The O-School is a therapeutic day school for individuals with high functioning autism and/or other mental health issues. The O-School is Illinois State Board of Education approved. The day school is committed to fostering inquiry into the clinical and treatment needs of students. The O-School relies upon the therapeutic relationships that develop between a student and their teachers and therapists as a major component of the treatment. Milieu staff members are actively involved with the students throughout the day, not simply monitoring or supervising them but developing bonds and relationships with students that create a structure in which each child or adolescent can receive emotional support, develop new skills and sustain healthy relationships. The school and family work together to create a consistent experience for each student. Serves ages: 5-21; Funded through private pay or child's school district.


PACTT Learning Center

7101 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 338-9102
learningcenter@pactt.org

Illinois State Board of Education approved. PACTT is an agency that provides educational, residential and vocational services to individuals with autism.


Soaring Eagle Academy

Linda Cervenka
8330 S. Madison St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-2900
info@soaringeagleacademy.org

First school in the Midwest to provide a social and academic learning environment utilizing a developmental individual-difference relationship based (DIR) approach for students diagnosed with autism and related disorders.


Stuart G. Ferst School 

6050 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 761-4651, ext. 235

Illinois State Board of Education approved. Provides co-ed functional academic instruction, vocational experience and/or therapeutic education to students with behavioral/emotional disorders, traumatic brain injuries, or developmental disabilities such as autism, cognitive impairment or physical/medical impairment.


Trinity School 

301 Veterans Parkway New Lenox, IL 60451
815-485-6197

Trinity School was founded in 1950, and has evolved to Trinity Services, Inc. to provide a broad range of supports and services for people with disabilities. The school remains a vital support for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. Issues may include developmental delays, autism, behavioral challenges and attention deficit disorder. 


Turning Pointe CN Day School

1500 W. Ogden Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 615-6037
bbassett@turningpointeaf.org

Turning Pointe's therapeutic day school program serves middle and high school students impacted by autism. Our trademark COPES (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Sensory and Social) method is utilized to help students progress.  Programming is highly individualized as outlined in students' Individual Education Plans (IEP) and includes a collaborative therapeutic team approach. Additional services may include: Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Behavior Analysis, Dog Therapy, and Recreational Leisure. Students practice life and vocational skills to increase their independence. These skills are generalized into the community setting. Ages: Middle School, High School, and Transition