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

Kathryn Fouks, principal
6425 South Willow Springs Road
LaGrange Highlands, IL 60525
(708) 579-9040
Cook County
email: kfouks@acaciaacademy.com

Illinois State Board of Eduction and North Central Association Colleges and Schools/AdvancED approved. Private therapeutic day school for those with learning disabilities, autism and intellectually challenged students who benefit from a personalized program designed to meet individual needs. Transition services and work study programs are available. Natural habitat and three-acre school nature center located on campus.

Grades 1-12 years.
Cost: funded by state.
No wait list.


Academy of Excellence in Learning

Stephanie Beaulieu, MA, BCBA
Lindsay Rice, MA, BCBA
19056 Henry Drive, Mokena, IL 60448
Phone: (708) 271-3478 or (913) 485-8151
emails: stephanie@academyofexcellenceinlearning.com and lindsay@academyofexcellenceinlearning.com

Illinois State Board of Eduction 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
Phone: (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

Central Office Location
7500 Rialto Blvd., Building 1, Suite 260, Austin, Texas 78735
Phone: (512) 858-9900
Email: info@cameloteducation.org

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; locations in Illinois include Garden Prarie, Bourbonnais, Hoffman Estates, Mt. Prospect, Naperville, Moline, and Dekalb.


Cardinal Cushing Centers

Michelle Markowitz
405 Washington St.
Hanover, MA 02339
(781) 829-1205
Plymouth County
email: mmarkowitz@cushingcenters.org

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

Cost: soon to be approved out-of-state placement option for Illinois.


Chicago Autism Academy

Laura Hartwell, principal
21133 S. 80th Ave., Frankfort, IL 60423
Phone: (815) 806-2900
Email: 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.


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.

Vision Care: Services include Optometry.
(312) 997-3686 


Connections Day School

31410 North US Highway 45 | Libertyville, IL  60048
Phone: 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
Phone:  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 Academy

1939 W. 13th St., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 491-4110

Easterseals Academy empowers each student to achieve peak academic performance, increase social and vocational skills, develop an effective means of communication and foster the acquisition of functional life skills for independence in the community; locations include Chicago, Rockford, and Tinley Park.


Elim Christian School

Autism Comprehensive Education (ACE) Program
13020 S. Central Ave., Palos Heights, IL 60463
Phone: (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
Phone: (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
email: 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.
Accepts private and public insurance.
No wait list.


Giant Steps Inc.

Sylvia Smith
2500 Cabot Dr., Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 864-3801
Email: ssmith@mygiantsteps.org

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


Helping Hand School for Autism

Sally Wilson-Gamble
9649 W. 55th St., Countryside, IL 60525
Phone: (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
Sandra Spicher
3145 W. Pratt Blvd, Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 467-3900
Email: 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.


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
Phone: (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
Phone:  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
Cook County

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.
Cost: funded by child’s public school district and accepts private-pay students.
No wait list.


New Horizon Center

Patricia Palmer
6737 W. Forest Preserve Ave, Chicago, IL 60634-1470
Phone: (773) 286-6226
Email: 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.


PACTT Learning Center

Paula Jablonski, principal
7101 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 338-9102
email: 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
Cook County

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. Download brochure.

Ages: 5-15 years (grades K-8).
Cost: Most students are funded by the child's home school district.


Soaring Eagle Academy

Linda Cervenka
8330 S. Madison St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Phone: (630) 323-2900
Email: 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.


The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago

Day School Program
Kristin Friesen
1365 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-7694
Cook County

Illinois State Board of Education approved, supported by the Foundation for Emotionally Disturbed Children (FEDC). The day school is committed to fostering inquiry into the clinical and treatment needs of troubled children and youth. The school and family work together to create a consistent experience for each student. The students learn how to be a support system for one another as they face challenges that are exclusive to the day school population.

Ages: 5 years and up.
Funded by child's school district.
Limited number of spaces.

Residential Program at The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
At the heart of the orthogenic school's residential program is the milieu staff. The orthogenic school relies upon the therapeutic relationships that develop between a student and his or her counselors 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. Get more information.

Ages: 5 years and up.
Cost: state funded.
No wait list.


The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago

Kristin Friesen
6245 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 420-2891

Coeducational residential treatment program for individuals with Asperger's disorder/high functioning autism.


Stuart G. Ferst School 

Diane Kush
6050 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (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
Phone: (847) 468-0490
Email: jwhite@summitdundee.org 

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


Turning Pointe CN Day School

Contact: Bernadette Bassett, School Principal
1500 W. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: (630) 615-6037
DuPage County
Email: 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

Winston Knolls
Address: 2353 Hassell Rd, Suite 110, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Phone: (630) 283-3221
Email: 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. 

Ages Served: All Ages

High School

Acacia Academy

Kathryn Fouks, principal
6425 South Willow Springs Road
LaGrange Highlands, IL 60525
(708) 579-9040
Cook County
email: kfouks@acaciaacademy.com

Illinois State Board of Eduction and North Central Association Colleges and Schools/AdvancED approved. Private therapeutic day school for those with learning disabilities, autism and intellectually challenged students who benefit from a personalized program designed to meet individual needs. Transition services and work study programs are available. Natural habitat and three-acre school nature center located on campus.

Grades 1-12 years.
Cost: funded by state.
No wait list.


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

Central Office Location
7500 Rialto Blvd., Building 1, Suite 260, Austin, Texas 78735
Phone: (512) 858-9900
Email: info@cameloteducation.org

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; locations in Illinois include Garden Prarie, Bourbonnais, Hoffman Estates, Mt. Prospect, Naperville, Moline, and Dekalb.


Cardinal Cushing Centers

Michelle Markowitz
405 Washington St.
Hanover, MA 02339
(781) 829-1205
Plymouth County
email: mmarkowitz@cushingcenters.org

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

Cost: soon to be approved out-of-state placement option for Illinois.


Chicago Autism Academy

Laura Hartwell, principal
21133 S. 80th Ave., Frankfort, IL 60423
Phone: (815) 806-2900
Email: 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.


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.

Vision Care: Services include Optometry.
(312) 997-3686 


Connections Day School

31410 North US Highway 45 | Libertyville, IL  60048
Phone: 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
Phone:  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 Academy

1939 W. 13th St., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 491-4110

Easterseals Academy empowers each student to achieve peak academic performance, increase social and vocational skills, develop an effective means of communication and foster the acquisition of functional life skills for independence in the community; locations include Chicago, Rockford, and Tinley Park.


Elim Christian School

Autism Comprehensive Education (ACE) Program
13020 S. Central Ave., Palos Heights, IL 60463
Phone: (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
Phone: (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
email: 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.
Accepts private and public insurance.
No wait list.


Giant Steps Inc.

Sylvia Smith
2500 Cabot Dr., Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 864-3801
Email: ssmith@mygiantsteps.org

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


Helping Hand School for Autism

Sally Wilson-Gamble
9649 W. 55th St., Countryside, IL 60525
Phone: (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
Sandra Spicher
3145 W. Pratt Blvd, Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 467-3900
Email: 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.


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
Phone: (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
Phone:  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
Cook County

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.
Cost: funded by child’s public school district and accepts private-pay students.
No wait list.


New Horizon Center

Patricia Palmer
6737 W. Forest Preserve Ave, Chicago, IL 60634-1470
Phone: (773) 286-6226
Email: 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.


PACTT Learning Center

Paula Jablonski, principal
7101 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 338-9102
email: 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
Cook County

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. Download brochure.

Ages: 5-15 years (grades K-8).
Cost: Most students are funded by the child's home school district.


Soaring Eagle Academy

Linda Cervenka
8330 S. Madison St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Phone: (630) 323-2900
Email: 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.


The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago

Day School Program
Kristin Friesen
1365 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-7694
Cook County

Illinois State Board of Education approved, supported by the Foundation for Emotionally Disturbed Children (FEDC). The day school is committed to fostering inquiry into the clinical and treatment needs of troubled children and youth. The school and family work together to create a consistent experience for each student. The students learn how to be a support system for one another as they face challenges that are exclusive to the day school population.

Ages: 5 years and up.
Funded by child's school district.
Limited number of spaces.

Residential Program at The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
At the heart of the orthogenic school's residential program is the milieu staff. The orthogenic school relies upon the therapeutic relationships that develop between a student and his or her counselors 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. Get more information.

Ages: 5 years and up.
Cost: state funded.
No wait list.


Stuart G. Ferst School 

Diane Kush
6050 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (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.


Turning Pointe CN Day School

Contact: Bernadette Bassett, School Principal
1500 W. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: (630) 615-6037
DuPage County
Email: 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