The Adolescent Day School is a private therapeutic day school designed to be an alternative learning environment for adolescents ages 12-19. The program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for students with emotional disorders, learning disabilities and other health impairments that prevent academic achievement in a regular education environment. Students are referred by Public School Districts who support the placement or are placed privately by their families.

The most common clinical diagnoses of students attending the school are:

  • School avoidance, school phobia or other social anxiety
  • Anxiety disorders (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Major Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities

The Adolescent Day School, located in Glenview, provides a safe, structured and supportive therapeutic environment which allows for academic and emotional growth.  The program is staffed by special education teachers, social workers and a clinical nurse specialist.  With a student /teacher ratio of 5 to 1, students receive individualized instruction adapted to meet their specific needs and interests. With a goal of teaching students to develop healthy, supportive relationships, the maximum number of students enrolled is 25.  The program offers daily group psychotherapy, weekly family therapy, cognitive behavioral skills training and a weekly parent support group. In addition, the program provides art therapy, therapeutic recreation and social skill building within a therapeutic community.

Most often, the goal is to help students learn the adaptive skills that will allow them to return to a less restrictive educational setting. Students typically are in attendance for two semesters before transition to a mainstream school environment is recommended.  On occasion, students require the safety and structure of the day school until high school graduation.

For More Information

Please contact Carole Hynes, RN, Clinical Coordinator, at 847.486.8692.

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