A full continuum of special education and related services is available to all children who meet specific eligibility requirements. Each school provides a variety of services to address the diverse needs of their student population. All schools are committed to providing services in the least restrictive environment. This commitment enables children to participate in and benefit from the general education curriculum as much as possible.
The goal of special education and related services is to support each student with a disability and address the student’s individual needs. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed in collaboration with parents, general education teachers and special education staff on a yearly basis. The IEP is reviewed at least annually. The child’s progress on their goals is reported to parents three times each year.
Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the student (i) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment. Questions about the identification, assessment and placement of students should be directed to Cynthia Gordon, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education, at (847) 357-5052.
A Child Study Team comprised of general and special education teachers, a nurse, psychologist, social worker, guidance counselor, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech/language pathologist and administrator is available in each school. The team collaborates to adapt curriculum and teaching strategies to meet individual student needs.
Special Education Parent Rights – ISBE
Cynthia Gordon, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Sheila McGreevy, Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Naddeo, Executive Director of Special Education
Heather Richards, Director of Special Education
Allison Schultz, Director of Special Education
Michelle Rhodes, Director of Special Education
Jenny Clark, Early Learning Center Principal