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Academic Life Skills Program (ALSP)

The Academic Life Skills Program serves students who are eligible for special education and require an educational environment with intensive programming. The program provides individualized interventions to support students across academic, communication, motor, social, behavioral, daily living skills, and pre-vocational/employment domains. Our focus is on nurturing the growth of the whole child by fostering independence throughout the learning process.


Characteristics of students typically referred to the Academic Life Skills Program:

  • Students who function significantly below grade level across cognitive, academic, and daily living skills domains.
  • Students who benefit from a functional academic curriculum as a means to reinforce and generalize traditional academic content.
  • Students who require instruction in daily living skills, including community field trips to reinforce skills.
  • Students who benefit from support to improve communication, including speech/language and assistive technologies, as appropriate.
  • Students in need of support to develop fine motor and gross motor skills, as appropriate.

Program Model:

  • Targeted instruction to develop academic and functional academic skills.
  • Focus on functional skills development are embedded into daily instruction and activities to foster independence across daily living skills domains.
  • Focus on language development and use that incorporates visual supports and communication systems, as appropriate.
  • Attention to fine and gross motor development that incorporates sensory needs, as needed.
  • Multidisciplinary team approach that includes a special education teacher, social worker, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, school psychologist, certified school nurse, and other related service personnel, as required.

Elementary (Grades: K – 5)

1) DuJardin Elementary School
    166 S. Euclid Avenue
    Bloomingdale, IL 60108
    630-894-9200
    Classroom Teachers: Lisa Passarelli, Melanie Bogue
    Supervisor: Karin Stevens This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2) Medinah Intermediate School
    7N330 Medinah Road
    Medinah, IL 60157
    630-529-6105
    Classroom Teachers: Nicolette Marino
    Supervisor: Karin Stevens This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Middle School (Grades: 6 – 8)

1) F. E. Peacock Middle School
   
301 E. North Street
    Itasca, IL 60143
    630-773-0335
    Classroom Teacher: Sarah Kalis
    Supervisor: William Grotthuss This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2) Westfield Middle School
   
149 Fairfield Way
    Bloomingdale, IL 60108
    630-529-6211
    Classroom Teacher: Cheryl Clark
    Supervisor: Karin Stevens This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

High School (Grades: 9 – 12)

1) Fenton High School
   
1000 W. Green Street
    Bensenville, IL 60106
    630-766-2500
    Classroom Teacher: Meghan Hibbs
    Supervisor: Brett Sharkey This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2) Lake Park East High School
    600 S. Medinah Road
    Roselle, IL 60172
    630-295-5210
    Classroom Teacher: Michelle Santoro
    Supervisor: William Grotthuss This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Transition (Ages: 18 – 22)

1) Transition Learning Center
   
6 South Addison St.
    Bensenville, IL 60106
    630-980-3949
    Classroom Teachers: Susan Walker, Kim Molenda
    Supervisor: Brett Sharkey This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

High Needs (Ages: 5 – 22)

 1) Lincoln Academy
   
320 N. Lincoln St.
    Roselle, IL 60172
    630-529-4050
    Classroom Teachers: Thomas Brennan
    Supervisor: William Grotthuss This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it