Academic Life Skills Program

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.

 

(Click here for the program brochure)

 

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 kstevens@ndsec.org

2) Medinah Intermediate School
     7N330 Medinah Road
    Medinah, IL 60157
    630-529-6105
Classroom Teacher: Nicolette Marino
Supervisor: Karin Stevens kstevens@ndsec.org

3) Oakbrook School
     170 S. Wood Dale Rd.
     Wood Dale, IL 60191
     630-766-6336
Classroom Teacher: Maggie DiPietro
Supervisor: Karin Stevens kstevens@ndsec.org

Middle School (Grades: 6 – 8)

1) Blackhawk Middle School
     250 S. Church Road
     Bensenville, IL 60101
     630-766-2601
Classroom Teacher: Kathleen Kaepplinger
Supervisor: William Grotthuss wgrotthuss@ndsec.org

2) F. E. Peacock Middle School
     301 E. North Street
     Itasca, IL 60143
     630-773-0335
Classroom Teacher: Sarah Kalis
Supervisor: William Grotthuss wgrotthuss@ndsec.org

3) Westfield Middle School
     149 Fairfield Way
     Bloomingdale, IL 60108
     630-529-6211
Classroom Teacher: Cheryl Clark
Supervisor: Karin Stevens kstevens@ndsec.org

High School (Grades: 9 – 12)

1) Fenton High School
     1000 W. Green Street
     Bensenville, IL 60106
     630-766-2500
Classroom Teacher: Meghan Hibbs
Supervisor: James Zinni jzinni@ndsec.org

2) Lake Park East High School
     600 S. Medinah Road
     Roselle, IL 60172
     630-295-5210
Classroom Teacher: Michelle Santoro
Supervisor: William Grotthuss wgrotthuss@ndsec.org

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: James Zinni jzinni@ndsec.org

High Needs (High School & Transition)

 1) Lincoln Academy
      320 N. Lincoln St.
      Roselle, IL 60172
      630-529-4050
Classroom Teachers: Thomas Brennan
Supervisor: William Grotthuss wgrotthuss@ndsec.org

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