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About Parkland Prep

Parkland Preparatory Academy is a dynamic, creative, private therapeutic day school licensed and regulated by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) that provides educational, therapeutic, and transition services to students with Special Education eligibility, in our elementary, middle, and high school program. We pride ourselves in forming lasting partnerships with:

  • our students
  • home school districts
  • parents, families, and guardians
  • outside therapeutic supports and agencies
Our professional staff includes:
  • Special Education Teachers LBS-1
  • Licensed Counselors and Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Licensed Para-Professionals
Our multi-disciplinary team follows the guidelines set in each student's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) which is developed in partnership with our students, their parents, home school districts and outside therapeutic consultants as deemed appropriate.

All educational services meet State and Federal standards. Parkland Preparatory Academy's curriculum addresses not only academics but also:
  • interpersonal relationships
  • independent living
  • job and life skills
Students and their parents receive the individualized attention they need on a regular basis through phone contact, conferences and email. We provide field trips, dances, talent shows, and sports with a high level of reassurance and support. All of our planned activities emphasize the importance of cooperative and non-conflictual problem solving.

Our therapeutic staff is trained in trauma-based interventions, assisting each student in developing strategies to self-manage emotions and impulses. For some of our students, education continues beyond graduation to job placement and maintenance, with the assistance of our Transition Services staff.

Also Parkland Prep, in partnership with home school districts, provides:
  • transportation to and from school
  • school supplies
  • breakfast and lunch
  • all sports and enrichment costs
  • all field trip costs and transportation
Our staff is passionate about their work and enjoys sharing in our students' accomplishments. We are dedicated to providing a nurturing and safe learning environment with the ultimate goal for each student to graduate, leaving Parkland Prep happier, mature, more self-confident, and age-appropriate self-sufficiency skills.

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