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Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School


Finding the right therapeutic educational setting for your son or daughter is a top priority. You want your student to flourish in an educational environment where he or she feels safe, valued and encouraged. 

At the Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School and Transition Program, your son or daughter's success is our priority. We are dedicated to helping students from 3rd grade through high school and into college age thrive in an environment that blends academic education with therapies that nurture each student’s emotional growth and independence.

Two Programs, One Goal

We offer two programs for students at different stages of life. We provide a full range of academic, therapeutic and recreational activities, including standard state-based academic courses; physical education classes; extracurricular sports and clubs; and therapeutic programs in music, art and pet therapy; and so much more.   

Therapeutic Day School for Grades 3 - 12

For children and adolescents in grades 3 through 12, we have day school campuses in three convenient locations around the Chicagoland area which provide grade-appropriate academic curriculum, combined with a diverse plan of treatment options and therapeutic methods.

Transition Program for Young Adults

For young adults ages 17 to 21 who have an individualized education program (IEP), our Transition Program is an innovative, state-accredited program aimed at helping young adults gain the life skills they need to become independent adults. 

With a student to staff ratio of 5:1, the three Therapeutic Day Schools provide education for a total of 220 students. The Transition Program serves up to 20 young adults.


A Spectrum of Services, Tailored to Each Student's Needs

The Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School and Transition Program focus on the needs of children, adolescents and young adults who require more individualized, comprehensive and emotionally supportive education than they find at most public schools. These students may face a variety of challenges, such as:

  • Emotional disorders or mental health diagnosis (Aspergers, bipolar disorder, etc.)
  • Anxiety
  • Dependency/lack of independence
  • Health impairment
  • Victimization through bullying or abuse
  • Low confidence, low self-esteem
  • Ineffective social skills

In addition to providing academic education, our programs are designed to help students enhance their self-awareness, confidence, problem-solving skills and social abilities so they can re-enter their local schools and feel more comfortable in their community. Our approach balances teaching, treatment and therapy-driven activities.

Fully Accredited

The Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day Schools and Transition Program are fully accredited by AdvancED and inspected and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.  Students earn academic credits that are transferable to their home school.  At the end of each semester, their report card for classes completed is issued from the Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School and transferred as credit to the students’ home school official transcript.

Qualified, Caring Staff

Our staff members are well-qualified to nurture each student’s educational needs as well as his or her emotional needs. Our staff genuinely cares about each student. They take their responsibility very personally to help every student thrive and reach his or her potential. 

Many of our staff members hold dual certifications as teachers and as behavioral health professionals.  Many hold masters degrees in areas of expertise, such as psychology or math (for teaching high school-level courses). Our team includes teachers, therapists, certified behavioral health counselors, nurses, clinical psychologists, social workers, art therapists, music therapists and other therapists, as well as a board-certified psychiatrist.

Additionally, parents and caregivers play a vital role. Your insights into your student’s emotional health are extremely useful in helping our staff provide the very best care for your student’s needs. Our online communication system allows families to monitor homework and progress, offering you the opportunity to take a proactive role in your son or daughter's success. 

“We’re big believers in a strong support network that fosters physical, social and emotional growth.  Students here feel like they are part of a loving and caring ‘school’ family, and that’s why they feel comfortable and do well here.”

-Lisa Grigsby, Director, Therapeutic Day Schools and Transition Program

Contact us today to learn more about Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School