Located in Chicago, Esperanza School is a private, therapeutic day school for students with autism and other developmental disabilities, including intellectual delays, cognitive impairment, as well as behavior needs.
All students need a place where they can learn, grow, and be supported to reach their potential. Esperanza School addresses the educational and developmental needs of students age 5-21 with mild to severe developmental disabilities, including intellectual delays, cognitive impairment, Autism, emotional and/or behavioral needs and other conditions.
At Esperanza School, students learn and grow in a supportive environment, and individualized attention helps each reach his or her academic and developmental goals. Through individualized educational plans (IEPs), life skills, vocational training, and the arts, students are reaching their academic, developmental, and social goals.
We work closely with parents and guardians at every step of their child’s education. From the referral and enrollment process through planning for life beyond Esperanza, our staff collaborate with parents to determine student goals and the best paths to reach them. Our multidisciplinary team includes teachers, behavior therapists, social workers, transition specialists, nurses and a speech and communication specialist.
Students are supported to make independent choices and pursue their interests to the extent possible. In addition to academics, and enjoy a rich learning experience that that includes art, music, and theater, in addition to field trips, student dances and lots of opportunities for social growth. Our small class sizes (2:1 student to staff ratio) means that all students receive a high level of personal attention as they continue to reach new goals. Esperanza School is proud to be the only school in Chicago with ABA- certified behavior therapists in each classroom to ensure that all students are supported to reach their full potential.
Like all of our programs,Esperanza School provides bilingual (English and Spanish) services to both students and parents to meet the diverse needs of the families we serve. Door-to-door transportation is provided.
Esperanza School is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and Education and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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