South Campus Regular Placement

South Campus is a reclaiming therapeutic environment for boys and girls ages 6 to 21 placed by local school districts.  The children may be emotionally disturbed, behavior disordered, learning disabled, speech and language impaired, mentally impaired, other health impaired, autistic or may have traumatic brain injury.  South Campus provides school, family and community partnerships leading to successful learning.

Classes are small (averaging 8-10 students) with a teacher and an instructional aide.  All staff meets or exceeds Illinois certification requirements.   Students are grouped in age appropriate classes with no more than a four-year span in any one group.  South Campus has two elementary classrooms, one with grades 1-3, and the other with grades 4-5. There are two junior high classes with a combination of grades 6-8.  The elementary and junior high classes are self-contained, offering a standard curriculum of Reading, Spelling, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education.  Each student has an Individual Educational Plan developed by the placing district.

The High School Curriculum parallels the basic offerings of local high school districts.  A variety of classes are available to meet individual student needs (as called for on the IEP) as well as graduation requirements.  These high school classes are departmentalized, which provides an opportunity for the students to rotate to subject specific classrooms throughout the day.

A great deal of extra assistance is provided to help the students make progress in the general curriculum including providing breaks within the classroom, creating instruction with interwoven kinesthetic activities to provide for these children’s need for movement, as well as trained staff in sensory integration techniques in order to proactively disperse the sensory activities throughout the day.

Due to the nature of the students’ needs, a full array of related services is available including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, Extended Day, Psychiatric and Psychological Consultation and School Health Services. All students have the opportunity to participate in an enrichment class such as Art.

Upon enrollment, South Campus staff assesses the student’s functioning in academic, personal and interpersonal skills and provides programming that is developmentally appropriate.  South Campus staff then continue to assess progress on each student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals through a variety of methods including progress monitoring through our goal tracking system, Measures of Academic Progress(MAP) assessments, curriculum based measurements, and teacher and therapist observations.  Data is also collected through our behavior management system.  Progress reports are sent to parents on a quarterly basis.

Each student has an individual therapist who sees the student once or twice per week (as delineated on the IEP) and more often if needed.  This therapist is also the primary liaison to the family.  Students also have group therapy, which takes place in the homeroom class with an assigned therapist.  The primary therapists at South Campus also have available the resource of outside program consultants with expertise in a wide variety of issues related to child and adolescent development.  South Campus emphasizes the incorporation of the family in the treatment of the student. This requires that parents/families be available for regular family therapy contact with the South Campus therapist. Therapists are available during the school day and also have evening hours to accommodate families.

The Behavior Management consists of South Campus’ model of the Circle of Courage.  There is a behavior management point system, which provides students with clear, concrete, immediate feedback.  Various privileges and rewards are contingent on the student’s achievement on the behavior management system.  The goal is to use the behavior management systems as a transitory tool towards internalization of new behaviors and skills.  The combination of a concrete behavior management system, a challenging curriculum and the nurturing therapeutic environment enables the students to make educational progress and become ready to move to less restrictive settings.

All staff members are trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, a system of non-violent crisis intervention and de-escalation.  While South Campus does not accept students who are at imminent risk of harming themselves or others, students may occasionally become disruptive or threatening.  At such times, students may be referred to our Behavior Intervention Service.  This is a separate classroom with trained Behavior Intervention Specialists.  Students receive help in crisis intervention, with access to their therapist and additional counseling related to solving the behavioral problem and returning to class.

The school day is 8:30am to 2:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Thursday hours are 8:30am to 1:30pm.  Students are transported to and from school by their public school district.  Students are provided a well-balanced hot lunch each day.  Students are met at the bus/cab each morning by South Campus staff and again escorted back to the bus/cab at the end of the day.

Referrals can be made directly to South Campus Principal, Jessica Edward at jedward@southcampus.net.  Tuition is paid by the local public school district according to the rate set by the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board.