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Serving Students in Chicago's Western Suburbs

Founded in 1995 to provide alternative education opportunities to underserved and at-risk kids and teens, our UChicago Medicine AdventHealth GlenOaks School and Transition Program have been growing ever since.

From a handful of students and staff, we’re now a two-campus school serving more than 220 children and adolescents in grades 3 through 12 and a Transition Program for young adults.

Our state-accredited programs and dedicated staff have provided almost 30 years of continuous, innovative service to our local Chicagoland communities.

Meet Our Principals

Our staff consists of qualified teachers, nurses, social workers, therapists, clinical psychologists and a psychiatrist — all of whom genuinely care about the well-being of each student.

Each lower-grade classroom has a certified special education teacher and a behavioral health counselor with education and experience in psychology, counseling, education or another related field. This team approach includes regular communication with parents and school district personnel.

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UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Staff Member

Lisa Grigsby

GlenOaks School Director


UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Staff Member

Mike Carter

West Campus Principal


UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Staff Member

Mary Sue Parla

Pheasant Ridge Campus Principal


The Mission That Guides Us

Our mission is unwavering. We’re dedicated to students with emotional disorders, autism, secondary learning disabilities and other health impairments. We help students and young adults flourish in an educational environment where they feel safe, valued and encouraged.

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  • Safe Environment

    We help students work through their unique therapeutic issues in a safe environment.

  • Accommodations

    We help students learn and achieve through appropriate behavior modifications and diverse learning activities.

  • Responsibility

    We encourage students to make appropriate, informed decisions and take responsibility for their actions and decisions.

  • Love of Learning

    We foster a lifelong love of learning through a diverse curriculum.

  • Positive Relationships

    We build self-esteem by structuring positive relationships with peers and staff.

  • Self-Advocacy

    We help students demonstrate improved communication skills to get their needs met in society.

  • Celebrate Diversity

    We help our students recognize, understand and celebrate the unique differences between people and cultures.