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Where Grade Schoolers and Middle Schoolers Flourish

Student success is our top priority. Our Lower Grade Center (LGC) serves third- through eighth-grade students in small class sizes (maximum of 10 students). Each self-contained classroom is staffed with a certified special education teacher and a behavioral health counselor with degrees in psychology, counseling, education or another related field. This team approach includes regular communication with parents and school district personnel.

We serve students from several Chicagoland school districts in a technology-rich environment with hands-on learning.

Our curriculum offers daily instruction in Common Core standards, including language arts, social studies, reading, science, math and physical education.

We also offer special assessments throughout the year, allowing teachers to measure growth.

In addition, specialty programming, emotional support and extracurricular activities are available.

Programming for Lower Grades

We offer daily instruction in Common Core curriculum standards including: Language Arts, Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, and STEAM topics such as health and safety, nutrition, civics and technology.

STEAM Curriculum

We offer an array of choices for our students in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).


Our hands-on science curriculum allows experiential learning inside and outside the school building.


We use laptops, computer applications skills, keyboarding and graphic design software regularly.


Our engineering coursework includes coding, robotics, 3D printing and other leading-edge engineering curricular opportunities.


We give students experience in fine arts and expressive arts, including musical instruments, various fine art mediums and exploration of opportunities within our local community.


We offer a curriculum focusing on standards-based requirements and everyday practical math skills.

STEP Classrooms

Our Social Therapeutic Education Program (STEP) classrooms are designed to help our students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Autistic students are understood and supported where they are in their treatment and are presented with educational materials suited to their unique learning styles.

Support for the Whole Student

As part of our goal to educate kids holistically, we offer a variety of therapies from licensed clinicians. When students are supported emotionally — accommodating and supporting their unique mental health needs — they thrive.

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  • Individual Therapy

    Sessions are conducted weekly by a licensed social worker or clinical psychologist and are offered to students with individual education plans (IEPs).

  • Group Therapy

    Groups are led daily with a variety of specialties to assist with individual treatment. Topics include social skill development, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills and self-management.

  • Expressive Therapies

    Sessions are conducted weekly by certified specialists in their respective fields. Expressive therapies include art, music, recreation, movement and animal-assisted activities.

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Accessible Opportunities for Sports and Clubs

Because success at school goes beyond classroom studies, our students can participate in structured social activities through clubs and athletic programs.

The Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL) has sports teams for flag football, soccer, basketball and softball, emphasizing and rewarding sportsmanship. Additional after-school clubs may include art, music and movies. 

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Student Referrals

The UChicago Medicine AdventHealth GlenOaks School opened in 1995 and has greatly expanded over the years. We blend academic and therapeutic activities for students from third grade through high school.

We welcome the opportunity to provide a unique educational experience for your student. Please email us at for more information on referrals and admissions.

Contact Us

We’re here to answer any questions about our school, programming, curriculum and whether we might be a good fit for your student.