Lutherbrook Academy

Lutherbrook Academy is a therapeutic day school established in 2001 to serve children and youth
in surrounding communities, as well as Lutherbrook Child and Adolescent Center.

The academy serves children within one or several special needs: emotional disability, specific learning disability, other health impairment, cognitive disability, speech and language impairment, traumatic brain injury and autism spectrum disorder. The operational model is based upon philosophical tenets of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). The faculty is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The academy resides on sixteen acres shared with Lutherbrook Child and Adolescent Center. The curriculum is a culmination of philosophical perspectives founded on child-centered values, evidence-driven and aligned with ISBE Common Core Standards. Students are placed through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process by their home school districts.

The academy was established out of a tenacious vision for student empowerment and success. The goal of the program is to develop self-sufficient young people, ages 14 through 21, who have the ability to succeed within the families, vocation and communities where they reside.

Lutherbrook Academy builds partnerships between school, home and community for student success. It is rooted in the belief that all students can learn and are entitled to a quality education in a safe, nurturing environment. Children flourish in an environment where they can develop their strengths, critical-thinking skills and are increasingly encouraged to assume responsible roles in society.

Lutherbrook Academy

Lutherbrook Academy program components include:

  • Individualized Learning Environment: The academy provides an individualized-learning environment with high academic standards that meet or exceed the Illinois State Learning Standards. The student’s educational program is based upon an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Behavior Management Plan that are developed by the home school district, Lutherbrook Academy, the student and the parents.
  • Progress Monitoring: Throughout the school year progress monitoring is conducted for determining if students are benefiting from classroom instruction and for determining curriculum effectiveness.
  • Group and Individual Clinical Therapy:One factor that makes Lutherbrook Academy unique is the inclusion of intensive therapeutic services. Student-centered services include group and individual social work, one-on-one interventions, individual case management and selective testing (clinical and educational).
  • Expressive Arts Therapy:This program facilitates the self-expression of students through making art. At the core of this intention is a belief in the profound and unique resources of the creative act as a means for achieving healing, enrichment, insight and growth.
  • Physical Education Program: Students participate daily in physical-education. The academy has both indoor and outdoor sports facilities.
  • Special Education Sports League: Students are eligible to participate in Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA) activities.
  • Lunch Program: The school has a lunch program in which students receive a full lunch daily, which comes with milk. Lunches are currently free to all students.
  • Nursing Access:The school has access to a full-time nurse on staff at the campus.
  • Adult Transition Program:This program trains students and prepares them for the transition to independent, productive adult life, which includes the ability to obtain and maintain employment. The program provides individualized planning and classroom preparation to prepare students to be independent and productive adults.
Lutherbrook Academy offers a high-school curriculum, highly-structured environment and behavioral and academic instruction as stipulated in a student’s individualized education plan. The operational model is based upon philosophical tenets of Trauma-Informed Care and Collaborative Problem Solving. The core beliefs which guide these tenets are:

  • Safety
  • Trustworthiness and transparency
  • Peer support and mutual self-help
  • Collaboration and mutuality
  • Empowerment, voice and choice
  • Cultural, historical and gender issues
The curriculum accommodates high-functioning, grade-level, low-functioning and remedial students. A strong social component is also included. Social activities take place in the classroom and school-wide. Field trips and sports teach teamwork, camaraderie, sportsmanship, appropriate public behaviors in different settings, social skills and enrich the youths’ academic education. Each classroom has up to 10 students, one special-education teacher and one teacher’s assistant.

Lutherbrook Academy staff is comprised of:
  • Principal
  • Teachers
  • Social worker
  • School nurse on premises
  • Art therapist
  • Speech and language therapist
  • One-on-one aides can be made available when required

Grading Scale

Grade Percentages Achievement
A 90-100 Outstanding
B 80-89 Very Good
C 70-79 Satisfactory
D 65-69 Needs Improvement
E 0-64 Unsatisfactory
 
  • What is the enrollment process?

    The special-education departments of students’ home school districts refer them to Lutherbrook Academy. Once a referral is made, the referring school forwards a referral packet containing copies of the Individual Education Plan, Multiple Disciplinary Conference report and transcripts. The principal then reviews this information. If it is determined that the student is potentially appropriate for enrollment, the student and his/her parent/guardian are invited for an interview and school tour. Following the interview and tour, an intake staffing will be held to enroll the child in the school. All of the forms in the enrollment packet need to be completed prior to a child attending Lutherbrook Academy. Should the family choose not to enroll their child in the Lutherbrook Academy program then the information packet will be returned to the home school district or shredded.
  • How are students transported to school?

    Home school districts provide transportation for their students by contracting with local bus or cab companies. The academy facilitates these arrangements by providing arrival time, dismissal time and a school calendar to the companies and to the school districts. The Academy also assists in enforcing all school district and bus rules. Any issues the family may have regarding transportation must be resolved with the school district’s transportation coordinator.
  • What is the school calendar?

    The academy offers both a traditional school-year program and Extended School Year (ESY) services. Typically, the school year begins the third week in August and concludes the second week in June of the following calendar year. ESY begins promptly a week after the end of the regular school year and extends into the second week of August. The regular school year consists of 176 attendance days and ESY consists of 35.
  • What are the school’s hours?

    School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The student’s school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. The school day consists of four periods of academic study, one period of group counseling twice a week, art therapy two times per week, one period of transition class for high-school students and one period of physical education. Students whose Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) include speech/language therapy receive this in a pullout model. Summer school hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The student’s day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. High-school students earn 1.5 credits for summer school. All students participate in group and art therapy, physical education and lunch.
  • What supplies are required?

    Students must maintain their own supplies of materials throughout the school year. The classroom teacher will provide a supply list prior to the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment. Students are able to purchase school supplies from the academy using earned points.
  • What are the guidelines for lunch?

    The academy has a lunch program in which students receive a full lunch daily that includes milk. Lunches are currently free to all students. Menus are available and students will be encouraged to take home a menu. Going to the cafeteria is a privilege and students who abuse this privilege will remain in the classroom and a lunch will be sent to them. Students may also bring their own lunches.
  • How are school absences handled?

    Consistent attendance is a key to school success. Students are expected to attend each scheduled school day. Excessive absences can result in lowered school grades, less credits earned, course failures and diminished progress towards established IEP goals. Family vacations during scheduled school days are strongly discouraged. The school principal must pre-approve absences that cannot be otherwise avoided. All absences are to be reported to the school office by the parent/guardian before 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence. In case of prior knowledge that an absence will occur, it should be reported before the day of the absence. The principal determines whether an absence is excused or unexcused. Excused absences are given for illness, unavoidable doctor or therapy appointments, court appearances, family emergencies or a death in the immediate family. A doctor’s note is required for any illness-related absence of three or more days. Extended unexcused absences of five days or more require that the home school is notified (unless a different level of reporting has been requested by the district or the courts) and a parent conference may be held upon the student’s return to school. It is the parent’s responsibility to call the transportation company and cancel scheduled transportation each day of absence.
  • How do I receive information on my child’s progress?

    The school invites the student’s parent/guardian to become partners in education so that we may work together toward a positive outcome. There are several ways to maintain open channels of communication. The main source of communication will be the telephone. Other sources include letters, notices, email, behavior forms and grade reports. Conferences are available on a prearranged basis. Any exceptional incident will be reported to the parent/guardian and home school as soon as possible. In the interest of student confidentiality, we are authorized to communicate only with the custodial parent/guardian, the home school and probation office.
  • Will I be able to visit my child?

    Parents and school officials are always welcome at school to visit their child and/or talk with the teachers, clinicians and the principal. To be sure that the person you wish to speak with is available to meet with you, we ask that you call in advance and make an appointment. We want to encourage and accommodate communication and cooperation between the school staff, parents and districts. When visiting the school please sign in at the school’s main office and show ID.
  • How will my child receive his/her medication?

    Students are not to carry any medication with them in school. All medication is to be given to the school administration / staff and will then be dispensed to students per the directions on the original containers.

Lutherbrook Academy
329 W. Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101
Main Office: 630-628-1467
Fax: 630-628-5340
Attendance Issues: 630-628-1467 x121
Email: hans_schuller@lcfs.org