Excel Academy of Englewood celebrates Black History Month with culture, inspirational speakers and entertainment

Excel Academy of Englewood celebrates Black History Month with culture, inspirational speakers and entertainment Students and staff at the Excel Academy of Englewood, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, commemorated Black History Month with several special events. Throughout February, students took in presentations, performances, and discussions led by entrepreneurs, activists, and local community organizations, including: Muntu Dance Theater, African American Cultural Heritage Collection (AACHC), Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., and the Black Fire Brigade. “It was a special time put together by our amazing staff,” said Mr. Ricardo Waddy, Excel Academy of Englewood director of programming and careers. “We are [...]

Excel Academy of Englewood celebrates Black History Month with culture, inspirational speakers and entertainment2022-03-17T11:21:25-04:00

Illinois Association of Private Special Education Centers (IAPSEC) Shout-out

Our staff at the High Road School of Bloomington have gone above and beyond during the pandemic and recently received recognition from the Illinois Association of Private Special Education Centers (IAPSEC)! The IAPSEC specifically gave a shout-out to one of our teachers who drove more than 200 miles one day to hand-deliver a student's first packet so they could get started. See their quote below. "Faculty and staff have done a great job at pivoting to remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.  High Road staff was already accustomed to delivering some computer instruction through technology applications such as I-Ready, Epic, IXL, [...]

Illinois Association of Private Special Education Centers (IAPSEC) Shout-out2022-01-18T00:27:34-05:00

What Would We Do Without Stacy?

Stacy has been a part of creating behavior intervention plans for students in the BEST Model; as well as assisting Academic teachers with creating plans for their students. She is energetic and engaging when interacting with the students and staff. She is an advocate for each student and makes a difference for students that need unique solutions. She is always willing to make changes based on their needs and what works for them. Stacy is an asset to the High Road team! She is always willing to help and offer support wherever she is needed. She currently maintains several staff [...]

What Would We Do Without Stacy?2022-01-18T00:34:14-05:00

Dakota Is A Great Friend

Dakota has made consistent progress on his color levels, reflecting good adherence to school rules. Dakota is friendly to peers and is polite to adults in the school. He is trying very hard to work more independently on his core subjects. He has been looking forward to volunteer work at Goodwill. Dakota always checks on others with this phrase, "Are you satisfied with your care?" which gives us a chuckle. He asks others about things in their lives so that a conversation can be about mutual topics. He often uses good group rules such as raising his hand and waiting [...]

Dakota Is A Great Friend2022-01-18T00:34:22-05:00

Aaron has worked hard to overcome behavioral, academic, and personal barriers. He is very insightful regarding students and adults and is someone who is respectful even when he is in situations that might cause him to be angry. Overal, Aaron is caring and respectful. He is a good artist and takes Graphic Arts at Bloomington Area Vocational Center. He has a positive, winning attitude. We are excited for him to be making a full transition back to Bloomington High School soon! Learn more about High Road School today!


Costume Contest & Raffle

This year for Halloween at High Road there was a costume contest and a raffle. Throughout the month of September students on level were able to purchase tickets to have a chance at winning Halloween themed prizes. Matthew from Academic Transition and Jericho from Academic Middle School were the winners of the raffle! Some of the winners of the costume contest are posted below. Visit our website to learn more about High Road School

Costume Contest & Raffle2022-01-18T00:29:52-05:00

Creation Appreciation

This month High Road School focused on expressing their creativity. BEST and Academic Middle School students were able to go to Artful Designs and paint pottery. Students were able to decorate quilting squares to display them around the school. BEST High School experimented with using apples as stamps and a mixture of shaving cream and paint to design clouds. Our students use art to work on fine motor skills that transfer to assist in life skills development.

Creation Appreciation2022-01-18T00:29:52-05:00

Cutest Pumpkins at Rader Farms

Our students were able to go to Rader Farms to participate in fall activities! Some of the activities that were available included basketball toss, jumping pillow, duck races, double-barrel chute, rat rollers, and a tire swing. The students were able to get snacks and a pumpkin. Happy fall to our students and their families!

Cutest Pumpkins at Rader Farms2022-01-18T00:29:53-05:00