At NewHope, we provide students with a small, safe, and supportive educational environment. Our therapeutic day school serves internalizing students with average to above average intelligence in need of additional support. Since its inception, hundreds of students have utilized our program; many of them returning to their home schools full-time and achieving success in college.
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NewHope Academy serves students with an array of exceptional needs. Our programs provide individualized attention and a curriculum that is based on each student’s cognitive ability, learning style, and interest. The goal for students who attend NewHope Academy is to make progress on their individual goals and objectives as stated in their Individual Education Program (IEP) so they may reintegrate to a less restrictive environment as soon as possible.
Our Junior High and High School program supports students in grades 6-12 with Emotional Disabilities, Autism, Learning Disability, and Other Health Impairments.
Our Extension of Services (EOS) program is for 17 to 21-year-old students to bridge the gap from high school to college/career success.
NewHope Academy is excited to offer servicess for 17 to 21-year olds. This day program is provided at our facility to bridge the gap from high school to college/career success. Our team assists students in living independently, working productively, and navigating college/career life successfully while also utilizing the available resources in their community. Guided support is provided throughout enrollment and student plans are individualized. Time is spent getting to know the student’s current strengths and challenges to develop solutions and strategies to achieve a successful and satisfying adult life. Students work individually and in groups with an academic mentor to solidify an educational or vocational course of study and monitor progress in classes. They also work with a social worker to implement a therapeutic course of action and monitor social and emotional progress.
NewHope Academy is a proud member of the Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL). CAAEL, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been providing a full spectrum of academic, athletic, and art programs to the Chicagoland area’s most at-risk youth since 1976. Each year, CAAEL offers 900+ events for 5,000 students from 30 Illinois counties. The customized leagues and events, which take place during the school day, help our students develop compassion and tolerance, work as a team, and accept the consequences of their choices.
Faith’s Law Sexual Abuse Response and Prevention Resource Guide
Faith’s Law is named after prevention advocate and child sexual abuse survivor Faith Colson, who graduated from an Illinois high school in the early 2000s. Faith’s Law was passed by the Illinois General Assembly as two separate pieces of legislation. The first legislation established the definition of sexual misconduct within the Illinois School Code and outlined the requirements for schools to develop and post employee code of professional conduct policies. The second legislation adds employment history reviews as part of the hiring and vetting process for schools and school contractors, requires notices to be provided to parents/guardians and the applicable student when there’s an alleged act of sexual misconduct, and makes other changes to the process schools must follow when handling allegations of sexual misconduct. As a result, ISBE has developed a resource guide that is available on its website (www.isbe.net) and includes guidance for pupils, parents or guardians, and teachers about sexual abuse responses and prevention resources available in their community, including the contact information of entities that provide services for victims of child sexual abuse and their families.
In addition, a copy of the Sexual Abuse Response and Prevention Resource Guide will be provided to parents/guardians, upon request. Please contact the School Administrator to request a hard copy of the Resource Guide.
Gateway offers specialized drug rehab programs for teens when they are struggling with substance abuse. Gateway understands the stress of addiction or mental health problems can often be compounded by the pressures of school and peers. Their innovative approach to drug rehab focuses on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of teens and their families.
Pillars offers comprehensive mental health and social services to men, women, children, and families. Programs are available through eight office locations and counseling centers. Many services are also provided in community settings including homes, schools, police stations, courthouses, and emergency rooms.
Local charity providing transformative experiences for children – swim lessons for local youth-in-need, wheel throwing courses for children with sensory disorders, college visits for first-generation high school students.
Help and Hotlines
text-a-tip: The innovative Text-A-Tip system provides an anonymous text-communication system to both youth and adults in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood.
E-BULLY Tipline: Provides assistance to kids, teens, parents and school personnel coping with cyberbullying and Internet safety issues. If you believe that you or someone you know is being bullied online, please call 1-888-414-7678 to contact an Internet Safety Specialist.
Trending Sites and Apps: Information on apps and sites trending with Illinois youth, as well as online resources for students, parents and educators.
Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a division of FullBloom, is a premier provider of special education and alternative education services for K-12 students. SESI partners with 600+ districts across the country to meet the needs of 7,000+ students with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges through day schools and in-district classrooms.