Selected as a 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 NASET (National Association of Special Education Teachers) School of Excellence
Offering therapeutic educational services in a hands-on learning environment. The Maryville Jen School also provides opportunity for students through Maryville’s Life Skills and Vocational Training.
Jen School is an Illinois State Board of Education approved Non-Public Special Education Facility (14-7.02) licensed to serve males ages 5 – 21.
Jen School provides specialized academic and vocational opportunities for young men experiencing academic, emotional, behavioral or cognitive challenges that can potentially limit their life success. Students are served in uniquely designed classrooms to maximize effectiveness across the continuum of age and disability type.
High School and Junior High
Students grades 6-12 receive academic instruction with like-age students in self-contained classrooms. Classrooms are staffed with a Special Education Teacher, Instructional Assistant and Social Worker/Counselor. The Jen School curriculum is aligned with Illinois Learning Standards and meets public school district graduation requirements.
- Learning Disabled (LD)
- Emotional Disturbance (ED/BD)
- Other Health Impaired (OHI)
- Cognitive Impairment (CI)
- Traumatic Brain Injured (TBI)
- Speech & Language Therapy
- Psychological Testing
- Transitional Planning
Therapeutic educational services in a hands-on learning environment
At our Jen School, on our Des Plaines campus, we provide adolescent males, ages 5-21, with integrated therapeutic and educational services. The school serves children in Maryville’s residential programs and students from the community with complex emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities. The Maryville Jen School staff uses hands-on, alternative and experiential teaching methods in conjunction with traditional instruction methods to maximize the student’s potential for success.
Social Emotional Learning
Integrated into the core curriculum at Jen School is the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. Social workers, counselors and psychologists are part of the classroom team working with students and teachers to utilize coping strategies, manage emotions and complete assignments. The team recognizes that the stress of deficits in math or reading can lead to emotional crisis. Students are taught how to manage these frustrations whether working on math or in stressful family situations. Learning is not only about academics, it is about life.
An Integrated Learning Experience
The Maryville Jen School offers a fully-integrated program of classroom education, experiential learning, vocational training and recreational activities to its students. Our teaching staff coordinates with our therapeutic staff to ensure that our students make advancements.
Jen School is an Alternative Therapeutic Day School approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
The Maryville Jen School is accredited by AdvanceED, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. AdvanceED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association (NCA) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)–and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011.
Cooperative Teaching Methods
Our teaching methods are interactive and cooperative, allowing each student to add value to the classroom experience. Students learn to work together on a team both inside and outside of the classroom.
A Relational Teaching Model
The Relational Teaching Model is one that is built on mutual respect between student and teacher. It emphasizes and builds on student strengths, thus fostering a sense of accomplishment and fueling the student’s desire to learn more. This is especially important for students who have failed to thrive in other academic settings.
Thank you to recent donors Altria Companies Employee Community Fund, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Donald P. and Byrd M. Kelly Foundation and The Rivers Foundation for their generous grants to Maryville Jen School.
Maryville Jen School
1150 N. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone (847) 390-3020
Fax (847) 294-1738
Director of Educational Services / Principal- Anne M. Craig, MS-ED/CAS