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Easterseals Academy

Easterseals Academy empowers each student to achieve peak academic performance, increase social and vocational skills, develop an effective means of communication and foster the acquisition of functional life skills for independence in the community.

Download Easterseals Academy 2022-2023 School Calendar

School districts contract with Easterseals to assist in providing educational programs for children with an autism spectrum disorder, emotional disability, developmental delay or intellectual disability. We provide an alternative school placement for these students and help them achieve independence. Easterseals Academy is conveniently located in Chicago, Machesney Park and Tinley Park.



Easterseals Academy is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to serve students ages 3 up to 22 who meet specific enrollment requirements. When a student meets the following criteria, the home school district may refer the student to one of our campuses.



We maintain a high teacher-student ratio and each student has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP).  We offer integrated therapies and instruction is centered around evidence based practices. The curriculum map is aligned to Common Core State Standards.


Clinical Services

Related services available at the schools include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and social work. All services and the frequency of services are driven by the student’s needs and determined by the IEP team. Art therapy, music therapy, vocational training, adapted physical education and behavioral consultation are also offered.
 Tinley School 2

Post-Secondary Services

By the age of fourteen-and-a-half, students are assessed and a comprehensive transition plan is created which includes post-secondary outcomes and goals. Students participate in a variety of vocational activities and the program combines simulated and authentic work settings. 



Easterseals Academy is conveniently located in Chicago, Machesney Park and Tinley Park.


Parent Support Group

Easterseals offers a Parent Support Group hosted on a monthly basis.

Bullying Policy

The safety and well-being of the children and adults we serve, and staff employed by Easterseals is crucial to the agency. It is the policy of Easterseals to comply with ISBE Bullying policy. Download the bullying policy here.


1939 West 13th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 312.432.1751
Chicago Academy Principal, Sarah Rose


17300 Ozark Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477
Phone: 708.802.9050
Tinley Park Academy Principal, Kristin Hrdlicka, MEd

Rockford Region

8301 Mitchell Road, Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815.623.4800
Machesney Park Academy Principal, Terence Brown, MAT, MsEd

Easterseals Wellness Policy - updated July 2022

Summer Meals Program


CARF accreditation is official recognition that our organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.

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