The Bridges program serves students with a primary eligibility of cognitive disability, physical disability, specific learning disability, health disability, developmental delay, autism, traumatic brain injury, or multiple disability. It includes elementary, middle school, and early high school classrooms. A typical classroom has eight students, one ISBE-certified teacher, one classroom para-educator, and 1:1 para-educators according to the needs of each student. Students are placed in classrooms based on age and ability.
Each student has an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) that focuses on preparing the student to live, work, and socialize within the community. Each plan is tailored to meet the specific needs of the student, and is written in accordance to Illinois State standards.
Elim offers a full curriculum at all levels. The curriculum includes adaptive physical education, aquatic activities in our heated indoor swimming pool, art, and community outings.
The literacy center includes books on CD and tape, as well as books with adapted text and manipulatives, so all students can be involved in the literacy experience. A SMART Board allows interaction with a variety of activities that promote literacy. A large interactive screen allows easy access to the Internet. Another important literacy resource is Elim’s state certified reading specialist.
Our summer session is an extension of the regular school year that provides needed continuity for our students. It runs full days, five days per week, for six weeks. Related services are delivered as they were during the regular school year.