Elim provides a comprehensive educational experience. Drawing on students’ strengths and providing necessary accommodations, our dedicated educators and clinicians are committed to ensuring that each student is equipped to pursue their God-given potential. Elim’s school program is approved for private special education by the Illinois State Board of Education.


To best meet the educational needs and goals of each student we serve, the school program has three interwoven program areas: Bridges, Pathways, and Crossroads.


The Elim Bridges Program equips students from preschool through high school (ages three to twenty-two) with necessary academic, communicative, and functional skills in preparation for meaningful and independent living. Professional staff collaborates with parents to take an intentional approach ensuring that all relevant needs are addressed on an individual basis.

While each student has a unique set of goals, this holistic team approach fosters ample opportunities for learning across settings. We consistently evaluate individual student programming as we take the time to celebrate successes along the way.

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The Elim Pathways Program provides a therapeutic, educational program for students with an autism spectrum disorder whose needs significantly impact their ability to communicate and access curriculum.

Through speech, occupational therapy, social work, vocational, recreational and behavioral services, the program is designed to target the needs of each individual student and provide a comprehensive education. With an emphasis on structure, Pathways students are provided with individualized schedules, positive behavior supports, tasks and curricular activities designed to challenge and engage them in their education.

With an eclectic approach utilizing components of Applied Behavior Analysis, Structured Teaching, sensory integration, and communication support, the Pathways Program offers a well-rounded and structured environment for students ages five through twenty-two.

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The Elim Crossroads Transition Program is intentionally designed to provide instruction and experiences that will prepare students for adult life.

This is accomplished through an intensive focus on individual needs that support each student’s person centered Transition Plan. The focus of instruction is in the core areas of: vocational, communication, independent living, and recreation. Volunteering and community engagement enhance student opportunities.

Young adults ages 18-22 in Crossroads have typically completed their high school academic expectations, so the daily experiences are designed for preparation for life after school.

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Teaching scholarships available

The Euwema Memorial Scholarship is now available to all special education professionals doing their student teaching or professional internship placements at Elim.

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It is the Standard of Elim Christian Services to admit children and adults to agency services regardless of race, color, national and ethnic origin, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to agency service recipients. Elim Christian Services does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered policies. Read Full Disclosure.