Rush Day School, founded in 1967, is a not-for-profit therapeutic school offering education and treatment for autism spectrum and emotionally disabled children ages six to fourteen.
Some of the children may also have another neurologically based disorder, a learning disability or a speech and language disorder that require clinical and educational intervention.
The goal for each student is to return to a less restrictive school environment.
The majority of our students return to a public or private school in regular education with support.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 1-8
  • Students: 28 students
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 1-8
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1967
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
28 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
36%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Rush Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
5 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
8 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
2016-2017 rate - $346.13 a day from time of enrollment and can change yearly due to State Regulations. No financial aid available.

School Notes

  • Some highlights of the Rush Day School include:
  • A strong academic program. Curriculum is aligned with the Illinois State Standards and a child's home school district.
  • Certified special education teachers provide individualized and group academic instruction in classrooms of up to eight students. A resource teacher provides additional support for individual students both inside and outside of all classrooms as needed.
  • Psychiatric nurses design individualized behavior management plans for each student. They collaborate with child psychiatrists and other physicians regarding diagnosis, medication monitoring and reduction of symptoms.
  • Intensive therapeutic services including individual and family therapy, group therapy with an emphasis on social skills development, and parent groups are provided by a professional and experienced clinical team. This includes a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed clinical social workers, and advanced practice nurses.
  • A full-time occupational therapist meets individually with children who require services based on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and consults with the classroom teams. A focus for treatment may include sensory integration.
  • We offer art therapy and a wide range of other art programs including music, drama, improvisation and photography as part of a fine arts curriculum.
  • A learning disabilities specialist and board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist provide weekly consultations.

School Reviews

5  
RDS has been a godsend for our 6 year old with ADHD and sensory issues. The staff is amazing and really does their best to find an individualized approach to each student and the best way to help them learn. I used to dread IEP meetings until working with this staff! The ideas they come up with for accommodations are fantastic. They also have therapy built in to the program, individual, group, and we go in for family therapy. Their occupational therapist is wonderful, too, she has helped so much with finding ways for our son to still be able to fidget and have his sensory needs met while also being able to stay in the classroom and not distract the other students. Seriously, I just can not say enough wonderful things about this place! I know if you`re looking into the school you`re likely going through a rough time, but know that your family will absolutely get what you need if you choose to transfer here.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 1-8
  • Students: 28 students
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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