The Orthogenic School is a coeducational therapeutic day program for children and adolescents in need of support for behavioral or emotional issues.
It provides young people, ages five to 20, with a therapeutic and educational environment that recognizes their strengths and needs, while challenging them to grow by achieving important developmental and behavioral outcomes. Our mission is to provide the highest quality individual care, treatment, and education to troubled children and youth, and their families while serving as an internationally recognized model for research, training, and professional practice.

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Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 4-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1915
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
67 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
35%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
85%
Average Class Size
10 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Admissions Director
Kristin Friesen, LCSW
Admissions Associate
Brian Graves

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Board Games Group, Career Day, Corporate Leadership Day, Dance Group, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Infectious Tees, Job Readiness Training, Louder than a Bomb Poetry Slam (Young Chicago Authors/O-School English Department), Orthogenique (literary magazine), Poetry Club, Shakespeare Slam (Chicago Shakespeare Theater/O-School English Department), Sports Group, Student Work Program, Yellow Door Chronicles (student newspaper), Yoga Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, choir, Dance, music, Shakespeare

School Notes

  • The Orthogenic School is a therapeutic day school program for children and adolescents in need of support for behavioral or emotional issues.
  • It provides young people, ages 5 to 20, with a therapeutic and educational environment that recognizes their strengths and needs, while challenging them to grow by achieving important developmental and behavioral outcomes. Our mission is to provide the highest quality individual care, treatment, and education to troubled children and youth, and their families while serving as an internationally recognized model for research, training, and professional practice.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School's ranking?

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School?

The application deadline for Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Our child attended the O-School for 3 years suffering from PTSD. Because of the wonderful work and time they spent with her, she is now doing much better and can live on campus at college. We are grateful.
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