UCAN Academy is an innovative first through twelfth grade year-round therapeutic day school. A special education curriculum is used by experienced staff to help students who have experienced difficulties in previous school settings and who benefit from a smaller, more individualized classroom setting. Formerly named Uhlich Academy and High School, UCAN Academy is the largest and one of the most recognized therapeutic day schools in the area. The Chicago Board of Education holds a standard that, 10% of therapeutic day school students will be reintegrated into public schools each year. Last year, UCAN Academy reintegrated 12%, exceeding the standard.
Each child enrolled in UCAN Academy comes to us with a unique set of needs. In striving to meet these needs, we use a staff-intense environment for more one-on-one attention. Our children, while coming from diverse and distinct backgrounds, have all experienced difficulties in public or private school settings. Many have become discouraged about learning. We help them to see schooling in a positive light and to reach their highest potential.
"The 2010-2011 school year has just begun, and everyone at UCAN Academy is looking forward to another successful year. On behalf of Ms. Thomas and myself I would like to share this year's theme - "Expect Excellence", our students are showing that they have a great deal of potential and we look forward to embracing this theme." - Christy Miller, UCAN Academy Elementary Program Director & Cherilyn Thomas, Vice President of Education.
Our Special Education curriculum emphasizes math and language arts. Individual Education Plans are developed for each student; we also work with parents and other advisors to ensure that children receive the most effective instruction.
UCAN Academy strives to prepare each child academically, behaviorally and socially for life after graduation. Our High School curriculum meets Chicago Public School graduation requirements by combining computer technology with Special Education methods. Fully equipped computer labs offer interactive learning programs and internet access.
Our specialized staff offers a variety of supportive services including speech and occupational therapy and therapeutic guidance to promote personal accountability, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. We also offer a variety of activities during and after the school day.
UCAN Academy is located at 3110 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60622.
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