Melvin J. Larson School is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education. We are National Association of Special Education Teachers School of Excellence for the State of Illinois.

We offer a comprehensive educational and therapeutic environment for child with profound disabilities whose needs cannot be met at their home school district. The students we serve includes students with the educational diagnosis of Autism, Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Our student’s age range is 3-21 years old.

School Hours:

Melvin J. Larson School operates 220 days a year from the hours of 9am – 2pm.

School Staff:

Melvin J. Larson is staffed by caring staff.  Our staff are fully licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and includes Special Education Teachers, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Behavior Therapist and paraprofessionals.  All staff are trained in the use of Positive Behavioral Supports and Safety Care.

Program Focus:

Our program focuses on the total development of children and adolescents in all areas of functioning.  Our curriculum embodies the students’ academic needs as well as their physical, social, emotional, transitional and daily living needs in a loving, caring, school climate.  We work collaboratively with your home school district to provide individualized programming for each student.

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