The Indian Oaks Academy (IOA) Educational Center — Safe Harbor School — is an on-site, non-public therapeutic day school that provides educational services to students, grades 6-12, who could benefit from a highly structured therapeutic environment and educational supports. The school serves residents of Indian Oaks Academy and students from the community who have been identified as needing therapeutic education.
Classroom instruction is structured to help students acquire the skills needed to progress academi¬cally and successfully transition back to their community and home schools.
Safe Harbor School serves students with a variety of needs and diagnosis. Many of our students have behavioral/emotional disorders and display severe emotional/behavioral conduct that requires acute care and supports. The primary categories of student behaviors served by the school include Intellectual Disability (ID), Emo¬tional Disturbance (ED), Specific Learning Disability (SLD), Autism (AUT), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Other Health Impaired (OHI). Students’ Individualized Education Programs are followed to ensure that each student benefits from spe¬cialized instruction that helps them matriculate successfully through middle and high school.
While attending Safe Harbor School, students can benefit from a vocational training opportunity on campus or in the community. Work opportunities include job-shadowing and learning aspects of a variety of jobs, including mowing lawns, painting, working in the local food pantry, working with local community organizations, and working with Habitat for Humanity.
Safe Harbor School is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.