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Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School

Private | 3-12 | 59 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $100,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $910.

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Posted September 10, 2014

Do not send your child here. It is horrible. Staff is blind to everything they don't want to see. Punishments are either not given out or given in extreme. It is a pathetic school. All of the students hate it. Students are very mean. Some staff too. People who try and get you to come to this school make it sound great and that's what my son and I thought to. Until he was admitted. Multiple dorm fights verbal and physical and A LOT OF BULLYING. Don't take any of the admission staff seriously. They just want your money.
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Posted July 8, 2013

My daughter went to the O school when she was 9 and left when she was 18. The staff saved her life. Her father and I will always be ever so grateful to the staff. At the Orthogenic School my daughter was well educated.( She took courses at the University of Chicago high school.). My daughter is now a college graduate, and she owns her own knitting shop.
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Posted January 6, 2013

For a residential center of it's kind it's above average. The students are generally treated well, and more as kids than as patients. Many other schools maintain a much more clinical environment. The senior staff (Michelle, Pete, Diana) are mostly great. The educational program is good for a school of this type. There isn't enough evidence based therapy (I know many graduates that have benefited from DBT and CBT and wished it had been provided there rather than psychoanalytic style therapies), and the length of stay can be longer than necessary. It can be difficult for students to gain privileges. Many students graduate and are dealing with the same issues they arrived with- I know one graduate in a nursing home for a mental illness, another that is homeless, and another that is in and out of treatment centers constantly. I also know some that have succeeded in college or gone on to careers. Like most RTC's the outcomes aren't great, but if your child must be in a long term facility then this is pretty much as good as it gets. Just don't expect a cure, and know that statistically kids do better if RTC's are avoided entirely.

Posted June 28, 2008

The 'O' School is a school for children and adolescents with behavioral and psychological difficulties. Students are mostly residential with two counselers in each dorm room, regular administrative and counseling staff, as well as nursing. The school is well organized, well run, and also affiliated with the U of Chicago.

Posted June 11, 2008

this school is a excellent for your children to have a save learning experience! this school also has a some very special classes such as infectious tee's which is run by the students
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 51%
Black 17% 18%
Hispanic 5% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1365 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 834-3646


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