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Jen School

Obtaining a quality education is imperative to instill confidence in students and prepare them for success in life. Yet most traditional school districts are simply not equipped to address the challenges facing students dealing with significant social, emotional and academic issues.

An Alternative to the Alternative: the Jen School

Eighteen northern Illinois school districts refer students in grades 5-12 to the Jen School. Many students arrive feeling self-doubt because the social and emotional issues they struggle with – or the complex diagnoses associated with traumatic brain injuries or autism – have prevented them from learning and thriving at their home schools.

At the Jen School, students receive a highly personalized education, with a teacher and social worker in each classroom who pride themselves on the relationships they build with their students. Having a low student-to-teacher ratio of 10:1 allows staff to work with each child on their social, emotional and academic needs to maximize their learning experience.

The carefully curated, uniquely hands-on curriculum is unique to the Jen School. It includes a wide range of experiential learning and vocation-focused instruction. Many students leave the Jen School prepared to enter the trades. But whether students return to their local school or graduate from Jen School, success is measured when students leave with a renewed faith and confidence in themselves.

Jen School’s ability to tailor teaching methods and empower their students to become active learners and integral members of their community is why the Maryville Foundation has repeatedly invested in their long-term growth and success.



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