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School & Programs


Early Learning Center

SPEED Early Learning Center provides a variety of educational and family-centered services for children from birth through 5th grade who have developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.


Program for Adaptive Learning – PAL
PAL provides special education and related therapeutic services to students in 6ththrough 12thgrades emphasizing self-care, independence, social skills and functional academics


Independence Elementary and High Schools

SPEED Independence schools provide highly-structured individualized educational programs to help prepare students to function as competent, self-reliant adults.  The schools serve students grades K-12 with disabilities, primarily those who are impacted by poor self-regulation and behavior problems.


Academy for Life Long Learning

The Academy provides transition programming for students ages 18-22 who require additional supports to participate as independant members of our communities.



SPEED CONNECTIONS provides intensive therapeutic instruction covering academic, communication, social and behavioral skills for students with autism and other pervasive developmental disabilities. Classrooms are located within the ELC and PAL schools.


Crisis Intervention Behavioral Stabilization (CIBS)

 Students with IEPs needing additional behavioral supports may be placed in one of the SPEED schools on a temporary basis, up to 10 (ten) days to receive special services and supports, as part of their individualized Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), often in lieu of suspension. 


Family Enrichment Program

This is a Prevention Initiative program for families with infants and toddlers that includes fun activities, play sessions, Parent Education Workshops, field trips and home visits to help prepare young children and their families for school.


DHH Satellite Program

New to SPEED this year, students in grades 9-12 who are deaf and hard of hearing in need of intensive instruction attend self-contained and mainstream classes in a typical high school with the help of certified DHH teachers and educational interpreters.



E L C early learning center

PAL Program for Adaptive Learning

Independent Elementary and High School

Academy for Life Long Learning


Sib shop

F.E.P. Family Enrichment Program





Schools / Programs

Program for Adaptive Learning
Independence School
Early Learning Center

Special Education Joint Agreement School District #802
1125 Division Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: 708/481-6100
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