The Winston Knolls School, at Hoffman Estates Campus

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Basic Information

Address: 2353 Hassell Road, Suite 110, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
County: Cook
School District: Winston Knolls Education Group
Phone Number: 630-283-3221
Fax Number: 630-283-3482

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The Winston Knolls School, at Hoffman Estates Campus
The Winston Knolls School, at Hoffman Estates Campus

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Additional Information

President: Val Belmonte
School Type: non-public special education Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade high school
Founded: 2000
Ages/Grades: ages 3 to 21 and eleven months
School Setting:

Winston Knolls Education Group’s educational facility, The Winston Knolls School at Hoffman Estates Campus is a non-public special education Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade high school approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Here we provide school-based services to children (ages 3-21.11) diagnosed with autism spectrum and related disorders such as intellectual disability, specific learning disability, speech/language impairment, traumatic brain injury, emotional / behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities and other health impairments.

School Size: average of 54 students
Classroom Size: average of 54 students
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1

rate is set by the Illinois Purchase Care Review Board


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Support Services:

Speech and Occupational Therapy services are provided by licensed Speech/Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. Speech and Occupational Therapy are incorporated into the curriculum, but students will receive direct and group therapy minutes as determined at their Annual Review. Where appropriate, related services staff will work with and train families and school staff to ensure that augmentative communication devices are being used appropriately in both school and at home. All related service professionals consult with the classroom team on a regular basis to ensure program integrity.

Speech therapy includes developing instructional strategies to build compensatory communication and language skills for students. Where appropriate, speech-language pathologists will work with and train families and school staff to ensure that augmentative communication devices are being used appropriately in both school and at home. Service delivery includes a combination of individual and group therapy based on a student’s needs with consultation and collaboration in order to integrate techniques and strategies within the natural classroom environment in order to provide students with numerous opportunities for generalized skill acquisition.

Occupational therapists support fine and gross motor development to assist the student in accessing their educational environment as independently as possible. These skills can be worked on in isolation or pushing in within the general classroom setting. Sensory integration is also a vital component to occupational therapy services and a student’s needs are identified to develop effective sensory diets within the learning environment.

Students will receive Adaptive Physical Education (APE) as part of their weekly schedule. The Physical Education teacher is either a state-certified special education teacher or a physical education teacher with an Adaptive Physical Education approval from ISBE. Students receive a minimum of two, 30-minute PE sessions per week, which are held in the school gym.

Therapeutic services are an integral part of the WKS program. Led by the Clinical Director, the clinical team will provide individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis intervention to address the social emotional needs for all students. Psychoeducational programming will be held for parents on a quarterly basis with family consultation being provided as needed. The clinical team is also responsible for leading the development of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). All therapeutic services will be supervised or provided by a full-time Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Students receiving direct service of counseling as indicated on their IEP will be assigned an individual therapist who will meet with them in a manner tailored to the student’s individual needs while also meeting the requirements outlined in the student’s IEP. These sessions focus on a wide variety of issues, including but not limited to the reason the student was referred to The Winston Knolls School; primary issues and concerns; level of self-awareness and insight; emotional and behavioral management skills; coping, problem-solving and self-soothing skills; and communication and relationship skills. Therapists also collaborate with the classroom teachers who serve as case managers and the liaisons with parents, school districts, and outside service providers.

Clinical staff will participate in student’s IEP meetings and contribute by identifying, implementing, and tracking progress of social-emotional goals. A thorough biopsychosocial history will be collected and updated as needed for each Winston Knolls’ student.

Individual therapists work with classroom staff to identify appropriate times to pull students from their academic schedule to receive direct individual counseling. In addition to the regularly scheduled sessions, therapists will be available throughout the school day for students requiring therapeutic support. Crisis management services will be provided for any student being harmed by or harming someone else or indicating intention of harming themselves or someone else.

The clinical team will utilize an integrated theoretical orientation including cognitive-behavioral, family-systems, and narrative therapy principles. The program will strive to guide students to attach a positive meaning to themselves, their world, and their future with an emphasis on inspiring the core values of The Winston Knolls School: Commitment, Compassion, Courage, Dignity, and Respect.

The Winston Knolls School at Hoffman Estates Campus transition program focuses on life after high school. Students enrolled in the high school program will address their lives after high school, starting at 14 ½ years old. A Transition Plan will be added to the student’s IEP and will address the student’s interests and goals after high school, as well as skills needed to meet these interests and goals. Part of The Winston Knolls School high school program is to help students build their independence, regardless of their disability.

A work program will be set up throughout The Winston Knolls School at Hoffman Estates Campus. Students in this program must meet a pre-determined set of criteria, have parent permission, and be at least 14 ½ years old. Students participate in jobs around the school such as collecting recycling, stacking chairs in the cafeteria, running the dishwasher, and watering plants. Students earn “money” based on the established token economy and the guidelines in their behavior intervention plan.

Admissions Requirements:

The Winston Knolls School at Hoffman Estates Campus administration will review the student’s records (including the current IEP, the most recent multidisciplinary conference reports, the case study evaluation, and any additional psychiatric or psychological reports.) Most students are referred to us by their local school districts. At a student’s IEP, the team decides that the most appropriate placement for a student may not be in district. The district then sends us a formal request for placement letter and current IEP. The Winston Knolls School at Hoffman Estates Campus will then learn about the student through parent and teacher interviews and observations in the current placement. If the intake team decides that we are an appropriate placement for the student, the student then is placed on our waiting list. The district and the parents are notified via certified letter.

Mission Statement:

The Winston Knolls School provides a comprehensive and distinctive learning environment for students with autism and related challenges. Through effective teaching, personalized curriculum and behavioral services, we help our students and their families achieve the highest quality of life.

Notes/School Information:

Students are transported to school as determined by their IEP; typically in a bus or taxi, or driven by the parent. Students are met each day at the appropriate vehicle and escorted into the building by a familiar member of staff. At the end of the day, students are escorted to their vehicle by a member of staff. The Winston Knolls School, at Hoffman Estates Campus works closely with drivers to ensure that students are secured appropriately in their vehicle.

The classroom team is led by a state-certified teacher. Classes have a maximum size of eight students, with a minimum of three staff (one classroom teacher, and two assistants) depending on student need. Children enrolled in the program are between the ages of 3 and 19. The Winston Knolls School, at Hoffman Estates Campus educates students in grades pre-kindergarten through high school. Students are assigned to classrooms based on ability level, while still maintaining only a four year age span in each classroom. Classroom Assistants and Life Skills Assistants are trained in the implementation of behavior intervention plans and program instruction. They assist with behavior management and instruction, and support the classroom teacher.