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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) / Helpful Website Information What is North Shore Academy (NSA) and what is the connection to Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED)? NSA is a public K-12 therapeutic school that serves students who struggle with the social, emotional, and behavioral demands of school. NSSED has a number of programs to support students with special needs including NSA. Read more…   What is the process for having my child attend NSA? Typically, a team of people, including parents, home school staff and district representatives meet to determine what kind of program the student needs. If the IEP team agrees that a therapeutic day placement is the least restrictive placement for a student, the district representative will make a referral to North Shore Academy. Read more….       What is North Shore Academy (NSA) and what is the connection to Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED)? NSA is a public K-12 therapeutic school that serves students who struggle with the social, emotional, and behavioral demands of school. NSSED has a number of programs to support students with special needs including NSA.   In addition to supporting member districts with coaching, consultation, professional development and some direct services, we also have three programs to serve students with the most intensive needs. The NSSED Early Childhood Program provides educational services to preschool-aged children through inclusion support services, half-day and full-day programs. The NSSED Educational and Life Skills Program provides educational services to students ages 6 – 21 with developmental delays, cognitive disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities.   What is the process for having my child attend NSA? Typically, a team of people, including parents, home school staff and district representatives meet to determine what kind of program the student needs. If the IEP team agrees that a therapeutic day placement is the least restrictive placement for a student, the district representative will make a referral to North Shore Academy. Before making a decision, parents often will visit NSA and meet with an administrator who will describe the program and give a tour of the school. If the family decides that NSA is the best placement for their child, an intake meeting will be scheduled. At the intake meeting, parents and the student will meet the staff who will be members of the classroom team to better understand the concerns that led to placement at NSA and develop an initial plan for the transition. A start date is then agreed upon (generally two days after the intake meeting).  

North Shore Academy Elementary 255 Revere Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062
North Shore Academy Middle and High School 760 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL 60035

Providing a continuum of highly structured, individualized therapeutic programs designed to meet the educational and emotional needs of our students.