Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School

Executive Contact: Peter Myers and Diana Kon

Admissions Contact: Kristin Freiesen, LCSW


Work Phone: (773) 702-1203 

Fax: (773) 702-1304


Address 1: 1365 E. 60th Street

City: Chicago

State: IL

Zip: 60637-2856

Specific Program Type: Residential Treatment Center

Specific Age Range: 5-21

Specific Gender Type: Coeducational

Description: The Orthogenic School, a coeducational residential treatment program, provides individualized

academic, therapeutic (family, individual and group), and psychopharmacological treatment to bright
children with emotional disabilities. The O-School is affiliated with the University of Chicago and is
located on the campus. The School offers a wide range of cultural, recreational, and transitional activities.

We offer a select group of fewer than fifty teens a caring but disciplined 'ORTHOGENIC' program that
both straightens and focuses the lives of our students.

For nearly a century, we have housed, fed, treated and nurtured some of the world's finest young people
through some of their most troubled times. Our alumni include a legion of adults whose lives have
been fulfilling and rewarding and whose time at our School provided the launch they needed at the right

Our students spend their days in a combination of rigorous academics and frequent therapy while
still leaving time for a world-class literary magazine, crafts, and a chance to build a community of their
peers and staff that imbues them with a sense of both accomplishment and a widely-extended family

Our average residential student stays at the School for approximately two years before transitioning
toward a more hopeful and stable future. We work with the entire family to build bonds, habits and
trust that will last the child and family a lifetime.

Individual Psychotherapy Available: Yes

Accreditation Licensure Approval: Illinois, Department of Children and Family Services; Council on Accreditation; Illinois Department of Human Services; Mental Health Provider Information; Illinois State Board of Education; North Central Association; Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

Program Type: Residential Treatment Center

Age Range: Young People 12 to 18

Gender Type: Coeducational