Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School

Executive Contact: Peter Myers and Diana Kon

Admissions Contact: Kristin Freiesen, LCSW

Email: pgmyers@uchicago.edu

Work Phone: (773) 702-1203 

Fax: (773) 702-1304

Website: http://www.oschool.org

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
moment.

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
atmosphere.

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