Joseph Academy

Excellence in Special Education - Since 1983

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About Us

Joseph Academy is a school serving the needs of young people with severe behavioral, emotional, and learning disabilities. Our program strives to give hope to our students to become successful in their learning environment.

Joseph Academy provides an environment that is both nurturing and challenging.  We seek to build students’ self-esteem and productivity through a therapeutic program in which staff members constantly express respect and affection for them.

"We are regarded as the 'go-to' school by Lake, Cook and DuPage Counties.  We are the specialist.”

-Michael Schack, Executive Director

JA Principals

Joseph Academy Des Plaines (JADE): Bob Malek II  

Joseph Academy Hometown (JAHN): Laura Capparelli 

Joseph Academy Melrose Park (JAMP): Diane Schorr 


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WeAreND Article

Click here to view an article published on the University of Notre Dame Alumni website about Joseph Academy

Outcomes Study

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