Joseph Academy

Excellence in Special Education - Since 1983

Our Schools

Des Plaines (JADE)

Joseph Academy in Des Plaines is the largest of our locations. It occupies the former Nipper Orphanage Act School located just north of Maryville Academy’s main campus. This is an environment this is both nurturing and challenging. Here, students’ self-esteem and productivity are increased as a result of dedication of a highly organized therapeutic staff. Each student progresses through a five level motivational system – earning daily points for fulfilling academic, social, emotional, vocational, and athletic expectations. Students that attend this year-round facility are in grades 6-12 and come from 30 different school communities in Cook and Lake County.

Melrose Park (JAMP)

Joseph Academy in Melrose Park opened in the fall of 2005. This program, like our others, is ISBE approved and offers small group and individual instruction to students in grades K8. These students have been identified as having severe emotional and learning disorders. A Social Worker, psychologist, consulting psychiatrist and nurse all work in a certified team of professionals to shape this environment through patience and persistence. This former Catholic school building provides the environment where children and their parents can receive feedback and learn to be accountable while developing healthy relationships with a nurturing faculty.

Joseph Academy Maryville – Des Plaines (JAKE)

Joseph Academy offers an Orphanage Act School for Maryville students under the direction of School District 214. Here, a carefully contained therapeutic setting has been established to serve students who have been placed in a residential treatment center. The daily therapeutic education experience consists of six or more semester credits, but also includes individual and group therapy, as well as computerized education. The therapeutic milieu is carefully designed to motivate and inspire students who have lived through many difficult life experiences. The strategy is to utilize a “school” atmosphere in an effort to change their broken and angry hearts into hearts filled with joy and confidence.

Hometown (JAHN)

Joseph Academy in Hometown opened its doors for the 2009-2010 school year. Located at 9003 S. Kostner Avenue, this program focuses on serving the needs of children with severe emotional challenges. Our team in Chicago’s south-suburban location utilizes intensive support services to meet each student’s individualized needs. We are excited about this sign of growth and look forward to continually serving school districts and families south of Chicago.


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"Your problems can be life lessons. Joseph Academy helped me realize that it is how you correct your problems that makes the difference. What you thought was your biggest struggle may end up being one of your strongest skills."-John Hickman, JA Graduate