Hamilton Academy provides a peaceful, safe atmosphere for students to concentrate on their academic studies and be able to do the therapeutic work necessary to reintegrate back into their home school and/or to graduate.

One thing that people that tour the program frequently comment on is how quiet and peaceful the atmosphere is. This contributes to a safe environment. Providing an atmosphere that assures the physical and emotional safety of the students is the most important thing at Hamilton Academy.

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Hamilton Academy is an Illinois State Board of Education approved twelve-month private therapeutic day school for fifth through twelfth grade students (ages 10-21) with emotional disorders. We are also approved for other health impairments, traumatic brain injury and specific learning disabilities. Many of our students have also been identified as learning disabled. Our student capacity does not exceed thirty.


Hamilton Academy establishes that a student enrolled in the program has the potential to work through his or her problems and develop the skills necessary to be successful back in the mainstream. This is done in a safe environment with the support and assistance of our educational and therapeutic team in cooperation with the student, his or her family and the referring school district.


After a referral is made an interview is set up between the student, his or her parents and the director. The student and his/her family have the opportunity to see the school, what we have to offer and learn about the expectations. At that time both the student's willingness to comply with the program expectations and how well the student will fit with the current milieu are determined.

School Hours


School hours during the regular school year are between 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extended school year hours are between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Notes From Parents & Students


"Thank you so much for caring for Matt and helping him while he went to your school. Keep up the great job you are doing."


"My husband and I would like to express our thanks for all the excellent schooling and therapy Michael received while at Hamilton. It is hard to believe he is graduating and amazing to see how much he has blossomed."


"You have changed many people's lives for the better through this school. Thank you for allowing me to stay. Your kindness has changed my life and my family's life. I will always remember what the people here have done. I am grateful forever."

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