Center House:


The Transition Program is for students who have completed 4 years of high school or are at least 18 years old. Students come from the EN and MLP classrooms in District U-46. The goal is to provide students with a variety of possible post school outcomes in a real life community based program in order to become active, contributing members of the community and maximize each person’s potential. People's’ lives can be divided into 4 basic domains. The Transition Program focuses on these domains: Work, Home, Community Recreation, and Leisure.


Central School Programs:


Central School Programs is the District’s Public Day Program, serving students with social/emotional problems and developmental disabilities. The social/emotional programs follow the District’s middle and high school curricula, while the program for students with developmental disabilities is vocationally based. Students receive a full range of related services, based upon their IEPs.  The goal for the program is for all students to return to their home school or program.


Cross Categorical Programs:


District U-46 provides instructional and resource programs for students with a variety of special education eligibilities, who require specific supports for academic success. Students in the cross categorical programs continue to access the general education curriculum with accommodations and modified supports.  Students are provided interventions to close the achievement gap.  The goal is for all students to be successful and transition full time into a general education classroom.


Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program and Services:


A language enriched program that serves special education students with diagnosed hearing losses across the continuum of Special Education placements. Deaf/Hard of Hearing Itinerant services available at all U-46 within the general education classrooms.  Instructional programs offered at Independence Early Learning Center, Horizon Elementary School, and Streamwood High School.  The goal would be to have effective mode(s) of communication to benefit from and access the general education curriculum.



ELL Special Education Programs:


U-46 special education offers a full range of ELL special education programming and services for students identified as both ELL and special education from early childhood through high school. These comprehensive services are implemented across all special education disabilities. The ELL special education programs are designed to provide individualized education instructional services and needs in their native language and/ or Sheltered English instruction. The ELL special education programs are at various sites throughout the U-46 district. 


Exceptional Needs Program:


This program serves students with cognitive challenges to moderate to severe range. The student within the program often need medical, physical, verbal, and intellectual supports. Students in the program are provided an alternative functional curriculum. The goal for the program is for students to develop functional independent life skills based on individual student ability.



Instructional Learning Program:


This program addresses students that need a moderate to severe sensory and behavioral supports. The students may have a medical diagnosis of Autism or an eligibility of Autism. Classrooms are highly structured and predictable, using many visual supports and sensory strategies.  The goal would be for students to have the academic and self management skills to engage in the educational environment.

Modified Learning Program:


The program addresses the needs of students with cognitive and/or adaptive disabilities through functional modified academic instruction.  Student are provided activities and functional opportunities that prepare them for employment and community living. The goal is for students to be have academic and functional skills to be productive citizen within our communities.




Central SWEP focuses on providing instruction to high school age students who are between 14 – 21 years old.  Students typically are mildly to moderately disabled.  SWEP (Secondary Work Experience Program) follows a functional curriculum designed to support students as they develop self-determination skills and independent living skills.  Our goal is to help each student to participate as independently as possible in his/her own community.  


SWEP includes our training site called The Diner.  Students at SWEP have the opportunity to receive training on-campus through various positions in The Diner.  These training sites assist in the transition to employment in the community.  Central SWEP blends work, classroom activities and community instruction to create the framework of the program.  Imbedded in all three major areas is the concept of self-advocacy.


Transition Program:


Students ages 18-21 may participate in the district’s transition programs. These programs focus on vocational skills, employment, and daily living skills. The students are provided opportunities to work and establish employment and daily living skills within their community.  Students are also provided ways to access their community through local transportation and agencies. The goal is for students to have independent skills to be productive citizen within our communities.


Visually Impaired Program:


A program that serves students with identified vision impairments across the continuum of Special Education placements.  Vision Resource program offered at Glenbrook Elementary School, Tefft Middle School, Streamwood High School and Elgin High School.  Vision Itinerant services available at all U-46 schools and programs. The goal would be to have effective mode(s) visual supports to benefit from and access the general education curriculum.