The mission of Academy – South is to establish a positive and supportive learning community in which we strive to foster the consistent fulfillment of high academic and behavioral expectations.  We will facilitate the growth of positive peer and adult relationships, appropriate social skills, and the acceptance of personal responsibility for behaviors and choices.  We expect that all members of the learning community will facilitate student transition into productive and constructive adulthood.

Academy-South Philosophy


Academy – South utilizes the Positive Peer Culture model or “PPC.”  Positive Peer Culture is an intrinsic treatment and behavior management system.  PPC is not a point system.  Most problem behaviors are dealt with in the classroom and progress is documented through a level system and group meetings.  The goal of PPC is to increase positive behaviors and assist students in achieving their identified goals.  The basic philosophy of PPC is based on 3 principles:

  • Adolescents respond to peers more readily than to adults.
  • By helping others, one learns to help oneself.
  • People will not change negative behavior if they are comfortable with it-being challenged motivates change.
Program Handbook

Program Handbook

Academy-South Program Handbook



Academic CalendarAcademic Calendar

Bell Schedule

Daily Schedule

Classes begin at 9:10 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.

  • Homeroom – 9:10 – Arrival
  • Period 1: 9:10 – 10:00 – Academic
  • Period 2: 10:00 – 10:50 – Academic
  • Period 3: 10:50 – 11:40 – Academic
  • Period 4: 11:40 – 12:30 – Academic
  • Period 5: 12:30 – 1:00 – Lunch
  • Period 6: 1:00 – 1:50 – PE
  • Period 7: 1:50 – 2:40 – Academic
  • Period 8: 2:40 – 3:15 – Life Skills Class
  • Period 9: 3:15 – 3:30 – Dismissal
Report A Student Absence

Report a Student Absence

  • The parent/legal guardian should call the school at (847) 755-6640 to report student absences no later than 10:00 A.M. on the day of the absence.
  • We have staff available to receive calls from Spanish-speaking parents. Parents are encouraged to leave a voicemail during non-school hours.
  • For students in the pre-paid lunch program, the parent/legal guardian needs to contact the school before 8:00 AM to avoid being charged for that day’s meals.
  • Please note that whether or not the absence is excused will be at the discretion of the Director.
  • Please see the section entitled “Attendance Policy” under “Program Info” for more Information about excused absences.
Staff Contact Info

Staff Contact Info

Amy Friel Program Administrator
 Janice Cluchey  Nurse  [email protected]
Kelly Doherty 224-653-6504  [email protected]
 Paul J. Dumelle   224-653-6502  [email protected]
Kathleen Grover Occupational Therapist  [email protected] 
 Brian Lazzaro  Psychologist  [email protected]
 Colleen S. Lundell  224-653-6509  [email protected]
 Kathryn Mroz  Speech & Language  [email protected]   
 Anthony J. Mure  224-653-6506  [email protected]
 David J. O’Connor  224-653-6506  [email protected]
 Derek C. Schmidt  224-653-6501  [email protected]
 Kali Zanona  Psychologist  [email protected]



Higgins Education Center
1030 W. Higgins Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169


Main Office: 847.755.6640