The TEAM program is designed to prepare students with mild, moderate, and severe intellectual disabilities to live and work in their home communities. The major goal of the program is to maximize independence for successful integration into the mainstream of community life. The TEAM program supports the philosophy that the Individual Education Plan (IEP) of each student dictates the range/level of service required.

Academics in TEAM provides the student with a wide range of learning opportunities. Spanning from the natural community environment to the traditional classroom setting, the program meets the unique needs of each student. The TEAM program stresses individualization in methodologies, materials, and supportive services to meet the student’s needs. The TEAM program facilitates community-based instruction to enhance functional daily living and academic skills.

Graduation requirements and core academic classes are offered through TEAM, including English, Math, History, Health, and Tech Lit. TEAM teachers also co-teach with general education teachers in the following electives: Art Foundations, Culinary Arts, Theater and Chorus. Adapted PE is offered for students in TEAM which also include general education peer leaders. Living Skills is a supported class offered 1st period to help our students with their executive functioning skills.

Oak Park and River Forest High School -Department of Special Education

Program Chair

Linsey Kirby

Executive Director of Special Education

 Shalema Francois-Blue

Assistant Director of Special Education

Dr. Lesley Roberts