18350 Crossing Drive | Tinley Park, IL 60487

708-342-5200 | info@stcil.org

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Building Futures for People with Developmental Disablities



Students who attend Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. School for Exceptional Children are provided with course offerings that are aligned to the Illinois Common Core State Standards. Curriculum is age-appropriate and individualized to meet each student’s learning needs.


Best practices in special education are implemented into each student’s academic program, including but not limited to:


  • Visual Supports

  • Sensory Integration

  • Universal Vocabulary

  • Social Stories

  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • Structured Teaching

  • Transition Planning and Development

  • Community-Based Experiences

  • Positive Behavior Interventions

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

  • Social Communication Instruction

  • Discrete Trial

  • Sex Education


Programming for each student is aligned with Individualized Education Plans (IEP), Transition Plans and student’s strengths and interests.  The program allows students to reach their highest level of independence while focusing on academic, social and behavioral goals. Implementation of programs can be generalized across all environments of the student’s life.


Classroom focus is on structure, routine and repetition aligned with the various best practices. Data collection is maintained daily to provide measurable information for developing programming to meet individual needs. 

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Dawn Angelini

Director of Education/Principal

Melanie Gilman

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Dani Diliberto

Licensed Clinical Social Worker/





Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. School has been awarded

the distinction as a School of Excellence for 2015-16 by the

National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)