Education Services 

Merlin Day Academy provides educational instruction and special education services tailored to your child’s strengths and needs to promote learning. Our educational services include: 

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Special Education 

Merlin Day Academy provides special education instruction tailored to the individual needs of each child. The Merlin Approach to Learning© includes daily educational instruction in literacy, math, science, social studies, and art classes to provide children with a well-rounded education in a supportive environment. Families may privately enroll their children into Merlin Day Academy as a special education private school, or they can be privately placed by the home school district under the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Merlin Day Academy serves students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in the following disability categories: Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Speech/Language Delay, Other Health Impairment, Emotional Disability, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The individualized support and learning opportunities we offer are key aspects that remain at the forefront of how Merlin Day Academy impacts students. We meet the diverse and sometimes complex needs of students through our supportive services, academic curriculum, and lesson plans implemented by all service providers in accordance with each student’s IEP. 

PEL Social Work 

Merlin Day Academy provides school social work from highly trained, licensed Social Workers that have undergone additional training to achieve their Professional Educator License. These knowledgeable and compassionate individuals provide specialized educational instruction and social and emotional support in our classrooms. 

The Merlin Approach to Learning© includes a daily Social Work Rotation that pulls from Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curricula such as Zones of Regulation. This effective and therapeutic approach helps children struggling with social skills by encouraging and teaching them how to consider the thoughts and feelings of others and to be aware of their own actions and behaviors in social situations. Although beneficial to all children, this method is especially helpful to those diagnosed with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by building confidence and promoting positive social interactions. Our Social Workers utilize Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and the Intentional Relationship Model in their work with Merlin Day Academy students. 

Coming Soon – Illinois State Board of Education Licensure 

Merlin Day Academy has been approved as a non-public private facility by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), but we are waiting on our per-diem rates from the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board IPCRB before we can implement IEPs. We expect everything to be completed in March 2023. Use the link below to be notified when we receive our per-diem rates and can implement IEPs.


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