The Connections Internship Consortium Program is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.
The four CIC affiliated schools include: Connections Day School (CDS) located in Libertyville and founded in 1998; South Campus (SC) located in Palatine and founded in 2001; New Connections Academy (NCA) located in Palatine and founded in 2006; and Connections Academy East (CAE) located in Lake Forest and founded in 2015. Each of the schools serve students from surrounding Chicagoland counties and districts who are in need of alternative school programming which is supportive, therapeutic and educational. CDS, CAE, and SC each have programs that provide alternative educational and therapeutic supports to children and adolescents with primary educational eligibilities of Emotional Disability (ED), Learning Disability (LD), Other Health Impairment (OHI), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and/or Intellectual Disability (ID). Additionally, these three sites provide comprehensive Substance Abuse supports as needed. NCA (and part of CAE) are primarily programs that provide alternative educational and therapeutic supports to children and adolescents with primary education eligibilities of Emotional Disability (ED), Learning Disability (LD), Other Health Impairment (OHI), Autism (AUT), and provide supports to children and adolescents with a primary educational eligibility or DSM-V diagnosis of high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and may have a previous diagnosis of Asperger's Disorder or Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD).
Connections Day School (CDS) is located in Libertyville, Illinois and was founded in 1998. CDS serves children and adolescents, ages 8-22, who struggle with emotional, behavioral, academic, and developmental needs resulting in the need for an alternative educational placement.
New Connections Academy (NCA) is located in Palatine, IL and was founded in 2006. NCA was founded to meet the need for alternative school environment to promote success in students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. NCA serves a population of children and adolescents ages 6-22 who require more specialized teaching and treatment specific to the needs and features of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
South Campus (SC) is located in Palatine and was founded in 2001. SC serves a large catchment area of children ages 6-22 who struggle with emotional, behavioral, academic, and developmental needs requiring an alternative academic environment to promote success.
Connections Academy East (CAE) is located in Lake Forest and was founded in 2015. As the largest of the CIC schools, CAE serves students ages 6-22 with emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as the high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder population.