JTC Academy is a state approved and funded, private, not for profit, therapeutic day school and Transitional Center that contracts between school districts and ISBE(Illinois State Board of Education).
We offer a quality education to students that have not been successful in other educational settings. Our Special Education teachers are certified in the state of Illinois and hold Master's Degrees. We have 3 full time therapists that holds a wealth of education and experiences. In addition, our JUMP program is our transitional program that is run by the transitional specialist that has over 18 years experience.
Our therapeutic day school is designed to meet the needs of students with behavioral and emotional disorders and/or DSM-IV diagnoses. Students at JTC Academy learn how to appropriately adjust to the educational setting and society as a whole. Teachers at JTC Academy understand that not all students have the social or emotional skills necessary to function in an educational setting.
Our JUMP program is designed to provide students with exemplary transitional services by a highly qualified transitional specialist.
A Note From The Director..............
I always knew it was my calling to enter the field of education. I was lucky to have wonderful teachers that inspired and taught me to love learning and to never stop the learning process no matter how old I become. I have taken this and much more to heart in my studies, my teaching, and now through my principalship.
I have the firm belief that all students can learn anything if you give them the tools and the opportunity. JTC Academy was built on the foundation that all students can learn and all students will be given opportunities to flourish and become successful young adults. JTC Academy teachers and support staff have been carefully selected from a huge pool of applicants. JTC teachers and support staff believe all students can learn while holding extremely high expectations of themselves and the students they encounter. Hence, "High Expectations for all Students." became the perfect motto for our school. - Amy Polt
- Master's Degree in Educational Administration, Texas A&M-Commerce 1999
- B.S. Elementary Education Langston University 1996
- 15 years of Education/Special Education
- Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year 1998
- DISD Math/Science Teacher of the Month
- Mckinney, TX MISD Special Education Lead
- PBIS Coach, Special School District
- Illinois Principal's Association (IPA)
- Illinois Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (ILASCD)
- National Association of Secondary School Principals (NAASP)
- A quality education is essential to a democratic society;
- Students reach their full potential through the cooperative efforts of the school and community;
- Education is a lifelong process that provides the foundation upon which success is built;
- Students need to learn to be adaptable in a changing world;
- Students should be educated in an environment that fosters dignity and self-esteem;
- Respect for others and personal responsibilities are essential for creating a productive learning environment.
To address the emotional and behavioral issues of the students, the program offers individual and group therapy, as well as individualized and small group special education services by Illinois certified staff. The school operates on the principle that a therapeutic environment for students with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities requires active participation from parents, mental health professionals, the community and the students themselves.To meet the intense needs of each student, we provide low staff-student ratios, individualized instruction, individual and group therapy, recreational and relaxation therapy and community education.
We are a state approved school that serves special education students. We offer a 5:1 and 3:1 ratio in the classrooms, depending on the needs of students. That is 5 or 3 students per staff member. Teacher assistants and child care workers also work in classrooms and are highly qualified, caring and nurturing.
In addition, we offer the following:
- Licensed School Counselor/Therapist that provides individual and group therapy
- Full-time nurse to dispense medications and monitor the overall health of the girls in the program
- Psychiatrist on staff that evaluates students, prescribes medications if needed, and monitors and adjusts medications as necessary. Psychiatrist also consults with parents and staff regarding diagnoses and medications.
- A wealth of academic courses that are aligned with Illinois State Standards and meet requirements for graduation
- All services as required by IEP including Speech/Language Services, Counseling, etc
- Community Education Program
- High-tech computer lab, individual lap tops assigned to each student
- Fully equipped science lab
- All state and local standardized testing
- JUMP Program/Transitional Services
- Recreational/Relaxation Therapy
Character Education is a very important aspect in education today. At JTC Academy, "Character Counts"!! The CHARACTER COUNTS approach to character education doesn't exclude anyone. Our Character Education programs and materials are based on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased.
Six Pillars of Character
Trustworthiness : blue
Think "true blue"
Respect : yellow/gold
Think The Golden Rule
Responsibility : green
Think being responsible for a garden or finances; or as in being solid and reliable like an oak
Fairness : orange
Think of dividing an orange into equal sections to share fairly with friends
Caring : red
Think of a heart
Citizenship : purple
Think regal purple as representing the state
JTC will strive to provide for all students the best possible education through:
- Programs based on sound learning theories that promote academic, social, physical, and career development and enrichment in a rapidly changing world;
- Proper counseling in making decisions regarding their education , careers, and future responsibilities as independent learners;
- Participation in school and community programs that will enhance the understanding of the democratic principles of our society;
- Opportunities, which contribute to self-awareness and positive relationships through creative expression, aesthetic appreciation, physical activities, and good health;
- Helping students develop self-direction, rational and critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and independent thought; and
- Encouragement for students to develop a well-defined set of values that include a recognition and appreciation of the multicultural, multiracial heritage of American Society.