Welcome to the DESTINY Program

  • Program Supervisor:
    Lisa Schouten
    (708) 342-5330

    Program Assistant Supervisor:
    Kelsey De Biasio
    (708) 342-5392

    Program Secretary:
    Natasha Hampton
    (708) 342-5381


  • DESTINY Mission Statement

    To provide individualized support to students with complex learning needs and diverse backgrounds and partner with their families in a safe, supportive and enriching environment to promote independence and assist students in reaching their full potential within the school, home, and community.

    Vision: Maximize the moments-every student, every day

    Characteristics of students typically served in the DESTINY program include:

    • Students who function significantly below grade level across cognitive, academic, and adaptive skills domains.

    • Students who benefit from a functional academic curriculum incorporating the common core essential elements and are assessed using the state’s alternate assessment.

    • Students who require instruction in daily living skills.

    • Students who benefit from support to improve communication, including speech/language and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), as appropriate.

    • Students in need of support to develop fine motor and gross motor skills.

    • Students in need of support for health-related conditions.

    • High school students who will be awarded a certificate of completion rather than a traditional diploma and who qualify for post-12th grade transition programming. 

    Program Model:

    • Targeted instruction to develop functional academic skills and adaptive skills embedded into daily instruction, routines, and activities to foster independence across all domains.

    • Focus on language development that incorporates modeling, visual supports and augmentative communication systems, as appropriate.

    • Attention to fine and gross motor development that incorporates sensory needs, as needed.

    • Incorporation of instructional and  assistive technology supports across the school day. 

    • Interdisciplinary team approach that includes a special education teacher, social worker, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, nurse, and other related service personnel, as required.

    Current School Locations:

    • Early Childhood to grade 5 at Kerkstra Elementary School-general education school building within District 142 in Oak Forest

    • Grades 4-8 at Southwest Cooperative School at Morton Gingerwood- separate setting, public school which also houses the SWCCCASE Communication Development Program, located in Oak Forest

    • Grades 6-8 at Southwood Middle School- general education school building within District 160 in Country Club Hills
    • Grades 9-12 at Oak Forest High School-general education school building with specialized instructional space within District 228 in Oak Forest