Building the bridge to a brighter future.
Located on the Cunningham campus, Gerber School provides special education for approximately 60 youth in our residential treatment programs. The school is recognized by Urbana School District 116 and follows the district's curriculum and yearly calendar.
Highly-skilled special education teachers and teaching assistants work as a team with residential program therapists and staff to provide coordinated educational support. Many youth are significantly behind grade level in their education when they arrive at Cunningham, and learning disabilities and mental health issues pose challenges to their catching up.
Occupational therapy techniques, small class sizes, and individualized educational planning are hallmarks of the Gerber School approach to education. An important goal of education at Gerber is to help students make the transition to public school.
Gerber School is dedicated to preparing students for their individual success as they continue on to college and develop career readiness. In the classroom, staff utilize research-based curriculum and interventions, focusing lessons on state standards and independent student data to drive instruction. Gerber School has equally invested resources in providing a comprehensive vocational education program for students. The program seeks to enable students to develop in the four principals of the Circle of Courage: Belonging, Independence, Generosity, and Mastery, so that they experience daily success in their lives.
Cunningham Children’s Home accepts children and youth into our programs through referral and funding from agencies such as a local school district, the Department of Children and Family Services, and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. For more information about Gerber School, call our Intake/Admissions Coordinator at (217) 367-3728, ext. 281.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.