Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
Quick Facts
Residential Treatment Center

5 to 20


Avg. Duration:
2 years


Is Individual Psychotherapy Available?
Contact Info
(773) 702-1203

(773) 702-1304


1365 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Program Description

The Orthogenic School, a coeducational residential treatment program, provides individualized academic, therapeutic (family, individual and group), and psychopharmacological treatment to bright children with emotional disabilities. The O-School is affiliated with the University of Chicago and is located on the campus. The School offers a wide range of cultural, recreational, and transitional activities.

We offer a select group of fewer than fifty teens a caring but disciplined “ORTHOGENIC” program that both straightens and focuses the lives of our students.

For over 85 years, we have housed, fed, treated and nurtured some of the world’s finest young people through some of their most troubled times.  Our alumni include a legion of adults whose lives have been fulfilling and rewarding and whose time at our school provided the launch they needed at the right moment.

Our students spend their days in a combination of rigorous academics and frequent therapy while still leaving time for a world-class literary magazine, crafts, and a chance to build a community of their peers and staff that imbues them with a sense of both accomplishment and a widely-extended family atmosphere.

Our average residential student stays at the School for approximately two years before transitioning toward a more hopeful and stable future.   We work with your entire family to build bonds, habits and trust that will last your son or daughter a lifetime.

Accreditation, Licensure, Approval:
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Council on Accreditation
Illinois Dept of Human Services
Mental Health Provider Info
Illinois State Board of Education
and North Central Associ