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The Academic Mastery Therapeutic School was founded in 2016 to serve Emotional Behavior Disorder (EBD) and Learning Disability (LD) students, Development Delayed (DD) and other Health Impairment (OH) students.

Academic Mastery provides individualized services in a special educational environment. A self-paced educational plan is designed for IEP students to meet state standards, as well as social-emotional standards.

Our goal is to help students improve their educational, emotional, social functioning, and to gain independence in a least restricted school setting. Academic Mastery creates a healthy climate and provides students with a sense of community, which encourages them to be successful. The multi-grade classrooms are structured with an engaging curriculum and a variety of approaches are utilized to provide instructions for individuals, small and large groups.

Each student’s academic abilities are assessed to identify strengths and needs. This is inclusive of identifying a student’s unique learning style while addressing both their social-
emotional and developmental needs.

Academic Mastery also incorporates hands-on S.T.E.A.M. activities across the curriculum, and emphasizes technology and project-based activities as an assessment tool.

AMA offers a five and half hour school day operating on a ten-month calendar. The Enrichment/Remedial Program is offered six weeks during the summer for four hours a day Monday-Friday for K-8th grade. The classroom is staffed with LBS1 Certified Special Education instructors and a paraprofessional is added when the numbers exceed five students.

Academic Mastery educational program allows students to engage, interact and assimilate in a setting that maximizes their academic and personal growth potential. An LBS1 highly qualified certified special education teacher, and related special support services are offered to further enhance each student’s experience. The collaboration and synergy of the LBS1 teacher and other professionals create an atmosphere that builds self-esteem through social emotional development. Positive behaviors are modeled within an inclusive and supported community that values intelligence, self-worth and uniqueness.

Our Mission & Values

Academic Mastery Therapeutic School is a therapeutic school for emotional/behavioral disability (EBD) and learning disabilities (LD) students. Academic Mastery values student’s uniqueness and encourages personal self- worth. We strive to improve overall emotional, social and academic performance. The school also addresses building character and strengthening students’ communication/ interpersonal skills.

Academic Mastery provides students with life-long problem solving skills and social assimilation tools to successfully manage life experiences as they prepare to reintegrate into a least restrictive environment.

Our Principal


Michael C. Williams

Michael C. Williams has a B.S. in Education and African-American Studies from Northern Illinois University. He has a M.S. in Special Education and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Chicago State University. His educational credentials include Superintendent of Schools, Director of Special Education, General Administration, as well as Standard and Special Education teaching certificates.

Mr. Williams has worked in several South Suburban schools districts as a high school history teacher, special education teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Director of Special Education and Director of Student Services. He is a past President of the Library Board of University Park. He also served as an adjunct instructor for Governor State University teaching Special Education Law.

Mr. Williams has served as an Educational Consultant for various school districts in the south suburbs of Chicago. Mr. Williams has served as a board member and a past President of the board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs. He is a past President of Theta Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and sits on the Executive Board of Theta Mu Lambda Charitable Foundation. He is the current President of the Chicago Area of College and Alumni Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha (CACAC).

In addition to above mentioned positions, Mr. Williams is a member of First Baptist Church in University Park and has served in many leadership positions including Associate Deacon Chair, Stewardship Chair, Chairman of the Trustees and Superintendent of Sunday School. In addition to the professional and leadership achievements, he is a photographer and enjoys playing chess, tennis, bicycling, roller skating and traveling.

Our Board of Directors

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