Education

Students take a test in a classroom.

Education


We own and operate
two fully functioning
schools.

Providing tailored educational opportunities to the students who need it most.

Learn more about our school policies:


Kiefer School

A social, emotional and therapeutic approach of providing youth with an appropriate education.


Kiefer School serves students struggling in their home district due to severe emotional, behavioral, and/or learning challenges. Our staff at Kiefer use a trauma-informed approach to understanding the cause of a child’s behavior in the classroom. Our Behavior Management Specialists conducts an analysis on each student to learn what serves as a triggers and provides support and resources to deescalate situations.

Meaningful learning can only take place when students are able to express their emotions in a healthy, safe environment. Referrals for Kiefer come directly from school districts, so if you think your child could thrive in Kiefer or benefit from our offerings, please talk to your home district professionals. Our students receive specialized support and experience an evidenced-based curriculum to ensure a seamless transition back to their home district.

Student smiles at a desk in a classroom with his arms crossed.

“I am so grateful for everything Kiefer School did to help get my nephew back on track. He really wouldn’t be the person he is today without his experiences there.”
— relative of a former student

A teacher and student laugh and color together.

Academy for Autism (AFA)

Providing education to kids with Autism in a way that makes sense to them.


Our staff at the Academy for Autism (AFA) understand that each child with autism is unique. They come prepared to address each student’s needs and ensure they are provided with the tools necessary to succeed. AFA serves students ages 5 – 21 who have received an educational or medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

There are eight students per classroom to ensure they receive the time and attention needed to succeed. Our students have access to a Clinically Certified Speech Language Pathologist to work on speech skills and a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant to improve coordination and social engagement. All of our classrooms have embedded sensory items that help meet sensory needs while students remain in class. Referrals for AFA come directly from school districts, so if you think your child could thrive at AFA or benefit from our offerings, please talk to your home district professionals.

Come visit us!

Our Kiefer/AFA campus is located in downtown Peoria:

404 NE Madison Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603