Krejci Academy

Krejci Academy is a multi-faceted educational program for nearly 130 students, ages 5 to 21, who have autism or other emotional, behavioral or developmental disabilities. Students are referred to Krejci Academy by their home school district. Currently, Krejci Academy serves students from over 50 different school districts across northeastern Illinois.

School is in session at Krejci Academy five days a week from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. In addition to the regular school year, students may attend a five-week summer school program. Krejci Academy is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Credits are issued according to the graduation requirements of each student's home school district.

Krejci Academy serves children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, social/emotional disorders and mild to profound developmental disabilities. Each classroom is comprised of five to eight students with a Lead Teacher and an Assistant Teacher. Krejci Academy offers a therapeutic environment in which healthy self-image, positive social relationships and cognitive and academic growth are promoted. Language development, independent living skills, work-related skills and community integration are other important aspects of the program.

Students at Krejci Academy benefit from individualized therapies, small class sizes and high staff-to-student ratios. Krejci Academy provides an educational program that will maximize students’ abilities and prepare them for a more independent setting as well as education and support for families of students enrolled at the school. Family Support Services, including parent groups and sibling support groups, are also available at Krejci Academy. Services may be delivered in your home if necessary. These services are provided at no charge to our families.

In addition, the following services are available based on each individual student’s needs:

Krejci Academy Provides the Following Services as Needed:

  • 1:1 Instruction

  • Speech Language Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Group and Individual Counseling

  • Recreation Therapy

  • Social Skills Training

  • ABA Therapy

  • Vocational Services

  • Music

  • PE

  • Computer Resource

  • Pet Therapy

Our Stories


“Krejci Academy has given our son the tools and confidence to grow and develop into a wonderful person. Since Malcolm has attended Little Friends, he has developed skills that he may not have mastered as easily without the encouragement and support of the Krejci family. To all the staff at Krejci Academy, our family thanks you for recognizing Malcolm's unique personality and his limitless potential.  Your dedication in providing a safe, accepting space in which anyone with special needs can grow into a promising individual has been immeasurable.”

Anthony & Jeanine, Parents of Malcom

Little Friends' School Programs Bullying Policy

At Little Friends' School Programs, student safety is our first priority.  We recognize that a safe learning environment is essential to help each of our students succeed.  All of our schools have a zero tolerance for bullying or cyber-bullying behavior of any kind.  Our bullying policy for each of our schools can be found below, with specific details regarding the definition of bullying and how any complaints of bullying will be addressed.