Camelot Opens Therapeutic Day School in Garden Prairie

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(Garden Prairie, IL – September 17, 2013) — Camelot executives including COO Joe Carter and Chief Strategy Officer Ray Rodriquez join Belvidere city and school district leaders in cutting the ribbon on Camelot of Belvidere.

Students in the Belvidere and other area school districts with autism and other conditions that require specialized academic and therapeutic services now have a highly regarded school option with the opening of Camelot therapeutic day school in Garden Prairie.

Officials from Camelot, area school districts and local officials and community members joined together in ceremonies today to cut the ribbon on the new 30,000 square foot school, located in the former Kishwaukee Elementary School building on the 7100 block of Garden Prairie Rd.

“I like to say when one door closes, another opens,” said Belvidere Mayor Mike Chamberlain referring to Camelot reopening the building closed earlier in the year.

“When we looked at how we could serve our children in need closer to home we determined Camelot would be the perfect partner,” said Sheri Smith, Belvidere School District’s assistant superintendent.

The new school will serve 110 students referred by districts including: Belvidere; Rockford; DeKalb; Sycamore; Huntley; Marengo; Hiawatha; Genoa-Kingston; Ogle County and Boone County.

When a district is unable to meet a student’s needs in a mainstream public school, it offers a family three privately-operated school choices for their child. Parents are able to visit and tour Camelot’s schools to determine if it is the right fit for their child. Camelot’s Belvidere campus is serving students ages 3-21.

“We have developed and earned the trust of educators and parents in Illinois because we consistently demonstrate successful outcomes with our students through providing the right structure and caring,” said Camelot VP of Therapeutic Day Schools Theresa Smith.

Camelot’s Belvidere campus is staffed by state licensed special education teachers, school therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, pet therapists, a music therapist and approved one-on-one aides. The team works together to develop a comprehensive program aligned with the Illinois State Common Core Standards.

The new location will mean a much shorter commute for students that Camelot serves. Students attending the new campus formerly would have had to travel an hour or more to attend the nearest Camelot location.

The Belvidere site is Camelot’s seventh therapeutic day school in suburban Chicago. The organization also operates three alternative education programs in Chicago as well as programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Colorado and Texas.

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