Educational Life Skills (ELS)

Coordinator: Mr. Tanner Seal, (331) 228-5990Tanner.Seal@d303.org
Blackberry Creek Elementary School, District 302
1122 South Anderson Rd., Elburn IL 60119
(630) 365-1122
Teacher: Ms. Chris Boers, 331-228-6176
Teacher: Ms. Jocelyn Sutton, 331-228-5991 
John Stewart Elementary School, District 302
817 Prairie Valley St., Elburn, IL 60119
(847) 365-8170
Teacher: Ms Laura Clark, 331-228-6867
Prairie Knolls Middle School, District 301
(847) 717-8100
225 Nesler Rd., Elgin, IL 60124
Teacher: Ms. Lindsey Montgomery, 331-228-5976 

Teacher: Ms. Althea Sawalski, 331-228-2787

Geneva High School, District 304
416 McKinley Avenue, Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 463-3800

Teacher: Ms. Mackenzie Nissen, 331-228-6179


ELS is a cross categorical instructional program for students with intellectual disabilities and/or other disabilities with similar characteristics.

ELS classrooms offer a small, structured environment and are staffed on two student to one adult ratio, with an emphasis on functional academics and life skills, community living skills, and social and pragmatic language skills. Pre-vocational skills are taught beginning in middle school and continued through high school.

Key components of ELS include:

  • Program emphasis is on the development of critical academic and life skills through a collaborative team based approach.
  • Curriculum content is aligned with Illinois standards and general education curriculum as appropriate.
  • The program provides intensive educational experiences for students learning and generalizes skills across a variety of settings.
  • Students work towards individual goals and highly individualized instruction that will enable them to maximize their potentials.
  • In high school, students work on learning pre-vocational skills in class, within the school and at pre-vocational training sites. A vocational specialist and job coaches assist students in pre-vocational training in the community.
  • Integration opportunities with typically developing peers are available as indicated on the IEP to meet students’ needs.
  • Adapted Physical education classes are provided weekly for elementary programs and dally for middle and high school programs