The goal of Frost Academy is to provide a structured therapeutic educational environment to improve students academic, vocational, and social/emotional learning. In addition, Frost Academy enhances the mission of District 207 “To Improve Learning” by incorporating the Illinois State Board of Education Social Emotional Learning Standards (SEL).
All students referred to Ralph J. Frost Academy are eligible under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act and must be a resident of Maine Township High School District 207.
To help achieve these goals, Frost Academy strives to strengthen positive social skills and improve social behavior by having the students observe interactions modeled properly, by hearing it, walking through it, and acting it out in various situations. In addition, a structured program with clear predictable guidelines and behavioral requirements is essential for student growth and safety.
History of Frost Academy and Ralph J. Frost
In January of 2015 the District 207 Board of Education approved the renaming of the Alternative Resource Center (ARC) to Ralph J. Frost Academy (Flyers). ARC began in 1985 as a program designed to provide specific interventions for high school level students eligible to receive special education services. The program was designed to provide students with identified social and emotional needs opportunities to receive support in a small, highly structured, off-campus facility. The goal of the program is to allow the student to continue earning high school credits toward graduation while addressing the needs identified within their Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Mr. Ralph J. Frost was a former assistant superintendent of the Maine Township High Schools and was a well known, highly respected leader in the education field. Under his guidance, school districts in the area worked together to form the Maine Township Special Education Program (MTSEP) in 1966. The nickname/mascot Flyers was selected to honor the contributions made by students in December 1944. At that time, Maine Township High School students combined forces with their teachers, school administrators, and community members to sell war bonds. The drive succeeded, raising $551,000. As a result of their efforts, the students were invited to a dedication ceremony at the local Douglas Aircraft plant, where C54 Skymaster cargo planes were built for the war. The students named one of the planes the "Maine Flyer" and came up with the motto, "Faster and Higher, That's Maine's Flyer." In August 2015, a special commemorative celebration of this event was held.
Philosophy of School Discipline
Quality schools are active in their commitment to a philosophy of student discipline that is fair, consistent, effective, and restorative in nature. The purpose of these procedures is to promote the development of student citizenship and learning by maintaining a safe and educationally conducive environment for students, staff, and members of the community.
Maine Township High School District 207’s Discipline Procedures and Extracurricular Code of Conduct
is designed not only to inform and guide written discipline procedures, but also promote the idea that students must take responsibility for their own behavior. Effective discipline is possible only when students, parents, and staff know, understand, and support the school rules and regulations. Correspondingly, they should also understand and support the consequences of misbehavior. Only with effective discipline can students have the maximum opportunity to develop emotionally, socially and intellectually.
Students attending Frost Academy earn and receive a high school diploma from their assigned home school. Unless informed otherwise, students may participate in their home school’s graduation ceremony. Transcripts only refer to the course of study pursued by the graduate not to the graduate’s academic record.
For more information
For more information about Frost Academy, contact Anna Hamilton, Frost Academy Department Chair at 847.292.6521.