Lake Shore Academy (Waukegan)

Lake Shore Academy

At Lake Shore Academy we believe that every child has the right to a high quality education.  Like all Menta schools, Lake Shore Academy’s guiding principle is “we will never give up.” Lake Shore has a deep commitment to developing innovative strategies for ensuring that the children in our programs are not left behind.  We maintain high expectations for our students, in terms of both academic and social-emotional growth, countering the prevailing prejudices commonly found in the education of children with disabilities.   We understand the necessity of preparing students for success in post-secondary education, in careers, and as productive citizens of a changing 21st century world.  Similarly, we maintain high expectations for ourselves as educators, using data and the problem-solving process to continue to improve our program and ensure positive outcomes for all of our students.

The staff at Lake Shore Academy is dedicated to ensuring each child reaches their potential in becoming 3 C Ready- College Ready, Career Ready, and Citizenship Ready. Educational services are intended to meet both the developmental and individual learning needs of each student. Classrooms are designed to be active learning environments where young people have the opportunity to experience educational and behavioral success on a daily basis.

  • Lake Shore Academy is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education as a nonpublic educational facility (14-7.02) for special education students in kindergarten through age 22.  It offers elementary, middle and high school programming to children with diverse learning needs.
  • Approved Free and Reduced Lunch Provider under Illinois State Board of Education.

The Menta Group affiliates are members/partners with CEC, CASE, Autism Speaks, ISBA, IAPSEC, IASA, ISBA, AASA, CCSSO, IAASE, ASCD, and many more associations that focus on the education of children with disabilities.


621 Belvidere Road
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 599-1680
Fax: (847) 599-2475

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