We never give up on a child.

As a non-profit, The Menta Group is proud of the programs developed to help at-risk youth reach their academic goals and make positive contributions to their communities.

About The Menta Group


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Bob Neubeck & Karen Evans founded The Menta Group in 1973 because there was a critical need to help children who were not achieving their potential in a traditional classroom setting. They were alarmed at the devastating effects that behavior-related suspensions and expulsions were having on school-aged children. Beginning with one teacher and one student, the organization was born with the belief that all children will succeed if given the chance.

The Menta Group evolved into a dynamic, responsive, multi-state education non-profit, operating numerous private and public/private partnership schools. The organization still firmly adheres to its policy to never give up on a child and that no student will be rejected, suspended, or expelled. The Menta Group also expanded to offer additional non-profit educational services under the umbrella of Special Education Services (SES) as well as transportation services under the umbrella of Special Education Systems.




Our Philosophy, Curriculum, and Instruction


Our programs create a personalized system of education that engages and motivates all students, regardless of his or her circumstances. Using a data-driven framework to set goals and assess progress ensures all students receive the academic and developmental supports that will help them succeed.

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Preparation for Life

Our goal is to prepare each student for life beyond school by ensuring readiness for post-secondary education, meaningful employment, and engaged citizenship. The key to achieving this goal is the use of performance-based learning strategies that place all students at the center of the learning process.

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Supports for Success

Our staff understands that education requires a focus on the whole child and not on academic achievement alone. The programs implement a comprehensive system of learning supports that address social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development along a continuum of services.

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Welcome to The Menta Group

The Menta Group operates 26 programs and 16 schools throughout Illinois and Arizona and continues to expand. With more than 40 years of experience, the evidence-based programs engage everyone involved in the lives of at-risk youth with the goal to address the unique needs of students, families, school staff and administrators, as well as their communities. The Menta Group still firmly believes in the core value upon which the organization was founded on in 1973 – every child has the right to be in school.


"I would love to one day meet you and personally hug you and say thank you for such a wonderful organization!"

-Parent email to our CEO