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C.O.R.E. Academy (Aurora)

801 Illinois Ave, Aurora, Illinois 60506
Contact: Richard Grenda

At C.O.R.E. Academy we believe that every child has the right to a high quality education. Like all Menta schools, C.O.R.E. Academy’s guiding principle is “we will never give up.”

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C.O.R.E. (Cultivating an Optimal and Rigorous Education) is deeply committed 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 C.O.R.E. Academy is dedicated to seeing 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.


  • CORE 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.
  • CORE Academy is NCA accreditation through Advanced Education.
  • Approved Free and Reduced Lunch Provider under Illinois State Board of Education.

Professional Association Membership and Partnerships

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.

801 Illinois Ave, Aurora, Illinois 60506, 41.771226, -88.33437700000002

"I was very determined to be successful in this setting."

-Menta Student

Melissa Leon, PsyD
Program Director

Email: melissa.leon@menta.com

Contact Us

To learn more about C.O.R.E. Academy, please contact us.