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Thompson Instructional Center (Joliet)

1020 Rowell Ave, Joliet, IL 60433
Contact: Teresa Woodard

At the Thompson Instructional Center, we believe that every child has the right to a high quality education.

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Like all Menta schools, Thompson’s, guiding principle is “we will never give up.” Thompson Instructional Center 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.

Educational services are intended to meet both the developmental and individual learning needs of each student. Within this framework, students develop both their cognitive and social-emotional skills. All Menta schools maintain safe and positive environments for young people to grow and learn. Classrooms are designed to be active learning environments where young people have the opportunity to experience educational and behavioral success on a daily basis.

At the Thompson Instructional Center, we focus on preparing students to be 3-C Ready: College Ready, Career Ready, and Citizenship Ready. The focus of each child’s educational program is to prepare him or her for next steps in life. Our problem solving model tracks student progress and aligns with scientifically based interventions proven to improve the individual successes of all children.


  • Thompson Instructional Center is an approved safe school by the Illinois State Board of 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.


1020 Rowell Ave, Joliet, IL 60433, 41.5052345, -88.06140519999997

"I have never been sad about leaving school, but I am sad now. When I have kids, I want my kids to go to a Menta school."

-Menta Student

Tim Carlson, MSW
Social Worker

Email: tim.carlson@menta.com

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To learn more about Thompson Instructional Center, please contact us.