Soaring Eagle Academy is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)-approved school in Lombard that caters to the needs of autistic students. State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) is taking steps to grant the school the ability to transport students in grades K-12 to educational school activities.
“The current law prohibits us from transporting students younger than 9th grade in our multi-function school activity bus for curricular activities, although many districts arrange for even our youngest students to be transported to and from school on the same type of vehicle,” said Tyrpak, a founder of the school who also serves as the executive director. “The passage of this bill will give us the flexibility to allow our students the opportunity to explore curriculum-related, vocational and recreational opportunities within the community with the support of our staff based on their developmental readiness even before they reach 9th grade. It’s not only an advantage for the students, but also a more efficient use of funds to use the bus we already own rather than incurring the expense of chartering a bus.”
Soaring Eagle Academy is a safe and nurturing environment where each student and family, teacher and therapist, and other professionals from the community have the opportunity to work together to honor the abilities of every child. Together, they respect, embrace and empower students as they guide, learn and teach. Students are cared for physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally while engaged in meaningful learning.
Breen said it was a pleasure to work with the devoted staff from Soaring Eagle Academy to formulate the language included in HB 2040. “I recently visited this school and was incredibly impressed by the dedication of the staff,” Breen added. “They seek to provide an academic and social learning environment for students with special needs that supports their individual strengths and learning styles, helping each individual student reach their potential as a lifelong learner and contributing member of the community.”