Visiting OPTIONS

OPTIONS welcomes you for a visit!

Informational visits

These visits can be arranged for those who really just want an overview of OPTIONS. An informational visit will tour the classrooms and the apartments and receive general information about OPTIONS. Typically, these visits only take an hour and a half to two hours. No determination is made by OPTIONS staff about whether OPTIONS would be a match for a student as a result of an informational visit. To arrange an informational visit, call the OPTIONS Director at 618-549-4201 or email

Admissions Interviews

Admissions interviews are arranged by the OPTIONS Director (see contact information above) when the family and the Director feel OPTIONS might be a good match for the interested student. This process typically begins with a phone call where information is exchanged about the student and OPTIONS. Families are encouraged to review the OPTIONS brochure and DVD, as well as to talk to families on the OPTIONS references page. If it seems as though OPTIONS might be able to meet the student’s needs, the family completes an application and submits test data. Once the application and test data are reviewed, the Director will offer to arrange an admissions interviews if it is felt that OPTIONS and the applicant would be a good match.

A typical admissions interviews will take half a day and is arranged Tuesday through Friday between 8:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M., central time. During the visit, various members of the OPTIONS team will spend time with the student and family; the staff will do their best to give visitors a clear understanding of the systems used and what life at OPTIONS might be like.

OPTIONS is located in the small Midwest town of Carbondale, Illinois, which is about two hours southeast of St. Louis, Missouri. The map below shows how to get here from the St. Louis International Airport, which is located in St. Louis, Missouri.


Williamson County Regional Airport

10400 Terminal Dr., Suite 200 Marion, IL 62959

Phone: 618.993.3353

Fax: 618.997.9129

St Louis International Airport – Lambert

10701 Lambert Int’l Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63145

Phone: 314.426.8000

Fax: 314.426.1221


401 S Illinois Ave

Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone: 618.457.3388 or 800.872.7245

Evansville Regional Airport

7801 Bussing Dr. Evansville, IN 47725

Phone: 812.421.4401

Fax: 812.421.4412

Barkley Regional Airport

2901 Fisher Rd West

Paducah, KY 42086

Phone: 270.744.0521


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