Welcome to Admissions!

For over three decades, OPTIONS has provided families with valuable support that empowers students to optimize and recognize their full potential throughout their lives. Located in the heart of Southern Illinois—just two hours from St. Louis, MO, and three hours from Nashville, TN—our campus utilizes 100 acres to support academic, social, and emotional growth.

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Whether you’d like to tour our campus before applying or want to acquaint yourself with our facilities after admission, we’d love for you to visit! Please click here to learn more about our Informational and Admissions tours.


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We are excited to welcome new students! If you think that OPTIONS Transitions to Independence is right for you, click here to complete our application form.

Who We Serve

OPTIONS students generally possess average to above-average cognitive abilities as measured by the Wechsler Intelligence Scales (WAIS).

OPTIONS students often have multiple diagnoses that affect their performance with the core issue of a language-based etiology. OPTIONS recognizes the combined effects of LD/ADD, language-based processing issues, and executive function issues, as well as the social and psychological effects of not experiencing success in academic environments. OPTIONS offers direct interventions for students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, NLD, ASD 1, anxiety disorder, auditory processing disorder, and speed of processing disorders. We also provide social and emotional support to help students deal with life’s demands.

OPTIONS is NOT equipped to meet the needs of students with these primary behaviors or clinical disorders:

  • Psychotic Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Pattern of runaway behaviors
  • Aggressive/assault behaviors requiring restraint
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Sexual Perpetration
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Requires routine physical restraint to control own behaviors
  • Active drug or alcohol problems or a history of active drug and alcohol problems
  • Current pattern of self-harm behaviors
  • Conduct Disorder
    (DSM-IV criteria which include: lack of regard for the rights of others, no remorse, cruelty to animals, fire starting, bullying and threatening of others, etc.)