New Hyde Park Day School location to open doors next Thursday

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

The Hyde Park Day School is hosting an open house barbecue for students and parents on Aug. 21 at its new location in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

For the past five months The Hyde Park Day School (HPDS) has been transitioning from its Hyde Park location at 1375 E. 60th St. to its new location at 6254 S. Ellis Ave. The school will share a building with Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School. The 75,000 square-foot facility has been customized for their students, 6 to 15 year olds with moderate to severe learning disabilities.

Spaces inside the facility have been tailored to accommodate small teaching groups of five students per teacher, maximize signal noise, and are distinguishable by room color instead of room number, according to Casey Crnich, director of HPDS.

HPDS is a full-day program and the Orthogenic School has a full-day program as well as a residential program. Diana Kon, the school’s co-executive director said students often come to the Orthogenic School when it is determined that their learning disabilities are too severe for other programs.

The schools will have different entrances but will share resources such as the art studio and gym.

The barbecue will take place on the school’s campus from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. Visit hydeparkday.org or orthogenicschool.uchicago.edu for more information.

d.phillips@hpherald.com