Joliet Public Schools | District 86


Thompson Instructional Center

Thompson Instructional Center

Principal: Ann Keane

1020 Rowell Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433

Phone: (815) 740-5458
Fax: (815) 726-7992

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Thompson Instructional Center

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School Hours

Start Time 7:30 am
Regular Dismissal 1:30 pm
School Improvement Day Dismissal 10:30 am



The Thompson Instructional Center is an alternative school that is a public-private partnership between Joliet Public Schools District 86 and The Menta Group. The Thompson Center offers academic instruction to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The center focuses on the development of essential social, emotional, and critical thinking skills. This is accomplished through the use of an integrated model, in which clinicians team with educators to provide a therapeutic educational environment that effectively meets the individual clinical needs of students throughout the entire school day. The Thompson Center offers services in a Supportive program designed to deal with students whose behavior is characterized by poor peer relationships, poor social skills, poor stress coping skills, or symptoms of depression or anxiety. Services are also provided in a Directed program for students characterized by verbal or physical aggression, intimidation, bullying, defiance, and noncompliance. The Thompson Instructional Center uses a highly structured token economy system with appropriate therapeutic intervention and a myriad of sound educational and behavioral strategies to enable the students to benefit from their placement and make progress towards returning to a regular educational setting.

Finally the Thompson Center offers a program for general education students at an alternative attendance center. Students are placed at the Thompson Center when their behavioral and emotional needs can no longer be met in a regular educational setting. The Center offers a small class size with a facilitator and several supportive services (i.e. behavior modification, conflict resolution, anger management, and student-assisted programs). The goal is to help students develop appropriate school behaviors so they may return to their home school settings.





Students Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Students throughout District 86 participated in several Red Ribbon events to support healthy, drug-free lives.

Principal Appreciation Day

Illinois Principal Appreciation Day is Friday, October 24th. Thank you to our principals for their leadership and dedication to District 86.




Classes Resume
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January 05, 2015

All Day Event

Students and Staff Return to School.
(All Day Event)



Martin Luther King's Birthday - No School
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January 19, 2015

All Day Event

Martin Luther King's Birthday - No School
(All Day Event)

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