Bridge View & Challenger
Day Schools
6935 W. Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why two schools?
A. By having two schools in the same building, we can offer a wider selection of classroom choices. This increases the likelihood that a student's educational and social-emotional needs will be more consistent with their classmates.

Q. What is the difference between Bridge View and Challenger?
A. Both schools are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to serve students with emotional and learning disabilities and other health impairments.
  • Challenger has an additional approval to serve students with autism. Challenger can serve students in 3rd - 12th grade.
  • Bridge View's classrooms can accommodate students in 6th - 12th grade.
Although both programs can meet the needs of students with average to above average academic skills, Challenger can additionally serve students with less developed skills. The milieu at Challenger also provides additional support to students with significant or complex social-emotional issues.

Q. Can a student move from one school to the other?
A. They may, however, not by design. Typically, the appropriate school placement is determined through the intake process. If after placement the student's performance indicates that a move is appropriate to better meet their educational and/or social-emotional needs, this can be arranged.

Q. Can parents visit the schools?
A. Yes. To secure permission for a visit, parents need to contact their special education representative at their resident school district.

Q. Can parents privately pay the school's tuition?
A. No. All students must be referred by their resident school district. Contact your special education representative or call us for additional information on this process.