A.E.R.O Special Education Cooperative

7600 South Mason Avenue
Burbank, Illinois 60459

Main Office: 708.496.3330
Report Absence: 708.496.4355
Fax Line: 708.496.3920
TTY Line: 708.496.0163

Hours: 7:00am-4:00pm

P.R.I.D.E. Alternative School

4201 West 93rd Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Main Office: 708.496.4380
Report Absence: 708.496.4355
Fax Line: 708.857.4711

Hours: 7:00am-4:00pm



The S.T.A.R. Program serves students in pre-kindergarten through post-high school with autism, cognitive, and other related impairments.  The S.T.A. R. Program utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for skill acquisition and behavior management, Verbal Behavior (VB) for language acquisition and learning, and structured teaching strategies for communication and structure.  Key components of the S.T.A.R. Program include:

  • Program emphasis is on the development of critical academic, communication, social, and life skills through a collaborative team based approach.
  • Utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, and structured teaching.
  • Daily instruction focuses on communication, socialization, daily living skills, leisure skills, motor development, community-based instruction, health management, vocational training/instruction, behavior management, and assistive technology.
  • Curriculum content is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and includes Research Based Interventions.
  • Students within the program have access to related services as indicated on their IEP.
  • Parent participation is an integral component in the educational program. 
  • Ongoing communication and collaboration is encouraged.

Program Supervisors:  Kelly Lynch and Allison Thiele
Principal: Lisa Poe


A.E.R.O. Special Education Center 
7600 South Mason 
Burbank, IL  60459 
(708) 496-3330 
Byrd School (Dist. 111)
8259 Lavergne Ave
Burbank, IL  60459
(708) 499-3049

Evergreen Park High School (Dist. 231) 
9901 South Kedzie
Evergreen Park, IL  60805 
(708) 424-7400 

Liberty Jr. High School (Dist. 111) 
5900 West 81st Street 
Burbank, IL  60459 
(708) 952-3255 
Lieb School (Dist. 122)
9101 Pembroke Ln
Bridgeview, IL  60455
(708) 599-1050

Oak Lawn High School (Dist. 229)
9400 Southwest Highway
Oak Lawn, IL  60453
(708) 424-5200

Sahs School (Dist. 110)
5001 S. Long Avenue
Chicago, IL  60638
(708) 458-1152

Sward School (Dist. 123)
9830 S. Brandt Avenue
Oak lawn, IL  60453
(708) 423-7820

Walsh School (Dist. 104)
5540 S. 75th Avenue
Summit, IL 60501
(708) 458-7165