School-Based Day Treatment

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Since the 1960s, Gillis has opened its classroom doors to students from the metropolitan and surrounding areas. Focusing on the unique potential of each child allow youth the chance to grow academically while developing basic life skills and appropriate social skills. By providing an array of therapies and services, we enable each child to grow at his individual pace. Our goal is for students to successfully return to their neighborhood schools.


For over 40 years, Gillis School has provided educational and therapeutic services to children. We are licensed to provide services for emotional disturbance, specific learning disabilities, autism, other health impairment, intellectual disability, speech or language impairment, and traumatic brain injury to children who do not have the skills to function successfully in a public school setting. Gillis School accepts boys and girls between the ages of five and twenty-one with below average to above average intellectual abilities.


Each classroom is staffed with a certified teacher and a para-professional. The elementary, middle school and high school accept children K-12, with a classroom capacity of 10. Gillis School limits class size to 8 to 10 students.

  • Master’s degreed day treatment therapies
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Physical education classes
  • Art therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Pre-vocational skills programs (PAES)
  • Speech therapy (available)
  • Occupational therapy (available)
  • Individualized small group instruction
  • Individual behavior intervention plans
  • Life skills training
  • Music therapy
  • Programming specific to the needs of MR/DD students (Gillis School East)
  • Free and reduced-fee lunch programs
  • Certified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

In addition to our outstanding educational programs and psychological counseling, each child we serve is given an opportunity to learn in a safe, understanding environment where is given every chance to succeed.

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