Urbana School District #116

Winifred Gerber School

Building the Bridge to a Brighter Future

We prepare our youth for independent and responsible adulthood through academic, vocational and recreational successes in a safe and therapeutic environment.

Gerber School is a special education school located on the grounds of Cunningham Children’s Home, a residential treatment facility for school-aged youth in DCFS care. Gerber School is a unique collaboration between Urbana School District and Cunningham Children’s Home designed to provide special education services to the Cunningham students who require a more intensive level of academic and/or behavioral support.

The Gerber program aspires to be a bridge to our students’ future success; a program where students can learn a combination of academic, behavioral, vocational, recreational, and relational skills that are needed to move them toward future independence.

Due to disabilities and/or life transitions, many youth are educationally behind their grade level peers when they enroll at Gerber. Highly-skilled special education teachers and teaching assistants work as a team to provide individualized, research-based educational and social-emotional support.

Gerber staff utilize research-based curriculum and interventions, focusing lessons on state standards and independent student data to drive instruction with the goal of transitioning our students to less restrictive educational placements. We believe all students can succeed and take great joy and pride in helping them recognize that as well.