Carie Cohen

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Phone: (224) 612-7304
Fax: (847) 297-4124

Welcome to River Trails District 26's Student Services Page. The Student Services Department provides support to the district in a variety of ways.  Our school based teams provide leadership in the referral and evaluation process in accordance with both IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) for specialized services, and Section 504 (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973).  This department also supports students through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) model and seeks to put tiered services in place for any student who struggles academically, socially, or behaviorally in the general education environment. We strive to build positive partnerships with district, homeschool and private school families to provide resources to ensure student success. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Carie Cohen, Asst Superintendent for Student Services, at 224-612-7304 or

Screenings and Evaluation Requests

Early Childhood Screenings: RTSD26 offers free developmental screenings for any 3 or 4 year old suspected of having a disability or developmental delay and lives within district boundaries. If you are concerned that your child has a delay in vision, hearing, motor skills, language, cognition and/or social-emotional skills, call 224-265-9900 to make a screening appointment at Prairie Trails. Your child must be at least 3 years old at the time of screening. Click here for developmental milestones from the CDC.

Kindergarten Through 8th Grade: Evaluations are provided at each district school. Parents may request and evaluation through their homeschool by contacting a building administrator. Evaluation requests should be made in writing. The school is required to respond to the request within 10 days.

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