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Intermediate Districts - Challenge & Solution

Trusted partner for specialized services

Our member school districts have trusted us for more than 50 years to provide specialized student services that help all students succeed in school and beyond. At District 287, we develop programs and services based on the specific requests and needs of each school district and its students.

We are experts in:

  • Special Education
  • Alternative Learning Academies (ALCs)
  • Transition Services
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Itinerant Services
  • Care & Treatment
  • Online Learning
  • Gifted Education

We meet the needs of every unique learner

We work with the family and home school district to create a customized school program for each student. Our specialized schools are known for:

  • Expert classroom and educational staff who are experts in special education, mental health, and trauma
  • Specialized support staff such as counselors, mental health staff, nurses, social workers, and psychologists.
  • Strong values or restorative justice, positive behavior supports, AVID, and racial equity
  • Helping students to emotionally regulate so they can access learning


We serve students in a variety of programs within our own schools, as well as within the schools of our member school districts through Itinerant Services.

District 287 Site-based Schools

  • Ann Bremer Education Center
  • North Education Center
  • South Education Center
  • West Education Center 
  • Career & Tech Center

Other Schools/Programs

  • Care and Treatment Programs, which serve students in hospitals, day treatment, and residential programs, as well as adjudicated youth
  • Northern Star Online

How we’re funded

District 287 special education programs operate on a fee-for-service basis. Revenue to fund student services is generated by tuition billing.