School Program


Our tutoring services help students stay active in their studies during their hospital stay. We offer both classroom and bedside tutoring and update schools on student progress and completed assignments.

Our school calendar aligns with the Peoria Public School District's calendar, operating from August until the end of May or early June. Our classroom is open from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM during the school year and is located on the  general pediatrics unit .

Our School Program

We will work with students immediately upon admission if he/she has assignments and materials. We use the following steps to ensure that the process is as seamless as possible:

  1. We introduce ourselves to the patient and her or his family within the first few days of admission. During this visit, we will provide a consent form for the parent/guardian/emancipated student to sign so that we can contact the student’s school.
  2. We develop a system for communication with the child’s school and decide whether contact with the school will be handled with a single liaison or via individual contact with teachers. We also establish a preference for fax/email/phone/Skype in consultation with the student’s school.
  3. We begin working with students as soon as assignments are available from their schools. (It is the responsibility of the family to bring textbooks to the hospital).
  4. We return completed student work on a daily or weekly basis.
  5. If applicable, we obtain a tutor form and fax it to the school.
  6. Upon discharge, we send a form with attendance information to the school.

Contact Us

  • How do we communicate with schools?

    1. We fax completed work to schools; each faxed page will include the names of the student and the student’s teacher to whom the work is being sent.
    2. We scan completed work and email the student’s teacher directly.
    3. We upload the homework on a computer and send it directly to the student’s teacher via email, though we may have to send a flash drive to the school if there is a large amount of data or graphics/videos in the assignment.
    4. We mail large packages of work if it is not conducive to being sent electronically. We use Skype with schools for students to speak directly with teachers or participate in class, although these times need to be scheduled ahead of time so we have the appropriate staff and equipment available.
    5. We use Skype with schools for students to speak directly with teachers or participate in class, although these times need to be scheduled ahead of time so we have the appropriate staff and equipment available.
  • What school supplies are available?

  • To help students of all grade levels, our supply closet is equipped with school supplies and materials, including:

    • Computers (Mac & PC), iPads, and Nooks
    • Textbooks, references books, and worksheets
    • Lined, graph, and construction paper
    • Crayons, colored pencils, and markers
    • Glue, scissors, and rulers
    • Pens, pencils, and erasers
    • Protractors and compasses
    • Clipboards and slant boards
    • Games, flashcards, and puzzles
    • Novels and magazines
    • Calculators
  • Can patients pick books to read?

  • Every patient we meet is given the choice to pick a free book to read during her or his stay at the hospital. We build our library through grant money and donations from individuals and groups in the community.

    Ranging from picture books to full-length novels, your child is free to keep whatever book they find that most catches their interest, whether we tutor them or not. Oftentimes, these books are Accelerated Reader leveled books that can be used in conjunction with your school’s AR program.


  • Forms & Documents

  • The following are forms and documents you may want to use while working with the Pediatric School Program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. You can fax the consent and tutor forms to us at 309-624-4339

    Consent Form (PDF - 99.4 KB)

    Tutor Form (PDF - 179.6 KB)

  • Reading List

  • Heat by Mike Lupica "Heat" by Mike Lupica

    It's often said that Little League is where the dream begins for those who aspire to the big leagues. HEAT vividly and warmly allows all of us who ever had that dream to live it one more time.

    Grade Level: 5th - 8th

    How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup the Hero "How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup the Hero" by Charles Hapka

    Hiccup doesn't fit in with the other Vikings on the island of Berk. He isn't rough or tough, but he is friends with a dragon! When danger arrives, can Hiccup save the day?

    Grade Level: 1st - 2nd

    McGooster & McGyman by Pat Rochkind "McGooster & McGyman Begin Their Adventures" by Pat Rochkind

    They may be brothers, but they do not always agree. Two kittens move to a new home.

    Grade Level: 3rd - 4th

    Mindblowers by Jim Rhine "Mindblowers" by Jim Rhine

    A look back at history that will change the way you look at the world today.

    Grade Level: 6th - 12th

  • Forms & Documents

  • Feel free to browse these bonus resources for all of your academic needs before, during, or after your stay with us!


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