Program History

Premier Academy is a program of the Grundy/Kendall County Regional Office of Education and serves students grades 6-12 in the respective counties. Premier Academy is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education through the Regional Safe Schools Program (RSSP) and Truants Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP) grants. State-wide over 100 such programs operate to serve the needs of at-risk students.

Premier Academy Morris started in the 2004-2005 school year and supported 20-25 students working out of one classroom. As the program expanded, student enrollment increased to support 4 separate learning spaces, as well as an additional space that houses the administrative offices and support services.

In January 2013, Premier Academy relocated to a new facility at 7700 Ashley Road in Morris, IL where student population can expand to 134.

Eligible students are referred to Premier Academy by his/her home school. Only students enrolled in cooperating schools are eligible for the RSSP & TAOEP school programs. Using best practice research, Premier Academy utilizes computer-based programs to function as the primary instructional tool. All coursework is aligned to Illinois State Standards. Certified teachers and teacher’s aides provide one-on-one assistance as well as offline activities and enrichment.