Serenity Academy Recovery School

Serenity Academy Chicago, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit private high school, will be the first high school in the state providing youth ages 15-18 with the education and supports needed to reclaim the lives and futures they almost lost to substance use disorder. 

There are thousands of teenagers each year that leave recovery, return to mainstream high school and relapse because those schools are not equipped to help these children. Our mission is to provide a high-quality education in a healthy environment that promotes sustained, life-long recovery from addiction. Through an accredited curriculum, personalized instruction, professional and peer recovery support, the school nurtures, empowers, and affirms high school students, families and the total school community. The school prepares high school students for post secondary education that includes college or other career-based pathways.

Adolescent substance abuse is on the rise nationwide. Overdose deaths from opiate use occur daily nationwide. Research reveals that children begin utilizing illicit drugs and alcohol by age ten, and they are at increased risk of dropping out of school, early involvement in the criminal justice system, and premature death.  There are 33 recovery high schools currently operating in the United States; Serenity Academy Chicago will be the only such school to operate in Illinois.
  • Nora Weir 
    • $200 
    • 47 mos
  • Sarah Dent 
    • $25 
    • 48 mos
  • Katie Orr 
    • $25 
    • 48 mos
  • Marcia Nickow 
    • $500 
    • 48 mos
  • Ryan Riemersma 
    • $25 
    • 48 mos
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Fundraising team: Friends of Serenity Academy (10)

Jessica Rechtien 
Chicago, IL
Serenity Academy of Chicago 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Samantha Hills 
Team member
Raised $1,195 from 10 donations
Nina Henry 
Team member
Raised $515 from 13 donations
Marcia Nickow 
Team member
Raised $500 from 1 donation
Carter Kofman 
Team member
Raised $325 from 3 donations
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