The following is a list of some of the independent schools around the country and in Canada that specialize in teaching students with learning disabilities.
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The Academic Institute
- Location: Bellevue, Washington
- Website: www.academicinstitute.com
- Mission: It is the Academic Institute's mission to prepare students for success in college and their lives beyond by helping them cultivate a sense of capability, determination, resilience, self-advocacy, and a love of learning.
- About the School: The Academic Institute is a private, accredited high school and middle school. It features small group classes (no more than 7 students per class), traditional academics, electives and distance learning classes. High school students earn credit for work and volunteer experiences on Fridays.
The Academy for Precision Learning
- Location: Seattle, Washington
- Website: www.aplschool.org
- About the School: The Academy for Precision Learning is an independent general education school for students of all abilities from kindergarten through 8th grade. They offer individualized instruction for all types of learners with a mission of inclusion for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. APL provides direct, personalized instruction in all academic areas, using proven Precision Teaching methodologies to gauge individual student competencies, closely track performance on key component skills, and achieve measurable improvements over time.
- Locations: Bellevue, Seattle, and Sammamish, Washington
- Website: www.brightmontacademy.com
- Mission: Brightmont Academy is committed to helping students achieve learning gains and develop confidence in their abilities.
- About the School: Their one-to-one instruction is "the learning alternative that works." For more than 12 years, this customized approach has proven successful by focusing on each K-12 student’s specific academic needs and learning style.
Brock's Academy (formerly Northwest Academy)
- Location: Woodinville, Washington
- Website: www.brocksacademy.com
- About the School: Brock's Academy is an in-home school which spans a broad range including students with a variety of learning disabilities, including writing, reading, math, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalcia, and Asperger Syndrome. They also work with students that are suffering from depression and anxiety disorders and specialize in the gifted student that has the ability to accelerate his or her education.
- Location: Bellevue, Washington
- Website: www.dartmoorschool.org
- Mission: Dartmoor School provides an optimal personalized education for its students via active one-to-one instruction individualized to their instructional levels, learning styles, and the pace of their academic and intellectual progress. Instruction is offered in a welcoming, safe, respectful, and nurturing environment.
- About the School: Dartmoor is an accredited, year-round, open enrollment one-to-one private school with four campuses in the Puget Sound area serving grades 1-12.
Eastside Learning Community
- Location: Bellevue, Washington
- Website: www.eastsidelearning.net
- About the School: Eastside Learning Community teachers and staff utilize the Multiple Intelligences to ensure that students grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Students gain core academic information through well-proven active learning strategies. They also incorporate the social, community-building process of Tribes to provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in a group setting. Their approach adapts to each student’s unique learning style and provides them with the skills to succeed academically and socially.
Hamlin Robinson School
- Location: Seattle, Washington
- Website: www.hamlinrobinson.org
- About the School: Hamlin Robinson School is an independent, non-profit, accredited, state-approved, elementary and middle day school. They are dedicated to providing a positive learning environment that will meet individual needs and nurture the whole child. Specially trained teachers teach small classes using a multisensory classroom approach in reading, writing, spelling and all instructional areas. The school’s goal is to help students discover the joy of learning, build positive self-esteem and explore their full creative potential while preparing them to return successfully to conventional classrooms.
Little Red School House
- Location: Lynnwood, Washington
- Website: www.littlered.org
- Mission: Little Red School House advances the quality of life for all children, focusing primarily on children ages birth to three years with, or at risk of developmental delays and disabilities.
- About the School: The mission of Little Red School House is to advance the quality of life for all children, particularly focusing on those ages birth to five with, or at risk of, developmental delays or disabilities. They serve children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, vision and hearing impairments, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and numerous other diagnoses and developmental delays.
New Horizon School
- Location: Renton, Washington
- Website: www.new-horizon-school.org
- Mission: New Horizon School is a leader in providing a personalized learning environment essential for students with learning disabilities, attention deficits, and other learning differences.
- About the School: New Horizon School provides a personalized learning environment essential for students with learning disabilities, attention deficits, and other learning differences.
The Storybook Center
- Location: Redmond, Washington
- About the School: The Storybook Center is a preschool and tutoring center serving all children birth to 5 years of age and their families. Their focus is on creatively shaping children's early language and literacy skills by means of their unique storybook-based curriculum. They also provide assessments, speech therapy and training for parents and community members.
- Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
- Website: www.assets-school.net
- Mission: Assets School is an independent school for gifted and/or dyslexic children which provides an individualized, integrated learning environment. Assets' environment empowers these children to maximize their potential and find their places as lifelong learners in school and society.
- About the School: Assets School specializes in serving children and young people from 5 to 18 years of age whose capability is greater than their achievement and those who are in need of acceleration and enrichment. Counseling and behavior management are central to an Assets education and are integrated into all programs. Assets School is a day school and does not have boarding facilities. Assets does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.
- Location: Seaside, California
- Website: www.chartwell.org
- Mission: The mission of Chartwell School is to diagnostically educate students with specific learning variations in a way that provides them with the academic skills, confidence, creativity and perseverance necessary to meet the challenges of mainstream education and lifelong learning.
- About the School: Chartwell School is aimed to help children with dyslexia or other learning disabilities become lifelong learners, following its core values of learning, discovery, collaboration, advocacy, sustainability, and leadership. Chartwell School’s education plan includes programs designed for each individual student to help him or her reach full potential, emphasizing a student’s discovery of self-worth and character development.
- Location: Denver, Colorado
- Website: www.denveracademy.org
- Mission: Denver Academy leads as a center of excellence for the education of students with learning differences. They help their students develop their intellectual, social, creative, physical and ethical potentials within a nurturing environment so they may acquire the skills and confidence to be successful in life.
- About the School: The school's curriculum is designed to meet the needs of children with learning differences (ADD, dyslexia) or other issues that lead to underachievement.
- Location: San Diego and Los Angeles, California
- Mission: Fusion Academy strives to create a place where every student can achieve success.
- About the School: Fusion Academy is a private, alternative school and comprehensive after-school program that specializes in helping students with very individualized needs through a unique approach to learning and life. The full-time school is available for students in grades 6 through 12. Fusion has a one-to-one student to teacher ratio, flexible scheduling, arts and music programs, and students complete their homework at school every day instead of taking it home.
- Location: Littleton, Colorado
- Website: www.havernschool.org
- Mission: Havern School's mission is to create confident learners who will leave Havern with the skills to continue to succeed.
- About the School: Havern School provides an education program for elementary and middle school students with diagnosed learning disabilities. With a 4:1 student-to-staff ratio, master teachers, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists provide a comprehensive program of intervention services. Havern School is a nationally recognized community of professionals, parents, families, and friends working together to address the individual academic, social and emotional needs of its students.
The Laurel School
- Location: San Francisco, California
- Website: www.thelaurelschool.com
- Mission: The Laurel School serves students with learning differences and students who benefit from a small class size. In a community that nurtures mutual respect and compassion, they cultivate the academic potential of each child through multimodal, differentiated instruction. By teaching learning strategies, self advocacy skills, and social competence, The Laurel School prepares students for the next level of education.
- About the School: They believe that the key to academic, social and emotional growth is to recognize the whole child: who they are and how they learn. Teachers develop specific strategies for learning and personal achievement by zeroing in on each child’s unique abilities and learning style. Students develop at their own pace, accelerating or focusing on a subject as their ability dictates. The Laurel School teaches children from Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Lexis Preparatory School
- Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
- Website: www.lexisprep.com
- Mission: Lexis Prep is ideal for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, dyslexia, and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They serve students entering kindergarten through eighth grade who have a need for a low teacher-to-pupil ratio, direct and explicit instruction, multisensory learning experiences, assistance with organization, and a higher rate of individualized attention than is typically afforded in more traditional settings.
- About the School: Teaching to learning challenges doesn’t mean that academics are compromised in any way. Lexis Preparatory School’s base curriculum emphasizes individualized instruction in core subjects, and includes science, social studies, physical education and the arts. Supplemental materials have been carefully researched to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles. Lexis Prep teaches the same material as traditional schools, but in ways that really resonate with students.
New Way Academy
- Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
- Website: newwayacademy.org
- Mission: The mission of New Way Academy is to educate children with learning differences to fulfill their potential.
- About the School: New Way Academy takes a special approach to supporting students with learning differences. They consider students' unique needs and strengths as they develop Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), utilize multi-sensory teaching techniques, create small classes, and much more to help students tackle learning challenges while celebrating learning successes.
- Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
- Website: ontrackacademy.com
- Mission: On-Track Academy (OTA) is dedicated to making academic success attainable to students of all abilities through individualized instruction, multisensory methods and experiential curriculum. To cultivate each student's love of learning, our academic environment is nurturing and constructive, and is supported by an extensive, knowledgeable team of collaborative professionals who are teachers and mentors.
- About the School: OTA is a private day school primarily for elementary and middle school students with learning differences. We boast small classes (8 students maximum per class), daily one-on-one tutoring (for remediation or enrichment) built into the school day, regular field trips to reinforce learning & social skills, on-site speech/language and occupational therapies, and executive function skills instruction across the curriculum. OTA students are bright, capable kids who thrive in a structured, progressive, and encouraging learning environment. Many of our students have been diagnosed with learning challenges such as dyslexia, attention deficits (ADD/ADHD), twice exceptionalities (giftedness coupled with one or more learning challenges), or anxiety disorders that can make learning in traditional classrooms difficult.
Park Century School
- Location: Culver City, California
- Website: www.parkcenturyschool.org
- Mission: The mission of Park Century School is to meet the educational, emotional, and social needs of learning disabled students of average to superior intellectual potential and their families in an empathetic and supportive environment emphasizing academic success, maturity, and independence.
- About the School: Founded in 1968, Park Century School is a non-profit independent co-educational day school designed to meet the specific educational needs of bright children, ages 7 to 14, who have learning disabilities. The School serves students from communities in the South Bay to the San Fernando Valley and from Malibu to Hancock Park, including the greater Los Angeles area. The School's location allows it to make use of Los Angeles' many cultural resources, such as museums, theatres, historic sites, and parks.
The Prentice School
- Location: Santa Ana, California
- Website: www.prentice.org
- Mission: The Prentice School's mission is to nurture the full potential of bright, capable students who learn differently (dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other processing difficulties) through mastery of skills, development of a “toolbox” for lifelong learning and the celebration of the individual strengths of each student; and to serve as a resource for students and their families through early intervention, assessment, support services, current information and research, and/or recommendations for alternative educational avenues.
- About the School: An extremely effective approach is available for students who struggle in the traditional classroom. Prentice combines specialized instruction, individualized yet challenging curriculum, and caring staff to create a nurturing learning environment for bright, creative students. Prentice continues to be the only school of its kind to provide the finest standards and research based solution for bright students pre-k through 8th grade who learn differently.
Raskob Learning Institute
- Location: Oakland, California
- Website: www.raskobinstitute.org
- Mission: Raskob Day School and Learning Institute is a co-educational school for bright students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds with language-based learning disabilities. Raskob seeks to recognize and nurture the talents and strengths of each student while remediating areas of academic weakness through individualized curricula and multi-sensory teaching approaches. Raskob’s safe and nurturing environment fosters the academic and social growth of each child. By participating in Raskob’s program, students experience success and recognize themselves as learners.
- About the School: Raskob is a non-profit school that serves children with learning disabilities in grades 2-8. Raskob includes programs that provide evaluations to help identify learning disabilities in children and adults as well as a reading clinic to help young students who struggle with reading.
- Location: San Francisco, California
- Website: www.sterneschool.org
- Mission: Sterne School is committed to educating students with learning differences and providing them with the skills and strategies necessary to reach their academic potential. Through a hands-on and individualized program that focuses on academic and social development, Sterne is dedicated to educating its students for the challenges of life.
- About the School: At Sterne School, they are committed to improving children's current school situation by providing an individualized, structured learning environment. Sterne School develops a customized learning plan for each 6th-12th grade student, focusing on their strength areas, identifying areas for development and guiding them on a path to success in a private, supportive atmosphere. Their students have succeeded on their paths towards learning discovery based on their low 6:1 student-teacher ratio, allowing their faculty to engage with students and provide tailored attention.
- Location: Encino, California
- Website: www.westmarkschool.org
- Mission: Westmark School inspires students with language-based learning differences who possess academic potential and personal promise to build on their strengths and prepare for a successful college experience.
- About the School:Westmark’s exceptional multi-modal, research-based pedagogy differentiates instruction based on student need and allows children to discover not only their personal academic style but their strengths and areas of need as well. Using state-of-the-art technology—including their one-to-one iPad program—and facilities designed with their learners in mind, as well as low student-teacher ratios, their distinguished faculty provide individualized instruction.
Ann Arbor Academy
- Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Website: www.annarboracademy.org
- Mission: Ann Arbor Academy is a private, non-profit school educating children with learning differences. The Academy educates children to understand their learning styles and practice strategies that will prepare them for responsible independence, life-long learning, and participation in school, family, and community. Learning differences include traditional and non-traditional learning styles, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), language processing differences, dyslexia, and other learning challenges. The Academy helps children discover and enhance their natural talents while identifying specific academic needs and implementing strategies to address them.
- About the School: The Academy was started in 1997 by one determined mother and a special education teacher. Since then, Ann Arbor Academy has grown to focus on the remediation and strengthening of processing skills. The Academy has a strong fine and performing arts program at the school. The founders believe that successfully expressing oneself with creativity helps rebuild self-esteem. Strong academics are balanced with the opportunity for students to pursue their own interests and talents.
- Location: Carbondale, Illinois
- Website: www.brehm.org
- Mission: Brehm empowers students with complex learning disabilities to recognize and achieve their full potential. Brehm fosters a family environment where the education, social, and emotional needs of each student are addressed through a focused, holistic program. They highly value student empowerment, integrity, strategies for interactive problem-solving, ongoing, open communication, staff development, continuous improvement for programs, financial stability, and a safe environment.
- About the School: Brehm was founded in 1982 and the curriculum is based on cross-curriculum competencies: acquiring information, communicating, reasoning, self-management, and using technology. Brehm also offers an annual international trip, a spring play, student council, prom, and sporting teams.
- Location: Birmingham, Michigan
- Website: www.etonacademy.org
- Mission: Eton Academy acknowledges students with learning disabilities as students with differences, not disabilities. Eton Academy provides a positive, nurturing learning environment, gives students the individual attention they need and deserve, celebrates differences, encourages self-confidence, and helps different learners succeed.
- About the School: Eton Academy is a nationally awarded school for students with attention, reading, and other learning challenges in grades 1-12. This school respects parents and students while adapting to each student’s learning style and information processing. Teachers assess students’ progress and alter instruction on an ongoing basis. Eton Academy using different modalities of teaching including systematic, direct, hands-on, experimental, multi-sensory, cumulative, sequential, and cross-curricular.
Fortune Academy (formerly the Hutson School)
- Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
- Website: www.thefortuneacademy.org
- Mission: The mission of the Fortune Academy is to be a comprehensive day school dedicated to educating and equipping students with language learning differences to become competent and confident life long learners. The school is designed to provide an environment that nurtures each child's development, builds upon his/her individual strengths, and offers remediation in areas of weakness.
- About the School: Students at the Fortune Academy soar in their small class sizes. By providing a rich, multisensory, structured educational experience, Fortune allows students to gain confidence in their abilities to learn. The highly trained faculty understands the unique learning styles that students share. Fortune Academy's athletic program demonstrates their continued efforts to provide opportunities for extracurricular activities. Their drama department allows all students to share their talents on stage. Finally, the Fortune Academy is the only Indiana school accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
Hyde Park Day School
- Location: Chicago and Northfield, Illinois
- Website: hpds.uchicago.edu
- Mission: The mission of Hyde Park Day School is to provide students with learning disabilities of average to superior ability with an innovative and comprehensive educational model that will help prepare them for a successful transition to public or private schools in their home community.
- About the School: Since January 2000, the full day school program has offered a specialized, educational curriculum for students, ages 6-15, with moderate to severe learning disabilities of average to above average intelligence. Students will develop a positive attitude towards school and an enthusiasm for learning; self-understanding of their learning strengths and areas for improvement; effective strategies for managing new and challenging situations; and academic and social skills necessary for a successful transition back to their home school.
- Location: Lexington, Kentucky
- Website: www.koreacademy.org
- Mission: KORE Academy exists to help students of average intelligence who struggle in the traditional classroom due to a variety of learning challenges.
- About the School: KORE Academy is a coed, private school that serves 30 students in grades K-12. Multisensory teaching addresses differences in student’s learning styles, and expectations are individualized; in order to be fair, students must be treated differently.
Lake Michigan Academy
- Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Website: www.mylma.org
- Mission: Lake Michigan Academy promotes quality of education, academic excellence and individual achievement for students with learning disabilities.
- About the School: Lake Michigan Academy has been helping students with learning disabilities and AD/HD in grades 1 through 12 since 1985 as a state-recognized non-profit school. They have small class sizes and differentiated teaching to help students develop their strengths, build self-esteem, become independent learners, and build self-advocacy. Lake Michigan Academy has a success-oriented curriculum that focuses on the social, emotional, and academic needs of students.
The Leelanau School
- Location: Glen Arbor, Michigan
- Website: www.leelanau.org
- Mission: The Leelanau School's mission is to support the discovery of individual potential through academic, physical, and personal development of students who learn differently.
- About the School: For over 80 years, the Leelanau School has challenged high school students to reach beyond their potential in every aspect of their lives. They offer a rigorous college prep curriculum using multi-sensory and strength-based methodologies.
- Location: Louisville, Kentucky
- Website: www.summit-academy.org
- About the School: Summit Academy of Greater Lousiville provides a nurturing educational environment for children with learning differences, in which each child’s academic achievement comes to reflect his or her potential.
- Location: Chicago, Illinois
- Website: wolcottschool.org
- About the School: Wolcott School offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum specifically designed for the success of students with learning differences. The curriculum, grades nine through twelve, is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and Common Core, and meets and exceeds the requirements of the State of Illinois and traditional public schools.
- Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
- Website: www.worthmoreacademy.org
- Mission: Worthmore Academy is a place where children with learning disabilities receive individualized instruction to help remediate their conditions. The most common learning disabilities they work with are Dyslexia, A.D.D., A.D.H.D., Autism Spectrum (including Asperger's Syndrome), and Communication Disorders. The teachers at Worthmore see to it that every student, every day, learns, grows and feels worth more.
- About the School: Worthmore's goal is to help each child return to a traditional academic setting within one to two years. Worthmore's primary commitment: Each child shall leave us feeling "worth more" than when he or she arrived. The programs are ungraded with each student working at his/her ability level. A structured multimodal method of instruction is used to teach. The student/teacher ratio ranges from 1:1 to 5:1. Worthmore accepts students ranging in grades from kindergarten through high school.
- Locations: Fort Worth and Grapevine, Texas
- Website: www.hillschool.org
- Mission: Hill School provides students who learn differently and are of average to above average intelligence a student-centered educational environment that focuses on intellectual development, while supporting social, emotional, and physical well-being.
- About the School: Hill School is a college preparatory, full-service school for bright students who learn differently, with two campuses, SouthWest Fort Worth and Grapevine. Their exceptional faculty emphasize intensive small-group instruction in core subject areas to ensure that all students have an opportunity to reach their full academic potential. Their students explore interests and affinities through athletics, fine arts (drama, visual arts, music, band), and a wide variety of community involvement activities.
- Location: Roeland Park, Kansas
- Website: www.horizon-academy.org
- Mission: Horizon Academy is a specialized program to educate students with learning disabilities. Horizon Academy's goal is to help students with basic skills and to learn strategies so that they can successfully return to a traditional school. The student body is coeducational and serving students from first grade through high school.
- About the School: Students are encouraged to be self advocates, participate in cooperative learning, and focus on test taking skills that apply to daily life. The curriculum for the students is driven by each child's Individual Educational Plan. The major focus is on basic skills and strategies to become an effective, efficient learner. The basic curriculum at Horizon Academy is reading, spelling, math, written expression, middle school content classes, credit high school classes, social skills training, technology training, P.E., art, music, cooking and drama. The school utilizes a daily diagnostic approach so that each child is carefully observed and assessed daily. In addition, the strategies students learn become a part of each student's integral thinking process, which helps them in all they do.
- Location: Carrollton, Texas
- Website: www.newfoundschool.com
- About the School: Newfound School is located in Carrollton, Texas. It is a small private school for children in grades K through 12 who have learning and/or behavioral challenges, such as autism, Aspergers Syndrome, PDD, bipoloar disorder, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, Fragile X, special medical needs or other learning disabilities. Newfound provides a caring and nurturing environment that helps students to develop their talents and abilities through "hands-on" learning in a bully-free atmosphere. The school encourages students to be participate in extracurricular activities by offering a variety of after-school clubs and recreational groups.
- Location: Austin, Texas
- Website: www.odysseyschool.com
- Mission: Odyssey School is committed to the development of academic excellence and self-acceptance for students who struggle in traditional educational settings. They believe that all children can be successful in their intellectual, creative, and social development. Their goal is to help each student discover his or her individual potential for greatness.
- About the School: They see possibility, not disability. They see that, for all of their students, the journey is the difference. They want their students to know that they can do anything they want with their lives. Students with learning disabilities so often become the "silent majority" in large classrooms; they believe in giving them a voice. They believe in the long-term benefits of self-advocacy, of perseverance, of self-esteem. At Odyssey, they help their students realize what limitless gifts they have.
The Parish School
- Location: Houston, Texas
- Website: www.parishschool.org
- Mission: The Parish School's mission is to identify, educate and empower children who have language and learning differences.
- About the School: The Parish School offers an educational program for children with average to above average learning potential who have communication and learning differences. Founded in 1983 by Robbin Parish, a speech-language pathologist, it was the first school in Texas to combine early childhood education, speech language pathology, and learning disabilities into an integrated program.
- Location: Dallas, Texas
- Website: www.shelton.org
- Mission: Shelton is a school and resource center dedicated to making a difference by serving and empowering the lives of students who learn differently because not all great minds think alike.
- About the School: Shelton uses education, evaluation, therapy, research, and outreach in its vision. Shelton also focuses on emotional literacy in the classroom. This means that there is increased awareness of the emotions between students and teachers which creates a comforting and respectful environment in the classroom.
Vanguard Preparatory School
- Location: Dallas, Texas
- Website: www.vanguardprepschool.com
- About the School: Since its opening in 1993, Vanguard has served children with special social, emotional and learning needs by providing a therapeutic program and focused instruction for each individual child. Children with autism spectrum disorders and other neurological issues find a caring environment at Vanguard. The school welcomes students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.
The Winston School San Antonio
- Location: San Antonio, Texas
- Website: www.winston-sa.org
- Mission: The Winston School San Antonio exists to educate children in grades kindergarten through twelve with learning differences and learning disabilities in an atmosphere that addresses their personal learning styles and promotes self-esteem, a positive attitude about learning, and optimal attainment of educational and career goals.
- About the School: The Winston School San Antonio hopes to provide an academic setting in which each student may learn in an age-appropriate program that focuses on applying students' strengths to address variations in learning. It also strives to create a school atmosphere which fosters mutual respect, self-confidence, psychological support, and acceptance of differences.
- Location: Oakland, New Jersey
- Website: www.barnstableacademy.com
- Mission: Barnstable Academy, since its inception in 1978, has tried to maximize the potential of each student by enhancing self-esteem and providing a high-quality, academically-oriented education in which the student can be recognized and supported.
- About the School: Barnstable offers support and direction to students from middle school through high school, and then directs students to a college, university, or other continuing education setting where they can continue to succeed.
The Carroll School
- Location: Lincoln, Massachusetts
- Website: www.carrollschool.org
- Mission: The Carroll School is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of children diagnosed with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, and to supporting the constituencies that serve them. Carroll seeks a culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse population and is an active public champion for persons with learning disabilities.
- About the School: The history of The Carroll School dates back to 1967, when Dr. Edwin Cole and a small group of concerned individuals founded a special school for children with language-based learning differences. Today, Carroll is a thriving community where children come together in an environment that values their differences and remediates their learning difficulties. While Carroll's history is a short one, its tradition is rich and its mission is firmly grounded.
The Craig School
- Location: Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
- Website: www.craigschool.org
- Mission: The mission of The Craig School is to provide students with a strategy-based, comprehensive and challenging school experience that acknowledges their learning disabilities, builds on their aptitudes, and strengthens their self-awareness and self-esteem. They help parents assess their child's true potential and understand the nature of learning disabilities, and provide families with an internal support network within the Craig community.
- About the School: Founded in 1980, The Craig School is an independent, non-profit school responding to the needs of students in 3rd through 12th grades who have diagnosed learning disabilities or difficulty succeeding in a traditional classroom setting.
Eagle Hill School
- Location: Hardwick, Massachusetts
- Website: www.ehs1.org
- Mission: Eagle Hill School educates students with learning (dis)abilities by providing an intimate and encouraging community that honors the individual, values learning diversity, and fosters personal and social growth.
- About the School: Eagle Hill School believes that every student can learn; that every person who interacts with a student is a teacher; that learning differently demands teaching differently; and much more.
- Location: Southport, Connecticut
- Website: www.eaglehillsouthport.org
- Mission: The mission of Eagle Hill-Southport is to help children with learning disabilities develop a foundation of skills, gain an understanding of their abilities, and prepare for a more traditional program.
- About the School: Eagle Hill—Southport teaches kids ages 6 to 14 in six different subject areas to develop reading, writing, spelling, and math. Class sizes are very small, where there is one teacher for approximately four students, which helps foster a learning environment where students get the individual attention they need to ensure success. Eagle Hill-Southport also offers a variety of extra-curricular activities to complement academics and promote students’ interests and talents.
The Forman School
- Location: Litchfield, Connecticut
- Website: www.formanschool.org
- Mission: The Forman School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for boarding and day students grades 9 through 12 with identified learning differences. Based on his or her unique learning profile, Forman develops the whole student so that every graduate becomes an educated, confident, self-advocate throughout life.
- About the School: Forman is a dynamic community where students learn to recognize their own merit and develop an appreciation for challenges as opportunities. Faculty and students nurture growth and a love of learning in a culture of caring. A Forman education provides the foundation for a lifetime of personal achievement and service to others.
The Gow School
- Location: South Wales, New York
- Mission: The primary purpose of The Gow School is to maintain and operate an independent, not-for-profit school for the education of young men, grades 7 - 12, using a college preparatory curriculum with emphasis on the remediation of dyslexia and related language based learning difficulties through Reconstructive Language.
- About the School: The non-negotiable pillars at Gow are kindness, respect, honesty, and hard work. Students at The Gow School learn to set goals, improve intellectual ability, value health and cooperation, enjoy the arts, contribute to the community, value others, and to resolve problems in the social and natural environment.
The Hamilton School at Wheeler
- Location: Providence, Rhode Island
- Website: www.wheelerschool.org/hamilton
- Mission: Central to the School's philosophy is the assumption that everyone, students and teachers alike, can and should contribute to and draw from the extraordinary energy and vitality which is characteristic of this community. Although preparation for college is a primary goal of the Upper School, their program in all divisions is intended to be both academically rigorous and developmentally appropriate. Most importantly, they believe that all those who participate in the Wheeler experience will recognize, celebrate and respect individuality, commonality, opportunity, and awareness.
- About the School: The Hamilton School at Wheeler is a unique place, a "school-within-a-school" contained within The Wheeler School in Providence, RI. Hamilton has a lower division for students in grades 1-5 and a middle school division for students in grades 6-8. Class size ranges from 5-11 students, depending on grade level.
The Kildonan School
- Location: Amenia, New York
- Website: www.kildonan.org
- Mission: The Kildonan School empowers students with dyslexia to regain confidence and exercise their strengths. Daily one-to-one language tutorials complement an innovative, challenging curriculum that inspires students to love learning while preparing for college and beyond.
- About the School: Kildonan's core one-to-one Orton-Gillingham tutorials, small class sizes, multisensory instruction, and programming that elicits student strengths and builds self-esteem, are all important ingredients of empowering students with dyslexia to reach their academic potential and equip them for future success.
- Location: Beverly, Massachusetts
- Website: www.landmarkschool.org
- About the School: Landmark School was founded in 1971 by Charles “Chad” Drake with the goal of educating students whose reading, writing, spelling, and mathematical skills did not match their thinking and problem-solving capacities. Most called these children dyslexic or learning-disabled. Chad saw their promise, and called them bright and capable. Today Landmark is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of language-based learning disabilities.
The Lewis School
- Location: Princeton, New Jersey
- Website: www.lewisschool.org
- Mission: Education is designed to discover and cultivate each student's unique potential and character and should be made available in a school that functions as a vigorous, diverse, and integrated educational community of programs and support for all members.
- About the School: All language and learning skills are taught using a multi-sensory, sequential approach. During the early morning hours between 8:30 and 10:30, every student, regardless of age, begins preparing the brain by studying the mechanics of language, adapted appropriately for the student's age and current level of ability. This includes reading, writing, spelling, listening comprehension, auditory sequencing, active working memory, visual-motor discrimination, and decoding and encoding skills, presented in sequential sensory specific increments, one step at a time. These skills carry over into all classes and all subjects during the rest of the day.
Linden Hill School
- Location: Northfield, Massachusetts
- Website: www.lindenhs.org
- Mission: Linden Hill School provides an education of the highest excellence to boys with learning differences between the ages of nine and sixteen. In a learning environment, which is both structured and predictable, they prepare the boys for success in secondary school.
- About the School: The five core values at Linden Hill School are responsibility for one's own actions, integrity for the beliefs that one holds true and virtuous, respect for oneself and one another, provide a community to belong in and be treasured, and loyalty for whom one knows and what one believes to be important. The Linden Hill academic program incorporates various methods to assist students in acquiring necessary skills for secondary school and beyond. However, at the heart of this pedagogy is the Orton-Gillingham method.
- Location: Amenia, New York
- Website: www.maplebrookschool.org
- Mission: The mission of Maplebrook School is to provide quality academic programs for youngsters with learning differences, and/or who may exhibit a learning disorder. Through small group and individualized instruction, the student will be assisted in reaching his/her academic, social, vocational and physical potential. In addition, the caring, supportive and home-like environment provides the necessary experiences to allow youngsters the opportunity to assume a more independent role in society.
- About the School: Maplebrook is a coeducational boarding and day school for children with learning disabilities. Maplebrook is dedicated to enriching students’ academic, athletic, and artistic skills in addition to helping children grow in character.
The Newgrange School
- Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
- Website: www.thenewgrange.org
- Mission: The Mission of Newgrange is to empower people with learning disabilities to become educated and vital members of society and to significantly improve education in this country.
- About the School: Newgrange is a nonprofit educational institution with over 30 years experience providing learning opportunities to students with learning and related differences. Under the leadership of Dr. Gordon Sherman, Executive Director, Newgrange is an internationally known and respected educational institution for people with learning disabilities.
Orchard Friends School
- Location: Riverton, New Jersey
- Website: www.orchardfriends.org
- Mission: Orchard Friends School is dedicated to the education of children with language-based learning differences. Part of their goal is to create an environment in which students learn academically in a positive environment that fosters basic acceptance of and value for each student as an individual.
- About the School: Orchard Friends School was founded in 1999 to serve students who learn differently. Orchard Friends School provides a safe, nurturing community and a multidimensional instructional program, an ideal environment in which to learn. Because they believe that it is as important to educate each of their students, they strive to foster connections between the school and the community.
- Location: Pawling, New York
- Website: www.trinitypawling.org
- Mission: The mission of the Trinity-Pawling School is "to educate and instill a value system that prepares young men to be contributing members of society amidst the challenges of an ever-changing world." Trinity-Pawling also has an English Language Program that is a large part of its mission, in which "the English Language Program focuses on meeting the needs of two types of boys on campus: bright dyslexic boys who find it difficult to master the formal patterns and rules of English, and international students, who are mastering those patterns and rules in a foreign language."
- About the School: Trinity-Pawling is an all-boys school that values integrity, tradition, and community in its education of young boys. The vision of Trinity-Pawling school is to not only bring those values to boys’ lives, but to create a diverse and engaging learning community for the boys.
The Wolf School
- Location: East Providence, Rhode Island
- Website: www.thewolfschool.org
- Mission: The Wolf School is dedicated to providing an educational environment where children with learning differences become successful, secure learners. Their intensive and integrated model enables children to discover and utilize their strengths and talents by meeting their academic, social, and emotional needs.
- About the School: Founded in 1999, The Wolf School provides an education to students with who are more complex learners with multiple learning differences. The Wolf School educates up to fifty students in grades 1 through 8.
- Location: Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
- Website: www.aimpa.org
Mission: AIM Academy's mission is to provide extraordinary educational opportunities to children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, utilizing research-based intervention strategies and an arts-based learning environment that is college preparatory in scope and sequence.
- About the School: AIM Academy is a Grade 1-12, independent, college-preparatory school for children with language based learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dycalculia. In addition to being an independent school, AIM provides professional development at the AIM Institute for Learning and Research. It is a Wilson Partner School and a LETRS Affiliate Site and has provided training to over 1500 teachers from as far away as South Africa, New Zealand, and Qatar, as well as throughout the United States.
- Location: Abington, Pennsylvania
- Website: centerschoolpa.org
Mission: Center School serves students with learning difficulties between the ages of six and fourteen. Instructional teams foster each child’s optimal development by tailoring instruction to student learning profiles. Teachers employ a diagnostic approach to help students choose appropriate learning strategies and to become empowered as self-advocates.
- About the School: Center School teaches children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD, auditory processing disorders, and executive function issues, using proven techniques such as the Orton-Gillingham method. Center School’s outstanding track record points to improved reading and academics, an enhanced sense of self-awareness, and a warm, inviting environment for learning.
- Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
- Website: chelseaschool.edu
Mission: To prepare students with language-based learning disabilities for higher education by providing a world-class school which embeds literacy remediation and technology into all aspects of the curriculum.
- About the School: The Chelsea School's world-class staff of educators is working on the cutting edge of special education research and methodology. It is the program model of Chelsea School to take every child beyond functional literacy, and into a world where literacy is used to enhance one’s own life and the lives of others.
Delaware Valley Friends School
- Location: Paoli, Pennsylvania
- Website: www.dvfs.org
- Mission: Delaware Valley Friends School prepares students with learning differences for future work and study. The school develops those personal strengths which enable students to succeed in its college preparatory curriculum. The school also recognizes that it has a responsibility to share its expertise with teachers and students beyond the school community.
- About the School: Delaware Valley Friends School is a co-ed preparatory school for students in grades 6 through 12. It is a highly specialized school with a rich, research-based curriculum for students with language-based learning differences. In keeping with Quaker beliefs and values, the School fosters a desire to learn, a spirit of creativity, a strong sense of self-worth, and respect for the worth of others. The Quaker approach to education celebrates the individual: encouraging students to maximize their potential to learn, build self-esteem, and come to appreciate their unique differences.
- Location: Owings Mills, Maryland
- Website: www.jemicyschool.org
- Mission: Jemicy School educates talented and bright students, struggling with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences, by addressing both their intellectual strengths and their learning needs. The school utilizes creative, multisensory, and research-based programs and techniques to develop reading, writing, spelling, and organization skills; promote a love of learning, and prepare students for the intellectual and social challenges of college and life.
- About the School: Founded in 1973, Jemicy provides an individualized, flexible, and challenging education for college-bound students. Jemicy teaches students using visual, kinesthetic, auditory, and tactile approaches. Students use coordinated multisensory activities and cross-curricular lessons to learn better. Jemicy also considers the use of technology to be of great value in the classroom. Today, Jemicy enrolls 280 students on two campuses and serves grades 1 – 12.
The Lab School
- Location: Washington, D.C.
- Website: www.labschool.org
- Mission: The Lab School of Washington Day School exists to educate intelligent, often gifted, children with moderate to severe learning disabilities, so they can return to the mainstream as soon as possible and become productive citizens. The goals of the institution are to provide a rigorous quality education for a lifetime of learning; provide intensive remediation and teaching of strategies; employ all the art forms as central to the educative process and treat the arts as scholarly pursuits; and much more.
- About the School: Throughout the education field, Lab is regarded as a leader. The first school of its kind in the nation, Lab is known worldwide for transforming lives and guiding students on the path toward success.
- Location: Cleveland/Akron, Ohio
- Website: www.lawrenceschool.org
- Mission: The mission of Lawrence School is to teach students who have distinct learning styles, ignite their potential, and inspire academic and social success. Lawrence School's vision is that one day all students who learn differently will have the opportunity, encouragement and resources to fulfill their potential and benefit society.
- About the School: Lawrence School is an independent school serving K-12 students with language-based learning differences (such as dyslexia) and attention deficit disorders. Hallmarks of the Lawrence program include small class sizes, personalized attention, assistive technology, and research-based instructional methods.
- Location: Columbus, Ohio
- Website: www.marburnacademy.org
- Mission: Marburn's first goal is to provide Central Ohio with a school offering the finest education for bright children who learn differently. State-of-the-art programs and teaching approaches that are solidly based on scientific research help them to reach this high expectation. Marburn's second goal is to serve as a catalyst for improving the quality of education available to people with learning differences throughout Central Ohio and the state.
- About the School: Central to Marburn Academy's goal to provide the finest schooling for students with learning differences is their philosophy of employing instructional designs which are neurologically matched to the learning needs of their students. Their commitment to this effort has resulted in a substantial list of more effective teaching methods for those with learning differences in Central Ohio.
The Quaker School at Horsham
- Location: Horsham, Pennsylvania
- Website: www.quakerschool.org
- Mission: The Mission of The Quaker School at Horsham is to provide specialized academic programs for students with diverse learning styles within a small caring community embodying the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship. We create opportunities for personal and meaningful growth every day. We nurture, honor and celebrate each student’s unique strengths while addressing challenges. Our goal is for each student to achieve his or her highest level of academic and social success.
- About the School: The child who has fallen far behind in school or experiences social difficulties finds a place at The Quaker School (TQS). Our students' learning issues include Dyslexia, auditory and visual processing difficulties, AD/H/D, working memory, Asperger's Syndrome, and sensory processing. We provide a sense of belonging to the children and parents who have felt like outsiders in other schools. The experienced professionals of TQS analyze the struggle, design an individualized plan and invite the family to be part of the solution. Our research-based programs are carried out in a caring supportive Quaker environment. The child who has not been appreciated for his gifts unlocks his potential at TQS.
The Siena School
- Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
- Website: www.thesienaschool.org
- Mission: The Siena School offers a rich educational program for bright, college-bound students who are challenged by language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. Their program is designed for students with mild to moderate needs who experience a discrepancy between their intellectual abilities and academic achievement in one or more areas such as reading, writing, oral expression or math.
- About the School: The Siena School focuses on individual student learning strengths and gifts, ensures highly individualized and personalized instructional attention, and employs research-based and multisensory instructional techniques. It also provides appropriate curricular accommodations and adaptations to allow all students to access a rigorous curriculum of high standards while seeking out, developing and retaining the very best educators and professional staff. The Siena School has also developed a course called “Strengths” where students create a semester-long project in an area of great interest to the student.
- Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
- Website: springer-ld.org
- Mission: The Springer Mission is to empower students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. They believe that all students with learning disabilities have the ability to succeed educationally, socially, and personally, and to ultimately become responsible for their own learning.
- About the School: Springer School and Center provides the only school in the region devoted entirely to the education of children with learning disabilities. Through its outreach programs, parents and professionals develop an understanding of learning disabilities and the most effective means to address them.
Stratford Friends School
- Location: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
- Website: www.stratfordfriends.org
- Mission: Stratford Friends School educates elementary and middle school-age students with language-based and similar learning differences through a structured, multisensory program that celebrates students' strengths, builds self-esteem, and develops self-advocacy. Guided by Quaker principles, the school provides individualized attention and instruction in an intimate, caring environment.
- About the School: Their strong multisensory academic program combined with their S.T.E.P.S. (Self. Teamwork. Emotion management. Peer relationships. Skills) curriculum provides a balanced education program that reaches the whole child. Their lower school student-to-teacher ratio of 6:1 (12:1 at middle school), along with their flexible programmatic structure, enables them to specifically target each student's individual academic needs while fostering a sense of belonging and community.
The Summit School
- Location: Edgewater, Maryland
- Website: www.thesummitschool.org
- Mission: The Summit School educates children with unique learning styles to their full potential.
- About the School: The Summit School was founded in 1989 by Jane R. Snider, Ed.D., as a co-ed, not-for-profit school for bright students with dyslexia and other learning differences. Their students are often diagnosed with learning disabilities by specialists in the field. At Summit, their preference is to view those disabilities as differences because they emphasize the gifts each student brings, help them reach their potential, as well as remediate their skills.
Academy at SOAR
- Location: Balsam, North Carolina
- Website: www.academyatsoar.org
- About the School: A certified private school that serves youth who thrive in an environment that provides an individualized academic curriculum, Academy at Soar focuses on strengths and combines academic instruction with adventure-based learning.
- Location: McDonald, Tennessee
- Website: www.bachmanacademy.org
- Mission: The Bachman Academy's mission is to empower students who have learning differences to develop the skills and values necessary for success in the global community.
- About the School: Bachman Academy is a boarding and day school serving intelligent students in grades 6-12 who have language-based learning differences like dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, nonverbal learning disorder, central auditory processing disorder, visual processing disorders, and students with ADD and ADHD.
- Locations: Brooksville, Florida, and Suches, Georgia
- Website: www.eckerdacademy.org
- About the School: Eckerd Academy is a therapeutic boarding school, founded in 1968, specializing in helping children ages 10-18 reach their potential. Eckerd offers individualized academics, a low student-teacher ratio, and counseling.
The Hill Center
- Location: Durham, North Carolina
- Website: www.hillcenter.org
- Mission: The Hill Center transforms students with learning differences into confident, independent learners.
- About the School: For nearly three decades, The Hill Center has enabled students with learning differences to succeed, not just in the classroom, but throughout their lives. Hill Center serves students and teachers through pioneering academic and outreach programs based on their evidence-based Hill Methodology. With the Orton-Gillingham approach as its foundation, and precision teaching as the format for charting and graphing student progress, the Hill Methodology is a comprehensive system of individualized multisensory instruction.
Noble Academy (formerly Guilford Day School)
- Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
- Website: www.nobleknights.org
- Mission: Noble Academy offers students with learning differences a comprehensive educational experience in a supportive environment where they can reach their highest potential.
- About the School: They offer a college preparatory program that serves children in grades K through 12. Their class sizes are small and their curriculum is traditional, though infused with techniques and methodology proven to be successful with their students. Their drama, art, and athletics programs allow students to develop strengths outside the classroom as well. The entire Noble Academy experience provides the rigor, strategies, and self-advocacy skills necessary for successful transitioning back to a traditional educational environment, college, or the world of work.
- Location: Roswell, Georgia
- Website: porteracademy.org
- Mission:Porter Academy is dedicated to educating children by utilizing individualized programs that are appropriate to each student’s developmental level and learning style.
- About the School: Porter Academy takes a "whole child" approach. They bring the expertise of teachers, therapists, and administrators together to develop a comprehensive understanding of each child. This enables them to determine the most effective interventions (academic, social, developmental, and emotional) for that particular child.
- Location: Marietta, Georgia
- Website: www.shreiner.com
- Mission: Shreiner Academy simply tries to create “a nice school for nice kids.” Kind words, small side pep talks, and everyday encouragement are very much a part of the spirit of Shreiner Academy. Patience, understanding, and compassion are treasured ideals.
- About the School: Shreiner Academy offers a remarkable private education for children age 2 through 8th grade: small classes, individual attention, accelerated curriculum, outstanding faculty, a peaceful setting, and a variety of enrichment programs. It is a school designed to bring out the very best in students and create happy, confident, and motivated children.
- Location: Roswell, Georgia
- Website: www.theswiftschool.org
- Mission: The mission of Swift School is to prepare children with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences to be successful in life. Swift School strives to accomplish this mission by teaching them specific learning strategies and skills and by identifying and fully developing their talents. To do so, Swift School creates an environment that is exciting, challenging, and supportive.
- About the School: Swift School currently serves children in grades 1-8 but is planning to expand from Pre-K to 12th grade. The focus is to provide a comprehensive education, regardless of the needs of the students, to encourage achievement at every level. Swift School follows the Orton-Gillingham Approach and incorporates the Digital Learning Environment (DLE) into its curriculum.
Tampa Day School
- Location: Tampa, Florida
- Website: www.tampadayschool.com
- Mission: At Tampa Day School, every teacher understands, honors, and accommodates a child’s unique education needs, and it’s done with passion.
- About the School: Tampa Day School is an independent school located in the Citrus Park area of Tampa, Florida. Their program is ideal for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, dyslexia, and/or attention deficit disorder, with or without hyperactivity (ADD or ADHD). They serve students entering kindergarten through eighth grade who have a need for a low teacher-to-pupil ratio, direct and explicit instruction, multisensory learning experiences, assistance with organization, and a higher rate of individualized attention than is typically afforded in more traditional settings.
Triad Academy at Summit School
- Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Website: www.summitschool.com
- Mission: At Triad Academy at Summit School, they believe that great minds do not think alike. Their innovative instructional program is highly individualized, research based, and designed to meet the unique learning needs of students with dyslexia and related language based learning differences.
- About the School: The entire academic program is grounded in the Orton-Gillingham principles of instruction. The program is language-based to improve reading and writing skills, multisensory to increase each child’s opportunity for learning, individualized to work with each child’s strengths and learning needs, structured to provide each child with clear academic expectations, utilizes a comprehensive academic curriculum to prepare students for traditional settings and intensive with a minimum of two hours daily of language development.
- Location: Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
- Website: www.tridentacademy.com
- Mission: The mission of Trident Academy, a K-12 independent school for students with diagnosed learning differences, is to empower creative learners to succeed. At Trident Academy, success is (a):
- Secure and nurturing environment
- Uniquely individualized instruction with exemplary educators
- Celebration of student strengths and encouragement of creativity
- Confidence acquired in flexible settings
- Emphasis on multi-sensory strategies for academic growth
- Social and character building experiences
- Service to the community through assessment, educational therapy, and informational programs
- About the School: Trident Academy is one of only eight learning disabilities or differences (LD) schools in the United States that is accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Trident Academy is a school for students with diagnosed attention deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD), dyslexia, dyscalculia, central auditory processing difficulties and/or dysgraphia. Located on the southeast coast in Charleston, South Carolina (SC) , the school offers parents and students educational support in a multi-sensory environment.
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School
- Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
- Website: www.kgms.ca
- Mission: Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is a center of excellence in developmentally informed instruction that empowers children with learning disabilities in a passionate, progressive, and inspiring learning environment.
- About the School: The way to maximize any child's potential is to create an environment that is conducive to simultaneous growth in intellectual, emotional, and physical development. They believe every child can engage in learning. They believe it is their duty to unlock and remove the obstacles to learning for each child so that they can be empowered to experience success.