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Schools with Academic Support

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  • cababe97cababe97 Registered User Posts: 449 Member
    @momof3swimmers I am a current Berkshire student who has some learning differences and I use the academic support and accommodation services- I would be more than happy to tell you about Berkshire support program and/or andswee any questions. Feel free to pm me:)
  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,477 Senior Member
    @cababe97 Do your parents pay extra? I assume FA kids don’t access those services?
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    @calimax - At many schools there is an extra charge for more intensive service, but the academic support center is open for drop in support for those just needing a bit of help on occasion

    In terms of FA, I believe it is figured into your package as the total cost of your education being tuition + academic support, thus, your family contribution would remain the same. I"m not completely sure on that one though.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 4,912 Senior Member
    @momof3swimmers , Hun in NJ may have good resources for your child. I have known 2 kids who were dyslexic who were well served there although it was several years ago. Very few boarders, though, so it wouldn't be my top choice for someone looking for a more robust boarding experience.
  • Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 847 Member
    Just heard nice update from a friend whose son is at Forman (Litchfield, CT). His son told him that for the first time in his life, he feels confident about learning ...Also, the school encouraged him to try a new sport that he now is excelling at - it was rough the first few months being away from home but now he is really happy and thriving <:-P
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    So good to hear. We are really trying to determine whether to go the "specialized" route (Forman) or a neurodiverse school with good academic support (Proctor, New Hampton, etc).
  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,477 Senior Member
    edited March 2018
    I’m following this thread not because my DD needs support (she applied this year) but in case my much younger third grader decides he wants to go to BS. Right now it is hard to imagine that it would even be a possibility (he is on the spectrum)...
  • CTMom21CTMom21 Registered User Posts: 353 Member
    We are with you, @vwlizard, thinking toward next year when my now 7th grader will be applying (and M10 will be on a Sunday...). We also started early with my current 9th grader, so don't really feel like it's early -- it worked out just right. CTKid2 needs pretty substantial academic support, and staying in his sport is a complicating factor. He may very well end up going to a day school, where we have some good options, though I feel like there are also plenty of options for BSs with the appropriate level of support (and thank you for starting this thread!). What I'm struggling with (aside from the sports issue) is whether to consider repeating 8th grade, where, and who will advise us on that question.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    @CTMom21 - I have a 7th grader, too. He's already one of the youngest in his class, so would probably benefit from repeating 8th grade, but we don't really have the option to do that. Our LPS isn't an option and the JBS near us is exactly everything that I wouldn't want in a school. I also just can't afford another year of tuition knowing what we will spend on 4 years of boarding school with no FA.
  • cababe97cababe97 Registered User Posts: 449 Member
    @calimex There is a fee that comes with private tutoring. I know kids on FA who have tutors though, so while I don’t know the logistics of that works, help is definitely available to everybody. Berkshire also has different academic resource centers that are completely free. Feel free to pm and I can explain them in better detail:)
  • yarmouth5yarmouth5 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @vwlizard How about repeating an 8th grade year at a parochial middle school? Several kids I know have done it and taken the additional year to mature and better prepare themselves academically after they graduated 8th grade from LPS. The fees and tuition tend to be lower than other independent school alternatives.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    edited March 2018
    Not really an option for us. He attends a progressive MS and we are looking at progressive BS. Our parochial school is very traditional and he's already maxed it out academically (and maybe socially). Just not a fit for him. It would really set him back. He's so emotionally ready to go to BS, I just hope that they don't see him as too young based on his birthday (and size - he's tiny).

    My worry really isn't that he's not ready because he is. It's that he's being measured against kids that are almost two years older than him in some cases because of repeats and late starts.
  • yarmouth5yarmouth5 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    edited March 2018
    I suppose it depends, also, on how rigorous your local parochial school(s) are. There are quite a few options in our area if one is willing to drive. By maturity, I suppose I meant physically, as boys tend to choose this option due to diminutive physiques prior to the onset of puberty, especially athletic boys. This option is not for everyone since these schools may be more traditional, however, this does not preclude many schools from being very aware of social justice issues. We know of very academically gifted students with 95% SSATs and above who have attended such schools and found the experience to be as or more demanding than private high school with honors level classes. One local school annually sends about 20%+ of their students to boarding / independent day schools. We are in the Northeast.

    Your concern is very real. My niece had one of the highest IQs for her age group in her county but her parents resisted the recommendation of skipping her up a few grades because she would not have done well socially in a Doogie Howser situation.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 281 Junior Member
    This is one of those things where we'll have to rely on the "love the school that loves you" philosophy.
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