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Schools with Academic Support

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  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 306 Member
    Does anyone know about Pomfret's academic support?
  • DeyanADeyanA Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I have heard very good things about Pomfret's academic support. The educational specialist that performed our son's testing did some research for us. She was very impressed with the program at Pomfret. Her feedback put Pomfret at the top of our list.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 306 Member
    Now that acceptances are rolling in and being posted, I'm seeing a distinct lack of schools mentioned in this thread. The acceptance rates seem so scary at the schools mentioned. I'd love to see some stats and love thrown toward the schools mentioned here. They seem so overlooked and like a great fit for so many kids.
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    edited March 2018
    My 2nd daughter has mild Dyscalculia and this Admissions season has been very interesting. I had her apply to the Churchill school (private LD school in NYC just to see if she needed that type of academic support setting and was immediately told she’s too high functioning and would be stifled there. I was happy to hear this and thought...great, that means a good small private school with strong academic support is what we will apply to. We also had another hurdle...we need FA.

    We applied to a few BS, Solebury, Hun, Marvelwood, Darrow, Forman and Purnell. The first two RJ her, Darrow accepted her with FA, Forman Accepted her BUT placed her on the FA WL, Marvelwood has her also on the FA WL and Purnell’s application is still not complete (applied late due to Early RJ and needed to add more schools).

    If I would have started this much earlier, I would have applied to more schools but I’m happy she has one acceptance with FA. Like I’ve learned on this site many years ago, Love the School that Loves You! It’s Darrow for us!
  • momof3swimmersmomof3swimmers Registered User Posts: 386 Member
    @NYCMomof3 congrats! I’m glad she found a home. This sounds like the boat we will be in. A LD school wouldn’t be a good fit.
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    @momof3swimmers thank you. I am just happy she has a spot.
  • chemmchimneychemmchimney Registered User Posts: 739 Member
    Our daughter has been very happy at Darrow and the school is definitely a hidden gem. More families needing a progressive, project based and nuturing school should give it a look. Particularly strong in the arts and one of the few schools who can academically challenge a bright student while also supporting LDs. Plenty of kids there who don’t require support as well. Go Ducks!
  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,611 Senior Member
    I had assumed schools with stronger support would have tiny endowments and minimal fa?
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 306 Member
    We won't qualify for FA, but it will be a struggle to pay for four years of BS. One thing I did notice on Forman's website is that since it is specifically a school for students with a diagnosed LD, tuition may be tax deductible.
  • chemmchimneychemmchimney Registered User Posts: 739 Member
    Darrow’s endowment is comparatively tiny but they also have a tiny number of applicants. Support is extra but included in FA. I think parents due their kids a disservice when they assume that only larger “name brands” will provide FA because you end up competing against a huge pool of applicants.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 5,046 Senior Member
    Hooray, @NYCMomof3 ! Now you may meet @chemmchimney IRL!
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    edited March 2018
    @gardenstategal thank you! I do hope that @chemmchimney and I will meet IRL. She’s been great with answering all of my Darrow questions. I’m excited for my daughter and Darrow.

    As for Small schools and endowments...we are currently at a NYC private which is also a small school (240 kids from nursery school to 8th gr). I was shocked to see how much they have for FA and they are truly generous. They gave us FA for two children and made it possible for us to send both. This school we are at is a lot like Darrow...small and progressive. They do a lot to raise money for their FA. Just last week they raised over a million dollars at the school auction for FA. Not only does their FA help with tuition but if a FA child needs academic support or testing, they’ve been known to take care of the bill. It’s truly an amazing community.
  • GarandmanGarandman Registered User Posts: 212 Junior Member
    edited March 2018
    @vwlizard, I marvel at the seeming focus of this forum as a whole on TSAO schools, but this thread belies that!

    We revisited Proctor today and were extremely impressed. Many schools are talking about experiential learning but they have been practicing it for a long time. The current students seem relaxed, confident and happy.

    To add one I haven’t seen, Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA formally offers support for ADD/ADHD.

    Spoke to many parents and kids from CA, IL, MA, NH, TX (Dallas and Houston) and the UK (London). Others schools these families mentioned for revisiting included Berkshire, Brewster, Cushing, NMH, and Suffield.

    Proctor has small dorms of 5-18 students, mixed grades, EXCEPT 9th grade boys have their own dorms and own rules. For example, room doors open during study hall. No parents of 8th grade boys were surprised.....

    They create an academic profile for every student, learning support or not, and have an advisor program (max 6 students each) that meet the kids weekly along with individualized programs, assemblies etc.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 306 Member
    That's why I asked for this to be pinned. It seems these schools get very little mention on this site, but they are really great schools. I truly believe (hope) there is a school for everyone.
  • twinsmamatwinsmama Registered User Posts: 1,603 Senior Member
    Did anyone mention the Pennington School? Hubby and I were discussing kids we know, and I thought of one who was apparently very happy and successful there after being unhappy and possibly unsuccessful elsewhere. It's mostly a day school but they have 125 boarders (I just checked).
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