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Schools with Academic Support

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  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 284 Junior Member
    It's an interesting program. While I think it has many components my son needs, he's not the kind of kid that would take well to being in "parallel" classes. And once you add on the learning skills program, it's more expensive than Forman. If we lived in the area, I'm sure it would be on our list.
  • soxmomsoxmom Registered User Posts: 747 Member
    I was really struck by the post from @gardenstategal about some schools imposing a lot of structure, and other schools have the resources available but want the kids to operate more independently to use those resources. Can anyone here help me identify which of the schools being talked about fall more into the former (structure imposed) camp?

    My 7th grader doesn't have a formal LD diagnosis yet, though he has had some neuropsych testing done. He'll get another done to give a diagnosis before he starts looking at schools. His issues are around lack of focus and maybe some executive functioning. But he's also -- not to put it too finely -- a slacker of the highest magnitude. He only ever wants to do the bare minimum (if that) assigned, and is the master of excuses about why he didn't/couldn't do some piece of homework. But he'll do whatever the norm is without too much complaining. So if a school had a structured study hall every night that he was required to attend, or required one on one sessions with a tutor or teacher, he wouldn't have a problem with that. On the other hand, if those things were available but somewhat dependent on the kid to avail himself of them, it would never happen. Maybe he'll get to the independent, asking for help place sometime, but I don't see that happening any time soon.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 284 Junior Member
    At Brewster, study hall was dependent on grades. I think the highest level was that you could pick where you were during study hall time, the mid level was in your room and the lowest level was assigned to the library. It was definitely a place where you could not fall through the cracks. They meet as a team to discuss kids 4 days a week. Each week the kids send a report home with their grades and some comments.
    I think many schools start with supervised study for 9th and 10th and loosen up a bit as they get older. Also, in many schools you can access some level of support without a diagnosis. Even the level of meeting with an academic support specialist might not require a diagnosis, but usually is a paid service. Some schools have a fee for supervised study hall.
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    @soxmom I’ll discuss Solebury. They have required study hall for all grades. With that said, after freshman year, you can get different levels of study hall depending on your grades. My daughter was pulling High Honors from sophomore year to senior year and even though she could have had her study hall in her room (because of her grades), she opted to go elsewhere. She knew that if she stayed in her room, work wouldn’t get done. I just finished touring a few boarding schools for my younger daughter and found similar study hall rules at the formal and the progressive schools.
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    @vwlizard I agree and glad you asked for this to be pinned. I cannot tell you how hard it was for me to scramble and try to find info on schools that were LD friendly. The fact is, there are many families who need this information and there are great schools out there not getting mentioned. We need to make sure that this information is out there for others because it makes a huge difference. Finding a school is stressful enough but trying to find a school that can give your child the best academic support, adds to that stress.

    I know for me it made a huge difference finding out that @chemmchimney has a child are Darrow, PMnig her was a huge help as really made this process a little better.

    CC is a great site for information but it has to be a site that the information is for all types of learners.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 284 Junior Member
    Ok. New kink in the plan. Lizardkid just failed 2 hearing tests. We meet with the audiologist next week. I've done tons of research on academic support for LBLD, but have no idea about accommodations for hearing issues. Has anyone dealt with this?
  • momof3swimmersmomof3swimmers Registered User Posts: 386 Member
    Research FM Systems! I can’t imagine any school wouldn’t be able to accommodate that, especially if you provide the device.
  • momof9thgradermomof9thgrader Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Is anyone familiar with The Middlebridge School in RI? It's a small co-ed LD BS that isn't often mentioned.
  • GarandmanGarandman Registered User Posts: 209 Junior Member
    @vwlizard - my daughter #2 just went through a battery of hearing tests. Her hearing is fine, but her audio processing is not.

    The accommodations in her case included things like text sub titles on all videos, teachers making lecture transcripts available, etc.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 284 Junior Member
    Well, turns out second round of hearing tests was normal. This kid..... always something.
  • GarandmanGarandman Registered User Posts: 209 Junior Member
    My daughter has good hearing: it is the processing of that information where she has a shortcoming. It was a second round of tests.

    One of her teachers threw out an assignment, verbally, as they were leaving class last week. She didn’t register it. Several of her friends heard there was an assignment, but had the task wrong.

    She now has official accommodations so a teacher has to write the assignment on the board or give a handout.
  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,508 Senior Member
    @Garandman, that is such a great example of how making accommodations for specific students can benefit everyone in the classroom... Kind of how sidewalk cut-outs and wheelchair ramps are great for parents pushing strollers, too...
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 4,912 Senior Member
    Pennington School in NJ was recommended to a friend by a k-8 school that specialized in teaching kids with auditory processing disoreders. Not so many boarders as many, but could be worth a look @Garandman.
  • GarandmanGarandman Registered User Posts: 209 Junior Member
    These are the formal recommendations from the staff for her IHP.

    Preferential seating in front of the classroom with the ability to see the teacher's face.
    The ability to take pictures of notes on her phone.
    A note taking "buddy" upon request of student
    Closed caption on films presented during class when available.
    Provided extra time for response to orally presented information.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 284 Junior Member
    Has anyone looked at The Winchendon School? I'm having a hard time getting a feel for it.
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