When my child turned 5 years old, he attended a different public school every year. One year he attended two different elementary schools on a half day basis. One school was private and the other school was public. He seemed to make progress and loved his kindergarten and first grade teacher, but then we found out another staff person was (possibly) doing his school work for him.
When he graduated to second grade he was miserable. The general education teacher was not a good fit for him. Who told me there were times when she just ignored him. He felt bullied by one of his peers at recess. When visiting him at lunch he was miserable.
In third grade, the peer he felt bullied was also transferred to his new school. He and his general education teacher were not a good fit for each other. They got along toward the end of the year and the staff began doing a lot for him, but by then he was too far behind academically.
We began researching private schools and felt like we did not have much time. You see our Admit Review and Dismiss meeting with the public school was toward the end of February. We started our search through the internet and by calling on private schools, driving to their schools for a tour, filling out admissions paperwork, paying fees, going on interviews, and completing the schools testing.
The first school we looked at was The Westview School because I had heard a good review on the school. The school is for high-functioning children ages 2 through 15 years with autism spectrum disorder that tend to excel in academics but struggle with social skills. We paid admission fees/deposits. Staff reviewed our paperwork and we completed the testing.
The second school we toured was The Parish School. The school is for children ages 2 through 12 years old who have communication delays and learning differences. The average student has a high learning potential, but struggles in a traditional classroom and school setting. We paid an admission fee/deposit. Staff reviewed our paperwork, we completed the testing, and attended Camp Acorn Summer Camp.
The third school we viewed was The Monarch School And Institute which serves students from early childhood education through high school, and postgraduate work. Transition services are offered for post-high school learners. The Monarch School provides innovative, therapeutic education for individuals with neurological differences such as those associated with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities.
The next school where we did a walk through was the Crossroads School, Inc. which addresses the academic and social needs of children with learning differences. The Crossroads School, Inc. prepares students with learning differences (K-12) to integrate back into a conventional school or college by facilitating best academic skills and social competency skills in an emotionally safe and supportive environment. We filled out the paperwork, had an interview, did a day visit, and paid the admission fee.
The last school we toured was The Joy School, which prepares students with learning differences to return to the traditional classroom setting by enabling them to reach their academic and social potential in a safe, and supportive environment. The Joy School serves a student body of kids pre-kindergarten through 8th Grade. We filled out the paperwork, and paid the admission fee.
I am so glad that Crossroads School, Inc. chose us and we chose them this past academic year of 2018-2019. Some of my child’s standardized test scores are incredible compared to last year. When I compared his diagnostic report of reading scores from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019 school years there was an increase in his knowledge by almost 4 grade levels. His social skills went from hiding from people to going up to strangers and starting conversations if they have kids. The attention and kindness that the staff give my child is more than I ever expected. He is happy and he is learning! I can not wait to see what he will achieve academically and socially this school year. Can you tell we love Crossroads!