Like all of us, students at The Howard School have great strengths and weaknesses. Often students who come to The Howard School have been frustrated learners elsewhere. Their difficulties have prevented them from realizing their full potential, often at the cost of their self-esteem and joy of learning. They are able and creative, but need a more specialized approach to learning than most schools can support.
Our students possess average to above-average intelligence yet often struggle in school in various ways. Their profiles may include diagnostic labels such as a receptive/expressive language disorder, dyslexia, disorder of written expression, math disability, processing disorder, or some combination of these. Additionally, they may have an ADHD diagnosis or challenges with Executive Functioning.
We find that after a few weeks at our school, students tend to feel less anxious. Because they feel understood and supported at The Howard School, they relax. School becomes enjoyable and learning becomes easier. Many students experience positive changes in their home life, as well. Parents frequently share statements like, "I have my child back." And, "I now have the child I never knew I had."
The Howard School isn’t the right fit for every student. The profile we do not support is a student with an autism diagnosis and/or a social communication disorder. We are not a therapeutic school, and we do not have specialized programs primarily for behavioral/psychiatric or social/emotional diagnoses. Additionally, we are not a fit for a student with a lower cognitive capacity.