The 50 Best Private Special Needs Schools in the United States
1. The Devereux Glenholme School, Washington, CT
The Glenholme School is a therapeutic boarding school for young people with Asperger’s, attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety, and other social and emotional learning differences. Its goal is to meet its students’ individual needs and prepare them for college and post-graduation employment through customized tutoring, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and individual and family positive behavior therapy. Glenholme students enjoy the school’s acclaimed equestrian and theatre arts programs and have the opportunity to take part in school-wide community service.
Profile: co-ed therapeutic boarding school for ages 10-21
Student-Faculty Ratio: 4:1
2. Little Keswick School, Keswick, VA
Boys come to Little Keswick School with moderately severe emotional and social challenges, as well as academic learning disabilities. Through focused assessment and creation of individualized learning plans, the school prepares students to successfully navigate social situations and future academic endeavors. Trained teachers and clinical specialists work with each student to set academic and behavioral goals, and the school provides individual, group, and family therapy to reinforce positive management of emotions and behavior. In addition to instruction in academic subjects, students have the opportunity to participate in art, woodworking, sports, and the equestrian program.
Profile: all-boys therapeutic boarding school for ages 9-15
Student-Faculty Ratio: 7:1
Awards: Partlow Insurance Best Practice Award (2011)
3. Brehm Preparatory School, Carbondale, IL
Brehm self-describes as a boarding school which holistically addresses the academic, social, and emotional needs of students with complex learning disabilities and learning differences. The 90-student school employs 150 faculty/staff who work with each student on a multi-tiered schedule, in which beginning students benefit from intensive, one-on-one instruction and then progress, as their needs and desires dictate, to more general classes of 8 or 9 students taught at grade level. Brehm employs five full-time speech language pathologists and its program is known for significant offerings in educational technology, including digitized textbooks and Kurzweil literary software.
Profile: co-ed boarding school for grades 6-12 with day school options
Student-Faculty Ratio: 5.7:1
Awards: named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education
Tuition: $66,900/year boarding; $41,400/year day
4. Triad Academy at Summit School, Winston-Salem, NC
Triad Academy, a division of Summit School, provides the extra attention required by students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. As a school, Summit’s goal is to inspire its students to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. By making available specially trained teachers and individualized classes, Triad Academy permits students to learn the techniques and gain the help they need in order to succeed in a traditional classroom environment. Students at Triad concentrate on developing their unique talents in all subjects, and daily partake in two hours of language development, with step-by-step reinforcement of knowledge gained in all subjects. With this knowledge firmly in place, students may then transition to a different division of Summit School, aware of how their learning styles work, and knowing that the teachers and methods they gained at Triad Academy are still here to support them.
Profile: co-ed day school for grades 1-9
Student-Faculty Ratio: 3:1 (remediation classes); 8:1 (content classes)
Awards: nominated for Best Private School by Triad Moms on Main (blog) (2011); one of Ask.com’s Top Eleven Private Learning Disabilities School in the United States and Canada
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