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Special Needs Schools

As you begin your search for the right special needs school for your child, look at as many schools as you can. Make a list of all the schools which interest you. Once you have done that, you can begin to shorten the list and visit the schools which seem to be the best match.

The Academy at Swift River, Cummington, MA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 8-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding school
Comments: The Academy at Swift River offers programs for adolescents who are not succeeding in traditional settings or who are having problems at home.

American School for the Deaf, West Hartford, CT
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: American School for the Deaf was founded in 1817. It offers deaf and hard of hearing children elementary and high school programs. A unique educational is created for each child's specific needs.

Ann Arbor Academy, Ann Arbor, MI
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Ann Arbor Academy serves students with learning disabilities. The school was founded in 1997 by a special education teacher. Its tuition is very reasonable for the specialized teaching it provides.

ANASAZI Foundation. Mesa, AZ
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding school
Comments: The ANASAZI Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Program serves at risk young people with a wilderness hiking program.

Arrowsmith School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: Elementary and high school
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Arrowsmith School was founded by Barbara Arrowsmith Young. The school is dedicated to helping students with learning disabilities. It offers an internationally recognized program of instruction for teachers. It has campuses in Toronto and Peterborough.

Aspen Ranch, Loa, UT
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding school
Comments: Aspen Ranch is a therapeutic school serving troubled adolescents. It offers clinical, equine and recreational therapy in addition to other therapy programs.

Aspen Education Group
Aspen Education Group operates a variety of residential programs. Its family of schools includes Academy at Swift River, Aspen Ranch, Bromley Brook School, Cedars Academy, Copper Canyon Academy, Mount Bachelor Academy, New Leaf Academy, Oakley School, SunHawk Academy, Turn-About Ranch, NorthStar Center and Stone Mountain School.

Atlanta Speech School, Atlanta, GA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Atlanta Speech School has five divisions serving children with learning disabilities. The Katherine Hamm Center teaches children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Atlanta Speech School was founded in 1938.

Austine School for the Deaf, Brattleboro, VT
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: All ages
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Vermont Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing includes the Austine School for the Deaf. It provides all kinds of options for children of all ages who are hard of hearing.

The Bedford School, Fairburn, GA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Bedford School provides instruction for children with learning disabilities. It is the only LD school on the south side of Atlanta.

Brehm Preparatory School, Inc., Carbondale, IL
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6 - 12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Brehm Preparatory School educates students with learning disabilities. It has the trained staff and teachers to offer plenty of individual attention.

Bridges Academy, Bend, OR
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, boarding school
Comments: Bridges Academy specializes in helping teens deal with emotional and other psychological issues.

Bromley Brook School, Manchester, VT
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, boarding school
Comments: Bromley Brook School provides a college preparatory curriculum for girls who have been unsuccessful in other academic environments. The school is located in southern Vermont.

Camphill Special School, Glenmoore, PA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Camphill Special School is the only Waldorf school in North America which serves students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is part of the worldwide Camphill Movement.

The Carroll School, Lincoln, MA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 1-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Carroll School serves elementary and middle school students who have diagnosed language-based learning difficulties such as dyslexia. The school used the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading.

Center for the Education of the Infant Deaf, Berkeley, CA
"Center for the Education of the Infant Deaf, CEID, is a model early intervention program for babies and young children with  hearing impairments and severe speech and language delays."

Centreville School, Centreville, DE
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Centreville School serves children with learning disabilities. The school employs two Reading Specialists, three Speech/Language Therapists, two Occupational Therapists, and a Psychologist to ensure that students get the best possible remediation and attention.

Chelsea School, Silver Spring, MD
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 5-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Chelsea School is dedicated to the academic education of intelligent and motivated students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia.

Children's Institute for Learning Differences, Mercer Island, WA
Children's Institute for Learning Differences is a therapeutic day school for children three to fourteen years old with special needs such as learning and behavioral differences.

The Children’s Center for Communication, Beverly, MA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Children’s Center for Communication is the new name for the organization which includes Beverly School for the Deaf. It offers comprehensive programs for hearing-impaired students from age 3-22. It also provides support and training for parents and families.

Churchill Center & School, Town & Country, MO
"We admit children in elementary and middle school. A daily 1:1 tutorial is the heart of our individualized multi-sensory approach."

Copper Canyon Academy, Lake Montezuma, AZ
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, boarding school
Comments: Copper Canyon Academy is a therapeutic school for young women. It is part of the Aspen Education Group of schools.

The Cottage School, Roswell, GA
"Offers students a complete college preparatory curriculum in a structured environment, combined with a unique vocational approach, small class sizes, and individualized instruction." 6-12. Coed. Day/boarding.

The Cotting School, Lexington, MA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Ages: 3-22
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Cotting School is a special needs school which can handle just about every special requirement. The school was founded by two doctors. It accommodates mild to severe learning disabilities as well as complex medical conditions.

Coutin School, Canoga Park, CA
"COUTIN SCHOOL has been in existence since 1978. It has grown over the years to accomodate up to 85 students between the ages of 5 and 18. The average size is between 10-14 students per credentialed teacher and part-time assistant. COUTIN SCHOOL's target population is generally children who have special needs."

Crater Lake School, Sprague River, OR
"Crater Lake School, a year-round, coed boarding school...serves students 14-18 suffering from attention-deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety disorder, oppositional/defiant disorder, bulimia, communications disorders, Tourette's Disorder, sexual acting out, and substance abuse."

Currey Ingram Academy, Nashville, TN
"We are a K-12 independent day school for children with learning differences. Our individualized program, low student to teacher ratio, and research-based educational approach to teaching allow our students to reach their full potential."

Denver Academy, Denver, CO
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 1-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Denver Academy serves students with learning differences. The upper school has a college preparatory curriculum as well as a core and a progressive curriculum. The school was established in 1972.

DePaul Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: N-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: DePaul Institute serves children with hearing impairments. Specialized training and credentialed teachers make this school world-famous for its success in teaching and mainstreaming its students.

Devereux Glenholme School, Washington, CT
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 5 - 12
School Type: Coeducational/Boarding school
Comments: Glenholme operates 12 months of the year providing special education, therapeutic and treatment services for approximately 100 students. The school is well-known for its arts and equestrian programs.

Dore Academy, Charlotte, NC
"The Academy, a private, comprehensive (grades 1-12) day school, was the first school in the state to be devoted to children with learning challenges. Founded 26 years ago, Dore Academy serves as an important educational resource for the greater Charlotte area, enrolling students from both Carolinas, 21 cities, and 8 counties."

Eagle Hill School, Greenwich, CT
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 1-9
School Type: Coeducational, day/boarding school
Comments: Eagle Hill services the tri-state area with a language-based, remedial program designed to help students with learning disabilities. The learning environment is ungraded and non-competitive allowing children to learn in their own individual way and to develop confidence.

Eagle Hill School, Hardwick, MA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 8-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Eagle Hill School serves students who have learning disabilities. The school was founded in 1967.

Eagle Hill-Southport, Southport , CT
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 3-9
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Eagle Hill-Southport is not affiliated with Eagle Hill School in Greenwich but it does share a similar purpose. The school provides specialized programs for children with learning disabilities.

Elan School, Poland Spring, ME
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 8-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Elan School serves adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. The school's program offers individual attention and counseling. It was founded in 1970.

Excel Academy, Conroe, TX
"Excel Academy, a boarding school for boys and girls, combines academic intensity with a strong culture of personal responsibility to serve emotionally or behaviorally challenged teenagers."

Excel Academy, Fort Worth, TX
"Highly structured boarding school for teens struggling academically or behaviorally. Family-style living with strong 12-step philosophy. Staff serves as role models. Positive peer pressure emphasizing personal responsibility."

The Fenster School of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ
"As a transition school for better grades or for college placement, Fenster provides a structured educational environment that encourages success."

The Fletcher School, Charlotte, NC
"The mission of The Fletcher School is to identify the needs and potential of students with specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders and to provide a comprehensive education program to prepare them and their families for the next step in the student’s education."

F.L. Chamberlain School, Middleborough, MA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 5-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: F.L. Chamberlain School provides a wide range of programs for children with emotional as well as developmental issues. The school offers a flying program as well as an academic curriculum which meets state requirements for graduation.

The Forman School, Litchfield, CT
Religious affiliation: Non-sectarian
Grades: 8-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Forman is one of the oldest schools specializing in college prep for students with identified language-based and other learning difficulties. 16 inter-scholastic sports including kayaking and a pristine Litchfield County setting 2 hours from Manhattan.

The Foundation Schools, Rockville, MD
"The Foundation Schools serve the special education needs of students with emotional disturbance.  Rooted in the Mastery Learning Philosophy, programs are designed and operated to meet the educational and clinical needs of students with emotional disturbance and their families."

The Frost Center, Rockville, MD
"Our 12 month school program serves students from ages 6 to 21 who need a supportive and structured environment, combining academic instruction, daily therapy, and weekly family therapy meetings."

Glenforest School, Cayce, SC
"We specialize in students who are underachievers in a traditional setting, as well as those with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity."

Greenhills School, Winston-Salem, NC
K-12. Specializing in learning disabilities.

The Gow School, South Wales, NY
"The Gow School was founded in 1926 by Peter Gow, a respected educator from Buffalo. From its beginning the mission of the school has been to remediate dyslexic young men."

The Greenwood School, Putney, VT
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 3-8
School Type: Boys, boarding/day school
Comments: The Greenwood School serves boys with learning differences and learning disabilities. The school was founded in 1978.

Great Lakes Academy, Plano, TX
"The mission of Great Lakes Academy, located in Plano, Texas, is to provide a positive and nurturing academic environment for students diagnosed ADD/ADHD or with other Learning Differences. It is our belief that ADD/ADHD children not only learn differently, but that they require a positive nurturing environment with individualized instruction."

Guilford Day School, Greensboro
"The mission of Guilford Day School is to enable students with specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders with average to above average intellect to reach their highest potential by establishing and maintaining a safe, supportive, and positive educational setting that creates opportunities for success, challenges expectations..."

The Hadley School for the Blind, Winnetka, IL
"Single largest worldwide educator of blind and visually impaired individuals. Tuition-free."

Harmony Heights School, Oyster Bay, NY
"Harmony Heights is a therapeutic residential and day school for teenage girls with special emotional needs that cannot be adequately served in the standard high school setting."

Hidden Lake Academy, Dahlonega, GA
"HLA was founded...in response to the overwhelming need for a school that would fill the existing gaps between services provided by residential treatment centers, group homes and traditional boarding schools."

The Hill Center, Durham, NC
"Founded in 1977, we are one of the Southeast's oldest and largest schools for high potential students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder."

The Howard School, Atlanta, GA
"The Howard School pioneered the development of educational and assessment programs for individuals with language-learning disabilities and/or differences. The school continues to be a leader in innovative programming for these individuals."

Humanex Academy, Englewood
"Established in 1983 we have helped hundreds of high school students graduate who were struggling. With our small class sizes, caring staff, and individualized learning we can find the program which will meet your needs."

Idaho Youth Ranch, Boise, ID
"The Idaho Youth Ranch provides residential treatment, group homes, adoption and other services for troubled, disturbed, delinquent or abused children and adolescents."

Illinois Center for Autism, Fairview Heights, IL
"A not-for-profit, community-based, mental health treatment, and educational agency dedicated to serving people with autism. Referrals are made through local school districts, hospitals, regional special education centers, and doctors.Clients attend ICA at no cost to parents or guardians."

The Ivymount School, Rockville, MD
"The Ivymount School provides educational and therapeutic programs for students with special needs ages three through twenty-one."

Janice Mitchell Isbell Academy, Huntsville, AL
"The Janice Mitchell Isbell Academy opened its doors in August 2001 to serve students with learning disabilities or who are performing below grade level. The students return to there private or public school ready and able to compete and succeed academically."

Judge Rotenberg Center, Canton, MA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 2-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Judge Rotenberg Center is a special needs school which offers schooling and "treatment to both high-functioning students with conduct, behavior, emotional, and/or psychiatric problems and low-functioning students with autistic-like behaviors."

The Kingsbury Center, Washington, DC
The Kingsbury Center is the oldest educational institution in the Washington, D.C. area to address the special needs of young children, adolescents, and adults who experience learning difficulties.

The Lab School of Washington, DC
Founded in 1967 by Sally L. Smith, The Lab School of Washington is internationally recognized for its innovative programs for children and adults with learning disabilities.

Landmark East School, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
"Since 1979, Landmark East has been meeting the needs of students age 11 to 19 years diagnosed with learning disabilities, including dyslexia and attention deficit disorder through its Middle and High School programs."

Landmark School, Prides Crossing, MA
"Landmark is a co-educational, residential and day school for emotionally stable students who have been diagnosed as having a specific learning disability/dyslexia."

Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, Washington, DC
"JPKI crafts solutions to the challenges people with disabilities and their families face across the lifespan, in early childhood intervention, school inclusion, independent community living, adult education, employment and family supports."

Linden Hill School, Northfield, MA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 4-9
School Type: Boys, boarding/day school
Comments:
Linden Hill School founded in 1961, is the nation's oldest boarding school of its kind for the remediation of dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Little Keswick School, Inc., Keswick, VA
"Since its founding in 1963, Little Keswick School has provided a quality education for boys seven through seventeen years old who have learning, emotional, or behavioral difficulties."

Mastery Academy, Mississauga, Ontario
"Mastery Academy is a small private school dedicated to the re-education of students with learning differences (commonly known as Learning Disabilities)."

The Melmark Schools, Berwyn, PA and Woburn, MA
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian Grades: 1-12 School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school Comments: The Melmark Schools offer "residential, educational, therapeutic, and recreational services for children and adults with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, acquired brain injury, other neurological and genetic disorders."

Model Secondary School for the Deaf, Northeast, DC
"The Model Secondary School for the Deaf provides a comprehensive day and residential four-year high school program for students from various states and United States territories."

Mount Bachelor Academy, Prineville, OR
"Provides a well-rounded academic and emotional growth curriculum  designed for children who may have had behavioral, emotional or motivational problems or learning disabilities."

New Haven, Provo, UT
"New Haven is a therapeutically intense treatment center in a structured home environment, with supervision, acceptance and positive support for all students and their families." Female residential treatment center.

New Leaf Academy, Bend, OR
"New Leaf is a therapeutic boarding school that offers a safe, nurturing environment for struggling middle school age girls. At the time of admission, our students are over 10 and under 14 years of age."

The New York Institute for Special Education, New York, NY
"Programs designed specifically for students with learning and emotional disabilities."

North Star Center Bend, OR
"A young-adult transitional-living program specializing in assisting struggling students with high school completion, college-prep and college-level courses."

Normative Services, Inc., Sheridan, WY
"NSI provides residential treatment, as well as a full continuum of treatment services for troubled or at risk youth and their families. Our students are primarily from the western and midwestern states, but referrals are welcome from any region."

Oak Creek Ranch School, West Sedona, AZ
"We are proud to offer both a general and college preparatory curriculum serving the needs of the discouraged learner."

Oakland School, Keswick, VA
"Oakland School is a small co-ed boarding and day school that enables children who have dyslexia, learning disabilities, or organizational and study skills difficulties to reach their academic and personal potential."

Oakwood School, Annandale, VA
"Oakwood School, founded in 1971 is a private, non-profit, co-educational day school for elementary and middle school students with mild to moderate learning differences. Our students are of average to above average potential and exhibit a discrepancy between their potential and their current level of achievement."

Oral Deaf Education Schools
"Deaf children can learn to talk! The new technology available today through modern hearing aids and cochlear implants provides enough access to sound that, with appropriate instruction at Oral Deaf Education Schools, most deaf children can learn to talk. Here, you will find specific information about these schools and their programs and services."

The Oxford Academy, Westbrook, CT
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-PG
School Type: Boys, boarding school
Comments: The Oxford Academy is a college preparatory school which has been helping young men achieve their full potential since 1906.

Pathways Academy, Marietta
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 1-6
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Pathways Academy serves students who have dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties. The school is accredited and uses the Wilson Program.

The Phelps School, Malvern, PA
"Life at Phelps is a creative blend of a caring structure and freedom, designed to promote a sense of responsibility and self-growth necessary in our increasingly complex world. "

The Piedmont School, Inc., High Point, NC
"The Piedmont School is a Non-Profit Organization providing a unique, essential service to children in our community with learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder AD(H)D."

The Porter School, Roswell, GA
"The Porter School offers a unique and special place for children with learning issues."

Red Top Meadows, Wilson, WY
"Red Top Meadows is a private, non-profit Residential Treatment Program and Therapeutic Wilderness Program that provides services for emotionally and/or behaviorally challenged adolescent boys."

Rocklyn Academy, Meaford, Ontario
"Rocklyn Academy is a unique residential secondary school for adolescent girls, grades 9-OAC, who are expressing reluctance or defiance in attending or profiting from a traditional school setting."

Saint Joseph Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, MO
"St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, founded in 1837, is a private, day and residential school for severely and profoundly hearing-impaired children, from age 3 through 8th grade."

The Schenck School, Atlanta, GA
"In 1959, The Schenck School was founded by David Schenck as the first school in the Southeast to teach children with learning and dyslexia-related disabilities that cause difficulty with reading and specific language skills."

The Siena School, Silver Spring, MD
"The Siena School offers a rich educational program for bright, college-bound students who are challenged by language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia."

South Dakota School for the Deaf, Sioux Falls, SD
"The South Dakota School for the Deaf is the statewide resource for the education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the state of South Dakota."

Starr Commonwealth
"Starr Commonwealth is a private, non-profit service organization that works for the betterment of children, teens and families. It strives to change personal outcomes, one individual at a time. The staff at Starr Commonwealth believes in the power of relationships to make positive changes in children’s lives."

Stewart Home School, Frankfort, KY
"For five successive generations the Stewart family has provided a setting for an enriched lifestyle for mentally challenged children and adults."

Stone Mountain School, Black Mountain, NC
"Stone Mountain School at Camp Elliott is licensed to provide long-term residential care in an outdoor environment."

Storm King School, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
"The Storm King School is a coeducational, college preparatory boarding and day school with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles. "

The Summit School, Edgewater, MD
"The Summit School is located in Edgewater, Maryland.  Summit is a place where bright students  with learning differences can achieve up to their full potential."

Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, San Antonio, TX
"The school strives to teach children with mild to profound hearing loss to communicate naturally and effectively with intelligible speech and pleasant-sounding voices."

Three Springs, Inc., Huntsville, AL
"Three Springs offers a wide variety of programs to accommodate the needs of troubled children."

The Timber Ridge School, Winchester, VA
"Timber Ridge School is a licensed residential treatment center and accredited school serving young men with a history of serious emotional, learning, and behavioral difficulties."

The Treatment and Learning Centers, Rockville, MD
"A non-public day school for children with language and learning disabilities, from kindergarten through eighth grade."

Triad Academy, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC
"Triad Academy was established in 1995 by a small group of parents who were frustrated by the lack of educational opportunities for their children with learning differences. From that handful of parents and teachers, we have grown to a student body of 65 first through twelfth graders served by a faculty and staff of 17."

Turn About Ranch, Escalante, UT
"Turn-About Ranch is a short-term, high-impact therapy program that emphasizes family values and relationships. This co-ed program is located on a cattle ranch in Escalante, Utah and accepts students between the ages of 12 to 18."

Trident Academy, Mount Pleasant, SC
"Trident Academy is an independent school for K-12th grade students with diagnosed learning disabilities who have average to above average intelligence and are free of emotional disturbance. With an overall teacher/student ratio of 1:4, our students thrive on the individual attention we offer."

The Vanguard School, Lake Wales, FL
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 5-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Vanguard School serves students with special needs such as learning differences and challenges. It is a small school offering a supportive, personalized learning environment.

The Vincent Smith School, Port Washington, NY
Religious affiliation: Non-sectarian
Grades: 4-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Vincent Smith School is a special needs school which has served the Long Island, New York area since 1924.

The Woodhall School, Bethlehem, CT
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, residential school
Comments: The Woodhall School specializes in teaching young men to achieve their full potential. This is a small school where a boy receives the kind of individualized attention which makes a difference.

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