For some parents, selecting a school for their child is a very lengthy, detailed process. For other parents, enrolling their child in their local school is the only option that they considered. Either way, once school has started, many parents begin to wonder if their child’s school is meeting their needs and maximizing their learning potential.
What if your original school choice is not working? What if you have a nagging feeling that a change is necessary?
If you recognize yourself and your child in the descriptions below, a school change may be the BEST decision you ever make.
- Your child is reluctant to go to school, especially on Monday.
- Your child is weary and unhappy at the end of most school days.
- You spend several hours after school trying to reteach your child.
- Your child is stuck in a cycle of underachievement or failure.
- You observe your child’s self-confidence diminishing with each passing year
- Your child is complaining that school is boring and learning is not fun
- Your child feels that teachers don’t care or don’t listen.
- Your child lacks close friends at school and feels different than the other kids
- Your child is stressed out and struggles to be independent, organized, and self-directed.
For many parents, making a school change seems like an overwhelming task. Taking charge of the situation is the best decision you can make for your child. The right school is a place where your child feels accepted, supported, and receives a healthy level of academic challenge. Balancing academic and social needs is an important factor to consider when selecting a school.
If your child struggles in school or has a learning difference, being proactive is imperative for their success. National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) advises that parents consider what you know about how your child learns best, what her or his major learning challenges are, any social issues that get in your child’s way, your child’s interests and passions, and teaching techniques or strategies that help your child succeed. NCLD also recommends that you talk with teachers and administrators who know your child best. It’s also crucial to talk with other parents of children with learning differences, both at your current school and at other schools.
For more information from NCLD about selecting a school, click here.
You might also consider contacting local experts on education and learning differences, such as The Summit School or the Summit Resource Center. Summit Resource Center offers consultations, diagnostic testing, tutoring, and summer camps.
Learn more about The Summit School at an Open House on Wednesday, May 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
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For more than 25 years, The Summit School has changed the lives of bright students with dyslexia and other learning differences. Widely recognized for academic excellence and research-based methodologies, The Summit School empowers students and prepares them for success in high school and beyond. With a strong foundation, the possibilities are endless. If you suspect that your child has a learning difference, contact the experts at The Summit School and Summit Resource Center at 410-798-0005 or visit www.thesummitschool.org.
By Dr. Joan A. Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, Executive Director of The Summit School