What is the philosophy of your program?We believe that learning disabilities and ADHD are differences in how children process information that make it difficult for them to learn by traditional instructional methods. The particular set of learning strengths and weaknesses varies from child-to-child. We believe that instruction must be individualized to match each child’s strengths and weaknesses. Understanding how a child learns and knowing what strategies minimize the problems are important to the teacher, the parent, and the child. While learning disabilities do not get “fixed,” the children do learn how to learn despite their differences in processing information.
What kinds of children do you have at The John Crosland School?Our students have mild to moderate learning disabilities and average to very superior intelligence. Our admissions policy is fairly broad and examines a range of criteria, but we do not accept behaviorally or emotionally disabled students. Our goal is that children leaving will be able to learn in a regular education setting.
What are the qualifications of your teachers?All teachers at Crosland are specialists in their academic areas and are trained to teach learning disabled children. Crosland requires and provides annual professional development and continuing education opportunities for faculty. This ensures that faculty continuously hones their teaching skills and stay informed of trends, techniques and curricular advancements among our student population.
How do you decide if a child is "right" for your program?We carefully examine the comprehensive diagnostic evaluation to make certain there is a mild to moderate learning disability or ADHD. The prospective student is interviewed and participates in a three day visit. This provides Crosland with an honest assessment of the child’s specific academic weaknesses.
How long do children stay in your program?The average length of stay is about three years. Some children leave after two years, while others stay the remainder of their academic careers.
What do you expect from the parents of children at Crosland?We hope that parents are active participants in their child’s education. We offer individual conferences to assist parents in understanding how their child learns, and what parents can do outside of Crosland to encourage the academic success of their child.
What happens to children when they leave?Most children return to regular education settings. Some go into transition programs in private schools and others continue to receive special services within their regular education settings. Many of our students go on to attend two and four year colleges.
Do parents get assistance in selecting a new school?Yes. Crosland has an educational placement team who is available to assist families of children leaving the school. In addition, division heads, teachers, and the school counselor meet with parents to discuss the learning needs of the student and suggest schools with an appropriate curriculum based on his/her needs.
How do children do when they leave?Parents and teachers typically report that their child is doing well and succeeding in their endeavors.