I highly recommend that parents take a look at Stanbridge Academy for their students with learning disabilities or executive function deficits. I am the parent of a high school student with Aspergers Syndrome in his third year at Stanbridge after attending two other independent, special needs schools in the Bay Area. While there is no such thing as a perfect school (just as there are no perfect parents), we believe that Stanbridge is the best educational environment for our son with the highest concentration of committed, energetic teachers who really engage, understand and care about the kids. In particular, Stanbridge is the first school where the administration and teachers made an effort to address my son’s strength in math in addition to his deficits, going so far as to set up a class with just 4 students who were ready for high school math in 7th and 8th grade.
My heart goes out to the parents who posted negative reviews on this site; I know what it’s like to find your child in a situation that doesn’t work for him or her. Finding the right school fit for any learning disabled student and family expectations is critical and challenging. While I don’t doubt the validity of someone else’s experience, my own has been that Stanbridge is a wonderful school with teachers, counselors, therapists and other professionals committed to educating and bringing out the best in our children with integrity and respect for their individuality. Tuition is high, but necessary to cover the cost of a low student to teacher ratio, experiential program, and ancillary services provided by the school (speech therapy, counseling, assistive technology, etc.). My son commutes to Stanbridge with two other students every day from Oakland even though there are other closer alternatives. The time and effort of the 70 mile roundtrip commute, however, is more than worth it for what Stanbridge does for my son.