Charles Armstrong School
Charles Armstrong School unlocks the unique potential of students with dyslexia and related learning differences, changing the trajectory of their lives.
My son was diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD ( inattentive) in first grade. He was attending a “ progressive “ private school in Oakland and they were unwilling and unequipped to provide support for my son - as are most schools. The problem is that most learning specialists are not trained in the proven methodologies that support and instruct kids with Dyslexia. In fact, the trend these days is for learning specialists to support teachers - not necessarily students. You might get a “ pull-out” a few times a week but that wont help your child. Early intervention is crucial. Many studies have shown that early intervention can even “rewire” neuro pathways. Check out UCSF’s brain imaging study on Dyslexia.
We sent our son to Charles Armstrong for three years and it was well worth the sacrifice. He is now a 6th grader at The Berkeley School and thriving. TBS is a wonderful community and a school that really and truly embraces diversity in all forms. The school is working on more ways to support neuro-diverse students because the leadership understands that a diverse classroom helps develop deeper learning. TBS also has a project based curriculum, which really works well for Dyslexic students. Our son still needs some outside support but the school makes it easy and welcomes all types of scaffolding that students depend on.
If you are not going to send your child to a school that focuses on remediation of Dyslexia, then I encourage you to hire an educational therapist who is trained in Making Math Real, Orton-Gillingham, and or Slingerland. The Berkeley School provides an environment where your child’s strengths will be highlighted and their challenges will be supported. Unlike many private schools - they welcome students who learn and think in different ways. I encourage you to contact Stephen Cahill ( learning support coordinator) at the Berkeley School. He welcomes the opportunity to discuss the school’s strategies for different learners - I’ve never encountered a more engaged and forward thinking educator !
I'm sorry for your troubles. We have a 9 year with dyslexia. It is encouraging to find that Lindamood bell helped. Some info. If you want to go full on dyslexic school, there are many from the east bay that carpool to Charles Amrstrong in Belmont. It is 200 kids all dyslexic. And ADHD often goes along with it. No bullying. And my son is convinced he is super smart. Some parents go for a cloupke of years. In public school, it was hard to fight for resources once my son reached "grade level". Private schools you might choose nice and small. You will likely have to supplement.
Two programs. Foundations is used at Berkeley School. 1 st to 3 Rd. And that is the program Amrstrong uses. Math made real is used at several schools and is based in Berkeley. We found there was not one solution but decided private plus supplement worked for our son.
Some ideas for your son. Other famous dyslexics? In London in told the reserve a track for dyslexics at the top schools because so many are Brillant at math and science. Finding places where he can succeed in other areas.
Also Debbie Vielbaum former head of admission ls at Charles Armatrong has a consulting practice under Vielbaum consulting. She has worked with famikies transitioning out of Amrstrong into public and private.
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My friend's child is severely dyslexic and they are looking at the Charles Armstrong school in Belmont, which targets dyslexic kids. So you might want to check into that one too.
Charles Armstrong has a great middle school. However, commuting from the east bay can be exhausting. Feel free to call the school, and ask to speak to east bay parents. There are several that go there each year. anon