November 9, 2017 Jennifer C. Roig M.Ed

When is the right time to switch to a specialized school?

Your local school is close by and probably where most of the neighborhood kids go. But, it’s not the only option if your child has learning and attention issues. If you child has been struggling in school, no matter the individual attention they receive from teachers, it may be time to think about making the switch to a specialized school.

Does my child need a specialized school?

Have you wondered if a new school would be better for your child with ADHD or learning disabilities? Is she making academic progress, or is she falling behind in classes? Is he socially engaged with his classmates, or isolated and unhappy? Has the school contacted you when he is having behavior difficulties? Is she is danger of repeating the grade level?

While not all of these difficulties mean it’s time to change schools, it is important to address these academic, social and behavioral issues. Start by determining the level of support your child needs and ask yourself if they need a specialized school. This could be a school that focuses on specific learning issues like dyslexia or learning disabilities.

When is the right time to switch to a specialized school?

In reality, there is no “right” time to switch to a specialized school. It is different for everyone and depends on what works best for your child. We encourage you to do research on the school and see what their policies are on year-round enrollment.

Research the school

If your child has learning disabilities or ADHD, it’s safe to assume that one of your top priorities is finding a school that will cater to their learning style. To really get a feel of the school, you need to be asking the right questions. Don’t know what questions to ask? Start with these:

 

 

  • How big is the school? You’ll want to know how many grade levels a school has, as well as how many students are enrolled in each. It’s also important to ask about the physical size of the school. If your child has memory challenges, as many children with ADHD do, you’ll want to know that he can find his way around.
  • How large are the classes? Class size is an important factor to consider — especially for students with ADHD or learning disabilities. Smaller class sizes generally means a quieter classroom, less distraction, and more individualized attention for each student.  
  • How flexible is the school? Will the school adapt to your child’s learning style? Provide accommodations like getting extra time for tests? Instead of settling for a simple “yes”, ask the school for specific examples of how it has accommodated other students in the past. This is especially important for students with ADHD that often lack skills for academic success, such as organization, study skills, and test-taking ability.

 

About The Roig Academy

The Roig Academy is a small school in Florida that specializes in teaching students with ADHD and learning disabilities like dyslexia. We serve approximately 100 students in Pre-K through 8th grade on a 2-acre campus located on the outskirts of Pinecrest. Our student to faculty ratio is 7 to 1 and our classes range in size from one-on-one tutorial to ten students. Our small class sizes allow teachers to deliver a flexible and customized education to each student. Further, we offer year round enrollment (providing space is available) for students that are struggling and find learning in a larger mainstream environment to be unsuccessful. Our students make immediate academic gains without compromising the remainder of a school year.