A place where students can excel is necessary for all. For those with special needs, it is even more important.
Gateway Academy, an alternative school in Houston, Texas, serves 7th-12th graders with special needs. The disorders of the students range from autism, Asperger’s, dyslexia and ADHD.
Many of the students of this school had recently left their traditional public schools because they were teased or bullied. That, in addition to their learning disabilities was leading many of the students towards failure, with a slim chance of ever graduating.
This small private school recently celebrated its six graduates with a small ceremony. Since its start only 4 years ago, the campus is already expecting to move into a $1.4 million facility by the fall.
Even though the school has only 40 students and 15 staff members, the small size makes it more intimate and focused for the students. With intense social-skills training and daily study skills classes, there are more opportunities for students to succeed at this school.
There are some differences in the way the school is run. For example, students are required to exercise for at least 30 minutes each morning and some are given small breaks throughout the day to help with concentration problems. Students are given a different environment that is geared towards their different lifestyle behaviors.
Gateway Academy graduates are confident that they will leave the school prepared to enter the workforce or continue with their education in colleges, options that may have not been available to them from other schools.
You can read more about the Gateway Academy by clicking here.
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