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Getting Mad About Schools - I have spent a lot of time in the
worst schools. What strikes me is how little anger is ever expressed
about the mediocre lessons, low standards and decrepit conditions that
characterize such places. When I ask good teachers why more is not
being done, it can't be helped, they say. Getting mad won't do any
good. But when Mike Feinberg became angry and did something
outrageous, it did make a difference and after several other such
episodes him -- he and his young and energetic staff had produced the
greatest gains for low-income students anywhere in Houston, or the
country for that matter.
Alliance for Charter School Reform (MACSR) - MACSR is an
alliance of individuals and organizations working to improve public
oversight of Michigan charter schools (public school academies),
charter school management companies, and authorizing institutions.
Assessing the KIPP Schools: A New Perspective - Richard
Rothstein has just published with three co-authors a short piece on
the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), the nation's most interesting
and most successful response so far to the problem of low achievement
in inner city and rural public schools. What is most important about
Rothstein's article is that it leaves intact, and I think in some ways
strengthens, KIPP's reputation for significantly raising the reading
and math abilities of low-income children. It also makes a good case
-- without actually trying to do so -- for introducing into all
low-performing schools KIPP's longer school days and year, stronger
motivational techniques and better principal and teacher recruitment
Successful Charter Schools
USDOE, October 15, 2004
Twelve years after the first charter school was launched, nearly
3,000 charter schools nationwide serve as beacons of public school
innovation and reform due to an unprecedented combination of freedom
and accountability: freedom to lengthen the school day, require dress
codes, put teachers on school boards, and adopt any instructional
practice that will help achieve the mission of building the skills
students need to succeed in today's world. How these schools have
boosted student achievement is the focus of a new guide from the U.S.
Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement.
Successful Charter Schools offers practical advice and concrete
examples from eight charter schools, all of which are meeting state
standards of accountability for all students under the No Child Left
Behind Act. The charter schools range from those educating urban
students in largely underserved public schools to those serving
parents in more affluent communities who want an alternative to the
local public school program. The first of two sections provides an
overview of common elements, including organizational structure,
leadership and mission, novel curricula and programs, efforts to
promote a community of continuous learning, partnerships and
accountability for results. It also includes such illustrative samples
as one school's list of parent involvement activities for which
parents commit to serve 20 hours annually. The second section provides
rich descriptions about each of the schools featured, which include
The Arts and Technology Academy Public Charter School, Washington,
D.C.; BASIS School, Inc., Tuscon, Ariz.; Community of Peace Academy,
St. Paul, Minn.; KIPP Academy Houston, Houston, Texas; Oglethorpe
Charter School, Savannah, Ga.; Ralph A. Gates Elementary School, Lake
Forest, Calif.; Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, Boston, Mass.; and
The School of Arts and Sciences, Tallahassee, Fla. For a free copy of
Successful Charter Schools, while supplies last, contact the
Department's publications center at 1-877-4ED-PUBS with identification
number EU 0109P.
Michigan Public School
Academies (Charter Schools) Q&A -
click here (PDF).
Find a charter school
in your area:
Michigan Association of Public School Academies:
Another Parent: An
report on Michigan charter schools. (Chapter three is about
special education in Michigan charters.)
Resource From Another Parent:
"What's Public About
Charter Schools" by Gary Miron and Chris Nelson (Corwin Press, 2000)
Book contains updated data and provides a more lengthy discussion of
the policy implications.
Website: Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)
- KIPP is a national, non-profit
organization that trains school leaders to open and run academically
rigorous public schools. Our schools provide historically
underserved students with the knowledge, skills, and character needed
to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive
Directory of Michigan Public School
Schools: The Ins and Outs - A charter
school is a public school created by a formal agreement (charter)
between an individual or group of individuals and a local school
district, state or independent governing board.
Information on charter schools can be found at:
The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)
- For many years AERO has been helping people who want to
start new educational alternatives from many different approaches,
including democratic schools, homeschool resource centers, public and
private alternatives, charter schools and more. AERO provides
information, resources and guidance through books, magazines,
software, on-line services, consultations, support groups, and
organizational information and seminars in the field of alternative
Related to Charter, Alternative, and Private Schools
Seven Schools for Troubled Teens - Say your teenager has
skidded off the college-bound track, and you’re worried about
everything from substance-abuse issues and inappropriate sexual
activity to behavior problems and emotional struggles. If you’ve
reached the stressed-out point of considering a boarding school
designed to help turn your child’s life around, Dave Marcus has
assembled this short list of boarding schools he thinks do a
particularly good job of helping kids get back on track.
School of Shock - Eight states are
sending autistic, mentally retarded, and emotionally troubled kids
to a facility that punishes them with painful electric shocks. How
many times do you have to zap a child before it's torture? The
Rotenberg Center is the only facility in the country that
disciplines students by shocking them. Over its 36-year history, six
children have died in its care, prompting numerous lawsuits and
government investigations. Last year, New York state investigators
filed a blistering report that made the place sound like a high
school version of Abu Ghraib. Yet the program continues to thrive --
in large part because no one except desperate parents, and a few
state legislators, seems to care about what happens to the hundreds
of kids who pass through its gates.
Vision For A New Way
- "A critical paradigm shift, which includes a change in
mindset and behavior, is needed for any school to be in the
forefront of providing effective options for children with
disabilities." The Vision For A New Way website is designed to
present a model for special education proposed by the Michigan
Association of Public School Academies. It includes Tool Kits on
Instructional Strategies, Technical Assistance Resources, Parent
Resource Center, Building a Terrific Relationship with Your ISD, and
Administration. It also includes current educational grant
opportunities, special education resources and opportunities for
Charter High Schools:
Closing the Gap in Charter High Schools -
The U.S. Department of Education recently published a new guide
that focuses on eight charter high schools that are raising the
achievement levels of traditionally underserved student populations.
The guide, Charter High Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap,
reveals how these schools are using innovative instructional
approaches to close the gap between the highest-performing students
and those lagging behind. As independent public schools operating with
more freedom than their traditional counterparts, charter schools
promise greater academic results by developing creative solutions to
the problems faced by many public high schools. The schools profiled
in the guide are distinctively diverse but share six characteristics.
They: are mission-driven; focus on college preparation; teach for
mastery; provide support to students; value professional learning; and
hold themselves accountable. The schools
were chosen from over 400 charter high schools that are meeting
academic targets under the No Child Left Behind Act and are closing
achievement gaps by holding students to high academic standards. They
are: Gateway High School (Calif.); Media and Technology Charter High
School (Mass.); Minnesota New Country School; North Star Academy
Charter School of Newark (N.J.); The Preuss School (Calif.); The SEED
Public Charter School (District of Columbia); Toledo School for the
Arts (Ohio); and YES College Preparatory School (Texas).
For a free copy of the guide, call 1-877-4ED-PUBS with
identification number ED002720P, while supplies last, or visit
Detroit Parents See Charters as Best Hope for Kids - The area is so
downtrodden, it's a surprise to anyone approaching University Preparatory High
School, a stunning collection of glass and metal soaring above its dingy
neighbors. University Prep, a charter school, is seeking the answer to one of
this nation's biggest mysteries: how to get more urban kids to finish high
school and go on to college.
Implementing the Secret of Success - Experiment aims to motivate urban
youths to achieve. Across I-94 from Wayne State University is a neighborhood of
rundown houses cut up into rundown apartments. The area is so downtrodden, it's
a surprise to anyone approaching University Preparatory High School, a stunning
collection of glass and metal soaring above its dingy neighbors.
LOOKING FOR A BETTER EDUCATION:
Unhappy Parents Go Back To DPS - Charter schools promise, don't deliver,
they say. While thousands have left the Detroit Public Schools, some have
returned with horror stories about their charter school experiences. Parents
complain about uncertified teachers, high teacher turnover and unkept promises.
Moneymaking Charters Have Few Checks - A fringe benefit of attending a
charter school run by a company called Charter School Administrative Services
has been that selected students get to visit a chic mansion outside of Atlanta.
At-risk Kids Get Education Boost - Commerce Twp. middle-schoolers
who struggle get help in alternative program. When Kandiss Keller tried to
understand her homework last year, she would often get frustrated and give
up. This school year, she has the help of Skills for Success, an alternative
middle school program that meets twice a day, at the beginning and end of
the school day.
Alternative Schooling Not
Required, U.S. Court Rules - Although Michigan's constitution
guarantees the right to a free public elementary and secondary education,
neither it nor state law provides a right to alternative education for those
older than the drop-out age of 16, a panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of
Appeals ruled Monday in a case arising from the notorious 2000 murder of a
New Baltimore teen pizza worker.
Charter Schools: 10
Years of Success and Failure - A
decade after the first charter schools opened in Michigan, the
alternative public schools still inspire the same kind of debate they
did in 1994. Charter schools celebrated their 10-year anniversary this
week, but even after a decade of operation, there's no consensus on
their effectiveness. "We are basically right where we started," said
Michigan State University Professor David Plank, co-director of the
Education Policy Center.
Pioneering Charter School Remains Model for Success
- Ten years ago, a group of San Carlos parents and community
members took advantage of a new opportunity in public education: They
ripped apart California's 7,800-page education rule book and designed
a school as they saw fit.
Report Evaluates University-sponsored Schools;
Many CMU Charters Miss Progress Goals -
Central Michigan University, which sponsors about a third of Michigan's
charter schools, has the state's third-worst record at making "adequate
yearly progress" in its elementary charter programs.
No Child Puts Strain on Charters -
A Michigan Department of Education analysis shows charter schools
are more likely to face sanctions for failing to meet federal
standards than traditional schools and are less likely to have
Charter School Oversight Concerns State Legislators
- Legislators say they are paying attention to Walter
French Academy, whose closure this summer could affect whether
Michigan allows more university-run charter schools.
Academy's Tactics Worry Some Parents - Live Oak Academy is
by many accounts a model program housing 60 girls whose crimes deem
them to be a moderate threat to the community.
Authorizes Two New Charters -
Today, the Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) Board of Regents
authorized the establishment of two new charter schools in Michigan.
The Board also voted to authorize two existing schools.
Attorney General Rules On
Charter School Board Action - In response to a question
posed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Watkins,
Michigan Attorney General Mike COX today held the board of directors
of a Public School Academy may only conduct business so long as a
majority of its members are present.
Cox Rules Schools
Must Enroll Ex-charter School Students - Traditional public
school districts must enroll students within their boundaries who
leave public school academies and may not treat them as nonresidents,
Attorney General Michael Cox ruled Wednesday. He said the districts
must accept the students regardless of when in the academic year they
elect to transfer, importantly even after the official count day when
state aid is calculated.
How the Unions Killed a Dream - A
Philanthropist withdraws his offer to donate $200 million to Detroit's
inner city public schools. In 1999, an
unassuming Michigan road builder named Bob Thompson sold his
construction company for $442 million, an amount he and his wife Ellen
believed was far more than they needed for retirement.
AYP for Charter School Management Companies? - Schools managed by six companies fail to
perform as well as low-scoring traditional public schools.
LOCAL COMMENT: No logic in
adding charter schools - The other day, I was helping my
fifth-grade son do his math homework. For the math problem 2 5/6 times
3 2/3, he initially got an answer of 4 and a fraction. But he realized
it had to be wrong. He knew that just 2 times 3 equals 6. He applied
logic. Logic, unfortunately, does not seem to be incorporated into the
arguments of those seeking to dramatically increase the number of
charter schools. A current Senate bill provides for lifting the cap on
the number of schools universities can charter by 300 over the next 10
Opting out of Public Education
Private School Alternatives -
There comes a point for many families where public education is no
longer a viable option for their children. Perhaps services are too
limited, staff too oblivious to the child's needs, or a family just
feels that the constant negative environment is having a detrimental
effect of the child's self-esteem and love of learning. So what are
the choices beyond the neighborhood public school and how does a
family decide which is the best choice for a specific child?
Turns Fatal -
tough law on prone restraint that's banned in three states.
Troubled Kids, Far From Home -
Probing care, oversight at treatment centers.
Academy Loses Its Charter - A state board upheld findings by
Morrisville's school district. The online school will appeal.
At the Top of
the Class - KIPP programs could revolutionize
charter schools in poor districts—if they can just keep their grades up.
Public Boarding School Preps Inner-City Kids -
The students are all neatly dressed in
uniforms. The average classroom has 14 kids,
and each of them is prepared, engaged, and eager to learn.
Outside of class, students get regular exposure to
professionals in a variety of fields. In
other words, this place boasts many of the
advantages that you would find at any good private school.
That's what makes the SEED Public
Charter School of Washington, DC such a bold step in
Charters Planning to Open
Despite Watkins' Concerns - At least
one of the seven public school academies chartered by Bay Mills
Community College to open in the fall is moving ahead despite refusal
by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Watkins to recognize the
schools without proof the college can properly oversee them.
Top of the Class - KIPP programs
could revolutionize charter schools in poor districts—if they can just
keep their grades up.
Education's virtual transformation
- Welcome to the new face
of public education. Called virtual or cyber charter schools, the
programs combine public education, home schooling, virtual education
and big business.
Cox Allows Charter Schools With Multiple Locations (Gongwer, March
State Is Foolish to
Turn Down $500 Million Gifts to Education - Inflexible policy
blocks new Detroit schools and a college in Washtenaw County.
Fight for charter schools
continues in Michigan - Few issues in
education are as controversial as charter schools.
Involving Unilateral Placement:
Florence County Sch. Dist. IV v. Shannon Carter (510 U. S. 7)
- Shannon’s parents filed this suit in
July 1986, claiming that the school district had breached its duty
under IDEA to provide Shannon with a “free appropriate public
education,” § 1401(a)(18), and seeking reimbursement for tuition and
other costs incurred at Trident. After a bench trial, the District
Court ruled in the parents’ favor. The court held that the school
district’s proposed educational program and the achievement goals of
the IEP “were wholly inadequate” and failed to satisfy the
requirements of the Act. App. to Pet. for Cert 27a. The court further
held that “[a]lthough [Trident Academy] did not comply with all the
procedures outlined in [IDEA],” the school “provided Shannon an
excellent education in substantial compliance with all the substantive
requirements” of the statute. Id. at 37a.
Charter Bill Felled by
Impatient Senate, Plodding House
Charter school study finds support is
solid - MSU report may play role in effort to
lift current cap.
Regulations Could Push Up Charter Schools
Secretary Paige announced $198 million for helping set up,
develop, & expand charter schools & also for promoting the exchange of
information regarding what works to improve student performance.
Read the article from
MIRS 7/31/02 - Cyber'
Schools — Only A Matter Of Time?
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The National Association of Private
Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)
A non-profit association
whose mission is to represent private special education programs and
affiliated state associations and to ensure access for individuals
to appropriate private special education programs and services as
vital components of the special education continuum. The association
consists of private early intervention services, schools,
residential therapeutic centers, and adult living programs that
serve both privately and publicly placed individuals with
American Private Education
The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) is a coalition of
national organizations and state affiliates serving private
elementary and secondary schools. Founded in 1971 to provide a
coherent voice for private education, CAPE is dedicated to fostering
communication and cooperation within the private school community
and with the public sector to improve the quality of education for
all of the nation’s children.
A Christian boarding school for troubled teens providing a
residential Christian boys home alternative to teen boot camps and
Ann Arbor Academy
Profit School For Students With Special Learning
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734 747-6641
Fax: 734 747-9994
9252 Miller Rd.
Swartz Creek, MI
A one-room school
for K-12 devoted to providing an intimate, small-group approach to
learning which allows each student to progress at his or her own
rate. At the same time, the curriculum is academically very
advanced, including French for all levels, Science, History,
Geography, Grammar, Literature and more. Parents receive a report
card on their child's progress in academics and behavior weekly.
Field trips and special projects are also part of our program.
17100 Pioneer Boulevard, Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90701-2709
Toll Free: (888) 97-ASPEN
Aspen Education Group (AEG) is an organization that
is committed to improving the quality of life for youth and their
families. Headquartered in Cerritos, California. Aspen operates
forty-eight (48) programs in nine (9) states. Aspen has been
providing innovative quality educational programs that promote
academic and personal growth for over two decades. Provides
options of Special Ed Day Schools, Residential Programs,
Wilderness/Outdoors Programs and more.
Bellefaire JCB is a pioneer in the
care, treatment and education of young people and their families for
over 130 years. Some of the services and programs offered by
Bellefaire JCB include mental health focused residential treatment
for adolescents, foster care (including treatment/therapeutic),
independent living, adoption and many community- and school-based
JCB and Monarch School and Boarding Academy for Autism
22001 Fairmount Boulevard, Shaker
Heights, OH 44118
In 2000 Bellefaire JCB opened the doors of Monarch School for
Children and Adolescents with Autism. The goal of Monarch School is
to provide the ultimate in individualized programming for children
on the autism spectrum, helping them to reach their potential
academically and socially. In January 2004 we opened the Monarch
Boarding Academy. The Boarding Academy is a unique residential
program that extends the programming of Monarch School specifically
for children and teens on the autism spectrum into a residential
home setting. We provide highly individualized services for children
on all areas of the spectrum; however, children in the Boarding
Academy typically have more challenging needs that cannot be managed
in the home by the families or in the community. Through a
collaborative effort with Harvard Medical School, Children's
Hospital Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital, Monarch
Services for Children and Adolescents with Autism is developing a
state-of-the-art teaching model that is philosophy neutral and has
established itself as a Center of Excellence in teaching children
with autism. Bellefaire JCB and Monarch Boarding Academy are ISBE
School; Options Program at Brehm
A family style boarding school for students grades 6-12; a
community based post secondary program focusing on the transition to
college and/or career.
Eucalyptus Avenue, Hillsborough,
California 94010-6404 USA
Phone: (650) 696-7295
The Bridge School
is a non-profit organization whose
mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and
physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities
through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication
(AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the
development, implementation and dissemination of innovative
life-long educational strategies.
To request an
informational packet including application materials, e-mail
Joyce Cameron. Be sure to include your full mailing address.
1 Verney Drive
Greenfield, NH 03047
Phone: (603) 547-3311 ext. 394
Phone: (508) 644-36101 or (800) 840-8087
Providing quality residential, special education and
treatment services in a professionally caring, homelike environment
The Davidson Academy
of Nevada provides profoundly gifted middle and high school
students a structured and supervised educational program with access
to university classes, professors, laboratories, libraries, and
mentors. When students have earned their high school diploma, they
will have the opportunity to become fully matriculated students of
the University of Nevada, enrolled in the University’s Honors
Program while continuing to have all of the Davidson Academy
resources, support and counseling services as well as access to the
Academy’s facility until the end of the semester in which they turn
18 years old.
Offering the best, most affordable secular curriculum for pre-k to
eighth grade. We also offer on site classes in Flint, MI. Curriculum
is geared to each child's specific needs. Support, electives,
grading, filing, and transcripts are available.
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: (248) 642-1150
Fax: (248) 642-3670
345 Fortune Boulevard
Milford, MA 01757
Phone: (508) 478-2631
The Glenholme School
The Glenholme School is a special needs
school for students with behavioral and learning disabilities.
Located in Washington, CT.
The Gow School
The Gow School is a
preparatory school for those with dyslexia
or similar language based learning differences;
8700 East 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67226
Phone: (800) 835-1043
Memorial Foundation (Children's Facility)
1800 Heinzerling Drive
Columbus, OH 43223-3698
Phone: (614) 272-8888
Fax: (614) 272-9989
The Heinzerling Foundation is based on a developmental model, not
a medical model as is the case in hospitals and nursing homes. While
we recognize that the excellent medical care is a vital part of our
residents' well-being, we feel that educational, social,
recreational, therapeutic, and dietary needs are equally as
important for one's development and quality of life. Our residents
enjoy camping, zoo trips, movies, Kings Island trips, swimming,
dances, and other recreational activities. We encourage the families
of our residents to participate in the activities and welcome their
involvement in every aspect of their child's life.
$5,000 a month - is a medical tax write off if a doctor writes that
the school is needed. Also
health insurance will reimburse some when itemized bills provided by
the school are submitted.
Comment: "It was a life saver for our son and I would have chosen
it again. He is so self-regulated and his self-confidence has come
a long way. He has made good friends among students and staff. He
would never have had all the opportunities without this school. He
has grown emotionally, physically, and spiritually at HLA. He is
ready to move on to College now."
Lake Michigan Academy
2428 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Lake Michigan Academy is a state certified,
non-profit school for students with learning disabilities. We serve
first through twelfth grade students with average to above average
Learning Circle Academy
2075 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
Phone (248) 538-0115
Fax (248) 865-7670
Learning Circle Academy is the only school in southeastern Michigan
designed exclusively for students with complex learning
disabilities, which may also be accompanied by difficulties in
language processing, sensory integration, and social skills.
One Commerce Way
Norwood, MA 02062
May Institute is a private, nonprofit organization committed to
providing the highest standard of behavioral healthcare, education,
and rehabilitative services to individuals with autism, PDD, and
other developmental disabilities. Featured in the book, In Search of
America's Best Nonprofits (Jossey-Bass, 1997), May touches the lives
of 25,000 individuals and their families each year. An active center
of research and training, and maintains affiliations with more than
44 universities, hospitals, and human service agencies worldwide.
Mays Founder Plans Expansion - Founder of all-boys academy
expects to offer classes through 12th grade by 2006.
Berwyn, PA 19312
Phone: (888) MELMARK
Fax: (610) 353-4956
An educational program on an 80-acre country campus
with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, riding stables,
adaptive playground and recreation center. Our approved private day
and boarding school serves children ages 5-21 who have neurological
impairments, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, mild to
profound mental retardation, and/or challenging behaviors and
complex medical problems.
Oregon Campus Address and Contact
New Leaf Academy
PO Box 6454
Bend, Oregon 97708-6454
North Carolina Address and Contact Info:
New Leaf Academy
2075 N. Rugby Road
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28791
Toll Free: 866-479-LEAF (5323)
school for girls 11-14 who have been diagnosed with Attention
Deficit Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Tourette's
Syndrome/non-verbal type, mood, bi-polar or conduct disorder,
depression or anxiety with locations in Oregon and North Carolina.
Keswick, Virginia 22947
Oakland is a co-ed boarding and day school in central Virginia
for children with dyslexia, learning disabilities and other learning
162 Egypt Road
Norristown, PA 19403
Pathway's educational, clinical, and
residential programs are directed toward maximizing the potential of
young people who struggle with complex learning and neuropsychiatric
disorders. The diagnosis may include one or more of the following:
Asperger's Disorder or Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not
Otherwise Specified; Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, such as
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; and Tourette's Disorder. The
continuum of services within The Pathway School can be adjusted in
all program areas to provide the necessary support and structure to
stimulate personal growth and development.
Center for Blind Children
26530 Eureka Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone: (734) 946-7500
Fax: (734) 946-6707
You can visit anytime Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. No appointment is necessary. However, if you would like to
visit with a specific staff person or in the evening, please contact
Penrickton Center for Blind Children
was established in the City of Taylor, Michigan in 1952 by three
families ( Penman, Ricker and Wigginton) as a day nursery for blind
pre-schoolers because no such program existed. In the late 1950’s,
Penrickton Center added a 5-day residential program and currently
specialize in treating blind children ages one through twelve with a
least one additional handicap such as deafness, cerebral palsy,
brain damage, developmental delay and seizures. There is no charge
for the program.
51 Pottersville Road
Pottersville, NJ 07979
differently because girls learn differently"
Girls at Purnell benefit from an innovative advising program, small
classes and close relationships with both teachers and their peers.
Purnell accepts girls who will be happier and more successful in a
smaller setting. It is also a school for girls who are still trying
to discover their potential, or who may have found success elusive
in the past. We welcome girls with mild learning disabilities.
International students are encouraged to apply. Whatever her
background, a girl's talents are recognized and nurtured here and
all Purnell girls go to college.
4200 Lawrenceburg Road, Dept. B
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 227-4821
Progressive education, home environment for the
mentally challenged child and adult. Opportunity for educational
progress at any age - multiple recreational and social activities.
A year-round program with an active and full lifestyle among friends
on an 800-acre bluegrass estate. Established 1893.
2054 Mountainside Drive
Canada L7P 1A8
A private school in Burlington, Ontario for children with learning
disabilities and speech and language problems. Classes from Junior
Kindergarten to Grade Nine. TALC Academy offers a individualized
classroom program and daily one to one or small group support. There
goal is to work intensively with their students so that they can
return to the public school as successful learners. TALC Academy -
Where struggling students learn to succeed.
Questions and Answers on
Obligations of Public Agencies in Serving Children with Disabilities
Placed by Their Parents at Private Schools
Author: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special
Education Programs (OSEP), Year of
Publication: 2000, Length: 23 pages,
Annotation: This memo from OSEP responds to requests from the
field for guidance regarding the nature and extent of school
districts' obligations to parentally-placed private school children
with disabilities under Part B of IDEA.
Viewing/Ordering Info: Available online at:
View the online version of this document formatted as an FAQ by IDEA
You can also download the memo as a PDF file.
The document is also available as a text file or a PDF file from:
Kennedy Hope Academy
McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Mental Health Programs
30 Warren St.
Boston, MA 02135
The Kennedy Hope Academy is a 13-bed residential school providing
intensive treatment to children with pervasive developmental disorders
who have serious psychiatric illness or behavior problems. The program
brings together the longstanding commitment of Franciscan's pediatric
rehabilitation specialists and educators, as well as the resources and
psychiatric expertise of McLean Hospital.
Macomb Academy of Arts & Sciences
(Macomb County, MI) - School for
academically gifted or talented students;
click here for information on their student selection process.
"Meeting the needs of the academically talented with a curriculum of
integration and application."
1413 W. Grand River Avenue
Howell, MI 48843
Phone: (517) 552-0569
Fax: (517) 552-0468
Michigan Youth ChalleNGe
Attn: Admissions & Graduate Affairs Office
5500 Armstrong Drive, Bldg. 13
Battle Creek, MI 49016-1099
The MYC Academy is a
17.5-month, three phase program. Cadets start with a two week
Pre-Challenge phase at Fort Custer in Augusta, Michigan. Then, for 20
weeks they live, work, and study on-site with other 16-18 year old
cadets. In that 20 weeks, they will receive 400 hours of
classroom instruction to prepare them for the G.E.D. exam. After
completion of the 22-week resident phases, cadets graduate and
continue their personal growth with an adult mentor, who will provide
each graduate with assistance for the next 12 months in their own
community. There is NO COST to the cadet or his/her family for
participation in this program. There is NO MILITARY OBLIGATION for
Village Glen School is
an innovative, multidisciplinary and unique therapeutic day school
specifically designed for children with challenges in the areas of
socialization, communicative and pragmatic language development and
peer relations. Many of the students served at Village Glen
experience special needs associated with Asperger's Disorder, high
functioning autism, anxiety-related disorders and non-verbal
Michigan Youth ChalleNGe: Turnaround Time - Basic training
pushes kids to the limit.
MI Last Chance:
Get-tough Approach Challenges Michigan Kids -
Naomi Cinko traveled 10 hours to arrive Sunday at the gates
of Fort Custer Training Center and Day One of the Michigan Youth
ChalleNGe Academy. The academy run by the Michigan National Guard
could be her best chance at attaining a high school diploma or its
equivalent. Since its 1999 start, the academy has graduated more than
1,100 teens. Officials say that 90 percent become productive citizens
by joining the work force, signing up for the military or attending
Read a few articles about the Challenge
Challenge Program Spared in Budget
The Challenge Program is Michigan's voluntary boot-camp
style program for dropouts and at-risk youth.
Academy Offers At-risk
Youth a Second Chance - Michigan
National Guard aids students at Battle Creek site.
helps teens graduate -
Students not able to finish school can
earn credits at night.
1135 Tremont Street Suite 420
Boston, MA 02120
Toll Free: 800-672-7084
Testimonial: "My wife and I are intensive treatment foster adoptive parents
that have parented 21 at risk teens, mostly teen boys. Even with all our extra
training we have come across some that need more than just the love and safety
of a stable home. The MidCourse Correction Challenge camp was recommended to us
by one of our boys counselors. That was two years ago. Today he is doing very
well in school, no longer using marijuana, involved in school sports and a
totally different boy. The MidCourse challenge staff genuinely care about the
teens placed in their care. They have several follow up programs that are either
free or inexpensive to mentor and continue the work they begin. My wife and I do
not know where we would be today without having found this organization. It
would be our pleasure to talk with other struggling parents and share our
experience. We can be reached by email through the organization website." Jeff
and Nancy Marchione
Teen Boot Camps:
Behavior Modification or Torture Centers? - Can 'tough love' strategies
be transferred to schools? Many behavior modification teen camps are allegedly
abusive to the kids. You must be careful about where your child is sent or
'Brat Camp' Not an Easy Decision - Some Oakland
County residents familiar with troubled teens say fans of ABC's new reality
television show "Brat Camp" may not get a full appreciation of how difficult
intervention decisions can be.
Child Welfare Boss on War
Path Over Camp 'Counseling' - ABC's summer
reality hit "Brat Camp" has made the head of the Child Welfare League of
America one unhappy camper.
of Vouchers Go Shopping for Schools - More than 500 families in
the District's school voucher program packed a Monday night school
fair staffed by representatives of 44 D.C. private schools.