Although our son had dyslexia and ADHD we were incredulous that no matter how much he failed in the public schools, he qualified for no special services. After years of failing, being frustrated and detached from the mainstream he was labeled a behavior problem. I knew this boy was no behavior problem but genuinely fearful of being in a classroom where he had become regarded as an SOL liability. He was loosing his sense of anything positive in his life when we turned to TNCS. Writing that first check took my breath away..it was a huge change for us. But within only weeks, I had my child back. He was excited about his life! His curiosity, vigor and motivation re emerged. And he was learning again. When people ask me how in the world I can afford this I tell them I could not afford not to...it's not just about the education. I've bought his childhood back.
My rising 6th grader was struggling with school and I had no idea where to start looking for answers. I found a tutor who happened to be a teacher at TNCS. She told me my daughter would benefit from an education with TNCS. I had no idea there was a school out there for her. We are in our 6th year, my daughter has improved her skills exponetially. She has confidence and self-assurance. I commend this school and Julia Ann Greenwood for its committment to recognizing individual learning styles and teaching each child to their style. Since coming to TNCS, we've never looked back. We love it and would encourage anyone with a child who is having difficulty learning to see a professional who can diagnose learning differences. TNCS may be the school for you.
The New Community School was my first teaching position out of college. I had never considered teaching at a private school, much less, one that served students with dyslexia. Thank God I did! That was the best thing I could have done for me personally, as a professional teacher. The faculty and staff at TNCS were the epitome of caring, loyal, dedicated educators who would stop at nothing to help the students find academic success (as well as athletic and social success), but more importantly, self worth. To see the positive change in attitude toward academics and life in general by the students is what the teaching profession is all about. Unfortunately, my time at TNCS was brief (4 years) due to family matters that required moving two states away. However, the mountain top experience I had teaching and coaching at TNCS has sustained me as I have moved on to public school education. I now know what education utopia is and where it is located -- in Richmond, Virginia at The New Community School.
New Community School is a highly structured day school gear at redemial education of student with average to above average intellegent that strugual with dyslexia. The high teacher to student ratio and demanding yet indivualized course work acceraates students to learn at or above their level.
Our son who is dyslexic learned study and organizational skills that allowed him to transition into a regular high school where he has worked hard, but been able to stay on the Honor Roll. He learned multi sensory techniques that helped with all subjects. He learned self advocacy skills and a strong work ethic as a result of having been at the New Community School. His teachers were all well trained in the teaching methods that are successful in helping dyslexic students. They were top notch as was the administration. Our son excelled at the school and hopes to be a financial supporter one day. We are forever indepted to the New Community School as our son is doing very well in school, again thanks to TNCS.
The New Community School changed my life as well as that of my daughter. From the first day of school, her attitude toward life changed-because she had help, support and a caring staff. She was not one to like school, but she always looked forward to attending TNCS, and I never heard one word of complaint about anything-it was all so positive. She graduated in 2008, and the skills she acquired at this school gave her the confidence to go to college. She attends the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is a junior. This school is wonderful! TNCS deserves the highest praise for a school that educates students with learning disabilities. The students feel empowered, and know they can learn and grow and overcome obstacles.
I was failing miserably in a public school system my freshman year of high-school. I then transferred to TNCS where I completed my freshman, sophomore and junior years with much success. TNCS gave me important writing, organizational, thought process and communication skills that were never taught to me in a public school. I am now in a profession where I use these skills everyday. Part of my current job is to write press-releases and proof-read documents. I know I could never have made it as far in life as I have without the education, help and resources I learned through New Community.
Our son attended TNCS from mid-6th grade through graduation. What a great learning and social experience for him. Before TNCS, Matt got lost the the crowd. He did drama elective every year, and starting in 10th grade blossomed as a very talented and genuine actor. He never would have even sought this opportunity elsewhere. Whether or not he pursues theater, he will carry this positive experience with him throughout his life.
I was a student there and was very appreciate of what they did for use. all of the teachers are extrememly caring and are willing to help you to succed at what ever your goals are.
Our son is has ADHD and is very dyslexic and dysgraphic (language-bassed learning disabilities). He was struggling despite significant assistance in elementary school, and unlikely to really succeed (just be "passed") in the public school environment. He was able to advance academically at New Community. He attended there from fifth through twelfth grades, and graduated. The staff at New Community is dedicated to their students. Class sizes are very small, and teachers are available to students with inside and outside the classroom. Most teachers could earn much more elsewhere, and choose to teach these students who need so much.