The New Community School

Rating: 4.95 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 4211 Hermitage Rd Richmond VA 23227 USA

Mission: The New Community School provides a program of college preparation for dyslexic students (specific language learning disabled), grades 6-12. The program includes both remediation of language skills and academic challenge appropriate for students of average to above-average intellectual potential. The school also provides an environment that values and fosters personal growth, positive self-regard, and the personal characteristics of a productive citizen. The New Community School serves as a resource to the community in the education of dyslexic boys and girls. The school is an independent, non-sectarian, and non-profit day school accessible to dyslexic students of all races, creeds, ethnic origins, and socio-economic backgrounds. 
Results: The New Community School has educated more than 800 students since 1974. More than 85% of our graduates go on to college.
Target demographics: Students in grades 6-12 with specific language learning disabilities (dyslexia).
Direct beneficiaries per year: 95-100
Geographic areas served: Central Virginia
Programs: A secondary school for students with dyslexia (specific language learning disabled) in grades 6 through 12, combining intensive language remediation, college preparatory academic coursework, and a full and varied student life program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every way but especially in the look in my child's eyes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide training sessions to parents on dyslexia.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daugher.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the world of educating students with language learning difficulties. I've seen students change their attitude in the positive direction toward learning and school in general. 85% of these students go on to further their education post high school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The individual lessons received at New Community was very valuable in over coming my disability. The thoughtful and diligent care and lessons provided allowed me to excel in spite of my handicap.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add landscaping and aspects of a living classroom to the grounds. Look into developing music and language programs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sports and learning

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

meet the learning needs of more students, make the campus a statement and learning place of environmental sustainbility

Ways to make it better...

more interation with community and other schools

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

building the endowment

One thing I'd also say is that...

everyone learns differently, but we can all learn

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that our son was greatly touched by the school. He is a happy student who has the skills to succeed in school and life as a result of having been at the New Community School.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my daughter handle college curriculum. I feel grateful each and every day that she was able to attend TNCS.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every facet of my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... watching our son grow and mature, academically and socially.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

buy my abbility to graduate college.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing my son graduate from high school!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-5-01

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