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September 25, 2009

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September 25, 2009

We learned about this school during my daughter's sophomore year. She was bored and sleeping in the large classes of a public school and not motivated. The arts emphasis interested her, and after visiting we decided this was a good choice for her, with small classes the other main draw. She finished her junior year with grades in the high 80's and 90's, and is now starting her senior year and already has applied to a 4-year college.

The Great!

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

working together with the staff, students and families as we work on fundraisers, school work parties on the grounds, and in planning for the future of the school.

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

the director and teachers are wonderful and really care about each student as individuals. I like to see a young person grow and realize their potential, and this school does more to cause this than any other school I have ever come across.

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

pay the staff better, provide more arts and special interest classes, improve the grounds, and this school would FLOURISH! It already has all the foundation needed to make a huge difference in the lives of many students!

Ways to make it better...

there were more students enrolled, and more families fully involved. We need the community to support the school, and need to find ways to provide a stronger financial foundation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 11, 2009

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September 11, 2009

I have been associated with the Adirondack School for about 5 years, first as a parent volunteer, and, for the past three years, as a board member. My personal story: My daughter did fairly well in public school until middle school. She attended summer programs through a Johns Hopkins program called the Center for Talented Youth two summers in a row. Then she went to eighth grade and failed. She failed because she hated going to school because of all the "stuff" that comes with the pre-teen to teenage years. My wife had been advocating for a year to check out private schools. I resisted at first, but after the failure, I agreed. We checked out a couple schools in the area, but decided they wouldn't work. Then, we checked out The Adirondack School. We spoke with Marlene Bissell, who asked us questins about our daughter, and, after a few answers, started to tell us about our child, whom she had never met. We were amazed. Marlene agreed that our daughter might be a good candidate for the school, and said the next step would be for her to attend a day there. At that point, her failure in eigth grade was guaranteed, so we sent her to TAS for a day. She came out of that day saying, "I have to go to this school." Marlene has moved on, but is still a friend of the school. The folks who run TAS genuinely care about the students, most of whom just don't fit the public school mold. Most of the kids are genuinely brilliant, but can't function in the public school environment. The teachers are amazing. As for my daughter, she graduated last June, and is now a Freshman in college. I'm not sure she would have made it without the Adirondack School.

The Great!

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

that my daughter excelled there.

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

the teamwork of the Administration, faculty, students, and parents.

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

dedicated and giving. Supportive of the students.

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

provide financial aid to all the students who belong there, but can't afford the tuition, and pay the teachers and administration decently. Plus, fix all the problems with the physical facility.

Ways to make it better...

every family had been involved as strongly as some were.

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

money, money, money.

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

with the proper funding, this school would be even more amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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