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November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

My son is attending the Highlands School this year after a wonderful experience with both the summer academic and social skills programs. He previously attended public school. The difference in my son has been amazing. He went from not liking school to looking forward to going to school. He is happy and has become more confident in his abilities. Homework is a breeze. He even enjoys PE!! The people at the Highlands School are very dedicated to the students and parents. We feel extremely fortunate to have the Highlands School nearby. I highly recommend this school to anyone with a struggling child. The difference is unbelievable!!

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My son is happy and enjoying school for the first time.

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I would not change a thing.

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I am the parent of a 9 year old daughter who has previously attended a private christian school and public school. Everyone meant well and thought they were helping but UNTIL I FOUND THE HIGHLAND SCHOOL, no one ever did. There are so many things this school offers children who learn differently I could be writing forever. They have small groups so children get individualized instruction. They are taught how they learn best and at their level and do not move on until the concept is solid within the child. This atmosphere greatly inscreases the success of the child. This school also believes in reinforcing positive behavior by rewarding effort and success and does not punish for failure. This has made a tremendous difference in my daughter's life. She is not afraid to try because she knows she will not be labeled "slow or incapable". It also follows everything I have been taught about building up my daughter's self esteem and lowering her anxiety level by the experts at Kennedy Krieger Institute. At the Highland School, they help the "whole child". While teaching them academics the way they need to learn they also give them a voice and help them learn to advocate for themselves. This is something NO ONE has been able to help her with until now. From preschool to third grade at other schools, she NEVER would walk into the school and go to class by herself. She was afraid of everything. People making fun of her, failure, getting lost, being starred at, being bullied, etc. She went to The Highland School one day, I was also there in parent orientation when I told one of the educational specialist that my daughter would need someone to walk her to her classroom everyday. That administrator said "done, no problem". The second day when I pulled up to school and went to get out of my car to help her to whomever would be taking her to the classroom, my daughter stopped me. She said, "mom, I don't need you to do that hear at my new school, I am fine, they really like us here"...and off she RAN barely stopping to give the staff person at the door her name........and I pulled around to the parking lot and sat there and CRIED. This is how it should be! How it should have been for her all of those other years of her school career. She has made me get there 1/2 hour early EVERY day to be the first one there and we get up at 5:45 a.m. everyday to do that. One of the strongest messages I have gotten from this school, as I was told this and have experienced this........ At other schools, "fair is - everyone gets the same thing to learn", "fair at The Highland School is - everyone gets WHATEVER THEY need to learn". AND IT WORKS. My daughter was failing everything (with a $800.00 a month tutoring bill) and she is now getting 90 - 100% on everything I see graded. Sincerely, An Extremely Grateful Mom

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

everyday life for my daughter

Ways to make it better...

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

Help this organization get federal or state funding so every child that needs to be here, can be here.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

A valuable resource in Harford County Maryland that has helped so many children to achieve academic success. Children with learning disabilities tend to have such difficulties with learning to read and write like the majority of children. The Highlands School offers programs that fit the children's learning styles rather than making the child 'fit' into the program prescribed by a public placement.

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I have seen significant growth in my child's confidence as a learner.

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

Cannot think of anything that needs to be changed

October 25, 2010

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October 25, 2010

My son was enrolled at Highlands School after the public school failed to address his individual educational needs. After spending 4 years in the public school system, my son had not acquired any reading comprehension skills and was falling significantly behind. Since moving him to Highlands, he has grown in his love of school and learning. After 3 years, he has obtained nearly 3 grade levels in reading and over 4 years in math. The attention each child receives and the staff's dedication to finding what works in educating that individual is one of the reasons that there is no better choice in educating your learning-challenged child. I jusr regret there is no high school and this will be Brad's last year:-(.

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

The comments above refer to my son.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make more people aware and build a significant scholarship fund. I would also add a grade each year until these children could be served from K-12 in this environment.

October 25, 2010

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October 25, 2010

My son was "on grade level" according to the public school system, even though he came home every day unsure of how to do the homework and lost all interest in school along with every ounce of his self confidence. When he was due to enter a private middle school, he was tested just to confirm he was on grade level, which I assumed was true since every one of his report cards from elementary school indicated such. Much to my surprise and dismay he was an entire year behind, more in certain areas. After one year at The Highlands School he caught up to grade level in reading and is slowly making progress to catch up in math. But more importantly, he has learned to love to learn again. He was in a play, gets to enjoy activities like cooking and wood shop, and feels like he is a part of a community.

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

the year that my son has attended the school. I am looking forward to more positive results this year.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase the donor support, especially corporations and educational companies. The high staff ratio and low student population make it extremely expensive to attend. Perhaps some federal funding opportunites for children with learning disabilities, more like what is available at the college level.

October 25, 2010

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October 25, 2010

My son has been at The Highlands School for 4 years. At his old school, he was a C-D student with no self-esteem and a chip on his shoulder. Upon entering, he was 3 years below grade level in math and reading skills. Now, he is on high school level reading and near grade level math - that is an increase of 6-7 grade levels in reading and 5 grade levels of math! His self-esteem has improved immensely and he feels confident and ready to transition to the next step. Without the Highlands, he would be a totally different person - lost in the system and without hope. Sometimes the tuition was a challenge to meet, but without elementary success, college money would not be needed because he would not have made it that far.

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The classrooms are sound-proof, Teacher to student ratio is 1:3, instruction is customized, technology up-to-date, and gym three times a week.

Ways to make it better...

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

Add more students!

October 25, 2010

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October 25, 2010

My daughter enrolled in The Highlands School in 6th grade. I saw an immediate change in her attitude and confidence. Her academic performance increased two grade levels. The Highlands School is a safety net to students struggling to learn. The Highlands School changes the lives of students who attend here. Students leave with strategies to be able to learn in a regular school setting.

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My daughter is a better learner because of The Highlands School.

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

There is nothing I would change.

October 25, 2010

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October 25, 2010

My daughter enrolled in The Highlands School in 6th grade. I saw an immediate change in her attitude and confidence. Her accademic performance increased two grade levels. The Highlands School is a safety net to students struggling to learn. The Highlands School changes the lives of students who attend here. Students leave with strategies to be able to learning in a regular school setting.

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

My daughter is a better learner because of The Highlands School.

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

There is nothing I would change.

October 21, 2010

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October 21, 2010

What a blessing it's been to have our son at Highlands! Before he came to Highlands a little over a year ago, he struggled to keep up with his academics - in spite of attending a before-school reading program, working with a private tutor after school, all the extra help we gave him with homework and even completing summer school work and programs. We felt like he was a little sieve and no matter how many holes we plugged, more of what he needed to retain was spilling out and he was becoming increasingly frustrated - in class and at home. At Highlands, they are plugging those holes! His program is so individualized and he has time to master the skills taught. He feels good about all that he's accomplished. He made the honor roll all four quarters last year, is becoming a more confident reader, and completes his homework all on his own - with no tears or frustration. He feels better about himself and loves coming to school. What a difference Highlands has made in his life!!

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

my own child. He is much happier, less stressed and is learning strategies he needs to be successful after he leaves Highlands. The teachers and staff really know him. They know how to help him, encourage him and genuinely care about him. Their personal commitment and dedication is evident in everthing they do.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand the school so that it served students in kindergarten through high school, not just through 8th grade. The need for a school like Highlands is great...even in the high school years.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Friend

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

The Highlands School believes that children who learn differently need to be taught differently. This school has helped so many children realize that different IS NOT LESS THAN. Not only are the children helped academically, but they are nutured socially and truly blossom in this environment. The child are taught organization skills and life skills that they use when they transition from The Highlands School to a typical environment.

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

The growth and development of my child.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide them with the capacity to grow into multiple locations so that other children would be taught and guided by The Highlands School principles and values.

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

seeing my daughter learn and grow in such a safe, nurturing way.

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

some of the most kind, caring and educated people I have ever met.

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

Change the way all children are taught.

Ways to make it better...

The school was able to reach capacity so that more children would be there and more friends could be available to my daughter.

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

Educating the public about the programs that are offered, and helping families find the tuition monies so that their children can attend the school.

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

how lucky we have been to find The Highlands School, and how much I would welcome the opportunity to tell others about it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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