ADIRONDACK SCHOOL OF NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
that my daughter excelled there.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
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?
Board Member & As a member of the Board, I'm always looking for funds for the school, but they are hard to come by. I talk about the school constantly, and tell my story. There are many kids out there who need an environment like TAS, just need to find them.