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Causes: Education, Special Education

Mission: The mission of New Way Academy is to educate children with learning differences to fulfill their potential.

Geographic areas served: The Greater Phoenix Area

Programs: Education of children with learning differences in kindergarten through high school.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot express the difference that our lives have had because of this scvho. . At age 15 My son was diagnosed with HFA, also known as autism spectrum disorder. Another therapist wanted to diagnose him with oppositional defiant disorder.
Fortunately, I had another therapist, and counsel, that Studied my sons profile and knew that this was not accurate. They recommended New Way. Within days of my son's attendance there was immediate, noticeable changes in his demeanor. There is such a community of acceptance, love, and accountability, these kids have the most amazing school experience. Every young person could have this much support and community while deciding what they want to study and become.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family's experience with New Way has been nothing short of extraordinary. Currently in 11th grade, my son came to New Way in 7th grade, on the verge of helplessness and desperation. After struggling to receive the services necessary to educate him in a way he could learn, as well as feeling socially inept and inferior, my 7th grade child had lost the "light" in his eyes. He started believing that he wasn't "good enough" and, as a parent, it was gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. Fast forward five years and you would think he was walking on sunshine. The administrators, teachers, staff, and students at New Way have brought so much light back into my son's eyes that our family is blinded by it. He has learned to self-advocate (diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger's) and no longer sees his learning differences as learning disabilities. He is better equipped to face his challenges and understands that although there may very well be lifelong obstacles that require rigorous work, his way of learning is worthy and worth the struggle. We admire the dedication the administrators and teachers have to continuing their education, constantly integrating new teaching methods to access learning styles on an individual level. There is no "one size fits all" approach to teaching. I have seen learning take place on both sides of the table, and the passion that oozes from our New Way family for what they "do" is palpable. Not a day goes by that we don't shout our gratitude for the GIFT OF NEW WAY from the mountaintop. Yeah, it's cliche… but my kid's future is so bright he is already wearing shades. What a transformation!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

New Way is the school that has transformed my daughter from an anxious, non-adventuresome young 1st grader to a self-confident, outgoing, funny and friendly 7th grader! These past 6 years at New Way have provided nothing less than a miracle for her. She has been given the tools and continues to be given the tools for her to be a successful independent young woman. The staff at New Way is beyond anything I have ever seen at a school. They are not only her teachers, occupational and speech therapists, administrative staff, but they are EXTENDED FAMILY! New Way is a priceless blessing to my daughter and our family. There are no words to describe how thankful I am to have found New Way for our daughter!!!

3 Karolina D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Attending New Way Academy has been a life-changing blessing for our son. Currently in 8th grade, he has attended New Way for the past 3 years. With his significant learning differences, he was so far behind in the public school he previously attended, even with an IEP and 2.5 hours of special education daily. Since starting at New Way, his self-esteem has greatly improved as he learns to work around his learning differences. Because of the combination of well-qualified teachers, exceptional administrative and therapy staff, a well-rounded curriculum, the low teacher/student ratio, and the extra curricular activities including sports teams, we now have a happy, thriving son. I would wholeheartedly recommend New Way Academy to any parent who has a child with learning differences.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could go on and on about how much my daughter has grown and matured, both socially and academically since starting as a first grader (she's in seventh now). And I could write pages about how unbelievably committed the entire staff, from the receptionist to the principal, are to our children. I could write about how my timid, self-doubting, anxiety-ridden first grader has blossomed into a confident, social, funny, and accomplished young woman.

Or, I could sum up New Way in one simple sentence. New Way doesn't just educate our children - New Way saves them.

Thank you!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my children attend New Way. I love how supportive the staff and administration are. They understand the challenges we face helping our children reach their true potentials. Since moving to the new campus some very exciting programs have been implemented. New Way continues to offer all the specialist services that our kids need, in a kind positive atmosphere. The best news is that there has been so many new programs and activities for the students. The elementary girls went to Mrs. Ross and Mr. Walker and said we want to be cheerleaders also. They reacted immediately and now the Jr. Bulldogs cheer in their awesome outfits alongside the high school cheerleaders. New Way has a wonderful gym and weight room for the athletes. This year a music program was implemented that is a favorite with the children. Learning is so difficult for most of the students that it is a nice break to have a music program, wonderful art classes, P.E. For the first time ever New Way is doing a musical. The kids are so excited and it really feels like it has energized the entire school. I asked my kids at dinner what is their favorite class of course they said music, art, recess, then my daughter said mom I love my reading class. This coming from years of her refusing the extra tutoring and reading at a pre-k level in second grade. School has become fun for her and she even asks for homework, what a complete 360 degree change. With six kids in my sons class and eight in my daughters what parent could ask for more. They are being taught the way they learn best and it shows. I am proud to call New Way my children's second home. Thank you all staff you are amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 3

Before the current principal, this school was focused on helping students achieve their best in an public education system that wouldn't and couldn't address the needs of increasing ADHD/ASD children. They were ahead of their time with 123 Magic and other behavioral therapies proven to work. For 10 years they taught my son and he excelled.

Recently though, the principal that was the heart and soul of the school was forced into retirement. The politicians had taken over the board and were pushing a different, elitist agenda. One that wasn't in line with the mission of the founders or principal. So she was replaced and a new principal, with little or no experience was placed in the position. The focus became not on academics, but how to make this school more of private elite school than a nationally recognized school for learning disabled. It is a sad end to a great school with great instructors.

1 Kcb B.

Donor

Rating: 5

The services provided by New Way Academy give hope and the fulfillment of a great educational experience to the students who attend. I have seen students who were part of the acceptable loss group in public education come into their own. No greater gift exists than that of education.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was officially diagnosed with dyslexia when he was 5. He was not reading, writing and he recognized that something was wrong and that he was different from the other children. He quickly compensated for his difference by becoming the class clown and turning into "Mr. Personality" even though inside his ego was damaged and his self-esteem was slowly disintegrating. He went from a happy child to an unhappy, sad child who no longer wanted to go to school. We were lucky that he was diagnosed early and as soon as we enrolled him at New Way Academy, he quickly transformed into a happy, fully-engaged, child who LOVES going to school each and every day. Fast forward and one+ years later, he continues to progress and love every day at school. He is now reading, writing and doing great in math. He loves that the school is small enough to feel comfortable, but just large enough for him to feel a part of a bigger, robust school with a traditional campus culture. The teachers and staff at New Way are remarkable and unsurpassed and we couldn't be happier. We plan for our son to continue at New Way for a very, very long time.

Janet47

Client Served

Rating: 5

This school has been incredible for my special needs child. The experts have been amazing in identifying my child's needs and working to get the resources to support her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

New Way Academy provides both an academic and supportive atmosphere. I watched my kids struggle and fall behind year after year in traditional schools. They grew discouraged and withdrew from the teachers and other students. New Way's approach to teaching, small classes, and individualized education planning has made school a positive experience for my kids. I am delighted not only with their academic progress but also their personal growth. New Way is a private school but they have staff that work with parents to apply for funds that are available to parents of children with learning differences. I highly recommend New Way Academy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before my child started at New Way he was reading at a first grade level in the sixth grade. Despite all of the different schools, tutors, and intervention programs we could not help him make the necessary gains he needed to read. It was a miracle that we found New Way Learning Academy! After his first day at school he said that there are kids just like him. New Way has created a safe and rich learning environment that has allowed my son to unlock his potential. He is now reading at a fifth grade level in the eight grade and is still attending his intense reading classes daily. Reading will always be difficult for my extremely dyslexic,slow processing, ADHD child, but New Way has given him the tools to unlock the door to literacy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The smiles on the kids faces each and every time I visit campus paint the picture of what a truly exceptional school New Way is! The dedication of the staff and administration is amazing - both in and out of the classroom. I am watching my daughter, who has struggled for years in school, finally blossom. It is a dream come true.

1 Pam_28

Client Served

Rating: 5

New Way has been the most amazing thing to happen for my child and his education. The staff are all very qualified and caring. They really do teach your child in a manner that is best for his/her way of learning and that makes all the difference in the world. I know my child will go on to have continued success because of the foundation built here at New Way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Teachers and administrators at New Way demonstrate genuine care and do their very best every day to understnad the student's needs and design programs and approaches that meet those needs. It's an amazing place for students to learn and grow. I honestly don't know how my son would have graduated from high school without New Way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If your child has a learning difference this school WILL change their life. Despite his dyslexia, my son loves school and New Way has given him self confidence and instilled a life-long love of learning. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable and committed. The sports programs and after school activities really round out the student's social experience.

Melissa99

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

New Way Academy in South Scottsdale serves a community of children with learning differences in the most professional, compassionate, and inspirational way. The teachers and administrators are second to none. As far as I'm concerned, it is the best non-profit in the UNIVERSE!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has severe dyslexia and ADD. He got nothing out of public kindergarten where there were 30+ children in his class. He never wanted to go to school, and worse, did not want to learn to read or write. Coming to New Way changed everything for us. My son is in a class with a dozen other children that have very similar learning difficulties, with two amazing teachers that do not quit until they find the right tools to reach my child. The speach teacher, OT specialist, and reading specialist are all wonderful too. Even the the finance guy is great to work with! We moved across the country for my son to attend this school, and it was absolutely worth it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter was not thriving emotionally at her Catholic school. We needed a change fast as her self-esteem took a nose dive. We knew she is smart, very smart, in fact! But we needed an environment and people who would understand our girl and meet her where she was at and go from there. She is so happy now AND SHE IS LEARNING SO MUCH. We always say that we are paying the pretty penny to New Way so that she develops the strongest sense of self and that is not expensive- IT IS PRICELESS! We would make the decision over a thousand times if we could go back in time. The leadership and all of the staff care as much about our daughter as we do. That may not even sound possible, but that's how they operate. Sometimes we can't even believe New Way is real because of how great it is. The second we took our tour, we were sold. We scheduled her shadow day within the week and signed on the dotted line. Easiest choice ever.

dms1

Client Served

Rating: 4

This school is a terrific alternative to the typical public school setting if your child is having difficulties learning. I have truly never seen such dedicated teachers and staff. For many children that attend here, this school saved their lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is currently in 5th grade at New Way Academy and she started there when she was in second grade. She came from public school where they put in the minimum effort and they were moving her through with no real understanding of her problems and even less compassion. The following year she started at New Way. It saved her life, and mine. There she (we) found teachers who "got" her and embraced who she was and her learning differences and kids who accepted her. She has made steady progress every year, she feels loved and accepted, and I feel blessed to be able to send my daughter to this school. Although it hasn't always been easy for her, my daughter has been able to achieve far more than I ever thought she would thanks to the continuous patience and support of her teachers.

2 Melissa98

Client Served

Rating: 5

New Way has made a huge difference in our son's academic and social life. Instead of focusing on how to reach our son, the public school spent valuable time when he was in the primary grades sticking him in self-contained classrooms with teachers that didn't have a clue how to treach our son. By the age of 8 our son was so frustrated and was acting out so much we were in fear of him being labeled ED. He left public school distrustful of teachers and testing well below the 5th percentile in all academic areas. The transition to New Way was bumpy but our son finally learned to read. This has meant the world to him; he now loves to read and is able to access his curriculum! In addition, the sports program is top notch. Our son competes on New Way teams with other schools in the following sports: basketball, flag football, dodge ball and soccer. He has made friends and is developing important social skills. New Way hires only caring educators that know how to teach children who learn differently! Thank you New Way!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has struggled his entire academic life...the public middle school consistently failed him, even though he received special education services. In his first quarter at New Way, he has improved already. He is motivated to complete assignments and is actually learning the material!!! I will absolutely recommend New Way to other families!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This school has given my grandson what he could not get in public school. Instead of "accommodation," where the the standards were lowered so he could pass, this school is educating him so that he gets the knowledge he was missing in public school. In addition to the excellent, up-to-date teaching programs they have at this school, they assist with the social aspect as well. My grandson is now surrounded by friends and is learning how to interact and develop the social skills that will make him successful as an adult. The best of all, despite the rigors of the curriculum, he is happy and goes to school willingly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son struggles with learning difficulties and was not performing well at school. We moved him to New Way where they teach children who learn in unique ways. He is thriving and doing so well in school. He loves going to school every day - And we both love New Way!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This school has changed my son’s life. They address his needs and help him.
At the beginning of the year he could barely read and now he reading entire paragraphs to me. He also has issues with communication and I feel like he has come a long way. People can have actual conversations with him. I can’t express how much this school has helped my son.

Andi W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

New Way is a place where my son feels like he belongs. He never complains about going to school. He is given the opportunity to learn the way that feels right for him. He has been there for four years, and I can't imagine him being anywhere else. He has self confidence, is very self assured, and has a lot of friends. The teachers are amazing - both knowledgeable and compassionate. They are real pros. The staff overall is a dedicated group of hard workers who really care. I finally found a school that understands my child.

susan brown

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are perhaps a handful of schools like New Way in the entire country, but I daresay none that have the unique ability to serve a diverse population of students so well in so many ways. The teachers are just incredible. The administration and board are selflessly dedicated. My son has many good friends here, is involved in athletics, engaged academically and loves going to school every day. He is living a dream we always had for him-made possible by New Way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

New Way Academy is truly a life saver for our son and our entire family. There is no where else where he and so many other kids who just learn differently could flourish so completely.

Every week I am amazed at how the staff continually fosters his academic and social growth. He willingly does his homework, and support is readily available if needed. He is socially integrated, which is due in no small part to the environment created by the staff.

Every week he tells me how much he enjoys his school. What more could a parent ask for

Client Served

Rating: 5

We moved my son to this school last year. We tried several different schools. Finally at New Way, our son is succeeding at school, and actually enjoys attending! He has even received many awards since his arrival! It's been a game changer for him and our family!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son attended New Way for six years. After being bullied in public schools for years, we found New Way and moved him there in 7th grade. No more bullying, no more teachers without the time or skills to teach my son in the way he learns and no more daily battle to keep him in school. A deeply caring atmosphere coupled with uniquely qualified teachers and administrators resulted in my son graduated from High School. He now attends college with the help of New Way's post secondary program, Bridgeway. My wife and I are confident that without the help he received at New Way, the outcome would have been very different.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before we found New Way...we felt completely helpless. Public schools were failing our daughter and she was starting to give up and frankly so were we. We were exhausted from fighting for what our daughter deserved. New Way gave us our lives back. No longer do we have to fight teachers and administrators to get our daughter the help she needs. New way just does it!! When our daughter started in 5th grade she was barely reading at all. Now she is reading and writing and striving in school and it is all because of the caring and educated staff at New Way Learning Academy. There is no better place for you to take your child than New Way!!! They are changing lives everyday!!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

One year ago my son was blessed to first attend New Way Academy, at the age of 13 still struggling to read, and virtually unable to write a complete paragraph my son was not provided the necessary tools with his dyselxia disability to be successful in his education from prior public schools. Within one year time frame New Way Academy has completely taken an overwhelmed teenage boy to the next level in his education! He is learning how to cope with his social anxiety (due to bullying and name calling because of his lack of learning at the public level), and is able to accomplish his daily assignments swiftly and effectively with tools and tricks they have shown him to steer successfully even with his dsylexia. This school has been the answer to all our prayers. There are not enough words to provide in the gratitude we as a family have to New Way in the efforts and dedication they have provided through their faculty and support staff. This is a one of a kind school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was a first grade student attending a public school, I was informed that he was probably never going to learn to read. He was diagnosed with Dyslexia. He is now in high school and reads at grade level! We owe his success to the dedicated and knowledgable teachers at New Way. New Way understands learning differences and believes that all children can learn. New Way teachers not only work hard to teach all of their children, celebrate their success and support them to be the best that they can be

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Way completely changed life for me and my son. It is a great school providing greatly needed services for students who are overlooked and undereducated in the public school system. As a result of my son's New Way education, we have several options to consider for the future! We will be forever grateful for this school!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son became student at New Way just over a year ago. The progress he has made both academically and personally is amazing. He works hard in all his classes and for the first time has been willing to participate in sports, something he was never willing to do in the past. Before New Way, homework was an emotional battle and often did not get done at all. Now he completes his work, independently. New Way assessed and addressed his learning challenges and figured out the best way for my son to learn. I am so grateful for the Teachers and Staff at New Way. With their support I believe (we both believe) that anything is possible for my son's future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A year ago we were at a total loss as to help our son in regards to school. The frustration and anxiety he felt at school translated into intense homework battles. He never felt "good enough," "smart enough" or able to ask for/receive the help that he needed. New Way Academy has made all the difference in our lives. I now have a son who loves school and who actually looked forward to the end of Fall Break so he could get back to his friends and teachers. He finally feels like he can be himself and not be judged. New Way has made an incredible impact on my son's (and family's) life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great school that provides great services to kids who are often overlooked.