After spending too many years, dollars and tears on trying to make the public school work for my son, we feel so fortunate to have found the wealth of resources available to him as a student at Sand Hill School. The teachers, specialists, administrators and staff are all individually committed to the growth of each child. My son has grown academically, but also in executive functioning, social skills, emotional development and in addressing his specific learning differences. There are no words that can fully detail the depth and magnitude of what CHC and Sand Hill School do. Yet, when I see my son feeling confident, at ease in school, trusting the good intentions of his teachers, willing to try, and most of all happy, I can only say that I wish we had sought the support of CHC & Sand Hill sooner!
After challenging preschool and junior kindergarten years, we were not sure if our daughter would ever like school let alone thrive there. Our daughter was doing fine academically, but the school she'd been going to was just ill-equipped to help her with her particular set of social/behavioral issues, which were not "extreme" but outside their norm. They threw up their hands.
Sand Hill School created an environment and an individualized plan for our daughter, who is now doing GREAT, looks forward to school every day, and is nurturing real friendships there.
CHC is an outstanding organizaion, on whose board I have had the privelge to serve for over a decade. It has grown from approx. 50 students in EBC School 10 years ago to about 90 today. And a second school, Sand Hill School, opened in 2011 with 7 students in one class room;now has 5 class roooms, and we are adding three more clasess to take us up thru the 8th. grade. All of this growth is due to the ourtstanding leadership team, and highly dedicated staff, all of whom work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for our students. A need in our community was uncovered some years back, and CHC has stepped up to meet the needs of our children, and with a most sincere appreication by their parents. All credit goes to a quality staff and ihe many volunteers who supporrt this important effort.
Children's Health Council has been part of our life since we moved back to the Bay Area in 1990. I first experienced CHC taking their Parent Ed Classes, hoping to be the best mom I could be. At Oak Knoll Elementary School, CHC gave wonderfully informative advice on Child Development. When we reached Menlo School, psychologists from CHC facilitated our class parent discussions around the challenges of the teen years. Since then I have served on CHC's Board of Directors and passionately support their mission to help all kids find their promise and potential. CHC specialists and teachers are without compare. The collaborative nature of their evaluations, problem solving and helping kids discover their unique learning capabilities instills resilience which leads to happiness and success. Every referral I have sent CHC's way, whether issues were simple or complicated, has found answers and hope. Yes, I may have a bias, but it's an honest and informed bias.
I have volunteered for Children's Health Council for over 8 years and have fallen in love with the work they do. They are a great community resource for kids that think and learn differently and can give simple consultations or extensive evaluations for social emotional issues or learning issues, especially for kids with symptoms of ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety and Depression or Autism. They have even developed Sand Hill School for kids that are bright but struggling and need more personal attention, and have had the Esther B. Clark School for many, many years for kids with more severe behavioral issues. The Community Clinic works with underserved famlies in satellite offices throughout the bay area... What a great service to our community. I highly recommend taking your child there if worried or unsure about developmental progress. You will find wonderful, kind experts to take care of you.