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We are seriously contemplating boarding school for our 15 year old son. Does anyone have any experience with boarding schools. What ones were great? what ones to stay away from.  We live in NJ, and I would prefer him to be no more than a 5 hour drive away.  Thanks for your help.

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Only know this one by reputation. . . .

http://www.landmarkschool.org/

Posted by jak on Jul 09, 2014 at 3:30pm

I don’t have personal experience with boarding schools, but there’s a directory of boarding schools for kids with ADHD and/or learning disabilities on ADDitudeMag.com’s directory: http://directory.additudemag.com/listing/guide/adhd-and-ld-schools.

We went to the family weekend at SOAR a couple years ago and I was beyond impressed. It may be a longer drive than the 5 hours, but look into it. They have an amazing program.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 09, 2014 at 3:32pm

I met a mom whose child went to The Greenwood School in Vermont and said it was amazing how they helped her son.

Posted by Udderlycrazy on Jul 31, 2014 at 12:59am

If you (or anyone else) are still looking for information about boarding schools, my 16-year-old son started this year as a sophomore at the Blue Ridge School in the Charlottesville, VA area. It has been a great experience for him and for us so far. He has ADD and was just diagnosed last year with mild dyslexia and and dysgraphia.

Blue Ridge is an all boys, mainstream prep school, but they are VERY experienced in dealing with ADHD and have a support program for students with LD. They know how to teach boys (which is very different from teaching girls), and the small class setting is really helpful for my son to stay focused and engaged. We attended classes with him during Parents Weekend and I was literally astounded to see how well they are taught and how participative my son was. He is doing very well there academically and loves the natural setting and all the activities (fishing, hiking, art, sports, etc.).

He had a somewhat difficult time adjusting to the structure and the rules (keeping room clean, being on time, etc.), but that is part of the reason he is there—he wasn’t doing that well at home, either, and he really needs to learn those skills to be able to move on to college. He is doing much better with that now, and really enjoys feeling more independent than he did at home. His self-esteem has improved dramatically now that he sees that he IS smart enough to do well when taught well, and he has become so much more organized. He has finally learned study skills and how to manage his schoolwork—this alone makes it well worth the tuition!

We certainly never dreamed this was this path he’d take, but it is the right one for him. I also have a very self-motivated, neurotypical daughter in her first year of college, and just watching her and her friends navigate their first semester has shown me how much he needs the boarding school experience if he’s going to be able to handle college.

Please feel free to ask any questions, and check out Blue Ridge at http://www.blueridgeschool.com/page.cfm?p=553 !

Posted by Momstock on Jan 07, 2015 at 10:18pm

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