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School for dyslexic children to open in Palo Alto

Original post made on Jul 17, 2012

Leaders of new school for children with dyslexia will hold an information session for prospective families Wednesday, July 18. Athena Academy, on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, plans to serve grades two through five this fall and expand into a middle school in 2013-14.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 9:28 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

How will this be different than Charles Armstrong school?


Posted by Snark Repellent, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 17, 2012 at 10:27 am

This school will be different than Charles Armstrong School because to start, it will be at a different location (Palo Alto rather than Belmont) and have different teachers. There are a few more differences, but I'll let you do your own legwork from this point; you know, "teach a man to fish" and all


Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

Snark repellent - funny, I don't think I need to learn to fish to get info about a school. I realize the location is different - duh - I was wondering what the differences might be in the actual teaching and instruction methods. And I realize that a huge portion of the Charles Armstrong students are from Palo Alto.


Posted by Mom, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

Driving to Armstrong from Palo Alto is pretty challenging.
I think it is great that there will a resource like this locally.


Posted by mutti, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

So this is going in to the Peninsula Day Care site for a year or two? Then where will they go? School space in Palo Alto is already so tight. It's also almost across the street from the Jewish Day School.


Posted by Bev, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

As a teacher, I'm excited to see this. It's heartbreaking to try to meet the needs of all learners in the same classroom, so it will be great to have this resource available to families who can afford it.


Posted by Unfortunately, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I am glad that there will be a school like this one in our neighborhood.Unfortunately, the tuition is highly expensive, so poor people cannot attend it. I know the article says that they will have tuition assistance, but I know that they cannot afford to assist everyone who needs it.


Posted by jm, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

How I wish this school had been open twenty years ago. Even though tuition must be expensive, the more schools like this there are raises the awareness of the challenges some children face. And there are different ways children learn.

About 12 years ago a group of Palo Alto Unified School District parents pushed for a 6th grade class for students who did not fit in in the regular special education class and needed a different kind of teaching and structure than is possible for them in mainstream classes. There were enough students to make up a sixth grade class at Jordan, and these parents made it happen. With this support those students transition successfully to the mainstream classes instead of floundering and sinking.


Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

JM - any idea what happened to this 6th grade class at Jordan? It doesn't exist anymore, although the kids with IEP's are grouped into one or two core classes so the resource teachers can work with them more easily. There used to be a Direct Instruction 6th grade class which was discontinued because of lack of interest (even when they had it, the students asked not to be taught in the DI method, instead they wanted the "normal" Jordan teaching style).

PAUSD probably has enough dyslexic students to populate a school by itself.


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