Schools and Programs for 2e Students in the United States

The following information has been compiled by 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter. We do not endorse any of these programs or schools, but merely offer them as a starting point for parents in their search for an appropriate learning environment for their children. (For information on schools and programs in Canada, visit: Gifted Education in Canada.)

State Awareness

There is a growing awareness of twice exceptionality and of the needs of 2e students in some states. Several states provide their educators with training and some have published manuals available online for educatorsand parents. These include:

  • Colorado
  • Ohio
  • Idaho
  • Virginia
  • Maryland.

To see the state manuals, visit the links page of this website and look for Free Downloads.

Public School Districts

Some school districts in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, have benefitted from educator and parent training on twice exceptionality that resulted from a Javits grant project conducted by Karen Rogers at the University of St. Thomas. [See the article Project 2Excel in the March, 2009, issue of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter.] Other school districts with programs that directly address the needs of 2e students include:

  • Albuquerque school district – an elementary-level program started by Drs. Dennis Higgins and Elizabeth Nielsen. [See “A Conversation with Drs. Dennis Higgins and Elizabeth Nielsen,” 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, December, 2004.]
  • Montgomery County, Maryland. elementary and high school programs. [See “A Profile: The Montgomery County Public School System,” 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, June, 2004.]
  • A program offered by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Westchester County, New York. See “Profile of 2e Education Pioneer Lois Baldwin,” 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, August, 2005.)
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, Unified School District and offers a class for gifted with learning disabilities at Zuni Elementary
  • Paradise Valley, Arizona, Unified School District #69 in Phoenix.

Private School Specifically for 2e Children

Name

Contact Information

Type of School

Comments

Arete Academy of Exceptional Education

Leah Brzesinzki, Founder/Head of School; leahb@areteacademymn.org
(952) 737-7601
4330 S. Cedar Lake Road 
Minneapolis, MN 55416

www.areteacademymn.org

A day school for twice-exceptional students from 2nd through 9th grade; will continue to expand by adding a grade each year

Opened in 2014; curriculum focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math); services students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, central auditory processing disorder, non-verbal learning disability, ADHD, and anxiety

Big Minds Unschool

Melanie Hayes, Director; bigmindsunschool@gmail.com (510) 964-7184
1937 San Pablo Avenue
Pinole, CA 94564

www.bigmindsunschool.org

This six-year-old school is specifically designed to serve the needs of 2e children in grades 1 through 8.

Focus is on self-directed learning and socio-emotional development

Bridges Academy,
Studio City, CA

Carl Sabatino, Head of School; carl.sabatino@bridges.edu; (818) 506-1091; 3921 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Studio City, CA  91604

www.bridges.edu

A college preparatory day school for twice-exceptional students in grades 4 through12

The oldest school in the U.S. serving 2e learners; houses the The Center for Twice-Exceptional Research and Professional Development on its campus

Conservatory Prep

Fort Lauderdale,
South Florida

Wendy Hirsch Weiner, principal; info@conservatoryprep.org; 5850 S. Pine Island Road
Davie, FL 33328-5933

www.conservatoryprep.org/

A day school with a homestay option for 6th through 12th graders who are gifted and creative, but may have dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, processing and/or multi-sensory issues

Instruction is primarily through arts-integration and problem based learning strategies

FlexSchool Fanwood, New Jersey

New Haven, Connecticut

 

Jacqui Byrne, Head of School, NJ; jacqui@flexschool.net;
(908 322-0554); 250 South Ave., Suite 103, Fanwood, New JerseyJ, 07023

Heidi Molbak, Head of School, CT, Heidi@flexschool.net
(203) 628-4018; @The Grove, 760 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

http://flexschool.net

A "micro-school" for gifted and twice-exceptional children that offers a community of local students and teachers who meet in discussion-based classrooms alongside virtual classmates in what the school describes as "a relationally-oriented setting"; private instruction also available

Established in 2014 as a college-prep school for grades 5-12 and PG students; supports accelerated 2e students learning at their own pace with support

The Lang School
New York City

Micaela Bracamonte, Founder/Head of School; micaela@thelangschool.org (212) 977-7777; 11 Broadway, #300, New York, NY 10004

www.thelangschool.org

K-12 college preparatory school in NYC for gifted/talented and twice-exceptional students. Diagnoses of 2e students include ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, language processing challenges, or underachievement.

Founded in 2010; offers therapeutic interventions 1:1 and integrated into classroom, extensive S.E.L., multimodal G&T curriculum, talent development, AP exam prep, and portfolio-based diplomas

Liberty School
Durango, CO

Christian Holmen, Head of School; info@ thelibertyschool.org; 215 E. 12th Street, Durango, CO 81301; 970-385-4834

ttp://www.thelibertyschool.org/

Serves dyslexic, intellectually gifted, and twice-exceptional students

 

The Long Island Whole Child Academy Oakdale, NY 

Ellen Richer, Founder/Head of School; info@liwholechild.org; (347) 668-3676; 500 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769.

www.liwholechild.org.

A project-driven, hands-on environmental program that builds social and emotional strength and resilience; offers a STEAM curriculum that includes biology, chemistry, physics, aviation, engineering, and architecture

Opening for the 2016-17 school year; offers both one-on-one learning and team-based project groups; also offers speech, occupational therapy and literacy intervention services as needed

The Quad Preparatory School

Kristin B. Berman, Incoming Head of School

Kim Busi, Founder/Director: kbusi@quadprep.org; (646) 649-3913, 25 Pine Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10005  

www.quadprep.org

A day school for 2e students aged 10-14, with plans to expand by a grade per year to eventually serve learners in grades K-12

Opened in 2014; curriculum based on an integrated model founded on gifted and special education and clinical best practice

Reid Day School

Lisa Reid, founder; lisa@reidday.org; (949) 680-9592; 151 Kalmus Drive, Suite H9, Costa Mesa CA 92626

www.reidday.com

A day school for 2e students in grades 1-6; will expand to include grades 7 & 8 in 2017

 

Opened in 2015; collaborates with the Summit Center, a counseling and assessment practice for gifted and twice-exceptional children, for evaluations, educational therapy, and learning support service

Private Schools Recommended to 2e Newsletter 

Name

Contact Information

Type of School

Comments

ASSETS School

Honolulu, HI

www.assets-school.net

Day School for gifted and/or dyslexic students. Ages 5-18.

Recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grant for its commitment to serving 2e students.

Beacon School

Stamford, Connecticut

www.beacon-ct.org


An accredited, co-ed college-preparatory independent day school offering individualized education for students in grades 3 – 12

Part of the Greenwich Education Group; founded in 2009; to begin offering boarding program in 2016

Benchmark School

Philadelphia,  PA

www.benchmark school.org

Day School. Ages 6-14.

Recommended by a parent.

Centreville School

Centreville, DE

www.centreville school.org

Day School. Ages 4-13.

Recommended by a parent. Provides individual educational program for learning-disabled children including integrated services of occupational and speech/language therapy for children. Also provides educational tutoring and therapy.

Chartwell School 

Seaside, California

www.chartwell.org

Day school for students who have language-related visual and auditory learning challenges with the goal of helping them return successfully to mainstream education. Grades 2-8.

Recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grant for its commitment to serving 2e students.

Chrysalis School

Woodinville, WA

http://chrysalis-school.com 

Day school. Grades K-12.

Recommended by a parent. See profile in 7/07 issue of 2e Newsletter.

Churchill Center and School for Learning Disabilities

St. Louis, MO

www.churchillstl.org

Therapeutic day school for learning disabled children in elementary & middle school.

Recommended by a parent.

Commonwealth Academy

Alexandria, VA

www.commonwealthacademy.org

Day school for college-bound students who require the individual attention or who have been diagnosed with a specific learning disability or AD/HD; serves grades 3-12.

Recommended by an education consultant.

Compass Academy

Halethorpe, MD

http://compassacademymd.org

Day school for college-bound students who have learning and social skills differences; serves grades 1-12.

Recommended by an education consultant.

Hampshire School

Rindge, NH

www.hampshire countryschool.org

Boarding school. Boys only, ages 8-13.

Parent comments: can provide appropriate structure and support for certain students with nonverbal learning disabilities, Tourette Syndrome, AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and other disorders; but it is not a treatment program.

Jemicy School 

Baltimore, MD

www.jemicyschool .org

Day school for college-bound students ages  6-18. Uses a multi-sensory curriculum to address dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grant for its commitment to serving 2e students.

John Dewey Academy

Great Barrington, MA

www.jda.org

Boarding school. Grades 9-12.

Recommended by a psychologist as a therapeutic boarding school for gifted kids with emotional difficulties.

The Khabele School

Austin, TX

www.thekhabele school.org

Day school. Grades 6-12.

Recommended by a parent.

Ko School and Incubator

Austin, TX

http://koschool.org

Day school. Grades 8-13. For self-directed teens. Offers small, multi-aged class sizes, emotional/social learning, and a focus on entrepreneurship.

Recommended by a parent.

The Lab School

Washington DC and Baltimore, MD

www.labschool.org

Day school. Grades K-12. For children with average to gifted intelligence who also have dyslexia, language-based disabilities, and/or AD/HD. Teaches all areas of the curriculum through the arts.

Profiled in 11/08 issue of 2e Newsletter.

Lawrence School

Broadview Heights , OH

www.lawrence school.org

Day school. Grades 1-12. For bright students with learning and attention differences.

Recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grant for its commitment to serving 2e students.

Peabody School

Albemarle County, VA

www.peabody school.org

Day school. Grades K-8.

Recommended by a parent.

Pilot School

Wilmington, DE

www.pilotschool.org

Day School. Ages 5-14.

Recommended by a parent.

The Siena School

Silver Spring, MD

www.thesienaschool.org

Day school for college-bound students with LD, dyslexia, AD/HD; serves grades 4-12.

Recommended by an education consultant.

Winston School

Dallas, TX

www.winston- school.org

Day school. Grades 1-12.

Recommended by a parent.

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