The Craig School has been educating students with learning disabilities since it first opened as an elementary school in 1980. In the early 2000s, a high school was created, and the school now serves students in grades 2 through 12.
“For many of our parents, it’s the first time they can take a full breath because their child is finally in a place where they are understood,” says Dr. Kara A Loftin, Head of School. “Not only are their needs–academic and social/emotional—understood, but we also have the programs in place to work with those students.”
The Parent-Faculty Partnership
Dr. Loftin says that the sense of community at The Craig School means that for parents, they suddenly see that they’re not on this journey alone. “It’s like finding your people,” says Dr. Loftin.
“The number one thing I keep hearing from parents is that they are pleased with how thorough our instruction has been,” says Dr. Loftin of the switch the school made to remote learning during COVID. “We were up and running quickly. The school was able to implement all evidence-based practices, including the social-emotional learning. The care and love that the school demonstrates has been just as clear in the remote learning environment.”
Dr. Loftin says that it’s the individual attention teachers gives students that makes all the difference. “When a student has trouble participating in class, teachers here rally around that student and partner with the family,” she says.
The school currently has approximately 40 students in the high school and 90-100 students in the lower and middle school. The students have a variety of language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and auditory processing disorder.
Craig students love the excellent arts programming and have access to many extracurriculars, everything from gardening to high school intramural sports.
“Students are all encouraged and welcomed to participate on our team sports—no one is turned away,” says Dr. Loftin. Dr. Loftin explains that the programming provided at The Craig School—whether it’s remote or in-person—is about educating the whole child.
“The academics included in The Craig School continue to focus on the social-emotional learning, mindfulness and character development—when you put those components together you can change the trajectory for a student in a positive way.”
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