As we head into 2020, I reflect back to our opening in 2003 and the many amazing students and families who have made our community so special! Our goal has always been to foster academic and social success for students with mild to moderate learning issues. We are so proud of our students' success here and when they leave our program!
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with two alumni parents and I am thrilled with the updates they provided to me! Shakira is a freshman at Menlo Atherton High School and is getting great grades, playing tennis and keeping up with her Chantabile Youth choral group. Spencer is a senior at Kehillah High School and is applying to colleges all over the west coast; his Mom is so very proud! Both these families were actively involved when their students were at Arbor Bay, showing the value they placed on our individualized academic program.
Our newest group of parents are filled with passion and a strong commitment to our program, as well! They have formed a Community Engagement Committee and have sponsored monthly activities that increase involvement for all our parents and students. One parent told me "it feels like a community, a family, not just a school. I know that all the staff and all the parents want my child to do his best, to grow academically, make new friends and take on new challenges." Another parent laughed saying "my daughter loves school and is in great hands! She wants to come to school everyday, which can make the long weekends hard for me!"
Every year comes with a new set of opportunities as we strive to serve each student with curriculum that provides appropriate challenges. This year we are focusing on our new Skills Training Program, which combines executive functioning tasks with individual/community skills to improve organization, problem solving, and independence for our students. We are excited to go to overnight camp to practice these activities, plus develop team/trust building skills, and to connect these experiences to daily life.
These specialized programs make school engaging and meaningful for all our students. I'm so proud of our multi disciplinary team that includes Special Education Teachers, Assistant Teachers, licensed Speech and Occupational Therapists, History and Science Consultants, a Counselor and Enrichment Specialists (in Yoga, Movement and Music). This team works together to ensure that every student's educational experience is special. And yes, it is quite expensive to provide this high level of expertise and individualized services!
We are dedicated to the idea that "every student's education should be special", so please join us in this pursuit of excellence for our kids.
Please give as generously as you can, we deeply appreciate your kindness.
Wishing you a warm and wonderful holiday season!
— Susan Rose, Director, Arbor Bay School
Please consider making a gift that will allow us the opportunity to continue this valuable experience for our students. (Note: A service fee will be added to this amount)