After many various interventions and attempts to get Connor back into school, we finally awakened to the idea that perhaps public school was simply not going to meet his needs even though he had been so very “successful” there for so many years. We found Stanbridge, and after his shadow day, Connor turned to us and asked if he could start the next day.
Connor has been at Stanbridge now for a year and a half and is starting high school next year. The small class size allows him to have a high level of engagement with his peers, and the teachers are phenomenal. The special thing about Stanbridge teachers is not only do they understand the best way to work with students on the spectrum, but they truly embrace their differences and see the gifts that are within each student.
The diversity of students and their acceptance of each other is also a rarity. I recently attended a junior/high school dance and was in awe of how different many of the kids were from each other in terms of personality and style, and yet they all looked completely at ease with themselves and each other. When so much of junior high and high school are based on conforming and fitting in, these kids can truly be themselves without fear of judgment. As I watched from a corner of the room while Connor laughed and joked with other students with a huge, easy grin, I thought to myself, “We are home.”