When Daniel entered middle school, learning in a general education classroom was getting more challenging. There were no special education classrooms available to him because he learned at grade level. He worked very hard outside of school to maintain his grades and comprehend what he was learning, but the demands were getting too high for a 12-year-old boy with autism, and the general education classroom was not working.
“In 2010, I started Stanbridge as a 7th grader. Before Stanbridge, I had been to three other schools. I was easily overwhelmed in general education classrooms. I felt as if too much information was coming at me at once from all directions. Even with specialized support, I felt exhausted and overwhelmed.
In a family, when one person is struggling daily it impacts the whole family daily. Once Daniel worked through his transition to Stanbridge, everyone in our family felt happier. Nothing improves your family’s overall quality of life more than to have your children attending the right school with the right teachers.
After his high school graduation, Daniel will attend West Valley College. He plans to study computer animation and engineering. He plans to transfer to a four-year university after completing his AS-T degree. Most importantly, he is motivated to continue learning and will leave Stanbridge as a confident, capable, and happy college student!