Too often, LD students are perceived as lazy, undisciplined or unintelligent, when the truth is that they simply have different learning requirements. The self-esteem and motivation of these teens can suffer as teachers, classmates or even family members focus on their failures, rather than their efforts to deal with their learning differences.
With our small classroom size, and a teaching team that focuses on each individual, Thomas A. Edison students do more than simply learn to cope with their learning differences. They learn the academic skills, social skills and self-advocacy necessary to thrive-in school and in adulthood.
- We educate the student about his/her learning style
- We use positive reinforcement as an effective tool
- We invest students with responsibility and encourage self-advocacy
- We teach basic relationship skills and classroom deportment
- We provide students with frequent feedback
- We offer physical outlets for students through elective courses
- We regulate medication to be taken at school
- We actively solicit student input on activities and methods
"I love this school and its compactness. I don't think I could survive at a public high school... I'd get lost. I can't express myself there. This school, Thomas Edison, is the best one for me."
-Excerpt from the letter of a student applying to return to Edison
Located in Portland, Oregon, Thomas A. Edison is a private high school dedicated to meeting the special education needs of Learning Disabled (LD) teens. Our students’ learning differences include Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Visual Perception and Nonverbal Learning Disorders.