Years ago, Patrick really struggled with a transition to his elementary school – the self-contained classrooms, the lockers, changing classrooms and teachers, plus increased academic demands. He experienced a particularly difficult time in sixth grade with expressive language. His behavior often escalated, and – unable to express that he was feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated from all angle – he struggled to use coping skills.
When the decision was made for him to move to High Road School toward the end of seventh grade, I worried that another transition would prove stressful for Patrick. However, from the first few days, through the next five years, Patrick learned to love school again.
At High Road, Patrick’s talents and personality were appreciated and celebrated. Through the reliable routines and expectations of his classrooms, my son quickly understood the cause/effect relationship of his behavioral choices. And he was taught on his instructional level – so he was challenged, but he still had the opportunity to feel accomplishment in his daily assignments. He was offered the sensory breaks he needed, and had the chance to participate in field trips, daily living tasks, and reward activities as part of his curriculum.
A Real Transformation
Because of his success at High Road, he is a more regulated, more expressive, and more engaged young man with his family, friends, and community. I will never be able to amply thank each and every member of the High Road administration, faculty, and staff for walking alongside Patrick in his journey through his middle and high school years. What they have accomplished together is nothing short of a miracle to us!