I Witness First-Hand the Amazing Transformations!

Kelly

Blog by Kelly

Can I tell you how pleasantly surprised I was to be offered a position at the Kingsbury Center in February of 2012? After serving, for over a decade, at a law firm that represents students with learning disabilities, I am now able to see, first-hand, the amazing transformations going on at the Kingsbury Center!

I had heard great things about Kingsbury Day School. Now that I am happily employed here, I can attest to the truth of what I’d been told. I am supported by outstanding faculty and staff who serve children and adults with learning differences. I am proud to be associated with the growth and achievements of our dedicated and deserving students as I watch them transform from students below grade level in academics to mastering goals which they (and their families) had not thought possible. I see students coming here from all walks of life, struggling to cope socially and academically, and from schools where they felt like failures. It’s not long before they achieve great confidence in their abilities here at Kingsbury. I see young students advocate for themselves when they, initially, did not have the confidence to do so. Each student strives to please their teachers and to master their individualized goals.

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Staff celebrate College Day.

Students are observed, supported and provided related services, such as speech therapy, counseling, tutoring, occupational therapy and physical therapy in accordance with their individualized educational plan. Students thrive with Eagle PRIDE, our positive behavior program that rewards students for being Prepared, being Respectful, having Integrity, being Dedicated and demonstrating Excellence.

 

Upper School students can participate in clubs and activities, enjoy school dances and

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Our students earn high school diplomas.

prom, compete in our interscholastic athletic program, and choose to take Advanced Placement classes as they prepare for college-level work. With the strong support of the High School Guidance Counselor, seniors study for the SAT and ACT and apply to colleges they hope to attend. They further prepare for the transition to life beyond high school by learning financial planning basics, researching careers and honing their job application skills. They can request to be selected as Student Ambassadors, who attend school fairs and Admissions Open Houses and are proud to endorse their own educational experience at Kingsbury. They are professional young adults ready to explore higher education and/or to enter the world of work.

 

In a matter of weeks, a new student is able to make friends here at Kingsbury. Students build positive relationships with their peers and staff that stretch beyond their current attendance to visiting us long after they have graduated. They are eager to tell us of their success in life and to thank faculty and staff for the support that made a world of difference in their lives. Our Annual Alumni Event, held each January, provides graduates with the opportunity to return to campus for an evening of food, music and socializing with classmates, teachers, related services providers and other staff members.

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2016 Alumni Event

I believe in the power of education. I believe that people helping people is the only way to achieve greatness and peace. The Kingsbury Center provides a transformative educational and social experience to children and young adults with learning differences. Our focus is putting the student first; we are highly dedicated to providing quality education with 21st century technology! The Kingsbury Center is nestled within the beauty of a quiet residential neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C. where a wide variety of opportunity awaits our students. It’s an honor to serve them and their families.

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Sure! In his book “Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Culture Count,” Richard E. Nesbitt, a prominent cognitive psychologist, stresses the importance of nonhereditary factors in determining I.Q. He suggests a number of steps parents can take, starting before the birth of the child, to boost their child’s I.Q. If your child is already school-age, your efforts can still have an impact.

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