WORCESTER — A class that was small even by private school standards met recently in a fashionably appointed classroom at Bancroft School.
Programs using models like this can be very successful and could increase student and family access to more appropriate and earlier interventions. --Lou
Excerpt: ""....Bancroft's decision to create such a special program within a traditional private school is rare in Central Massachusetts. Eagle Hill School in Hardwick focuses exclusively on teaching students with language-based learning differences and diagnoses such as attention deficit disorder. St. Peter Central Catholic School in Worcester, a parochial school, has had a strong reading intervention program for such students for more than 20 years, but participants, while spending part of their day in support classes, are not considered part of a separate program.
Bancroft's Hope Graham falls somewhere in between, both in terms of how separate its students are and the price of enrollment. Students in Hope Graham spend part of their day in specialized classrooms and the rest with their Bancroft peers and pay $8,000 more than other Bancroft students (for a total of $31,700 for Grades 1-5 and $34,900 for Grades 6-8), but that's still less than Eagle Hill's rate for day students. St. Peter, on the other hand, charges everyone the same price: $4,475, according to its website.
Bancroft started the Hope Graham Program not only to attract new families but to keep currently enrolled families there, said Hope Graham Director Jyoti Datta, who is also head of Bancroft's Lower School.
"It's almost the next logical step for us as a school, because we do have students with language-based learning differences for whom we've had to find other settings," Ms. Datta said.
Bancroft's program is small so far, with just 12 students total in Grades 2, 3 and 5, Ms. Datta said.
One person watching it closely is Bancroft senior Naomi Fischer, 17, who is dyslexic herself and is doing an independent study on the Hope Graham Program. "I can see myself in them," she said of the students. ...."