Routines and structure give comfort and confidence to children with learning disabilities. Knowing what to expect reduces their anxiety about learning and school. At the Academy, every student’s schedule is the same every day.
BBA is a unique school which not only remediates reading and writing deficits it also teaches students how they learn and in the process the school changes their lives. By gaining awareness of their learning styles and the behaviors that sometimes get in the way of their success students leave with a tool box of strategies that can be used in classrooms or workplaces for years to come.”
– Jackie and Malcolm Staddon, parents of two sons who attended BBA
But there are some exceptions to the standard day:
- Twice a year all students participate in a Research Week
- Friday afternoons school ends at 2:30 (other days we are 8 am to 4 pm)
Our students are guided through an intensive school day that includes:
- Remedial reading
- Social studies
Oral language is developed and stressed in all classes. Our students learn organization, research skills, and study skills as part of every class. Through fluencies and classroom exercises, they become more efficient problem solvers. Ben Bronz Academy is a day school for bright learning disabled students, Grades 2 to 12. Our students are guided through an intensive school day that includes Meta-Learning, fluencies, remedial reading, writing, and mathematics, literature, science, and Social Studies. Oral language is developed and stressed in all classes.
Our students learn organization, research skills, and study skills as part of every class. Twice each year we go on ‘Research Weeks.’ We spend a week studying a single topic, and take learning trips to locations where we can get primary source information. Every student writes, defends, and publishes his or her research.
How effective are we? Our data tells us that students come to the Academy with a median deficit of 3 years in reading. Eight out of ten students who enter the Academy below level in reading return to or exceed normal reading growth in their first year of enrollment. Of the alumni who have responded to our information requests, 80% have gone on to the Academic or Vocational pursuit of their choosing.