Parent FAQs

A person with a learning disability has difficulty taking in, remembering, or expressing information. It’s not a reflection of their intelligence or attitude. If your child has a learning disability, she or he has trouble with at least one of these areas:

  • Understanding what she reads
  • Understanding basic mathematical concepts (like adding or multiplying)
  • Listening
  • Retaining information
  • Expressing thoughts and ideas in writing
  • Expressing thoughts and ideas verbally

No. Most children with a learning disability are of average or better than average intelligence. They are not lazy. Having a learning disability also does not mean that your child has poor vision or hearing, is mentally retarded, has a physical handicap, is emotionally disturbed, or suffers from a cultural disadvantage. It does mean that your bright child learns and processes information in a way that’s different from most people.

Yes. Most learning disabled people have strong talents in some areas. They may be talented in arts, sports, or science. They just struggle terribly in one or two areas – most often reading. Many of our students have gone on to graduate from college and find successful careers.

Have your child evaluated by a qualified professional. If your child exhibits some of these signs he or she may be struggling with a learning disability:

  • Difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, and/or using math concepts in contrast with average to superior skills in other areas
  • Poor handwriting
  • Trouble listening to a lecture and taking notes
  • Easily distracted by noise or visual stimulation – unable to pay attention
  • Trouble understanding and following directions
  • Confuses/reverses some letters (‘b’ and ‘d’, for example) or words (like ‘was’ and ‘saw’) and numbers (sees 41 but interprets the number to be 14)
  • Omits or adds words when reading
  • Repeatedly forgets things, loses things
  • Appears clumsy and poorly coordinated
  • Confuses left and right, gets lost
  • Often is late for class, cannot sense time
  • Misinterprets subtleties in language – tone of voice – sarcasm

MetaLearning is the centerpiece of the Ben Bronz Academy Lower School (grades 2-6) program. It’s a thinking skills program that expands students’ language and cognitive skills. It does that by building awareness of the thinking process we use when we are problem-solving.

We carefully choose students and only accept those we are confident we can help. We focus on the individual needs of each student. At eight hours, our school day is longer than the public school day. We focus only on academics. There are no sports or music or art classes. Each class is small (from one to ten students.) And we have about one teacher for every three students.

Yes. They’re everywhere. You’ll find long lists on the Internet. Here are just a few:

Alexander Graham Bell
Ben Franklin
Cher
Jay Leno
Agatha Christie
George Patton
Richard Branson
Danny Glover
Erin Brockovich
Whoopi Goldberg
Walt Disney
Nelson Rockefeller
Albert Einstein
Winston Churchill
Thomas Edison
Tim Tebow
Steven Spielberg
Charles Schwab
Governor Dannel Malloy
Ingvar Kamprad (Ikea founder)
Bill Hewlett
Steve Jobs
Ted Turner
Tommy Hilfiger
How can we help?

If you have a question or an issue please call 860-236-5807 or contact us via email.