Learning Disability (LD) refers to a group of differing conditions that interfere with an individual’s ability to learn, specifically in the areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, thinking/reasoning, spelling, and computing. These are usually skills that are essential for any student to succeed in an academic setting. Reach International School believes that having a Learning Disability is not an indication of a person’s intelligence or lack thereof. The school champions the belief that learning difficulties only indicate differences in brain function and information processing, not the presence, absence, or degree of intelligence.
In many traditional schools, learning difficulties are seen as a major learning hurdle and obstacle, and many students with learning disabilities are either rejected or merely given the standard curriculum which is not a fit for them, causing them to struggle with catching up and conforming with the norm rather than reaching their full if unique potential. Reach International School believes that learning disabilities are not caused by and thus cannot be cured by anything; specific learning disabilities (SLDs) can and are managed effectively with targeted interventions, delivered as early as possible by qualified professionals who employ compensatory strategies in customized settings.
As an institution, Reach International School has always included and will always include and provide the appropriate academic programs for students with learning disabilities so they are allowed to excel and attain excellence at their own pace to exceed their perceived limitations. The school’s experienced staff facilitate effective academic and behavioral interventions in order to help design and produce a fully personalized program. Students with learning disabilities are guided to meet their highest levels of achievement, allowing them to experience opportunities for success at school, at home, and in the community.
Individuals with learning disabilities may face lifelong challenges. With close to half of secondary students with LD performing 3 or more years below their enrolled grade level in essential academic skills (45% in reading, 44% in math) and with as many as 80% of students with LD experiencing reading problems, it is critical to mitigate the negative effects of learning disabilities on students’ future personal and professional lives. Reach International School addresses this urgent need by providing them with the necessary tools and compensatory strategies with which to learn.
Students with learning disabilities can reach their highest potential in structured environments that afford them a strong sense of security, a positive attitude toward learning, and incentives for desired performance. Students with learning disabilities often experience disciplinary actions at a much higher rate than those without learning disabilities in more traditional and standardized schools. By contrast, Reach International School provides a controlled, caring atmosphere that is conducive to focused learning by teaching them accountability and self-regulatory skills. This allows students with learning disabilities to achieve and experience successful learning outcomes without prejudice.
Students with learning disabilities show much lower aspirations regarding their own post-secondary education than students in the general population do. That self-doubt carries over into their adult lives as well, with the unemployment rate for learning-disabled individuals twice higher than that of individuals without disabilities. Reach International School provides transition programs for students with LD to help them transition to college and higher learning, and eventually, to the work force.