Brandon Hall School
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FamilyLight sm is very favorably impressed with this school. First it is a coeducational boarding and day middle school and high school for learning disabled students, coeducational as a day school with a boarding program for boys. It is not a therapeutic school, although therapeutic support is available for otherwise eligible students who would benefit from outpatient counseling or therapy. It is not a school to correct negative behavior, although students who have behavioral problems secondary to a learning disability may be considered for admission.
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We include Brandon Hall in our listings and reviews because there is some overlap with the population of concern to FamilyLight sm. Some Brandon Hall students exhibit symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome. Others may be very high functioning with other varieties of autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Some Brandon Hall students have had behavioral or adjustment problems in the past when their needs arising from their learning disabilities were not properly attended to, but are motivated to function appropriately in the Brandon Hall environment. Some have been students at a therapeutic school and Brandon Hall is a transitional step toward returning home. But none of these kinds of concerns define the school or student body and these students are not the majority.
Brandon Hall has both an elegant and impressive physical plant and a very competent caring professional staff. Classes are small. John Singleton, head of School and Merridee Michelson, Assistant Headmaster -- Internal Affairs and Director of Academics are two of the most competent and caring professionals we know.
We have the highest confidence in this school.
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Last updated 7-19-2010
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