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Educational Options: Alternative
, Grade Level: Middle School
, Twice Exceptional: ADD or ADHD
, Twice Exceptional: Asperger's/Autism Spectrum
, Twice Exceptional: Learning Disabilities
||Hampshire Country School (Rindge, NH)
||Hampshire Country School is a private boarding school for boys ages 9-15, located in Rindge, New Hampshire. The school is for boys of high ability who need a personal environment with an unusual amount of adult attention and structure. Hampshire Country School can provide appropriate structure and support for certain students with nonverbal learning disabilities, Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, and other disorders; but it is not a treatment program. It is designed instead to involve and educate the bright, active, and interested side of each child rather than to dwell on the student's limitations and difficulties.
||Contributed by: Parent on 7/20/2007
We have sent our son to Hampshire Country School and can say it is the only school of its kind in the country that GETS very bright but inflexible boys. Our PG son was struggling balancing his mind with his energy, creativity and body. The head of the school has been there since 1971 and is an expert on understanding the needs of these boys. Our son thrived in the setting. It's not for everyone and the headmaster will take a considerable amount of time to talk with you about your son to see if he is a fit. If he thinks he is then go see the school. Our son matured there during his years and became a very social boy. The school "gets" these kids. It admits boys as young as 4th grade and some remain through highschool although the majority are in 6-8 grade.
Contributed by: Parent on 6/2/2004
This is the only school that I know of that specifically caters to high-ability boys with non-verbal learning disabilities in a natural, camp-like setting. This is not a theraputic school. There is no counseling. There are no buzz words. They have been working with kids like this for over 50 years and have a lot of experience. They help balance the high-ability boy who is extremely knowledgeable and creative yet has problems with output. To conclude, the headmaster at HCS understands what makes these boys work. Just a disclaimer: This information is based on our research, school visit, talks with parents and personal insights. We have not yet sent our son there but are planning to.
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