What are private schools for students with learning disabilities and ADHD?
Geri Coleman Tucker
At a Glance
There are private schools that specialize in teaching kids with learning disabilities and ADHD.
Most of the teachers at these private schools have master’s degrees in special education, plus extra training.
These schools tend to cost a lot, but there may be some financial aid.
Parents, caregivers, and others may wonder about school options for kids who learn and think differently. Would a private school that focuses on kids with learning disabilities and ADHD be a good match?
These kinds of private schools are designed to serve students with certain challenges. Some may just be for kids with
, for example.
Some kids may feel more relaxed in schools like this. They may be more willing to take part in classes if they’re not afraid of seeming “different” or getting teased.
Like all private schools, these schools can vary widely in how they’re set up and in what they offer students. But they tend to have these things in common:
All of the students have a learning disability or ADHD.
All of the teachers have special training to teach and support students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.
All of the school’s programs are designed to support the needs of these students.
Many of these schools offer smaller classes and a lower student-to-staff ratio than public schools. Most teachers at these private schools have master’s degrees in special education, plus extra training. And there are often specialists on the staff, like
Cost of specialized private schools
Private schools for kids with learning disabilities and ADHD charge tuition. Typically, the cost is very high. But there may be some financial aid. And tax deductions may help cover some of the cost of a specialized school.
In some cases, public school districts will pay for a child to go to private school. But this doesn’t happen very often.
Private schools don’t have to offer
(IEPs). That includes private schools for students with learning disabilities and ADHD.
But a public school district may be responsible for evaluating a student who attends a private school. The district may also have to provide some services to students at private schools. But funding for this is limited. So it isn’t likely to bring down the cost of attending a private school.
When private school students qualify for public services, they get an Individual Service Plan (ISP) instead of an IEP.