Despite whether or not your child has a learning difficulty, parents should assess their children’s needs and find suitable, local schools. For example, some children respond better to more rigid schedules and discipline, while others thrive in an open, hands-on environment. For a child with special needs, finding a good fit is most important.

“She is a tree of life for those who hold fast to her, and happy are those who support her.”

Pirkei Avot - Ethics of the Fathers 3:18

Private School

Just because your child is diagnosed with a disability does not mean that he/she cannot attend private school. Public school districts are required to spend a proportionate share of their federal special education funds for students with disabilities parentally placed in private schools, to fund service plans. Public school districts are required to meet with the administrators of private institutions in their area at least annually to discuss what services they will provide.

Donna Klein Jewish Academy – Seiff Learning Academy – was created for students in Grades 1-8 who benefit from a specialized educational environment in order to develop their strengths while addressing their learning challenges. The Academy specifically serves students with language-based learning disabilities who have not yet reached their potential levels of success in traditional classroom settings. The program emphasizes a structured, multi-sensory, language-based curriculum. At the Seiff Learning Academy, students experience a comprehensive Jewish values based education that prioritizes each individual child’s learning needs.

Fusion “A Revolutionary Way to School” – 6th – 12th grade One to one classrooms, customized scheduling, coaching & mentoring support, and creative expression. “Every student is different. That’s exactly why we customize our learning program for each student.”

Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton – Etgar Program – Katz Hillel Day School strives for an environment of inclusion where we embrace a diversity of learners. In an effort to do so, we have developed our ETGAR program for students in grades 1-8 who thrive in a smaller group setting due to a diagnosed learning disability or need for additional academic support.

Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida – The Learning and Academic Support Department – guides students in the development of skills and strategies for learning, personal effectiveness, and self-management that are key to success in high school and beyond. The department coordinates academic intervention for students with grade-related issues as well as targeted support for diagnosed disabilities in the form of curricular modifications and accommodations.

Torah Academy of Boca Raton – The Madraigos Program – provides students with high-incidence disabilities the necessary specialized instruction, supports, and services that enable them to be successful in the classroom.

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Home School

Parents may decide to enroll their children in home school programs for a variety of reasons. Some feel their child needs the small structured environment of home. Some do not want their child exposed to the standardized requirements of a public school. Some need to avoid social situations. It could be that the child is involved in an activity that requires them to have an extremely flexible schedule.

If you believe your home-schooled child has a learning difficulty, you have the right to an evaluation and to seek services from your local public school district. However, the school district is not required to provide services to home-schooled children.

A Homeschooling Guide: Definitions, resources, websites, and more.

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