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Notes for Prospective Students
Founded in 1973, The Lewis School and Clinic are among the
earliest groups of educators in the country to innovate, develop
and implement curriculum-wide multisensory education, science-based
student assessments and neuroscience-based teacher training within
a structured and nurturing traditional school environment.
School's philosophy is best described by its founder, Marsha Lewis,
"Our students' gifts and promise are as important to us as are
their needs to repair scholastically.
At The Lewis School, learning
problems are understood, not as disabilities, but as differences:
the expression of remarkable and diverse capacities of human
thinking and perceptions.
The purpose of a Lewis School education
is to prepare students, who may struggle with language-based
learning difficulties related to dyslexia, attention deficit and
auditory processing, to thrive academically, as they learn to
restore the confidence and self-esteem they need to achieve their
scholastic and personal best." For the past 40 years and long
before multisensory methodology was accepted by mainstream
educators, The Lewis School's curriculum included the now 'widely
acclaimed' teaching approaches of Orton-Gillingham, Slingerland,
Childs and Wilson Reading.
In the realization that no single
teaching approach could address the many diverse needs of bright,
unorthodox learners, despite how excellent that method might be,
The Lewis School was among the first to integrate these approaches,
one with the other.
As Marsha Lewis described during an interview
with The New York Times, "We don't just teach our students
compensation measures; we teach them working strategies.
hands-on teaching approaches actively engage the many senses of the
brain in the learning process, allowing students to automatize and
internalize instruction, rather than reinforcing their inherent
reliance on passive, rote memorization." With more than 180
students enrolled at The Lewis School, the daily curriculum is
dynamic, challenging, competitive and completely multisensory.
Whether the student is a first grader learning the basics of
sound-symbol association, or a teenager ready to take on Advanced
Calculus at a college preparatory level, The Lewis School
curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each individual
The Lewis Clinic for Educational Therapy continues to
serve as the foundation for instruction and learning.
organization that is rooted in the science of learning gives Lewis
a unique perspective.
The Lewis Clinic administers nationally-
normed standardized tests and uses a comprehensive selection of
diagnostic and perceptual instruments, which are administered
without the influence of pre-determined biases or prior diagnostic
Students and parents are often relieved to find what they
thought was a disability is actually a different way of learning
that is unique to the child.
At The Lewis Clinic families will find
clearly defined, plainspoken, independent assessments that
carefully examine their child's learning strengths and weaknesses.
This is helpful to teachers, parents and students alike because,
according to Marsha Lewis, "Children need an education that is in
touch with them the way they really are." It is our goal to work
specifically and diligently to help students overcome scholastic
weaknesses and build academic strengths—to help them to
succeed where they have fallen short in the past.
graduates, who once struggled in school, have gone on to
distinguish themselves in higher education and professional life.
They are compelling proof that this kind of change is possible.
Lewis School and Clinic continues to stay on the cutting-edge of
research, exploring the brains ability to learn and readily adapt
and deliver new concepts directly to faculty and the classroom.
Innovations, like the virtual chemistry labs adapted for the use of
learning different students, is only one example of the programs
being sponsored by The Lewis School and Clinic.
about The Lewis School & Clinic, The Afternoon Education
Program, Summer Study, or Speech Therapy, please call 609-924-8120
or visit us at www.lewisschool.org.