Children's Institute For Learning Differences (CHILD)

     Tel: (206)232-8680
Grades: K - 12 | 49 students
CHILD is an accredited, therapeutic day-school designed for students 5-17, and a developmental therapy clinic.
CHILD School serves students with emotional, social and behavioral challenges that are placed privately by parents or in partnership with school districts.
CHILD Developmental Therapy Services clinic provides early intervention OT, speech/language and mental health counseling services for children ages 3-18. 
CHILD School classrooms are made up of 5 to 10 students, with a student to teacher ratio of no more than 4:1--often 2:1.
Since 1977, CHILD has focused on identifying barriers and developing solutions for children most vulnerable to failure in school, at home and in life.
We provide innovative full-day academic programs coupled with developmental therapy services that promote social, emotional and academic growth for children with special needs.
CHILD creates the probability of re-entry into public school within one to three years, generating success at school, at home and in life.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other associations(s) for exceptional children
Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Autism, language, developmental, cognitive, sensory, emotional, social, behavioral, attention

Student Body

Total Students 49 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 14%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Children

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 2:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code Casual
Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes We work with students placed by parents or in partnership with school districts.

School Notes:

CHILD School is a regional specialty school for children with emotional, social and behavioral challenges. Since 1977, we have successfully educated children with a range of conditions that interfere with learning including:

Behavioral difficulties  *  Inability to self-regulate  *  Anxiety
Impulsivity  *  Disorganization  *  Communication deficits
Inflexible thinking  *  Sensory Processing Disorders

In addition to academics and integrated therapeutic supports, CHILD School specializes in teaching self-regulation, social emotional learning skills and coping tools to children with special needs.

"He has never talked about school this way EVER! Even though he has challenges every day, he doesn’t feel like a failure. He has self esteem. He has confidence in himself as a student."
~S.Z., Parent

Small class size and very low student to teacher ratio ensures focused instruction. Classroom lessons and integrated mental health supports are customized based on your child’s strengths and challenges. Individualized instruction builds lagging skills to work through challenging behavior, so your child can learn, grow and succeed.

Why Choose CHILD School? Using an empathy-based approach with your child we repair trust, boost self-esteem and practice skills. We help your child grow beyond the struggles that block their readiness for learning and to connect with their world.

We think our students are a different kind of gifted and we nurture those precious gifts every day.

"I am amazed daily how well he is doing, how caring and compassionate staff are, and how much he LOVES going to school each day!"
~M.S., Parent

We invite you to schedule a tour to visit our campus or contact us to inquire about Admissions.
Your child can succeed in school. We can help.

Profile last updated: 05/07/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Privett Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Privett Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St. Monica Parish School (0.3 miles away)
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