The Diener School

  • The Diener School is a one-of-a-kind school, grounded in providing a high-quality education that considers the whole child. Each student is recognized as an individual who brings with him/her strengths and challenges that are unique.
  • Diener recognizes this individuality when addressing learning needs and creating customized growth opportunities.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Association of Independent Michigan Schools (AIMS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLearning Differences, Sensory Processing Disorders, Expressive and Receptive Speech Delays, Executive Functioning and Attention Challenges, Social Skill Delays
Year Founded2007

Student Body

Total Students55 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade The Diener School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size8 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions DirectorLois MCCabe

School Notes

  • The Diener School is a non-profit special education school dedicated to providing a
  • holistic and individualized learning environment for our students. Diener combines evidence-based teaching methods and small group instruction with collaborative therapeutic supports from Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists infused in the classroom. Children at Diener have their sensory needs met through movement breaks and purposeful sensory strategies. Our classrooms include individualized support for our students to develop and thrive academically while building a stronger understanding of internal cues, flexibility, and organization, as well as meaningful instruction in social thinking. 

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
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"I think I've found it" my wife said excitedly on the phone one morning while I was at work. She had just visited The Diener School and knew right away that this was the place for our son. His ADHD had posed challenges that other schools, including a very expensive private religious school in Potomac, had utterly failed to meet- despite small class sizes and ample resources. What we realized after just a few months at Diener is that commitment, understanding, and training are more important than anything else when it comes to educating children who learn differently. Now in our fourth year at this amazing school, we have been very happy. More importantly, our son loves school, loves his teachers, loves his classmates, and is learning and performing at or above grade level. This is because of a staff that knows how to work with kids and their families, applies creative techniques, and is geared toward meeting kids where they are and helping them to succeed and thrive. What Diener lacks in facilities (about to change!) is more than made up in the quality of teaching staff, and that's what matters most. Happily, thanks to strong new leadership, the school is about to relocate to a great new facility with state-of-the-art classrooms, gym and outdoor playgrounds, and more. And the 2020-21 school year will see a great expansion into Middle School. We look forward to that. If you have a child who learns differently and have been frustrated with being told about your kid's "limitations," pay a visit to Diener and see for yourself how great school can be.
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Diener has been transformational for our son. He arrived after a miserable experience at his previous school, and the Diener faculty welcomed him with open arms and kindness. He has made tremendous academic and social gains at Diener because they have the interventions and multi-sensory curricula that work for kids with complicated learning challenges. It gets better every year because the school is constantly seeking out new ways to address learning differences. All that said, the magic is in the people. The administration has assembled a staff with the instincts, interest, and training in tailoring instruction for each child. It's a remarkable place.
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Diener has been transformational for our son. He arrived after a miserable experience at his previous school, and the Diener faculty welcomed him with open arms and kindness. He has made tremendous academic and social gains at Diener because they have the interventions and multi-sensory curricula that work for kids with complicated learning challenges. It gets better every year because the school is constantly seeking out new ways to address learning differences. All that said, the magic is in the people. The administration has assembled a staff with the instincts, interest, and training in tailoring instruction for each child. It's a remarkable place.
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The Diener School welcomed my youngest son two years ago for 4th grade. When he visited as part of the admissions process, he came home and said, "Mom, I think I found my people." Since that time, he has increased his reading levels, become more self-aware and self-advocates, and loves his school. To any parents considering this wonderful school, the school community, parent association, and teachers are the most amazing, dedicated, loving people I've ever met. You won't be sorry!
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