The Whole Child Academy

The NEXT GENERATION of Special Education: Twice Exceptional Learning!
Authentic.  Holistic.  Organic.  Discovery-based learning in a structured, warm environment.
Interest-based projects build motivation to succeed, stamina to persevere, and pride in achievement.
Our mission is to provide a cutting edge, clinically-integrated educational experience that raises the academic bar for highly capable students while building social and emotional strength and resilience to overcome their challenges.
Our 1:1 instructional model is augmented by daily opportunities to practice growing social and emotional skills. Individualized attention and academic instruction is informed by best practices of gifted education and clinical interventions, and designed to best satisfy your child`s individual capabilities, interests and growing levels of ability.
We are passionate about sharing the wonder and discovery of learning with all youth.
At Whole Child Academy, learning differences are celebrated and given room to flourish.
Friendships are built through mutual understanding, empathy and respect.

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Top Rankings

The Whole Child Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
ADHD, ASD, PDA, Dyslexia, social emotional, sensory processing and executive functioning challenges, anxiety, depression
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
25 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
The Whole Child Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
1 students
Number of AP Courses
5 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Calculus, Global History
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Admissions Director
Laurie Nordby


Total Sports Offered
2 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Coding Club, Technology Club

School Notes

  • We live by the truth that children will thrive when invited to thrive. They will be invested in their success when we are invested in them.
  • Three cornerstones of healthy human development are autonomy, connectedness, and competence. Autonomous students take ownership of their work and their achievements. Connected students feel a deep sense of belonging to a greater learning community. Competent students trust that they will find solutions to challenges as yet undefined. The Whole Child Academy provides such an environment founded on a strengths-based approach to dreaming, learning and discovery. Imagine an education that challenges the mind but is not bound by the challenges of a mind that learns differently.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

Does The Whole Child Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, The Whole Child Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does The Whole Child Academy offer?
The Whole Child Academy offers 2 interscholastic sports: Basketball and Volleyball.
What is The Whole Child Academy's ranking?
The Whole Child Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for The Whole Child Academy?
The application deadline for The Whole Child Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
We toured this school last month and are currently working with our district to send our son. After exhausting all options, we finally see a light at the end of a dark tunnel. He has done a few "shadow" days and what the staff does for these kids is mind-blowing. Dr. Richer is a determined woman who had a dream and it's a pleasure to see it become a reality. We have been following this school for 3 years but were hesitant since they are young. Call and ask for Tina. She is knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. She spent 2 hours on the phone with my wife and me during our initial call. Her enthusiasm is contagious. This has been a positive experience thus far and we look forward to continuing our journey.
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I know Dr. Richer, and her passion and brilliance. I wish we lived closer so my son could attend. She is truly one of a kind and ensures her staff is on the same page, gives their all, and stays dedicated to their students' success. If only we had more Dr. Richers in this world, it would be a dramatically different, more positive place for us all.
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Highly recommend taking a tour of this school. They are small but mighty. My child feels at home and has not been bullied once. Considering he was bullied every day, just this is a miracle. He is being challenged academically instead of just being pushed through. Our district settled for 100% of the tuition. It was a fight, but I would do anything for my boy. Happy to have found WCA.
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We recently toured this school and are excited about their expansion. It has a very warm feel with lots of love to share. Dr. Richer sat with us for 2 hours and gave us more information about my child's diagnosis than I have received in his lifetime. We have finally found our "people".
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Dr. Richer has a brilliant mind and undeniable passion for her students. Bravo!
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I had the pleasure of visiting the school for a virtual and then in-person tour. We were very impressed and look forward to hopefully sending our daughter in September. We were welcomed by happy faces from both the students and staff. The school has a cozy, warm feeling. My daughter has been through it all and our district simply can't handle her emotional challenges while still providing challenging academics. The future suddenly feels bright again. Thank you, Dr. Richer, for including us in your vision!
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This a wonderful place to work! It is a warm, supportive community that celebrates children with authentic learning experiences. Teachers really care about students here and learn how to reach them and make them shine.
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I highly recommend giving Dr. Richer a call and seeing if this school is a fit for your child. We have had outstanding success with our 2E son. Best of luck with your search.
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The Long Island Whole Child Academy has transformed my son. He has gone from surviving public elementary to thriving at The Long Island Whole Child Academy. Dr. Richer and her staff know their students at a level that goes above and beyond, and allows the child to soar under their guidance. I can not stress enough how high they bring a level of care and excellence to their entire philosophy of education. They truly understand the whole child.
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