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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

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
Yes
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
ADHD, ASD Dyslexia, social emotional, sensory processing and executive functioning challenges, anxiety, depression
Year Founded
2016
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
11 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
Students by Grade
The Whole Child Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
1:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size
1 students
Number of AP Courses
2 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Calculus, Global History
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Admissions Director
Laurie Nordby

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. 
Profile last updated: 05/25/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
5  
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.
- Posted by
5  
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.
- Posted by
5  
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".
- Posted by
5  
Dr. Richer has a brilliant mind and undeniable passion for her students. Bravo!
- Posted by
5  
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!
- Posted by
5  
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.
- Posted by
5  
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.
- Posted by
5  
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.
- Posted by

Endorse The Whole Child Academy. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards
Endorse this school:

Recent Articles

Teen Travel In Uncertain Times
Teen Travel In Uncertain Times
Most adults find traveling more complicated and challenging that it was pre-pandemic. We offer some suggestions for safe teen travel in these uncertain times.
Using Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest to Promote Your School
Using Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest to Promote Your School
Social media is an effective marketing tool for your school. Here are some suggestions for using Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.
Should Teachers Be Unionized?
Should Teachers Be Unionized?
One of the basic differences between private and public schools is the fact that most public school teachers belong to a union. Should teachers be unionized?

Quick Stats (2021-22)

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Suffolk County, NY is $14,971 for elementary schools and $20,733 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Suffolk County, NY is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

Quick Links