The Whole Child Academy
5.00 (5 reviews)
Tel: (347) 668-3676
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.
The Whole Child Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:
- Category Attribute
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
|School Type||Special Education School|
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-12|
|Offers Post-Graduate Year||Yes|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||ADHD, ASD Dyslexia, social emotional, sensory processing and executive functioning challenges, anxiety, depression|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Summer Program Details||Link to Summer Program Details|
|Total Students||11 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||13 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||1:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||1 students|
|Number of AP Courses||2 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Advanced Courses||Calculus, Global History|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Admissions Director||Laurie Nordby|
- 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.
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Nearby Private Schools
The nearest high school to The Whole Child Academy is St. Anthony's High School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school and preschool is Huntington Montessori-northshore Learning (0.7 miles away)
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Melville Grades: 9-12 | 2385 students
275 Wolf Hill Rd
Melville, NY 11747
(631) 271-2020 0.4 9-12
- Huntington Station Grades: PK-3 | 95 students
165 Pidgeon Hill Rd
Huntington Station, NY 11746
(631) 385-3388 0.7 PK-3
- Huntington Station Grades: PK-9
165 Pidgeon Hill Rd Ste 1
Huntington Station, NY 11746
(631) 423-3557 0.8 PK-9
- Huntington Grades: K-12 | 121 students
21 Sweet Hollow Rd # 2
Huntington, NY 11743
(516) 986-9580 2.1 K-12
Dr. Richer has a brilliant mind and undeniable passion for her students. Bravo!
- Posted by Parent - D. L.
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 Parent - Regina M.
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 Teacher - Allison
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 Parent - Roger
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 Parent - Jessica
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