This school has been a vast improvement for my gifted son with NLD. He has friends, is comfortable, and is learning. Some reviews on this site have complained that the academics are somehow lacking. The academic level is not on par with a top tier private school, but it is college prep and brings the kids along academically so that they are successful and learn to compensate for their weaknesses. My son's academic testing is strong and we are confident that he will be successful in college. Most importantly, he is HAPPY now. The director of the school is an extremely strong personality. She does not endear herself to many people, but she has designed a strong program and the kids are the beneficiaries.
Orion Academy does not deliver on its promises academically. Also there is a pervasive and inherent lack of respect of students and their families, and it starts from the top.
This school is much better then all the other schools I've been too in a long time. I am making many more friends then I did at public schools, and my writing skills have vastly improved. Almost everyone is friendly with everyone else here, and small classes are a good thing to have, too. All in all, a great school for Aspergers people.
It is a good program. However, the administration takes a very strong and intimidating approach which has been counter productive in our case.
Not college prep as advertised. Difficult communication with administration. Expensive.
This school is the best thing for AS kids ever. My child is so happy here. Lots of friends, great curriculum, high expections, he can work independently. Teachers who 'get it'. We are so lucky to have this school in the bay area. The best place on earth for an Aspie!
This is a wonderful program, innovative and smart. I especially like that it is a high school only - not trying to do middle school or lower grades on the same campus. AS and NLD kids thrive, make real friends...so different from public school. The program has really grown and the facility and services have grown as well. Excellent course selection for such a small school...everything an AS kid could want. The director is an expert in the field with published books and the program refelcts this professional level.
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