The students at this school have vastly different learning and social profiles. The school celebrates these differences and cultivates empathy among its students, teachers and staff. There's very little to no bullying.
My kids have been at Sterne for 6 months and are thriving They came from a Parochial school with very large classrooms and very busy teachers. At Sterne, they are learning twice as much with none of the pain. Our home life has improved tremendously as both kids have become independent learners with much improved self-confidence. The curriculum has been tailored to each of my kids to highlight their strength (math and science for one of them), Spanish, English and the Arts for the other - - and work on their weaknesses. The classes are very small and the teacher extraordinarily creative in meeting each kid's learning style. We are thrilled.
Ed McManis is the Head of my son's school. Having left a school last year due to bullying, my son came to Sterne school a shell of his former self. He was anxious, worried and his self confidence had been badly diminished. Ed took him in and reminded my son every day that he was going to thrive and succeed at Sterne. Ed goes beyond what is expected - whether he is helping Hayes write a journal in his office or helping him talk through his worries, Ed does what it takes to help Hayes.
Ed has never raised his voice, nor is he ever punitive. He steers our son in the kindest and most profound way. Recently, he recommended my son for a National Leadership program in Washington DC this summer. And my son, who couldn't sleep alone last year because of anxiety, is now flying by himself to this conference. He told me "If Ed thinks I can do it, then I can do it!" Our son is back to his former self. He is engaged, happy, confident and wants to succeed. I credit Ed for being the conduit for that transformation and I am eternally grateful for his dedication and grace.
Our son is a high school student at Sterne. The teachers are accessible and push him to his highest potential while supporting him while he navigates through social issues. Already in 10th grade, both teachers and counselors are exposing us to colleges and strongly encouraging early exploration. Sterne is WASC certified and also UC A-G certified, so our son has the potential to go anywhere he can get accepted. We are so grateful for the support of administrative staff and faculty. Big school goals with small school advantage. A place where everyone knows our son. It is so special to be at a school where our kids with LD are the center of the stage and not on the periphery. We are so grateful to have Sterne for our son and family.
Our son is learning his subject matter and connects to what the teachers convey. We hear stories from the classroom all the time and in particular those where teachers share their personal stories to make a point. They know how to reach our kids. Other schools don't have this type of leadership in LD.
As a school that specializes in LD, Sterne meets the students where they are. Sometimes persistence, grit and determination are long goals. The first greatest gift from Sterne is the reduction of anxiety which enables our kids to learn. After that they reinforce self advocacy and provide our kids with tools to function in the world as different learners. These are remarkable skills developed at Sterne.
Sterne focuses on self awareness and advocacy and the teachers and staff respond with an even hand to honesty and integrity. They are specially trained in responding to kids with differences and have multiple ways of addressing our kids. This results in fair and customized treatment for all.