May 22, 2015
As Executive Director I am glad to have the opportunity to address the specific comments about our wonderful school posted by a parent on May 4, 2015. There is not space here to address everything, and anyone who would like to discuss any or all of these topics should feel free to reach out to us and we would be thrilled for the opportunity to discuss our school. Prentice is now, as it has been for its 30+ year history, devoted to children with learning differences, with a strong focus on children with language learning challenges, often called dyslexia. To be sure, our earliest marketing focused on dyslexia, and in recent years we have adjusted that message to reflect the broader set of challenges that we have always addressed. There has been no change in our goals or mission. A foundation of our educational process has been a teaching method known as Slingerland, and it has served our students extraordinarily well over the years. We remain as committed today to the use of this effective tool as we have been for the past three decades, and are thrilled that our well-respected prior director, Carol Clark, continues to lead our Slingerland teacher training.
For decades, Prentice served as a nonpublic school, accepting students from school districts who determined they could not fulfill their needs. Several years ago the faculty at Prentice felt the demands of the school districts were interfering with our ability to serve our students, so we gave up our status as a nonpublic school. Last year, we became confident that we could once again serve as a nonpublic school and are proud to renew our partnership with public school systems in the education of children who are best served by the wonderful faculty at Prentice, and our specialized programs.
Prentice is growing enrollment, extremely strong financially, and improving every day. Just this month we received a six-year renewal of our accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the maximum possible accreditation period and a great vote of confidence in our program from a third party.
We always encourage all existing Prentice parents to take advantage of our open door policy, where any questions about our operations can be answered. And we encourage any parent seeking a solution for their child’s learning challenges to contact us to learn more.
- submitted by a school leader