An Educational Consultant’s Notes on The Forman School

An Educational Consultant's Notes on The Forman SchoolThe moment I stepped on The Forman School‘s campus, I was impressed with the students, faculty and Head of School, Adam Man.

The high expectations for all students were evident everywhere. Forman is coeducational boarding and day school (172 students) for a clearly defined population- students with dyslexia and issues around executive functioning and ADD/ADHD. They do not offer programs for students with Autism, Aspergers or students with behavioral or emotional difficulties.

With students who learn differently, Forman teaches differently.

Forman uses a variety of learning approaches: intensive one-on-one work to improve areas of weakness, small group cooperative learning settings (boat building), round-table discussions, and hands-on experiential education. They truly focus on skill development that will take their students to college and beyond. The community exudes a great feeling of excitement and camaraderie among faculty and students!

I especially liked their Module A1, B1, A2, B2 (75 minute classes) academic schedule. For three weeks, students take four classes only. Then, they move onto four different classes for three weeks.

Winterim is another new program in which all faculty and students participate. Winterim, (between Thanksgiving and Christmas break) is a rewarding 20-day exploration of subjects and ideas not usually taught in a traditional classroom setting.

Residential life has been greatly improved and integrated into the school. Please check out their website to learn more about Forman at:

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  • A Dream Preferred

    I would highly recommend the Forman school. We have visited the school several times and talked with staff. What is very unique about a school like Forman is that it has a full selection of compeietive athletic offerings such as football, soccer, wrestling, etc, Other similar prep schools like Forman do not offer the range of athletic offerings like Forman. Why is this important? Some other similar schools offer modifed sports but not competitive sports. Students, who for many reasons did not play sports before entering Forman, are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of offerings. More, competitive LD athletes who need to keep their athletic skills up, academically get through NCAA eligibility, etc, may find Forman a great match. With the new NCAA eligibility rules, Forman may be the best option for competitive LD athletes. Also, Forman has a partnership with the Litchfield High School in Connecituct. Many of the athletes from the Litchfield High school serve on the football team another team since Litchfield High School does does not have football and several her sports. This partnership with the Litchfield High school creates a well rounded diversity in the athletic department of many types of students. The diversity it creates greatly benefits the Forman school population and vice versa. My child chose another school over Forman as it was his choice and it had to be the right “fit” for him. I would highly recommend Forman as well as my son.

    • frustrated LD MOM

      Thank you for sharing crucial information because this is our exact frustration….with the athletics… what school did your son choose? and are there any others at all comparable with the athletics and social aspect?

      • suggestion

        I would suggest you
        engage an “independent educational consultant” They can help you find an appropriate school for
        your student’s specific needs . . . which is how we found Forman School. They can offer options tailored to your
        specifications, help you narrow the field, and even assist with the actual
        application process if you want. Of
        course, this comes at a cost. We don’t
        have a big wallet, but didn’t want to be penny wise and pound foolish. Better to outlay a relatively small cost
        upfront than enroll in an adverse or less-than-ideal learning situation,
        squandering both time and money. Like
        hiring any other professional, make sure to use due diligence; you want a good
        fit. No, I’m not a hack for IECA . . .
        just another formerly frustrated parent hoping to spare others the same fate.

        • bfisher

          LD Mom,

          Thanks for reading sharing the personal experiences.

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