Forman School — a boarding school dedicated to working with learning differences students — will open a summer 2014 program for boarding and day students in grades 7-11. Students in Forman’s summer program will work to strengthen their academics; the program is designed to serve students matriculating at Forman in the fall as well as students returning to their home schools after a summer at Forman.
“Forman has a long tradition of teaching students who learn differently. With the success of the Forman Institute for Cognition and Learning, it became apparent that there is an opportunity to expand our services to a wider group,” Forman head of School Adam Man explained.
Of the impetus behind the new program Program director, Betsy Bartlett added:
“Many students with learning differences lose momentum over the summer months when they are not actively engaged in school work. This program is designed to build skills and confidence that will carry them forward.”
Mornings during the summer program will be dedicated to reading, writing, math concepts, metacognitive strategies, and executive functions. Afternoons are dedicated to recreation or personal pursuits such as tennis, horseback riding, golf, ceramics, photography, swimming, and boat building.
In the evenings students and faculty return to academics working through curricula and activities designed to help students increase their awareness of their individual learning styles, gain proficiency in assistive technologies, develop advocacy skills, and create a plan for their return to school in the fall.
Adding a summer program gives Forman a new tool in service to students who learn differently. Even, if a student attends a school other than Forman during the academic year, he/she can still build a foundation, learn, and grow through the Forman experience.
“Through our Forman Summer program, we are expanding our reach — both nationally and internationally. The high level of strategies instruction that we offer, the self advocacy skills, and the road maps that student will develop are designed to carry them forward into the upcoming school year — wherever that may be” Bartlett, explained.