Below is a list of schools friendly to differently wired children crowdsourced by the TiLT Parenting community. All of the information below was submitted by families with first-hand experience and knowledge of the schools or by the schools themselves. 

The goal is to continue building a truly comprehensive, up-to-date database of schools that can meet our kids’ needs, along with the kind of reviews / feedback that will help others with their decision process. To submit information about a school that should be included in this database, please click the button below. To report an inaccuracy or submit a suggested change to a listing that’s already included, please send us an email.

Important Note: Inclusion of a school on this list is not an endorsement by Tilt Parenting. All testimonials have been voluntarily supplied by families who have or currently attend that school, and honestly represent their personal experience with the school. 

United States

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Arizona

Fusion Academy
Scottsdale
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 


 

Lexis Preparatory School
Scottsdale
Website: www.lexisprep.com

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional
Curiculum: Orton Gillingham
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


The Jones-Gordon School
Paradise Valley
Website: www.jonesgordon.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, dyslexia, 2e/twice exeptional, executive dysfunction, other learning differences
Curiculum: Whole child approach (academic, social and emotional growth)
School Features:Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, ppportunities for parent education, daily FLEX hour rather than pull-out model


Tucson Ingenuity Academy
Tucson
Website: www.ingenuityacademy.org

Grades Served:Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School:
Private micro-school
Approach to Neurodivergence:
Neurodifferences Supported:
Gifted
Curiculum:
Learner driven environment
School Features: Small class size, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Our daughter is thriving in this environment after being frustrated with in a local public middle school.

California

Anova Center for Education
Santa Rosa
Website: www.anovaeducation.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
Curriculum: Anova method
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 


 

Athena Academy
Palo Alto
Website: www.athenaacademy.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: High visual-spatial, primarily with dyslexia / dysgraphia
Curriculum: Constructionist, embedded SEL, strength based, individualized education programs 
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Aveson School of Leaders
Altadena
Website: www.aveson.org

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Charter
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students 
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
Curriculum: Personalized Mastery Learning with a focus on social and emotional learning
School Features: good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Although Aveson is not specifically focused on differently wired kids, I think it offers a model of Personalized Mastery Learning that works well for differently wired students (especially those with ADHD and sensory issues, or who are 2e). I especially appreciate their focus on social emotional learning, their mindfulness curriculum, and their proactive use of conflict resolution among students. 

 


 

Beth Hillel Day School
Valley Village
Website: www.tbhla.com

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain 
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Bridges Academy
Studio City
Website: www.bridges.edu

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum: Progressive, strength-based, 2e expert
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This school has changed my child’s life. Bridges is a truly safe and welcoming space for 2e kids, where they are finally free to be exactly who they are without worrying about how others see them, and where they are fully supported in their academic endeavors.

Only here a year and while it has been bumpy they have held our hands during the bumpy parts and assured us they are on our and our son’s side even when his anxiety kept him from attending school regularly. 

 


 

The Burkard School
San Mateo
Website: www.theburkardschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, Anxiety, 2e/twice exceptional
School Features:Specializing in self-regulation, class size no larger than 10 students, good staff to student ratio, each classroom has a general education teacher and a designated Behavioral Specialist

 


 

Chartwell School
Seaside
Website: www.chartwell.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

The Children’s Place Montessori School
Torrance
Website: www.childrensplaceschool.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain 
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
Curriculum: Montessori
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My 2e kid (dyslexic) loved the self directed nature of the Montessori approach and the fact that there were multiple ways to learn and show her creativity. The school is a micro school with no more than 20 kids and two teachers. It was a mixed age classroom with grades 1-6 in the one room classroom.  There was no homework which allowed her to pursue a more balanced lifestyle of after school enrichment activities. The principal is an amazingly gifted teacher who knows how to work with neurodivergent children. She is also the main teacher in that school.

 


 

Chime Institute
Northridge
Woodland Hills
Website: www.chimeinstitute.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Charter
Approach to Neurodivergence:  Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges

 


 

Compass High School
San Mateo
Website: www.compasshigh.org

Grades Served: High school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum:Supportive, individualized approach not only includes a college preparatory program, but also offers students and their families integrated services and support
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This school has changed my child’s life.
Bridges is a truly safe and welcoming space for 2e kids, where they are finally free to be exactly who they are without worrying about how others see them, and where they are fully supported in their academic endeavors.

 


 

Creative Arts Charter School
San Francisco
Website: www.creativeartscharter.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Charter
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, differentiated homework for dyslexia and ADHD

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
After homeschooling for a couple of years my son wanted to attend middle school. Fortunately, i twas an amazing experience.

 


 

Cypress
Petaluma
Website: www./ucpnb.org/cypress-school/

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, learning differences
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills groups, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Excellent placement for special needs kids. Wonderful teachers, excellent administrators, and a great relationship with the school district. They handle their own transportation with mini vans. Great for kids who are nervous on the bus.

 


 

Fusion Academy
Bay Area: Los Gatos, Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Berkeley, Walnut Creek
Los Angeles Area: Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Miracle Mile, South Bay, Warner Center
Orange County Area: Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo
San Diego Area: Solana Beach, San Diego
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach 
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 

 


 

Frostig School
Pasadena
Website: www.frostigschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges,
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Google Children’s Center
East Palo Alto

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, behavioral challenges
Curriculum: Reggio Emilia
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Google Children’s Center has an experienced preschool teacher who became the Center’s Inclusion Program Manager. The school’s handbook has a 2-page explanation of inclusion and concrete examples of what accommodations have been used to enhance the school-parent-student partnership. Strong accountability with team meetings at least one a month to check-in on student with parents. The school’s mission is of course to serve the student’s needs but also to allow parents bring their best selves to work. Strong peace of mind. This is available as an employee benefit but it’s oversubscribed by lottery and waitlist starting with babies at 4 months old.

 


 

The Help Group
Los Angeles
Website: www.thehelpgroup.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students 
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site,  alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The school takes private pay tuition and also takes NPS referrals. They have about 7-8 different campuses for a variety of special needs populations. Some of their programs work well for some students, it depends on the needs and the fit. I thought the admin would be more supportive but it was the same resistance I had received in the public school system. It was a better fit for my son but still stressful for me.   

 


 

Hilldale School
Daly City
Website: www.hilldaleschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum: Hilldale is academically-accelerated to meet the needs of bright and gifted kids, but it teaches social-emotional learning at grade level.
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 


 

Kinship Academy
San Jose
Website: www.kinshipacademy.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
Curriculum: Strength-based learning for children who learn differently 
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son is only 3 months in, but it’s clear Kinship is the only school he could be in now after suffering severe trauma from public school and being out of school for several months due to severe anxiety. They are understanding of differently wired kiddos, and the need to take a slow approach to school for him, however long it may need for him to recover from his trauma.

 
 
 

 

Lindamood-Bell Academy
San Rafael
Website: www./lindamoodbell.com/academy

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students (“We believe, passionately, that all children and adults can be taught to read, comprehend, and do math to their potential.”)
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, alernative academy expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Our son has made amazing progress at Linda Mood Bell Academy. His teacher ratio is 1:1. He is supported in areas that he needs help and is thriving at grade level for normal curriculum.

 


 

Mid-Peninsula High School
Menlo Park
Website: www.mid-pen.org

Grades Served: High school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Mid-Pen is very small (averaging 30 students per grade level), with class sizes around 15 students.  About 60% of students have an IEP. The curriculum is fairly traditional, but they are intentionally light on homework, and their motto is “college prep, less stress.”  The school day starts at 9:30 am. It is a small, supportive environment where all students are known. There is a fantastic arts program, including visual arts, drama, and music.  Both ASL (American sign language) and Spanish are offered. Many students take Caltrain, and then the city shuttle takes them directly to and from school from the train station.  

 


 

New Roads School Spectrum Program
Santa Monica
Website: www.newroads.org/curriculum/spectrum-program

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school 
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD
Curriculum: Individualized
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Orion Academy
Moraga
Website: www.orionacademy.org

Grades Served: High school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, twice-exceptional/2e
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 


 

Park Century School
Culver City
Website: www.parkcenturyschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school (grades 2-8)
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning differences
Curriculum: Individualized, evidence-based 
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Prentice
Tustin
Website: www.prentice.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, 
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum: Orton-Gillingham
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Reach Elementary School
Redondo Beach
Website: www.reachelementaryschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning differences
Curriculum: Social thinking
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


Renaissance Learner Academy
San Jose
Website: www.learningfarmed.org/rla

Grades Served: High School
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional, learning differences
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 


 

Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools
San Pedro
Website: ww.rollinghillsprep.org

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning differences
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Rio Vista Elementary
Los Angeles
Website: www.riovistaes-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
There are still the issues that come with any public school, parent must advocate, but overall a much more accepting, supportive environment.

 


 

School for Independent Learners
San Jose
Website: www.sileducation.org

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional, 
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:

A helpful model for education when a full load of traditional classes and tons of homework just isn’t a good fit.

 


 

STEM3 Academy
Valley Glen 
Website: www.stem3academy.org

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, executive function coaching, use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:

This school has been life-changing for our daughter. It has provided her with a terrific combination of true peers, good friends and academic challenge. Classes are small and supportive. The facilities are new and incorporate a wide range of tech tools, including an extensive maker lab and robotics center. It has restored our daughter’s love of school and of learning.

 

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Micro-school
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, freedom & choice around which work students want to take on

TiLT Parent / Community Review:

Sunnyside Micro School has been the perfect fit for my gifted, creative and quirky 10 year old! The supportive, nurturing and creative environment caters to asynchronous learners. Jade Rivera, the founder, plans thoughtful projects around science and engineering themes that the students can really sink their teeth into and engage with in their own ways. All the math and language arts is delivered in 1:1 tutoring/coaching and the student community is small but supportive and sweet. We are thrilled to have found this school and love the teachers and all the support our child is getting.

 


 

The Knox School
Santa Barbara
Website: www.knoxschoolsb.org/

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students 
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted
Curriculum:
Reggio Emilia
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Tilden Preparatory
Albany
Marin
Walnut Creek
Website: www.tildenprep.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum: Individualized
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Amazing school designed to meet the individual needs of each student whether he/she has learning differences, is gifted, is 2e or simply needs a program to meet his/her unique schedule. My son has thrived at Tilden!!! 

 


 

Touchstone Learning
Redwood City
Website: www.touchstonelearning.org

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Dyslexia, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Touchstone Learning is a very small one-room school house where students get very individualized attention and tutoring for dyslexia. Our son is in his third year here, and started as a 2nd grader. The founder and lead teacher, Anna Cencioso, has transformed our child and our family. Through her we learned he was 2e, and began to understand him in new ways. He started as an anxious kid who hated books and is now a confident student who is proud of his superpowers.

 


 

Urban Montessori Charter School
Oakland
Website: www.urbanmontessori.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Charter
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning differences, behavioral challenges
Curriculum: Montessori
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, Speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills group, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son has not received an evaluation but struggles with trauma, anxiety and social/ relational issues, as well as negative self-image. The school and staff has done a phenomenal job supporting him in a non-shaming, flexible way while communicating with me. I do have concerns about the general “roughness” about the culture of public school playgrounds but am so impressed with the school’s ability to create a cohesive culture despite some very difficult personalities.

 

 

 

Valley International Preparatory High School
Canoga Park
Website: www.viphs.org

Grades Served: High school
Type of School: Charter
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
I’ve had two boys go through VIP. My oldest has Asperger’s and is high function but on the spectrum.  He was lost in a big public school atmosphere. His counselor was AMAZING and gave him all sorts of support and encouragement. Ann Cochran, who runs the school, set it up to get kids through the high school curriculum  that give heavy emphasis on counseling the kids to advocate for themselves but also help them to pick colleges that are right for each of them. He ended up attending Oregon Tech and is studying engineering. My younger son  is “neurotypical” and was a shy kid who would have been invisible at our local high school. He found his place and his people in the speech and debate program at VIP. Led by an amazing “Pied Piper” of debate, the program at VIP has gone from non existent five years ago to top ten in the. country four years ago, top eight three years ago, top six two years ago and top 5 this year!  They are building rock stars with so much confidence and team support. If you would have told me that my shy kid would be competing at national competitions at Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA and at high schools all over the country…all the while keeping up his grades and organizing his own travel and hotels, I would have laughed at you, but his story is not unusual at VIP. He’s turned into a very vocally loquacious and intellectually inspiring young man. College aps and SAT soon to come! If you live in the San Fernando Valley and have a kid who isn’t built for the public machine, give VIP a good look! 

 


 

Vista Verde
Irvine
Website: www.vistaverde.iusd.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning differences 
Curriculum: School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
School Features: Speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site

TiLT Parent / Community Review:

Our public school has a part time speech therapists, and a full time education specialist, who work with our child’s IEP. We find the speech therapist particularly gifted at her role of observing a student’s behaviors and finding opportunities to practice social techniques in her natural settings. But the school’s principal has disappointed several families by his lack of responsiveness to parent communications on a range of issues. Such as a parent’s email asking to meet on behalf of a school PTA subcommittee on special education; several parents whose kids experienced bullying; lack of visible leadership/school commitment for inclusion and respecting diverse members. The Vice Principal sits in our child’s IEP and has expressed support for Special Education, but the school website doesn’t list our district’s Special Education page on its resources.
 
 
 

 

Westmark School
Encino
Website: www.westmarkschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school (grades 2-12)
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students 
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, learning differences 
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 


 

The Willow Community School
Culver City
Website: www.thewillows.org

Grades Served: Elementary schools, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum: Progressive curriculum rooted in experiential learning and social values
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The Willows Community School is a wonderful, unique, and supportive environment. We have a 4th grader that has attended the school since kindergarten, and they have always been supportive and open to who our son is and his unique challenges. Our son is gifted and diagnosed in 1st grade with ADHD, Dyslexia, and Dysgraphia. In 3rd grade, a math disability was discovered, and the next year in 4th grade, he was given a diagnosis of HFA. They do not provide services or any neuropsychological testing but do provide the space for OT and learning therapy and will incorporate this into your child’s day at school. They are also very willing to work with the support people we have in place, and teachers are wonderful in seeing the strengths in children and building them up. The school has also incorporated mindfulness and social-emotional learning in their curriculum.

Colorado

Ascend Micro School
Colorado Springs
Website: www.ascendmicroschool.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school
Type of School: Microschool
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum: Learner-centered
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Fusion Academy
Denver
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 


 

Niwot Elementary School
Longmont
Website: www.niwotes.svvsd.org

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported:Gifted, ASD, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, Use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, teachers adapt to each student, very little to no homework.

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter had a complex dx of ASD, ADHD, CAPD, and anxiety. She is also highly gifted. She received a lot of benefit from having daily gifted math and language classes, while also getting support in social skills, writing, speech and OT as per her IEP. What I appreciated most is that her mainstream classroom teachers, GT and Special Ed teachers were very calm and patient with my enigmatic child and often were adept at improvising ways of reaching my kid. She also skipped 2nd grade (her choice) via Iowa Scales of Acceleration. Her behavior improved after that, as it was a good decision on her part. She shone most in her GT classes, which included project-led learning and various opportunities to shine such as equations tournaments and student- actors participating in Shakespeare performances in the park.I decided to also send my younger daughter who is more typically developed there just because I appreciated the calmer atmosphere and confidence in the school’s ability to address kids of many stripes.

Connecticut

Cajal Academy, Inc.
Fairfield
Website: www.cajalacademy.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private, independent, nonprofit 2e special education school
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education, data-driven, individualized programs to address learning, social, emotional, behavioral and neuro-physiological differences

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
I am mom to two 2e kids. I co-founded Cajal Academy together with my kids’ occupational therapist in spring, 2019 when we learned that there was no special education outplacement school for 2e kids or kids with complex profiles north of New York City. Initially, we were just trying to create an effective program for my 8 year old, but as we started taking down the walls between different therapeutic specialties and re-engineering learning based on current neuroscience rather than traditional educational assumptions, he was transformed academically, socially and emotionally. But he wanted a school, and I felt that I couldn’t keep this amazing team and our new framework to myself. So we launched as a nonprofit school in September and began expanding our cohort in January, 2020.

 


 

Easton Country Day School
Easton
Website: www.eastoncountryday.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: 2e / twice exceptional
School Features:
Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, executive function coaching, use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Forman School
Litchfield
Website: www.formanschool.org

Grades Served: High school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Forman is a boarding school for bright students with one or more learning disabilities. The teachers are phenomenal and the Metacognition and Executive Functioning classes that all students must take provide them with the tools and skills necessary to navigate life beyond high school. There is a tremendous amount of support and many of the students discover they actually like school and can be successful when properly supported.

 

 

Franklin Academy
East Haddam
Website: www.fa-ct.org

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
We found Franklin after a national search – it is a rare gem! Amidst very difficult middle school years, our son deserved to be educated by a team of experts who understood his unique learning challenges and recognized his gifts and strengths. Finding a high school that was the right fit was critical – to insure that he was nurtured and supported. I was confident in my heart that he was college bound, but first he needed to feel safe, to belong. From there he would, and he has, grown and excelled! Of course!

Franklin has provided small, intimate academic and social experiences with expert understanding of how he sees the world and where he needs support and to be challenged. Academically, they offer curriculum that is flexible, responding to each students needs. As a junior, he is thriving in college level math courses and electives. The passion of the faculty is remarkable, the academic brilliance so impressive. The relationships inspire my son and his learning is passionate and joyful.

This year is one of college tours and choices. Franklin has bridged his education from difficult middle school years to a student ready for college years at the best schools in the country.
That’s a good education!

 


 

Fusion Academy
Fairfield
Greenwich
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 


 

The Oxford Academy
Westbrook
Website: www.oxfordacademy.net

Grades Served: High school
Type of School: Private boarding school
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, executive functioning challenges, 2e / twice exceptional, anxiety
Curriculum: 1:1 learning with a college prep curriculum/mastery transcript consortium school
School Features: Small class size, Good teacher to student ratio, Executive function coaching, Use of technology to support differently learning styles, Teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 


 

Workspace Academy
Bethel
Website: www.workspaceeducation.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Homeschool
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size,alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
A great option if you’re essentially willing to homeschool, would like to design your own program, but want a built-in community of support with every material (like maker space, science lab, theater) available to correspond with your child’s needs.

Delaware

Centreville Layton School
Fairfield
Website: www.centrevillelayton.org/#

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 

 

Florida

Center Academy
Maitland
Website: www.centeracademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 


 

Fusion Academy
Miami
Boca Raton
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 


 

McGlannan School
Miami
Website: www.mcglannanschool.net

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, learning differences
School Features: Small class sizes, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: Multi-sensory

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This is really one of the only option for students with dyslexia & other language-based learning differences in Miami (maybe look at Roig too?). In my experience, for most families initially it’s a huge relief to land here. After struggling in other schools there is real feedback and personalized learning. Students start to relax and become more confident and successful & they really do learn a lot in their first year-or-two. I think they are most effective in helping students who are really struggling to learn to read. The problem is that the school really has not modernized or advanced since the ground-breaking work of Francis McGlannan. After traveling to see what other schools are doing nationally, it’s clear that improvements can be made. Parent education is lacking, curriculum/approaches don’t seem to be as up-to-date as they should be & the school has remained very ‘clinical’ with few additional activities. They could use a scientific advisory board of nationally recognized people in the field to come in and help modernize some of the approaches. There is also not an overly transparent process to figuring out the right time for your child to transition out. That being said, we are thankful for our time here as it helped lower the stress level for our family and made our child a more confident learner.

 


School of Arts and Sciences

Tallahassee
Website: www.schoolofartsandsciences.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school
Type of School: Charter
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Project-based education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The focus on Conscious Discipline as the behavioral management framework of the school benefits 2E/extra needs students immensely. It gives them the hands on instruction of how to navigate their complex emotions and how to regulate themselves. The absence of any kind of punitive systems is a huge boost to students in their self esteem and confidence. The curriculum model allows the children to shine in their areas of talent, as well as easily receive extra support for areas that are more challenging to them individually. Our 2E student has thrived here for three years and we cannot imagine a better educational environment for her.

Georgia

Action Academy Marietta
Marietta
Website: www.actonmarietta.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Micro-school
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Many different kinds of learners
Curriculum: Student-led learning
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education


 

Counterpane Montessori School
Fayetteville
Website: www.counterpane.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Montessori

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Like any school, Counterpane has its pros and cons and will not be the “best fit” for every child and their caregivers/parents. We love the environment because it is nurturing to all students based on ability and interest and the students are never competing against one another for attention, grades, or “honor student” status. This school has a very distinct identity and knows what it offers. There is an expectation of parental involvement through volunteer work, which only builds the strength of the community by including the parents in the work, the vision and the conversation. The staff and the teachers are incredibly understanding and are willing to work with every student to encourage them to be the best version of themselves that they can be, stressing the pursuance of interest-based learning (constantly asking why? and finding the answers) instead of a “one size fits none” curriculum. The student receives one-on-one lessons with the teachers at a rate that is fitting for them and the teacher expands the lessons as the student shows mastery. This is an incredible school that is accepting of every one and stresses the importance of grace, understanding and respect. I have witnessed peer interactions to sort through misunderstandings that were based on more empathy and communication than I’ve seen adults muster. We loved this school and are even considering moving back to the area simply so our daughter has an accepting, safe and challenging environment to learn and ask questions in through the end of high school. The school accepts students from 3 years old until 18 years old.

 


 

Fulton Academy of Science and Technology
Roswell
Website: www.fastk8.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Play-based learning, project-based learning

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The school is new, and rough around the edges, as it dose not have a gym. It’s been amazing for my 2E boys regardless. We love this school

 


 

Fusion Academy
Alpharetta
Buckhead
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 


 

George E. Whitlow Elementary
Cumming
Website: www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/whitlow

Grades Served: Elementary
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: STEM

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The teachers and staff at this school are very willing to accommodate differently wired kids and make a lot of effort to work with the parents. IEP meetings and evaluations are easy to obtain. They also have dedicated classrooms set up specifically for students with High-functioning ASD as well as specialized instructors. My son had a wonderful experience at this school!

 
 

Alpharetta
Website: www.millsprings.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

CORE Community School
Woodstock
Website: www.thecoreschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
CORE is a very small school focusing on social and emotional develop for different learner’s. Daily physical activity, small class sizes and a warm, inviting environment help students learn how they learn best. They have been very helpful for my profoundly dyslexic son.

Hawaii

Assets School
Honolulu
Website: www.assets-school.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Many different kinds of learners
Curriculum: Student-led learning
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son just made a mid year switch to Assets and so far so good. Happy to write a review after we have been there longer! Assets tag line is “Transforming Lives” and so far we are believers!

 

 

Illinois

 

Fusion Academy
Lake Forest
Lincoln Park
Evanston
Oak Brook
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.


 

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Aurora
Website: www.imsa.edu

Grades Served: Grades 10-12
Type of School:
Private
Approach to Neurodivergence:
Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported:
Gifted
Curriculum: Problem-based learning, inquiry
School Features: Alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This is a co-ed public boarding school for grades 10-12. It’s academically challenging and also provides a place for gifted students to “fit in” with other kids like themselves. However, it can be challenging for a 14 or 15-year-old to navigate the independence of living on campus, managing their time, and maintaining health, so this school is definitely not for everyone.

 


 

St. John’s Lutheran School
La Grange
Website: www.sjlagrange.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
We ended up at this school because full day kindergarten was not available in our district. The principal is also the morning kindergarten teacher and she is willing to work with families looking for specific accommodations. I wish this school and its staff were more supported to teacher differently wired kids, but there is a lack of funding. The small class size and the morning kindergarten teacher/principal were ultimately why we sent or 2e child to this school. It wasn’t perfect, but other options in the area seemed less accommodating.

 


 

Vanguard Gifted Academy
Batavia
Website: www.vanguardgiftedacademy.org

Grades Served: Elementary
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Vanguard is a new school for gifted students in the western suburbs of Chicago. They will be starting their third year in August. My son was one of the first students to attend. Our experience here has been exceptional! Its a very small school led by teachers that have extensive experience with gifted learners. Although my son is gifted, he has also been diagnosed as ADHD and “is most likely” ASD. The school has been fantastic at creating a personalized approach to his learning, focusing on helping him build executive functioning and social/emotional skills in addition to academics. They figure out each student’s learning style and work to accommodate that wherever the student is. It is NOT a traditional school model; its an open learning environment where kids are allowed to move around, engage in their learning and apply what they’ve learned to real experiences. My son would not fit in well in a public school environment or at most gifted schools that are structured for “high achieving students”. But he loves Vanguard and is doing very well there. If you have a gifted child with some unique idiosyncrasies that make a traditional school model challenging, I would absolutely recommend that you reach out to Vanguard to learn more.

 


 

Wolcott School
Chicago
Website: www.wolcottschool.org

Grades Served: High school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

Indiana

Fortune Academy
Indianapolis
Website: www.thefortuneacademy.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for neurodivergent students
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning disabilities, ASD, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional, gifted, dyslexia
Curiculum: Orton Gillingham
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, alternative academic expectations, opportunities for parent education, social skills groups, small class sizes, executive function coaching, use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This school was life-changing for our family. The love and support they give to my 2e son and every single student there is amazing. They have it covered. I can finally breathe.

Kansas

Horizon Academy
Roeland Park
Website: www.horizon-academy.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning disabilities, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, opportunities for parent education, social skills groups, small class sizes, use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: Orton-Gillingham

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
I have 2 children with dyslexia and dysgraphia who attend this school.

Louisiana

A Kid’s Choice
Shreveport
Website: www.facebook.com/learninglighthouse

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Home school tutoring
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning disabilities
School Features: Small class size, Good teacher to student ratio, use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: Private one-on-one tutoring

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The one on one tutoring and specifically in dyslexia has been a blessing. It’s not a school, but for kids with multiple learning differences including dyslexia, it may be one of the few options in the area.

 


 

Louisiana Key Academy
Baton Rouge
Website: www.lakeyacademy.com/aboutus

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Charter
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Dyslexia
Curriculum: Dyslexia focus leads them to teach the basis of the word, not just memorizing words.
School Features: Use of technology to support differently learning styles, Teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This methodology has helped our son, which is not testing as dyslexic, but his spelling and fluency challenges are greatly improved with dyslexic training.

Maine

Children’s Odyssey
Portland
Website: www.childrensodyssey.org

Grades Served: Preschool
Type of School: Public, private, accessible at no charge through Child Development Services
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
I wish this was more than a preschool! I’ve never met such caring and attentive teachers and therapists! They became an extension of our family through my daughters short time there. I could always go to her “person” if we started to experience something new at home and get helpful suggestions. And at the end of the day, one of the teachers would give me a full report of how she did that day and if there were any issues. They helped me understand the tools and the language they used in the classroom so we could implement them at home in social situations when my daughter would struggle. The small classrooms and student-teacher ratio just blew my mind! Every.Single.Teacher and Employee, knew my child by name and greeted her as she walked down the hall. They’re all trained in special education and continue to update their education. The inclusive classrooms are incredible. There’s even classroom pets in every room and the hallways!

Maryland

Fusion Academy
Rockville
Columbia
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.


 

Jemicy School
Owings Mills
Website: www.jemicyschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning differences, 
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Educating students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences

TiLT Parent/Community Review:
Jemicy is a wonderful place for children to develop as learners and as people. If you have a child with dyslexia or other language-based learning differences and are in the vicinity of Owings Mills, MD, I encourage you to check them out!

 


 

McLean School
Potomac
Website: www.mcleanschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, use of technology to support differently learning styles teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Abilities model

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
We applied to this school for my son and ultimately chose a different school but we were incredibly impressed by the supports provided for differently wired students. It’s an amazing place. Parents of McLean students I’ve spoken with are very pleased with the program.

 


 

New England Academy
Beverly
Website: www.newenglandacademy.net

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Social emotional disorders
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
NEA offers small class sizes and dedicated clinical support for kids for whom emotional challenges prevent them from succeeding in traditional settings. My son went from being blamed for his emotional instability to being – and even more importantly FEELING – the support of his educators. It was founded by a former school psychologist that noticed that some of the brightest students were being left behind in public school settings.


The Auburn School
Rockville
Website: ww.theauburnschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, use of technology to support differently learning styles teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Social learning 


 

The Diener School
Potomac
Website: www.thedienerschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, executive function coaching, use of technology to support differently learning styles teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Social thinking

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Diener is a warm environment with caring teachers experienced in working with kids who are differently wired. They provide behavioral supports (token boards, etc) to motivate children to follow directions and use The Social Thinking Curriculum throughout the day, woven into all classes and subjects. Because they are so small, they can group kids flexibly for academic subjects, giving kids a chance to interact with kids in different homeroom classes. They have group OT and speech therapy regularly and a great sensory room available to any kids who need it. It’s not the right school for kids with serious behavior challenges, as they are not really equipped to handle those issues adequately.

 


 

The Maddux School
Rockville
Website: www.madduxschool.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Social challenges, learning differences, speech/language needs
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Social learning 

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The Maddux school is an extremely unique traditional school with a social learning curriculum that integrates SLPs and OTs into their small classrooms with very low student to teacher ratios. The Maddux students are bright, differently wired kids that need individualized curriculum while learning to function in typical social learning environments. The students engage in all typical education subjects, as well as PE, art, library, yoga, music, etc. The students are unaware they are experiencing anything different than their typical peers, however their day is intentionally structured to meet all their individual and group needs. Throughout the year, after school clubs also offer kids the opportunity to engage in activities their typical peers are experiencing (sports, science, cooking), however with the same nurturing care and attention to individual needs.This school is only 15 years old, and has approximately 45 students in grades pre-k to 2nd grade.
 

The Treatment and Learning Center
Rockville
Website: www.ttlc.org

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Therapeutic model

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Thus far, our son has attended the floor time based therapeutic interaction groups designed to support growth in social communication skills. The professionals are incredibly skilled, thoughtful, intentional, and helpful. It is an absolute joy for me just to watch them play with my son, and he hasn’t been there long but has shown growth and will inevitably show more as he continues because they are just so good at the work they do! There is a school associated with TLC as well – the Katherine Thomas School.

Massachusetts

Acera School
Winchester
Website: www.aceraschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: STEM

 


 

Angier Elementary School
Waban
Website: www.newton.k12.ma.us/angier

Grades Served: Elementary
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, Speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The town of Newton in MA is known for its excellent special ed services, however, some schools are better than others. Angier is top-notch. The inclusion team is excellent, as are services — which, if your child needs it, can include home ABA services, BT support, OT, Extended school year, transportation, etc. The building was built with break-out rooms/sensory rooms. Throughout Newton, kids participate in “Understanding our Differences” curriculum which teaches children about all forms of disabilities, learning differences, and neurodiversity. It is normal to see kids of all abilities at school. Inclusion is a top priority for school leadership. 

However, some things to note: 1)Real estate is expensive, so you need to consider long-term options, even if you start by renting 2) There is no gifted education in MA, so differentiation for 2E students is missing.

 


 

Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock
Great Barrington
Website: www.bardacademy.simons-rock.edu

 

Grades Served:Grades 10 / early college
Type of School:
Private
Approach to Neurodivergence:
General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported:
2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size

TiLT Parenting / Community Review:
This is an excellent school for 2e learners. Lots of neurodiversity and a great place to practice social relationships.


 

Four Winds School
Gill
Website: www.fourwindsschool.info

Grades Served: Middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Four Winds has been an amazing middle school for my differently wired (high functioning autism and ADD) son. First of all, it is small (9-13 students, depending on the year). The ratio of teacher to students is high (with 2 full-time teachers and 2 more part-time support staff). Every student learns at their own pace. There is no such thing as “grade level” at Four Winds. There are middle school aged kids doing high school level math. There are also middle school aged kids still working on math basics (i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). Kids don’t advance to the next level until they feel comfortable doing so. Academics are organized and rigorous, yet the school is informal and very humane… there are no desks, there is a “quiet room” with couches and bean bag chairs… there are no hall passes… no homework. Almost every other week there is a field trip. There are special “seminars” dealing with middle school aged issues (puberty, relationships, social responsibility, civics, etc.). It’s a wonderful community for the students, where inclusion is taken seriously. I no longer have to worry that my kid is spending recess alone. He has thrived here, and our entire family is better off because of it.

 


 

FUSE Preschool and Early Elementary School
Lexington
Norwood
Website: www.fuseprogram.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional, anxiety
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: FUSE School has an innovative curriculum focusing on mindfulness, social collaboration, perspective taking, sensory integration and emotional regulation.

 


 

Fusion Academy
Hingham
Newton
Burlington
Andover
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 
 
 

 
 
Amesbury

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Phenomenal school, supports the development of the whole person in an absolute inclusive community for every person. This school saved my son. After 1 year, he is smiling, developing confidence and acknowledging his strengths and abilities.

 


 

Tremont School
Concord
Website: www.tremontschool.org

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Micro-school
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum: Living curriculum
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 

Michigan

Jamestown Lower Elementary
Hudsonville
Website: www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org

Grades Served: Elementary
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Our school has been fabulous in supporting my son. We are in constant contact with all adults who work with him and we’ve created a great team to support him specifically. I can’t stress this enough: They really and truly care. They know him as a person, not a diagnosis. We share strategies and insights that have made him very successful.

 


 

Summers-Knoll School
Ann Arbor
Website: www.summers-knoll.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary, middle school (grades preK-8)
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.) teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: Progressive project based 

Minnesota

Academy of Whole Learning
Minnetonka
Website: www.academyofwholelearning.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school, transition programming
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students, inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education


 

Arete Academy
Minneapolis
St. Louis Park
Website: www.summers-knoll.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: STEM 

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The school has several animals – such as a therapy dog, a bunny, snakes, lizards and more. This is a huge comfort and great learning opportunity for many students. My SPD and highly anxious 7th grade daughter has NEVER liked school, missed 5 months this year & spent 10 wks in a partial hospital program for anxiety. Arete has literally changed her life – she is excited to attend, LOVES the school, and comes home happy and centered instead of falling apart and melting down. Arete is worth every penny for my child!!

 


 

Avalon Charter School
St. Paul
Website: www.avalonschool.org

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Charter
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students, inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum: Class and project-based, self-paced
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Capital Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet
St. Paul
Website: www.spps.org/capitolhill

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet has been fantastic for our son. After a bumpy kindergarten year, he has excelled in the sensory-friendly environment of the school. The teachers and the administration have a lot of experience with 2e and differently wired children and since it is a Gifted and Talented Magnet, many students are differently wired and that makes for a like-minded cohort of kids.

 


 

Minnetonka Public Schools
Minnetonka
Website: www.minnetonkaschools.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 


 

St. Paul Academy & Summit School
St. Paul
Website: www.spa.edu

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
It’s a rigorous school that embraces whole child learning. Emotional regulation via The Toolbox curriculum and growth mindset is taught in the lower school. Appropriate emotional regulation curriculum is taught in middle school along with explicit study skills. Courageous conversations, the hardness table teaching philosophy, and the possibility to engage in high level research in interest areas round out a rigorous upper school. This is a place where gifted kids (and 2e kids) can thrive.

 


 

Westwood Intermediate and Middle School
Spring Lake Park
Website: www.springlakeparkschools.org/westwood-school

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, learning differences
School Features: Teachers have experience with differently wired learners

Missouri

Lighthouse International: An Acton Academy
St. Charles
Website: www.mylighthouseinternational.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Micro-school
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students, this school works best for independent learners who want to have more control over their learning and need more freedom in how that learning occurs
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, as well as ADHD, mild ASD, mild dyslexia, 2e / twice exceptional often succeed here due to the self-paced environment, project-based learning and character development
School Features: Small class size, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, opportunity to practice self-governance within the guardrails of honesty and safety

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Acton Academies are well-known for providing a 21st-century education and that is exactly what I feel like my children are receiving. Between my children, we needed to accommodate giftedness, ADHD, and high anxiety. At Lighthouse International, there are no grades, homework or traditional tests. I love to hear them tell me about what goals they have achieved and the “monsters” they have overcome on any given day. I also love that they are allowed to walk through what happens when they choose to not give their best. The project exhibitions are really great because my children just beam with pride as they show off their creations and learning from the last session. Lighthouse International is a safe place to fail and try again. It is also a safe place for them to do the hard work of becoming a person who is compassionate, driven, kind, confident, and positive as well as become someone who can persevere through whatever challenges life throws at them. It does not look or feel like “school” but my children are receiving the exact kind of education I feel like they need to live their best lives in the future!!


Miriam School 
St. Louis
Website: www.miriamschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences
School Features: Small class sizes, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter has attended Miriam School for five years. She is a bright student who has ADHD and is on the autism spectrum. At Miriam, she is taught by teachers who have extensive experience teaching children who have learning differences. The small class sizes ensure that each child receives individual attention. The school also emphasizes social skills. My daughter, who before faced challenges when making friends, is surrounded by really great kids who share similar interests and ways of being.

 


 

u.school
Springfield
Website: www.u.school

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Microschool
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences
School Features: Small class sizes, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.)
Curriculum: Self-directed, community-centered

Montana

Learn, Inc. 
Missoula
Website: www.learninmontana.com

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class sizes, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Self-directed learning

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter experiences high-anxiety in connection with sensory issues and ASD. This past tear she attended Learn, Inc. She’s happy going to school now instead of refusing to attend. She had the space to unwind and process a lot of emotions and past trauma during this school year. They are not solely focused on academics but provide opportunity for learning in many areas and focus on student’s interest. They have part-time and full-time enrollment opportunities.

Nevada

Davidson Academy
Reno
Website: www.davidsonacademy.unr.edu

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education


 

Triad School
Reno
Website: www.triad-school.com

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence:Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, executive function coaching, use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

New Jersey

Barnstable Academy
Oakland
Website: www.barnstableacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, anxiety
School Features: Small class size, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Barnstable is one of the very few programs in Northern NJ that offers college prep academics AND social skills, executive function coaching, counseling services, individualized curriculum, one-on-one teaching when requested, time for homework in school & reduced homework load, greater focus on arts and sciences rather than athletics AND a “smart & quirky” population that is NOT behavioral at school. This school is best for kids who would not fit well in a therapeutic environment but need more support than an IEP in a public school can offer. By focusing on strengths and using those strengths to support weaknesses, Barnstable is giving my 2e learner what he needs to both succeed and feel “normal”!They do not currently offer scholarships but may in the near future. It is a Naples placement. Regardless of what you are told you absolutely can fight your district to obtain placement or reimbursement for tuition. In the tri-state area we are just now starting to see “2e schools” get it right. I have also heard good things about Quad in NYC and FlexSchool has an incredible founder & vision but is still working out big kinks like finding great teachers and the right student population. 

 


 

Cornerstone Day School
Cranford
Website: www.cornerstonedayschool.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specific support for kids with mental illness
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, social skills groups, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education, therapeutic and psychiatric support

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Cornerstone is the only school environment in which our son has thrived.  He is challenged academically while being supported therapeutically. Cornerstone has an educated, well-trained and compassionate staff that goes the extra mile for their students.  After school socials, field trips, volunteer opportunities and mentoring opportunities help support the whole child. Parent support groups and family therapy sessions help support the child’s family.  We are thrilled that we found Cornerstone.

 


 

Flex School
Berkeley Heights
Website: www.flexschool.net

Grades Served: Middle school, high school, post-graduate
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students, general population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges (but no behavioral issues that will not resolve as a result of being in this environment)
School Features: Small class size, good student to teacher ratio, social skills group, executive functioning coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, minimized homework, discussion-based classes, applied engineering, art therapy, Vermont trip, speaker/field trip most Fridays
Curriculum: Talent and mastery-based program with support for challenges/anxiety as needed.

Tilt Parenting / Community Review: 
The changes in my child after beginning at FlexSchool have been dramatic. He came from multiple school environments in which the emphasis was on his deficits, and where his gifts were not acknowledged. FlexSchool’s fundamental belief that children should be educated where they are and their use of ability based groupings is incredibly successful. My 10 year old is in a math class with high school students, and at the same time, he is receiving support for his struggles with executive functioning skills. His anxiety is practically gone. He has become more confident in his own abilities and has learned to advocate for himself in an articulate and appropriate way. He looks forward to school and we have animated discussions about the things he is learning. All of the classes are honors level classes with minimal homework and no “busy work”.

 


 

Fusion Academy
Englewood
Princeton
Montclair
Cherry Hill
Morristown
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 


 

Holmstead School
Ridgewood
Website: www.holmstead.org

Grades Served: High school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Holmstead is a therapeutic school that only accepts students from sending public school districts.  They do not take private pay students. My twice exceptional daughter (ASD) thrived at Holmstead after a horrible experience in our public school district.  The teachers and administration are amazing and do everything they can to help their students succeed.

 


 

Primoris Academy
Westwood
Website: www.primorisacademy.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 


 

Raritan High School
Hazlet
Website: www.hazlet.org

Grades Served: High school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning differences
School Features: Small class size, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups

New Mexico

Mosaic Academy
Aztec
Website: www.mosaicacademy.net

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Public charter school
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This school is a community of learners and teachers. Small school, individual instruction at the child’s level from low to gifted. If your child is in  3rd grade with 2nd grade reading and 5th grade math that is where they are placed (my son) Your child has the same teacher for 3 years. The teacher advocates for services for your child. The school produces thinkers. This school is much more than common core (Mosaic University, Exploratorium, and Quest). It uses a lottery system for admission. Siblings have priority.

New York

Andrus – The Orchard School
Yonkers
Website: www.andruscc.org/orchard-school

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
There is a huge amount of support which I found rewarding. Huge campus with many activities. There is a separate program for children on the spectrum and they are all within a specific iq range. It was important that my son be around children like him. small classrooms and lots of feedback and communication from staff. Lots of children with behavioral issues in this school. There is also a residential program. It can get pretty loud and aggressive at times.

 


 

Brooklyn Autism Center
Brooklyn
Website: www.brooklynautismcenter.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school, up to age 21
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD
Curriculum: Applied Behavioral Analysis
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, 1-to-1 learning

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
BAC has been nothing but supportive. It started the second we signed up my son – they asked a million questions to help guide the individual instruction he would receive. They offered to create a social story to help ease his first day at school, and continue to provide support for activities in our life that go beyond the classroom. The school does group activities such as music, theater, cardio/ gym, dance, and therapeutic horseback riding (seasonally). Once a week, a neurotypical private school comes over to “play” with the kids in this small school, which is so meaningful to the kids there. The big downside is that there are no related services in school, but we are getting around that. My son is thriving in the personalized learning he is receiving, and actually making friends. I was worried that a 1-to-1 ABA program would mean less socialization (because it was that way in another ABA school my son attended), but I am pleasantly surprised that this is not the case!

 


 

Brooklyn Free School
Brooklyn
Website: www.brooklynfreeschool.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: Social justice

 


 

Flex School
Bronxville
Website: www.flexschool.net

Grades Served: Middle school, high school, post-graduate
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students, general population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges (but no behavioral issues that will not resolve as a result of being in this environment)
School Features: Small class size, good student to teacher ratio, social skills group, executive functioning coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, minimized homework, discussion-based classes, applied engineering, art therapy, Vermont trip, speaker/field trip most Fridays
Curriculum: Talent and mastery-based program with support for challenges/anxiety as needed.

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Flex School is the first school where my son is celebrated for who he is. He looks forward to going to school and is challenged for the first time in his academic career. The school supports different learning styles, has flexible seating, no homework and a variety of ways of showing mastery of material other than traditional tests. The kids have a block of time for in-depth study of a topic that interests them on Fridays as well as weekly field trips or guest speakers on Friday afternoons.
 
 
 

 

Fusion Academy
Long Island
Park Avenue
Brooklyn
Upper West Side
Westchester
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 


 

High Meadow School
Stone Ridge
Website: www.highmeadowschool.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD,  2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Our twice-exceptional daughter, whose ADHD, anxiety, and learning disabilities made public school a challenge she could not overcome, has thrived at High Meadow School. Through close relationships with teachers who know her quirks and her learning style, a focus on student agency, plenty of opportunities for outdoor exploration, arts, and play (even at the middle school level) have all contributed to her positive experience. It is a deeply nurturing community that celebrates the differences in all kids, and responds dynamically to the changing needs of different wired students in particular. 

 


 

The Lang School
New York
Website: www.thelangschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD,  2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Just entered and so far, my daughter thinks “it’s better for her”. Happier child now. When school sees an issue they say it followed by “so, what we’re doing is…”. I appreciate that.

 


 

PS10
Brooklyn
Website: www.ps10.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Reggio Emilia


 

PS32
Brooklyn
Website: www.ps32.org

Grades Served: Elementary
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The ASD Nest program has an application process. It’s an incredible model which was first piloted at this school. They are looking for a specific profile who they serve well. The school specifically has seen it all. They tend to work with parents, taking a restorative justice approach, and don’t pathologize behavior. It is a public school, so budget is tight and fundraising help is always needed. Check your implicit bias before considering this school. It’s a place where families from many different backgrounds learn to get along with each other. 

 


 

Spark Elementary
Lindenhurst
Website: www.sparkelementary.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students, inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: All differently learning children
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son is 2e with a high IQ, anxiety, and possibly ADHD or sensory processing disorder. This school has enabled my child to thrive in school instead of struggling and hating school. Our family is transformed by Spark.

 


 

Quad Preparatory School
New York
Website: www.quadprep.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site,  social skills groups, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Strengths-based

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Our child is thriving at Quad and misses it terribly over the summer – she treasures her days there! One thing is particular that I love is the fact that everyone is trained in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum, so the staff members all speak the same language when it comes to social support. We see so clearly the lessons coming through when she engages with friends and family – she’s a different kid – still her beautiful amazing self, but happier and more easily able to navigate the wider world. The school’s administration is not always the best at communicating important information or changes – but they’re growing a lot. Hopefully that will improve as things even out.

 


 

The Co-Op School
Brooklyn
Website: www.thecoopschool.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional, learning differences
Curriculum: Progressive, constructionist approach with Reggio-Emilia foundations
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The school has been a wonderful environment for my 2e son with ADHD. He has blossomed here with a small class size and all the support we could ask for (OT, SETTS, and a social skills groups in particular). The school is not specifically marketing itself as supporting neurodivergent learners but they welcome all children and do their very best to support them and meet with where they are.

North Carolina

Flaming Sword Christian Academy
Hope Mills
Website: www.flamingswordcampus.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son is 2e – gifted with autism and adhd. Public school did not work for him and his behaviors were out of control. Flaming Sword was an answer to our prayers! He is challenged academically while receiving the support he needs for behaviors and social/emotional difficulties. One of the things that makes me happiest is that he has FRIENDS! He is happy and successful and isn’t made to feel weird or different. My son is making progress academically, behaviorally, socially and emotionally. I truly could not ask for more.

I am a seasoned special education teacher for our public school system. There are kids who just don’t fit into our programs. Flaming Sword fills that gap.

 


 

Fusion Academy
Charlotte
Raleigh
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 


 

Hope Creek Academy
Durham
Website: www.hopecreekacademy.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.),  teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Pine Hollow Middle School
Raleigh
Website: www.wcpss.net/Page/21473

Grades Served: Middle school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, behavioral challenges

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The staff at PHMS put a priority on understanding and building connections with students from the administration to the support staff. This goes a long way for differently wired kids to know that they are KNOWN and accepted.

 


 

Sanderson High School
Raleigh
Website: www.wcpss.net/sandersonhs

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This school has a specific “Sanderson Way” that helps all students and teachers help each other be curious instead of trying to diminish differences. The support staff is fantastic!


 

The Epiphany School of Charlotte
Charlotte
Website: www.theepiphanyschool.com

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, social skills groups, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son is now successfully attending a public charter school with a 504 because of his time at The Epiphany School learning so many skills for how to be in the world being himself but with social skills that really work. Love this school!

 


 

The Hill Learning Center
Durham
Website: www.hillcenter.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The Hill Learning center understands kids to learn differently. The student teacher ratio and skilled instructors have been a blessing to my son with severe ADHD and EF difficulties. He has so much growth in just one year.

 

 


 

The Trilogy School
Raleigh
Website: www.trilogyschool.com

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, social skills groups, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Strengths-based

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Trilogy is a wonderful small private school for differently wired kids. The staff is committed to serving unique kiddos and it has been a godsend for us with our ADHD/anxious child.

The administration at this school is especially compassionate. Conflict is handled by looking for a lack of skill and teaching that skill rather than a behavioral choice.

Ohio

Chagrin Valley School
Chagrin Falls
Website: www.chagrinvalleyschool.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD
School Features: Alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.)

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son attended public School through second grade. He started telling me he didn’t like school when he was in kindergarten. I didn’t know about alternative schools, so we stuck it out through 2nd grade. He does well academically, but there was a lot he wasn’t interested in, and he struggled socially, due to ASD. Finally, I came across this school using the Democratic method, which I had never heard of before. He’s allowed freedom to do as he pleases at the school. He can pursue what he wants to learn, games he wants to play, whether he wants to be indoor or outdoor, etc. The kids are not forced to do any specific subject, and there is no homework and no testing.  The school deals with behavioral issues through a judiciary process, where a child can write up another child if there was an issue. It is then worked out through a meeting.

The school is actually set on a farm, so there are animals around as well. If you attend the school, you will have to register as a homeschooler, as the school is not an official ‘school’.  You can go full-time, or part-time, and it’s great social interaction for kids who may not fit into a typical School. my son just finished his first year there, technically third grade, and he loved it. He didn’t want school to end!


 

CinDay Academy
Springboro
Website: www.cindayacademy.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students, general population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son has ADHD inattentive, and may be gifted. Public school would not work with him on anything, therefore holding him back. He’s been at Cinday Academy for 3 weeks now, and has grown leaps & bounds due to the environment. The philosophy fits him including the ability for him to be in the high school environment when he is technically in 8th grade. He’s now challenged & wants to try hard. This is still a new experience for him, but I would definitely recommend this school!

 


 

Lawrence School
Broadview Heights (grades K-6)
Sagamore (grades 7-12)
Cleveland
Website: www.lawrenceschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, use of technology to support different learning styles, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Orton-Gillingham

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Lawrence School will change the life of every person in your family. They specifically target children with dyslexia and immerse them in a curriculum that will not only get them reading on grade level — but make them LOVE to read! I never would have believed it if I didn’t see it for myself.

 


 

 

Marburn Academy
New Albany
Website: www.marburnacademy.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, executive function coaching, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, use of technology to support different learning styles, 
Curriculum: Orton-Gillingham

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son with dyslexia, written expression disorder, and ADHD has attended Marburn for 6th and 7th grades.  He made so much progress on his reading skills he doesn’t even have an IEP goal for reading anymore. All of the teachers at Marburn are trained in OG and meet each child where he/she is academically.  Each child receives 50 minutes of small group intervention DAILY specifically designed to meet his/her needs. My son has had the opportunity to join a competitive robotics team, be part of 2 school musicals, learn rock climbing, and join a running club which culminated in running in a community 5K race.  I don’t think he would have had nearly the same types of opportunities at our public middle school. Marburn saved our son. If you are an Ohio resident and your child has an IEP, you can take advantage of a state scholarship to help with tuition but it is still very expensive.

Oregon

ACCESS Academy Alternative Program of Portland Public Schools (PPS)
Portland
Website: www.pps.net/acccess

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Access Academy is an alternative learning program designed to support the learning profiles of gifted students. Students must score in the 99% on a nationally normed test and show a need to an alternative learning environment
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, behavioral challenges, twice-exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Select population to build peer cohort, need-based rather than age-based class scheduling, large 2e population pushes awareness for needed accommodations and accountability, external push for district to do more by parent advocacy group TAGAC (Talented And Gifted Advisory Council). Artificially capped enrollment and zero other services in the district for TAG kids has parents fighting over scraps and builds resentment for the program in the general population.

 


 

Boeckman Creek Elementary
Wilsonville
Website: www./www.wlwv.k12.or.us/Domain/10

Grades Served: Elementary
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Full inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, electronic communication devices

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
We have had a ton of support with both of our boys while they are there. (Oldest is ADHD, youngest is ASD) There was always the desire to work as a team to figure out what we could do to make them successful. There was enough support that they both did improve and were successful enough to meet or exceed grade levels in the different subjects. They are understanding of big behaviors and the fact that they are not out of the blue, there is a reason. I highly suggest the school district, they have even won national awards for inclusion at their two high schools. Other schools are even coming to visit to see how their programs are so successful.

 


 

Corbett Elementary
Corbett
Website: https://corbett.k12.or.us/

Grades Served: Elementary
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, electronic communication devices

 


 

Venn Academy
Portland
Website: www.vennacademypdx.org

Grades Served: Elementary, Middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Curriculum: Small classes, relationship based, whole child individualized learning

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Small relationship based school with lots of movement and personal attention. new so it is very small and currently in a church basement. the younger class is especially good with a blocks curriculum that lets them guide the learning.

 


 

Village Free School
Portland
Website: www.vvilagefreeschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Self-directed learning

Pennsylvania

Aspire Nursery School
Pittsburg
Website: www.aspirenurseryschool.com

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, use of technology to support different learning styles
Curriculum: Creative curriculum

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This school has been wonderful for our son! The teachers meet every student where they are at in their development. There is no requirement for children to be potty trained to come to school. Behavior challenges are met with patience and thoughtfulness about the possible reasons behind behaviors, and teachers are always developing strategies to help best support the children. It is truly the most inclusive school environment we have come across! Our son loves it here and we are so happy that they have added a kindergarten class so that he can continue at the school next year! The school is partnered with PBS Kids and WQED which creates many fun learning opportunities for the children! The school also has a summer camp!

 


 

Fusion Academy
Ardmore
Malvern
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 


 

The Grayson School
Randor
Website: www.thegraysonschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent

 


 

Maria Montessori Academy
North Ogden
Website: www.mariamontessoriacademy.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Public charter school
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Montessori

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My child has jumped from school to school and then finally landed on this one. Every person, from staff to student, are taught to be  encouraging and to make everyone feel included. 

 


 

Winding Creek Elementary
Mechanicsburg
Website: www.cvschools.com

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, behavioral challenges
School Features: speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, use of technology to support different learning styles, opportunities for parent education

South Carolina

Buist Academy
Charleston
Website: www.ccsdschools.com/buist

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Use of technology to support different learning styles
Curriculum:International Baccalaureate

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
There is little support for IEPs that include regular OT, PT, speech, guidance, etc. Staff for these things is spread across many schools, and not directly on campus. This school is great for gifted children, or those who need to be academically challenged. The discipline and daily schedule are both rigorous. We were unsure of this at first, but it turned out to be a great thing for our child. There is a high level of consistency in the routine and a strict cause/ effect discipline plan in place to keep the schedule moving throughout the day. Children know exactly what to expect each day. They are challenged academically and rarely bored.

 
 
 

 

Sandhills School
Columbia
Website: www.sandhillsschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills group, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Orton-Gillingham approach for reading and writing

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Sandhills provides a basic college prep education for children of normal intelligence who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, or attention disorders. Classes are small and multiple accommodations are available. Teachers are trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading and writing and class activities allow for multi-sensory learning, even at high school levels. My son, whose mild learning differences and attention issues were greatly compounded by anxiety, completed the last two years of his high school education at Sandhills. While I wish he could have been challenged a bit more academically, the support he received from his teachers made all the difference.

 
 
 

Sterling Charles Townes Center
Greenville
Website: www.greenville.k12.sc.us/sterling

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Best school for gifted only. We have seen vast improvements with our 2e son.

 


West Greenville School
Greenville
Website: www.greenville.k12.sc.us/wgville/

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, twice-exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This school is amazing. My daughter is high functioning ASD and suffers from anxiety and depression. She could not handle ‘regular’ middle school, but this place has been perfect for us! Great staff, amazing administrators, just an all around great experience.

Tennessee

Currey Ingram
Nashville
Website: www.curreyingram.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Their focus is on ‘neuroeducation’ or creating an appropriate researched-based curriculum/intervention for each child based on their own learning needs/strengths. Their teachers seem to have a fairly wide variety of tools to help students the way they need in writing/reading/math/organization/etc. They do have a fairly traditional schedule with separate classes for each subject.

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Our story is like so many others that have been fortunate enough to find Currey Ingram. The kindergartener that struggled with so many things, and the now third grader that is a confident and happy learner. They truly celebrate who he is and use his strengths to build self-esteem. This is going to shape who he becomes forever.

 


 

Happy Place Preschool
Mount Juliet
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/category/Preschool/Happy-Place-Preschool-764368017031318/

Grades Served: Preschool
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: Their focus is on ‘neuroeducation’ or creating an appropriate researched-based curriculum/intervention for each child based on their own learning needs/strengths. Their teachers seem to have a fairly wide variety of tools to help students the way they need in writing/reading/math/organization/etc. They do have a fairly traditional schedule with separate classes for each subject.

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The teacher/director understands children in a way I have never seen. My children are all differently wired and she has experience working directly with ASD. She is patient and understanding. My son has graduated from her program now. I only hope his new school continues the foundation she has built.

Texas

Ace Academy
Austin
Website: www.austingifted.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Education for gifted, 2e, and 3e kid, specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education, on site one-on-one tutors for students with dyslexia and dysgraphia

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My child is gifted, has mild dysgraphia, and social markers for high functioning autism. The school is absolutely equipped to handle the needs of 2e and 3e students. The kids are able to learn at their pace, advancing as much as they need to or not. Gifted students with dyslexia or dysgraphia can receive one on one reading or writing tutoring during the school day. Classes are small, content is innovative, and the teachers and staff work so beautifully with these students and their specific needs. We have been so impressed with all the hands on STEAM projects, the amazing theater program, and the strong social and emotional support for these talented and unique children.

 


 

Acton Academy of Fort Worth
Fort Worth
Website: www.actonacademyfortworth.com

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Curriculum: Learner-driven
School Features: Small class size, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles


Acton Academy Katy
Katy
Website: www.actonkaty.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private, micro-school
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD
Curriculum: Learner-driven


 

The Briarwood School
Houston
Website: www.briarwoodschool.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son has just bloomed in this school, he gets all necessary accommodations, teachers are so well trained and all love what they do. They love to support and challenge the students. 

 


 

Forest Village Elementary
North Richland Hills
Website: www.birdvilleschools.net/Domain/2437

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, behavioral challenges
School Features: Speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: The teachers have used telescoping and differentiated with my gifted children, and they also have a pull out class once a week

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My school is in BISD and they are open enrollment within the district, so we have one school W.A. Porter that has all are deaf ed teacher and equipment, Walker Creek specials in teaching more life skills, and Foster Village has behavioral and the GATE program is offered at all the locations. They have a lot of turnover with the new principal hoping that slows down so the kids have more consistency.

 


 

Fusion Academy
Houston
Plano
Dallas
Southlake
Sugar Land
The Woodlands
Austin
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 
 
 

 

Great Minds Learning Community
Pflugerville
Website: www.greatmindslc.com

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Micro-school
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students, created for 2e students
Neurodifferences Supported: 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.)

 


 

Key Center for Learning Differences
Fort Worth
Website: www.kcld.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, twice-exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: The Key Center for Learning Differences believes that every student in Tarrant County, regardless of learning difference and financial ability, can be successful in school, in relationships, and in the community, given the right opportunities and instructional support. We value students as individuals with unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter attends key school and has since kindergarten. The teachers and staff have overwhelmingly taken her in and supported both my daughter and us as she goes through her educational journey. They are fabulous at what they do and recommend them for anyone! 

 


 

Lake Travis Elementary
Austin
Website: www.ltisdschools.org/LTE

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, Use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
We moved internationally last year and we were very concerned about moving our son from his very small school to a much larger school in the US. Lake Travis Elementary provided such a warm welcome for us and they immediately scheduled our IEP meeting. I truly felt like part of his IEP team and I have felt very heard, respected and appreciated as my son’s advocate. He works with a dyslexia specialist 4 days a week and the counselor and his teacher have been very supportive during his moments of anxiety, even moving his IEP meeting up to address his anxiety immediately. His teacher is a first year teacher and I wish she could follow him through to graduation! She is phenomenal and takes a genuine interest in her students. She is an excellent communicator and she even enthusiastically spends extra time tutoring my son and others after school. We have been very surprised by and grateful for the support so far!

 


 

The Magnolia School
Austin
Website: ww.themagnoliaschoolatx.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good student to teach ratio, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: Strengths-based, project-based

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son was struggling in his original preschool setting which was painful to see as he is very bright, athletic and quite a character. It was stressful searching for a new school but as soon as we stepped into The Magnolia School for a tour I felt so much more at ease. They meet their students where they are academically, socially and emotionally. They are very experienced with differently wired children and treat everyone with compassion and care. While our previous preschool determined they couldn’t “manage” my son, The Magnolia School welcomed us with open arms and enthusiasm regardless of my son’s lagging skills. While it is a small school without extra resources for atypical students, the directors and teachers are dedicated to fully supporting these students and parents. He is so much happier to be in a creative and compassionate environment that is truly committed to meeting him where he is. 

 

 


 

The Parish School
Houston
Website: www.parishschool.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges, speech and communication disorders
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum:Experience-based curriculum integrating communication, social competence and academic preparedness

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My son started there as a two year-old and is now about to enter first grade there. It is not cheap, but it is the *perfect* place for him where he is celebrated, lifted up, and taught in creative and innovative ways tailored to his strengths and challenges. Families move from all over the country to send their kids to The Parish School. It is truly one in a million!

 
 
 

 

School for Young Children
Houston
Website: www.foundationsyc.org

Grades Served: Elementary
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum:Neuhaus for reading and Singapore Math

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
The School for Young Children was a perfect fit for my youngest, who struggled with pre-reading skills, slow processing, and working memory issues. There are 6 students in each class, and the teachers individualize the instruction to meet each student’s needs. After three years in the school, my youngest is ready to spread his wings and fly into a general ed setting.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Katy

Grades Served: Middle school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Fantastic school where my son was so happy and made exceptional progress.

 
 
 

 

Stanley C Stanley Elementary
Katy
Website: www.katyisd.org/campus/sljh/Pages/default.aspx

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Fantastic school, with a friendly and caring ethos. My son loved his time here.

 
 
 

 

Southeast Central Texas Homeschool
La Grange
Website: www.seculargifted.com/sectx-homeschool

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary, middle school, high school
Type of School: Micro-school
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, social skills groups, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Secular, eclectic, interest-based, Sudbury 

 


 

The Westview School
Houston
Website: www.westviewschool.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Standard curriculum with supports built in for autistic students

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This school is a phenomenal option for verbal autistic kids who can handle grade-level curriculum but need support that’s not available in mainstream classrooms. The classes have 6-8 students with 2 teachers.

Vermont

Neighborhood Schoolhouse
Brattleboro
Website: www.neighborhoodschoolhouse.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, lots of support for social-emotional development

 


 

Roots and Wings Academy
West Haven
Website: www.rootsandwingsacademyvt.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids, multi-age class
Curriculum: Culture and nature

 

 

Virginia

The Auburn School
Chantilly
Website: www.theauburnschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, opportunities for parent education, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills groups

 


 

Brook Road Academy
Richmond
Website: www.brookroadacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, school anxiety
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, social skills groups, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, part of a wider network of schools sharing resources
Curriculum: Capped at 50 students. Small class sizes lend themselves to our non-traditional curriculum, a key component of which is our conversational approach.

 


 

Fusion Academy
Leesburg
Vienna
Alexandria
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 
 
 

 

Ideaventions Academy
Reston
Website: www.ideaventionsacademy.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Micro-school
Approach to Neurodivergence: Gifted kids with minor support needs for deep interests, and accommodations related to ADHD
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum:STEM and includes excellent education in the arts, languages, history, writing, etc.

 


 

The New Community School
Richmond
Website: www.tncs.org

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Dyslexia, learning differences, twice-exceptional, ADHD
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, executive functioning coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education, small group reading support for students with dyslexia, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Orton Gillingham and AP/ Advance Placement courses

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This is a great school for students with learning difference/dyslexia in grades 5-12. The small class sizes and a supportive learning environment make this the perfect place for a differently wired child.

 


 

The Newton School
Sterling
Website: www.thenewtonschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Learning through movement

 


 

Richmond Montessori School
Richmond
Website: www.richmont.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Montessori

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Richmond Montessori School is a wonderful learning community. They are very good for gifted learners. There is no ceiling to the curriculum. Students are allowed to accelerate if needed.

 


 

Riverside School
Richmond
Website: www.riversideschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Dyslexia, learning differences
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education, one on one reading support
Curriculum: Orton Gillingham

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This is a wonderful school for students with dyslexia. My daughter is thriving in a safe environment where she can learn as she builds her reading skills. I feel as a twice exceptional learner her needs are supported through multi-age class groups and math classes bast on ability testing versus grade level.

Washington DC

Fusion Academy
Washington D.C.
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 
 
 

 

Lab School of Washington
Washington D.C.
Website: www.labschool.org

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, executive function coaching, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Lab is a good school for my 2e child. He has a language based learning issue, but is gifted in math. It is not for everyone. He has his own math class and the school is great for providing him with enrichment while still providing support. For our son, the Lab School of Washington is a perfect fit. It is not for every 2e kid. I know several 2e families whose children left the school, but I know many who have had a positive experience as we have. The school is NOT for kids with diagnosed autism. Our son does have social skills challenges and some behavioral issues, but he is not particularly aggressive or disruptive. He has some ASD-like behavior issues that are part of his ADHD, but he is learning more about social skills with his SLP and therapist as well as group (all in school). He works on executive functioning, fine motor skills, writing and typing with his OT, also during school hours.

 

 


 

River School
Washington, DC
Website: www.riverschool.net

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features:
Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, social skills group, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This school was a godsend for our differently wired son. Unfortunately, the River School ends at 3rd grade. We’ve spent the last few years trying to replicate his incredible educational experience—without luck, it is a truly special place.

 


 

School Within School
Washington, DC
Website: www.schoolwithinschool.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ASD, ADHD, learning differences behavioral challenges
School Features:
Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills group, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
SWS is excellent at recognizing when children are differently wired and supporting them, even without an IEP. The IEP team has felt like a team rather than the challenge parents have often mentioned at other schools.

 


 

Washington Latin Public Charter School
Washington, DC
Website: https://latinpcs.org/

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Charter
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids, including learning disabilities, ASD, ADHD, 2e / twice exceptional, gifted, behavioral challenges
School Features: Classical education, small class sizes

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My three sons with ADHD (one is severely impacted) attend this school. They are all happy to go to school everyday. It’s not hard to make the sports teams. There are lots of opportunities for close connections with adults. We love this school. This school accommodates most students well.

Washington

Camas School District
Camas
Website: www.camas.wednet.edu/

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, social skills group, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Chrysalis School
Woodinville
Website: www.chrysalis-school.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Individualized for the student’s success
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum:Child-led courses, including one-on-one and (very) small group classes. Child-driven, child-paced, customizable, positive reinforcement, celebrating success. Separate social time (between classes) from academics which are tailored to kids’ individual needs.

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Chrysalis was a godsend for my profoundly gifted student who struggles with social anxiety and some executive function issues. He is never bored (which is NOT an easy task), he has felt safe and comfortable and has grown so much. The majority of classes are one on one, some small group classes, most of the socialization takes place between classes / organically, so academic ‘traditional classroom’ performance isn’t dominating relationships. Emphasis on NOT testing, doing busywork, lots of hands-on, kinetic customized learning. 100% accountability to each teacher, for time management, etc.

 
 

 

Creator’s House, an Acton Academy
Bothell
Website: www.creatorshouse.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private micro-school
Curriculum: Learner-driven
School Features: Small class size, Social skills groups, Executive function coaching, Alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), Use of technology to support differently learning styles


 

Edmonds Heights K-12
Edmonds
Website: www.eheights.edmonds.wednet.edu/ 

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on-site, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.)
Curriculum: Homeschool resource center

 


 

Eton School
Bellevue
Website: www.etonschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: 2e / twice exceptional
School Features:
Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, social skills groups, use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Eton has been a godsend for our differently wired child, enabling him to recover from his difficult experiences in public school and then flourish, particularly during his middle school years. The teachers have been willing to work with our child and us to make sure he is academically challenged without being overwhelmed. He has the freedom to run with projects that inspire him, and he has the accommodations and support he needs. The outdoor education, STEAM curricula, and project-based learning have been especially good in both respects. The school also provides social support in the form of Social Emotional Learning and social groups when the need arises. Finally the fact that students can stay with the same school has also been a huge boon. Students can use their energies to focus on their personal and academic growth instead of adjusting to a new school environment every few years. As a result, their confidence can grow and they feel more secure taking the risks necessary to learn. I’m positive that this aspect has been a key part of our child’s remarkable growth there. Staying with the same school has enabled him to get comfortable at the school and with the teachers. It has also allowed his teachers to get to know him incredibly well.

 


Fusion Academy
Seattle
Website: www.fusionacademy.com

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Love, Motivate, Teach

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My daughter struggled with anxiety, ADD and executive functioning as soon as she started middle school. The pace was so fast and every day she went to school she was further behind & more confused. So she refused to go. We did a tour/open house at Fusion and she walked out saying, “This where I want to go to school. When can I start?” The down side is that some children are there because of behavioral issues, not because of learning issues. But that’s real-world and the school is very responsive. It’s a very creative atmosphere with young, friendly teachers. Also to note, the teachers need only a BA to work there. Technically not a certified therapy school, so it’s not always easy to get your school district to help with tuition, which is high.

 
 

 

Hamlin Robinson
Seattle
Website: www.hamlinrobinson.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for children with dyslexia and learning processing differences
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, learning differences
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

 


 

Homelink 
Lake Stevens
Website: www.lkstevens.wednet.edu/homelink

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Public, Public school parent partnership
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids, It has a mix of typical and neurodivergent students. It does attract a more neurodivergent learners than the average school though because it is so well suited for creating a custom, non-standard education for your child.
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners

 


 

The Kineo School
Kirland
Website: www.kineoschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on-site, social skills groups, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: “We believe in inquiry-based learning and working in mixed age groups. We meet students where they are at. We are an inclusive school.”

 


 

Leadership Preparatory Academy
Seattle
Website: www.lead-prep.org

Grades Served: Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), speech language pathologists or occupational therapists on site, social skills groups, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum:STEM, strengths-based approach, collaboration with teachers, service in community

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This micro-school is very supportive for 2e learners with learning differences, and for any students who need a strengths-based learning approach to be able to explore in depth their areas of interest—a very calm, quiet environment, helpful for learning.

 
 

 

Little Cedars Elementary
Snohomish
Website: www.sno.wednet.edu/Domain/17lead-prep.org

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners
Curriculum: Core Curriculum based

 


 

Maltby Elementary Montessori Program
Snohomish
Website: www.monroe.wednet.edu/academic-programs/montessori

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: speech language pathologist or occupational therapist on site, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Montessori

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
This program has been great for my 2E children. The Montessori staff is well educated about learning differences, current psychology around discipline, and always doing additional professional development to learn more. The staff is well educated about dyslexia, ADHD and other learning differences. Students are valued and treated with the utmost respect while allowed to progress with their learning at an individualized pace. The Montessori program is a public school lottery program, meaning it’s free and students have access to all the same public services (OT, Speech, academic intervention) that they would at any public school.

 


 

Nova High School
Seattle
Website: www.novahs.seattleschools.org

Grades Served: High school
Type of School: Public
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
School Features: Executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.)

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Nova has excellent special education teachers. All students are supported and mentored. It is a supportive and inclusive environment.


 

Open Window School
Bellevue
Website: www.openwindowschool.org

Grades Served: Elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Inclusion program with extra support for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, executive function coaching, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education


 

Pioneer
Spokane
Website: www.pioneerschool.com

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, accommodates LD kids but doesn’t provide services, 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum: Topic Based Learning, weekly field trips to learn experientially
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), teachers have experience with differently wired learners

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
Pioneer is the best school for gifted and 2e kids in Spokane. The topic based learning allows kids to explore material deeply, teachers are accommodating of differences, field trips engage the kids in the community and enhance experiential learning.

 



Seabury 

Tacoma
Website: www.seabury.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: 2e / twice exceptional
Curriculum: Whole child learning
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education, private SLP available to come on site

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
I have two differently wired kids at Seabury. Like many others, we came to Seabury after more traditional schools failed to meet our needs. Everything from the small class size, individualized learning and supportive environment works for my kids! They have made wonderful friends and their uniqueness is celebrated.

 


 

 

Soundview School
Lynnwood
Website: www.soundview.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: General population with no specific support but does well for certain kids
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
We came to Soundview after 2 years of homeschooling. My son’s social/emotional skills were around the 1st grade level, reading at PS, but his interest level in history, science, math was/is very high. Soundview has blended classes. He was in a PS-2nd grade pod, allowing him to participate at varies levels. The classes are small, there is neurodiversity, the leadership of the school is excellent and rooted in executive function awareness, support, and development. The teachers are very subtle, yet very mindful about what each child needs and how he/she digests information. My child is his own normal at this school, mixing with other children who are being their own normal.


 

Three Tree Montessori
Burien
Website: www.threetree.org

Grades Served: Preschool, elementary school, middle school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, alternative academic expectations, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education
Curriculum: Montessori

TiLT Parent / Community Review:
My sons have attended this school since 2010. Currently the school is for 15 months to 12 years old. In two years they will add a 7-8th grade curriculum. I know there are kids here with ADHD, ASD, Oppositional Defiance, dwarfism and more. A true Montessori environment is suitable for almost all children. It teaches independence, self advocacy, self motivation, responsibility through all day executive functioning and life skills practice. The students work collaboratively on short and long term projects. They get to work on the floor, round tables, standing, sitting, moving. Through daily and annual student planned and student led outings these kids are prepared for life as a member of a community.

Wisconsin

Treffert Way for the Exceptional Mind
Fond du Lac
Website: www.treffertway.com

Grades Served: Elementary school
Type of School: Charter
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional, behavioral challenges
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, speech language pathologist or occupational therapists on site, alternative academic expectations (such as no homework, no testing, no grades, etc.), use of technology to support differently learning styles, teachers have experience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education


 

Walbridge School
Madison
Website: www.walbridgeschool.org/

Grades Served: Elementary, Middle school, high school
Type of School: Private
Approach to Neurodivergence: Specifically for atypical students
Neurodifferences Supported: Gifted, ASD, ADHD, learning differences, 2e / twice exceptional
School Features: Small class size, good teacher to student ratio, use of technology to support different learning styles, teachers have exprience with differently wired learners, opportunities for parent education

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