Who We Serve

So, who are Lawrence students?

They come from every race, religion, culture, and economic status imaginable. They look like students you would see in any classroom, in any school building across the country. They have interests and abilities that extend beyond the walls of school – which often are neglected because simply getting through school requires so much work.

They are bright, they are unique, they possess untapped potential, and they have talents and gifts that may very well change the world someday.

The unique challenge faced by Lawrence students is that they learn differently from the majority of their peers. This learning difference can be expressed by a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in reading fluency, reading comprehension, or written expression; dyslexia; dysgraphia; or expressive and receptive language disorders.

Additionally, our students may also have diagnoses of ADD or ADHD, or may simply have attending difficulties. This can include Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), ADHD primarily inattentive type, ADHD primarily hyperactive type, ADHD combined type, or Executive Dysfunctions.


Our students come from many backgrounds and have many different learning styles, but they have all experienced feeling unsuccessful and unrecognized in other educational settings. We know that academic success without a positive social context does not provide enough of a foundation to support future success.

Ultimately, students who feel able to succeed – and can take this confidence with them once they leave school – will engage in both the educational process and with others in social activity.

Consequently, we have developed programming which assures that our students are offered a range of academics in the classroom as well as social opportunities in the life of the school – both of which will prepare them to be active participants in our society.

FAST FACTS ABOUT LEARNING DIFFERENCES

  • 10-15 percent of all school children have a Learning Difference
  • In Ohio, this equals approximately 350,000 children
  • In Cuyahoga and Summit counties, this equals between
    81,576 to 121,886 children
  • Only 32 - 36 percent of Ohio 4th and 8th grade students read at or above proficiency levels
  • 60-80 percent of children with a Learning Difference have dyslexia or a language-based learning difference

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