Students With Learning Differences and Other Special Needs

Providing Support

Specialized Boarding schools for students with learning differences

Boarding schools for students with learning differences can make such a life long difference.

We are experts in learning and understanding special needs, and we have made it part of our mission to get to know schools across the country that are really good in these specialized areas of supporting children, adolescents, and teens.

We work with the entire range of students with learning differences, including Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/’ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Blind, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Executive Functioning challenges, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders and/or Processing Challenges, Tourette Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and those with Written Expression Challenges. Some students are only mildly impacted while others need specialized support.

 Not all children are being taught the way they learn best.

The essence of finding the best fitting school for a child, adolescent or teen is matching to how the child learns. Students with learning challenges / disabilities or learning differences often struggle needlessly when the educational setting is rigid, or directed toward the majority of students. One size does not fit all.

Nigera middle 1When struggling children reach high school and the academic demands increase, their needs change.

We work with traditional boarding schools that have robust and well-developed learning support teams. We also work with more specialized schools that have all the traditional boarding school offerings and are also designed to support students with specific learning and/or developmental disabilities. It is critical to have a thorough understanding of the student’s individual profile before making any recommendations about school placement. This is an area in which we specialize for our families.

These schools feature reading specialists, special educators, and thoughtful consideration to the emotional and physical well being of students. Whatever the need and whatever the school, expect your child, adolescent or teen to be welcomed with the same goal: to thrive.

We want to thank Dr. Frances at HFS for assisting us in getting our son into a specialized boarding school. Our son severely struggled with ADD and was failing in his ability to get his education needs met. Our son now has his high school diploma. Thanks to Dr. Frances our son was able to get admissions to a community college in the US and is now working to complete his Associate degree. We would highly recommend HFS to anyone.

Anthony and Jane Blakey,, Son 14, England, 2009

Our family’s debilitating struggles have become transforming opportunities for growth and we owe that to one dedicated person – Dr. Dore Frances. Work with her: she will make a difference in your life, your child’s life and the future for your entire family. Our son is in a specialized boarding school placement now and we can understand even more how much this was needed. He was suffering with depression and dyslexia. Our hearts miss him, however, with Skype we can see and talk with him every week. The compassion from the school staff and the kindness Dore showed our son when visiting him helped a very difficult time become a little easier. We feel very blessed to be working with Dore and have faith that she will be doing this another 20 years from now!

David & LaDonna Tolzman, Son 16, Germany, 2014