Charles Armstrong School

Charles Armstrong School

By the Numbers

Established

1948

Grades Taught

1-8

Tuition

$36,650 (2015)

Student/Teacher Ratio

7:1

Enrollment

250

Mission / Vision - In Their Words

Mission: Charles Armstrong School serves high potential students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, empowering them to thrive as learners in school and life.

We believe that: all kids can learn, all kids learn differently, all kids must learn to use their minds well.

We value: teamwork and collaboration, academic excellence, commitment to our mission, respect and responsibility and accountability.

How They Accommodate Dyslexia

Target Students: Charles Armstrong serves primarily dyslexic students, although they also accommodate students with ADHD and anxiety. 

Dyslexia Accommodation: The school uses scientifically proven reading programs, specifically Fundations and Language! (a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program) in addition to the Slingerland and Lindamood Bell teaching methods. 

Other dyslexic accommodation/support mentioned include:

  • Speech and language therapists
  • Educational consultants 
  • Special lighting in classrooms
  • Unconventional seating
  • Unique paint colors
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Teacher Training:  The school employs 'credentialed teachers' and 'credentialed instructional coaches' but the specific credentials are not defined. 

Teachers participate in over 160 hours of professional development and collaboration every school year, thought again the nature of the training and its relation to dyslexia is not specified. 

Student Teacher Ratio: 7:1.  

Assistive Technology: This school reports that is uses a variety of assistive technologies: Radio systems (teachers transmit via microphone directly to the students ear bud or headset), interactive whiteboards, laptops (all students between 4th and 8th grade), speech to text and text to speech software to name a few.

Financial Support: Grants provided through donations and endowment earnings can offset about 15% of annual tuition.   

Charles Armstrong's
Scorecard 2013-2014

Target Students / Mission: 4/4

Dyslexia Accommodation: 4/4

Teacher Training: TBD

Student Teacher Ratio: 3/4

Assistive Technology: 4/4

Financial Support: 3/4

RW Scorecard

Based on information available at the school's website we have scored the school in six areas of importance to prospective parents and students.

Important Notes

1) Given the limitations of information available to us, the scores may not accurately represent the school. School administrators  or informed parents and students are welcome to contact us with additional information and we will update the scorecard accordingly.

2) Scoring is based on specific dyslexic student needs, not on an absolute scale of school quality.

DRW Scoring Grid


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