Our Signature Clinical Program
Over the course of more than 40 years, Park Century School has developed an environment that is sensitive to the whole child. In addition to addressing the learning needs of the child, the School helps the students and their families navigate through the emotional issues that might arise both in school and out when one has a learning difference. Anxiety and low self-esteem often accompany the diagnosis of a learning disability. This emotional stress interferes with the child’s ability to learn. Teaching and communicating empathically allow learning and personal development to progress more successfully. Beyond remediating academic skills, such important abilities as resilience, self-advocacy and mindfulness are continually fostered.
Park Century School helps the whole child by utilizing an individualized team approach that includes teachers, administrators, outside professionals and parents. The teachers’ diverse backgrounds of training and experience enhance this collaborative effort. A school counselor is available to meet with students individually or in small social groups. In addition, professionals, such as psychiatrists, neuro-psychologists and developmental pediatricians in the Los Angeles community provide faculty consultations regularly.
The faculty participates in ongoing training to stay current about the most effective methods and programs for supporting students who might be struggling with having learning differences. This training is accomplished through professional development such as attending conferences and workshops, along with on-site consultations with medical professionals in the community. Newer faculty members are educated in assessing ongoing needs and evaluating the progress of a student.
As team members, parents are provided ongoing opportunities for communication, support and education. Parents and teachers are in frequent contact. In-depth parent conferences attended by the student’s entire team are held twice a year and team meetings are scheduled as needed. In addition, the School provides lectures and educational workshops for the parent.
From a student’s admission to Park Century, continuing through to graduation, it is the School’s goal to prepare the student for success in a traditional educational setting whenever possible. Upon graduation from Park Century, the administration and faculty continues to work closely with the family and the new school to ensure a smooth, successful transition.