‘I wish every school were like the Cambridge School,” enthuses Amy Fishman, parent of fourth grader Sophia. “Every child would benefit from its warm and inviting environment.” Located in Pennington, Cambridge School is an academically rigorous private school specializing in educating children with dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences through a multisensory curriculum. The school believes every child deserves the opportunity for an excellent education.

At Cambridge School, the teachers focus on more than basic academics. Amy adds “they stress kindness and being respectful to others. They encourage students like no other school.”

Explains Head of School James Maher: “All of our teachers are highly trained language specialists. We provide consistency of programing throughout all areas of the curriculum. This allows teachers to identify challenges and help students using the techniques and tools of research-based programs.”

Additionally, students are excited to participate in innovative and experiential classes such as Taekwondo, architecture and engineering, graphic design, and music classes in collaboration with the Westminster Choir College. These courses are designed specifically to address the learning needs of students, as supported by academic research, and to develop intellectual curiosity and real world applications.

Cambridge School has expanded its education to include Upper School. Maher adds, “based on our success, parents have asked us to add an upper school program. We have an additional, newly renovated space with state-of-the-art technology. Last year we started with a ninth grade pilot program, are adding a tenth grade this year, and anticipate having a fully functional high school by September, 2017. Melody Maskell, associate head of school, who oversees admissions, reports that the freshman class is reaching full capacity, as great interest in our Upper School program continues.”

Beyond traditional academic classes, each grade in the Upper School includes a course called Investigation with a different theme each year. Freshmen begin with metacognition; with an understanding of how their brains function. Students learn how to develop and use their learning strengths in order to succeed in college and in life. For sophomores, the focus is on exploring careers, including a hands-on internship in a field of interest. In the junior and senior years, the focus will be on preparing students for college.

Cambridge specializes in helping students with learning differences thrive. For Sophia, her journey to Cambridge began more than two years ago. When Sophia, who has dyslexia, was in public school her mother watched her self-esteem drop.

“I Googled schools. I called Cambridge and immediately felt the love through the phone.” At the same time, the school is located 75 minutes away from their home in Old Bridge. “I didn’t want to like it. We parked the car, opened the door, and I felt the love immediately.”

Now entering her third year at Cambridge, Sophia is thriving academically and socially. “I cannot say enough good things about it,” Fishman says, adding that the school is also academically challenging. Last year, for example, Sophia was reading “Hatchet,” while her son was reading the same book in a fifth grade public school class. “The increases in her reading and writing are unbelievable.”

The best proof for Amy that they made the right decision for their daughter is this: “Sophia cannot wait to go back to school!”

Cambridge School, 100 Straube Center Boulevard, Pennington. 609-730-9553, dcahill@thebambridgeschool.org. See ad, page 9.

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