For more than 40 years, The Greenwood School has been a haven for students with language-based learning differences. We believe that students with learning differences have inherent potential, which is maximized in a small school setting. With a student body of 50-55 students, educators are able to provide a 2:1 student-teacher ratio. Greenwood's campus is surrounded by 100 acres of woodlands, fully immersing the students in the natural world. The sledding hill is one step off the dorm's boardwalk. The bike paths start at the back stoop. The campus pond, full of kayaks and canoes, is just a walk through the apple orchard. This proximity to nature supports The Greenwood School's Outdoor Program and belief in the power of experiential learning. Greenwood's hands-on approach to education fosters a renewed sense of self and provides the setting for a student to thrive. The Greenwood School delivers a program which rewires the brain for improved reading fluency and rate, as well as processing speed weaknesses. We challenge and support students to step into the unknown and take advantage of opportunities. It is a school where learning by doing is respected and encouraged, where gifts and talents are celebrated. Greenwood's environment brings together individualized curriculum, social emotional learning, expert teaching and a nurturing community. Is Greenwood School Right for You? If a student is bright and kind and is also having trouble finding their potential in a traditional classroom, The Greenwood School may be the right choice. With experienced caring staff and an average class size of three to five, our grade 6-12 students with language-based learning difference such as dyslexia find they are capable of far more than ever expected. The majority of students join Greenwood in September; however, our individualized curriculum comfortably accommodates year-round admissions. Teachers are on a first-name basis, forging loving relationships and strong connections with their students. We offer a customized college preparatory curriculum, ensuring students are engaged intellectually and creatively inspired. An embedded use of assistive technology and a schoolwide executive function skills program provides specific tools to accelerate and enhance learning. Dyslexic students receive tutoring from expert reading teachers trained in Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood Bell and Wilson Language, and our computer-based Targeted Cognitive Intervention course strengthens the brain networks that support reading. At Greenwood, faculty understand the power of drawing on a young student's inherent curiosity and their need to move. Robust learning happens through student-driven inquiry-based projects. We know that Greenwood students excel in an environment where sequential, direct instruction is the norm, but the use of different modalities is just as important. On- and off-campus opportunities provide students with the ability to connect with the community around them. One much-loved program allows for students to meet with entrepreneurs. Mentors, with and without learning differences, share their challenges and triumphs, rebranding failure as the typical road toward success. This type of education liberates Greenwood students from the conventional classroom environment and ignites a passion for learning. Coursework around transitioning beyond the Greenwood community and becoming fully independent is at the core of our program. Our College & Career Director encourages students to explore their interests through internships and a college-planning class for juniors and seniors. At The Greenwood School, we see the incredible progress that is possible when young students with learning challenges are placed in the right environment and provided with: Avenues for academic success that focus on their strengths Research-based remediation for students with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia A curriculum that builds on their ability to reason, critique, debate, create and enjoy a fund of general knowledge Opportunities to discover and cultivate unique talents in academics, athletics, outdoorsmanship and/or the arts Support in setting personal goals and persevering to achieve them An embracing community where kindness, fellowship and tolerance are valued By centering education on positive reinforcement, the process of learning is transformed into enthusiasm and empowerment. We invite you to come for a visit and see us in action! The Greenwood School is at 14 Greenwood Lane in Putney, Vt. For more information, visit greenwood.org or find The Greenwood School on Instagram: @TheGreenwoodSchool, Facebook: @GreenwoodSchool or Twitter: @GreenwoodVt. Aria Carter, director of admissions, can be reached at acarter@greenwood.org.