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Proud to Serve Children with Learning Disabilities

When a child is diagnosed with a learning disability, finding the right school that offers the individualized attention and accepting environment they need to be successful becomes a major focus, and all too often, a challenge for parents and caregivers.

Julie Billiart Schools, with campuses in Lyndhurst, Akron, and Westlake, offers answers and solutions that give parents hope for their child’s future. Knowing what possibilities are available provides peace of mind and assurance that their child can reach their highest potential in a nurturing environment that also supports social, emotional, and spiritual growth. Julie Billiart Schools understand that students learn best when their differences are understood and accepted.

What Is Specific Learning Disorder?

Specific learning disorder (often referred to as learning disorder or learning disability) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that often begins early in a child's life. Learning disabilities could refer to ongoing challenges in reading, writing, and/or math. Julie Billiart Schools provides the social, developmental, and academic support needed for children who struggle with learning disorders like dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.

Some of our students struggle with the ability to put thoughts into written words, spelling, reading comprehension, and math calculations or problem-solving. Julie Billiart Schools are uniquely staffed with two intervention specialists in each grade level and a host of onsite therapists to provide daily intervention to our kids.

JB Serves Students With Dyslexia

Traditional teaching methods and study techniques can be unsuccessful and frustrating for some students. Children with dyslexia, in particular, are more likely to fall behind their peers and struggle academically when their learning challenges are not addressed properly. Many public and private schools don’t have special education professionals or individualized learning supports that are necessary for children with dyslexia to succeed.

Julie Billiart Schools offer students with dyslexia small class sizes, comforting learning environments, and experienced intervention specialists who understand the challenges associated with language-based learning disabilities. 

We Help Students with Dyslexia Learn

Dyslexia not only affects a child’s ability to read but also their ability to learn. Innovative teaching techniques and literacy programs like My Sidewalks®, Wilson Reading System®, and Learning Ally® are research-based and designed to accelerate struggling readers’ mastery of skills like phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

We utilize a multisensory approach to literacy and all academic subject matter. It's not uncommon to hear and see students singing, “rapping” and using physical movement to learn concepts in science, social studies, and reading. Audiobooks, voice-to-text technology, and individualized instruction are just a few other ways Julie Billiart Schools supports students as they work toward reading at or above their grade level. Even more important is the fact that our intervention and reading specialists help students gain self-awareness so they feel confident asking for the support they need to be successful.

A Successful Educational Path

Our conventional curriculum that includes language arts, math, science, and social studies meets the Ohio State Department of Education standards and is recognized by the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association. As Catholic schools rooted in the educational principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame, we welcome all faith traditions.

Working Alongside Families

Our individualized learning plans are based on a thorough assessment of each student and facilitated by our licensed intervention specialists and onsite therapists. Contributing to each student’s success, inside and outside the classroom, is a team of teachers, administrators, onsite therapists, and families. Teamwork and collaboration are key to assuring each student is working at their highest potential.

open-quote They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB! close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how grateful I am that you saw my daughter for all that she is today and all that she is yet to become. close-quote

Tammie Sommer

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools has helped my child become a better version of himself. The teachers and therapists at JB really know and understand how to reach children who learn differently. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable. close-quote

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