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The Lang School* is a progressive, independent K-8 school for high potential and gifted children with ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, anxiety, sensory processing challenges or, simply, underachievement. In other words, twice-exceptional, or 2e, students. We believe our students are tomorrow's leaders and innovators, a national resource to be treasured, inspired and championed. We embrace each student's individuality, nurture their gifts, and empower them with self-knowledge, self-organization and problem-solving skills through a strengths-based approach to learning.
At The Lang School, we teach the whole child. We remediate areas of relative weakness and accelerate, condense and enrich curriculum, so children learn to grow their gifts and compensate for deficits at the same time. Our goal is for our students to become active, engaged learners. But growing their emotional health, confidence and self-esteem is as important to us as teaching the building blocks of academic success. With the push-in support and coaching of a school psychologist and speech-language pathologist, pro-social skills development will be woven organically into the fabric of the day. In addition, group counseling interventions will address problems particular to giftedness and atypical learning styles, such as perfectionism, unrealistic goal setting, low self-esteem and stress.
"Learning to make a difference" at The Lang School means our students come to know their gifts in the context of community. Given the wonderfully uneven cognitive and emotional development typical of exceptional students, our students have the opportunity to learn in a highly diverse group of ability peers. We encourage them to capitalize on their own strengths as well as those of others, and to support others in their own areas of strength.
The Lang School opened doors for the first time in September of 2010 in New York City. We are the only elementary/middle school in the country dedicated to educating twice-exceptional, or 2e, children.
* The Lang School is named for Cyril Lang, founder Micaela Bracamonte's tenth grade English teacher—and an inspiration to her. He stood up to the Department of Education to teach a curriculum they considered too difficult for his "average" students. Lang taught challenging material in unconventional ways, engaging his students in Socratic debates about Machiavelli's The Prince and Plato's Republic, texts limited to 12th grade advanced placement classes. Although the school threatened to fire him if he didn't comply, he persisted. "I made a premeditated, intellectual decision to continue teaching the way I had," he said at the time. "There's nothing wrong with the genetic makeup of these students. It's the educational system that's declining. We are bearing witness to the triumph of mediocrity." Upon retirement, Lang joined the Peace Corps to teach literature in developing nations. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,922234-1,00.html
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