Your Child is Falling Behind, Now What?

Thu. 02/13/2020

It seemed like everything was going ok. Now the first half of the year is over and your child is falling behind and not performing at grade level. Gone are the days when your child was excited about school. Instead you’re hearing:

  • “I’m never going to get this,”
  • “All my friends read better than I do,”
  • “I can’t do school,” or
  • “I’m stupid”.

Getting Started

Your child’s school is saying everything is fine, telling you that kids develop at different rates but you know something isn’t right. What can you do to get your child on the path to academic success?

  • Know what’s typical at different ages. What are the developmental milestones and what skills do kids need for specific grades? For information on milestones, click here.
  • Talk to your child’s health care provider or pediatrician. Make a list of the concerns you have. Pediatricians see dozens and dozens of children. They know what’s typical and what’s not and they can give you a referral for an evaluation and can help get the ball rolling.
  • Share your concerns with the school and ask for an evaluation. Know that while most schools are well-intentioned, a timely evaluation maybe be difficult to secure. Be prepared to advocate on behalf of your child. For more information about requesting an evaluation, click here.

 The Summit School and Summit Resource Center Can Help

There isn’t a week that goes by that confused and/or frustrated parents don’t contact The Summit School wanting to know how to help their child. Here’s just a sampling of what we’ve heard lately:

  • Enrollment contracts are due. Parents know they need to make a change and parents want to know what options they have.
  • Parents see their child is not closing the achievement gap. Their child is falling further and further behind despite what the school is telling them.
  • Time spent on homework keeps getting longer and longer and the stress is ratcheting up.
  • Parents don’t feel their child is getting enough support at school. In some instances, parents are disenchanted because their child is not receiving the instruction parents were told their child would receive.

We hear about the frustrations with school, the lack of diagnosis and support, the burgeoning emotional stress of their struggling child and the lack of self-esteem. Parents don’t know what to do next or where to turn.

Attend The Summit School Open House

The Summit School is hosting an Open House on Saturday, February 22 from 9 am – 11 am. Please join us and:

  • Learn more about available resources.
  • Discover what makes The Summit School Program unique and why Summit students achieve.
  • Meet current Summit parents and students
  • Tour the campus.

Summit School staff will all be available to answer your specific questions.

Along with information about the school, learn more about:

If you plan to attend the Open House please RSVP.

If you can’t attend the February Open House, The Summit School offers Drop In Tours. Tours are conducted by The Summit School’s Director of Admissions, Mrs. Kathleen Heefner. She will talk with you about The Summit School, answer any questions, and tour the campus. Drop In Tours start promptly at 9:00 am.

  • February 19, 2020
  • March 4, 2020
  • March 18, 2020
  • April 22, 2020
  • May 6, 2020
  • May 20, 2020.

If you would like to attend a Drop In Tour contact us at 410-798-0005 or . Individual tours can be arranged by contacting the admissions office.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you identify the resources that are the best fit for you and your family.

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About The Summit School – The Summit School was founded to serve children, grades 1-8, with dyslexia and other learning differences. The Summit School has an incredible record of helping children become successful learners. The core of Summit’s program incorporates: highly trained teachers, evidence-based instruction, hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments and small class sizes. For more information about The Summit School and Summit Resource Center please visit www.thesummitschool.org.

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