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The Laurel School of Princeton

Accessing Your Child’s Strength as a Learner

by Bob Thomas, Head of The Laurel School of Princeton

The thought of your child having a learning difference often strikes fear and concern from parents who believe their child may get left behind because of their learning difference.

However, parents should feel assured there are outstanding independent schools dedicated to educating their children and recognizing their strengths and potential. Students with learning differences have unique challenges that impact their ability to learn.

It doesn’t mean they can’t learn; it only means they need strategies and tools to help them manage their learning styles. Empowering students with language-based learning differences to discover their unique path is the mission of The Laurel School of Princeton, located at 800 North Road, Hopewell, NJ.

Through a comprehensive educational program paralleling the scope and sequence of many public and independent schools, Laurel School delivers life-changing academic skills and promotes self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-advocacy to students who have been diagnosed with language-based learning differences for students in grades 1-12. 

We teach with evidence-based techniques that incorporate a structured, multisensory, and prescriptive approach. One important aspect is its Executive Function curriculum.

Delivered through the SMARTS program (Strategies, Motivation, Awareness, Resilience, Talents, Success), in grades 1 through 5, students engage in skills classes directly instructing them in executive functioning and social-emotional skills. Lessons focus on developing a strategic mindset, emotional resiliency, and the successful use of strategies across academic and social/emotional areas. As students advance through grades 6-12, their academic performance is increasingly dependent on their ability to organize and prioritize and shift information, and self-monitor.

The Laurel School of Princeton provides a safe, supportive environment encouraging creativity and risk-taking. No child should feel bad about themselves or struggle needlessly because a school can’t accommodate their learning needs.

We “see” your child and help them see themselves.

For more information call 609-566-6000.

Caption: We provide a safe, supportive environment encouraging creativity and risk-taking.

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