Friendship School’s Class of 2011 Graduates Prove Dyslexia Is No Barrier to Their Success

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Eighth grade students at Friendship School celebrate graduation and move on to attend choice high schools in central Maryland.

Class of 2011: Graduates of Friendship School celebrate overcoming dyslexia as they transition to top high schools in Maryland

Class of 2011: Graduates of Friendship School celebrate overcoming dyslexia as they transition to top high schools in Maryland

This week we are celebrating our eight graduates, who are proof that with the right tools, all children can succeed academically and reach their potential.

On Friday, June 10, Friendship School will celebrate the graduation of the eighth grade Class of 2011 and their acquisition of the skills and knowledge to be successful. Each student will move on to attend the high school of his or her choice in the fall.

The eight graduates have selected prestigious high schools throughout central Maryland, including the McDonogh School, Mount Saint Joseph High School, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Indian Creek School, and Jemicy School.

“Friendship School was built on the premise that any child can succeed,” says Head of School Teresa Ankney. “This week we are celebrating our eight graduates, who are proof that with the right tools, all children can succeed academically and reach their potential.”

These graduates and other students in grades one through eight at Friendship School have dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Through the school’s program they have received daily one-to-one reading and language-based tutoring, as well as multi-sensory teaching strategies to help them achieve to their highest potential.

“Einstein, Newton, Picasso, DaVinci, and Lennon – our students see these names on the building every day they come into school,” Ankey continued. “But these are not the only individuals with language-based learning differences who have accomplished great things. Friendship School’s graduates prove that these differences are obstacles that can be overcome – not barriers.”

Friday’s graduation will be held at the school from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will feature speeches from the graduating eighth grade students as well as a special teacher they have chosen. Additionally, there will be performances specially prepared by fellow students in the school to celebrate the eighth grade graduates.

About Friendship School
Friendship School serves students in grades one through eight with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences who attend from throughout central Maryland. Friendship offers a full curriculum covering all core academic subjects as well as art, music, drama, physical education and computer literacy. The school’s program includes daily one-to-one reading and language-based tutoring, as well as multi-sensory teaching strategies. Friendship School also provides training for teachers to help identify and remediate students with dyslexia. The school serves as a lab school where these research-based best practices are put into action with the student population. For more information contact Teresa Ankney (410-552-6882 or info(at)friendshipschool(dot)org) or visit http://www.friendshipschool.org

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