The Laurel School is awarded accreditation from The Accrediting Commission for Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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Accreditation received for high quality research-based programs serving children with language-based learning disabilities.

“This system allows a highly effective way for teachers to reach out to students at all different levels and diverse learning needs.”

The Laurel School, a leading K-8 school for children with mild to moderate learning differences, is pleased to announce they have received the full six years as an accredited institution from The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). This marks the school’s first accreditation status and is a major landmark in the school’s history.

Since 1964, The Laurel School has educated children with learning differences stemming from a wide range of issues including Dyslexia, ADHD, and processing disorders. While the school community could see the impact that these individualized learning programs were having on the children’s development it was important to receive that outside validation from an independent entity. According to Hal Hensler, Head of The Laurel School, they received the full six years with all commendations and no recommendations, which demonstrates the success of our individualized educational programs. “All of our efforts to meet the needs of every one of our students has been noted by the esteemed ACS WASC visiting committee…. we are hitting the mark and in the forefront educating children with personalized instruction and small class sizes,” states Mr. Hensler. Laurel has set the standard for teaching students with learning differences through defining a student’s educational journey, which is three-fold: transformative, innovative, and collaborative. With collaboration between educators, parents, and students, The Laurel School ensures that every student at the school grows and succeeds.

Laurel was granted initial accreditation in 2015, finished its full self-study in the spring of 2018, and after a peer review from the ACS WASC visiting committee, received the full six-years for an accredited institution. The ACS WASC visiting committee wrote in their final report, “This system allows a highly effective way for teachers to reach out to students at all different levels and diverse learning needs.”

The Laurel School, located in the Inner Richmond of San Francisco, serves students with mild to moderate language based learning differences, attention deficit, and social communication challenges. Through its research-based approach to curriculum and social-emotional education, the students thrive in small and more personalized sensory smart classrooms with credentialed special education faculty. The Laurel School focuses on each child’s potential, which allows the teachers to develop individualized educational experiences for each child.

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Megan Rabbitt
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