The Samara Day School (SDS) is a school for students from Central Oregon with average to above average intelligence looking for an alternative education setting. Our student body is comprised mostly of (but not limited to) students who have:
-HOME SCHOOLED and are looking to transition into the DISTRICT
-LEARNING DISABILITIES (such as: dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia)
-NON-VERBAL LEARNING DISABILITY
-ASPERGER'S/HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM
-EXPERIENCED BULLYING in their previous school setting
-CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM (such as due to illness)
Kids need the opportunity to explore areas they excel, as well as bolster or compensate for areas of need. There is no cure for most learning challenges, but there are academic, social, and compensatory approaches/strategies to help kids become independent and successful. Central Oregon has some wonderful public and private educational institutions that already offer some very successful academic programs. Our goal at SDSis to offer an alternative school setting. With an emphasis of building the students’ skills to build independence and greater chance of success, most students will attend SDS for 2-4 years and then mainstream back to other schools. We currently serve students in 4th-8th grade, but will start growing in the 2017-2018 school year towards our plans to expand to K-12. Our long term goal is to reach approximately 130 students. Some children with learning disabilities (challenges) may also have emotional problems and unique needs. SDS will consider accepting these children if their needs can be served within the breadth of our program and is unlikely to disrupt the overall learning environment for the overall student body. Our program is primarily an academic program with the goal to help the students learn (academic skills, executive functioning, success attributes), building their independence, and creating a greater opportunity to find success. We welcome and encourage diversity. Our services are available to all who need them, without regard to ethnic background, race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, national origin, non-disqualifying disability or religion.