for dyslexics, by dyslexics


New York Dyslexia Schools

301 East 29th Street

New York, NY 10016

(212) 722-0610

Grades: 1-12

Mission: The Churchill School and Center is dedicated to working collaboratively with students, educators, and families to help children with language based learning disabilities realize their full potential. Churchill School is a K-12 coeducational day school that prepares its students for college. We provide a rigorous program that builds upon children's strengths and teaches them perseverance, resilience and the importance of self-awareness and self-advocacy. We prepare our students to become courageous, confident, productive and caring people who will embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Tolerance, respect, and active engagement are hallmarks of our intentionally diverse community. The Churchill School and Center recognizes its responsibility to the wider educational community and is committed to remaining a leader in its field.

211 West 61st Street

New York, NY 10023

(212) 777-5966

Grades: K-8

About the School: The Gateway School of New York is an ungraded lower school dedicated to helping children with learning disabilities develop the academic skills, learning strategies, social competence and self-confidence necessary to succeed. Our students, learn in a nurturing educational environment, which empowers them to overcome early developmental hurdles, and allows their talents to flourish.  As they learn to appreciate their strengths, cope with challenges, and take pride in their academic and social success, our students gain confidence in themselves and in their ability to shape their own lives.

2491 Emery Road, PO Box 85

South Wales, NY 14139-0085

(716) 652-3450

Grades: 7-12

About the School: The Gow School is the world’s oldest boarding school for boys, grades 7-12, with dyslexia and other language based learning disabilities. Founded in 1926 and located in Western New York, Gow's college preparatory curriculum is presented in small classes using a multisensory format in a technology rich environment. The 4:1 student to faculty ratio allows focus on the remediation of learning differences through a phonics based program known as Reconstructive Language. Character education is emphasized also. In the classroom, in the dormitory and on the athletic fields, students are encouraged to adhere to the four PILLARS of kindness, respect, honesty and hard work. An active community service program enables students to experience the personal reward of helping others.

314 West 91st Street

New York, NY 10024

(212) 769-1699

Grades: K-8

Mission: The IDEAL School of Manhattan is an inclusion school dedicated to creating a diverse community that affirms and accepts the full identities of all people, while inspiring academic excellence, creative leadership, and a desire to build a more just and equitable world.

About the School: The IDEAL School is an independent K-12th grade school that offers a rigorous, individualized academic program. Under the belief that children who learn together learn to live together, we have created a student community that reflects the rich diversity of New York City. Our philosophy of inclusion instills students with respect for differences and develops empathy, social responsibility, and world stewardship.

425 Morse Hill Road

Amenia, NY 12501

(845) 373-8111

Grades: 2-12

Mission: The Kildonan School empowers students with dyslexia to regain confidence and exercise their strengths.  Daily one-to-one language tutorials complement an innovative, challenging curriculum that inspires students to love learning while preparing for college and beyond.

5142 Route 22

Amenia, NY 12501

(845) 373-951

Grades: 5-12

Mission: The mission of Maplebrook School is to provide quality academic programs for youngsters with learning differences, and/or who may exhibit a learning disorder. Through small group and individualized instruction, the students will be assisted in reaching his/her academic, social, vocational and physical potential. In addition, the caring, supportive and homelike environment provides the necessary experiences to allow youngsters the opportunity to assume a more independent role in society.

About the School: Maplebrook School is a coeducational boarding and day school for students with learning differences and/or attention deficit disorder (ADD). Founded in 1945 by parents seeking better educational opportunities for their children, the school has grown to be one of the most prominent schools of its kind.

Elementary School (Grades: K-5)

20 Bergen Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 625-3939

Middle School (Grades: 6-8)

133-135 Summit Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

(718) 858-1707

Upper School (Grades: 9-12)

23 Sidney Place

Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 855-0141

Mission: Mary McDowell Friends School is a K-12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community in which each student can reach his or her full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society. 

About the School: Mary McDowell Friends School is an independent Quaker school for students with learning disabilities. As its guiding principle, MMFS believes that every student with learning disabilities can learn with the support of a community dedicated to specialized teaching, cooperation, and respect. MMFS's approach is grounded in the Quaker values of respect for individuals, personal and social responsibility, peaceful resolution of conflict, the importance of diversity, and the value of service. Challenging and building on the strengths of each individual, Mary McDowell Friends School cherishes the uniqueness of every student. Mary McDowell Friends School is committed to an educational partnership between faculty and parents. It serves as a resource to provide information about learning disabilities to professionals, parents, and the community.

275 Pinnacle Road

Rochester, NY 14623

(585) 334-8010

Grades: 5-12

Mission: The Norman Howard School (NHS) fosters the academic growth of students with learning needs using an individualized approach. The school's supportive community promotes students' development as respectful, responsible, resilient citizens. The school promotes the understanding of diverse learning needs and serves as a resource for families and professionals.

About the School: The Norman Howard School (NHS) is an independent, state approved, day school for students in grades 5-12. Our setting provides a quality education program for students with special learning needs including those with classifications of Learning Disability, Other Health Impairment, Speech and Language Impairment, or Autism. Candidates for admission benefit from an academic program and do not require significant behavioral and/or communication interventions. Students from over 30 school districts in eight counties attend NHS.

48 West 74th Street

New York, NY 10023

(212) 721-8888

Grades: K-5

Mission: The Parkside School welcomes elementary school children from diverse ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds who have a range of language-based learning difficulties. We serve the whole child by offering a thoughtfully designed, comprehensive array of academic and support services. Our goal is to enable our students to pursue learning in their areas of strength, to acquire tools and strategies to progress in their areas of challenge, and to develop respect and understanding for themselves and others.

About the School: The Parkside educational program is tailored to meet the particular needs of individual students, yet there are many components that all students experience, which anchor our work. The school's guiding principle is to serve the whole child with a full array of academic subjects delivered in a rigorous and structured classroom program that is interwoven with a complimentary range of services delivered in large groups, small groups, and one-on-one.

148 West 90th Street

New York, NY 10024

(212) 787-7070

Grades: Pre-K-8

Mission: A pioneer in special education, Stephen Gaynor School is an independent Pre-K, Lower, and Middle School for bright students with learning differences. Founded in 1962, Stephen Gaynor School provides a highly individualized educational program in a rich, rigorous, and nurturing environment in which students gain the skills and confidence necessary to learn, grow, and reach their full potential.

About the School: Stephen Gaynor School is an independent, nonprofit Pre-K, Lower and  Middle school for bright students with learning differences. Nearly 330 students ages 3 to 14 attend our school with a range of learning differences, from Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to speech, language, and reading delays. With more than 50 years of experience in special education and a dedication to continuous improvement, Gaynor has the expertise to help children break down barriers to learning, build self-esteem, and realize academic success.

299 Pacific Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 625-3502

Grades: 2-6

Mission: The Sterling School provides educational opportunities for children diagnosed with Language Learning Disorders. They can attend a school where the curriculum and methodology are based on the latest clinical research. Our educational program is designed to promote individual academic growth and foster self-esteem through success

About the School: The Sterling School was founded in 1999 to meet the needs of Dyslexic and Language Based Learning Disabled children using research-based methodology. It was apparent that in the New York City area, there were only a handful of schools that had any sort of program for Dyslexic children and few with a specialized curriculum designed specifically for them. The mission of The Sterling School is to provide that curriculum. Reading, writing, spelling and language arts are addressed using a sequential, direct multi-modal methodology known as Orton-Gillingham. Students receive instruction in classrooms where there is a 1 to 8-teacher student ratio. In addition to daily individual remediation which provides an individualized, integrated learning environment.

322 Port Washington Blvd

Port Washington, NY 11050

(516) 365-4900

Grades: 4-12

Mission: The mission of Vincent Smith School is dedicated to providing a small, nurturing and supportive setting for students with learning disabilities. 

About the School: Located on four-and-a-half acres in suburban Port Washington, Vincent Smith School is a private day school that has served students in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties in New York since 1924. The School is well-known for its individualized program for students with Learning Disabilities (LD), such as ADD/ADHD, LD (Dyslexia/Dyscalculia/Disgraphia), Nonverbal LD, Auditory Processing Disorder, and Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders. Emphasis is placed on differentiated instruction, social emotional learning, and organizational skills in small supportive classes.

40 West Red Oak Lane

White Plains, NY 10604

(914) 949-6968

Grades: 1-9

Mission: Windward School is a dynamic college-preparatory school that challenges each student to achieve excellence in a nurturing, inclusive community. Windward teachers, parents, and administrators work together to inspire our students to be responsible, caring, well informed, ethical, prepared, and well balanced young adults.

About the School: Windward is a coeducational, independent day school dedicated to providing a proven instructional program for children with language-based learning disabilities. The multisensory curriculum is designed for students of average to superior intelligence who can benefit from the unique educational experience provided. Through direct instruction in small class settings, a trained staff assists students to improve their language skills. Academic success, combined with opportunities for social and emotional growth within an intentionally diverse and inclusive setting, enables students to understand their learning styles, build confidence, and develop self-advocacy skills. Windward is committed to helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to a mainstream educational environment. To meet these goals, the school provides ongoing training to its faculty based on the most current research, and also shares its expertise with the parent body, other educators, and the broader community.

126 West 17th Street

New York, NY 10011

(646) 638-2705

Grades: 5-12

Mission: WPS’s mission is to facilitate the independence of individuals with learning problems through assessment driven individualized education, research, and outreach.

About the School: At WPS we view each student as a unique individual learner who has potential and is able to learn. It is also important that our work is grounded in research regarding how people learn and the learning differences that cause students to struggle. We begin our understanding by looking through a neuropsychological lens based on decades of research on learning and cognition. This is just the first step. It is important that we understand both who our students are as learners, as well as who they are as people. WPS students have some notable gifts, and our individual approach allows us to explore and develop these gifts. Everything we do is based on this in-depth understanding of each individual student. Each photo on the website will take you to stories of WPS students who we can begin to understand through the terms dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties and nonverbal learning disorders.

7100 Shore Road

Brooklyn, NY 11209

(718) 836-7100

Grades: 9-12

About the School: Xaverian High School is a college preparatory school which provides educational opportunity for learners of all types. Rooted in the missionary charisma of St. Francis Xavier and consistent with the principles and commitment of the founder of the Xaverian Brothers in America, Theodore Ryken, Xaverian High School is dedicated to the development of the person through academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and Christian service to neighbor and community.