Learn the who, what, when, and where of the nation’s first and best coed college preparatory school for students with learning differences.
Who is Forman?
We are 236 bright and motivated students with learning differences and 68 faculty and staff trained to equip them for college. Our namesake is our founder, John Forman, one of the first educators to apply research-based methodologies to teaching students who learn differently. Our Head of School is Adam Man, an experienced educator and a parent of a Forman School alumnus.
"I haven't seen anybody on campus, teacher or student, who hasn't been transformed."
Bill Bucklin, English Teacher
What does Forman School do?
We educate high school students and post-graduates with diagnosed learning differences – such as dyslexia and ADHD – and ensure that 100% of them get into a four-year college. By exploring abundant academic, artistic, athletic, and social opportunities, Forman students build identities that outshine their diagnoses.
When was Forman founded?
Forman opened in 1930. Samuel Orton, who pioneered the study of dyslexia, was on the board. So was physicist Albert Einstein. He may have struggled with reading and was dyslexic, but that didn’t impede the expression of his genius. John Forman engaged these leading minds because he was passionate about providing a transformative education to students who learn differently. We still live his mission, applying expert insights to everything we do.
Where is Forman?
We are located on a classic New England prep school campus in Litchfield, Connecticut that attracts local day students and boarding students from more than 25 states and 10 countries. Our facilities for academics, athletics, the arts, and social life are state-of-the-art. Boston and New York City are around 2.5 hours away by car. Read all about boarding life or take a tour of our campus map.
*Our program does not support students with behavioral and emotional difficulties, or those on the autism spectrum