As a graduate of Princeton University, one of John Forman's contacts was Professor Albert Einstein, who also faced reading challenges of his own as a student. This relationship led to Dr. Einstein joining and providing priceless input into The Forman School's Academic Board of Advisors and his input to the school's groundbreaking curriculum.
The Formans were committed to utilizing the best available resources and latest research-driven techniques to address the specific learning disabilities of their students, a tradition that has continued throughout the school's history. They turned to Dr. Samuel T. Orton, a pioneer in reading methodologies and a mentor of John Forman, in determining how to teach the fundamentals of reading. The Formans established the Remedial English Department and employed the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading phonics. They were also awarded a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to conduct research in teaching reading.
Following John Forman's death in the late 1960s, Julie Forman turned to her brother, S. Dillon Ripley, to chair the school's Board of Trustees during this transitional period. Ripley served as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1964 to 1984, and his leadership on the Forman board ensured that the school continued to maintain the highest standards in addressing the needs of LD students. Upon Julie Forman's death in 1975, Forman entered a new era. Despite a then-current economy that saw many independent schools close their doors or merge with other institutions, Forman's longstanding experience in the LD field, dedicated staff, trustees, and alumni ensured it was well-positioned to continue helping students reach their true potential.