A TRADITIONAL COLLEGE-PREPARATORY BOARDING AND DAY SCHOOL DEDICATED TO STUDENTS WHO LEARN DIFFERENTLY.
The more you learn about Forman, the more impressed you’ll be. Because students learn differently, we teach differently, and the results are often extraordinary. Visit and see for yourself why a Forman education is transformative.
A Forman Education
Founded in 1930, Forman School is a coed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 (plus Post Graduate), with diagnosed language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, executive functioning, and ADD/ADHD.
How We Teach
A Forman education is based on the knowledge that every student learns differently. Forman's teachers and learning specialists are trained in the science of learning and guided by the study of attention, memory, language development, and higher order cognition. Resources for Forman students include a universal design for instruction and assistive technology tools such as iPads, Smartboards, and laptops with software especially designed to support learning. All students work with a learning specialist to receive direct, strategic instruction – as opposed to just content tutoring – in reading, writing, and study skills. Strategic instruction encompasses:
- Sentence, paragraph, and essay structure.
- Vocabulary building, decoding, and reading comprehension.
- Memorization, test taking, and note taking.
- Time management, materials organization, and assignment completion.
- Familiarization with one’s personality traits and career interests, specific learning issues.
- Strategies for researching and applying to colleges and making a successful transition.
A Traditional College Preparatory Program of Academics, Athletics, and Arts
Forman students are not spectators. In addition to our full athletic program, we offer extensive visual and performing arts programs, boat building, sign language, rock and jazz band, theater, videography and photography, and the Costa Rican Rain Forest Project. The centerpiece of Forman’s commitment to experiential education is the Winterim, a 20-day program during which all students and faculty participate in over 30 off-campus and on-campus opportunities. Because students with different learning styles excel as innovators, entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders, Winterim is designed as a time for students to develop their individual talents and interests. All students are required to take Thinking and Writing, a course that focuses on critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration as components of the writing process. In addition, the required Perspectives in Learning courses in 11th and 12th grade empower students to fully understand their individual learning styles, what services they will need in college, and how to advocate for themselves after Forman.
Forman's Program Is Based on Community and Encourages Leadership
Forman's academic, residential, weekend, and community life programs foster knowledge and acceptance of learning differences. Students enroll at Forman because they have a diagnosed learning difference. They stay and thrive at Forman because it's a supportive environment that doesn't see learning differences as obstacles to a hiqh quality academic experience and an enriching extracurricular life. Outside the classroom, Forman uses a non-academic community curriculum to teach students values, leadership, and responsibility. Student leaders supervise dorms, captain teams, and take part in discipline committees while class officers lead their peers in fundraising activities, community service, and event planning.
Our program does not support students with behavioral and emotional difficulties, or those on the autism spectrum.