Our son, Jack, had struggled in school most of his academic days starting back in 1st grade. My wife, Patti, and I knew he had the ability to learn and memorize. Still, his handwriting and reading skills were below the typical student’s standards. In the summer of 2017, after meeting with a psychologist in the United States, Jack was diagnosed with a Non-Verbal Learning Disability. To put him in a position to be successful in school, we would need to find a school that knew how to “reach and teach” students that have additional learning hurdles. Outside of Atlanta, Georgia, we found a school that was accommodating for students with all learning disabilities and he was enrolled in autumn of 2017.
Fast forward to the autumn of 2018. My wife’s company asked her to relocate to Singapore. Sure, this was a great career opportunity, but what about Jack? Could we find a school in Southeast Asia that was capable of continuing the educational track we had started him on? Through a lot of Google research and late-night phone calls, we discovered The Winstedt School. Not only was The Winstedt School welcoming at first communication, but they also suggested that Jack (and 10-year old little sister) spend two days in the classroom and absorb the culture and learning of the Winstedt Way.
Since starting at the school in the March of 2019, Jack has matured, gained confidence, and grown in a way that my wife and I were not sure was possible several years ago. He’s taken on a leadership role within the school community and looks forward to each school day. We can see it in the way he approaches homework, tests, and projects. He’s not afraid to work because he knows there will be positive results at the outcome. Also, there is a true sense of support among families with children that attend Winstedt.