Rawson-saunders-austin Area School For Dyslexics
Austin, TX 78703
About This School
In 2010, Rawson-saunders-austin Area School For Dyslexics had 3 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Texas average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Rawson-saunders-austin Area School For Dyslexics Reviews
My daughter attended RS for middle school. She came in thinking she was stupid and slow. She left feeling confident and smart. The school helped her compensate for her reading problems. Further, the math and science curriculum challenged her and helped her grow beyond grade level. She is now at a college prep high school where she is a grade level ahead in math and in advanced classes in all other subjects. RS may not be right for everyone but the small class size and dedicated teachers were just perfect for our family.
I have taught at this school for several years, after teaching in a wide variety of settings, and it is an incredible place. The faculty is caring, dedicated, and very talented. Our students are highly intelligent and thrive in this environment. They love school, and many of the students have difficulty choosing just one favorite class!
The school is accredited and recently received the highest ratings possible from the accreditation team that visited our school. Those ratings are based on the school's leadership, our academic standards and accountability, student, parent, and teacher perspectives, and much more.
One unique aspect of our school is that students who have been passed along at other schools without mastering concepts are assessed and then taught where they are. Because we are a private school, we have the wonderful flexibility to meet every child's unique needs without the pressures of state testing (although we do administer spring testing so that we can monitor progress, we do not "teach to the test").
The academic program is both rigorous and nurturing. Teachers are patient, creative, and highly trained, and they welcome frequent communication with parents.
Our leadership is very good about listening to concerns and making decisions about what is best for our students. Our admissions committee has become more selective, and will not accept children with excessive behavior problems that would potentially hinder other children from learning.
Because of the low teacher-student ratio and private language therapy that all students receive, Rawson Saunders is expensive by many standards. Many of our families have made significant sacrifices in order for their children to attend our school, and many students' grandparents help pay. However, if you compare the tuition with private schools outside of Texas that offers similar services, our tuition is much less. Every year parents tell me it is worth every penny, that their child's life has been changed, and that they wish their other children were dyslexic so that they could attend.
This is a very expensive and specialized school for dyslexic students. They do a good job with the reading, and seemingly a better job in early grades than middle school where the lack of accountability and standards really starts to show. There are no procedures or safeguards, as one has in the public schools, and these are not folks that take kindly to questions. So please think it through carefully before sending your student. The lack of academic standards forced us to withdraw our student. Nice peer group though.