Who are our students?
Gifford students have complicated learning challenges and require a small classroom setting and individualized therapeutic and academic support services to achieve their learning potential. Our students have not had success in more typical learning environments due to challenges with:
- Executive functioning
- Specific learning disabilities
Additionally, students come to Gifford with emotional issues that complicate their ability to learn optimally. Our students experience high levels of anxiety related to the academic and social demands of the school day. Some students have difficulty with controlling their emotions, and they may experience sadness, or need support communicating their needs effectively. Many of our students need support and guidance related to making and maintaining positive social relationships. These many challenges have left students with lowered self-esteem and the need for a supportive learning environment that focuses on identifying each student's strengths, developing coping strategies and building a strong sense of community.
With the support of our skilled staff, students work daily to overcome obstacles created by learning, behavioral, emotional, and social difficulties. Our goal is to create a community that is grounded in respect for individual differences and that values the contributions of all of our students.