We feel that there is no better way to convey the culture of The Gifford School than through the words and experiences of our parents and guardians, students, and staff.

The following excerpt is from a speech given by a parent at Gifford's 2019 Graduation & Closing Ceremony.  

My name is Lisa Dunderdale, and I’m the parent of a 2019
Gifford graduate.

Our son has been at Gifford for four years, and it took a great deal of advocacy to finally land him in an environment with teachers and staff that would address his learning style and understand his strengths to help him become a confident learner.

From our initial transition meeting at Gifford, and throughout subsequent IEP meetings, the Gifford staff has been supportive and creative when addressing Matthew's learning needs. They take the time to know a student so they can continually develop supports and strategies during the school day that encourage the student to learn, grow, build friendships, and have fun. The staff’s caring, patience and dedication renewed our lost trust, and it wasn’t long before we knew they had Matthew's best interest at heart.

When your child no longer says, “I don’t want to go school” and is willing to discuss school classes, classmates, activities, and teachers, this is a very good indicator that your child is happy, learning, and well supported.

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