We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for an expanded pilot program of up to 12 kids for the fall of 2019, with an expectation that we will eventually expand to a student body of approximately 100-150 kids in grades K-12, while maintaining individualized programming and small class sizes of 3-12 kids according to their needs. Our primary focus for the fall 2019 pilot is grades 2-5, however interested families with older learners should feel free to contact us to see if Cajal Academy might be a fit for your child either now or as we grow.
Who are Cajal Academy kids?
We are looking for bright, passionate and “twice exceptional” kids who would benefit from our science-first approach. But in a world of over-politicized labels, what does that mean?
At heart, we are looking for children who are curious and inquisitive. They might say things other kids their age wouldn’t think of. Or see inter-connections others didn’t realize were there. Perhaps they excel in one area of science, writing or math, perhaps they are academic scholars across the board—or perhaps their light shines brightest in the arts and academics just don’t seem to be “their thing.” Their neuropsychological profile might soar across the board, or they might have a jagged profile, with for example disproportionately low working memory or processing speeds relative to their high reasoning skills. Some of our kids will come to us just looking for smaller, more intellectually-stimulating and/or movement-based environment; others will have identified learning disabilities, or struggle with executive function, sensory integration and more.
We are looking, in other words, for the great diversity of kids.
And, we are looking for families who are excited to embrace innovation and to help us build a new community: one in which we will model for our kids the value of fostering different perspectives and ideas, and the truth that supporting others makes us better ourselves. Our mission is not just to help our kids achieve academic excellence but to empower them to live their best lives. That requires a nurturing space in which it is safe to take risks, which requires cultural support not just at school but at home. We believe Fairfield County, CT is the perfect place to spark a movement of communities who care for all of our children’s success as we do for our own.
If this feels to you like the right fit for your child’s needs and like the kind of community and innovation you would like to be part of, please reach out. We look forward to hearing from you.
Specialized instruction, therapeutic intervention and expertise to address a range of differences and disabilities
Our program serves the needs of kids with high intellect who have complex profiles, or who have learning, executive function, social or medical disabilities, within a “mainstream” environment. Cajal Academy is one of just a handful of programs in the area that is designed to address the needs of twice exceptional children, and the first in the county to support bright and high-intellect children who have neurological, immunological and musculoskelatal differences that benefit from an occupational and physical therapy-supported program.
Any strengths and/or challenges that you feel inform your child’s learning and/or life-lived experience (either positively or negatively) should be shared during the admissions process; here are some sample diagnoses for which our program would be well-suited:
Executive Function Challenges
ADHD, ADD, Difficulties structuring information to encode, organization of thought, ideation, sequencing & planning
Atypical Neurological Development
Neuro-maturational delay, hyper-kineticism, neuropathy, motor overflow & perseverence
Specific Learning Disabilities
Dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, nonverbal learning disorder
Complex Learning Profiles
Bi-modal distribution of intelligence and/or intersecting learning, social, emotional and/or physiological challenges
Variable Availability to Learn
Medical diagnoses including connective tissue disorders, mast cell activation syndrome, lyme disease, cerebral hypoperfusion
Chronic Medical Conditions
Neurological differences, including neuropathy, dysautonomia, connective tissue disorders & hyperkineticism
Social Challenges & ASD
Social communication disorder, high-functioning autism spectrum disorder & social cognition challenges
Hypermobility, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries & cerebral palsy
Sensory Integration Disorder
Proprioception, vestibular, tactile, audtory & visual sensory integration for both sensory-seeking & sensory-averse learners
Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety, trauma & PTSD (including school-related causes) & depression
Fine & Gross Motor Planning
Handwriting support, balance, coordination, gait & mobility challenges
Visual Processing Challenges
Visual perceptual, spatial, tracking & convergence