Sending our son to school used to be incredibly stressful. He struggles quite a bit with self-regulation and with the intensity of his emotions. At the same time, he has many gifts in both sports and academics. We struggled to find a place that could both help him and at the same time notice and nurture his gifts. The Burkard School is the first place that has been able to recognize both sides of him. The staff is there to teach him, use his gifts, and help him grow, and they’re there to help him when he’s having a hard day. We’ve learned so much from working with the staff and, most importantly, our son feels understood and loves going to school. We feel incredibly lucky to have found this amazing school. Parents of a 3rd grader

Our son Wesley was student number three at the Burkard School.  Our path to the school started when we realized that our bright child would not succeed in a traditional school, we were worried that we might not find the right social and academic setting for him. Our doctor referred us to the Burkard School and right away we found that the teachers and staff understood Wesley and his needs. When he displayed unexpected behaviors, he was not shamed but supported. In just one year, he has grown leaps and bounds in his social and emotional skills, which has made him a happier child and reduced our family’s stress significantly. Best of all, I now feel confident that Wesley will reach his full potential as a student, friend, and later as a happy member of society. Parents of a 1st grader

Our son is flourishing at The Burkard School. We have watched him transform into a more confident, self assured, and happy child who enjoys going to school now. He has learned new tools to help himself understand what his body needs and given the freedom to flex those options throughout the day. He seems more comfortable now with verbal expression of his feelings and shows a new sense of empathy for others. The teachers and staff at TBS have been extremely organized, positive, thoughtful and compassionate. We are watching our son unfold academically now that he is in place that truly sees him and understands his inherent strengths, as well as, his challenges. We are so grateful to have found such a great school for our son! C. Nelson, Parent of 1st grader

Our now-first-grader had a rough start to kindergarten; we got a phone call almost every day that he was having behavioral troubles of one kind or another. We had no idea a school like TBS existed; fortunately, we heard about it and decided to give it a try. Within 2 days our son made a 180 and his anxiety lessened. He started learning how to cope with his anxiety and manage his regulation. His teacher and classroom behavioralists bent over backward to teach him the skills he needs to not only function in the world but thrive. Which is exactly what he is learning how to do. At age 6, even he knows that he is at a special place.

Best of all? No more phone calls!
Parents of a 1st grader

We struggled with the decision to send our son to The Burkard School.  He was previously at a Montessori school and he was getting by in his first grade class, but he would come home and say things like he wasn’t good at math and was refusing participate in some of the class activities. We also heard stories from his younger brother about the negative exchanges with other kids on the playground.  For a child that needs extra help and guidance on how to interact with his peers in a more cooperative way, it was very difficult to have him at a school that didn’t provide much supervision at recess and lunch times.

At the open house at The Burkard School last spring, we heard so many difficult yet familiar stories from other parents. Immediately afterward, we decided to have our son do a few “shadow days” at the school.  The first day he came home he told us how much he loved the new school and promptly asked us when he could go back.  By the end of his “shadow days” he said he said he didn’t want to return to his old school at all.   Instead of waiting to switch schools in the fall, we joined TBS last March. 

Now, instead of merely doing the bare minimum at school, our son is thriving. He is learning how to be resilient and stick with challenging tasks with the help of his supportive teachers and behaviorists.  If he works hard he knows that he will be rewarded with an opportunity to engage in his interests in dinosaurs and animals.   He tells me that even when he had a difficult time during the day he is always able to turn it around, complete his work, and leave feeling good about his day.  Our son loves his teachers and he has made some nice friends with the other kids in his class.  He loves going to school so much that he was upset the last time he was sick and had to stay home.  The next morning, the first thing he asked was if he was able to go back to school!  Honestly, I can’t think of a better recommendation for a school than a second grader that can’t wait to go back to school.

We feel extremely fortunate to have discovered this wonderful school and its supportive community.

Parents of a 2nd grader

A new independent K-8 school for bright children who need extra support with self-regulation, executive functioning, and/or social-emotional learning in the classroom.

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