“When students cannot thrive in traditional school settings, they begin to conjure an unhealthy narrative about themselves and their learning,” says Andrea Glowatz, head of The College School (TCS). The school, housed within University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development (collegeschool.udel.edu), serves to promote confidence, discovery and self-advocacy, including for children who present mild learning challenges.
“Being on the cutting edge of educational advancements places The College School in a position to change that narrative, and thus, the trajectory of a student’s educational experience,” Glowatz says, noting over 35 years of excellence. “Students go on to do amazing things.”
The student body includes more than 40 students in Grades 1 through 8, with eight to 10 children per class. Faculty includes five master teachers, an occupational therapist and a speech-language pathologist. (Previously, Glowatz was an educator at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, where she founded its Teaching and Learning Center.)
Since the school is part of the university, students of all levels benefit from progressive instruction methods that accommodate their unique learning styles. They regularly interact with professors, researchers and college students who help enrich their experience.