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As Franklin Academy begins its second decade of service to students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Asperger’s Syndrome, we are very proud of our 160 graduates. This coming May we will say goodbye to our largest class of seniors – 20 young women and 20 young men as they move on to colleges and universities across the country. Now, our oldest alumni, having completed college and graduate schools in many instances, are moving into their adult years, enjoying success in their chosen careers, and contributing in important ways to their respective communities.
During a recent reunion, the school sponsored an alumni panel discussion to provide insight and advice for current Franklin Academy students and their parents. Here are some quotes from panel participants regarding how Franklin Academy made a difference in their lives.
- Brad Dworin '07: "It gave me the confidence to believe in myself."
- Dessa Wideman '08: "The school really taught me responsibility and how to play well with others."
- Peter DeFelippo '11: "The last two years at Franklin probably changed me more than just about anything else."
- Kyle Panaro '12: "Because of Franklin I have a future, and I can make it what I want it to be."
These sentiments are reinforced in a letter that we received from Norma Fox, the parent of Patricia, class of 2011. Norma felt moved to make a donation to Franklin Academy "in appreciation for everything you and your very talented teaching staff have done for my daughter, Patricia. She is now matriculated at Mt. Holyoke College, and I sincerely believe that without all of you, she would not be where she is today. She has managed beautifully, and while she will definitely still encounter some difficulties, she is well prepared. I have heard other parents say the same things I did a few years ago: ‘Franklin Academy saved my child’s life.’”
How does this happen? How does Franklin Academy make a decided difference in the lives of our students and alumni? It is all about the teachers and administrators who shape this community, and we hope that you will take the time to view the following videos that provide some perspectives from alumni and their parents about our school.