ADHD Students Excel at Franklin Academy
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. More than two-thirds of people with ADHD have at least one other co-existing condition so it is not surprising many students at Franklin Academy have been identified with ADHD in addition to one or more of the following:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder
- Nonverbal Learning Disability
Unique Challenges for ADHD Students
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is very much a part of our school language here at Franklin Academy. We work with students to help them understand their strengths and challenges, promoting self-awareness and self-reliance. Review of individual diagnoses is an important part of the conversation. These discussions set the stage for personal growth. Since Franklin Academy’s founding in 2001, our school’s competency-based curriculum makes it possible for bright students identified with co-occurring ADHD to pursue collegiate goals, professional aspirations, and satisfying lives filled with meaningful relationships.
ADHD symptoms can affect daily functioning as well as development. Individuals may miss details, make careless mistakes, have problems sustaining attention on tasks or in communication, be unable to organize tasks and thoughts, lose things, and be easily distracted. ADHD symptoms can impact all aspects of a person’s life, including the building of relationships.
Succeeding at Franklin
Franklin Academy challenges students academically and addresses four critical competencies for success:
- Executive Functioning
- Social Cognition
- Emotional Intelligence, and
We provide direct instruction and coaching on strategies and techniques that help manage ADHD symptoms. Learning and practicing such strategies can significantly lessen the difficulties associated with ADHD. We work in concert with the student’s medication provider to provide feedback regarding the effectiveness of the prescribed medication, and our counselors help to manage feelings of frustration and low self-esteem. Our holistic approach to education in a safe and supportive school environment makes it possible for students with co-occurring ADHD to realize their potential, advance to higher education, and make their mark on the world.
Franklin Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation means that our school meets the criteria for those standards of excellence by which the “educational community assures the high quality of each member school.” NEASC commends Franklin Academy for creating an academic program and residential community that completely matches its mission. Additionally, Franklin Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, comprising the best private independent schools in the country.