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Students with Dyscalculia Excel at Franklin Academy

High School for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities in Mathematics & Dyscalculia

College Preparatory for Grades 8–12 and PG

Specific Learning Disabilities in Mathematics & Dyscalculia

Math seems to be difficult for a lot of students, not just those with a specific learning disability in math or a diagnosis of dyscalculia. So how do you know where a lack of interest and confidence perhaps could be a deeper issue? Dyscalculia focuses on five main areas of mathematical mastery: number sense, calculations, counting, memory, spatial awareness, and measurements. For example, a student with dyscalculia may struggle with accurately recalling number facts or organizing data to perform calculations. A student too may struggle with word problems, and understanding of foundational concepts like time, speed, or area. Students with math disabilities often struggle understanding how to transfer numbers from a word problem to an equation, or struggle navigating multiple forms of data. But most of all, these students often lack the confidence in their answers, making math not just difficult, but overwhelming.

Succeeding at Franklin

Franklin Academy’s mathematics program is second to none. Starting with our own mathematics assessment, student abilities are explored first from a strength-based perspective so an academic schedule can be built around their learning needs. Every student takes a financial literacy course to graduate from Franklin Academy. Other math coursework is tailored to cohorts of students and then scaffolded based on various instructional levels. This means that Franklin students can take coursework to remediate gaps in their math and then eventually, take courses all the way through Calculus II. With small class sizes and individualized learning plans, our students no longer fear math, but embrace it.

Students who demonstrate difficulties in math benefit from additional support through Franklin Academy’s Academic Development Center. Students receive individual and group-based tutoring from math instructors on various topics including number sense, basic operations, memory strategies, linear equations, and word problems. Both scheduled and drop-in hours are available to ensure that students not only understand the material, but also retain the concepts. This affords Franklin Academy students with the skills necessary to meet college expectations, and perhaps even pursue a field of interest that is rooted in math! While many schools charge extra fees for additional services, students receive unlimited support in our Academic Development Center as part of Franklin’s tuition.

Impressive Accomplishments

“How do you measure success?”

At Franklin Academy our goal is so much more than just getting students across the finish line of high school with a diploma in hand. Graduating seniors and postgraduates leave campus with plans to pursue their interests and passions. Our alumni know their strengths. They can identify helpful resources. They can self-advocate. Most will attend college. Some may choose a less traditional path. All are determined, however, to realize fulfilling lives, matching potential with accomplishment.

College Destinations for Franklin Academy Graduates

College is all about the right fit on the basis of personal aspirations, academic achievements, available programs (including accommodations and support), location, and size of the institution. Here is a sample of recent matriculations.

What are Alumni Doing Now?

We help our students identify their passions and encourage them to develop their interests because we believe that what is learned about oneself becomes the foundation for leading a fulfilling and independent adult life. Consequently, our graduates embrace a wide-range of career opportunities that defy stereotype, and they are actively working in the following professions.

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Success at Franklin

“Finding Your School Has Been a Blessing For Our Whole Family”

If one’s rationale for being a teacher is to make a positive difference in the life of students, there is no better opportunity to affect lives than right here, right now at Franklin Academy. This is what our parents tell us.

  • “You truly do save kids, families and lives.”
  • “For the first time in John’s life he might be in the right place at the right time.”
  • “We can’t believe how lucky we – and Ryan – are!”
  • “Thank you for giving our daughter Emmeline an education and a life.”
  • “As we left the school he said “Mom, I finally feel there is hope.”


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.

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