The Lang School* is a progressive, independent K-12 school for high potential and gifted children with ADHD, dyslexia, 'Asperger's,' anxiety, sensory processing challenges or, simply, underachievement.
In other words, twice-exceptional, or 2e, students.
We believe our students are tomorrow’s leaders and innovators, a national resource to be treasured, inspired and championed.
We embrace each student’s individuality, nurture their passions, and empower them with self-knowledge, self-organization and problem-solving skills through a strengths-based approach to learning.
At The Lang School, we teach the whole child. We remediate areas of relative weakness and accelerate, condense and enrich curriculum,
so your child grows their gifts and learns to compensate for deficits at the same time. Our goal is for your child to become an active, engaged, productive learner.
But building your child’s social/emotional health, confidence and self-esteem is as important to us as teaching the building
blocks of academic success. With the push-in support and coaching of school psychologists and speech-language pathologists, pro-social
skills development is woven organically into the fabric of the day. In addition, group counseling interventions address
challenges particular to giftedness and atypical learning styles, such as perfectionism, unrealistic goal setting, and stress.
Our students come to know their strengths and weaknesses in the context of an integrated community. Given the wonderfully
uneven (or asynchronous) cognitive and emotional development typical of twice-exceptional students, our students have the opportunity to learn in a highly diverse group
of ability peers. We encourage them to capitalize on their own strengths as well as those of others, to support others in their areas of
weakness, and to learn to ask for and accept help.
The Lang School is named for Cyril Lang, founder Micaela Bracamonte’s tenth grade English teacher—and an inspiration to her.
He stood up to the Department of Education to teach a curriculum they considered too difficult for his “average” students.
Lang taught challenging material in unconventional ways, engaging his students in Socratic debates about Machiavelli’s
and Plato’s Republic
, texts limited to 12th grade advanced placement classes. Although the school threatened to fire
him if he didn’t comply, he persisted. “I made a premeditated, intellectual decision to continue teaching the way I had,”
he said at the time. “There’s nothing wrong with the genetic makeup of these students. It’s the educational system that’s declining.
We are bearing witness to the triumph of mediocrity.” Upon retirement, Lang joined the Peace Corps to teach literature in developing nations.