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About Us
The Lang School* is a progressive, independent K-8 school for high potential and gifted children with ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, anxiety, sensory processing challenges or, simply, underachievement. In other words, twice-exceptional, or 2e, students. We will be a K-12 school starting with the 2013/14 school year. 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 gifts, 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 learns to grow their gifts and 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 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 a school psychologist and speech-language pathologist, pro-social skills development will be woven organically into the fabric of the day. In addition, group counseling interventions will address problems particular to giftedness and atypical learning styles, such as perfectionism, unrealistic goal setting, low self-esteem and stress.
“Learning to make a difference” at The Lang School means our students come to know their gifts in the context of community. Given the wonderfully uneven 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, and to support others in their own areas of strength.
The Lang School opened its doors for the first time in September of 2010 in New York City. In July of 2012, the school moved out of its shared starter home and into a much larger space of its own at 11 Broadway, one block north of Battery Park. We are the only elementary/middle school in the country dedicated to educating twice-exceptional, or 2e, children.
* 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 The Prince 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. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,922234-1,00.html
Tel. +1.212.977.7777  Fax. +1.212.977.1047  Email contact@thelangschool.org
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