Who are TSS Students
The Southport School is dedicated to creating an environment for intelligent and creative students in kindergarten through 8th grade with language-based learning differences, like dyslexia, and attention difficulties. The school recognizes each student’s individual strengths and untapped potential. We promote independent thinking, develops self-esteem and self-advocacy, and supports a successful transition for continued academic achievement.
Our students who struggle with language-based learning disabilities and attention difficulties are just like students you would find in any classroom, in any school, but when they come to TSS, they feel like they belong. They have a wide variety of interests, talents, and abilities, which, often times, have been untapped or underappreciated because getting through "the work" of school took so much effort.
In our co-educational elementary and middle school programs, students can safely take risks and are championed by an expert faculty that is student-focused and uses research and evidence-based approaches. Our whole-child approach reawakens students’ love of learning, resiliency, and sense of possibilities.
Student fit is the most important aspect of the enrollment process, and we are dedicated to educating students with language-based learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, auditory processing disorder, reading comprehension issues, and writing skills. Our students can also present with ADHD in combination with a language-based learning disability or with academic deficits in areas of reading, writing, spelling, and math. Many of our students also benefit from a curriclum that includes developing their executive functions.
While we recognize that every student is unique, most TSS students present with some combination of the following characteristics:
- Average to above average intellectual abilities
- Bright, motivated, and want to succeed—but the conventional classroom environment is not working for them
- Diagnosed with a language-based learning disability such as:
- Auditory processing delay or disorders
- Language and reading comprehension struggles
- These such five language-based learning differences in combination with ADHD/attention issues
- Struggles with executive functioning
- Currently enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade
- No significant social or emotional needs
- Need the supportive structure of a small classroom
- Would benefit from daily tutorials using research-based, multisensory techniques such as the Orton-Gillingham approach and Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing® method.
While we believe that every student would benefit from our program, our teachers are experts in approaches specific to language-based learning disabilities and ADHD; therefore, our program is not designed to support the needs of students who are identified with:
- Nonverbal learning disabilities
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Pervasive developmental disorder
- Developmental delay
- Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder