In 2005, the Rhodes family experienced our first interaction with Radcliffe Creek School (RCS). Our eldest daughter, Molly, struggled with both math and reading in her school and we needed some level of intervention...fast...to keep her from falling behind in school. After testing, we understood just how far behind she was in the 7th grade, testing 2 grade levels below in reading and 3 grade levels below in math. Upon receiving those results, we immediately enrolled her in RCS with several months remaining in her 7th grade year.
Molly Judge and her talented and committed teachers reached over the cliff and developed the skills Molly needed for high school the ability to advocate for herself .
Since then, we haven't looked back. Our other three children (23, 13, and 13) attended RCS, each needing a different level of support as they made their individual journeys in learning. The individualized approaches to teaching, small classroom size and multi-sensory techniques utilized by the school has benefited each of our children in different ways addressing sensory and social challenges, as well as helping my son learn to read. We were SO concerned that Jack would never be able to read. We knew we had a challenge when he was five. His twin sister was reading at an 6th grade level and Jack was not yet on the chart. The teachers continued to tell us about all of the strides he was making...but we could not see it...but we trusted. It took sometime, but Jack now loves to read and at 13, Jack is handily reading novels and reading out loud (proudly) in his classes.
We are grateful beyond understanding for this special school and the difference that it makes in each children's lives. Though they long to be out of school as we approach the summer months, frequently I hear Jack and Nellie talking about their assignments or studies at school, a blessing for certain, in a world dominated by social media and electronic communication.
The Run for Radcliffe is an annual fundraiser which seeks to raise scholarship monies for families that need, but may not be able to afford this school. Please join me this year in our goal to raise $2,000 for Radcliffe Creek School. Oh, and Molly, she graduated last year with her Master's degree in Social Work, no doubt RCS contributed to her success and enables her now to give back to her community. We all believe in the power and importance of this special school. Please join us in raising monies to make a difference for other children who need Radcliffe Creek School.
Susan and Frank Rhodes