For LD students looking for a small, coed, liberal arts college with a comprehensive LD Program, Curry College is a great choice. Located just seven miles from downtown Boston, this college of 2,000 students offers an average class size of 20 students and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio. 25% of the student population here participates in the PAL Program, the Program for Advancement of Learning. This structured support program provides access to assistive technologies and assistance to LD students in a proactive, strength-based environment. In the PAL Program, every single student is enrolled in mainstreamed in classes with additional support. Students are assigned to staff based on his or her area of expertise. This mentor then provides support in individual and/or small classes to develop strategies in areas like reading comprehension, written language, speaking, listening, organization, and time management.
I do want to mention that that PAL is definitely not designed for students who have a primary diagnosis other than LD or ADD/ADHD. It’s also definitely not for students whose overall cognitive ability is in the low average range or below or for students who demonstrate a significant need for social skills support or remediation. On average, students who are most successful at Curry participated in a college prep curriculum in high school, earned a 2.7 – 3.3 G.P.A., and scored between a 950 – 1100 on the SAT.
To learn more about Curry College visit: http://www.curry.edu/Academics/LD+Program+%28PAL%29/All+About+PAL/
Heather Creech, M.A. CCC-SLP