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A Safe Place

Episode 2

This episode of “This is Me”, a mother of a West Hills Academy student speaks about how West Hills Academy has become a safe place where her son can be himself and become the shining star he was always meant to be. Her story is a message of hope to other families who see their child struggling or stressing over experiences in their current school environment.

The student’s mother agreed to share her story so that other parents in similar situations know that there are options available outside of their current school or environment that can allow their child to reach their full potential. Names have been omitted for privacy, and images used may not reflect the subjects of the story.

 

Use the slider below to read the story, or scroll down to view the plain-text transcript.

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Before West Hills Academy

Prior to coming to West Hills Academy, he was having nightmares and losing sleep over his experiences in his public school setting. Despite attempts at reaching out, the school was unable to protect him from bullying incidents that had occurred. He was often stressed, causing complications such as stomach pains.

Despite numerous attempts at working with the school to accommodate his needs and overcome his challenges, he was still falling behind. His mother wanted to find a place where he can enjoy his day and manage his emotions and just ‘have a good day’.

A Shining Star

He’s a great kid- funny, smart, and when engaged properly he is a shining star. His mother remarks one of the best thing about West Hills Academy is that he has been able to be who he is and they have shined a light on all of his wonderful qualities: how intelligent he is, how curious he is, and how funny and ‘out of the box’ he can be.

His mother talks about how patient everyone at West Hills Academy has been. “They tried different things that didn’t work, and they tried so many great fun things that have worked.” she says.

A Truly Individualized Approach

His mother continues, “The education here is geared to each student’s individual needs… he has a very high IQ, so he shoots high and the school has done a great job of meeting him where he is while also being patient with his challenges and struggles.”

“They’ve (West Hills Academy) permitted him to grow at his own pace,” she continues, “and when he stumbles they permit him to get back up and try again when he’s ready.” Her son says that he feels safe and comfortable being himself and expressing himself here and learning how to do that appropriately. She regards that the school has been fantastic in instilling such lessons and behaviors.

A New Start

His mother talks about how so much has changed in such a short period of time.

“We don’t argue about going to school ever. He’s always ready to go in the morning and (usually) doesn’t mind doing his homework.”

She knows there are still a lot of things that they need to work on, but is thankful for West Hills Academy and how much progress has been made in the short time he’s been at the school.

Making Friends

His mother says that one of the best things that she’s noticed is the new friends and people he’s met. He often comes home and talks about other students that he shares interests with, what their backgrounds and stories are, and what they all have in common. He has relationships with each member of the staff, who take time out of their day to sit with him and address and challenges or issues he may be having or just to be a friend.

A Mother's Advice

The student still attends West Hills Academy today, and is doing wonderfully. When asked what she would tell other parents in similar situations, his mother said:

“This is a safe place to land. It’s safe, its healthy, its educational and nurturing- and if that’s the environment you want to see your child to grow up in, this is the place to be.”

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“This is Me”

“This is Me” is a series featuring the stories of parents, teachers and students at West Hills Academy. The stories told here are true, and names have been omitted for privacy. Images used on the stories may not reflect the subjects of the story.

Open House February 15

Do any of these stories sound familiar? The fact is, there are hundreds of families on Long Island facing very similar situations- often without even knowing that there are other options.

Join us at our Open House on February 15th to learn how West Hills Academy can help unlock your child’s highest potential.

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Transcript:

Use the slider above for a more interactive experience.

Before West Hills Academy

Prior to coming to West Hills Academy, he was having nightmares and losing sleep over his experiences in his public school setting. He was often stressed, causing complications such as stomach pains. Despite attempts at reaching out, the school was unwilling or unable to protect him from bullying incidents that had occurred.

Despite numerous attempts at working with the school to accommodate his needs and overcome his challenges, he was still falling behind. His mother wanted to find a place where he can enjoy his day, manage his emotions and just ‘have a good day’.

A Shining Star

He’s a great kid- funny, smart, and when engaged properly he is a shining star. His mother remarks one of the best thing about West Hills Academy is that he has been able to be who he is and they have shined a light on all of his wonderful qualities: how intelligent he is, how curious he is, and how funny and ‘out of the box’ he can be.

His mother talks about how patient everyone at West Hills Academy has been. “They tried different things that didn’t work, and they tried so many great fun things that have worked.” she says.

A Truly Individualized Approach

His mother continues, “The education here is geared to each student’s individual needs… he has a very high IQ, so he shoots high and the school has done a great job of meeting him where he is while also being patient with his challenges and struggles.”

“They’ve (West Hills Academy) permitted him to grow at his own pace,” she continues, “and when he stumbles they permit him to get back up and try again when he’s ready.” Her son says that he feels safe and comfortable being himself and expressing himself here and learning how to do that appropriately. She regards that the school has been fantastic in instilling such lessons and behaviors.

A New Start

His mother talks about how so much has changed in such a short period of time.

“We don’t argue about going to school ever. He’s always ready to go in the morning and (usually) doesn’t mind doing his homework.”

She knows there are still a lot of things that they need to work on, but is thankful for West Hills Academy and how much progress has been made in the short time he’s been at the school.

Making Friends

His mother says that one of the best things that she’s noticed is the new friends and people he’s met. He often comes home and talks about other students that he shares interests with, what their backgrounds and stories are, and what they all have in common. He has relationships with each member of the staff, who take time out of their day to sit with him and address and challenges or issues he may be having or just to be a friend.

A Mother’s Advice

The student still attends West Hills Academy today, and is doing wonderfully. When asked what she would tell other parents in similar situations, his mother said:

“This is a safe place to land. It’s safe, its healthy, its educational and nurturing- and if that’s the environment you want to see your child to grow up in, this is the place to be.”

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Open House February 15th

Do any of these stories sound familiar? The fact is, there are hundreds of families on Long Island facing very similar situations- often without knowing that there are other options.

Join us at our open house on February 15th to learn more about West Hills Academy and how we can help unlock your child's highest academic and social potential.

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