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Learning to Trust the Educational Environment

Episode 1

In this episode of “This is Me”, a mother of a West Hills Academy student recounts her experiences prior to coming to West Hills and how his time at our school has transformed him and unlocked his potential. Hers is a story we hear very often, of a child with the potential to succeed that is being underserved by his or her current educational 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.

 

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Before West Hills Academy

Prior to coming to West Hills Academy, he dealt with bullying from peers. Not understanding the social cues, he thought the kids were playing with him when they were playing against him.

Like many children in his situation, he began acting out in school and at home.

Academically Underserved

The public school recommended the child be placed in an environment away from the children causing him trouble, but it was not enough to unlock his full potential.

He was a very bright child- more than capable excelling in school. However, a lack of proper instruction and attention to his individual needs caused him to fall behind academically.

Losing Trust in the Educational Environment

Frustrated by the challenges he faced in his school environment, he began acting out further. His experiences had a bearing on his confidence and caused a lack of trust in the educational environment as a whole.

A long recovery

Determined to provide her son with the tools he needed to reach his full potential, his mother began to seek schools and professionals that could assist her family in what can be a very confusing and difficult process to navigate. Her journey eventually led her to West Hills Academy.

She mentions how great the staff was in being patient with him in coming around to trust them. They took his lead on interpersonal interactions with him, gaining his trust while allowing him to open up at his pace. They soon discovered he had developed a fear of failure in his prior environment.

A Noticeable Change

Since coming to West Hills Academy, he feels safe and comfortable in his environment, which his mother says is most important part. It is through this that he has been able to open up socially and thrive academically.

He has built the confidence in himself that he is worth having friends, and has opened up socially amongst his peers. His mother remarks seeing him smile more often at school and at home.

He is in a place where he can trust the adults to be there for him emotionally while also providing structure and boundaries. She likes knowing that West Hills Academy focuses on catering to individual needs and situations rather than on punishing behavior.

The student still attends West Hills Academy today, and is doing wonderfully. His mother was willing to share this story so that other families in similar situations know there are options for them outside of their current environment.

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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 dealt with bullying from peers. Not understanding the social cues, he thought the kids were playing with him when they were playing against him.

Like many children in his situation, he began acting out in school and at home.

Academically Underserved

The public school recommended the child be placed in an environment away from the children causing him trouble, but it was not enough to unlock his full potential.

He was a very bright child- more than capable excelling in school. However, a lack of proper instruction and attention to his individual needs caused him to fall behind academically.

Losing Trust in the Academic Environment

Frustrated by the challenges he faced in his school environment, he began acting out further. His experiences had a bearing on his confidence and caused a lack of trust in the educational environment as a whole.

A Long Recovery

Determined to provide her son with the tools he needed to reach his full potential, his mother began to seek schools and professionals that could assist her family in what can be a very confusing and difficult process to navigate. Her journey eventually led her to West Hills Academy.

She mentions how great the staff was in being patient with him in coming around to trust them. They took his lead on interpersonal interactions with him, gaining his trust while allowing him to open up at his pace. They soon discovered he had developed a fear of failure in his prior environment.

A Noticeable Change

Since coming to West Hills Academy, he feels safe and comfortable in his environment, which his mother says is most important part. It is through this that he has been able to open up socially and thrive academically.

He has built the confidence in himself that he is worth having friends, and has opened up socially amongst his peers. His mother remarks seeing him smile more often at school and at home.

He is in a place where he can trust the adults to be there for him emotionally while also providing structure and boundaries. She likes knowing that West Hills Academy focused on catering to individual needs and situations rather than on punishing behavior.

The student still attends West Hills Academy today, and is doing wonderfully. His mother was willing to share this story so that other families in similar situations know there are options for them outside of their current environment.

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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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