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Formal Community Group Established to Support Schools Serving Students with Learning Differences

Birmingham, Alabama -Spring Valley School (SVS) is comprised of students from all surrounding school systems and admits students K-12 with average to superior intelligence who have been diagnosed with learning differences including dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.

The Association of LD Schools (ALDS) is a formal community established to connect and support schools that specialize in education of students with learning differences (LD), such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and executive dysfunction.

As a formal 501c3 non-profit, ALDS will be able to connect the community of LD institutions by dedicating both time and resources to organizing opportunities for interactive collaboration and reaching other schools sharing a common goal. Ultimately, ALDS will advance the movement of reaching more students and change the future of education for students who learn differently. Ms. Cheryl Cook, a retired LD school teacher, is the executive director of this new association. She recently retired from Lawrence School in Sagamore Hills, Ohio.

The founding board members are from the following schools: Spring Valley School (Birmingham, AL), Noble Academy (Greensboro, NC), Landmark School (Beverly, MA), The New Community School (Richmond, VA), Gulliver Prep School (Miami, FL), Westmark School (Los Angeles, CA), Hamlin Robinson School (Seattle, WA), and Windward Academy (New York City, New York). Currently, over 50 schools in the US and Canada, opted to serve as founding schools. All founding schools will have the opportunity to help shape the future of the association.

About Spring Valley School (SVS)

Spring Valley School (SVS), located in Birmingham, Alabama, is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for grades 1-12, whose mission is to provide excellence in education for bright students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. SVS can be contacted at (205) 423-8660 or Our address is 2701 Sydney Drive, Birmingham, AL 35211. Connect with SVS on Facebook - @SVSAlabama, Twitter - @SVSbham, LinkedIn or Instagram - @springvalleyschoolal.


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