Hallie J. Rojeski named new Head of School

The Board of Directors and the entire Crosland family is thrilled to announce the appointment of Ms. Hallie J. Rojeski to be our next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018.

Hallie comes to Crosland from Noble Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, a school very similar to Crosland, where she’s served as Head of Lower School and the Junior High since 2011. Prior, Hallie was a special education teacher for ten years at Noble and The Oakwood School in Greenville, North Carolina. She attended East Carolina University, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in special education and a Master’s Degree, and she also holds a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Hallie has been actively involved with many professional associations, including the International Dyslexia Association, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and a collaboration with The Carroll School in Massachusetts, The Hamilton School in Rhode Island, The Lab School in the District of Columbia, and The Lawrence School in Ohio. Throughout her career, Hallie has demonstrated a commitment to children with learning differences and we’re confident she will take Crosland to the next level and beyond.

A Day in the Life: A Teenager with Asperger’s Video

In partnership with Southeast Psych, The John Crosland School has completed an insightful and educational project. This new video highlights a week in the life of one of Crosland’s amazing students, Gillian Quigley. A big thank you to both Gillian and the Quigley family for sharing Gillian’s experiences as a teenager with Asperger’s with all of us.

Click here to watch!  https://vimeo.com/182559892

Crosland a Top School in the U.S.!

We’re just a little proud: The John Crosland School has been named to the list of the Top 50 Schools for children with learning differences and special learning needs, in the 12th position nationwide! Thank you to our fantastic students, faculty, staff, and parents for making this possible! http://www.masters-in-special-education.com/50-best-private-special-needs-schools/

Carolina Panther Jordan Gross Comes to Crosland

We’re thrilled to announce Jordan Gross, former starting left tackle for the Carolina Panthers, will visit our campus on April 28, to speak to our students as part of our Character-focused education. Our trait for April is ‘Humility’ and Mr. Gross will talk about his experiences in general, and how Humility played a role in his professional athletic career success.

The John Crosland School’s Foundational Kindergarten Program

We believe the first day of school is the start of your child’s future. Crosland’s Foundational Kindergarten program serves as a bridge from kindergarten into elementary education, providing students with the time to develop the fundamental skills needed for success in school. In developmentally appropriate settings, our focus on children with learning differences can open a world of opportunities beyond their imagination, right from the start.
Our program focuses on building reading/literacy, mathematical, and technology skills, in an environment that fosters social development and communication aptitude based on NC Standard Course of Study. In a setting that is child-centered and experimental, we will provide structure, yet encourage creativity and interactive learning through multi-sensory instruction.

Our Students:

  • Participate in early literacy activities including Orton-Gillingham based reading instruction.
  • Participate in Reader’s Workshop activities, focusing on concepts of print, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills.
  • Develop fine motor skills including handwriting through a variety of approaches.
  • Engage in Writer’s Workshop to learn beginning written and oral communication skills to help foster a love of writing.
  • Explore early mathematical concepts such as patterns, concepts of number, sorting and classifying through direct instruction and hands-on math centers.
  • Develop social skills and communication-based lessons focused on character trait development.
  • Discover science and social studies skills through dynamic, rich, sensory play, with a focus on literacy.
  • Participate in art, music, and physical education classes highlighting developmentally appropriate skills through hands-on learning activities.
  • Explore technology as an early-learning tool.

Admissions Process:

  • Complete an admissions application
  • Submit (1) recommendation from a preschool teacher, therapist, tutor, etc.
  • Take an assessment test conducted by a testing professional chosen by The John Crosland School
  • Participate in the 3-day classroom visit
  • Be at least 5 years of age by the June 30th prior to the first day of school

If the student is accepted and enrolled into the Foundational Kindergarten Program at The John Crosland School, and wishes to continue on to first grade, the guardian must submit a complete psychological-educational evaluation for the student by March 1st of their Kindergarten year, in order to be considered for the upcoming academic year’s enrollment.

For more information on our Foundational Kindergarten Program, or for Admissions information, contact Portia Eley at 704-365-5490, or peley@johncroslandschool.org.

The John Crosland School Dedicates Dickson Foundation Lobby

Charlotte’s first school solely for children with learning differences and attention deficit disorder will dedicate its new lobby on Thursday, Sept. 26 and celebrate with a reception honoring contributors to the school’s success. Community leaders, The John Crosland School staff and friends have been invited to the dedication of the Dickson Foundation lobby.

The media is invited to attend the wine and tapas event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the school at 5146 Parkway Plaza Blvd. The Dickson Foundation made a significant contribution toward the construction of the lobby that gives visitors, students, parents and teachers their first impression of the campus.

The lobby, which features donor and heritage walls to be featured at the Sept. 26 event, is an impressive and welcoming new addition to the school. WGM Design, Inc. redesigned the 680-square-foot lobby, which will prominently display art, photography and historical pieces that reflect the school’s 35-year legacy.

“We are humbled by the generosity of the Dickson Foundation,” said Dr. Sean Preston, the Head of School who joined The John Crosland School in April from Cypress Heights Academy in Baton Rouge, La. “Their gift funded more than a lobby. Our new addition is truly a welcome center for everyone who comes to campus. It honors our long history in the community, and pays tribute to the people whose generosity helped build it.”

Formerly named Dore Academy, The John Crosland School is in its second year at its new six-acre campus near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. About The John Crosland School The John Crosland School (formerly Dore Academy) opened in 1978 as Charlotte’s first school solely for children with learning differences and/or attention deficit disorder. The non-profit independent school provides individualized education to allow students in grades K-12 to achieve their highest potential.

The John Crosland School continues to be an innovative pioneer in the attention and learning disabilities fields. Crosland uses an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to teaching, enhancing classroom curricula by offering alternative individualized instruction, small classes, and assessment.

In addition to a foundation of strong traditional academics and a reading program that stresses a multisensory approach to teaching this most important of life skills, Crosland offers a unique program focusing on the needs of the whole child, including the arts, music, technology, and athletics. The school helps ensure students with financial needs have access – 20 percent receive some level of financial help – and the principle on which the entire philosophy is built never changes: There is no limit to what a child can accomplish. More than 90 percent of the graduating seniors go on to attend two-and four-year college programs.

The John Crosland School is dually accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For admissions information or to visit the school, call (704) 365-5490. Or visit the website at www.JohnCroslandSchool.org.

2013 Speaker Series Presents: “Dislecksia, The Movie”

Dislecksia traces the many trials Harvey Hubbell faced growing up as a dyslexic in the 1960s and ’70s, with discussions on his school performance and how he was handled by teachers. It also examines the root causes of dyslexia and seeks to explain how a dyslexic brain differs from a normal brain. It discusses the prominence of reading difficulties throughout the nation and features a discussion of how educators can hope to improve the current situation.

The film features interviews with many prominent dyslexics, scientists and advocates, and examines the current scientific information coming out of Yale’s Haskins Laboratories and Georgetown University‘s Center for the Study of Learning. It also explores schools that have been created specifically for children with dyslexia and other learning differences or disabilities, such as Litchfield’s Forman School and New Jersey’s Newgrange School. Hubbell has stated that he hopes the film will change laws and lives by improving common knowledge about dyslexia and changing its status in the United States.

You can watch the official movie trailer on YouTube.

“Find out what’s happening the lives – and the brains – of my fellow dyslexics. The funny ones… thesuccessfull ones…. the ones wholse lives have been unnecessarily ruinded. Along the wya, experts tell us what science is idcvoerig about dyslexia and teachers tell us how dyslexics can learn.” – A quote from Harvey Hubbell V, the films creator and a dyslexic himself.

After the film, a round table discussion will be led by Crosland administrators and faculty about the amazing minds of dyslexics and the importance of protecting them

When: Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 2 pm – 4 pm

Where: The John Crosland School

Please RSVP by April 18th to Portia Eley – peley@johncroslandschool.org