The dedication and love that has gone into this school is amazing. It turned something that was traumatic for me (struggling with learning) into something beautiful.
When Radcliffe Creek School Founding Director Molly Judge started the School in 1996 with the help of Joan Merriken (former Kent School Head Mistress and former President of the Radcliffe Creek School Board of Trustees), they had a certain kind of student in mind, including Joan’s granddaughter, Allison Davis.
Diagnosed with ADD and dyslexia, Allison was a second grader struggling academically, having trouble concentrating and reading.
Now a college graduate living outside of Washington D.C. and working in the photography field, Allison attributes most of her success to her days spent at Radcliffe and the dedication of her teachers.
“The opportunity to come to Radcliffe was life-changing,” Allison said. “The way I learned was tactile, hands-on, and not limited by someone telling me how I ‘should’ learn.”
At Radcliffe, Allison not only learned how to read and focus, but also how to use her strengths as a student to overcome her weaknesses. She gained a self-confidence she still carries today, saying most days she doesn’t even notice her dyslexia, employing the coping strategies she learned while at Radcliffe.
So what does one of Radcliffe’s first graduates think about the School she sees today? “I’m so proud of Radcliffe,” Allison said. “The dedication and love that has gone into this school is amazing. It turned something that was traumatic for me (struggling with learning) into something beautiful. This school was pretty much the best thing that ever happened to me. I would say to any parent considering Radcliffe that you are giving your child a phenomenal chance at life by sending them to Radcliffe.”