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Radcliffe Creek School Joins The Association of LD Schools

Chestertown, MD – Radcliffe Creek School, a distinguished K-8 institution dedicated to providing specialized education for students with learning differences, proudly announces its membership in the newly-formed Association of LD Schools (ALDS). This strategic partnership signifies Radcliffe Creek School's commitment to fostering academic success and personal growth for students facing challenges such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and executive dysfunction.

The Association of LD Schools (ALDS) is a new non-profit, private school organization including over 50 founding schools across the US and in Canada that serve students with learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and executive dysfunction. Radcliffe Creek School joins this esteemed association as a founding school to collaborate with like-minded institutions, share best practices, and stay abreast of the latest research and advancements in the field of special education.

“At ALDS, our goal is clear: to foster an inclusive and empowering environment where schools dedicated to supporting students with learning differences can come together, collaborate, and flourish,” said Cheryl Cook, who is serving as the Association’s founding Executive Director. “My goal for ALDS is to figure out how we can help LD school leaders and educators connect with each other about their work and efforts to support learners. We are stronger together.”

Membership in The Association of LD Schools offers Radcliffe Creek School and its students a range of valuable benefits:

  1. Professional Collaboration: Radcliffe Creek School will have the opportunity to engage in collaborative efforts with other member schools, fostering a rich exchange of ideas and strategies to enhance the quality of education for students with learning differences.

  2. Access to Resources: Membership grants Radcliffe Creek School access to a wealth of resources, including research findings, educational tools, and innovative teaching methodologies which empower educators to continually improve their practices.

  3. Advocacy and Networking: Being part of The Association of LD Schools strengthens Radcliffe Creek School's voice in advocating for the needs of students with learning differences. The school will also benefit from networking opportunities with professionals who share a passion for inclusive and effective education.

  4. Professional Development: The association provides avenues for ongoing professional development for Radcliffe Creek School's faculty and staff, ensuring that they remain at the forefront of best practices in the field of special education.

  5. National Recognition: Membership in ALDS enhances Radcliffe Creek School's national visibility and recognition as a leading institution dedicated to the success of students with learning differences.

“While we only just joined this new association, already I can see the impact that ALDS membership is having on our national collaboration with similar schools engaged in the sacred work of transforming the lives of kids who learn differently,” said Peter Thayer, Radcliffe Creek’s Head of School. “Our educational leaders and teachers are so pleased to be aligned with these 65 amazing schools across the country.”

Radcliffe Creek School is excited about the possibilities that this collaboration brings and looks forward to contributing to the collective efforts of The Association of LD Schools. By uniting with other schools that share a common mission, Radcliffe Creek School reaffirms its commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience for students with learning differences.

For more information about Radcliffe Creek School and its membership in The Association of LD Schools, please visit or contact Allison Jones at

About Radcliffe Creek School: Radcliffe Creek in Chestertown, Maryland has empowered children for over 27 years. Since 1996, the school’s mission has been to “empower children in a dynamic environment that celebrates unique learning.” A haven for neurodivergent and neurotypical kids alike, students commute from nine counties and nearly 25 zip codes to take part in Radcliffe Creek’s personalized, multi-sensory education experience. At Radcliffe, a child may receive instruction well above their grade level in the areas in which they excel. However, if a student struggles in an area, such as reading, they receive high-quality, specialized, small-group instruction based in the Science of Reading , such as Orton-Gillingham.


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