The Laurel School of Princeton is conveniently located in Hopewell, NJ, conveniently located just off of I-295. We serve children in grades 1 – 12 who have dyslexia and other learning differences such as dyscalculia and dysgraphia. This school, the newest part of The Newgrange School of Princeton, Inc. celebrates the strengths and talents of students with dyslexia and related learning challenges. The Newgrange School of Princeton, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1977 and devoted to educational services for children with learning differences. The Laurel School is an extension of that mission. It was inspired by a substantial body of research conducted under former Executive Director, Dr. Gordon Sherman.
Our theme – Celebrating Cerebrodiversity – stems from his work. We believe that our world moves forward because of the unique nature of our brains. Applied to dyslexia, we believe students with dyslexia can contribute extraordinary gifts to our world when they are provided with a properly enriched learning environment. With the Laurel School, we are pursuing that goal with a focus on young learners.
The Laurel School of Princeton is closely affiliated with the Robinowitz Educational Center in Hopewell, NJ. The Robinowitz Center provides advanced learning and evaluation services including professional development, evaluations, screenings, consulting and tutoring.
Established in 2012, The Laurel School provides special education to early learners who show clear signs of dyslexia. The school serves students in Hopewell, NJ, and surrounding areas across New Jersey and Pennsylvania and beyond.
Gordon F. Sherman, Ph.D. and Dee Rosenberg, M.A., LDT/C created a school where students with dyslexia can thrive in an environment that is truly “Designed for the Dyslexic Mind.” Together Dr. Sherman and Ms. Rosenberg have more than 40 years of research, teaching, training, speaking and consulting experience in dyslexia combined.
The Laurel School is the newest component of the Newgrange family of services, which focuses exclusively on developmental dyslexia. Unlike other dyslexia schools, the Laurel School benefits from the expertise of The Newgrange School, a state-approved school for students with disabilities, and from the services offered through the Robinowitz Education Center. The Education Center provides professional development programs for teachers, educational evaluations, tutoring, and educational consulting. The Newgrange organization was founded in 1977.
The Laurel School’s Executive Director Emeritus, Dr. Gordon F. Sherman, is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of brain research, teaching methodologies, and service to the dyslexia community. Dr. Sherman is a former President and board member of the International Dyslexia Association. Before joining Newgrange in 2000, he was a Harvard-based researcher in neuroscience.
The expert staff of the Laurel School has years of experience providing diagnostic and prescriptive teaching. Our language arts program emphasizes direct, systematic, and cumulative instruction that builds on the foundations of literacy and academic language. Our math and science programs are inquiry-based and structured to meet the standards of excellence of the National Science Resource Center (NSRC) and National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Additional subjects are taught through interactive lessons, capitalizing on experiences that enhance memory and the generalization of skills.
Our uniquely informed, research-based approach puts us at a distinct advantage to support students with dyslexia. Inquiries are welcomed from reading specialists, parents of children with learning disabilities, and those in the special education community seeking an independent school program offering multisensory language instruction.
The Mission of The Laurel School is to improve educational outcomes for people with learning disabilities and to empower them to become accomplished, dynamic members of society. We will achieve this through evidence-based instruction for our students and expert professional development for educators.
The Laurel School of Princeton is dedicated to ensuring that dyslexic children and those with other language-based language-based learning differences the earliest grades become confident learners who are eager to demonstrate their individual strengths. Early intervention takes advantage of the “neuroplasticity” of the brain, providing a strong foundation for learning. We strive to inspire our students and equip them with the tools needed to achieve academic success. We achieve this through a powerful combination of teaching methodologies and technology. Our highly structured Orton–Gillingham multisensory program enhances academics, and also provides opportunities to nurture creative spirits.
As a specialized school, we individualize instruction to the unique learning challenges of our students. We foster the exploration of their gifts and talents both in and out of the school environment. We believe it is critical to provide experiences that validate their individuality while building confidence and self-esteem. Resilient children are more successful as adults.
In a world of cultural diversity, it is essential that children learn to appreciate and accept the differences of others. Towards these ends, we strive to build community among our students, staff our families. While we cherish each child’s individuality, we know the importance of working together to provide a supportive and safe environment for learning.
We build a solid foundation for our students, helping them reach new heights and a deep appreciation for the value of hard work, persistence, and thoughtfulness.
Our teachers provide reading instruction in compliance with the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading developed by specialists at the International Dyslexia Association.
We regularly consult with nationally-known literacy and dyslexia experts to ensure that our instructional practices are current and evidence-based.