Last week we were introduced to the Hicks family and learned more about their journey to Springer. This week, Todd and Michelle share with us their reflections on that decision.
A Little More about the Springer School
Henry’s primary needs are reading and writing. Those needs are foundational, and we needed to have that be the focus. Henry’s confidence level has increased because of the improvement he has made in his reading and writing. We definitely see his excitement growing in his learning. He’s made a sizable jump in what he’s accomplished this year. The way he sounds his words out now is impressive. It is starting to click for Henry. He has personalized homework, and it is the right amount and he’s able to show success and sharpen his skills.
Our communication line is so great with the teacher. If he is struggling with homework, I can share that with the teacher, and she helps him with it the next day.
Our Reflections on Springer
We most appreciate how well Henry is doing academically. We see the confidence growing in him. His classroom contains a small number of students, and it is level appropriate for him. He’s not in competition like he was the previous school year. The students are all working on similar skills. We believe this helps him to grow more, academically and in his confidence. Springer is able to devote more time to our son so that he understands and is supported in his academic pursuits. Todd added that he loves his commute with him in the morning. Todd thinks that if he didn’t like school, he’s a 10-year-old boy, he wouldn’t be able to hide it. He thoroughly enjoys his new school and is proud of what he’s been able to do in a relatively short amount of time.
Todd and Michelle’s advice for families considering Springer; follow your gut and your heart. If you feel something is not on par, you must at the very least hear what Springer has to say. At least LOOK at it.
We can sometimes be a victim of our own communities. We may be sitting in what is considered a “good school district” and we think if they can’t succeed here, there’s nothing we can do. Well, there is, it is called Springer. Let’s get out of our comfort zone and figure out what’s best for our kids. Once you are open to something, focus on what your kid’s needs are and not on your own insecurities. Have conversations with people in your own communities, find someone you can talk to that has been through Springer.
Hearing others’ approval of Springer is very helpful. One family we talked to said, we really wished we had sent our daughter much earlier. That speaks volumes. Others worry about the cost and that scares them, but there are many ways to navigate and figure that out. Springer works with each individual family so that the choice is theirs to make. The Peterson Scholarship has been very helpful for us. If there is a will, there is a way. Just look and listen.
Thank you to Todd and Michelle Hicks for taking the time to share your story. We enjoy educating and caring for your son. We are glad to be the difference maker for your family.