|What Others Say|
What Others Have to Say About PLC
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Read the Enterprise Newspaper article on PLC.
Read The Seattle Times article on PLC.
A has made so much progress over the years he attended...not only
academically and socially, but socially and emotionally, and I am so
very grateful for the skilled and caring teachers and other staff. I
don't know what A would have done withut the ability to attend.
AG, mother of a PLC senior
Having a child with Asperger’s is challenging—especially when it comes to education. My son was not successful in public school as the teachers and staff did not fully understand his disability—he was a square peg that did not fit in a round hole. After frustration led to behavioral problems which led to multiple suspensions, it was clear that my son was in a downward spiral. As a last resort, the school reduced his day to three periods and isolated him in a room with a computer for independent learning. It was time to research alternatives. That’s when I found Pacific Learning Center. From the very first day he attended, he realized that he isn’t “different” but that he is “unique” and that there are others as unique as him at PLC. It’s taken time, but after 2 ½ years at PLC, there is no evidence of behavioral issues, his self esteem has grown, and he’s raised his grades from near failing to a 3.7 GPA! We’re so proud of his progress and thankful for the staff at PLC for understanding him and working with his special needs. I would recommend that anyone with a “unique” child that is not successful in public school, research PLC as an alternative. Not only has PLC helped my son, but they’ve given me hope for a better tomorrow for my son.
JE, mother of a PLC
junior who is spending half his day in a technical skill center
JE, mother of a PLC junior who is spending half his day in a technical skill center
This is our second year with PLC. I have a 12 year old son with high functioning Autism. The public school called me almost every day about my son. It was as if they didn’t have time for a child who might learn things a different kind of way.
This school is great in so many ways. First off, I don’t get daily negative calls from a school. What I do get is a child who is excited about life and his future! I still can’t believe I’m saying this, but...He is happy to go to school, and excited to show me everything he has learned. He really seems to love himself now, and believes in his abilities and strengths. We even put him in PLC's summer school program at my SON’S REQUEST!
I love the daily report cards that each child has in their hands, at the end of the day. That way there are no surprises for us parents. It shows hour-by-hour what they learned, and how our child did throughout the day. And Yes..it even includes their daily homework assignments and reading every night.
They make school interesting, fun & “hands on”! My son has developed a love for Science, Reading, cooking & History.
The teachers and staff care so much about our children, that they walk out to our cars at the end of the day just to check in with us. They are very big on teaching social skills and consistently installing empathy in our children. The bottom line... if you have a child who isn’t the “cookie cutter mold” for public school, and you feel your child is giving up, or the school system is giving up on them….. THIS IS A GREAT CHOICE!
T.I. Mother of a PLC sixth-grader
T.I. Mother of a PLC sixth-grader
My son started after attending kindergarten through the 8th grade in the a school district. It was a rough year and after a through search I found P.L.C and the "Hansons". We had tried another private school, but failed after two months.
The striking difference between the public school
system and the "other school" was the acceptance and the understanding
of who my son is. Mr. Hanson stated that a child cannot learn if the
child is on alert all the time with his/her surroundings. The child
needs a place of understanding and an acceptance of who she/he is and
then and only then can they learn . this is what has happened with my
son, who will be a senior this year. At first the plan was to transition
him to public school again and P.L.C. would have supported that idea,
however my son blossomed and most of anger outbursts were less and less,
his confidence gradually increased to the point of welcoming a new
family and giving them a tour this year at open house. He was proud of
his school, something I doubt he would have participated in at his home
public school. I am truly grateful for P.L.C. for teaching him, not only
English, math, and history, but how to conduct himself in social
situations and be proud of who he is.
A Parent’s Perspective on Pacific Learning Center.
I never expected when my perfect baby came into the world that he would have so many imperfect experiences. Andy was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 and was later ‘upgraded” to Asperger’s when he was 8. Most of elementary school he survived although he was always on the outside of any social circle. We had parents ‘unaccept” invitations to Andy’s birthday when they found out their child had a classmate who was autistic. He was lonely and so were we, but he had some good teachers and he made it through.
Middle School became a nightmare. It was very difficult for Andy to complete the work assigned, especially when he felt a teacher was inflexible. He ended up failing 8th grade math, partly because his teacher would not give him the time he needed (longer than other kids) to finish tests. Another student accused Andy of “stalking” her when his crime was being in the same place she was with her friends when he didn’t have any friends to hang with.
Things got worse and worse and he grew less and less able to handle the stress. Once he smashed the screen on his laptop in a fit of anger and frustration. I watched a student push him into the driveway when I was picking him up from school. The meds we tried on the recommendation of his psychiatrist made him sick at school to the point that an ambulance had to be called. Sad to say he had almost no allies other than a kind Assistant Principal and caring special education teacher. He expressed suicide ideation.
Knowing that eight grade was the time when his older brother with Asperger’s fell apart, we were desperate to find some place where he could stop his descent. As a special education teacher, myself, I had heard from one of my families about Pacific Learning Center as a place where Andy might find safety. He was desperately lonely, unhappy and unsuccessful. The day I went to see the school and saw all the other kids who were very much like my Andy, happy, successful included, I thought I had found an answer. Although Andy was suspicious of any change, he agreed to try the school when he found out that the Principal, Dan Hansen, shared his enthusiasm for electric guitars.
From the minute Andy enrolled at PLC I felt like he was safe. No one was going to judge him for being autistic. In fact the issues other students were experiencing were a lot like his. He quickly turned from hating his teachers to loving them, especially Ms. Curtner his English teacher who clearly, “got him.” He went from being a wild, unloved outsider to a tame, accepted part of the group. I would go into the school to pick him up and invariably one of the teachers would say to me “I just love your son.” “You do?” was all I could say. This feeling of respect was something he hadn’t had since he had a remarkable teacher in 3rd grade. And he began smiling again, something he had stopped doing several years before.
In my opinion, Pacific Learning Center has done miracles for my son. He has been able to work at his own pace and spend some time studying some of his own passions. The school has been both rigorous and flexible in its expectations depending on his skill areas and interests. It has provided a true loving environment for his growth. I think the best word I would use to describe the school is that it has been a place of great healing for my son. He has loved being honored for who he is: a clever kid who thinks outside of the box. And I have never seen such a patient group of teachers!
Andy went back to the traditional school setting after a year at PLC. While it was hard for him to make the transition from a school of 60 to a school of 1900, he was frankly a different kid. Gone was the chip on his shoulder and the feeling that no one cared about him. Even though he was going to a school where he only knew one he had a different feeling about himself. He felt valued. Because of this he has weathered the transition very well. We have told him that he has the option to spend some time each week at PLC if he needs to. In fact, Dan Hanson told us that they would do "whatever they needed to do to make it work." And it really helped to know that.
But Andy has gone on to a new phase in his life. Although he only takes one special education class (an organization class) his grades are all "As" and "Bs." He would like to go to a 4 year university right out of high school and he is doing all the right things to get there.
This is a child whom we were told should be in a sheltered workshop. Now we are wondering about his going to college in another state. Andy would like to work in electronic media. He has dreams which I feel sure he will achieve. But the difference has been the whole healing year he has had at PLC. Having had the experience of being respected and cared about for who he is, has helped him to once again care about and believe in himself and his future.
I would encourage other parents whose children are struggling in traditional schools to look at the healing atmosphere at Pacific Learning Center. I believe that Andy’s time there will be the pivotal experience in his life’s successes.
Dr. Jan Maxson, Special Education Teacher in a local school district
The staff of the school, led by Mister Hanson, has a great deal of
experience with a spectrum of students who have learning disorders and
some associated disruptive disorders. The approach of the staff is to
meet the individual at the level of their most affluent areas, be it
acadmeically or behaviorally.
At a time when special education dollars and the application of laws for specila education are being undermined by funding considerations and dwindling special education assistance in the community at large, it is imperative that (Pacific Learning Center) under the direction of Mister Hanson and his colleagues should receive every support possible to maintain this service.
|Pacific Learning Center is an Approved Private School by the Washington State Board of Education, is licensed as a NonPublic Agency by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commmission. Pacific Learning Center NW does not discriminate against students or adults because of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, or national or ethnic origin.|
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