BENEFITING: GAP SCHOOL INC
The GAP School was founded in 2004 as a 501c(3) nonprofit educational facility. A dedicated staff works with children and their families, offering services to students grades K-12 and ages 5-22. Our students include, but are not limited to, those with various learning disabilities, dyslexia, anxiety, developmental delays, developmental disabilities, Asperger’s/high functioning, autism, and PDD-NOS. The GAP School is a whole family, whole child education program that provides daily, individualized education through intensive interventions with educational, cognitive, and emotional training. We support an anti-biased curriculum in a bully-free environment, and enforce the concepts of personal character, tolerance, diversity and social responsibility. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to discover and connect to their sense of respect, learning, belonging, and acceptance. By collaboration with educational, behavioral, and medical health services, students and their families can bridge the gaps simultaneously and effectively. The overall learning environment, tolerant language, professionalism, individual teaching talents , creative development, and outcome-based learning , all help to create a dynamic system of success and confidence for our students.
As you walk through the doors of The GAP School, the challenges our organization face may seem more apparent than the successes. The building is older and maintenance issues are never ending, but if you look more closely
you will see the true heart and soul of our school, which is so much more than a building. Our teachers and staff are at the GAP School because they believe wholeheartedly in the mission of the school and are the champions
of its students. The GAP School recognizes that the definition of success is different for each and every student. The young boy talking your ear off about dinosaurs did not speak when he first came to our school. And the boy who is the first one to raise his hand in science class used to refuse to go to school at all. Why is our school so successful? Each one of the teachers makes an effort at building a relationship with each student, creating trust, which in turn leads to a feeling of safety enabling students to flourish.
The building is in need of repairs, and new furnishings, such as carrpet, desks, chairs, and cafeteria tables. Students are driven by parents, and with no current school transportation in place, a school van is needed for traveling and field trip purposes.
We have highly skilled, dedicated teachers and trained behavior analysts, but the computer technology and curriculum are in antiquated, and in need of being updated, replaced, and made to be more current. We are able to help an under-served population, but challenged due to minimal funding and a restricted, limited budget.