We have had a very fun and exciting couple of months with new students, guest speakers, music class, karate, our Compassion Experience field trip and more! We continue to be so proud of our students and are very grateful to our teachers and our parent group for their incredible dedication and involvement. Thank you! We are looking forward to more good times and growth in our community this spring
THANKS to 2E Newsletter for the great write up on our school. You can read the full article here: reprint_RDS
At the end of 2015, we started a Crowdfunding campaign to raise important funds which help keep our school’s operating budget on an even keel. All nonprofits face the need to fundraise even when many of us would rather focus our time on what we do–help twice-exceptional kids find a safe and supportive educational haven that helps them grow at their optimum! We are so humbled by the show of support that has come in thus far. We really appreciate our donors from the bottom of our heart.
Tracy and Augie Meier
The Labonty Family
Insight Vision Center Optometry
The Garrett Family
Richard Beale and Taylor Obre
Ellen and Marty Rosen
Dan and Liz Peters
Corie and Jorge Wong
Stanley and Janice Rosenstock
We couldn’t do it without you. You are helping us mold more bright stars for our future!
We are very grateful to the Orange County Register for writing this great story:
about our school and sharing what we do with our local community.
Ever heard of being too smart for your own good? RDS students are children who have learning disabilities and/or a neuropsychological makeup that predisposes them to emotional challenges such as anxiety, depression, OCD, inability to focus and more. Their high intellect often masks their challenges and leaves them undetected, misdiagnosed or misunderstood as behavior problems. Further, it leaves them ineligible for the services they need to be supported and set on a positive path in life.
The challenges that twice-exceptional students face are such that they are at high risk for developing negative coping strategies as they deal with their intense emotions and find themselves continually misunderstood, underestimated and pegged as difficult. This results in a negative life trajectory for these children who hold vast positive potential. Often, our very able students have been “in trouble” and asked to leave school programs and classrooms as young as four years old. Some have been to several school programs by the time their families reach us. At RDS, we know that we can make a difference and that with the right understanding and support, the life path for twice-exceptional children can be very bright. We know that, because we have seen it.
At RDS, we meet with families and children and we team together to put gifts, strengths and talents at the forefront while we investigate underlying factors that may be causing learning or emotional difficulties. We provide a nurturing environment where the inner dignity and true potential of children is recognized and we provide the support necessary for them to develop the self-awareness, self-regulation and self-confidence necessary to become fully realized independent children with a re-established love of learning.
The complex needs of gifted children who learn differently require the involvement of educators and other professionals who have the expertise needed to identify needs and tailor the instruction and social/emotional support necessary to meet them. Presently, there are no resources provided for students who have advanced intellectual ability alongside a special need in Orange County. We are the only program in Orange County that provides this type of support, and one of only a few that exist in the country.
Our goal is to increase awareness so that understanding and support for the needs of twice-exceptional children will eventually be availed through local schools and through government support of programs like RDS. In the meantime, we are making change happen on our own, and we need your help.
Families arrive to us feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and misunderstood. Amazing parents who have worked tremendously hard with teachers, psychologists, doctors, therapists and other professionals to do right by their child and get their needs met but have been unable to do so because their complex children require a more involved, team approach and expertise toward the specific needs of gifted children who learn differently. They are exhausted and often financially tapped out from all that they have been through by the time they reach us. We work hard to make it possible to provide support for every family through need based reduced tuition but we cannot do that without your help.
As a new 501c3 non-profit organization we have already worked with over 350 families and allied professionals providing continuing education, consulting, educational therapy, advocacy and school programs. We are well on our way toward making a strong positive impact in the realm of twice-exceptional education in our community and we are looking forward to continued success with our students.
We are in great need of support from the community so that we can continue to grow in our ability to make a difference in the lives of families and children and so that we can sustain the wonderful momentum we have achieved during this first year of operation.
The funds raised from this campaign go directly to counseling, curriculum, enrichment, advocacy and learning support resources for our students.
It has been a whirlwind month since celebrating our Grand Opening in May! We received our official 501c3 status as a non-profit and have opened our enrollment for 4th through 6th grade for the 2015-2016 school year.
During this process we have had so much great help and support from our community and we would like to share our gratitude with you.
We couldn’t have done all of this on our own and are extremely grateful for the following people:
Dr. Dan Peters and RDS Founder Lisa Reid
Dr. Dan Peters, of course, has been exceptionally kind – talking to our Director Lisa Reid from the moment her vision for RDS first began and then walking through the entire process with her as it came to fruition. His reassurance throughout the course of this year has been more instrumental than we can express.
Tracy Meier is the exceptionally gracious mother of one of our students. She has been on board with our school since its inception and has volunteered countless hours of her time, helping with planning, our open house, and reaching out to families in the area to let them know that we are here. She has also donated numerous learning games and books to the school site and even helped us draw up a rendering for our school’s new addition of a science and project lab!
Her belief in what we are doing here at RDS has made an essential difference over the last several months. She is a tremendously kind and generous person as is the rest of her family.
Other parents—Phil Labonty and his wife Danielle have been very supportive of the efforts of our program. They have volunteered to help out with our grassroots public relations efforts and have been working to get donations for the school, which so far have included a refrigerator and assistance with site improvements. We are grateful for their donations of a television and also two Rosetta Stone programs.
Kimberly Nichols has helped with marketing, outreach strategy, public relations and social media from the ground up. Having her as a sounding board to bounce ideas off of has helped us experience a great beginning for the school.
Charlene Zack is a CPA who worked tirelessly and for a ridiculously low rate to expedite and successfully obtain our 501c3 non-profit status.
Stephanie Davis is an Educational Therapist who has stepped in and has been available and willing to help during our busiest times within the office and also during open house.
Christine Spitzer is a family friend who has been a rock and has provided extensive time, guidance and encouragement from day one.
We also thank all friends and family of RDS and its staff for understanding our sole focus over the past few months and encouraging us to continue believing in this dream.
We are so fortunate to have an established strong, kind and generous foundation of families, professionals and friends here at RDS. They have certainly set the stage for all of the great things that are happening within our program and we are sincerely grateful for their contributions.
We invite you to attend our
Family Social/Information Session & Parent Education Presentation
Thursday, May 21 6:30-8:00
151 Kalmus Drive, Suite H9A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Seating is limited. Please RSVP by May 14th to
Lisa@reidday.org to reserve your space.
We are honored to welcome
Dan Peters, PhD
who will share his presentation
Characteristics of Gifted Children
In anticipation of our fall opening, Reid Day School and Center for Brain Based Excellence (RDS) is now offering educational therapy services to twice-exceptional (2e) students in Orange County and the surrounding areas.
Although we aren’t actively enrolling students until the beginning of the new school year this fall, we are currently providing educational therapy to the overall gifted and twice-exceptional community.
Educational therapy offers children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges a wide range of intensive, individualized interventions designed to remediate learning problems. Educational therapy demystifies learning problems and stimulates a 2e person’s awareness of their strengths so they may use those strengths to best advantage to overcome or compensate for areas of weakness. In partnership with Summit Center, our educational therapists specialize in creating and implementing treatment plans that utilize information from a variety of sources including a 2e person’s social, emotional, psychoeducational and neuropsychological context.
After our fall opening, we will cater to 4th through 6th grade 2e students, offering personalized, interactive group instruction programs in the format of a traditional school day. In addition to providing services for our students, we will offer psychological and educational services for gifted and 2e children, adolescents, and families in the community. This includes evaluations and assessments, counseling, parent education, gifted parent consulting and development of differentiated education plans.