In 2017 Linden Grove School was named a Top 50 non-profit in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky by LEAD Cincinnati and VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm. Organizations were recognized as “pillars of the community,” serving as “examples of individuals working together to bring ideas to life, make plans materialize, and make a difference in people’s lives.”
The article on LGS which appeared in LEAD Cincinnati is reproduced below. For a full list of Top 50 Nonprofit Organizations in the Tri-State, click here.
DEVOTED TEACHERS, CUSTOMIZED LEARNING HELP STUDENTS MAXIMIZE POTENTIAL
Why work math problems in a workbook when you can write them out on the top of your desk using a dry erase marker?
That’s just one of the ways teachers make customized learning fun at Linden Grove School in Deer Park. It allows teachers to select math problems for each student depending on how easily they are grasping particular concepts.
Providing customized learning for K-8 students with autism and associated learning needs is the heart of their progressive education program, says Kristin Tennyson, who has served as head of school at Linden Grove for 17 years. Specialized therapies, small class sizes and low teacher-student ratios help each child maximize their academic potential. Additionally, the devoted teachers and staff partner with families and community members to ensure each child feels safe, engaged, supported and challenged to promote life-long success.
“We use a variety of research-based programs because every student has different needs,” Tennyson says. “We’re a real school, we’re accredited, and we have after-school activities and field trips so that our students get that true school experience.”
LEGO education programs, robotics classes and other specialty courses inspire creativity and critical thinking. An applied skills program for grades 6 through 8 prepares students to lead independent, fulfilling lives through activities such as cooking, service learning projects and career exploration.
Parents praise Linden Grove School for providing students a caring, supportive and academically appropriate setting, more effectively opening the world of learning and social interaction.
“It’s fun to work here,” says Tennyson. “I can’t imagine working anywhere else. Parents are so thankful to us, but what they may not understand is that we learn as much from the kids as they learn from us. Linden Grove is a place of hope for everyone.”