The Wolf School is a story about tenacity and entrepreneurship, a story about one family’s challenge and a community that rose in response.
It started in 1999, when Andrew Wallerstein and Mary Sloane reached out to a small group of professionals about their son, Otto, who, despite best efforts at an outstanding school and significant tutorial and therapeutic interventions, was not progressing academically. This founding group believed that children like Otto, with complex learning profiles, could best learn in an alternative educational environment, and they set out to create it.
What began as a leap of faith grew to a skillfully designed educational model serving Complex Learners in grades K-8. They named this approach to teaching the Immersion Model©. Instead of pulling children out of the classroom for therapeutic supports, tutoring, or small group instruction, they “immersed” these supports into the classroom. The Occupational Therapists (OT) and Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) work alongside the Special Education Teacher and Teaching Assistant (TA), planning and teaching lessons as a team. Using this approach, students are able to learn and integrate Speech and OT strategies immediately, and equally important, with the classroom community intact, friendship and a sense of belonging evolves.
As other families sought out solutions for their children’s struggles and heard about Wolf, enrollment grew. Over the years Wolf went from three students in a single rented room, to 35 students requiring the purchase of our current building. Today, our enrollment is at an all–time high of 62 students, with growing numbers already lined up for September.
Please visit us at thewolfschool.org to learn more! We would love to hear from you!