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The International Dyslexia Association annual conference is coming to Portland on November 7th through the 10th, 2019. It’s kind of a “big deal” for Portland and for Park Academy! This past October I attended my fourth IDA conference in Connecticut and Mary Mollway was able to attend her first. Approximately 2,500 professionals and parents from across the country attend the event. […]
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Multi sensory teaching is an essential piece of our students’ education at Park Academy. When given the opportunity to make connections between the visual, auditory, and tactile pathways, our students THRIVE. “The blocks help me understand the numbers in my math problem.  They help me more than just the writing on the page, plus it is fun!” – Third grade student “Sometimes […]
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Reading is not something our brains are born to do. Although we have an innate ability to hear sounds and see images, for our ancestors these skills were used to find food and watch out for potential danger. Writing itself is a manmade convention; our brains are not hard-wired to either create written word or decode it. These are learned […]
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Next week we will welcome 95 students for their first day of the 2018-2019 school year!  Our largest student body to date.  21 new families will be walking through our front doors, much like Jace did last year.  Check out his journey to Park Academy in our latest blog post, written by his mom Cleta. Still to this day I […]
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Ms. Mary Mollway joined Park Academy as our Assistant Head of School in April of 2018.  Here are her thoughts on the first three months. Passion. Commitment. Family. These are the words that come to mind when I think about Park Academy. Three months ago, I moved up to Lake Oswego from southern California to take the position as Assistant […]
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We are proud to share with you Park Academy’s Class of 2018! In alphabetical order:   Thalia Hastings     Having a passion for fashion, Lia’s favorite subject at Park Academy would be art, where she has learned new techniques and approaches to creating new designs. Lia will be pursuing a career in the fashion industry. She has been dreaming of becoming […]
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Photo credit: Vern Uyetake, Lake Oswego Review Written by Craig Lowery, Head of School This past Monday, Park Academy had the proud honor of ushering 7 new graduates into the world.  These students have demonstrated a great deal of grit and resiliency as they completed the difficult journey that is High School.  The process of writing and delivering words for […]
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Park Academy’s theater program is different than other schools as it is an integrated part of many of our students’ schedules, not simply an extra curricular activity.  That speaks volumes as to how important we feel theater is for our students’ growth. We often hear from parents that their child would not enjoy theater.  After all, many of our students […]
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Craig Lowery, Head of School, answers the question: “Why a School for Kids with Dyslexia?”. With so many options and resources available to families, it can be overwhelming for parents to determine what kind of support is best for their child. Mr. Lowery explains why Park Academy is a good option for some students.
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Many families seek us out post-diagnosis or after years of their community school doing the best they can do for their student.  At Park Academy, students receive the curriculum that works for them in small class settings during the school day.  Parents, teachers, and administration work closely together to ensure that students have the resources to reach their potential.  This […]
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