Greenwood was founded in 1978 by Tom and Andrea Scheidler, a couple with a vision and belief that students with language-based learning disabilities have the same intellectual needs as any other children and are equally full of promise. Through their experience with students fitting the Greenwood profile, the Scheidlers found that indeed such students were eager and bright. The program they developed not only featured individualized, remedial help in language and math, but also provided the standard course material of an enriched, pre-preparatory curriculum in literature, science, history, music, woodshop, sports, and art. Greenwood students also learned and continue to learn practical skills in a creative environment.
Funded and supported since its inception by knowledgeable parents and professionals, Greenwood has grown with each successive year. The school has greatly expanded its campus facilities, and our enrollment has grown from an initial 28 students to our planned maximum of 50 boarding students and up to 5 day students. With the aid and support of hardworking trustees, parents, faculty members, and friends, we have attained national recognition as a model school for boys with learning challenges such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, executive dysfunction and attention deficits. In the Fall of 2011, Greenwood expanded to include a fully accredited high school program.
In 2008, The Greenwood School formed a partnership with the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, the nation’s preeminent nonprofit chamber music summer program (www.yellowbarn.org). There are many positive aspects of our relationship with Yellow Barn. We enjoy exciting opportunities to strengthen our music program offerings and to collaborate with professional musicians. Another key benefit has been the construction of cabin-like buildings that gave us nine new much-needed classrooms. The partnership with Yellow Barn has given us a new revenue stream, new classroom buildings, dormitory improvements, and a symbiotic relationship with a thriving non-profit organization.
Over the years, our program and family atmosphere have proven successful in helping young men gain confidence and express themselves through academic work. While they do have learning differences, one after another of the graduates of our program go on to successfully enroll at recognized schools and colleges.