In their own words.
Hear What Others Say About TLCI
Hear from our students and parents in their own words as they share what they enjoyed most about the TLCI Customized Learning Experience.
My daughter graduated from The Learning Community International last year; she was a member of TLCI for all four of her high school years (and previously, during early elementary school). She was the one who gave the graduation speech about her experiences as a student with Asperger’s — brought many in the audience to tears. She’s an ordinary kid who GREATLY benefited from TLCI’s support when we took her out of the school system because they couldn’t meet her needs. Her grandparents — who decried home school for years — are so impressed by how she’s doing in college that they would like to reimburse us for the amount we paid TLCI. Thank you for four wonderful years with TLCI! Teresa
As a way of updating, Matt Hedges graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Rhode Island in Film with a minor in Anthropology and is taking a year off before heading to grad school somewhere for film. His brother, Dan, in his senior year at the University of Vermont where he’s studying environmental science with a focus on economics and global sustainability. He has been in the Honors College since enrolling and has received $3000 in scholarship money every year attending. We were so fortunate to be involved with TLCI and thank you all for such a wonderful experience. Virginia Hedges
Tiana has been accepted by the Academy of Art University in California. She also won first place in a state contest for Florida. It was held in Orlando and had thousands of entries. A tulip from Washington DC, out-shined all the other entries. How Marvelous!!!
My daughter Priscilla who also graduated last June 2010, was put into an accelerated program for esthetics (specialized skin care). She has received a 3.62 GPA from the Florida College of Natural Health and has now received a state license. She may be continuing her education in the future, working towards a duo licensing. Priscilla is the youngest student that the college has ever enrolled. We are very proud! Thank you. Cara Weisman
I just want to express our gratitude for the excellent support TLCI has provided us this last year. We are looking forward to another lovely year with you. Ananta has really blossomed and she is enjoying every minute of her learning experience. Natalie de Sandi
Our oldest son David got into a French program in Paris at the Sorbonne Nouvelle – Universite Paris 3! His core subjects are philosophy and geography and he’ll be starting in October. My French friends cannot believe it…This boy has never taken a French class in his life – apart from a 2-week writing class at the Alliance Francaise!! Hurray for TLCI and child-led learning!! Catherine Kamm
I cannot begin to thank you for all the ways you [advisor] have poured your time, energy and heart into guiding our family through the learning process. When the girls joined TLCI they had a love for learning, but they had no idea how to turn curiosity into self-directed education. I am very impressed with the way you never gave them too much information at a time, but gradually, skillfully empowered them to learn independently. Through you, they learned to reflect, review and analyze their own work and the work of others on a pretty sophisticated level. They learned so many important skills for life, including time management & how to research and document. Most importantly, you taught them how to think more deeply about how they best learn, and to have the confidence and drive and desire to pursue learning as a lifestyle. It has been a gift to work with you. With appreciation. Sally
I just wanted to let you know that I have been offered admission to the University of Maryland and West Virginia University. Also, I just received a scholarship offer from WVU in the mail. They are offering me their Academic Excellence Level 1 scholarship, which is $13,000 a year for 4 years! Thank you for all of your hard work towards making these things happen! Sincerely, Ian W
I can’t believe how the time has passed and now Michele is a senior! After talking on the phone with my advisor the other day, I took a few minutes to reflect about the friendship and special bond we have with our amazing advisor! It brought me to tears, thinking about all the times she supported us through some of the darkest times in Michele’s life. They were tears of joy and gratitude! She always knows the right thing to say and do…she’s so connected to us that she has sensed that something was wrong and contacted me, finding out that her intuition was right and that Michele’s health had declined.
I’ve watched my daughter grow and develop in so many ways as a learner through the Learning Community. When we started five years ago, my daughter was illiterate. At the ripe old age of 13, she became a professional journalist, writing for The New York Times and teen magazines and in the process of becoming a published book author as well. My daughter’s well-being and accomplishments would have been impossible without the endless opportunities provided by TLCI, especially during difficult times. I truly believe that our experience with The Learning Community has save Michele’s life. There is NO way that Michele could have ever survived her education (and even been educated) anywhere else!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Best, Jane Pinczuk
I cannot tell you how happy I am with the Learning Community and how Leandra continues to flourish. She is living in Mexico with a family now that has a child the same age as her and studying intensive Spanish. She is becoming certified in Scuba, reads Mexican authors, and is volunteering a couple times a week at a local school assisting with teaching children English. Thank you! Linda C.
The Learning Community was a Godsend for our daughter. Along with two admissions into the Learning Community, her high school experience included public school, a Christian boarding academy and community college. But she came back to the Learning Community for her senior year, and graduated with college credit. It was the Learning Community that was the impetus for preparing her for a possible future in law enforcement. Eventually she will probably go back to a bachelor’s/master’s program, as she would eventually like to teach at some level. The Learning Community prepared her for whatever she decides to do, not only with her career, but more importantly with her life.
Thank you once again for all you do everyday for the students of the Learning Community. Mary Jo
My daughter, Sara, a gifted and talented student with Dyslexia, was with TLCI during her 11th
Grade, graduating early. TLCI was wonderful for Sara, as it enabled her to escape from public schools, build her individual, flexible learning program (a combination of Montgomery College courses and individually tutored courses) and to continue to be a pre-professional dancer with the Maryland Youth Ballet and to develop her art portfolio.
As a consequence, Sara has been admitted to Simon’s Rock College of Bard, a unique college for talented younger students affiliated with Bard College, in the Fall of 1999. She is now a freshman in their BA program (during what would be her senior high-school year) and doing excellently. we are both very thankful to TLCI for helping Sara find her way to success and to College. Daniela Seminara
After three and one-half years with TLCI, my son will be returning to a traditional classroom setting this fall. My son has matured and developed considerable strengths, and I am very grateful for the support of TLCI. If this turns out to not be the best educational setting for him, then I will be pleased to consider re-enrolling him in TLCI. I firmly believe that my son has benefited enormously…my very best wishes for TLCI’s continued success. Diane
A year ago we were looking for 12th grade options for our sons. We discovered TLCI and our family were ably shepherded through a successful year. The freedom in schedule and choice afforded our sons the latitude to make, act, and expand upon their own choices all while completing the needed requirements and then some. Finishing high school with a professional and positive experience was very fulfilling and satisfying after two difficult years elsewhere.
We could have asked nothing more from TLCI’s able mentoring and support. Ralph