Small Community Environment
Arete may be a great fit for students who would benefit from a small learning environment with frequent individual connections with teachers.
Students at Arete may or may not have been formally identified as gifted, but through parent experience, teacher input, and professional evaluation, it's clear that our students are bright.
Many of our students have a diagnosis or educational eligibility of ADHD and learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, central auditory processing disorder, dyscalculia, etc. Anxiety is common among our students.
Parents, teachers, and professionals tend to see a big difference between our students' abilities in one area and abilities in another. This can look a number of different ways; performance in math vs. language arts, science vs art, academic skills vs. social and emotional skills, etc.
Is Arete Academy a therapeutic setting?
The short answer is no, but the long answer is much more complicated.
Anxiety and depression can look and feel different for everyone- and anxiety and depression aren't all that uncommon in gifted and 2e individuals. Some of our students do have anxiety and/or depression and that can certainly influence how our students learn. Oftentimes, our small school environment, recognition of student needs, and specific programming can result in considerable improvements in the lives of our students, but we are not mental health professionals.
In most cases, our school can work with students' anxiety and depression, but we think it's important to recognize our limitations. When anxiety and depression are keeping a student from attending school in person for extended periods, causing self-harm, or suicidal ideation, there's a chance that they may need to seek a therapeutic environment or alternative school setting.
We think it's important to have open and honest conversations with parents, therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, etc. to make sure that our environment can provide the right type of support for our students.