Although she didn’t know it at the time, Arete Academy’s founder, Leah Brzezinski, has been working towards opening our school for quite some time. With 20 years of experience in autism education, speech pathology, and special education, she grew the skills necessary to reach a wide variety of students with unique learning needs.
When Leah’s oldest son began struggling academically, socially, and emotionally at the end of fifth grade in a public school, she got to work applying her unique professional skill set. Through testing and personal exploration, she came to understand her son was a twice-exceptional (2e) learner. As she explored programs for her son, she found that there were only a few schools in the country that are designed to meet the needs of 2e learners, none of which were in the Midwest. Leah set out to start her own school— and her mission was clear — to provide a supportive and challenging environment for bright students who learn differently.
Our Current Campus
5th-12th grade for the 22/23 school year.
8:1 student to teacher ratio in the classroom.
Promote strengths-based learning and individualized curriculum.