National Dyslexia Awareness Month

The Hillside School would respectfully like to recognize October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability involving difficulties acquiring and processing language that is typically manifested by a lack of proficiency in reading, writing, and spelling. The National Institute of Child Health and Development suggests as many as twenty percent of all students may have some degree of dyslexia.

Many individuals believe the word “dyslexia” describes a reading problem in which people see words backward. However, research has shown that this description is not accurate in describing the complex concept of dyslexia. Dyslexia factually means “difficulty with words” that can impact one’s speaking, reading, and/or spelling and varies a great deal from person to person. We at The Hillside School believe having a learning disability is something that makes students exceptional in their own way. Through our multi-sensory classroom based education (8:1 ratio), our students can appreciate their own “learning needs” and learn how to advocate for themselves.

Join The Hillside School as we take a stand together and promote the overall academic, personal, and social success of all students. This October, we will honor those with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities. As we recognize National Dyslexia Awareness Month, we will continue to stand by our mission in maximizing the potential of the child with learning disabilities through excellence in education.

Alumni Spotlight

The Hillside School alumna, Alexandra Duddy,  currently a freshman at Penn State University Berks spoke to the attendees at the 2014 Golf Classic about her experience at The Hillside School.



Ronald McDonald Foundation

The Hillside School is proud to have received a grant from The Ronald McDonald Foundation in the amount of $15,518. It was great to have all of you at our school to see how your money has been put into action. Thank you again!

Alumni Spotlight

Groves Academy in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, featured Hillside alum Colin Roney as teacher of the month.

Colin Roney has been a teacher for 11 years, and six have been at Groves.  Prior to teaching, Colin went to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  He received his Undergraduate Degree in Elementary and Special Education in 2000.  He receive his Master’s Degree from Duquesne in Instructional Technology in Education in 2001.  Colin has also taken credits through the University of Alabama – working on a second Master’s Degree!



Calling All Alumni!

We are getting ready to print our annual Hillsider Magazine and we want YOU to be featured in our alumni notes! Please email with your updates.




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