What is a learning disability?

Individuals with learning disabilities have average or above average intelligence but struggle in one or more areas such as reading, writing, spelling, math, listening and oral expression. Because learning disabilities have a neurological basis, the difference in how the brain receives, processes or communicates information is considered life long. With appropriate interventions and instruction, children with learning disabilities can achieve success in school and in life.

What is the tuition at New Way?

Tuition for the 2022-2023 school year is $26,400. Tuition for the 2023-2024 school year has not yet been determined.

New students have a First Year Tuition Supplement of $2,100. This supplement includes a review of records, observations, and comprehensive assessments. Read more information about tuition and scholarships here.

Does New Way provide scholarships for financial aid?

New Way values and seeks students from diverse economic backgrounds. The Board of Directors is committed to assisting families who cannot afford to send their child to New Way. The amount of financial assistance awarded to each family is based on financial need, parental support of the school and availability of funds. Financial information submitted for review by the Financial Aid Committee and financial aid awards are strictly confidential.

Financial assistance is limited to tuition. Families receiving assistance are responsible for expenses that occur during the school year (eg, After-School Clubs or Sports) as well as the Program Planning Fee for new students.

Read more about our scholarships and financial aid.

What is the admissions process?
What kind of students do you have at New Way Academy?

Our students have mild to moderate learning disabilities and average to superior intelligence. Our admissions policy examines a range of criteria, but we do not accept behaviorally or emotionally disabled students.

What are the qualifications of your teachers?

All teachers at New Way Academy are specialists in their academic areas and are trained to teach students with learning differences. New Way requires and provides annual professional development and continuing education opportunities for faculty. This ensures that faculty continuously develop teaching skills and stay informed of the latest research, instructional techniques and curricular advancements among our student population.

What do you expect from the parents of children at New Way?

We hope that parents are active participants in their child’s education. We offer individual conferences to assist parents in understanding how their child learns, and what they can do outside of New Way to encourage the academic success of their child.

Does New Way offer transition services?

Students in grades 9 – 12 are provided transition services to fit their educational needs. Working closely with our Director of Transition Services, parents, students and faculty work together to ensure that proper planning and preparation is done for each student. Read more about Transition Planning.

Once a student leaves New Way, we offer a post-secondary transitional program called Northbridge College Success Program. Northbridge is designed to support students as they transition from high school to the post-secondary endeavor of their choice. Our students are capable of reaching every goal they set. Northbridge’s system of support ensures their success.

What is the discipline policy at New Way?

New Way Academy maintains high expectations for student conduct and responsibility utilizing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. It utilizes logical consequences, problem solving strategies and a token economy system fosters strong character and appropriate behavior. Emphasis is placed on rewarding accomplishments and applauding successes. Teachers provide positive attention for appropriate behavior and structure in the classroom to help students stay productive and focused. Discipline is facilitated by preventative structure, clear expectations and appropriate consequences. Specialized plans are developed when general routines and procedures are not effective for individual students.

Is there a dress code?

While students do not wear uniforms, there is a dress code that we ask students to follow.

What are some websites that help understand learning differences?

At New Way, I was able to flourish and exceed my own unique potential.
-New Way Alumni Student