Cooke Foundation Awards $1.5 Million to Schools Serving Students With Learning Disabilities

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in Lansdowne, Virginia, has announced grants totaling $1.5 million to four private schools that are addressing the needs of students with diagnosed learning disabilities.

Many such students show academic potential despite challenges such as dyslexia and other learning disabilities. While these "twice-exceptional" students benefit from specialized education that can help them to excel in their studies, financial circumstances often prevent them from receiving it. The four-year grants will provide funds to each school for low- to moderate-income, high-potential students, primarily through full-tuition scholarships, as well as tutoring, outreach, and teacher training in low-income communities.

Two of the schools — the ASSETS School in Honolulu and the Cleveland-based Lawrence School — will each receive $400,000. In addition, the Chartwell School in Seaside, California, was awarded $397,150, while the Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Maryland, was awarded $367,000.

"These students have educational needs that are not addressed by standard curricula," said Cooke Foundation executive director Matthew Quinn. "Our goal is to help them receive the specialized attention they need to fulfill their academic potential."