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ADHD Camps and Schools: 2014 Guide


This is ADDitude's annual guide to camps & schools for children with learning differences.
The list below showcases ADHD- and LD-friendly schools and programs across the U.S. and in Canada.

Additional resources from ADDitude magazine:

>> How to Pick the Best Program for Your Child

>> Ease the Transition to Summer Camp

>> Find the Best Learning Environment for Your Child

Find more in our Special Summer Camp Guide
and our Guide to Picking the Right School

Camp Checklist
Questions parents should ask...

1 What does the camp director know about your camper's disability? How will his disability be accommodated?

2 How many campers attend, and what is he staff-to-camper ratio?

3 What are the ages of the counselors? What training do they receive?

4 How can parents communicate with the counselors and director?

BASEcamp at Bachman Academy // McDonald, TN
BASEcamp at Bachman Academy is a coed day and residential camp specializing in academics for students with ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disorders. Structured time, hands-on project-oriented academics, small classes, talented instructors, and fun events are part of our core philosophy. Learn more>>

Brehm Summer Scenarios // Carbondale, IL
A summer program that empowers students, ages 12-18, with complex learning disabilities to recognize and achieve their potential through an epic fun-filled, 4-week learning adventure. Learn more>>

Camp Buckskin // Isabella, MN
Buckskin has provided structure, consistency, and support in offering opportunities for success in traditional camp and some academic activities since 1959. We work with parents to help our campers learn to build and maintain positive peer relations, improve problem-solving skills, and become more self-reliant. Learn more>>


Camp Kodiak // Ontario, Canada
An integrated, noncompetitive camp serving children and teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD, and high-functioning Asperger's syndrome. The staff member to camper ratio is 1:2. We offer a social-skills and academic program and more than 50 activities. Our 425-acre grounds include many indoor and outdoor sports and art facilities and lakefront log cabins with electricity, full bathrooms, and decks. Learn more>>

Camp Northwood // Remsen, NY
Northwood programs provide traditional summer experiences for socially immature, learning-challenged, and high-functioning autistic children. A structured, noncompetitive setting enables our staff to concentrate on the instruction and reinforcement of age-appropriate social skills, while campers enjoy a wide variety of traditional camping activities. Our 2:1 camper to counselor ratio ensures individual attention, success, and the opportunity for campers to shine. Learn more>>

Camp Nuhop // Ashland County, OH
For 40 years, Camp Nuhop has provided a safe, nurturing, and dynamic learning environment where children are empowered to succeed. Located in Ohio's Mohican State Park, Nuhop offers six-week-long sessions throughout the summer. Sessions offer traditional and traveling camps that are designed to meet campers' individual needs, building confidence through success and friendship. Learn more>>


Camp Sequoia for Boys // Pennsburg, PA
Camp Sequoia is an overnight summer camp for boys ages 8-17 who need help with social skills. Located on the beautiful campus of the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania (1 hour northwest of Philadelphia), our innovative program uses Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking framework to help campers build their social skills through a traditional camp program. Learn more>>

Charis Hills // Sunset, TX
Charis Hills is a Christian recreational and educational camp for children and young adults ages 7-18 with learning differences, including ADHD, LD, Asperger's syndrome, and high-functioning autism. A fun-filled, nurturing environment enables campers to find acceptance and success. Learn more>>


Club Kodiak // Ontario, Canada
A resort for young adults 19+ with ADHD, LD, NLD, and Asperger's syndrome. We provide our guests with the opportunity for a safe, exciting, and independent vacation experience. We offer instruction in more than 30 sports and cultural activities, as well as life-skills and a social-skills program in a structured environment. Guest/staff ratio is 3:1. Learn more>>


Eagle Hill School // Greenwich, CT
New! Science Wonders Enrichment Program, July 7-18 (ages 9-12). Also, June 25-August 1: Summer Remedial Program (ages 6-11), academic instruction based on diagnosed needs; Middle School Workshops (study skills, writing, math, and reading comprehension) for students entering grades 6-9; and, the Summer Afternoon Program for ages 6-11 (social and group play). Learn more>>


Hallowell at Leelanau // Glen Arbor, MI
ADHD Summer Enrichment Week with Dr. Ned Hallowell (July 14-July 18). Separate sessions for adults and students entering 5-12 grades. Mornings only 9a.m.-12p.m. Afternoons and evenings free. Learn more>>

NYU Summer Program for Kids //
The College at New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
A seven-week, evidence-based treatment program exclusively for children ages 7-11 with ADHD and behavior disorders. The program builds self-esteem and helps children develop attentional, organizational, and friendship skills. Our nationally recognized clinicians and expert teachers supervise college counselors. Child/staff ratio is 1:1.5. Learn more>>

SOAR // Balsam, NC
Serving youth with ADHD and learning disabilities since 1975, SOAR's ACA-accredited outdoor-learning centers increase self-confidence and improve social skills and problem-solving techniques. SOAR strives to ensure success for each student. Wilderness adventures include rock climbing, rafting, horsepacking, snorkeling, and more. Other locations include Dubois, Wyoming; the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas; Big Pine Key, Florida; the Adirondacks region, New York; and Beliz. Learn more>>

Summit Camp & Travel // Honesdale, PA
Summit Camp provides personal attention to children ages 8-19 with attention issues. We design fun recreational and social activities that reinforce social skills, personal success, confidence, enthusiasm, and self-worth. Two- or three-week camps, plus Teen Tours for ages 15-19 are available: Costa Rica; the British Isles; the capitals of Europe; Eastern Canadian cities; and Israel. Learn more>>


Wediko // Windsor, NH
The Wediko Summer Program is a coed 45-day therapeutic residential program for children ages 7-19 who struggle socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. Wediko offers a unique opportunity for children to get intensive adult support as they learn, explore, and discover new skills in an outdoor setting. Learn more>>


Schools for Children with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities
Including year-round and summer sessions.

Brehm Preparatory School // Carbondale, IL
A small, fully accredited coed boarding school for students with learning disabilities. Brehm has been successfully educating children and teenagers for 30 years. Brehm has an exciting 4-week summer program. Learn more>>

Denver Academy

Denver Academy // Denver, CO 
One of the leading schools in the nation for students with learning differences. DA's unique program model -- one that has been implemented in schools across the U.S. and Canada -- serves each student's individual learning profile. Here, students thrive and experience academic success. Learn more>>

Eagle Hill School // Hardwick, MA
A five-week coed summer program for students ages 10-16 identified with LD and/or ADD with average to superior cognitive ability. An individualized program of study includes academic classes focusing in the areas of reading, writing, and math combined with sports and electives (art, woodshop, drama, adventure ropes, model rocketry and more). Certified Life Coaches living in the dormitory address executive functioning skills and metacognition strategies. Boarding and day options available. Learn more>>

Forman School // Litchfield, CT
A four-week coed program (July 7 to August 2) for bright students entering grades 7 through 11 who learn differently (primarily dyslexia and ADHD). Morning classes focus on metacognition strategies, reading and writing skills, and executive functions. The afternoon program offers tennis, soccer, photography, climbing, and more. Boarding and day options available. Learn more>>


The Gow School // South Wales, NY
The Gow School Summer Program combines five weeks of learning with fun. Gow offers classes for boys and girls ages 8 to 16 who have experienced academic difficulties or have been diagnosed with specific learning differences but who have the potential to excel.
Learn more>>

Grand River Academy // Austinburg, OH 
The school offers a college prep education for boys who are not working up to their potential. Through small classes and individual attention, boys are able to succeed in and out of the classroom. Summer Academy offered June 29-August 1; 5- to 7-day boarding programs to make up lost credits, strengthen subject areas, and improve grades. Exciting activities include beach trips, Niagara Falls visit, sports, paintball, and more. Learn more>>

The Leelanau School // Glen Arbor, MI 
A college-prep experiential high school, located on Lake Michigan, for intelligent boys and girls who learn differently, especially those with ADHD. We offer small class sizes in a nurturing boarding school environment. Learn more>>

Academy at Soar

The Academy at SOAR // Balsam, NC
A unique school that focuses on students' strengths and combines academic instruction with adventure-based learning. The school helps develop each student's life skills.
Learn more>>


Pre-College and College Programs for Students with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities

Beacon College

Beacon College // Leesburg, FL 
The nation's first four-year college for students with language-based learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Beacon College has a dedicated faculty, individualized academic mentoring, a travel-abroad program, and an active student life program. Learn more>>

Landmark College // Putney, VT
America's leading college for students with LD, ADHD, and ASD, offering two- and four-year degrees and summer programs for students who learn differently. Students at Landmark College "learn how to learn" in new ways through integrated teaching methods and individualized advising to become successful and independent
. Learn more>>

Options: Transitions to Independence

OPTIONS: Transitions to Independence // Carbondale, IL
A comprehensive transitional program, run by the Brehm School, that guides young adult students with learning disabilities into independent adulthood and helps them recognize and optimize their full potential.
Learn more>>

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