The Hirsch Academy began in 2005 with one child. One child who longed for successful connections with peers and adults. One child who needed academic and therapeutic support. One child who needed understanding.
The educational philosophy at the Hirsch Academy is deeply rooted in principles that embrace and champion neurodiversity. Our approach recognizes and celebrates the diverse ways in which individuals’ minds operate, valuing the unique strengths, perspectives, and abilities that each student brings to the learning experience. We hold the belief that every child should find joy and passion in learning, and we strive to foster an environment where our students’ curiosity and critical thinking can thrive.
Our dedicated teachers and staff are extensively trained in a range of approaches, including: sensory integration, individualized learning strategies/accommodations, curriculum development, DIR/Floortime, trauma-informed supports, social/emotional supports, communication accessibility, and additional neurodiversity affirming techniques.
At The Hirsch Academy, students bring a variety of sensory, regulation, learning, and communication differences. The scope of differences we support is broad, reflecting the diverse nature of our neurodiverse world. The students who come to us thrive in an environment that prioritizes connection over compliance and who need a school that encourages curiosity and critical thinking instead of solely relying on rote learning.