We empower students with learning differences to become confident, independent learners.
The idea for HillSprings was conceived in Spring 2002 by a group of parents and professionals who believed that Colorado Springs needed a school designed to provide additional assistance to students with learning differences.
HillSprings is modeled after The Hill Center, an exemplary, award winning school in Durham, NC that has been helping students with learning disabilities for over 37 years (www.hillcenter.org). HillSprings is formally affiliated with The Hill Center.
In 2004, The HillSprings Learning Center opened as a unique half-day school serving students in grades K-8 with diagnosed learning differences such as dyslexia (reading), dysgraphia (writing), dyscalculia (math), Asperger's syndrome (high functioning autism) and ADHD (attention issues).
The half-day program affords students the opportunity to receive necessary accelerated skill acquistion in a specialized school setting, but not at the expense of normal social interactions as they attend their base school for the remainder of the day. Close communication with the student's regular school helps to ensure optimum results for both school environments.
"HillSprings is where your smartness is recognized" (Maddie, age 12)
"At HillSprings our son progressed because of TRUST. He grew to trust his teacher. She quickly and accurately understood his needs and provided a respectful learning environment. Our son also learned to trust his classmates. He soon picked up on the fact that each of them had their own issues. He quickly observed that he was not alone in his learning differences. Facilitated by his teacher, his class grew to trust each other....he now has friends. He has learned to trust us, his parents. He feels that we finally got him into an environment where he can prosper, to continue to learn, and to enjoy school." (Parents of Adam, age 13)
"As a parent of a child with a learning disability, every day I am wowed by how much perseverance it takes for our son to just get through some days. I have come to recognize that I too, have more perseverance than I ever dreamed possible....however, I also believe that one cannot have perseverance without hope. HillSprings has given us that hope. We trusted that HillSprings would give our son that foundation that he needed for classroom success. They haven't let us down. He now knows he is starting to achieve what he once found impossible. Our teacher at HillSprings has given us the hope for our child's future." (Parent of Daniel, age 8)
"I was in a deep hole of frustration and motherhood exhaustion...I am more than delighted to be a part of the HillSprings family....enable my daughter to develop her innermost strengths that were hidden by her ADHD and low self-esteem." (Parent of Aleah, age 9)
"I work with a HillSprings teacher who understands my disability. The greatest challenge for me is turning the negative into a positive and learning to be successful. She has helped me see ADD as a gift as well as a curse. The hyper-focus and creativity that I have are unique assets. While the inattention is a burden, I now know how to deal with it. I refuse to quit and I have the determination to be a successful college student." (Andrew, age 18)
"At HillSprings I started to take my work more seriously and stopped goofing off. I am able to work at my own pace and level instead of doing the same thing as everybody else. Now I enjoy reading and want to read more books." (KT, age 13)
"I love the small classes because we get more attention. A lot of schools say they have individualized learning when they really don't. At HillSprings, it's truly individualized learning." (Barron, age 12)
"HillSprings taught me ways to manage my frustration. When I first came here, I always got angry when I got the wrong answers. Now I calm myself down." (Tanner, age 10)
"I do not get math very easily, but my teacher explains it in steps and gives us strategies to help us figure out the problems." (Katie, age 11)
"The thing that I learned about myself was that I could be a successful learner if I did not give up" (Jax, age 8)
"Probably, with time and hard work, I could be like other kids who can read" (Sam, age 10)
"If one strategy does not work, try another strategy that might work even better." (Blake, age 11)
"I did not give up. I knew I could overcome my difficulty with learning. Now I can do stuff I thought I never could do." (Drew, age 9)
"At HillSprings we have a lot of fun while we are learning......you can shine no matter what you are made of." (Megan, age 12)
"You have a teacher right in front of you who is actually helping you." (Greg, age 10)