At the age of 2 my son was speaking in full sentences in both English and French. Of course I thought he was gifted. I always knew he was special, different to the other children his age. Once he started grade school things changed rapidly, he struggled and by grade 2 he was unable to keep up with his classmates.
I was told that he would need to be assessed as the school thought he had learning disabilities and likely ADD. They also mentioned that I would most likely have to find a better suited school for him. I had already been a single mother for a few years. The fact that my son needed to be in a school where they could accommodate his needs, such as a small private school, was unthinkable at the time.
After an assessment and recommendation from a Psychologist, my son attended a new school with small class rooms and an individualized program that would let him work at his own pace...but even after a few years, many tutors, many assessments and much accumulated debt, this was still not working for him. The Psychologist had also told me that I would never see how smart my son was through his grades...well she was wrong!
Five years ago we found Centennial Academy...when he arrived at Centennial he could barely read or write - he was at a grade 2-3 level. He had no organizational skills and his math skills were very weak...but Centennial saw his potential and they tapped into that!
My son received his first Math Award in grade 7 and by grade 9 he was on the honour roll. Yes, this journey has been a struggle, but now I see that every sacrifice made was worth it. Thanks to a lot hard work...my son will graduate this year with honours... It's a great story and I am glad it's mine
Lianne Lamothe, Mother of Centennial Grade 11 Student