Assets School helps students think outside the box, discover new strengths

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Assets is one of the few schools in the nation that specializes in students with language-based learning differences like dyslexia. The schools offers specialized learning opportunities for bright, capable, and sometimes gifted kids that may think and learn differently. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is getting a look at what sets the school apart from the rest while getting a tour of its lower campus and new high school campus in Alewa Heights.

Assets School provides a strength-based program, complemented by outreach and training, that empowers students to become effective learners and confident self-advocates. It aspires to be a community in which all children thrive and realize their own potential so that society benefits from their unique talents and abilities.

Ryan Masa, lower school principal and incoming head of school, believes that all Assets schools are unique. They think and learn differently and are often gifted. He says traditional schools can be frustrating for them, but at Assets, they are able to discover their strengths, work with teachers, and discover the fun and joys of learning. The 8:1 student-teacher ratio at Assets allows students a lot of one-on-one time, so they can get the individualized attention they need.

This year, Assets will be celebrating 37 high school graduates who have collectively received over 100 college acceptances. Masa says that these are kids whose parents were worried they might not ever see this day. “So you can understand why for 37 graduates, we’ll have over 500 people in attendance at the graduation!”

Masa has heard from families time and time again that Assets transforms lives. He says kids who had lost their “spark” are finally happy and loving school at Assets, and families that were once in crisis over homework and discipline are now at peace and reconnected. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to see that happen and know we’ve been part of it,” he says.

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