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While many colleges offer special programs for students with learning disabilities (LD) and other learning challenges, Landmark College is one of the only accredited colleges in the United States designed exclusively for students who learn differently, including students with learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Landmark College’s mission is to transform the way students learn, educators teach, and the public thinks about education. We provide highly accessible approaches to learning that empowers individuals who learn differently to exceed their aspirations and to achieve their greatest potential. Through the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training, we aim to extend that mission across the nation and throughout the world.
For almost 40 years, our combination of research-based learning strategies and academic support proved successful in preparing students for the rigors of college-level work. As the field of learning disabilities and differences expanded, our approach to working with students has grown more varied, but always with a constant unyielding mission to provide best practices for all.
Landmark College offers the same range of student services found at any college—from counseling and health services to student life and athletics. The difference at Landmark College is that these professionals, like our faculty and academic advisors, bring specific expertise in, and a passion for, working with students who learn differently.
Working together, we help students discover their path as confident, empowered, and independent learners. We integrate our innovative learning strategies into everything we do.
In addition to classes, students in their first year at Landmark College participate in weekly academic advising sessions while engaged with the advising curriculum. As students progress in their coursework, they become increasingly independent and meet with their advisor less frequently. Students pursuing their bachelor’s degree work with degree specific advisors. The academic advisor is central to the system which supports individual student performance.
Landmark College’s Centers for Academic Support offer unparalleled support to students who learn differently, at no additional charge. The Drake Center for Academic Support is the first place students turn for help with reading, writing, and study skills. Academic support centers within individual departments offer drop-in support and one-on-one scheduled appointments with Landmark College faculty.
The office of Educational Technology Services helps students take advantage of the wide array of technologies that support the needs of students who learn differently.
Through the office of Coaching Services, Landmark College’s Professional Certified Coaches work with students who have a variety of learning profiles and struggle with executive functioning.
Students with ASD who are academically prepared for college may still face significant challenges navigating the social curriculum and adjusting to the more fluid routine of the college student. Landmark College recognizes the need to provide additional programming to assist students with ASD to meet their college goals. Our integrated services model for ASD support services provides a structured living and learning environment that combines an effective pedagogical approach with tailored social and other programmatic supports.
The Landmark College Library offers walk-in assistance as well as one-on-one appointments with students to assist them with their research projects and with developing information literacy. The Library building offers a welcoming space conducive to individual and small-group study, as well as resources to support students’ curricular and extra-curricular needs and interests.
Landmark College offers summer programs to assist a wide range of students with learning differences, including high school students, graduating high school seniors, and students enrolled at colleges around the country. Our programs are directed by Landmark College faculty, and the instructors are current Landmark College faculty and teachers from the surrounding areas who are experienced in working with students who learn differently.
All of the programs are designed to enable students to identify their learning strengths and differences; however, a diagnosed learning disability is not a requirement to participate in any Landmark College summer program. Students learn specific strategies to be successful in formal academic settings, and to give participants the opportunity to make significant changes in an intentional and supportive academic community.
Our unique 3-week and 5-week summer online dual enrollment courses can help your high school student build the self-confidence and independent study skills that lead to college success.
Online dual enrollment (DE) courses are taught by trained instructors who understand executive function challenges, and each course includes an online liaison who is there to help students navigate, communicate, and participate online.
Perspectives in Learning: This course is designed to foster self-awareness, critical thinking, strategic learning, and self-advocacy skills in preparation for college. Students learn the tools for self-reflection, metacognitive awareness (learning about one’s own learning), and critical thinking for college-level academics and study skills. [3 college credits]
Learning Skills Seminar: This seminar is all about study skills and strategies required in college—including organization, active reading, note-taking, test preparation, and the exploration of learning technology. Students learn to identify their areas of strength and relative weaknesses, allowing them to better understand their own profiles in the context of study skills for college. [non-credit]
The three-week program encourages students to develop a greater appreciation of learning through experiential and practical activities. Students will learn to apply writing process strategies, understand their academic strengths and personal learning style, integrate stronger academic strategies and practices, and begin to focus on the development of better daily habits for success.
The program curriculum is separated into three segments of course work: a core course that will provide a foundation for other coursework and activities in the program; a writing class that covers the basics of good writing; and general electives that will provide students with an opportunity to apply what they learn in both the core and the writing class. Students take these three academic courses each weekday, participate in an engaging activities program every afternoon, attend structured academic prep four nights a week, and attend group programs and activities each weekend.
We know that not everyone learns in the same way. Our experience with young people who learn differently suggests that a sense of self and a good insight into one’s individual learning style can make a big difference in outcomes at school.
Our experienced summer faculty and friendly staff will help students:
– Begin to understand individual learning differences
– Develop a writing process that uses proven techniques to write faster, more clearly, and with fewer struggles
– Integrate strategies and practices into content courses
– Begin to focus on the development of better daily habits
Students must be between 16 and 18 years of age. Participants are not required to have a diagnosed learning disability to participate in any Landmark College summer program. Financial Aid is available for the High School Summer Program.
Landmark College’s Summer Transition to College Program for college-bound high school graduates is all about preparation—through practice and exposure—for that crucial first semester of college.
Even the most high-achieving students often face unanticipated difficulties in their first semester of college that may put them at risk for failure or struggle. Problems often arise not from a lack of academic abilities, but from the enormous jump in independence required in a college environment.
The Summer Transition to College Program is designed to help college-bound high school graduates with learning differences to:
– Articulate individual learning issues that need attention
– Identify the specific supports and accommodations they’ll need in college—and how to access them
– Practice enrolling in a freshman lecture class and other courses freshmen usually take
– Use the self-advocacy skills they’ll need to navigate through their freshman year
Apply organizational skills, helpful habits, and useful behaviors they’ll need to succeed at college—and identify problem habits and behaviors that might surface during their first year
Students are immersed in a living/learning experience that offers a real “taste” of college life, college-level work, and the challenges they will encounter in the fall. They develop a clear understanding of their personal learning strengths and needs, and discover how resources and self-advocacy can support their success in college.
The Summer Transition to College Program is offered on Landmark College’s rural campus in picturesque southern Vermont. The town of Putney is located just nine miles from historic Brattleboro, named one of the Top 10 Small Art Towns in America. Participants join current Landmark College students who will be working toward their associate or bachelor’s degrees in a five-week credit session. Program staff are primarily members of the Landmark College faculty.
Financial Aid is available. Scholarships are available and are based primarily on financial need.
Landmark College’s West Coast program, held in Berkeley, California
Offered in partnership with George Williams College, Aurora University in Wisconsin, this 10-day program is designed for students who have strong academic potential and whose challenges with social pragmatics affects their performance in high school.
Parents will also benefit from the opportunity to better understand their student’s needs regarding college readiness; how best to support their student as they prepare for the transition to college; and how to implement techniques for helping their student manage various social environments.
Whatever your academic or career goals, Landmark College has a path that can help you successfully achieve them. Our academic programs offer you the opportunity to engage in self-discovery, pursue career-oriented studies, and develop essential learning skills and strategies.
Originally founded as a two-year college, Landmark College began offering four-year degrees in 2014. We now offer an array of baccalaureate and associate degrees, with optional minors and concentrations.
Landmark College offers a diverse selection of courses in anthropology, English, business, communications, humanities, philosophy, psychology, history, literature, math, science, foreign languages, theater, video, music, art, physical education, and other disciplines.
– Courses are designed to integrate skills and strategy development.
– Classes are small, ranging from eight to sixteen students.
– Professors are accessible and highly supportive.
– Students focus on understanding themselves as learners.
– Students develop personal learning strategies.
For all entering students, the curriculum sequence begins with skills-development courses, designed to address the key areas of writing, reading, communication and study skills. Self-management, as well as the development of self-understanding and self-advocacy, are also important parts of this first-semester curriculum. Initial courses are offered at non-credit and credit levels. This allows students to be placed in classes where they are able to succeed, from the start. Due to our rigorous academic standards, more than 50% of incoming students begin in non-credit courses, with most moving into credit courses after one or two semesters.
In addition to direct, personalized assistance from classroom faculty, academic support is available for writing, reading, study skills, math, science, and coursework planning and completion. Students can come by for assistance on a drop-in or appointment basis at the Centers for Academic Support or Coaching Services. Students may also choose to attend one of our structured workshops.
Our programs are fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. We have a proven record of success in preparing Landmark College graduates to either complete their baccalaureate degrees here or to transfer into baccalaureate degree programs at colleges of their choice.
Landmark College has clubs, sports, activities, and events including theater productions, coffeehouse performances, open mic nights, and dance parties, to name a few. Whatever your interests, you’re likely to find others who share them. And whether you love history, art, sports, or nature, our Putney location gives you the chance to pursue your passion. Our campus shuttle services make it easy to get to area shops, ski resorts, and other nearby sites.
The Strauch Family Student Center is the heart of student life at Landmark College. Whether you want to grab a bite to eat at the Fireside Cafe, buy Landmark College gear at the Bookstore, meet up with friends, or get your game on in the Game Room, the Student Center is the place to do it. There are also several resources located in the Student Center including Health Services, Counseling Services, and Student Affairs. Student mailboxes are also located in the Student Center.
LCIRT was established in 2001 to pioneer LD research, discover innovative strategies and practices, and improve teaching and learning outcomes for students and educators in high school and college settings.
Currently, the Institute staff shares this information with education professionals through webinars, online certificate courses, on-site workshops, and the signature Landmark College Summer Institute for Educators, among other activities.
Landmark College was built on the belief that neurodiversity is a strength. The kind of neurodiversity commonly seen in our students (whether on our Vermont campus or elsewhere in the U.S. through our summer short-term programs or growing online programs) include learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD, executive function challenges, and ASD. No longer seen as a deficit, neurodiversity is justifiably gaining long-overdue recognition across industries. Corporations are actively recruiting neurodivergent individuals, recognizing that they often have an approach to learning and problem-solving that can lead to innovation.
Landmark College has, therefore, always functioned as a “center for neurodiversity”—and today we have established the Center for Neurodiversity (CND) at Landmark College. The CND allows us to better promulgate the research- and evidence-based practices in teaching and learning for those who learn differently, and facilitates efforts to develop and apply new methodologies, technologies, and modalities for success in learning, living, and career readiness.
Among the CND’s primary goals:
– Thought Leadership and Social Justice: The CND will operate as a think tank, generating white papers and opinion pieces that shape the global conversation about neurodiversity, with input from neurodivergent individuals. To that end, author and advocate John Elder Robison—who refers to himself as “a proud Aspergian”—serves as advisor and visiting lecturer to the CND.
– Community and Engagement: The CND works to develop an engaged community regarding neurodiversity, providing a forum to educate, raise awareness, and take action in local and national initiatives.
– Resource Development: The CND will build online resources to support neurodivergent individuals and their parents, educators, and employers related to neurodiversity issues.
– Partnership Building: The CND will facilitate dialogue and partnerships, both internally and outside campus, to create synergistic opportunities. One example is our work to soon establish Landmark College as the first Neurodiversity Hub in the United States, through partnership with DXC Technology.