We teach children in a close-knit, personalized environment.
Our aim is to improve cognitive systems that cause learning issues. We help every student build a strong foundation for independent learning and social success.
We provide an inclusive, nurturing environment for our students. Every student feels accepted for who they are, regardless of how they experienced learning in the past. We also prepare young adults for their post-high school steps, such as college or the workforce.
To engage, encourage, and empower students with learning disabilities to transform their lives.
To improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities by providing innovative programs, delivered by specialists in an emotionally rich educational environment, where the joy of the process is celebrated.
We believe that people with learning disabilities can build and strengthen the weak areas of their brains that are causing the learning struggles. We believe that everyone can become the person they want to become with effort. We believe in the power of relationship to change mindsets, create a love of learning, and develop the discipline for meaningful engagement in difficult activities.
- Finding Joy in the Process
- Dedicated Effort
- Willingness to Try Again
- We serve students in grades 3-12 with learning struggles.
- Students have average to above average intelligence but experience learning differences, which may include dyslexia, ADHD, dyscalculia, auditory processing disorders, memory struggles, dysgraphia, and/or executive function challenges.
- Children with severe behavioral, conduct, or emotional disorders may not be appropriate for our program.
“Our son is 15 and has attended Wired2Learn Academy for three years. There have been so many improvements that we have seen in him academically, socially and personally, especially in the last year. He is independent in doing his school work now. Prior to starting at Wired2Learn Academy he was completely dependent on us helping him get through his homework each night. It would often consume the entire evening.
Now, he is able to do projects for himself, do his own research, summarize articles, write his own reports, and give presentations in front of large groups of people. He is able to express himself better and he is pronouncing words more clearly. His handwriting has improved and the process is not as difficult for him like it had been.
We are so blessed to have the Arrowsmith Program right here in our area coupled with a project-based learning school. He receives excellent instruction and guidance and his individual needs are met. We are grateful for Wired2Learn Academy and for each of the staff members that devote themselves to our son and all of the kids each day.”
Our Learning Program
- Overall student and learning coach ratio of 6:1.
- Individualized “Get Wired” program developed for each student.
- Student-driven, Project-Based Learning that meets students at their academic level and challenges them to grow.
- Daily one-to-one and small group instruction.
- Emphasis on strengthening the cognitive systems that cause learning delays.
The purpose of the Arrowsmith Program® is to provide cognitive training, based on neuroplasticity, for students where they strengthen and develop their cognitive abilities, resulting in permanent change so that they will become independent, life-long learners.
The Arrowsmith Program® consists of up to 12 cognitive exercises that strengthen core cognitive skills that are the underlying causes of learning disabilities. Each student’s individualized program includes only the exercises needed to address their specific learning difficulties. Research indicates that up to 30 years after completion of the program, students have maintained their cognitive improvements. Once the improvement is in place, the individual maintains this gain by using the cognitive area in everyday functioning.
This approach is used in the treatment of learning disabilities by targeting specific skill deficits in reading, written language, or math. Skills-based Remediation is direct, explicit, systematic instruction, coupled with best practices and research-based intervention strategies to remediate skill deficits.
Based on the child’s learning profile, an individualized Get Wired Plan is used to develop a unique, one-on-one plan to remediate the areas of deficit. Recognizing each individual child’s unique strengths and weaknesses is a critical piece in the remediation process.
We use research-based methods, such as Orton-Gillingham (O-G), in which instruction is direct, explicit, systematic, cumulative, intensive, and multisensory. This method integrates listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This multisensory approach stimulates the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile pathways simultaneously to process information. Links are consistently made between the visual (language we see), auditory (language we hear), and kinesthetic-tactile (language symbols we feel) sensory channels of communication to increase learning and memory.
Remediation of learning disabilities requires the skill and expertise of a certified, trained Learning Coach. Our learning coaches have specific understanding of the neurological underpinnings of learning disorders, psychoeducational evaluations, and intervention strategies. They also have expertise in multisensory learning, alternative learning and instruction, self-advocacy techniques and skills the treatment of executive function disorders and ADHD. Remediation is a highly specialized service which sets it far apart from basic tutoring which usually focuses on homework help.
Students are immersed in learning that engages their hearts and minds. Students design their own education as they brainstorm, design, and execute independent, student-initiated projects. With guidance from their learning coaches, Project-Based Learning (PBL) allows students to engage deeply in subjects of their interest. Through projects, students will learn time management, collaboration skills, tenacity, creativity, and communication skills necessary to succeed in the 21st Century.
As a result of participation in PBL, students move beyond surface knowledge and develop “deep content knowledge” as well as critical thinking skills. Students also improve communication and collaborative skills. PBL allows for student voice and choice, which increases engagement and creative energy.
Children with learning differences often struggle with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, fixed mindsets, and learned helplessness. The research is clear that emotional well-being is foundational to academic success.
We focus on proactively nurturing our students social, emotional, and well-being skills. This includes strengthening their abilities to recognize their emotions and thoughts, develop a growth mindset, and maintain positive and cooperative relationships. We believe it is important to help our students develop skills and strengths to meet expectations rather than assuming our students can eliminate their poor behaviors by enforcing harsh consequences.
We use the following programs in wellness coaching:
- Equine Therapy
- Outdoor Therapy
- Growth Mindset Training
- Emotional Coaching
“Before our son went to Wired2Learn Academy, we were frustrated and unsure if our son would have a good future in learning. Before the Academy, he used to call himself stupid and struggled to write even a sentence. I felt lost in how to help him and we both felt lost in what to do.
When he started at Wired2Learn, I noticed little things at first. One Sunday night, he started to do his laundry for the week. That was huge because he used to struggle to plan ahead. His self-esteem is so much stronger. He pushed through difficult tasks and now says “I don’t have an excuse not to” which is night and day from before. He looks forward to going to school. Before, he would dread even homeschooling.
Not only is he learning typical foundation subjects like math and science, but he’s learning soft skills like the value of planning ahead, the importance of mindset, and so much more. Now my husband and I have hope for his future – and more importantly so does my son. He believes in himself. The value for our family has been priceless.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How are you funded?
We are a private school, funded by tuition and donations through our Foundation.
How do you handle bullying?
Bullying is typically a non-issue at our school. We are very inclusive and value relationships and emotional well-being above all else. We have low student to teacher ratios. This allows us to be aware of what is happening between our students. When students need help developing caring relationships, we are available to help coach our students.
How does a child develop a learning disability?
Learning disabilities and learning differences are neurological, meaning they are a part of the brain wiring at birth. Learning disabilities may make it difficult for a child to listen, think, read, write, spell, attend or do math. As a parent, you did nothing wrong in your child’s early development to cause their learning delay. Learning disabilities often run in families.
Are all learning disabilities the same?
No. Learning disabilities affect every person differently.
Is ADHD considered a learning disability?
No. A Learning disability is not the same as ADHD, although they share common features, such as difficulties with concentration, memory and organizational skills. Many children with a learning disability also struggle with ADHD. Learning disabilities are often confused with ADHD and mistaken as laziness.
Do people with learning disabilities have intellectual disabilities?
No. Children with learning disabilities have average to above-average and even gifted intelligence. They experience peaks and valleys where there are areas of extreme weaknesses as well as areas of extreme strengths. Despite good intellectual ability, these children struggle to acquire the skills that impact their school performance.
Can a child outgrow a learning disability?
No. A Learning disability is a lifelong disorder and can cause lifelong issues if the individual is not given the opportunity to strengthen the areas of their brain that cause the learning disability.
When was Wired2Learn Academy founded?
Wired2Learn Academy was founded in Post Falls, Idaho in 2018 and has operated continuously since that date.
Who are the students at Wired2Learn Academy?
Our students are often diagnosed with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disability, visual processing disorders, attention and executive function difficulties, or non-verbal learning disability. W2LA also accepts students with no diagnosis but who are challenged with issues in reading, writing, spelling, math, processing, organization, problem solving, communication, and memory.
How do I know if my child is suitable for the Wired2Learn Academy program?
To consider whether our program is suitable for your child, please schedule a phone conversation with one of our professionals. Students entering W2LA experience a range of problems in reading, writing, mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, visual memory, auditory memory, non-verbal learning, auditory processing, and attention.
What ages are Wired2Learn Academy students?
We serve students in 3rd-12th grades.
Does Wired2Learn Academy take students with developmental or intellectual delays or Autism Spectrum Disorder?
W2LA serves children struggling with learning disabilities. The standard definition of a learning disability is that the individual has an average or above average intelligence and a specific difficulty in understanding or using written or spoken language or struggles with mathematics or mathematical calculation. A learning disability can show up as an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, write, spell or do math.
Conditions such as Developmental or Intellectual Delay indicate an impairment of general intellect and function and have needs that are more complex than students with learning disabilities.
Individuals with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders or Asperger’s may benefit from the programs offered at W2LA. While W2LA’s program may help these students address their cognitive needs, our program may not address specific needs related to Autism Spectrum Disorder. In these cases, there is careful discussion to determine if W2LA is appropriate for our program. Contact our professionals to discuss if your child is a good candidate for W2LA.
Does W2LA accept students during the school year?
Yes, subject to availability. Contact to discuss. (link)