About CSS

cropped-footerreachinglogo.jpgThe Center for School Success (CSS), an educational non-profit established in 2003, is located in Lebanon, New Hampshire. All CSS services are designed to help students, parents, teachers and health care providers understand specific breakdowns in learning, while shifting focus from what individuals can’t do to what they can do. CSS believes that students need to know how they learn best; teachers need to know how to address the unique strengths and needs of all their students; and parents need to know how to support their children’s learning strengths and challenges.

 

Too many students struggle needlessly in school, because the way they learn does not fit the way they are being taught. But what would happen if teachers were able to effectively match their instruction to meet the diverse needs of each of their students? What would happen if students actually understood how they learned best and used strategies that tapped into their areas of strength? What would happen if families and clinicians knew how to advocate for children proactively? In the words of a student who was assessed at CSS, “If you don’t know how you learn, then you can’t learn effectively.” She is right and that is what CSS services are all about.

Do you know any of these students? We do. They represent just a few of the students we have had the privilege to meet and work with in our clinic and in classrooms around the Upper Valley region of NH/VT and beyond.

SONY DSCKevin. He can’t sit still in class and he always seems to be tinkering with something. If you put a broken mechanical device, like a radio or car part in front of him, he can fix it effortlessly.

 

Karen. She just doesn’t seem to be working to her potential. She is engaging to talk to and seems to converse on topics beyond her years, but when you ask her to sit and write down her ideas, she stares at the page blankly, because she doesn’t know where to start or what to say.

 

black_girl_boardSasha. She studies diligently and can explain everything she has learned, but she freezes up when a test is put in front of her.

 

boy-hit-wallBrian. He has a natural aptitude for math, but now that he is in middle school, his inability to memorize basic math facts and rules has affected his grades and he is beginning to wonder if he is just plain stupid.

At CSS we have developed a systematic and responsive approach that provides educators, students, parents and clinicians with the knowledge and skills needed to understand specific breakdowns in learning, while shifting the focus from what individual students  can’t do to what they can do.  CSS is committed to this approach because the job of supporting student success should not lie on the shoulders of any one individual.