The Parkside School welcomes elementary school children from diverse ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds who have a range of language-based learning difficulties. The school’s goal is to enable its students to pursue learning in their areas of strength, to acquire tools and strategies to progress in their areas of challenge, and to develop respect and understanding for themselves and others. The small class size (8-9 students per class) and high teacher-student ratio (4:1) allows them to know each student and every family. It also enables them to tailor their program in highly personalized ways. They set out to discover each individual’s learning style and needs—then, design a program to carefully bring out the best in each child.