Success Stories


"OPTIMISM IS THE FAITH THAT LEADS TO ACHIEVEMENT. NOTHING CAN BE DONE WITHOUT HOPE AND CONFIDENCE." HELEN KELLER

Thousands of children have attended Dearborn since the school opened in 1949.

Some have stayed for only a few months while we helped them through significant challenges and readied them to return to a public school. Others stay with us for a few years, experience graduation and go on to college or careers.

We want all our students to know success. Even when children are without hope, even when their challenges feel insurmountable, we want to find a way forward, help them recover their confidence and find hope again.

The stories below are all from former Dearborn students and families who have done just that.

  • Nanci Brody attended Dearborn for one year in 1958. Today she is an accomplished teacher and educational innovator. She serves on the Dearborn Academy Advisory Board, is a Schools for Children trustee and volunteers regularly in our program. (Read Nanci's story...)
     
  • Shawn Strunk attended Dearborn Elementary/Middle School in the 1990s. He suffered from paralyzing anxiety and had low self-esteem, but today Shawn has recovered and is a teacher himself! (Read Shawn's story...)
  • When Johnny S. contracted a virus, it set off a chain of events that derailed his education. This story describes how a year in Dearborn's Elementary/Middle School helped Johnny get back on track.  (Read Johnny's  story...).