Purpose

The Temple Grandin School serves exceptional students with Asperger’s Syndrome and similar learning profiles. Our program provides a challenging curriculum, real-world resources and mentors, and integrated social and organizational skills support. Working together with families, our mission is to meet the unique needs of these students in an individualized, strength-based program that builds students’ confidence, knowledge, and perseverance and prepares them to fulfill their potential as effective citizens of the 21st century. Through our collaborative program, TGS will educate the community about the talent, skills and character of its students, and be a catalyst for the development of innovative educational programs that meet the needs of all students.

tgs_purpose-jenCo-founder and Executive Director Jennifer Wilger: “The Temple Grandin School fills an important need in our community. I have seen many extraordinarily talented students who struggle to succeed in more traditional schools, not because they lack the motivation, but because they need a flexible program that helps them learn to navigate the social world as well as the academics. They also need a strong curriculum that gives them opportunities to move at an accelerated pace to develop their talents. The group of educators at the school have proven a willingness to adapt their methods, increase their knowledge of exceptional children, and provide social interventions to help students thrive and gain confidence. That drive to create a better program and educational experience for talented adolescents with Asperger’s Disorder or other social communication difficulties is the purpose behind the Temple Grandin School.”

The Temple Grandin School History (pdf)