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Hampshire College?


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Posted Aug 14, 2003 at 9:22:15 PM
Subject: Hampshire College?

I was wondering does anyone have any experience or knowledge about Hampshire College in Amherst, Ma in relation to special services and LD student success?

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Anonymous
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Posted:Aug 18, 2003 9:23:25 AM

Perhaps I shouldn't answer your post because I don't have specific information about Hampshire and how it meets the needs of LD students. I considered Hampshire for my own son but I wouldn't send him or any other student to Hampshire who has any issues with writing. Hampshire is a wonderful school with enlightened philosophies but its way of measuring learning is solely dependent on a student's ability to write and there's no way 'round' that.

Good luck.

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cedronella
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Posted:Dec 02, 2004 4:21:36 PM

Hi,

Based on the "Colleges that change lives" book I thought Hampshire might be good for my son. We visited and I liked the kids there but we decided against it because it demands a tremendous amount of self-direction from the kids. Many kids drop out because they needed more structure I think. Also I hesitated to put my son, who takes quite a few drugs for cognitive functioning, into an environment which is so into marijuana etc. I know all schools are to some extent, but Hampshire is way up there...

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Anonymous
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Posted:Dec 19, 2004 5:38:09 PM

have you considered Marlboro, in Vermont? It's similar to Hampshire, but when my son and I visited both schools, we sensed that Marlboro was less druggy, and that marlboro offered more concern for students. I got the feeling that at hampshire, a student could spend a year in his room smoking pot, and no one would take notice. At Marlboro, classes are small, faculty and students spend a lot of time together, including in the dining hall and "town meetings" where all mix.

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