Chelsea School

Serving promising students with learning differences (grades 5-12)


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Chelsea School Student at NPR

DFG at NPR.JPGOn October 8, Devin, a sophomore at Chelsea School, participated in a job-shadowing opportunity at National Public Radio with recording engineer Brian Jarboe. Devin jumped at this unique opportunity as he has an interest in becoming an audio engineer after high school. He was able to participate in the recording of blues artist Shemikia Copeland for a segment on Scott Simon’s show “Weekend Edition Saturday” which was broadcast on October 10.

Chelsea School History

old logo-blue.pngChelsea School was founded in 1976 by Betty Nehemias and Eleanor Worthy, two Washington, DC parents of children with dyslexia, but the journey toward establishing the first high school to specifically serve the needs of teens with language-based learning differences in the DC Metro Area actually began long before that.[i]

In the wake of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, disability rights advocates began to press for equal opportunities for children with special needs[ii]. Although some services (such as tutoring) for students with learning disabilities existed in the district at that time[iii], it wasn’t until Sally Liberman Smith began working with the Kingsbury Center in 1967 that there was an elementary school that addressed these needs, and no secondary schools for students with dyslexia or other learning challenges.[iv]