Jacob Gorsuch and his family. Photo courtesy Dallas Academy and the Gorsuch Family

Students and families in search of an inclusive learning environment are sometimes willing to move across state lines to find that in our neighborhood.

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Dallas Academy, which is the oldest Dallas school accepting students with learning disabilities, has seen several families move their children to the school, including the Gorsuch family. The academy has a student population of 175.

When deciding where her son, Jacob, with a learning disability would attend high school, Danielle Gorsuch couldn’t find a specialized school in California to send him.

After researching other schools, Danielle decided to move with Jacob to Dallas so that he could attend Dallas Academy. Now a senior, Jacob has flourished at Dallas Academy over the past four years.

He has consistently improved in essential classes, played JV basketball, participated in Performing Arts Club and is an active member of the Dallas Academy Ambassador Club, a student leadership club.

“We’re thrilled that families from across the country are choosing Dallas Academy,” said Elizabeth Murski, Head of School at Dallas Academy. “We have a unique set of offerings that support students with learning differences to thrive academically and prepare for a successful college experience.”

The trend of families relocating their students has increased this year, with families moving from Seattle, Los Angeles, and Chicago to enroll their students in the school, according to Dallas Academy.