A Heartfelt Story of a Former LDS Student 

Early this year, we had a visit from a former LDS student eager to share the incredible progress he has been making since attending LDS in grades 1-3.  

Remi, now in grade 11 and planning to pursue a career in technology or chemistry, joined us with his mother to share some of his story and the impact LDS made on his life. During the conversation, Remi shared that he experienced a gradual build-up of confidence, an improvement in mentality, and a shift in his perception of learning and education. Now, with a better understanding, he realizes how impactful his time at LDS was.  

Remi also shared the challenges he faced in mainstream classrooms, portraying himself as a bit of a “train wreck” due to ADHD. Remi and his mother said it was important for him to be around the mainstream system to learn how to fit in. They highlighted the difference it made to have peers who were compassionate, especially to those with learning differences.  

When asked about standout memories at LDS, Remi mentioned the library! Reading with his instructor was a great support throughout his learning journey. Remi’s mother, Nicole, expressed gratitude as a busy parent, emphasizing the convenience of having all these resources in one place. She was also amazed at the many organizations available behind the scenes to support their family. The financial support was critical. “It does take a village to raise a child!” says Nicole. “We couldn’t afford all the support he needed, and without it, I don’t know where we would be today, really. It was life-changing. It opened the world up to future possibilities.”  

Remi has learned that everyone’s journey is different, and there is no “one size fits all” solution. He offered this valuable advice to other teenagers and young adults: “Just show up! As long as you show up, you’ll learn and gain something! Get social exposure, build a routine, go with the flow, but don’t give up!” He said, “Although going with the flow might not always fit everyone, find your own flow; it really helps, especially in an environment like LDS! In baby steps, an extra push and a little support will help you to gain more confidence!”.  

We hope that, like our team, you are inspired by Remi, a former LDS student making great strides! Our students are on transformative journeys, and it is critical they get the individualized support they need to thrive.  

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– Thaisa Gorniak, Community Manager

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