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"Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with orginial spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spirtually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die."

               -John Gatto

Letter From the Founder/Director:

Andrea Shoap


 The White Clay School is primary/secondary nonpublic school which has, for the past 28 years, offered an individualized and therapeutic-based education to a wide variety of learning styles and ability levels among school-aged children.  Our uniquely dynamic teaching team, which includes our certified teachers and paraprofessionals as well as our behavioral and special education specialists and therapists, combine the best of an enriching custom- created and an evidence-based intervention curriculum , in order  to provide children diagnosed with mild to moderate comprehensive learning disabilities, with the optimal plan for their specific learning style. Additionally, our teachers are trained in the TEACCH Approach through the University of North Carolina. Through this level of expertise, we provide the necessary levels of structured and therapeutic interventions which optimize improvement in attention, anxiety,  behavior, executive function and independent learning.

It is our mission at The White Clay School to:

  • Teach each child as a unique individual and create a learning program for them, which will identify their learning strengths and weaknesses,  and allow them to thrive in their intellectual, educational and social/emotional development.

  • Designing each child's educational program through both a structured academic and therapeutic approach through a Response to Intervention, in order to develop both cognitive and behavioral deficits.

  • Include and empower our children to help make a difference in our community today and throughout their lives.


We at White Clay School, believe that education should be an ongoing experience that connects us to our world and fills us with a deeper understanding of the role each one of us plays in the universe. 

We invite you to come visit our school and meet our diverse population of kids, as well as our talented staff, to see for yourself the magic and possibilities that are happening in education every day.

Andrea Shoap