A Home and School Association (HSA) is a volunteer organization of parents at an individual school who plan social, educational and outreach events and fundraise to support extra-curricular opportunities and building needs at that particular school. Every school in Ridgewood has a HSA.
HOW IS THE LSHSA DIFFERENT FROM MY SCHOOL'S HSA?
The LSHSA is not attached to one particular school. Instead, we serve families in all the individual Ridgewood schools and in out-of-district placements. Our primary goal is to support families going through the special education process, regardless where their child attends school. We are not a major fundraiser for any one particular school.
IS THE LSHSA ONLY FOR FAMILIES WITH SEVERELY CHALLENGED CHILDREN?
We welcome families with children needing minimal academic support, those needing educational services because of dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, those receiving related services (such as Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy), those with visual, hearing or physical limitations, as well as those all along the continuum of learning and developmental disabilities. We have information and resources that benefit all levels of educational programming from minimal to most severe.
WHEN ARE MEETINGS AND EVENTS HELD?
Bi-monthly meetings are held throughout the school year with our membership and representatives of the Ridgewood Special Programs Office and the Board of Education. Social events alternate between day and evening events. The special education speaker series consists of multiple evening events throughout the school year.
"I’ve learned so much from the parents of other children about the local resources available for my child."
"We were new to town and felt really overwhelmed about learning a new special education system. The membership meetings enabled me to learn about special services in Ridgewood and I met really nice people too."