As a parent of a daughter with special needs, I was pleased to see The Sun article about the success of students attending nonpublic schools ("Nonpublic special education school graduates outpace their peers in public settings," Dec. 31). My daughter is a high school student at The Harbour School at Baltimore.

Nonpublic schools are able to emphasize social skills, hard and soft job skills and how to transition to the next step after high school. These are the areas that are lacking in public schools and necessary to help special needs students succeed after they graduate. As stated in the article, the students are accepted for who they are and given opportunities that would not be available in public schools.

Like the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities, The Harbour School does an annual graduate survey published on its website, http://www.theharbourschool.org. The 2012 Harbour School study reports that 94 percent of Harbour School grads are either working or in post-secondary education, 81.8 percent of alumni are working and 22.7 percent of graduates are living independently. These results exceed those of the MANSEF study.

I feel very fortunate that my daughter has the opportunity to attend a school where she can participate in many extracurricular activities and is accepted for who she is. Only a nonpublic school could provide her with these opportunities.

Susan Fleischer, Reisterstown

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