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Learning Styles with Dehesa Charter School

The one subject we don’t study – ourselves – may be the basis for success in studying all the others.

The Learning Success™ Institute


How Does Your Child Learn Best?

Learning Styles Models


At Dehesa (pronounced Da-he-Sa), we understand that an individual’s learning style goes beyond auditory, visual, and kinesthetic modalities. This is why we assess:  Disposition, Modality, Interests, Talents, and Environment. This assessment tool, developed by Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Hodson, authors of Discover Your Child’s Learning Style, provides a blueprint for successfully personalizing our students’ academic plan to meet a wide range of learning needs.

Who benefits from a Learning Styles Education Plan?

Dehesa Teachers

At Dehesa, our teachers are trained in how to use the profile to address the student’s specific needs and goals to be successful in their academic goals and in preparing for life. Several of our teachers are certified by the LearningSuccess™ and all of our teachers are committed to using a needs-based model of education as a positive approach to learning. At staff meetings, teachers engage in workshops on learning styles and curriculum customization to ensure that they can help meet the needs of each unique student. This helps our teachers do what they do best: use students’ interests and talents to inspire them to find their passion and develop the necessary skills to succeed.


Dehesa Parents

Our parents have a supportive and caring staff to assist them in choosing curriculum that works with their child’s unique learning style. Parents who value that the world contains a spectrum of learning styles are better equipped to help parents. The majority of students need alternatives to the traditional model of learning & parents using the profile glean ways of doing this at home. Parents are able to demonstrate to their children that they “hear” them and recognize them as individuals. Some children like learning with music, or work in an interactive way. Others prefer alone time to wonder and think through things in an imaginative way. Having the tools to validate each child’s uniqueness without judgment or labels is heartening to Dehesa parents.

Dehesa Students

All students at Dehesa benefit from having teachers who use a blueprint to better understand how uniquely they learn.

Having a customized curriculum allows children to see success. “Success leads to more success,” a LearningSuccess™ core philosophy is a key ingredient for children. Kids soon realize that at Dehesa, they can find ways of learning that makes sense to them. Some students need to “see it” or “experience it” or “say it” in order to learn. Having a profile that tells their teacher (and parent-teacher) how they best learn ensures that they will indeed “get it” and progress.

High school students who use the profile are encouraged by the validation they receive at being acknowledged for who they are. Developing their talents and interests, these students develop self-confidence and self-esteem.

"We must stop drawing attention to what people cannot do

and start emphasizing what they can do."

           Willis and Hodson