Child & Family Support Services

At Benchmark School, faculty and staff provide a dynamic continuum of communication and care. This entails having a collaborative team of teacher-mentors and professional counseling staff partner with parents to develop the whole child.

Every student is known and appreciated at Benchmark. Students thrive in a calming, structured, safe learning environment where they feel understood and accepted — able to focus on their studies. 

Focused on nurturing every aspect of a child’s development, Benchmark provides professional guidance in helping children address the social and emotional issues that often accompany difficulties in school. Our staff of six counseling professionals who have different perspectives in approach (clinical, social workers, psychologists, counselors) partner with teachers and parents to provide a dynamic continuum of communication and care to help them address each student’s needs.

The Child & Family Support Services Team are assigned classrooms to consult with  regularly, run class meetings, meet weekly with teachers, host student lunch groups, meet individually with children (recommended by teachers or parents), problem solve with students, attend parent conferences, serve as a resource for things going on at home, lead after-school clubs, and educate on learning profiles.

This team also leads House Community events and activities, created as a way to bridge younger and older students and build community together, as well as a number of parenting programs such as the "New to Benchmark Parent Sessions," "Parenting around Temperament," and "Parenting Book Clubs."

I visited seven different schools to find a “fit” for my boys and no other school could come close to providing the level of social, emotional and family help that Benchmark Child & Family Support Services does.  It is something that truly sets Benchmark so far apart from the other regional LD schools and I feel it cannot be stressed enough.
Suzanne Heckendorn, Parent


Adam Lemisch, Ph.D.
Department Head
Mara Dixon

Thomas Hurster

Rebecca Rosenstock
Leslie Stein, Ph.D.

Jenelle Tomov