Sunflowers don’t grow in the deep shaded forest; they grow where conditions meet their needs, where they can become, with all the potential that once was locked inside the hard shell of a seed. We do not expect of the sunflower that it will thrive in the same environment as a fern or primrose. This fundamental truth of the natural world, also alive in the multitude of differences found within humanity, demands that we move away from standardization and create opportunities for each individual to become, with all the potential of his or her own unique being.
It is with this premise and a deep understanding of human development, that Otto Specht School continues to reach beyond the conventional classroom, offering diverse, individualized educational opportunities. Year after year at Otto Specht School, students who, for a variety of reasons, were previously unsuccessful by most schools’ measures, would begin to thrive. They would learn to learn, begin to interact and relate more to others, and become more actively engaged in and out of the classroom.