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Letter from IUHS Parent, Mike F.

Dear Bruce Colston,

We have finally decided on a school for Bryan . . . Virginia Tech!

Bryan is rapidly approaching the close of his senior year, and as we have discussed in the past, his mother and I could not be happier with the quality of education he has received. I have referred several of my friends and colleagues to your Web site over the past 18 months. In fact, so frequently that I have considered submitting a letter.

My hope would be that parents, in similar circumstances to ours (child needs extra time, and/or bullying, and/or academically gifted, etc.) who oftentimes feel they have no true recourse, might benefit from our experience with IUHS.

Many times over the past months, I have suggested to several parents they consider IUHS. Typically, the needs of these parents fit into one of the above categories. As a public school teacher, I see it every day.

I certainly understand that most of my students here in rural Appalachia come from families that would find paying high school tuition difficult. Yet, I also see the suffering of parents feeling trapped in an educational system that is not meeting the needs of their children (for a variety of reasons). As a parent, I can think of nothing worse.

My wife and I always felt IUHS staff and faculty were interested in seeing Bryan succeed. We saw the pleasure Bryan was having managing his own studies and we recognized the extra effort of an engaged guidance department. 

Thanks again.

Mike F.