Six months ago, Ben Rohaly had a record-low grade-point-average. It was less than 2.0.
Now, he's raised it to a 3.6 and believes he will be accepted into college.
What made the difference for the Huntington Beach resident is the school he is now attending and the way he is taught.
Ben, 17, has a mild case of nonverbal learning difference that makes it difficult for him to process information at a regular rate. While in New York at a boarding school, he couldn't keep up with the material or his classmates, and his grades and self-esteem were dwindling.
His learning disability stops him short of getting a joke or understanding a simple mathematical problem. He said people would say things like, "How didn't you get that?"
And it ate away at his confidence, he said.
He left the boarding school in March and came back to Orange County to attend Fusion Academy & Learning Center in Huntington Beach. The grade 6-12 campus opened its doors earlier this year to provide an alternative way of teaching.