GRACEPOINT, a private Christian school for dyslexic learners, announced that accreditation was received for the school’s Orton-Gillingham program by the AOGPE (Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators).
The school’s instructional program is now 1 of only 16 programs in the nation to receive AOGPE accreditation. This milestone is pivotal to GRACEPOINT’s ongoing mission to equip dyslexic students with the skills needed to become independent and confident learners.
The Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach is a direct, explicit, multi-sensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia. All academic teachers at GRACEPOINT are trained as OG Classroom Educators. Teachers are observed and accessed throughout the year by an OG Fellow, the highest level of practitioner in the Academy.
GRACEPOINT serves students in grades 1st through 8th. Each day students receive 75 minutes of explicit OG reading instruction with a 1:5 teacher-student ratio. Remediation is typically completed in 3 to 4 years for most students, allowing them to transition into a more traditional learning environment. “To have your OG instruction endorsed by the Academy is such a high honor,” shared Joy Wood, GRACEPOINT Head of School. “I am very proud of the teachers and staff at GRACEPOINT that are so dedicated to restoring hope to the brilliant dyslexic minds we serve each day.”
This news comes in the wake of recent initiatives and accomplishments of the school, including:
• Enrollment growth from 4 to 124 students since the school’s inception in 2012
• Relocation to an independent building on the campus of Piedmont Church in Marietta in 2016
• Accreditation by the SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools) in February 2019
GRACEPOINT school is currently in its 8th year and has transitioned 77 students to public and private schools.