The Adult Dyslexic Program was launched in 1999 by our school founder, David Schenck. Mr. Schenck aspired to share his knowledge of Orton-Gillingham and teach dyslexic adults to share his joy of reading. Mr. Schenck secured initial funding from the Goizueta Foundation whose primary purpose is to fund programs which benefit communities on a state and national level.
The Adult Program
Instruction is phonics-based and multi-sensory. The Orton – Gillingham Approach is phonics instruction which matches letters and combinations of letters to distinct sounds. Multi-sensory teaching combines seeing, saying, hearing and writing. Students study basic letter patterns and master the rules that govern reading and spelling.
The course is offered in Atlanta three times a year, with fall, winter and spring sessions. Classes consist of 8 sessions held on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks.
- who have always had difficulty reading, writing, and spelling
- who feel this keeps them from reaching their full potential
- who are willing to start back at square one to overcome their disability
The Steps to Take:
- Schedule a Screening
Schenck only schedules screenings individually. Contact the program administrator, Foster Soules. Call (404) 252-2591 extension 110, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be Screened
Applicants are screened by the program administrator or other members of The Schenck School faculty. The School screens all applicants to the Adult Dyslexic Program. The screening process is not to diagnose dyslexia but to determine whether the program will be of genuine help to the applicant.
- Be Approved
Applicants accepted into the program are assigned to a class based on their skill level. The maximum class size is ten students. The course fee is $100. Scholarships are available.
Students attend class Tuesday and Thursday evenings for eight weeks. Classes are held at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 Saint Anne's Lane Atlanta, GA 30327 which is located at the corner of Moores Mill Road and Northside Parkway in Buckhead (MARTA bus route 12 from the Midtown station). Fall classes meet from late September to mid-November; winter classes meet from mid-January to mid-March and spring classes from mid-March through May.