Elementary Program

The Schenck School is committed to the education of students with dyslexia. Using the Orton-Gillingham Approach, the School trains students to overcome individual learning differences and strives to return each student to regular academic programs as quickly as possible.

David Schenck founded the School in 1959 to teach children with learning differences that impact reading and written language skills. The Schenck School can accommodate up to 250 full-time students enrolled in K-6th grades. The Schenck School has Orton-Gillingham Approach trained faculty members as well as specialists in physical education, music, art, library and computer science. All lead teachers are certified in the State of Georgia.

Students who come to The Schenck School usually attend for two to three years before returning to regular public and private schools. The School's student/teacher ratio is 5:1; classes are generally 8 to 11 students with 2 teachers. Small classes promote independent study skills while fostering learning in an individualized program.

Since no two students are exactly alike, each child's learning program is tailored to his or her particular needs. Individual instruction is a key element in helping students overcome their difficulties. Each child at The Schenck School regularly receives help from teachers on a one-to-one basis.

It is also important that students are involved in group work. Classes are organized according to skill level, and in some cases, smaller groups may be created.

As the school year progresses, students are given more independent work, such as long-term assignments. These activities prepare students to return to a regular academic environment.

The Schenck School monitors each child's progress closely. Parents receive weekly reports and additional communication through conferences and parent meetings. Formal conferences are scheduled throughout the year. Both informal and standardized tests document progress. Parents, teachers and administrators carefully consider the decision regarding re-enrollment or appropriate outplacement.

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Upper Level

Additional Information

Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students learn to manage increasingly complex demands of reading through continuing instruction in the Orton Gillingham Approach to phonics as well as daily, explicit instruction in effective strategies for reading comprehension in all subject areas. Exposure to a wide variety of reading materials, including textbooks, prepares the students for success in their school years ahead. Work in written expression includes daily practice in grammar, expository and creative writing as well as guidance in the production of longer reports using information gathered from many sources.

A corollary emphasis in these grades is on learning how to learn. Fourth through sixth grade Social Studies and Science classes serve as a vehicle for teaching a range of essential study skills. These classes incorporate daily instruction and practice in crucial academic skills such as time management, organization of materials, using technology and other research tools, summarizing, taking notes, preparing for and taking tests, map skills and textbook skills.