At The Schenck School, we believe in the transformative power of education, and our commitment to helping students with reading difficulties is unwavering. Our educational philosophy is deeply rooted in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to phonics instruction, which forms the cornerstone of our mission.
Our students come to us because they face challenges in reading and literacy. We understand that every child's learning journey is unique, and we are dedicated to addressing these challenges head-on, every day. Research consistently demonstrates that intensive instruction in phonics and phonemic awareness is the most effective intervention for dyslexia, and it is precisely this intervention that we provide on a daily basis through our use of the Orton-Gillingham Approach.
While reading and writing are fundamental components of our curriculum, The Schenck School offers a comprehensive educational program designed to nurture each student's intellectual growth. Our goal is not only to bolster their reading skills but also to prepare them for a successful transition back into mainstream schools when the time is right.
Sound & Word Level Reading and Spelling
Reading & Writing
We provide explicit and intentional instruction in both manuscript and cursive handwriting, prioritizing proper letter formation through the Handwriting Without Tears series.
Vocabulary development and skilled reading are closely linked. Intentional vocabulary instruction is an essential component of our reading instruction. Morphology instruction - the study of Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes - is an integral part of reading instruction here at Schenck.
Reading fluency is practiced daily through our structured online fluency training Read Live. Students read high-interest reading passages tailored to their individualized fluency needs; reading for expression and understanding are emphasized and reinforced.
Math content follows the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and is tailored to the needs of the student. Number sense and conceptual understanding are emphasized as is the language of math. Class discussion is facilitated to support and develop students’ justifications of mathematical reasoning and strategies. Math is taught as a visual endeavor incorporating multi-sensory manipulatives at every opportunity as needed to continuously develop students’ conceptual understanding.
Science and Social Studies content follows the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Reading and writing are taught in the context of content area curricula. Science and Social Studies instructional time is another opportunity to build students’ background knowledge which research shows supports the development of reading comprehension.