2017 Annual Conference - Atlanta
School Visits

The Georgia Branch of IDA has put together an exciting day of school visits for the 2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference. Choose from these exceptional school options to see an in-depth look at structured literacy in action!

This year, for the first time, select from eight independent schools specializing in dyslexia and learning differences and two public schools incorporating structured literacy.

Buses will depart at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 8 from the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and return between 1:30p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. School visits are $50. Sign up early, space is limited. 

The Howard School (3.2 miles from Hyatt Regency)
K-12 school educates students with language-based learning disabilities and learning differences. The Howard School believes in a structured literacy approach, using a variety of programs including Orton Gillingham, Wilson Reading System, Lindamood-Bell, RAVE-O, Open Court, Framing Your Thoughts, etc.

Burgess-Peterson Academy (5.7 miles from Hyatt Regency)
Burgess-Peterson Academy serves approximately 425 students in grades Pre-K through 5th. In their second year of a multi-year strategy to train all teachers at BPA in the Orton-Gillingham methodology for phonics and early literacy development. We combine this with the use of Wilson's Fundations (K-3) and Just Words (4-5) as our primary phonics component.

This school is part of the two school, public school visit.

Drew Charter School (6.3 miles from Hyatt Regency)
Drew Charter School serves 1,700 students in PreK through 12th grade. Visit will include the elementary campus serving PreK through 5th grade. Approach to structured literacy includes a combination of Orton-Gillingham and other approaches. Currently use the Kendore Learning Curriculum as well as programs from Really Great Reading.

This school is part of the two school, public school visit.

Wardlaw School (7.4 miles from Hyatt Regency)
Students at the Wardlaw School– one of the four school programs at the Atlanta Speech School – have average-to-superior IQs and mild-to-moderate language-based learning disability including dyslexia. Wardlaw is designed to be short-term, serving kindergartners through sixth graders, with the objective to return the students to a mainstream learning environment in two to three years. The Wardlaw School’s approach to multi-sensory literacy instruction addresses each student’s unique decoding challenges.
  The Schenck School (11.8 miles from Hyatt Regency)
The Schenck School'smission is to build a solid educational foundation for students K-6 with dyslexia and develop their rich potential. Our use of the Orton-Gillingham Approach provides this intervention daily throughout all grades. Our curriculum also focuses on reading comprehension and reading fluency.

Swift School (21.4 miles from Hyatt Regency)
Swift School is an independent school that serves students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences in grades 1–8. Using the Orton-Gillingham approach, Swift helps shape dyslexic students not only by teaching them to decode and understand language, but by developing interpersonal skills that will allow them to adapt and thrive in a life beyond Swift.
The Cottage School (21.5 miles from Hyatt Regency)
The Cottage School provides a comprehensive educational program for approximately 186 elementary, middle, and high school students with learning differences, ADHD, and Autism. TCS does not apply a specific reading program; however, the student’s IEP is utilized in all classes, facilitating learning success.
GRACEPOINT School (22.9 miles from Hyatt Regency)
GRACEPOINT School is a private Christian school nurturing the hearts and minds of dyslexic students in grades 1-8. Students receive multi-sensory instruction with a 5:1 student to teacher ratio in reading and mathematics. GRACEPOINT’S mission is to equip dyslexic students with the skills to not only reach their academic potential but to cultivate and develop leadership skills to become compassionate lifelong learners.

The Bedford School (23 miles from Hyatt Regency)
The Bedford School is an accredited private school specifically for children in grades 1-9 who have been professionally identified as having learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), non-verbal learning disability and high functioning autism spectrum disorder. The Bedford School uses the SPIRE reading curriculum, an Orton Gillingham based, structured approach designed specifically for students with language-based learning differences.

Sage School (29.1 miles from Hyatt Regency)
The Sage School is a private, non-profit, Christian school with a vision of providing intensive dyslexia remediation through low student-teacher ratios with highly trained faculty in a Christian atmosphere. Our mission is to educate students with dyslexia- academically, spiritually, socially, and physically, so they may reach their fullest potential. An Orton-Gillingham tutorial session is built into each student’s day, and all content instruction is built on the tenets of Orton-Gillingham’s multisensory, direct, and explicit approach.