Trident Academy Opens First School in the Lowcountry for Students with Asperger’s/HFA

Mt. Pleasant, SC March 5, 2013 – Trident Academy, an independent school located in Mt. Pleasant, is announcing a new plan to serve the greater Charleston community by helping bright students find bright futures. Trident Academy is entering its fifth decade as a nationally-recognized leader in educating students with language-based learning differences – such as dyslexia. Now, the school will expand to include the Center for Learning Differences Education and will also begin serving a new group of students in the School for Asperger’s/HFA at Trident Academy. A community open house will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Trident Academy (1455 Wakendaw Rd.).

Trident Academy logo

“As we acknowledged our 40th milestone, the Board of Trustees felt it was time to look to Trident Academy’s next 40 years with the same sense of purpose, vision, and community as our founders,” says Margaret MacDonald, president of Trident Academy’s Board of Trustees. “Our goal today is the same as it was 40 years ago – to respond to the needs of our community and provide a solution for parents.”

The School for Asperger’s/HFA at Trident Academy is now accepting inquiries for kindergarten, first, and second grade for the 2013-14 school year. One additional grade will be added each year through grade eight. The school will serve students diagnosed with HFA and Asperger’s Syndrome through a strong academic program coupled with intensive and research-based intervention in a supportive and nurturing environment. The School operates as a separate program from the School for Language Based Learning at Trident Academy. All classes will follow the Common Core Curriculum while incorporating a specified social skills curriculum. The focus is on language, social skills, and school-ready behavior to ensure a successful transition to a conventional school.

Dr. Frampton Gwynette, MUSC child and adolescent psychiatrist and director of Project Rex says, “The decision by Trident Academy to open this school specializing in children with Asperger’s/HFA is a major breakthrough for the Charleston community This will fulfill a long-standing need in the region, and I look forward to the possibility of collaborating with Trident Academy on this very important effort.”

The Center for Learning Differences Education will include tutoring (academic therapy), the accredited Orton-Gillingham Training Program for teachers, and an ongoing parent education component. The Center centralizes all of Trident Academy’s community outreach, reinforcing the school’s reputation as the hub of learning difference education in the Charleston region.

The School for Language Based Learning at Trident Academy will continue to be Trident Academy’s signature program as one of 11 certified Orton-Gillingham programs. The Orton-Gillingham approach emphasizes instruction that is individual, diagnostic, and prescriptive for cognitively capable students diagnosed with language learning differences. Class sizes will remain appropriately small with academics following the Common Core Curriculum, while the school continues its commitment as a partner and consultant to parents.

For more information, contact Niki Leiva at 843.884.3494 or nleiva@tridentacademy.com.

About Trident Academy

Trident Academy is a K-8 independent school and Center for Learning Differences Education located in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. For more than 40 years, the School for Language Based Learning has used the Orton-Gillingham approach to help students with dyslexia and other learning differences. The School for Asperger’s/HFA has highly trained faculty who work collaboratively with specialists in occupational, speech, and behavior therapy. Both Schools use research-based teaching approaches to prepare students academically and socially to transition and thrive in a conventional learning environment. The Center for Learning Differences Education trains teachers, educates parents, and advocates to the community on behalf of children with functional and language based learning differences.

 

Additional Quotes

 

“With 40 years of educating children with learning differences, Trident Academy is well-positioned to deliver a much needed program to support families with Asperger’s or HFA children. Their emphasis on collaborating with the best local and national resources suggests a commitment to building a world-class center of education. We are confident they will devote the same level of professionalism and expertise to this program as they have for children with language-based learning differences.” – Kelli Embler, executive director, Autism Speaks, North Carolina Chapter

 

“The decision by Trident Academy to open this school specializing in children with Asperger’s/HFA is a major breakthrough for the Charleston community. This will fulfill a long-standing need in the region, and I look forward to the possibility of collaborating with Trident Academy on this very important effort. This is truly a case of the right idea at the right time, and I expect that there will be a tremendous response from families affected by HFA.” – Frampton Gwynette, MD, MUSC Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Director of Project Rex

 

“The School for Language Based Learning, with its use of the Orton-Gillingham approach, is our signature program. The addition of the School for Asperger’s/HFA at Trident Academy will include many of the same signature components: a curriculum based on Common Core standards, small classes, a commitment to the role of partner and consultant to our parents, and an overriding mission to provide all our students with the tools and the confidence to thrive in a conventional environment.” – Sandi Clerici, interim head of school, Trident Academy

 

 

“It is time for a renewed focus on our community’s needs. Forty years ago, parents of children with dyslexia struggled to find an appropriate school for their child, and Trident Academy responded to the need. Now parents of children with Asperger’s/HFA are searching for a solution. We believe we can be that solution.”

– Margaret MacDonald, President, Board of T

Posted in: Charleston SC
Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

Comments are closed.