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TRIDENT ACADEMY INC

Where Bright Minds Find Bright Futures

aka Trident Academy   |   Mt Pleasant, SC   |  www.tridentacademy.com

Mission

Through individualized, multi-sensory, and research-based teaching approaches, Trident Academy transforms the lives of cognitively capable K-12 children diagnosed with learning differences, preparing them academically and socially to transition and thrive in a conventional learning environment.

Ruling year info

1973

Head of School

Mrs. Betsy A. Fanning

Main address

1455 Wakendaw Rd

Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 USA

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EIN

57-0542727

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nationally, one in five students, or 15-20% of the population, has a language based learning disability. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder caused by a neurological difference in the brain. It is often characterized by inaccurate and/or fluent word recognition with some difficulties in spelling and decoding. At Trident Academy, we use a very structured, multi-sensory teaching approach developed by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) to help our students. The Orton-Gillingham approach is recognized as the premier approach to teaching children with dyslexia.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Program for Language- Based Learning Differences

The program for Language- Based Learning Differences is Trident Academy’s primary program. Since 1972, Trident Academy has used the Orton-Gillingham approach -- an individualized, diagnostic, and prescriptive teaching approach -- to educate cognitively capable students with language-based learning differences. Our program for Language-Based Learning Differences program is one of 13 schools in the nation certified to use the Orton-Gillingham approach in our instruction.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with learning disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Independent Schools - Full Member 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with learning disabilities

Related Program

The Program for Language- Based Learning Differences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All students receive personalized instruction and feedback in their classroom work as well as their LEAD classes.

Number of educators who have opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Program for Language- Based Learning Differences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All full time faculty have the opportunity annually to participate in a relevant conference or workshop offered by professional organizations

Number of teachers who report feeling equipped to address issues of disability and inclusion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Program for Language- Based Learning Differences

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All of our teachers (100%) have as part of their program delivery the skill sets to address the issues of disability and inclusion. Professional development opportunities and provided annually.

Number of teachers who report feeling prepared to address diverse student needs, including learning disabilities and limited English proficiency

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with learning disabilities

Related Program

The Program for Language- Based Learning Differences

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All teachers (100%) are able to address diverse student needs, especially learning disabilities.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The school has reaffirmed its goal of preparing students for successful transition to mainstream schools. The school has committed to developing a thorough understanding of culture, curriculum, academic support, and admissions criteria in schools our students seek for transition. This includes private schools and public programs in served areas common to our student population. Trident Academy serves as a valued partner with parents in the transition process. The goal for each student is to construct strategies that will enable him/her to be a self-advocate and an independent life-long learner.

Through individual, multi-sensory, research-based teaching approaches, and a qualified and experienced faculty, Trident Academy is a K-12 school that embraces cognitively capable children diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, or Asperger-like attributes. With a strong academic program, our goal is to provide these talented learners with the tools, including Executive Functioning skills, and the confidence to successfully transition to a conventional academic program.

Trident Academy is a safe, nurturing and focused environment that supports learning and confidence building. Language –based learning differences are addressed using the Orton-Gillingham approach, an approach that is both diagnostic and prescriptive.

With a proven track record of more than 40 years in successfully educating students with diagnosed learning differences, Trident Academy is now 1 of only 13 schools in the United States accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham, the gold standard in multisensory education. It is 1 of only 6 O-G accredited training centers nationally accredited at the Certified level, and 1 of only 17 nationally accredited overall.

Our time-tested Orton-Gillingham approach is diagnostic, prescriptive, and always focused on the learning needs of the individual.
The program is led by an O-G Fellow.
LEAD [Language Enrichment And Development] program provides unique, individualized instruction for every student in every grade – one-on-one or small group daily tutorials.



Per our strategic plan, Trident Academy is using its knowledge leadership, resources, and experience to train teachers, educate parents and advocate to the community. With this in mind, The Center for Learning Differences Education is conceived to be THE source of information, training, and education for learning differences in our region. The Center centralizes all of Trident Academy's outreach, reinforcing the school's reputation as the hub of learning differences education in the Lowcountry. It serves as a resource and advocate to the community on behalf of children with functional and language based learning differences.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TRIDENT ACADEMY INC

Board of directors
as of 09/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike Jeresaty

Ralston Health Group

Sharon Stewart

Chad Anderson

Blackbaud

Andrea Martin

Heather Norton

Margaret MacDonald

retired

Russell Guerard

The Boulevard Company

Erik Glaser

Glaser and Company CPA

Andy Rankin

Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes