Educational Institutions

TRIDENT ACADEMY INC

Where Bright Minds Find Bright Futures

aka Trident Academy

Mt Pleasant, SC

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 to include dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and Asperger-like attributes, preparing them academically and socially to transition and thrive in a conventional learning environment.

Ruling Year

1973

Head of School

Mrs. Betsy A. Fanning

Main Address

1455 Wakendaw Rd

Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 USA

Keywords

language based learning differences, dyslexia

EIN

57-0542727

 Number

4291454711

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

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

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The Program for Language- Based Learning Differences

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

People with learning disabilities

Related program

The Program for Language- Based Learning Differences

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

The Program for Language- Based Learning Differences

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

The Program for Language- Based Learning Differences

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

People with learning disabilities

Related program

The Program for Language- Based Learning Differences

Context notes

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

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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.

The school offers the first Assistive Technology Lab in the state. Assistive technology is software and hardware that helps students compensate for challenges in learning and enables them to avoid the frustration that often accompanies those challenges. Students are evaluated in reading, writing, organizational and study skills. Technology is then recommended for the areas of need. All Trident Academy teachers support the use of assistive technology in their classes.

We have begun the design and implementation of a campus-wide Digital Learning Environment (DLE) which will support student-centered (personalized) learning with data driven instruction and blended learning, complement and enhance our school's mobile campus initiative, and support our multisensory approach to teaching. We are currently expanding our current mobile campus initiative with a 1:1 rollout of iPads from elementary grades on up to support access to cloud computing and web-based content

98% of Trident Academy graduates attend college.

Over the past 20 years, research shows that with regard to student test scores in the average academic year,
 Vocabulary scores increase 115.6%
 Comprehension scores increase 152.2%
 Mathematics scores increase 286.8%

During the 2016-2017 school year,
 Vocabulary scores increased 90.5%
 Comprehension scores increased 423%
 Mathematics scores increased 118%
*For example, a student pretesting at the 10th percentile in August and post-testing in the 22nd percentile in May increased their score by 120%.

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.Thus far, The Learning Differences Information Center & Resource Room provides resources for educators who work with children who have learning differences. Such resources include Orton-Gillingham materials for those completing their training in this teaching approach. Over 150 books, movies, periodicals and journals support the collections which is updated regularly. In addition, beginning with the start of the 2013/14 academic year, a component of this community outreach is a lecture series. This series hosts regularly scheduled programs on topics related to learning differences. The series includes speakers on specific diagnosed differences , as well as discussions with speech therapists, occupational therapists, and other clinicians devoted to the support of children with learning differences. Other subjects of interest include understanding your child's psycho-educational evaluation, brain research findings for learning differences, options and issues with pharmaceuticals, and legal rights related to insurance.

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Southern Association of Independent Schools

Affiliations & Memberships

National Association of Independent Schools - Full Member

Financials

TRIDENT ACADEMY INC

Fiscal year: Jun 01 - May 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Our Board of Trustees has adopted a broad, campus-wide non-discrimination policy which applies to students, families, vendors, etc., which is included in our advertising and employment information.