The PPCA Dyslexia Center is a special division of PPCA that is established to provide the appropriate academic instruction for high potential students with a primary diagnosis of Dyslexia. The core of the program is an Orton Gillingham based curriculum. Therapy will be administered each day under the supervision of a certified Dyslexia Therapist in a small class setting of no more than eight students. This two-year program provides a comprehensive curriculum designed for students in 1st and 2nd grades. After the students have successfully completed the two-year program, they will transition into the regular classroom setting while receiving reading instruction during the third year. Current PPCA kindergarten students are administered a developmental reading screener during the Spring semester to assist parents, teachers, and administrators in appropriate placement for students moving to 1st grade.
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2012. This definition is also used by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
For more help understanding what Dyslexia is, or to especially help your child understand, watch this short video:
Special thanks to Rose Kuntz and the Dyslexia Think Tank for the development of this video.
How will we help students maximize their learning potential?
- Christ-centered environment
- Small self-contained classrooms
- Daily therapy
- Lessons in all subjects designed to address the student’s learning challenges
The classroom instruction centers on a complete curriculum that includes the following:
- Dyslexia Therapy – an Orton Gillingham based curriculum that is designed to combine auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning modalities.
- Supplemental Computerized Reading Program
- Social Studies/Science
Support staff will provide weekly lessons in the following:
- Physical Education
The admissions process is designed to assist families and the school to determine whether a student will benefit from the PPCA program. Acceptance to the program is based on diagnostic testing, student and parent interviews, information about the student’s academic history and the availability of space in the program.
We are committed to insuring that there is a good fit between students who struggle with reading and the ability of our school to meet each student’s educational requirements. Our classes are designed for high potential students whose primary diagnosis is Dyslexia. Students who struggle because of behavioral difficulties, severe attention problems, severe receptive and expressive language disorders or below average intellectual abilities will not benefit from our program. If you have further questions, or to meet with our Dyslexia Center Director, Donna Hunt, please call 601-939-6229 ext. 208.
Registration Fee: $250
One-time Family Fee: $600
|Dyslexia and Resource Tuition||Annual||Semester||Monthly|
|Dyslexia Center: 1st – 2nd Grades||$9,312||$4,656||$776|
|Resource Program 1st – 6th Grades||$7,560||$3,780||$630|