The Gates School for students with dyslexia and related reading disorders or challenges recognizes that all children deserve to succeed academically. As a public charter school, we do not charge tuition. We understand that students with reading challenges learn best through a multi-sensory, direct, explicit approach that will enable them to reach their full potential.
With an estimated one in five children affected by dyslexia, the Gates School will provide an intensive, research-based learning atmosphere. As a charter school, our educators will have the freedom to be innovative in the classroom while being held accountable for improving student achievement. Teachers will provide an atmosphere where children with dyslexia receive the attention and skills they need to master reading in a safe and supportive environment.
Gates School is inspired by Lakes & Bridges, a charter school for struggling readers in Easley, SC. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing more about this opportunity to serve students in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021. Eligible students with dyslexia and related reading disorders will be selected through a lottery.
Planning Committee Members
Stephanie Sams, M.A.
Stephanie Sams has a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from The Citadel. She is an Associate with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Stephanie is a private OG tutor and the parent of a dyslexic learner.
Alison Hynd, Ph.D.
Alison is a pediatric neuropsychologist who worked with children with language and communication disorders. Alison is an Associate with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
Ashley Brooks, M.S.W.
Ashley Brooks holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on Non-Profit Management. Ashley is also the proud parent of a dyslexic learner.
Hope Gresham, B.Ed.
Hope Gresham has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught pre-k, kindergarten and 1st grade for over 11 years in Georgia. Hope is an Associate with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and is a private OG tutor. Hope also homeschools her son who has dyslexia.
Rob is a non-profit educational sector consultant specializing in dyslexic and language-based schools. He has worked with over 200 schools for planning, governance, and fundraising.
George Hynd, Ed.D.
George has spent nearly 40 years dedicated to higher education at institutions across the country. Positions include Professor, Education Dean, Sr. Vice Provost, Provost, and Executive Vice President. He also served as the school President of Oakland University.
Hon. H.B. “Chip” Limehouse III
Chip is a former S. C. State Legislator who is passionate about helping children with dyslexia.
June Thomas, M.P.A.
June obtained a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a concentration in psychology. She holds a NJ Teachers Certificate in Grades K-5. June has worked with children with various learning disabilities. She has an adult son and a grandson with dyslexia.
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Planning Committee Agendas & Minutes
- January 11, 2020: Agenda | Minutes
- January 18, 2020: Agenda | Minutes
- January 25, 2020: Agenda – MEETING CANCELED
- February 22, 2020: Agenda | Minutes
- March 7, 2020: Agenda | Minutes
- April 4, 2020 (Telephonic): Agenda | Minutes
- June 13, 2020 (Zoom): Agenda | Minutes
- July 11, 2020 (Zoom) Agenda | Minutes
- August 29, 2020 (Zoom): Agenda | Minutes
- September 12, 2020 (Zoom): Agenda | Minutes
- October 24, 2020 (Zoom): Agenda | Minutes