What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. It refers to a cluster of symptoms that result in having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Dyslexic learners can also experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment (from the International Dyslexia Association–South Carolina). Researchers at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity estimate that dyslexia affects one out of every five people.


What curriculum will be used?

Systematic multi-sensory instruction, such as Orton-Gillingham (OG)-based instruction, has proven to be successful in other schools for dyslexic children. There is a broad body of research that has proven the OG method to be effective over time. The Gates School will employ an OG immersion curriculum that emphasizes language skills in every subject, in each class, and through every grade. Multi-sensory instruction in small flexible skill groups will be employed in all content areas. Students will meet all guidelines as defined by the SCDE. A variety of formative and summative assessment measures will be given.


When will the school open?

The Gates School has been approved to open in the fall of 2021 under the Charter Institute at Erskine. The school will serve students in 1st through 5th-grades.


What is a charter school?

A charter school is a free public school with the freedom to be more innovative in the classroom while being held accountable for improving student achievement. 


Where will the school be located?

We are currently exploring opportunities on where the school could be located within Charleston, SC area.