The Sage School, which is located in Suwanee, is looking to raise enrollments.
"...In addition to dyslexia remediation and speech therapy, Sage teaches a full curriculum of math, science, language arts and history, as well as specials such as art, physical education and drama. As a non-denominational Christian school, Sage students have daily Bible classes, too.
“Our students will be able to work their language issues in a spacious, comfortable school with comprehensive curriculum and in a gentle Christ-centered environment,” said Patton.
The only difference between Sage and mainstream schools is that Sage students get daily tutoring, and the staff is trained in working with children who learn differently, according to Patton.
Sage has been a God-send for fourth grader Eva Harrington and her worried parents. “Eva came to Sage with no self-confidence at all,” said Eva’s mother, Melissa. “She did not believe she could do anything right. She now has the confidence to sit and do her homework unassisted. She can also do her reading with no tears.”
"Holy cow! School is so much better,” said Eva. “It’s going really, really good.”
Patton said Eva’s experience is typical. Often in public schools, children with dyslexia cannot keep up with the classroom pace due to their learning differences. Otherwise, bright and talented children lose self-confidence and start feeling “dumb.”
It’s no wonder Sage is growing. Ten to 15 percent of the population has dyslexia, according to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Dyslexia is a neurologic learning disability characterized by difficulties in learning to read and spell. While dyslexics can have a constellation of language problems, most have difficulty decoding words, spelling, reading comprehension and expressing themselves.
The good news is that dyslexia can be treated. Treatment for dyslexia is an education-based approach driving an explicit phonics instruction using multi-sensory techniques. According to the IDA, the Orton-Gillingham (O-G) approach is the best program and is used at the Sage School. The O-G approach was developed starting in the 1920s by educator Anna Gillingham and neurologist Samuel Orton. Orton’s research proved that dyslexia was neurologically-based, while Gillingham developed the approach for remediation based on Orton’s findings...."