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Triad Academy Financial Aid

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Elizabeth and Tom Gatewood



Did you know that dyslexia affects a least 1 out of every 5 people in the United States? 

Did you know that dyslexia represents the most common and prevalent of all known learning disabilities and is the leading cause for school dropouts in our nation?

Did you know that a fourth of our student body could not attend Triad Academy without your generous support to our financial aid program?

By reaching our goal of raising $125,000 for our financial aid program, over 30 students will have access to a Triad Academy education and have the opportunity to be long-term successful learners.

See videos made by our students and parents for the campaign.

Learn more about dyslexia.

Since its founding in 1999, Triad Academy in Winston-Salem, NC has given hundreds of students with a diagnosis of dyslexia the confidence to be successful, independent learners.  As one of only two schools in North Carolina, and one of only 13 in the U.S. accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, Triad Academy at Summit School is truly a unique and unparalleled community asset.

At Triad Academy at Summit School, we know that great minds do not think alike and we should not expect them to learn that way either. Our innovative instructional program is highly individualized, research based, and designed to meet the unique learning needs of students with dyslexia and related language based learning differences.  In all areas of our curriculum, we teach the underlying structure of the English language using an approach which is cognitively based, direct and explicit, diagnostic and prescriptive, cumulative, structured, sequential, and multisensory.

Because we believe that all students should have the opportunity to access the program provided by Triad’s highly skilled faculty, we are determined to keep tuition as low as possible and to maintain a scholarship fund for families demonstrating financial need.



About Dyslexia:

  • Dyslexia is the most researched of all learning disabilities.
  • Dyslexia affects as many boys as girls.
  • Reading difficulty is the most commonly shared characteristic of juvenile justice offenders.
  • Dyslexia is identifiable, with 92% accuracy, at ages 5 1/2 to 6 1/2.
  • Reading difficulty caused by dyslexia is highly preventable through direct, explicit instruction in phonemic awareness.
  • Children do not outgrow reading difficulty or dyslexia.

About Triad Academy:

  • One of 13 schools in the country accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Pracitioners and Educators- the gold standard to teach children with dyslexia
  • All 30 faculty members are Orton-Gillingham trained
  • 118 students in grades 1-9.
  • Teacher- student ratio is 1:3 for language tutorial and 1:9 for content classes
  • Tuition is $28,500; 25% of our students receive financial aid



Myth: Dyslexia is a visual problem. Dyslexic children and adults see and write letters and words backwards.  If a child does not reverse b’s and d’s or p’s and q’s, he or she cannot be dyslexic.

Truth: Many children reverse their letters when learning to write, regardless of whether or not they have dyslexia.  Reversing letters is not a sure sign of dyslexia; a child can be highly dyslexic and NOT reverse letters.


Myth: Dyslexia only affects boys. 

Truth: Both males and females can be dyslexic.  In a study published in the 1990 Journal of the American Medical Association, the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity demonstrated that dyslexia affects comparable numbers of boys and girls.  Although more boys are referred by their teachers for evaluations, these referrals appear to reflect the more rambunctious boys in the classroom.


Myth: If you perform well in school, you can’t be dyslexic.

Truth: Some dyslexics perform very well in school.  These students are highly motivated and work incredibly hard; many have received the necessary accommodations that allowed them to demonstrate their knowledge.  Dyslexic students have completed rigorous programs at highly selective colleges, graduate and professional schools.


Myth: There are no clues to dyslexia before a child enters school.

Truth: Since reading is based on spoken language, clues to a possibility of dyslexia are present before a child enters school.  Children with dyslexia often have slightly delayed speech, don’t recognize rhyming words, and there is often a family history of reading difficulties.  Tests can be performed early on, and thus, help can come earlier and many difficulties may be prevented.


Myth: Smart people can’t be dyslexic: if you are dyslexic, you can’t be very smart.

Truth: On the contrary, some of the very brightest boys and girls struggle to read.  Dyslexia occurs at the all levels of intelligence-average, above average, and highly gifted.  Many gifted people at the top of their fields are dyslexic.


Myth: People who are dyslexic are unable to read.

Truth: Most commonly dyslexic children and adults do learn to read; the problem is the effort required to read.  Typical readers of the same ability level early on become “fluent” readers of the same ability level early on become “fluent” readers so that reading is automatic, fast and pleasurable.  In contrast, dyslexic children remain “manual” readers who read slowly and with great effort.



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The Team: $8,705 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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6% Raised of $125,000 Goal

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