Dyslexia Charter/Charleston School for Dyslexia
An estimated 1 in 5 children have dyslexia with 80 percent of students served under the Specific Learning Disability category having features of dyslexia. There are a number of dyslexia specific schools, private and public, located around the United States. Presently, a group of people are exploring the need for a dyslexia specific public charter school in the Charleston SC, area. Four of the original Planning Committee members met during an Orton-Gillingham (OG) training class – Stephanie Sams, M.A., Alison Hynd, Ph.D., Penny Heater, M.S., and Hope Gresham, B.Ed. The fifth member, Chip Limehouse, a notable former state legislator who is passionate about helping children with dyslexia, met the other four members through the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina.
Stephanie earned her graduate degree in Clinical Counseling. She has a daughter who was diagnosed with dyslexia. Alison is a pediatric neuropsychologist who worked with children with language and communication disorders. Penny has a graduate degree in Human Resources and HR Law. She has two children with dyslexia. Hope is a teacher and has one child with dyslexia. Chip is a South Carolina native who served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1995-2017. He owns Limehouse Properties.
As part of the planning process, the Planning Committee has held and will hold Community Interest meetings around the area to help guide possible location, grade level needs, and community support. More meetings will follow in the coming months. Upcoming meeting information will be posted on our Facebook page – Dyslexia Charter/Charleston School for Dyslexia. Please follow us on Facebook. Parents are encouraged to fill out a Parent Interest Form using the link on the FB page; individuals who would like to express support are encouraged to email a personal letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. All the information from the Interest Form and the letters will aid in the charter application process and guide decisions.