Language enrichment and development are essential components of the Trident Academy approach for students with language-based learning differences, and this is what our OG classes are all about. Trident Academy’s OG classes are where the rubber meets the road; students are challenged to stretch and grow, learning how to read in a structured and safe environment. For all of our students who struggle, regardless of level, OG classes are designed to unlock the barriers to reading. All students are scheduled for OG class every day, with placement determined by the individual needs of each student. Students learn through the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling by being exposed to prescriptive, diagnostic, sequential, structured, and multi-sensory teaching.
OG classes are designed to meet each student’s individual needs and evolve as the student progresses through Trident Academy. All students are evaluated at the beginning of each academic year and are assigned a OG instructor who will address their individual needs. For many of our younger students, reading, spelling, and handwriting are the first focus of instruction. As students become more proficient, practice for reading fluency is added.
OG teachers evaluate all students in the areas of decoding, phonemic awareness, fluency, spelling, reading comprehension and vocabulary, and written expression. Test results are used to place students in OG classes, determine individualized goals, and design the approach for the individualized instruction. Tests used for these purposes include the Phonological Awareness Skills Test (PAST), Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE), Test of Written Spelling (TWS), Gates-MacGinnitie Reading Test (GMRT), and the Rapid Automatized Naming Test (RAN).
Trident Academy admits students of any race, color, gender, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial assistance programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.