Trident Academy is a special place.  Not only is it 1 of only 14 accredited Orton-Gillingham based schools in the nation teaching students with language-based learning disorders, but its individualized diagnostic and prescriptive approach to teaching gives students the confidence and tools they need to succeed when transitioning back into more traditional school settings.  Trident Academy truly fills a critical need in the lives of its students and families.

We depend on contributions from the community in order to provide the specialized services our students need.  Unfortunately, tuition and fees do not cover the cost to operate such a nurturing and specialized school.  As with most private schools, we rely heavily on philanthropic gifts to meet our annual expenses and continue to provide students with cutting-edge programs, assistive technology, tuition assistance and facility updates. Your gift is an important investment in our students’ futures!

We accept and appreciate all contributions made to our school. Gifts of cash, credit card, appreciated stocks, and gifts-in-kind may be made to Trident Academy.  Deferred gifts, although not counted in our Annual Fund totals, are welcome and may be made by naming the school as a beneficiary of a will, a trust, an IRA, or a life insurance policy.  Gifts to our annual fund may be designated as:

  • Unrestricted
  • Scholarships and Tuition Assistance
  • Academics and Teaching

Unrestricted gifts help underwrite the school’s operations and areas of greatest need. Restricted gifts can be used for specific projects or named purpose and will only be used only for the purposes stated.

Any donor giving $1,000 or more annually will become a member of the 1972 Society. As a member of the 1972 Society, you will receive recognition and invitations to special events.

Contributions to Trident Academy are acknowledged in writing and are deductible to the full extent allowed by law since we are designated as a 501©(3) non-profit organization.

Alternate Contributions

Planned giving, Amazon wish lists, volunteer opportunities, and grocery shopping. There are many ways to support Trident Academy.

“The cost of prevention or intervention to resolve children’s problems is almost always less expensive than the cost of failing to serve them.”  2011 report from the SC Joint Citizens & Legislative Committee on Children.


“I gave to Trident Academy’s Annual Fund because…I know the benefit a child experiences by being taught in a safe and caring environment.  My daughter and my granddaughter have both been given the gift of reading because of what teachers at Trident Academy do:  teach children in the way they learn.”  Betsy Fanning

Donating to Trident Academy

Trident Academy is a tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Service code section 501(c)(3). The school records all gifts into the proper accounts and provides gift acknowledgements to donors. Your acknowledgement letter serves as your official tax receipt.  All gifts postmarked by December 31 will be receipted for that year’s tax credit.

Financial information will be provided in response to reasonable and specific requests. In every case, however, it is the policy that the names of donors and prospective donors as well as any personal or financial information be held in the strictest confidence.

You may leave all or a portion of your gift unrestricted to provide the greatest flexibility to meet the school’s most pressing needs as they arise. You may also choose to designate your gift for any program at Trident Academy. Your gift designation should be noted on your check or in a letter accompanying your gift.

For any questions, please contact for more information.

Trident Academy Amazon Wish Lists

Enhance our students’ learning even more by further supplying classrooms with educational materials. Visit our Amazon Wish List for suggestions by our teachers.

Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities arise throughout the year when volunteers are welcome to assist with special projects. Please email for more information.

Grocery Stores

Some grocery stores offer cash earning programs at no cost to schools or the consumer.

Publix grocery stores provide school-specific key cards. Trident Academy earns as much as $1,000 or more during one academic year. Cards are available at Trident Academy.

Harris Teeter grocery will also provide a percentage of your purchase to Trident Academy. The Customer Service desk at these stores will help you connect your personal shopping rewards card with our school.

Amazon Smile Foundation

The Amazon Smile Foundation is a program in which Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price of eligible products to back to Trident Academy, if you select our school as the recipient.

Click here to donate to the Lisa DiFabio Tronco Scholarship: