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Lakes & Bridges Charter School (LABCS) empowers students to achieve the academic, technical, and social skills necessary to accomplish further educational and career goals through a supportive and motivational environment that emphasizes specialized, systematic, multi-sensory, and individualized instruction.
Lakes & Bridges Charter School will demonstrate that students with dyslexia and related language-based learning challenges can discover and use their unique abilities to acquire the skills and self-confidence needed to achieve extraordinary academic, career and personal achievements. LABCS will be a model for teachers and administrators who educate students with dyslexia and related language-based learning challenges, complete with educator and parent training programs, and will serve as a lab school for area institutions of higher learning.
Our philosophy is to allow students and families to enjoy their time together after school and in the evenings and not have it consumed by hours of homework. We also know how important it is for students to be able to enjoy the other areas of strengths by participating in these activities after school. Homework is assigned daily in:
their Orton-Gillingham PIE Class (Personalized Instruction and Enrichment) with daily oral reading homework with phonetically-controlled passages or independent reading short stories or novels that are signed daily by the adult they are reading to;
their small-group Math-U-See class and should be able to be completed independently - Math-U-See is a targeted math intervention class that meets the student at their skill level (this is not a grade-level standards-based class since they also receive another math class that is standards-based); and
occasional study for tests/quizzes in their grade-level standards-based content classes.
their Orton-Gillingham PIE Class (Personalized Instruction and Enrichment) with daily oral reading homework with phonetically-controlled passages or independent reading short stories or novels that are signed daily by the adult they are reading to; and
some of their grade-level standards-based content classes with the amount of work and classes increasing by the grade and as the year progresses.
Founded by Teachers and Parents to Improve Education
In 2015, a group of retired teachers and parents realized the needs of students with dyslexia in Upstate South Carolina were not being met in traditional public schools. Public schools have so many mandates regarding special education that dyslexic learners get lost in the crowd. They are grouped with students with so many types of learning abilities that it becomes impossible for public schools to provide the unique instruction needed for children with dyslexia to become successful. Our school received a charter in April 2017, and we opened our doors in August 2018.
Lakes and Bridges Charter School meets the unique needs of children with dyslexia. People with dyslexia have average or above average intelligence but have difficulty learning to read, write and spell. Many dyslexics are exceptionally creative and productive, seeing the world in a way that has historically led to solving huge problems and making enormous contributions to society.
It is estimated that twenty percent of the population has dyslexia. Dyslexic learners need a multi-sensory curriculum that teaches basic skills, and the skills must be mastered before moving on. Before Lakes & Bridges opened, parents had to find a specially trained tutor or drive to Greenville to private schools to get needed instruction for dyslexic learners. Such schools and tutors are expensive and filled to capacity with waiting lists.
Now, Lakes & Bridges meets the needs of these students, free of tuition. We are teaching children with dyslexia to read and learn, and in turn, showing how a public charter school can implement curriculum and tactics to improve reading instruction for all students.
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