Fortune Academy is committed to providing a safe, encouraging, and motivating setting for students with learning differences. Our curriculum is designed to support the strengths of the individual student while offering remediation in areas of weakness. Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, the academic program is not limited to offering accommodations or modifications to assignments. Students gain skills and the ability to access the tools necessary to become independent learners.
Fortune Curriculum is embedded into the Orton-Gillingham Approach
Recent research from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development indicates that approximately twenty percent (1 in 5) of all students have a neurological difference in the brain which affects their ability to learn the phonological structure of our written language. With conventional instruction, these students will fail to master the skills of reading, writing, and spelling no matter how hard they or their teachers try. To learn these skills, they require teaching which provides carefully sequenced, systematic, multi-sensory instruction followed by intensive practice of each detail of the sound/symbol system of the language.
Developed over the past fifty years by specialists working with dyslexics, the Orton-Gillingham approach to language instruction provides exactly these features. Fortune Academy is 1 of only 13 schools in the United States to have its Orton-Gillingham instruction program accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). Fortune Academy is also accredited by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).
Fortune Academy's curriculum includes the core subjects of reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Art, music, drama, physical education, and technology instruction are included as regular curricular offerings. Course content is directly taught in a structured, sequential, and multisensory approach. Students are given the gift of time to process information and achieve success.