Our History – Our Mission

The History of Trident Academy

Trident Academy began as a Saturday-only tutorial program in a Mt. Pleasant church room. The program quickly became recognized for its value in educating students with reading, spelling, and math difficulties, thus initiating the incorporation of the school in 1972.

With the help of the founding families, Trident Academy received guidance from notable individuals and organizations, including Dr. Lucia Karnes. Dr. Karnes studied directly under June Orton and her husband, Dr. Samuel T. Orton who is credited with being the father of dyslexia. Trident Academy was also involved in the beginning stages of forming the Orton Society now known as the International Dyslexic Association.

The College of Charleston and The Citadel subsequently developed a Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education program to help further educate Trident Academy teachers in learning differences education. Today, Trident Academy is 1 of 13 schools in the U.S. accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham, the gold standard in multi-sensory education. It is one of only nine Orton-Gillingham accredited training centers nationally.

The Mission of Trident Academy

Through individualized, multi-sensory, and research-based teaching approaches, Trident Academy assists cognitively capable K-12 children diagnosed with language-based learning differences and Asperger-like attributes and prepares them academically and socially to transition and thrive in a conventional learning environment.

Trident Academy also uses its knowledge, leadership, resources and experience to train teachers and educate both parents and the community.