K-8 School for Learning Disabilities Including Dyslexia and ADHD

Trident Academy is a nationally recognized K5-8 independent school for students with learning disabilities and learning differences. Located near Charleston, S.C., Trident Academy specializes in students with dyslexia and ADHD, as well as other language-based learning disabilities including dysgraphia and dyscalculia. We are one of just 11 schools in the nation accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.



Niki Leiva at 843-884-3494 or admissions@tridentacademy.com


Unlike many other learning disability schools, we use cutting edge multi-sensory teaching methods in every class from language arts to math, science and social studies.


  • Trident Academy is one of 11 learning disability schools in the nation accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
  • Assistive Technology Lab is recognized throughout the Southeast as best practice. The Lab also includes 30 iPads used by students in all grades.
  • 4:1 student to faculty ratio, so each student in this LD school gets individual attention.
  • 98% of students who complete the Trident Academy program enter college.


Trident Academy’s curriculum maximizes the strengths of our students while their weaknesses are remediated. We use a multi-sensory approach that is appropriate for all students and is recognized as a best practice educationally, even outside LD schools. Each student is prescribed an individual plan that guides not just his or her learning, but also his or her social skills and peer relationships. Our faculty turn the classroom into an ADHD school, a dyslexia school, a dyscalculia school, a dysgraphia school and so forth.


Trident Academy uses the Orton-Gillingham approach for teaching individuals who struggle with acquiring basic language skills such as reading, reading comprehension, spelling and writing. It is described as an approach rather than a method or program because it teaches to the individual’s learning disabilities including dyslexia and ADHD/ADD. It is also the only school in the Charleston region with the LEAD program, a tutorial program that provides unique, daily, individualized instruction for every student in every grade. Students in all grade levels also use the Math-U-See curriculum, designed to provide a firm foundation in mathematics using multi-sensory techniques.