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Individual Needs

We strive to provide each student with opportunities for successful learning at their pace and at their level.

Lower school students practicing their handwriting
Academic Growth

We strive to empower students to become self-advocates who understand their strengths, learning styles, and the value of continual improvement.

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Encouragement and Support

In an environment of mutual cooperation and respect, students begin to embrace past challenges and learn to enjoy school again. 

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Foundation for Life

By addressing deficits, teaching strategies, and strengthening stamina, we strive to prepare students for successful transitions to alternative learning environments.


Trident Academy, through individualized, multi-sensory,
and research-based teaching approaches,
transforms the lives of cognitively capable K-12 children
diagnosed with learning differences.


The Orton-Gillingham Approach

Research shows that the best way to teach children with dyslexia to read is using the Orton-Gillingham approach, a customized plan for each child that focuses on breaking down language into its constituent parts and reassembling them via repetition. Teachers at Trident Academy build trust with students, guiding them to one small success at a time until the children develop the confidence to succeed on a larger scale.

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Students working in an Orton-Gillingham class

Why Charleston?

Families from across the United States have moved to the South Carolina Lowcountry in order for their children to attend Trident Academy. For the two most recent school years, nearly 25% of Trident students were new to the Charleston area. The Lowcountry is a highly desirable place to live, featuring a vibrant mix of history, natural beauty, culture, and hospitality.

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Transition from Trident

Many students who enroll at Trident are able to transition back to a more traditional educational environment. We committed to preparing our students at all levels of the school for transition to the next phase of their lives, whether that is to the next level of our school, to a more traditional school, to college, or to a career path.

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To see how our son has progressed and where he is today --
I truly don’t know how we would have been able to do it without a school like Trident. 

Ellen Wilson, Former Trident Parent

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