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Randolph School Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Division to Benefit Students with Dyslexia in Our Region

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August 03, 2018
Randolph School Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Division to Benefit Students with Dyslexia in Our Region

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA – Randolph School will host a ribbon cutting for the Greengate School at Randolph on Monday, August 6 at 3:00 p.m. This new division will open to students in grades 1-8 on August 7 for the 2018-2019 school year.

The boards of both Randolph and Greengate schools voted for a merger of the two organizations in March.

A partnership between the two schools will allow Greengate students the wider resources and co-curricular activities of Randolph, while Randolph students will have earlier identification of any reading difficulties and earlier access to reading support.

The testing, tutoring, and advocacy for the wider community that was formerly offered at Greengate will still be available at Randolph.

In a letter to the School community from Randolph’s Head of School, Jay Rainey, and Brian K. Pollock, Chair, Board of Trustees, they stated: “With a common commitment to student-centered programming and a neuroscience-based educational experience for all students, our partnership will strengthen the educational landscape of our schools and our wider community. We are thrilled to pair two schools of excellence focused on our common value of student success.”

Since 2002, Greengate has educated and supported children with dyslexia and related language-learning differences and has become a valuable resource for our community. Greengate is one of only 14 schools in the country accredited by the Orton-Gillingham Academy for Practitioners and Educators and is a nationally recognized school of excellence.

It is estimated that 15-20% of the population has dyslexia or another language-based learning disability. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties. Early intervention with specialized instruction is key to a student’s continued academic growth and success. We believe that access to support for dyslexia is a critical resource for students. A school of Randolph’s caliber offering an accredited Orton-Gillingham approach with Greengate teachers is an unparalleled resource for students and families in our region.

Founded in 1959, for children “willing and able to do good work,” Randolph is the only K-12 independent college preparatory school in our region.

Both schools are accredited by SAIS, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and serve motivated students with average to above-average intellectual capability.

All media are invited to attend a the ribbon cutting with Randolph Head of School Jay Rainey, Greengate Division Head Dr. Debbie Hargett, local community leaders, and board members representing both Randolph and Greengate on Monday, August 6, at 3:00 p.m. on the Randolph Drake Campus located at 1005 Drake Avenue, Huntsville.

Abby Guasti