Setting the PACE for Academic Excellence

Providing evidence-based, multi-sensory, structured language instruction to students in the South Carolina Midlands to set the PACE for academic success.

Why Choose PACE?

Palmetto Achievement Center for Excellence (PACE) Academy charter school, an Alternative Education Campus (AEC), will provide evidence-based, multi-sensory, structured language instruction to students in the South Carolina Midlands. We are committed to providing a quality educational choice for students with dyslexia or other language-based learning differences who would benefit from Orton-Gillingham instructional methods. We firmly believe dyslexia is a gift and if given the proper tools for success, all students can be empowered to reach their full potential both in and out of the classroom.

OUR VALUES

Our mission is to ensure all students master foundational reading skills along with South Carolina College and Career-Ready Standards to reach their full potential both in and out of the classroom.

Although people with dyslexia have average to above-average intelligence, they continuously struggle academically in traditional educational settings because these programs are not set up to meet the specific needs of children with dyslexia. Extensive research has continuously proven that a structured, evidence-based literacy program implemented with fidelity by well-trained teachers and support staff is the most effective way to empower students with dyslexia to obtain academic success.   PACE Academy believes that by providing our students with this type of instruction, we can ensure all students, with or without dyslexia, master foundational reading skills necessary for academic success and life outside the classroom.

PACE Academy is committed to ensuring all teachers and classroom assistants are trained in multi-sensory, structured pedagogy with the Orton-Gillingham Approach and are taught to implement such programs with intensity and fidelity.

Dyslexia and related learning challenges are characteristics of most PACE Academy students but will not be viewed as obstacles preventing their mastery of South Carolina College and Career-Ready Standards and literacy skills. PACE Academy curriculum and programs are specifically and intentionally designed to meet the needs of dyslexic learners.  PACE respects the unique talents each student brings and pledges to work tirelessly to ensure that they achieve the academic, technical, and social skills necessary to accomplish their future educational and career goals through a supportive and motivational environment that emphasizes specialized, systematic, multi-sensory, and individualized instruction. PACE Academy will fill the void that dyslexic students have historically encountered in traditional public school systems and will enable students to achieve academic excellence.

Despite the difficulties people with dyslexia face academically, research has shown there is no connection between their overall intelligence and their ability to read. In fact, PACE Academy believes there are many advantages to having dyslexia. Many famous dyslexics, like Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, George Washington, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and many more, are celebrated for their intelligence and have shaped the world we live in today. PACE Academy firmly believes dyslexia is a gift and if given the proper tools for success, every child with dyslexia will agree! For more information on famous dyslexics and how they impact our world today, check out this article from Commonwealth Learning Center.

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