Structured Literacy

The Academy Virtual utilizes a Structured Literacy approach to teach all of our children how to read and spell. Research demonstrates that Structured Literacy is the most effective way to help students who have dyslexia, other severe reading challenges, language processing issues, and/or poor writing and spelling skills. In fact, current research shows that Structured Literacy is also the best way to teach all children how to read. The Academy Virtual and all of our school in The Academy network use the Wilson Reading System. 

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As stated by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), “Successful literacy instruction and interventions provide a strong core of highly explicit, systematic teaching of foundation skills such as decoding and spelling skills, as well as explicit teaching of other important components of literacy such as vocabulary, comprehension, and writing and provides the primary effectiveness of our approach.”

A Structured Literacy program includes the following elements as defined by the IDA: 

  • Phonology
  • Sound-Symbol Association
  • Syllable Instruction
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics

You can find more specifics about the above elements in the IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know

All of our Teachers have the related and necessary training, experience, and licenses/certifications from the specific structured literacy program(s)/methods above that they use with your child while attending The Academy. 

We encourage you to learn more about Structured Literacy practices by clicking this link containing additional information from the IDA. 

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