Brookwood Christian named “2018 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT” by GreatNonprofits

Award based on Outstanding Online Reviews

Acworth, GA. (September 4, 2018) –Brookwood Christian announced today it has been named a “2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.

Brookwood Christian provides services for dyslexia and other language processing disorders for students in the Northwest Metro Atlanta area, resulting in students attaining full literacy by graduation.

“We are honored to be named a 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” says Kim Wigington, Principal. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including completing construction on our new high school building and receiving a Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant.”

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is the based on the rating and number of reviews that Brookwood Christian received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients. “As the parents of a child with with auditory processing disorder and several other special needs we were determined to give our son every opportunity we could for him to succeed” said Shan Burnette. “We are confident that Brookwood was the key that opened the door for our son to have everything he needs for success.”

“Brookwood Christian is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with Brookwood Christian School.”

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.

The complete list of 2018 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found at:
https://greatnonprofits.org/awards/browse/Campaign:Year2018/Issue:All/Page:1

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About Brookwood Christian 
Brookwood Christian School is a private, non-profit, non-denominational Christian school that serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs: individual or multiple learning disorders such dyslexia, reading & language processing disorders, auditory processing disorders, attention deficit disorder, neurological disorders, and other specific learning disabilities. Most of our operating budget comes from tuition payments augmented by the Georgia SB-10 scholarship program. Eighty-six percent of our students receive some sort of financial assistance. Recognition such as this helps with our fundraising which helps keep our operating costs and tuition low.

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Media Contacts:

Tammy Urban
Director of Development
Brookwood Christian School
first.last@brookwoodchristian.com
678-401-5855

 

Perla Ni
Great Nonprofits
650-249-3792
firstlast@greatnonprofits.org

 

Principal Kim Wigington receives prestigious award

Kim receiving the Leadership in Literacy award from Karen Huppertz, President of International Dyslexia Association Georgia Branch.

Principal Kim Wigington was awarded the 2018 Leadership in Literacy Awaard by the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Branch (IDA-GA) on Saturday, March 24 at IDA-GA’s Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference to be held at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta.

This award recognizes a school administrator who has shown leadership in developing literacy in his/her school or school system within the state of Georgia. Kim has demonstrated:

♦outstanding leadership through the development of effective reading programs,

♦the support of excellent teacher training and professional development

♦significant gains in student reading achievement, and

♦the engagement of parents in school/home cooperative ventures to support literacy.

We, at Brookwood Christian, are extremely proud of  her dedicated service to education and outstanding efforts to promote and encourage student reading achievement.

Kim is a Georgia native, growing up in Calhoun, Georgia. She taught high school English, speech, drama, and psychology for 6 years at Cartersville High School, then worked as a school counselor for 4 years at Allatoona Elementary School, where she won a regional school counselor of the year award.  Having a daughter struggle with dyslexia and realizing the lack of adequate resources and services offered in public education, Kim started what would grow into Brookwood Christian School in 2004 by creating the perfect learning environment for her daughters and other children struggling with learning differences. Many have witnessed her tireless efforts to expand the schools reading programs as well as community awareness of dyslexia and other language processing disorders.

Brookwood Christian School serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs.  Many of these students have been diagnosed with a language based learning disability such as dyslexia and were either on an IEP in public school or eligible for one had they attended public school.  

We use Wilson Reading® and Fast ForWord® reading programs, depending on the students’ needs, and class sizes are kept small so students get the individual attention and appropriate instruction they need for success.  Teachers are certified and experienced in the content areas they teach. Those teaching the reading programs have had extensive training in those programs.

For the  2016-2017 school year, the average gain on the Woodcock Johnson IIIC broad reading battery was 1.2 grade levels with 45.7% of students gaining greater than 1 year and 91.4% of students gained 1 year or more on at least one of the subtests.  The biggest gains were seen on Passage Comprehension with an average gain of 1.8 grade levels and 60% of students gaining more than 1 year and over a third seeing a gain of 3 or more years. Our next goal is to expand our programs to be able to serve more students in need.

Because of her accomplishments, Kim was honored with the Acworth Business Person of the Year in December 2014 and then named Acworth’s Citizen of the Year by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce in December 2016.  Kim is the current Chair of the Acworth Downtown Development Authority, Co-Chair of Taste of Acworth Committee, as well as Chair of the Acworth Business Association Women’s Network for 2018.

Kim with her daughters, Ineja (left) and Kristen (center), both graduates of Brookwood Christian.

Principal Kim Wigington to receive prestigious award

Kim has been selected by the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Branch (IDA-GA) to receive this year’s Leadership in Literacy Award.  IDA-GAs Leadership in Literacy Award recognizes a school administrator who has shown leadership in developing literacy in his/her school or school system within the state of Georgia.

Kim has demonstrated:
♦outstanding leadership through the development of effective reading programs,
♦the support of excellent teacher training and professional development
♦significant gains in student reading achievement, and
♦the engagement of parents in school/home cooperative ventures to support literacy.

Kim will be honored at IDA-GA’s Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference to be held at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta on March 24, 2018, for her dedicated service to education and outstanding efforts to promote and encourage student reading achievement.

Kim is a Georgia native, growing up in Calhoun, Georgia. She taught high school English, speech, drama, and psychology for 6 years at Cartersville High School, then worked as a school counselor for 4 years at Allatoona Elementary School, where she won a regional school counselor of the year award.  Having a daughter struggle with dyslexia and realizing the lack of adequate resources and services offered in public education, Kim started what would grow into Brookwood Christian School in 2004 by creating the perfect learning environment for her daughters and other children struggling with learning differences. Many have witnessed her tireless efforts to expand the schools reading programs as well as community awareness of dyslexia and other language processing disorders.

Brookwood Christian School serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs.  Many of these students have been diagnosed with a language based learning disability such as dyslexia and were either on an IEP in public school or eligible for one had they attended public school.  

We use Wilson Reading® and Fast ForWord® reading programs, depending on the students’ needs, and class sizes are kept small so students get the individual attention and appropriate instruction they need for success.  Teachers are certified and experienced in the content areas they teach. Those teaching the reading programs have had extensive training in those programs.

For the  2016-2017 school year, the average gain on the Woodcock Johnson IIIC broad reading battery was 1.2 grade levels with 45.7% of students gaining greater than 1 year and 91.4% of students gained 1 year or more on at least one of the subtests.  The biggest gains were seen on Passage Comprehension with an average gain of 1.8 grade levels and 60% of students gaining more than 1 year and over a third seeing a gain of 3 or more years. Our next goal is to expand our programs to be able to serve more students in need.

Because of her accomplishments, Kim was honored with the Acworth Business Person of the Year in December 2014 and then named Acworth’s Citizen of the Year by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce in December 2016.  Kim is the current Chair for the Acworth Downtown Development Authority, as well as Chair of the Acworth Business Association Women’s Network for 2018.

GuideStar Platinum Seal Recognition!

Great news! Brookwood Christian just earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from
GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.

By sharing these metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress.
We chose to display quantitative metrics such as:

  • Number of Students Showing Improvement in Test Scores,
  • Number of Students Graduating,
  • Number of Students Planning Post-Secondary Education,
  • Per Pupil Expenditures, and
  • Administrative Costs, 

to represent how hard Brookwood Christian is working toward achieving our mission.

Tracking and sharing this information gives not only us, but also potential donors, relevant information on the results we are getting, for what cost, and how funds are allocated.

We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach
the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and
organizational information; in-depth financial information; quantitative information about goals,
strategies, and progress toward our mission.

GuideStar Gold Seal Recognition!

Brookwood Christian was recently recognized for our transparency with a Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!

GuideStar USA is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits.

In order to get the Gold Seal, Brookwood Christian shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make helping students with dyslexia and other language based learning differences.
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Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/20-8499098

Ms. Kim is Acworth’s Citizen of the Year!

On Thursday, December 15, Ms. Kim was named Acworth’s Citizen of the Year by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce during the Northwest Cobb Area Council’s luncheon at the Marietta Country Club in Kennesaw.

“I am honored, as I’m honored to serve this community,” Wigington said after she was handed the award by Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood, who nominated Ms. Kim for the honor.

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