Celebrate with us October 10th, 2018 from 10:30am until 2pm
Acworth, GA (September 19, 2018) — Brookwood Christian School plans its 10th Birthday Extravaganza, Ten on 10/10 (#10on1010), three weeks from today. For 10 years, at this location, the school has served over 200 students with dyslexia or some other type of language processing disorder. On October 10, 2008, the school had the ribbon cutting for the opening of the original building, so it’s appropriate that the ribbon cutting for the new high school building will be on the day of the 10th Birthday celebration.
“It’s such an honor that we can celebrate the school’s 10th birthday during Dyslexia Awareness Month” said Danielle Anderson, Director of Student Affairs, “Not only are we celebrating 10 years of service to help students read, we are celebrating the successes and achievements of these students as well.”
The celebration, which is open to the Acworth Community, features the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by Mayor Tommy Allegood and City of Acworth officials, a mini outside food court where guests can purchase Chick-fil-A, Pop Bubble Tea (both donating proceeds to the school’s Dyslexia Reading Programs) as well as Flavors of Hawaii Food Truck. There will also be $1 per minute chair massages by Lori Tanner from Synergy Medical, with all proceeds benefiting the school’s Dyslexia Reading Programs. And of course, it’s not a birthday party without birthday cake, which will be provided by the school.
To thank those donating $30 or more, the school will be giving away 12”x18” collage prints of student art centered around the school and school day activities. Historic Acworth Door Prints will also be for sale.
There will be limited parking at the school with additional parking available at Acworth Baptist Church, a 2 minute walk (less than ½ mile).
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.
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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.”
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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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Is this school year starting out more challenging than expected? Is homework time becoming more and more stressful for you and your child?
“One in five Georgians has dyslexia, but unlike other educational disorders, it hasn’t been addressed sufficiently in the public schools.” (Atlanta Jewish Times, Aug 2018)
When reading intervention is delayed until 3rd grade (9 years of age), approximately 74% of students will continue to struggle with reading through high school. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011)
“Unfortunately, on average, only 1 in 10 dyslexic students are identified by standard screenings. All of these individuals undoubtedly have the aptitude and skills to succeed, but we have to do more to identify and aid these struggling students who would otherwise excel.” (Lt. Governor Casey Cagle)
#StopStruggling #StartPerforming #SayDyslexia #WeCanHelp
We specialize in Dyslexia and other Language Based Learning Differences. Click HERE to see our results as well as a short video.
If your child has had an IEP in a Georgia public school for at least 1 year, and is enrolled at Brookwood Christian by September 15, you have a scholarship! Click HERE for more details and to check your scholarship amount.
You may also be eligible for a Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship. Click HERE for more details.
In less than 96 hours, you will all be at Sneak-A-Peek :O and then school begins the very next day! We are so excited about this new school year and can’t wait to get started.
Remember, all you need to start a great school year, is your wonderful presence and a great attitude. You will meet your teacher(s) and get details at Sneak-a-Peak, but paper, pencil, and a lunch is all you have to worry about for Wednesday, it will be a great day!
We look forward to seeing you Tuesday as you check out the new building and the upgrades to the original building! See you then! 🙂
Overall Reading Test ~ Average gain: 1.1 grade levels
- 37% of students saw greater than a 1 year gain
- 10% of students saw greater than a 2 year gain
- Highest overall gain: 2.5 years
- 74.3% of students gained 1 year or more on at least one of the subtests
- 57.1% gained 2 years or more on at least 1 subtest
- 43% gained at least 1 year on 2 or more subtests
The biggest gains were Passage Comprehension the most important test!
Average gain: 1.8 grade levels
- 50% saw more than a 1 year gain
- 35% saw more than a 2 year gain
- 20% saw more than a 3 year gain
- 17.1% saw more than a 4 year gain
Overall Math Test
25% of students saw greater than a 1 year gain in math, 10% saw greater than a 2 year gain!
Way to go students AND teachers!
Ms. Kim is in this month’ s Bright Side for receiving the 2018 Leadership in Literacy Award from the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Branch (IDA-GA). We are so proud of her 🙂
Full issue here: www.brightsidenews.com/kennacwnews.html
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.
The calendar for the 2018-2019 school year has been posted:
After the most recent update from National Weather Service, we have decided in the interest of everyone’s safety to close Monday. Sleet/Wintery Mix is expected to start early in the morning and temperatures will not rise above freezing until after opening, or later. The early models would affect opening, the late ones could create problems with pick up, especially with the potential traffic drama from the game.
Of course, this could change in next 48 hours, but we felt with the circumstances surrounding the game and its accompanying events and traffic, we needed to let families know early in order to make any necessary arrangements.