From one happy mom...
"Academy of Innovation has been a hidden treasure for us. After many years of trying to make the public school work for our son, we finally realized that no matter how many accommodations they gave him, they could not provide adequate services for a child with dyslexia and dyscalculia. We were fortunate to find AOI in March of 5th grade and decided to move him for the last few months of 5th grade to help with the transition to middle school. They began doing the Wilson Reading System® with him which we continued into the summer. To say the staff is amazing and supportive is an understatement.
It was music to my ears last week when Ryan got in the car and asked me to have him spell any word that I could think of because he now understands how letters work together to form words. This was the same child who struggled with 3 letter spelling words a year ago! He has a long way to go in spelling “every” word but I have seen enormous progress in not only his reading and writing ability but in his confidence and self-esteem. We love that the only homework he gets is to read, read read. Unfortunately we never had the time to just read with all of the other time consuming assignments he would receive in public school. The one thing he really needed as a foundation!!
Thank you to everyone at AOI who has supported Ryan doing this time!!""
A Note From a Dad:
I just want to express that Zach is so much happier after he started attending your academy a few years ago. It totally changed his personality and confidence in himself. I know there have been some “bumps in the road” but I want to express my extreme appreciation for what you are doing for him and all the other students. You changed his life in an extreme way!!!! I know you work tirelessly and probably get little gratitude; I can’t express my gratitude enough.
A Note From a Doctor:
Over the last several months my patient has been attending AOI full time. Not only has he made significant improvements academically but his symptoms of depression and anxiety has improved which have led to an overall improvement in his behavior. My patient now looks forward to school on a daily basis.
AOI is private schools for kids with special needs specifically designed to give students with learning differences the opportunity to get what they need with smaller groups and a highly specialized program. At the AOI my patient no longer feels singled out or different from the other students due to being pulled out of his regular classes several times a day to attend small groups or go to a quieter area.
Comments from a parent meeting:
A letter from a mom:
I just wanted to thank you for all the help you gave my daughter. I wanted to give you a quick update on how’s she’s doing. At the end of school this year she is on DRA level 28 and is all caught up with everyone else! She was so excited and I know you working with her, before starting 2nd grade, has helped her tremendously. Thank you so much!!!
A letter from a dad:
Where has this year gone; I cannot believe how fast the time is flying by. In the car on Friday I was asking my daughter how things were going and she just laughed and shared how much she loves school. I obviously dug deeper and asked what she enjoyed; the answer surprised me. I thought she was going to say that she likes the kids or something along those lines; however, she immediately said how much she likes Mr. Ron and how fun he makes learning. She went on and on about his teaching style and his creativity in the classroom and how she can’t wait to see what he will teach her next year. Based upon how excited she is about National History at home, I would say he must have a way with kids. She then jumped on to Ms. Katie and shared how much she loves her encouraging nature and the fun she has learning how to write. Lastly, I apologize for not knowing her name, but she then mentioned how much she likes her typing instructor and learning to type.
Thank you for helping my daughter to enjoy school and not just muddle through. I am thankful for the teachers that you have placed in my daughter’s life and for their genuine interest in my daughter’s life. As we consider what we will do for next school season, I will reflect on the fact that I know my daughter feels both safe and uplifted at AOI, as well as her new found love for learning and resulting grades – thank you.
Letter from a former student...
I wanted to say that Pat has done a wonderful job with D. We have greatly appreciated her kind spirit, her incredible patience, and the extra ways she made things work this summer. I know it would benefit D. to continue during the school year. – A thankful parent
My son, Mark, was a kid who had to find his way to learn. Ava White gave that gift to him. He learned how to study and found the best way for him to learn. He will be graduating from Georgia Tech in 2008 as a Mechanical Engineer. Thanks, Ava. — Martha Zoller
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the work Charles Stills did with Lance. Lance passed his graduation math test and received his diploma. Charles taught him more in two months than he learned in three years of high school. I will gladly recommend your Tutorial Services to anyone that needs one. Thanks. —Connie Propes
I highly recommend Ava White as a Wilson Instructor. Ava has been instrumental in teaching my daughter to read. Upon consultation with Ava, she was tested for the Wilson Reading System. What a difference! She is a voracious reader now and her Friday spelling tests are no longer a chore. Ava is able to make challenging work understandable and fun. I have recommended Ava and the Wilson Reading System to my friends and family, and I recommend Ava to you. — Nonnie Marett Day
My child was apprehensive about whether this reading tutoring would add to her already stressful school work load. It did not take long for her to see improvement in her reading from each tutoring session. She looks forward to working with Mrs. White and has benefited from Mrs. White’s positive attitude. I highly recommend Mrs. White as a Wilson Reading System trainer. Her knowledge and her ability to interpret the program to others make her a great asset. —Sally McCoun
I just wanted to let you know that Brad has thoroughly enjoyed your Study Skills class. He’s looked forward to every class. I used to teach the Cornell notetaking class when I taught high school and your notes are more indepth than mine. I believe this class has helped Brad enormously as he enters middle school where there is more accountability and lecture. Thanks for such a good class and for being a great teacher. I would definitely recommend this class to any parent. It adds depth and reinforcement to alot of what teachers are already doing. —Karen Weaver
“Thank you for the SAT help. My son will be playing football at Emory and Henry College in Virginia. We are very proud of him and thank all of you at Ava White Tutorials for helping him achieve this goal.” – Amy S.
C.F. was accepted by Georgia Tech.
SAT score on all 3 sections (Critical Reading, Math, Writing): 1910; by sections– Critical Reading 610, up 20 points; Math 650, up 70 points; Writing 650, up 50 points– all increases on the same SAT. ACT scores: Composite 28. By sections– English 33, Math 24, Reading 30, Science, 25.
SAT all 3 sections (Critical Reading, Math, Writing) 1750. Increased Writing by 100 points
ACT English score increased from 24 to 30 after tutoring once a week for 4 weeks.
My daughter has accommodations for learning challenges and worked very hard for several months. These scores are awesome for her– ACT scores: Composite 22. By sections: English 22, Math 20, Reading 25, Science 21. All scores are increases on the same test. No small task for her.