Program for Dyslexic Thinkers

In the fall of 2023, Saint Paul’s - Clearwater’s Independent School, will launch a premier, structured literacy (SL) program to serve students in grades 2-5 diagnosed with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences (LBLD). The program will utilize the Orton-Gillingham approach, a renowned method for teaching dyslexic thinkers. This program will expand in the coming years to support Middle School students as well. 

Program Benefits

  • Orton-Gillingham approach
  • One-on-one and small group multisensory lessons
  • 5:1 student-teacher ratio 
  • Concentration on social-emotional well being and confidence
  • Prescriptive approach to teaching students with language-based learning differences
  • Strengthening of executive functioning skills and anxiety management
  • Cutting-edge Saint Paul’s facilities (12-acre waterfront campus, White Box Theater, MIT-Approved Fab Lab)
  • Full integration with students outside of the program (engineering, visual arts, performing arts, and more)
  • Saint Paul’s outstanding 50+ year reputation in Clearwater
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Program Contacts

Katherine  sherman, ph.d.

Clinical Child Psychologist

Dr. Sherman has more than 12 years of experience working in clinical psychology and brings a wealth of experience working with children. 

jenelle vinachi, M.Ed

Lead Teacher

Ms. Vinachi is licensed to teach exceptional students in grades K - 12 and holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. 

The Saint Paul's Advantage

Students in our structured literacy program will have the same opportunities as all of our students  to participate in our electives, extracurricular activities, and athletics. Students in both schools will integrate for non-academic classes/times enhancing the experience for all of our students.  

Affordability & Access

Students interested in the program should apply for admission at Saint Paul’s - Clearwater’s Independent School.

The cost of tuition will be a direct correlation to the small class size and expert faculty that children experience throughout their time in the program. The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities is available through the Step-up for Students ($10,000 average award per student).


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