Dyslexia Program

The Walker School Immersive Dyslexia Program will welcome students for the 2018-19 school year. We will serve children in grades 2-4 with dyslexia who have above average academic ​aptitude​ and a strong desire to fulfill their abundant potential. The program is being developed by renowned consultant Gena Farinholt and experienced speech/language pathologist Sue Rittenberg.

With dedicated support at home and at school, students in the dyslexia program will work and learn within The Walker School's college-preparatory environment, and as the program develops, it is our hope that remediated students will be able to transition into the existing school community. In year one, we expect to serve 12-18 students in classes of approximately six students.
Dedicated classroom spaces and Orton-Gillingham certified teachers will focus on each student's unique gifts to close the gap between cognitive potential and academic achievement.

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  • How to Apply

    Families interested in applying to the Immersive Dyslexia Program can begin the process online by creating an account with Walker's admissions software, Ravenna. Once the application is submitted, families will receive a link from our Admission Office where they will be asked to provide additional information. In order for the application to be considered complete, teacher recommendations, parent statements and a full psychoeducational evaluation will be required. Following the submission of application and supporting materials, an assessment with Sue Rittenberg will be scheduled.
  • About Gena & Sue

    The program is being developed by Gena Farinholt, who brings more than 30 years of experience in dyslexia education. Gena served in numerous roles at The Schenck School, ranging from classroom teacher to principal before serving as Head of School from 2000 to 2015. Since retiring from Schenck, she has served as a consultant to dyslexia schools and programs in Richmond, Virginia and Memphis, Tennessee. Gena is nationally known for her expertise, and we are incredibly thankful to have her guiding our program’s inception.
    As Gena develops the curriculum and structure of the program and leads the hiring of the program director and classroom teachers, Sue Rittenberg will work alongside her to assess prospective students. Sue is a speech/language pathologist who began her career more than 32 years ago. She had a private practice in Marietta for several years, working primarily with children diagnosed with auditory/language processing deficits. Sue became passionate about working with dyslexic students during her 10 years as Walker's Preschool and Lower School Learning Specialist. We are happy she is working with us to build this first class of students.
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