Barton Tutoring

Using the Orton-Gillingham Method

Wellmont Academy Barton Tutoring is a tutoring program on our campus that we have specifically developed to help Wellmont Academy students as well as non-Wellmont students who struggle with Dyslexic tendencies, have processing difficulties when reading, writing, or completing math computations, or who have been diagnosed with Dyslexia or Dysgraphia. Wellmont Academy Barton tutors help students achieve learning independence that they did not have before they completed the Barton program. Our program has a solid foundation.

Sometimes, there is more that can be done than just waiting for a student to catch up academically. Some students need a one-on-one tutor to help them with very specific language decoding, methods for dealing with reading impairment, and much more. Wellmont Academy Barton Tutoring uses the Susan Barton Orton-Gillingham method to retrain the brain to use specific skills to make what seems impossible for struggling students possible. Students don't even have to leave campus to meet with their tutor.

Your child's Barton schedule will be determined together with your tutor based on your student's availability as well as your tutor's. In order to make steady progress, Barton students meet with their tutor a minimum of 2 days per week for a one-hour session. Parents and siblings are welcome to wait in our Community Room area while the Barton student is with their tutor. Parents and siblings may not attend Barton sessions with their student, but your Barton tutor is available to meet with you if you have questions about the program or how your student is progressing.

The Orton-Gillingham method of tutoring is very specialized and tutors are rare and are often over-booked. Wellmont Academy has reduced pricing for the 2023/24 school year from $65 to $55/hr for one-hour day sessions (8:30-3pm), and from $85 to $75/hr for after school sessions (3-6pm).

It is also important to note that the FES-UA Scholarship, through Step Up for Students and AAA, can be used to fund Barton tutoring if a student has been diagnosed with Dyslexia.  This huge step in the right direction has enabled more and more students to utilize our program and get their children the help that they so desperately need and deserve.

Students who participate in the Barton program at Wellmont Academy must complete all 10 levels of the program. The first few levels are foundational but the last 6 bring the full multi-dimensional approach to more difficult decoding and reading that is often missed or overlooked by other programs. Students who do not finish the program often return to their old ways of reading, writing, or learning and miss the joy of accomplishment and skill that comes with the completion of the program. For those who finish, it can be life-changing.

If you have questions about our Barton program, please do not hesitate to ask. You can always send us a message on our Contact Us page. We are here to help. We want your student to be as equipped as possible for their learning journey.