Wellmont Academy Barton Tutoring is a new 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.
Children all learn differently and at different paces, but sometimes, there is more that can be done than just waiting for a student to catch up academically. Sometimes, a student needs 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 Tutors uses the Orton-Gillingham method to retrain the brain to use specific skills to make what seems impossible for struggling students possible, and students don't even have to leave campus to meet with their tutor.
Wellmont Academy Barton tutors are trained by Masters Level certified Barton trainers, who have successfully tutored many students and helped them achieve learning independence that they did not have before they completed the Barton program. Our program has a solid foundation because our trainers gives our program accountability and a solid foundation.
Wellmont Academy Barton tutors are available to work with students at times and days that students are not in other regularly scheduled corporate classes. Your child's Barton schedule will be determined together with your tutor based on your 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 Administrative Offices 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.
Barton fees are not inexpensive, as the Orton-Gillingham method of tutoring is very specialized and tutors are rare and are often over-booked. Wellmont Academy charges $65/hr for our one-hour sessions, paid monthly through the FACTS system. Payments for sessions for Wellmont Academy students are invoiced to their regular FACTs account. We also require all non-Wellmont families open a FACTS account specifically for Barton payments. It is also important to note that the Gardiner Scholarship, through Step Up for Students, can be used to fund Barton tutoring if a student has been diagnosed with Dyslexia. This huge step in the right direction for families who need this funding has enabled more and more students to utilize our program and get their children the help that they so desperately need and deserve.
We highly recommend that students who participate in the Barton program at Wellmont Academy 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 and we want your student to be as equipped as possible for their learning journey.