At Marburn Academy, we celebrate students who learn differently, empowering them to awaken their potential, to achieve success in school and life, and to affect positive change in our communities.
We accomplish this through state-of-the-art programs, teaching methods, and being a resource to Central Ohio.
Marburn’s scientifically validated teaching methods are designed to provide bright students who learn differently with the skills they will need to graduate from high school, succeed in college, and engage in meaningful and rewarding careers. These skills include:
- acquiring the necessary high-level academic and cognitive skills;
- developing their own talents, personal values, self-management skills, and social skills; and
- building self-awareness and strength of character.
Marburn constantly refines its teaching methods to incorporate the latest findings from the fields of education, cognitive science, and brain research as they apply to the unique learning needs of our students. The goal of the curriculum is to enable students with dyslexia or ADHD to realize and fulfill their academic, social, and emotional potential.
Remediating skill deficits, building self-awareness and self-advocacy, and developing thinking skills are the main objectives when addressing new students’ needs. When these students’ skill deficits approach grade level, they move forward into building their capacity to employ new skills independently, tackle more demanding tasks, and work in larger groups, with less individual attention and support. This scaffolding of instruction ensures that each student is prepared to succeed in high school and college.
The ultimate goal is always to encourage and support students with learning differences as they acquire the skills, self-knowledge, and strength of character they need to be successful.
Being a Resource to Central Ohio
At Marburn Academy, we are fierce advocates for our own students’ needs, but our commitment to education isn’t limited within our school walls. We also aim to improve the quality of education available to people with learning differences throughout Central Ohio and the state.
In this role, Marburn acts as a resource for parents, a demonstration center for model programs, and a training center for educators, physicians, psychologists, and other professionals. We also provide
- free Community Parent Seminars to acquaint Central Ohio parents with the latest research findings on effective program design for students with learning differences;
- a summer Phonemic Awareness program for 5–6 year-olds, which introduced Phonemic Awareness training to the Central Ohio area. Research has established that Phonemic Awareness deficits are the major cause of reading difficulties in children;
- a monthly free Early Reading Screening, which assists parents of 5–7 year-olds with early awareness of the potential for reading problems, before children encounter failure. Faculty training sessions conducted at public schools and educator conferences have served over 10,000 educators in the past decade;
- annual, high-level Orton-Gillingham training for teachers; and
- tutorial instruction for dyslexic students.