Leaders of new school for children with dyslexia will hold an information session for prospective families Wednesday, July 18.
Athena Academy, on Antonio Road in Palo Alto, plans to serve grades two through five this fall and expand into a middle school in 2013-14.
Founder and Head of School Carla Rayacich said teachers will employ a variety of strategies to instruct children with language-based learning disabilities, including Slingerland, Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood Bell, Davis Learning Strategies, Woodin Math and Montessori.
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that causes difficulty in reading, spelling, writing and often other kinds of learning that involve symbols.
Rayacich, with a Stanford MBA and a background as a mortgage broker, began searching for the best teaching tools after her own twins struggled to learn in both a traditional setting and in a school geared for dyslexics.
She said about 15 percent of all students have dyslexia, which is sometimes accompanied by "giftedness in the areas of picture thinking, 3D manipulation of images and creative thinking."
Athena Academy posts tuition at $29,500 per year, which includes an extracurricular program that extends the day to 4:15. Tuition assistance is available. Before and after school care is an added cost.
The information session will be Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the school, 525 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.