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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Special Education

Mission: Our mission, at Brookwood Christian School, is to encourage exceptional students enrolled in first through twelfth grades to work to their very best abilities to achieve their full potential in a low stress Christian environment. We nurture individual learning styles while remediating specific deficits and gaps in previous instruction.  We strive to improve our students’ quality of life through academics, physical, emotional, cultural, social, and spiritual growth.

Results: In 2016-2017, the average gain in reading scores was 1.2 years. 91.4% of students gained greater than 1 year in at least one of the subtests. The subtest with the greatest gain was "passage comprehension", over one third of students had a gain greater than 3 years. Many BCS students have been diagnosed with a language based learning disability such as dyslexia, or have some other type of language processing disorder.  We currently use two programs to address their reading needs, Wilson Reading System® and FastForWord®. Class sizes are small, ideally five or less, so students get the individual attention and instruction they need. Sixty-five percent of our students go to college, some even joint enroll with a college while in high school.

Target demographics: students struggling with reading and/or processing disorders

Direct beneficiaries per year: 56 Students

Geographic areas served: Acworth, Georgia

Programs: Brookwood Christian School is a private, non-profit, non-denominational Christian school that serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs. Students typically have an IQ ranging from low average to gifted accompanied with various individual or multiple learning disorders such autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, neurological disorder, and other specific learning disabilities. The school’s specialized and tailored curriculum is designed to compensate for or overcome dyslexia and the other learning disorders. Because of our students’ inability to function in a normal school setting, we offer specialized methods and materials recommended by doctors, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. Personal daily attention is given to each student to improve the student’s low attention span and to provide an environment in which our students can adjust to a normal competitive classroom situation and to help them qualify for future post secondary education and independent living.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Shan B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brookwood Christian School is considered a language learning disability school. It has been my family's experience that Brookwood is a language learning ABILITY school. Our son Blake was 8 when he started at Brookwood in September of last year. After attending public school for 4 years plus August of this past school year he still could barely recognize his own name and could read nothing. We were told by the school system he was mentally retarded and that he would never learn to read. They were going to place him in special education only classes where he would be allowed to pass from grade to grade until he aged out of the school and then would graduate with a special education diploma. He would be sent into adulthood unable to read or write. We found Brookwood and immediately contacted them. We knew immediately upon meeting with the Kim, that God had placed this school and its staff in our lives. In the 8 months that Blake was there last year he learned to begin reading. His test scores showed extreme progress. This school loves its children and has a true and genuine desire to see that each child is given the opportunity to grow to their full potential. As the parents of a child with with auditory processing disorder and several other special needs we were determined to give our son every opportunity we could for him to succeed. We are confident that Brookwood was the key that opened the door for our son to have everything he needs for success. Don't let your child struggle another day, call Brookwood and let them help you. - Shan, Julie, and Blake Burnette

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter will be graduating from Brookwood this coming year. Seven years ago, we were shopping for a school for her.
Every school we interviewed was eager to walk us past their awards case and boast of their achievements.
When we came to Brookwood, the first words out of the principal's mouth were, "Tell me about your daughter.". After a lengthy discussion about my little girl's strengths and weaknesses, her ambitions and dreams, and plans to make them happen. Only then did she tell us about Brookwood.
We've been there ever since.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I taught public school for 30 years, but I stopped because the emphasis was no longer on educating the child but testing and having to teach a scripted lesson. At BCLS, we teach individual students based on their needs and interests. I absolutely love it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Brookwood Christian School does not get my endorsement because they discriminate against children with life threatening peanut allergies and refuse to make any reasonable accommodations and deny admissions based on this allergy. When informed about her peanut allergy the principal of this school told us my daughter would have to "handle this on her own" and that she would be responsible for wiping down tables after other children that ate peanut butter. Every reasonable accommodation I suggested was not considered and the principal stated she didn't want the liability. I was so shocked and disappointed that this school had no reasonable allergy plan in place and had such little empathy toward my daughter's allergy. Needless to say my daughter ( and me) left in tears because of the attitude and lack of understanding toward this life threatening allergy that affects so many kids.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brookwood Christian was the answer to many tears and prayers. Both of my girls have Learning Disabilities and the public school system was failing them. Within a short period after arriving at Brookwood, we began to see changes not only in success with learning, but in their behaviors as well. The tears and tantrums at homework time no longer exist. Each staff member at Brookwood is invested personally in the children. They provide a caring and compassionate atmosphere that allows children to learn on their level, without the added pressure of "performing" for standardized tests. I can't imagine a better atmosphere for children to learn.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Top notch environment for my child with Autism who was struggling with being "odd or different" in the public school. Our 1st year, our experience from every teacher was as God commanded 'to love thy neighbors as ourselves'. Daily devotionals instilled Christ's love for us, regardless of our abilities or disabilities, while living in a broken world. Very happy with the education designed specifically for the exact level each child is at for each subject

3 Julie Trundle B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brookwood Christian School has been the greatest thing that has happened to my son. My son has Auditory Processing Disorder and was unable to learn to read in public schools. He has been at Brookwood Christian School for a month and a half and is already reading!! I could not be happier! It's nice to see my son so proud of himself!!