Athena Academy is a non-profit private school devoted to educating dyslexic and twice exceptional children, grades 1 – 8. Located on a spacious campus in Palo Alto, Athena Academy’s individualized education program teaches to our creative, and capable dyslexic and twice exceptional students’ strengths while helping them overcome their obstacles.
Our teachers design and bring to life project-based lessons that incorporate the findings of innovative neuroscience and educational research. Athena Academy features class sizes of 6-7 in elementary school and 8-10 in middle school. Classes in Science, Social Studies, History, Art, Technology, and Performing Arts are provided to develop the students strengths and gifts. Social Emotional Learning is an important part of our program at Athena Academy. Our SEL program is developed specifically for dyslexic children. Instead of just teaching one class in it, we integrate social emotional learning into every aspect of our day. Our talented teachers receive in-depth training and work with the students on understanding the way their brains work, teaching our students to use their visual-spatial strengths when learning.
Our school is academically rigorous and stimulating. Dyslexic children are capable of great academic success when taught the way they are meant to learn. We track our students according to grade level equivalencies. We focus on bringing our students up to and above their grade level in all core subjects. Many dyslexic learners are gifted in their innovative, visual-spatial thinking. Some dyslexics have very high IQs. Our program offers advanced subjects and challenging project-based learning to captivate and grow these talented children. Our individualized approach allows us to further tailor each student’s education and create a space where learning becomes joyful and success becomes possible.