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The Learning Center

Almaden Country Day School offers the first and only Orton-Gillingham-based integrated learning program in the South Bay Area for children with language-based learning differences, led by master teachers.

Our unique approach to language-based learning challenges keeps your child in a mainstream school and prepares them to be successful in high school and beyond. 

The Learning Center Highlights

  • Proven Orton-Gillingham and multisensory math approaches
  • Highly personalized and intensive 4:1 student/teacher ratio
  • An integrated, complete social and educational experience
  • Children spend fully half of each school day in our mainstream classes and activities
  • Students transition to all mainstream classes in an average of three years

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Children with language-based learning challenges including dyslexia (reading), dysgraphia (writing), and dyscalculia (math) tend to be intelligent, often highly so. They are creative, expressive, and driven.

Yet since they are truly “wired differently” and don’t think or learn in the same way that neurotypical or “mainstream” students do, children with language processing difficulties often encounter tremendous obstacles in a mainstream classroom.

As a result, these otherwise bright and academically-capable children experience failures at school that mask their true potential and hinder the expression of their talents.

The Learning Center at Almaden Country Day School was created to support these children, and help them discover their gifts.

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Empowering Children: The Learning Center 

The Mission of Almaden Country Day School is to discover the gifts in every child, and The Learning Center (TLC) was conceived in 2017 as a way to extend our mission and serve children with language processing difficulties. The Learning Center offers a full-day educational program tailored to facilitate learning and to help children develop strategies to thrive in a mainstream classroom setting.

The Learning Center’s veteran staff are highly-trained specialists, all certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators to teach Orton-Gillingham literacy and multi-sensory math methods that support children struggling with reading, writing, and/or math. Most of TLC's staff are themselves parents of children with dyslexia. 

Featuring a 1:4 teacher-to-student ratio, instruction in The Learning Center is highly individualized, closely monitored, and contoured to the specific needs of each child.

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Contact: Mrs. Cecilia Robb, Director, The Learning Center at or call (408)997-0424 x226 

The Learning Center is a proud member of the International Dyslexia Association, Learning Disabilities Association of America, and the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.