HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg's newest school will open its doors to students August 10, and registration is still open for students at the TIDE School.
TIDE, or The Institute for Diverse Education, will provide student centric learning for students in sixth through ninth grades who have dyslexia, ADHD or other learning disabilities.
"Something really different is needed in our area for students who can excel if something just a little bit different is going on for them at school," TIDE Executive Director Christie Brady said about her thoughts when creating the private, non-profit school.
The Pine Belt area currently has two options or dyslexic students- the DuBard School at the University of Southern Mississippi and the 3D School in Petal. Neither of those schools teach past the sixth grade, which is why TIDE services to the older students.
"We needed to kind of bridge the gap between those programs and college," Brady said.
The TIDE School has three teachers for potentially 24 students. Students will meet the same benchmarks that students in private and public schools are meeting, in order to make a smooth transition should a student transfer back into the regular school system. While students will take standardized tests each year, TIDE gets to choose their own curriculum.
"The teachers are able to customize and modify [individual] learning strategies to isolate these disabilities, allow the student to overcome any obstacles and to succeed at the optimal level," TIDE teacher Rick Moreno explained.
To register your student for the 2015-2016 school year, click here.