Bright Beginnings Academy (Mobile, AL)

Name

  • Name:Holly Hall
  • Title:Development and fundraising

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bright Beginnings Academy
  • Address:1901 Schillinger Rd. S
    Mobile, AL 36695
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:251-689-8253

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General

  • Mission:
  • “It is the mission of Bright Beginnings to enable students to overcome
    individual learning differences in order to achieve their full potential.”

  • Overview:
  • Bright Beginnings offers a rich and challenging curriculum for dyslexic children. Our class sizes are very small. We assess the student’s weaknesses as well as strengths to determine a starting point in all of the instructional areas. Each child is unique in their abilities and challenged accordingly. The goal for the students is to be successful and competent learners. At Bright Beginnings, the accent is on the positive. Students find the pleasure of working with other bright and talented dyslexic kids like themselves. We encourage students to discover their talents, and develop their own learning style. Like these students, there are many other famous people who are also dyslexic but have succeeded. A few of these people include, Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Henry Winkler, Charles Schwab, Walt Disney, Meryl Davis, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Branson, Nelson Rockefeller and many more.
    When the children come to us, although very bright, they are usually discouraged with school and have become ‘followers’ of their peers. They have struggled so much in school to keep up, many have ‘shut down’ and quit trying. We, at Bright Beginnings, assess each child when they come in and build a program designed for him/her. Many language skills, social studies and science concepts are taught ‘whole group’ with certain expectations for each grade level. The children work most of the day ‘independently’ with close monitoring, which helps them to become self-reliant. We instruct and monitor each child as they complete tasks to insure learning is taking place and benchmark goals are being met. It is the goal of the Bright Beginnings program for each child to become independent learners so they can be successful when returning to the regular classroom.
    Part of the daily instruction includes 1 hour of Dyslexia Therapy each day. It is designed to meet the needs of children who are struggling with reading and /or spelling difficulties. Basic Language Skills 1 is used for the first year, with the option to follow through Basic Language Skills 2 and Basic Language Skills 3. Most students show great gains in reading after completing our intense therapy. Our program also uses an Orton-Gillingham approach to give explicit and direct instruction that incorporates multi-sensory teaching so students can discover and apply concepts by linking listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The program is cumulative; therefore, new information is built on from previously learned material because concepts resurface continually. Decoding is balanced with comprehension, and the mechanics of writing are balanced with creativity and composition. Although all students can benefit from this scientific, research based curriculum, it is designed for students with dyslexia. Our reading program is online and tablets are utilized for school and home work. The online reading stories are so engaging, the children really ‘want’ to do their homework. The faculty is trained in multisensory language instruction approaches. Every child’s education is treated individually.
    Within each day the same amount of time is spent with math instruction. We utilize the Math-U-See program which is taught with a ‘hands-on’ approach as well. Much time is also spent playing math games in small groups to practice the skills they have learned. Students also have access to Reflex Math on computers to ‘play’ and reinforce skills.
    Our program also allows the students to have a time to unwind with P.E., art and music. An art teacher works with the children twice a week, specializing in techniques and artist studies. Social Studies and Science concepts are mostly taught through projects the children make in class. Dyslexic children are very creative and learn more by building and expressing themselves through projects.
    All curriculum is based on state and national standards.

  • History:
  • Bright Beginnings Academy is a dream of Gina Englund’s that has become a reality. After teaching in the public and private school sector for over 25 years, she continued to see students who struggled with learning processing difficulties. After further training and advanced education, she opened Bright Beginnings Academy in August 2013. The school started with 1 student and 2 teachers. By December 2013 the school had grown to 4 students. The 2014 school year started with 8 students and has now grown to 10 with plans to have 24 students for the 2015/2016 school year. Bright Beginnings is the only full time school on the Alabama and Mississippi gulf coast that specializes in Dyslexia education for grades 1-6. Bright Beginnings is designed specifically for the young dyslexic student and the curriculum is based on current scientific reading research. Intensive reading intervention is provided through daily dyslexia therapy sessions using Orton-Gillingham based instruction delivered by state licensed dyslexia therapists. Small class sizes allow the teacher/therapist to address the needs that are unique to the dyslexic child.

  • Year established:2013
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:4
  • Advisory board size:4
  • Staff size:5

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:47-1219930

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:471219930
  • Organization Name:BRIGHT BEGINNINGS ACADEMY
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:BRIGHT BEGINNINGS
  • Care Of Name:% REGINA C ENGLUND
  • Organization Address:5567 LEYTHAM RD
  • Organization City:THEODORE
  • Organization State:AL
  • Organization Zip:36582-9636
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 2015
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:11
  • Foundation Code Desc.:School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:July, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:July
  • NTEE Code:B24
  • Asset Amount:$38,882
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$266,520
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$266,520
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 12:03:41 pm

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