Accreditation Overview and Process

Why Become Accredited by the Academy?

To have your Orton-Gillingham Instructional Program and/or Training Program endorsed by the Academy.

AOGPE Accreditation is a process leading to recognition of education organizations as having a level of performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public they serve.

The Academy provides an objective and professional assessment of OG instructional programs and OG training programs through the Accreditation Committee. The committee consists of Fellows with experience working in Academy Accredited schools, camps, and clinics.

The Academy does not accredit the school or organization; it only accredits the Orton-Gillingham Instructional and/or Training Program.

Accreditation of Instructional Programs

Schools, camps, and clinics may be accredited as providing an OG instructional program designed to meet the needs of dyslexic students. Only schools that have already been accredited by national and/or state certifying organizations are eligible to apply.

Accreditation also requires that the instructional leadership of the program be vested in a staff member who is a Fellow of the Academy.

Accreditation of Training Programs

The Academy accredits training programs to train individuals interested in becoming Orton-Gillingham practitioners. The instructional leadership of the program must be a Fellow of the Academy.  Academy criteria for accreditation of an Orton-Gillingham practitioner training program emphasize the adequacy of curricula used by a program and the preparation and experience of the staff providing the training.

The Academy has established standards for the accreditation of Orton-Gillingham programs at two levels of training.

At the Associate Level, programs are reviewed for their preparation of individuals for entry level Orton-Gillingham practice. At this level, the program provides ongoing instruction and supervision to the practitioner learning to use this Approach.

At the Certified Level, programs are reviewed for their preparation of individuals who will become independent practitioners.

Accreditation also requires that the instructional leadership of the program be vested in a staff member who is a Fellow of the Academy.

Once a program’s preliminary application for accreditation is accepted, an Academy mentor is assigned to assist the applicant at the various stages of the application process. Through a supportive process, based on a self-study approach, the Academy works with the program to achieve these goals at the level of the standard. The Academy accredits the Orton-Gillingham training program of an organization but not the organization itself.

Benefits of an Accredited Training Program

Accredited training programs send their trainees through the Accredited Training Track application process. This type of application enables the trainee to apply to the Academy on a rolling basis which substantially reduces the time between the application and acceptance to the Academy.

Important Criteria

  1. The Facility needs to be in operation for 3 years before accreditation by the Academy can begin. If it is a school, it must already hold accreditation from an official school accreditation agency.
  2. Academy accreditation requires that the instructional leadership of the program be vested in a staff member who is a Fellow of the Academy.

What does the accreditation process involve?

The process includes:

  1. Submitting a preliminary application to the Accreditation Committee for approval to continue with the self-study
  2. Complete a self-study of the organization and submit it to the Accreditation Committee for review. Information requested in the self-study include:

Instructional Program

  • Mission statement and goals
  • Present objectives based on mission and goals
  • Implementation of mission and goals
  • Shows evidence of ongoing, self-study, and evaluation and how it affects the program, planning, and curriculum design
  • Information on the organization and governance
  • Provide details of the effective educational/instructional programs following the Orton-Gillingham Approach for students with dyslexia
  • Curriculum
  • Instructional staff
  • Physical facilities and resources

Training Program

  • Mission statement and goals
  • Shows evidence that it engages in ongoing, systematic self-study, and how it affects the program, planning, and curriculum design
  • Demonstrates verifiable and ongoing evaluation of graduates, for example the percentage of trainees who achieve Academy membership status
  • Information on the organization and governance
  • Information on trainee development
  • Curriculum
  • Instructional staff
  • Physical facilities and resources

Download Instructional Program Process Brochure

Download Training Program Process Brochure

Preliminary Application Instructional School Clinic Camp Program

Preliminary Application for Training Program