The Ridge

What is The Ridge?

The Ridge is a multi-phase specialized program to increase our ability to serve students with dyslexia in a Christ-centered environment.  We understand and utilize research-based approaches to meet the unique needs of learners with dyslexia using the Orton Gillingham approach through small group or one-on-one sessions two times per week. 

The 2024-2025 school year will mark the beginning of Phase 1 of The Ridge.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to educate and equip students in The Ridge with a biblical worldview by assisting students spiritually, academically, socially, and physically under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 

Spiritually- The Ridge understands students are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of Christ and gifted in many ways.

Academically- The Ridge sets our goal for students to become independent learners and become successful in the traditional classroom setting. Along the way, we will partner with parents to 

  • Foster student confidence and self-esteem
  • Provide reading remediation to close the achievement gap
  • Improve executive-functioning skills

Socially- The Ridge allows students to showcase their talents and be a part of a bigger story at Ben Lippen School. 

Physically- The Ridge allows students to use a variety of practices that provide the most support for the dyslexic learner. Taking a multi-sensory approach and specialized instruction, our dyslexic learners unlock the power of print. Our methodology uses a structured lesson plan involving visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile learning. Students at The Ridge will exercise their brains to reach their fullest potential.


Sarah Beth Helsley, Director of The Ridge

Dyslexia is a common condition that makes it hard to work with language. Although students with Dyslexia are intelligent and creative, some aspects of school can be more of a challenge for them than for their peers.   Research suggests that as many as 5-10% of students meet the criteria for dyslexia. Characteristics of dyslexia include significant difficulties with:

  • Decoding
  • Spelling
  • Phonological awareness
  • Reading fluency 
  • Encoding/writing
  • Executive functioning skills

Research-based methods to address weaknesses associated with Dyslexia include:

  • Systematic, prescriptive instruction in phonics
  • Multi-sensory approaches across all subject areas
  • Organizational and time management skills

Requirements for Service

Students in Kindergarten through 4th who have received a formal diagnosis of dyslexia can be provided one-on-one or small group (not to exceed 3 students) Orton Gillingham hour-long sessions up to two times a week. This service will be provided at all three Lower School Campuses.

To be eligible for the program, students must be in K-4th grade and have completed a psychoeducational evaluation by a licensed psychologist at the Ph.D. level or a public school district school psychologist and must demonstrate a need in the classroom. The acceptance of any evaluation report completed by an evaluator outside of these parameters will be up to the discretion of The Ridge admissions team. 

The psychoeducational evaluation should minimally include the following components:

  • Measure of cognitive ability
  • Measure of academic achievement
  • Measure of phonological processing
  • Measure of behavior and/or executive functioning

The Ben Lippen Ridge admissions team will review the evaluation report to determine a student’s suitability for the program.

Service and Fees

One-to-One Session (two sessions per week)

  • $900/quarter
  • $3,600/year

Small Group Session (two sessions per week)

  • $675/quarter
  • $2,700/year

Service Fees will include:

  • Specialized tutoring sessions
  • Consultation with student’s teachers
  • Ongoing progress monitoring
  • Weekly/Quarterly updates
  • Ongoing communication
  • Executive functioning support

Other helpful information

The Orton-Gillingham approach was created by Dr. Samuel Torrey Orton, Anna Gillingham, and Bessie Stillman to remediate the language processing challenges associated with dyslexia.

For further information about the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators visit 

The websites below provide helpful information regarding dyslexia and support their child’s learning needs.

This site gives you a variety of resources for parents as well as information on academy standards for training.

This site will offer training and screening to aid in referrals to those seeking more information about your child and being diagnosed with dyslexia.

This site offers resources to parents of children with dyslexia.

This site offers helpful resources, webinars, practical tips, and more.