Vertical Skills Academy is a unique, independent school dedicated to improving academic achievement and education for children in first through eighth grades with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences with the primary goal of teaching students skills to continue their academic growth and self-advocacy beyond their tenure at the academy.
In 2014, Vertical Skills Academy was founded in response to a growing need for skilled intervention for students with dyslexia. Kara Osberg, a seasoned advocate and experience literacy specialist with two dyslexic children, and Audra Chapleski, a highly-trained STEM teacher and administrator, were a strong team. They envisioned a school where students with similar needs would receive appropriate intervention in an environment in which they were simultaneously challenged and highly supported; where students and their families found a supportive community; and where like-minded educators from all backgrounds were welcomed. VSA continues to provide an educational environment that supports those with dyslexia and language based learning issues while also teaching advocacy skills.
"Literally, after just one day at VSA, he was a different child. He came home full of smiles, telling us that he loved everything at school and that reading and writing were his favorite parts of the day!" -- Father of a 5th grade student
"This very special place has turned our lives around by helping our 2nd grader develop the tools necessary to not just function from day to day, but achieve goals we never thought possible. Our community is extremely fortunate to have access to this extraordinary school." -- Mother of 2nd grade student
"VSA is the best decision we could have made for our daughter after receiving her dyslexia diagnosis. She has gained an amazing amount of confidence, not only in her reading, but her math skills as well. The teachers have an extensive dyslexia knowledge base and expect a high level of achievement from all their students, which I greatly appreciate." -- Mother of 1st grade student
"Our daughter's language skills improved so much that she returned to 'regular school' this year after only one year at VSA. She regularly volunteers to read in front of the class and consistently scores very high in spelling." -- Mother of 3rd grade student