Our Approach

At Fortune Academy, learning comes first. For our students, effective teaching means that learning must be dynamic, multi-sensory, and personal. Our students' brains process information differently, so we have to teach differently.

The Orton-Gillingham approach has endured as the premiere way to educate students with language based learning difficulties for over 70 years. We are 1 of 13 schools in the nation accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Our entire curriculum is founded on the principles of this gold standard approach known as the Orton-Gillingham approach. 


Fortune Academy is a special school community. Many of our students come to us fragile, frightened, and below grade level in academic subjects. It is our responsibility to ensure that children feel safe when they walk through the doors of our school.  Trusting others is the first step to opening up to learning. When a student is emotionally secure in their environment, we know that learning can take place. That happens here. 

Fortune Academy prides itself on supporting students with learning differences by nurturing healthy social and emotional development. Working with Fortune's Child and Family Therapist and teachers,  students learn self-advocacy skills, emotional coping strategies, setting realistic goals, recognizing effective support systems, and understanding the importance of perseverance and grit.

There is no better feeling as a student than knowing the instructor genuinely cares about how well you are doing.
— D.J. Glander, Fortune Academy Alumn, Indiana University Student

Research recognizes the link between the arts and academic gains. Our Performing Arts program lets our students shine on stage, behind the stage, or at the soundboard. Students come out of their "shells" while confidence and pride build as new strengths are realized. Our Visual Arts program allows students to express themselves in bold, beautiful masterpieces that are as unique as eachartist. While it is all about the process, the finished products have become state and national award winning pieces that boost pride, excitement, and enthusiasm throughout the school.