• What is the GRASP Academy?

    The GRASP Academy is a school option-serving student in grades 1-8 in the Duval County Public Schools. The program incorporates Florida State Standards with project based learning, small group and multisensory instruction in an environment that addresses the whole child. Eligibility based on criteria indicating that a student demonstrates characteristics of dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.

    Why choose the GRASP Academy?

    The GRASP Academy is a unique learning environment designed to address the needs of students who fit the dyslexia profile. We take a four-prong approach to instruction:  Direct/explicit instruction, Repeated review of concepts, Experience to tie to instruction and assisting student in the Transfer of skills. The GRASP Academy supports the needs of our learners by utilizing Orton-Gillingham methodology within our Reading/ELA program as well as cross curriculum strategies.  Project based learning alongside multisensory instruction supports students in the content areas of science, math and social sciences. 

    What is the Orton-Gillingham methodology?

    This approach, referred to as an intensive, phonics-based, multisensory approach that involves three pathways of learning: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. 

    How do students apply for the GRASP Academy?

    Applications for the GRASP Academy begin with an online parent application.  The application can be accessed through the GRASP Academy homepage at https://dcps.duvalschools.org/grasp. Once the school receives the parent application, the remaining components of the application process will be initiated:

    A screening date and time will be offered.

    Teacher survey will be sent to the student’s current teacher to complete and returned to GRASP Academy.

    The final component includes a one on one screening session to help provide an overall picture of your student.

     Will transportation be provided to the GRASP Academy?

    Transportation will be provided free of charge to the GRASP Academy for students residing in the Duval County Public Schools transportation zone.

    How & when will I be notified if my child has a seat at GRASP?

    Students are offered seats on a rank order basis, with the students that are a best fit, being offered first.  It is not a lottery or a first come, first served seat placement. As students accept or decline their seats, additional students will be offered the seat in rank order.  We understand that it may be frustrating being on a waiting list to start, but we give each family about two weeks after acceptance to accept or decline their seat.