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Academic Program

Academic Program


DURANGO MOUNTAIN CAMP uses an *Orton-Gillingham approach to tutoring, the most scientifically validated approach to teaching dyslexic children. Each student receives the following instruction daily:


• one hour of one-on-one, intensive tutoring in reading, spelling, writing and composition


• one hour of small-group study hall working on individualized assignments structured by the language therapist to reinforce concepts presented in tutoring


• one hour of composition


• one-half hour of one-on-one oral reading to increase fluency


• one-half hour of keyboarding for older campers and one-half hour of literature circle for younger campers


• additionally, one hour of either art or science


*Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach that has been scientifically proven to be effective for all students, and necessary for Dyslexic youngsters. The approach is multi-sensory, direct, systematic, cumulative, cognitive, integrated, individualized and emotionally sound. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system or technique.



Through these links you can find plenty of information about Dyslexia
The International Dyslexia Association
The Rocky Mountain Dyslexia Association








Campers are tested both pre- and post-camp using a battery of nationally normed tests to evaluate phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling, reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. At the end of camp, each parent receives an extensive written report encompassing test results, observations, and individualized academic recommendations.


8:00 Breakfast (Residential Campers)
8:30-9:30 Tutor
9:35-10:30 Composition (giving intensive instruction in writing skills)
10:30-10:50 Snack
10:50-11:40 Art and/or Science
10:40-12:30 Study Hall
12:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Day Campers: One-on One Reading Fluency or Keyboarding; Residential Campers: Rest
2:15-5:00 Outdoor Adventures
5:00 Day Camper Pick-up
5:00-6:00 Residential Camper Free Time
Residential Campers
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Group Games
8:00-9:00 One-on-one Oral Reading Fluency/Computer Skills
9:00 To Cabins
10:00 Lights Out
* Individual schedules vary with each camper.

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Durango Mountain Camp
44000 Hwy 550 N., Durango, CO 81301
Phone: 970-385-1778,  email: mjbilgrav@gmail.com

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