STRIDES is a faith-based nonprofit educational program that provides individual academic instruction to children and youth who are at risk for academic failure. In order to make services available to families of all economic levels, we employ a sliding fee scale based on a family’s ability to pay.
STRIDES grew out of The Reading Clinic, which served hundreds of Upstate children as a for-profit tutoring program since the 1980’s. The IRS granted us 501(c)3 status in 2005, and STRIDES is registered as a charitable organization in South Carolina.
Our specialized program, Potentials™, is like speech therapy applied to reading. Rather than emphasize a list of phonics rules for our students to remember, we teach from a language base, relying on the motor abilities that most children have already established.
Our instructors teach with compassion and empathy while they encourage students through our rigorous program. Our students average one grade level of progress in reading for every 10-15 hours of instruction. The gains in confidence are immeasurable.