Trident Academy was founded in 1972 by a group of local physicians, educators,
businessmen and parents who realized the needs of many students were not being met in traditional school settings.
The motivational force behind the school's evolution was a growing awareness that
learning disabilities existed and affected many children in the community. The school was made possible when the land
on which the campus is located was donated by Mr. William J. Detyens. Much of the construction of the school has been
contributed at cost by area contractors.
In 2002, the school expanded into a new science and technology building.
Trident Academy has provided hundreds of learning-disabled students in grades K5
through 12th with the education that they deserve. Today Trident enrolls from 110 to 160 students of average or above-average
intelligence whose learning disabilities have been diagnosed by qualified independent psychologists. Students may be
referred by physicians, educators, parents or psychologists. Trident attracts students from all over the United States.
Trident Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
(SACS) and the South Carolina Independent Schools Association. Trident Academy is accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham.
All faculty members are required to have training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching phonics and are certified
by the Orton-Gillingham Academy or eligible to be certified.