Academy for Literacy, Learning & Innovation Excellence

  • The Academy for Literacy, Learning & Innovation Excellence is a tuition-free, public school of choice in Colorado Springs serving students in 2nd- 5th grade, with a dedication to helping struggling readers weighed down by their learning differences to finally take flight.

    Using the Take Flight Intervention delivered by Certified Academic Language Therapists, in combination with core classes taught by teachers who understand and accommodate for characteristics of Dyslexia, students can finally spread their wings and soar to new heights alongside their peers. 


    Our Mission

    ALLIES inspires students with language based learning difficulties and characteristics of Dyslexia to celebrate their strengths and overcome their struggles while preparing for a successful educational experience in middle school, high school and beyond. 


    Our Vision

    In its quest to be the finest school in District 49 to serve students with language based learning difficulties and characteristics of Dyslexia, ALLIES aims to make a difference in the lives of the students it serves and the families who support these children.  Students succeed in a caring and supportive environment that accommodates for their needs and draws on their strengths. ALLIES families experience the difference and watch their bright children flourish as they overcome their academic struggles and discover their gifts.


    Take Flight

    This is a comprehensive intervention program for students with Dyslexia, created by the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite Hospital located in Dallas, Texas. 

    This is an Orton-Gillingham based program that addresses many components of reading, including: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and basic comprehension.

    Students participate in a 3 year intervention: sessions are taught 50 minutes a day / 5 days a week. 


    Please contact Rebecca Thompson, Director of Academic Services at  719-494-8620


  • ALLIES professors come to us with additional training and understanding in the field of Dyslexia, and the knowledge and desire to implement a variety of accommodations for our students. They are trained in the use of accommodations for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, and the many challenges that come with each.

    Most ALLIES professors have taught students with characteristics of Dyslexia for two to three years in Literacy Excellence classrooms at Odyssey Elementary School.
    Literacy Excellence, which began three years ago in the LEx program at Odyssey Elementary, is based on the concept that without the ability to read and write well, children will not be able to access information and express the knowledge required to be successful in school OR in life. For that reason, we intend to ensure that our students leave with a strong background in English Language Arts. Some elements of the Literacy Excellence program will include:
    • Early detection of and screening for language based learning struggles and characteristics of dyslexia

    • Heavy emphasis on intervention for phonemic awareness and phonics

    • Strong use of accommodations for learners with dyslexic characteristics

    • Multiple methods of gaining information and expressing knowledge: visual, auditory and kinesthetic

    • Building a solid foundation for life long learning

    • Building or re-building a ‘love of reading’

    • Reading incentives

Is ALLIES A Good Candidate for Your Child?

    • Is your bright child struggling in school?
    • Is your student's reading slow, choppy, or just plain inaccurate?
    • Is your student's spelling a mess?
    • Are they beginning to dislike school, or coming up with ways to avoid it?
    • Or maybe their teacher says they are behind or need extra help?
    • And what about those math facts? Are they a nightmare for your child to remember?


    If any of these scenarios are happening to your child, we stand by ready to be ALLIES in your child’s journey.

    Submit an application for enrollment consideration.

    If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Thompson, Director of Academic Services, at 719.494.2923 or at