About Dyslexia

Signs of dyslexia include:

  • Serious spelling problems
  • Difficulties learning to read, particularly in grade 3 and beyond
  • Guessing by using the shapes of words versus actually reading
  • Directional confusion, such as left/right, above/below, yesterday/tomorrow, and before/after
  • Difficulty tying shoes
  • Mix-ups in spoken syllables, like saying "basketti" for spaghetti. In fact, children with dyslexia may continue speaking like a 3-4 year-old for several years
  • Delays in crawling, walking, or speaking
  • Extreme messiness (messy rooms, messy backpacks)
  • Difficulty learning the alphabet
  • Don't understand the concept of rhyming
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Due to hard work with little payoff, homework is an overwhelming nightmare
  • Gifted in the areas of empathy/interpersonal relationships, big-picture thinking, the arts, music, dance, and athletics


If you suspect your child has one or more learning differences, we encourage you to book a tour with us, and if possible, get a full psychoeducational evaluation*, which will benefit your child greatly. If you're seeking a psychoeducational evaluation in Northeast Florida, we recommend:


Dr. Edward Taylor, 3750 San Jose Pl Ste 35, Jacksonville, FL 32297, (904) 886.9006
Dr. Michael Sisbarro, 11512 Lake Mead Avenue #305, Jacksonville, FL 32256, (904) 379.6317
Dr. Marcos DiPinto, 807 Childrens Way, Jacksonville, FL 32207, (904) 697.3600


*not required for enrollment at DePaul

About Dyslexia

DePaul was started by parents (with the help of experts) who wanted to build a school that teaches the way that children with dyslexia learn.

Dyslexia is a genetic learning difference that affects 1 in 5 people, and it’s based on neurological wiring.

Dyslexia varies in severity from person to person. One student with mild dyslexia may struggle to learn accurate spelling, while another student with profound dyslexia may require years of instruction to attain literacy.

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often goes hand-in-hand with dyslexia. It presents as difficulty sustaining attention, hyper-restlessness, and impulsive behavior, leading to poor performance in school. ADHD is often displayed in hyperactivity, while ADD is a slower-paced state of inattention.



Dysgraphia is a visual-motor integration problem that causes childlike, nearly illegible handwriting that is often slow, labored, and tedious.


At DePaul, we build everything around the way a student with dyslexia receives and processes information.


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Influential People Who Have Dyslexia

Albert Einstein


Einstein (1879 – 1955) was a German-born physicist, developed the theory of relativity. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize “for his services to theoretical physics.”

Steve Jobs


Steven Paul Jobs (1955 – 2011) was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc., the chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar, and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT.

Jennifer Aniston

Actress, Philanthropist, and Businesswoman

(1969) Jennifer rose to fame portraying Rachel Green on the sitcom Friends (1994–2004), for which she earned Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards, and became one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. She revealed her dyslexia diagnosis in 2015, saying, “I thought I wasn’t smart. I just couldn’t retain anything. Now I had this great discovery. I felt like all of my childhood trauma-dies, tragedies, dramas were explained.”

Aniston has advocated for and financially supported numerous charities, including St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund, Clothes Off Our Back, Feeding America, EB Medical Research Foundation, Project A.L.S., OmniPeace, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network., and Doctors Without Borders. 

Bella Thorne


(1997) Bella is known for her role as CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up. Thorne was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade. She was home-schooled after previously attending a public school, where she had been bullied. She improved in her learning after attending a learning center and began reading and writing a grade ahead. Thorne supports the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nomad Organization, which provides education, food and medical supplies to children in Africa. 

Agatha Christie


(1890) Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. She is best known for 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English and a billion in translation. Agatha began writing detective stories during the first world war, partly to relieve the monotony of working in a hospital dispensary. 

J.K. Rowling

Author, The Harry Potter Series

(1965) Jo wanted to be a writer from an early age. She wrote her first book at age six – a story called ‘Rabbit’. At eleven, she wrote her first novel. She conceived the idea of Harry Potter in 1990 while on a delayed train. It took five years to map out all seven books of the series. She wrote mostly in longhand and gradually built up a mass of notes, many of which were scribbled on odd scraps of paper.

The first Harry Potter book was published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books in 1997. Six titles followed in the Harry Potter series, each achieving record-breaking success.

Rowling supports a number of causes, mainly through her charitable trust. She is also the founder and president of the international children’s charity Lumos.

Muhammed Ali


(1942-2016) Born Cassius Clay, he made history by saying the words “I am the greatest” and proving it. He was undefeated when he first fought Sonny Liston in the boxing ring. He won six Kentucky Golden Glove titles, two National Golden Gloves, two Amateur Athletic Union championships, a Gold Medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Rome Olympic games, and the world professional heavyweight championship three times. 
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