Who We Serve

We serve low-income children in the Upstate area who are reading, writing and spelling at least one grade level below their peers.

Because reading, writing and spelling difficulties can result in poor school performance and low self-esteem, families who are financially able send their children with language-related learning differences to special schools or hire private tutors.

The Augustine Literacy Project is committed to providing caring, professionally-trained tutors for those whose families cannot afford to pay. The combination of nurture and knowledge that an Augustine tutor offers early to a young, at-risk student can mean the difference between productivity and a positive future, or a greater chance of falling further behind in school, dropping out, joblessness, and trouble with the law. Early reading proficiency is that important.

Since 2006, ALP has trained over 100 tutors who have provided over 6,000 hours of specialized, individualized reading tutoring in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Augustine tutors currently serve in the following elementary schools:


“If children do not have reading fluency by the end of the third grade, it's going to cost 7-8 times as much in time and money to address their reading problems and get them up to grade level in reading. ”
  — James Wendorf, Executive Director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities