Trident Academy, a private school in Mount Pleasant, is announcing today a new program targeting students with Asperger's and high-functioning autism.

School officials say this is the first program in the Lowcountry designed specifically for these students.

“The decision by Trident Academy to open this school specializing in children with Asperger's/HFA is a major breakthrough for the Charleston community,” said Frampton Gwynette, an MUSC child and adolescent psychiatrist and director of Project Rex. “This will fulfill a long-standing need in the region, and I look forward to the possibility of collaborating with Trident Academy on this very important effort.”

The school will accept 24 students in grades K-2 for the new program, which will launch this fall. It plans to grow the program through eighth grade.

For more information, parents are encouraged to attend a community meeting at 10 a.m. on March 16. Please RSVP by e-mailing

Trident Academy is a K-12 school focused on educating students who have language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. It enrolls about 50 students.

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