The Bodine Story
Richard and Virginia Bodine founded Bodine School in memory of their only son, Rick. While attending The Mills School in Florida due to the lack of resources for learning disabled students in the Memphis area, Rick had a fatal accident. Honoring his memory became a mission of the Bodine family, and establishing the school has helped countless numbers of students in the Mid-South gain access to their education. Today, Bodine School remains the only school in the Mid-South and in all of Tennessee that is solely committed to teaching children with dyslexia and other reading-related learning differences to read and succeed.
Bodine School Timeline
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bodine propose a Memphis school to serve students with specific learning differences and average to high intellect.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bodine establish Bodine School in rented space at Frayser Presbyterian Church. Two students with learning differences were enrolled.
Bodine School moves to its current location at 2432 Yester Oaks Dr. in Germantown, built on land generously donated by the Bodines.
Completion of the north end addition allows the school to reach more students who need an atmosphere where the dyslexic mind could thrive.
Bodine School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Bodine School narrows its focus to concentrate on children with dyslexia.
A newly completed elementary program allows Bodine to serve students in grades 1-12. The faculty trains in Orton-Gillingham techniques and intensifies its early intervention efforts.
Recognizing the importance of outreach, Bodine hosts its first Community Leader Breakfast.
The Virginia Bodine Library is dedicated to the memory of Virginia Bodine, founder.
Bodine adds a science lab to foster hands-on, inquiry-based learning and embraces the individualized, one-on-one “STAR Words” program to encourage students to learn the 1,000 most common sight words.
Bodine recognizes the importance of educating the whole child, including fine arts, and adds a music program.
Bodine decides to focus on early intervention, consequently discontinuing the high school program.
Bodine is jointly accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and SACS.
Bodine celebrates 40 years of helping the Mid-South’s children with dyslexia discover academic success. The school redesigns its facility to nurture the whole child in a 21st century learning environment.
The opening of The Erika Center at Bodine School is announced. The Erika Center is a bridge between the life-changing work of Bodine School’s Germantown campus and the tens of thousands of young people in Shelby County desperate for its help. Through teacher training and individual student services such as tutoring and remediation, The Erika Center aims to change the landscape of literacy in our community.
At age 91, founder Dick Bodine passes away on December 16 after a long illness. His legacy at Bodine and in the entire Mid-South community will forever be celebrated.
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, Bodine transitions to an exclusively elementary school, serving students in grades 1-6.