The Bodine Story

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

1970
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bodine propose a Memphis school to serve students with specific learning differences and average to high intellect.

1972
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bodine establish Bodine School in rented space at Frayser Presbyterian Church. Two students with learning differences were enrolled.

1979
Bodine School moves to its current location at 2432 Yester Oaks Dr. in Germantown, built on land generously donated by the Bodines.

1984
Completion of the north end addition allows the school to reach more students who need an atmosphere where the dyslexic mind could thrive.

1988
Bodine School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

1990
Bodine School narrows its focus to concentrate on children with dyslexia.

1991
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.

1996
Recognizing the importance of outreach, Bodine hosts its first Community Leader Breakfast.

1999
The Virginia Bodine Library is dedicated to the memory of Virginia Bodine, founder.

2001
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.

2003
Bodine recognizes the importance of educating the whole child, including fine arts, and adds a music program.

2004
Bodine decides to focus on early intervention, consequently discontinuing the high school program.

2008
Bodine is jointly accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and SACS.

2012
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.

2014
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.

2015
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.

2016
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, Bodine transitions to an exclusively elementary school, serving students in grades 1-6.

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