About Us

Our Mission

It is the mission of Augustine Literacy Project-Brevard to help improve the reading, writing, and spelling abilities of low-income students who struggle with literacy skills. The project trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide free, long-term, 1:1 instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach and Wilson Reading System® materials.

Who We Serve

We serve students in grades 1-12 who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch and are struggling with literacy skills. Participants are referred to the program by family members, guardians, teachers, counselors, or learning disability specialists.

The two eligibility requirements to receive an Augustine tutor are:

  1. The student qualifies for free or reduced-cost lunch.
  2. The student is scoring below grade level performance in reading, writing, or spelling.

Augustine Literacy Project is partnered with all the elementary schools in Transylvania County (Rosman Elementary, Brevard Elementary, TC Henderson Elementary, Pisgah Forest Elementary, and Brevard Academy).


of juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.


of students eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch are not reading at a proficient level.


of poor readers can improve their reading skills with early, intensive, one-to-one instruction.

Our History

The Augustine Literacy Project was founded in 1994 by Holy Family Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It was founded to meet the needs of low-income children in the community who required the services of a professional tutor, but were unable to afford one. It has grown to include twelve chapters that are reaching out to meet the same needs in their communities. Augustine Literacy Project-Brevard is the twelfth chapter of the Augustine Literacy Project chartered in 2012. Augustine Literacy Project-Brevard is a 501(c)(3) organization and an official replication of the Augustine Project based at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill.

The combination of nurture and knowledge that an Augustine tutor offers can mean the difference between prison and productivity for an at-risk student.

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. Most professional reading tutors charge from $40 to $65 an hour. Augustine Literacy Project-Brevard is committed to providing caring, professionally trained tutors for students whose families cannot afford to pay.