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What is the Johnson Academy?

The Johnson Academy of Therapeutic Learning offers an effective learning alternative to the “one size fits all” approach of the mainstream education system. The Johnson Academy is a safe, supportive, and effective environment for struggling students that allows for academic excellence. The Johnson Academy serves a variety of students, each of whom are recognized as unique and individual. A thorough assessment of each student’s strengths and weaknesses is administered in order to provide an educational plan addressing specific needs. The use of intensive academic therapies and evidenced-based programs that remediate deficits allow for students to become proficient learners. Our mission is to provide an individualized education, whether students require a brief, intensive, or long-term educational program.

The Johnson Academy opened its doors in 2007 as the Speech, Language and Learning Center, but officially became The Johnson Academy in 2012. The name change reflected the Center’s ability to help children with more than speech and language development. With the addition of a variety of evidence-based treatment programs, technologically based interventions, and credentialed teachers, The Johnson Academy is the only school in South Orange County that serves students by offering speech, language, and academic therapies as well as providing a highly individualized learning environment geared toward remediation.


Cathy JohnsonCathy Johnson, M.A., C.C.C.

Cathy Johnson became a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist in 1991 after completing a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Disorders, with a minor in Child Development. Cathy also earned a special day class credential. Cathy initially focused on treating young children with speech and language disorders but broadened her scope of practice when those same young children returned to her for help in reading. Additionally, Cathy's own daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia and her mission to help children became her passion. Cathy is committed to finding the best evidenced-based approaches to help children of all ages. From this, Cathy’s dream to help parents and teachers identify and remediate deficits as early as possible was born.


I have a dream that children...

  1. who learn differently will be taught in the way that they do learn.
  2. who are challenged by distraction will develop the ability to attend to the information they need and forget the rest.
  3. who struggle with math facts and time limits will find they can understand math.
  4. who continually have to go to summer school because they are not taught in the way they learn will now have their summers to play.
  5. who are teased by their peers will now have a place to reveal their "true intelligence."
  6. who cannot complete their work in a "timely" manner will now be able to work without anxiety.
  7. who are not as “social” as others will pursue and develop their interests, and not those society imposes on them.
  8. of varied intelligence who have not learned to read will indeed read and have a love of reading.