Lakes & Bridges Charter School -Education 

Serving the Clemson Area Since 2017  EIN: 82-0657247

Lakes & Bridges is the first public (tuition-free) charter school in South Carolina designed to meet the needs of children with dyslexia. The school provides a multi-sensory, evidence-based curriculum, based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, proven to best teach all children how to read.



The forever home of Lakes & Bridges will be at 1600 E. Main Street in Easley, S.C. We are beginning a $1 million renovation required to turn the 30,000-sq-ft facility into an innovative, state-of-the-art school that will teach children in a way they most need and cannot find elsewhere (except in private schools that charge tuition).



Heidi H. Bishop, ATF/AOGPE, CDT/IDA -Principal

Heidi High Bishop is the founding principal of Lakes & Bridges Charter School. She holds a B.A. in education from Queens University of Charlotte (formerly Queens College). She has worked with dyslexic students for 31 years in three different private schools. Most recently, she has been on staff at Camperdown Academy in Greenville, S.C., an Orton-Gillingham (OG) accredited school for children with dyslexia, where she taught and performed various administrative duties for 26 years. Ms. Bishop was trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach in 1991, began helping out with Camperdown’s OG Teacher Training Program in 1998, and then became the program’s director in 2001, where she has overseen the program until the summer of 2017. At Camperdown Academy, she has held various leadership roles, including Interim Head of School and Acting Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Camp Co-Founder, and Head of Education.

Ms. Bishop received her Fellow from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) in September of 2001. This is the highest level of credentialing by the Academy. Ms. Bishop has trained teachers on OG throughout the Upstate of South Carolina, as well as conducted school-wide and district-wide trainings in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and California.

Ms. Bishop received her Certified Dyslexia Therapist certificate by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) in December 2016. She completed the South Carolina Independent School Association’s (SCISA) Heads’ Institute in July 2007, was appointed to the S.C. Dyslexia Task Force for the 2012 calendar year, was appointed to the Read to Succeed (Act 284) Advisory Group during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years, was president of the International Dyslexia Association-South Carolina Branch (IDA-SC) from 2011-2016, served on’s expert panel for their “1 in 5” campaign in Columbia in February 2016, has served on expert panels in S.C. and N.C. for Harvey Hubbell V’s screening of the documentary “Dislecksia: The Movie,” and currently serves on the Information and Outreach Committee of the AOGPE. She has been involved in dyslexia legislation in the state of S.C. by answering questions legislators have regarding dyslexia and testifying as necessary. In August 2011, her book review on Alberto Manguel’s “A Reader on Reading” was published by Research Publishing Quarterly.

Ms. Bishop and her husband, Tim, have been married for almost 25 years and live in Simpsonville, S.C. They have two children: Ashlyn, a student at Clemson University majoring in history, and William, a student at Mauldin High School.

Public Contacts

Heidi Bishop -Principal


Nancy Linvill -Board Chair



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Lakes & Bridges Charter School empowers students to achieve the academic, technical, and social skills necessary to accomplish further educational and career goals through a supportive and motivational environment that emphasizes specialized, systematic, multi-sensory, and individualized instruction.

Building bridges between dyslexia and academic success