Educational Institutions

Spell City

  • El Cajon, CA
  • www.spell-city.org

This organization is a 501(c)(3) Private Nonoperating Foundation (This organization has notified the IRS of its intention to convert to a public charity, and the IRS has ruled that grantors and contributors may consider it a public charity for the purpose of making contributions to the organization.).


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Mission Statement

Spell-City is a non-profit organization whose mission is to teach the spelling of 25,000 English words in a few short weeks.  Moreover, we prevent dyslexia or end it among those who already have it.

Unlike traditional teaching that takes years to teach bits and pieces of English, we teach spelling and consequently reading in weeks, not in years.

Our program does not resemble any other traditional program that claims to teach ESL or literacy—we have good reasons to believe that traditional programs veer people away from learning and, unknowingly, participate in creating illiteracy. We created Spell-City to change all of that.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Teaching 50 Students to Spell 25,000 Words

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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Primarily, we serve the city of El Cajon in the County of San Diego because we are located in El Cajon. In addition, we lend a hand to others in anyone in need of our services in the entire USA.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Camilia Sadik

Co Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Tom Antorietto

Keywords

Self-reported

spelling rules, phonics, dyslexia, spell-city, spelling, literacy, reading, Alzheimer, learning disabilities, education, adults, children

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EIN

33-0943740

 Number

4674815726

Physical Address

322 S. Anza Suite 2

El Cajon, CA 92020

Also Known As

Spell-City English Spelling School

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Lee was in sixth grade, and according to his school records, he read at a first-grade level (level 1.6). This is a sample of Lee’s previous writing:
 
“Hi my name is Lee Ray I am 12 I lik to do a lot of thangs. I kane ansr the kwashtanse. I have a bruthr thas a brat. He is 5 and has name is Jrme. hnave a sastr she is 14 and hre name is uteu. She liks to bos me a round . But I stul luf tham. My mom is 30 .My stap dad is 34 and he is a mukanak. I luv  tham all.  The resan I wont to lrn to rede is reding is upotan to me. Reding is upotan bekus if you don’t know hao to rede you wal nafr gat a raund. I dount tak ubaot my rede a lot bekus I gat upsat wan pepol tes me. So I ban wrking hord at it.  I thank you for haping me and wonting to halp me lrn to rede. Ilik the  saund of your voes. Thak you a lot. I kant wat to see you. I lik you for halping me. I haf nafr mat a prsa lik you.I hop nafr tote to a famas prsan I haf a lot of faling that you wal halp me Ihaf mane thgs to sae to you. I lik you.” 

From August 5 to 11, 1999, the we taught Lee for six days.  Eight months later Lee sent Sadik this letter:

“Hi Camilia I want to thank you. I miss you and I hope to see you soon. I have been writing better. I like reading. It is easyer to read. I want to tell you about my family. I have a brother that is six and a sister that is fourteen. I have a mom and a dad. I love them a lot. I am thirteen. It is still hard to write but I am not going to quit. I will practice and practice, I am getting better. I have been telling people about the system. I love you. Ps I am sorry for not writing you. Lee”

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Our vision is to put an end to illiteracy in K-12, adult, and vocational schools. Our desire is to pursue instant reading & spelling in community colleges, learning disabilities & dyslexia departments, and remedial reading & ESL programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Teaching 50 Students to Spell 25,000 Words

Teaching 50 Students to Spell 25,000 Words in Three Weeks

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$50,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Primarily, we serve the city of El Cajon in the County of San Diego because we are located in El Cajon. In addition, we lend a hand to others in anyone in need of our services in the entire USA.

Funding Needs

We need $2,000 to teach each students to read and spell 25,000 English words in three weeks.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Spell City

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Camilia Sadik

Co Principal Officer

Tom Antorietto

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Let’s Root out Illiteracy
We encourage all individuals, parents, school, community groups, private businesses, and politicians to join us in our effort to transform people from poor spellers into excellent spellers."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Professor Camilia N Sadik

Spell-City

Term: Feb 2010 - Dec 2020

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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