Our School

Students at MAX Charter


Our student ratio is great at only 1:13 to offer specialized education

MAX is located on the Nicholls State University Campus between Family Housing and Babington Hall. The school is dedicated to educating students with dyslexia and related learning differences. The school is approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. It is designed for students in first through eighth grade who struggle with dyslexia and related learning differences.

The Mission of MAX Charter

The MAX Charter School is committed to meeting the educational needs of students with dyslexia and other language-related learning differences. Its mission is to empower the lives of these students who learn differently.

MAX Charter School Philosophy

All children can learn when their learning disorders are properly diagnosed, when their teachers are properly trained, and when their educational environment emphasizes support, dignity, and individual responsibility.

A Message from MAX Principal

Angelic Rodrigue

It is with great pleasure but with all humility that I greet you as Principal of the Maxine Giardina Charter School.  The school, founded in 2007 in honor of the late Mrs. Maxine Gros Giardina, is located on the Nicholls State University campus in the heart of the quaint, quiet city of Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Maxine and her husband Jake Giardina worked tirelessly to obtain help and assistance for children with dyslexia.  Through The Giardina Family Foundation, they provided opportunities for teacher-training programs, lectures, and seminars on dyslexia.   Ultimately, with the help of other parents of children with dyslexia, they were successful in getting state legislation passed in 1990. This legislation provided avenues of service for the dyslexic in the regular education classrooms in Louisiana’s public schools.

Quick Facts about MAX Charter

Approved Public School

MAX Charter School is an approved public school by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education located on the Nicholls campus.

Multisensory Programs

We are committed to educating 1st–8th graders with research-based multisensory programs specially designed for students with dyslexia and language-related learning differences.

Small Group Setting

Our students are taught in small group settings to ensure differentiated instruction.

On-Going Staff Training

Our highly qualified faculty and staff participate in on-going training in proven methodologies such as Language Science and Project Read to help students to learn to read and write.


We proudly comply with a non-discriminatory policy and accept students with dyslexia regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or country of origin.

Teaching the Whole Child

MAX provides programs to help mold the overall well-being of our students through character building, art, music, drama, and physical fitness.