14 Top Schools in Atlanta and Beyond for Students with Special Needs and Learning Differences
Parents sometimes don’t know where to begin – here are some great options. These schools provide specialized learning strategies to put non-traditional learners on the path to success.
The Cottage School
The Cottage School combines small class sizes, a workplace model and the implementation of study skills to provide students grades 3-12 with mild to moderate learning differences an opportunity to achieve success. TCS focuses on academics, socialization and emotional wellness and strives to meet the needs of every child.
Forman School is a college prep boarding school in Litchfield, Conn., educating bright students in grades 9-12 and postgraduate with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. Research-based teaching ensures 100 percent of students are accepted to four-year colleges.
GRACEPOINT School is a private Christian school in Marietta serving dyslexic students in grades 1-8. Students receive a comprehensive, high-quality education that combines remediation with enrichment and acceleration.
The Howard School
In 1950, Marian Howard changed the landscape of education in Atlanta by creating an educational world with no boundaries, labels or diminished expectations. The Howard School grew into the transformational program it is today—a full and robust academic program for grades K-12.
The Kairos Learning Center at St. Martin’s Episcopal School
The Kairos Learning Center at St. Martin’s Episcopal School serves elementary students with language-based learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. St. Martin’s uses a ‘school within a school’ approach allowing identified students to receive the additional Orton-Gillingham-based support they need.
Mill Springs Academy
Mill Springs Academy serves students in grades K-12 with learning differences cultivating self-advocacy while providing skills and values for life. A challenging but supportive learning environment maximizes individual potential and ensures that students of all levels are well-equipped for success.
Language instruction and Orton-Gillingham remediation form the core of the education of Sage School students in grades K-6. While the approach is structured, sequential and cumulative, it is also individualized to meet the needs of the learner.
Saint Francis School
Since 1981 St. Francis School has helped K-12 students experiencing difficulty in reading, mathematics, writing, and executive functioning. Specialized programs allow St. Francis to offer support to those students needing assistance in a particular subject area, while still serving students in traditional honors and AP classes.
The Schenck School
Widely regarded as one of the top elementary schools in the U.S. for dyslexic students, The Schenck School focuses on accelerated remediation of dyslexia using a highly diagnostic and prescriptive application of the Orton-Gillingham Approach with small group instruction across all subjects.
Stepping Stones Preschool at Atlanta Speech School
Through an intentional, systematic and multi-sensory approach to learning, Stepping Stones Preschool creates pathways to success for students experiencing speech and/or language delays. This multi-disciplinary program is focused entirely on maximizing the brain development of students from 3 to 5 years of age.
Swift School is an independent school serving students in grades 1-8 with dyslexia and language-based learning needs. Academic programming is designed to remediate the language learning challenges of its students and capitalize on the cognitive strengths of right-brained learners.
The Walker School
The Walker School New Avenues Dyslexia Program serves children in grades 1-5 with dyslexia with above average academic aptitude. Specialized classroom spaces and Orton-Gillingham certified teachers focus on each student’s unique gifts to close the gap between cognitive potential and academic achievement.
Wardlaw School serves bright children K-6th grade with dyslexia by building the complex language, literacy and social skills necessary to master future academic settings and succeed in life. Wardlaw professionals create an environment designed to help each child reach his or her full potential in school and in life.