14 Top Schools in Atlanta 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.
Brookwood Christian School provides a language-based education for students in grades 1-12 with learning differences such as dyslexia, auditory and visual processing and dyscalculia. Small class sizes of seven students or less allow for truly individualized instruction with dedicated, certified teachers.
The Cottage School combines small class sizes, a workplace model and the implementation of study skills to provide students grades 4-12 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.
Specializing in the needs of children with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD and other learning differences, Cumberland Academy of Georgia is an accredited school, providing a safe and supportive academic environment for students on campus and virtually. Students experience college prep academics in small classes, while integrating social and life skills.
GRACEPOINT School is a private Christian school in Marietta serving dyslexic students in grades 1-8. Students receive 75 minutes of explicit reading instruction daily and the student-teacher ratio is 5-1 in reading and 8-1 in all other core subjects.
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 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.
Since 1981, Mill Springs has been supporting students in grades K-12 by raising expectations and developing self-motivation while providing skills and values for life. The community is dedicated to the academic, physical and social growth of students who have not realized their full potential in traditional classroom settings.
Since 1976, the Directed Studies program at MPCS has made it a priority to support non-traditional learners grades PK3-12 in developing a clear and confident understanding of their gifts. From mild-learning differences to dyslexia, the core of this program has consistently supported the School’s mission in the preparation of confident learners and servant-leaders.
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.
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, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and other language-based learning differences and language disorders. Swift’s programming is designed to remediate the language learning challenges faced by these students while capitalizing on the cognitive strengths of neurodiverse learners.
The Walker School New Avenues Dyslexia Program serves children in grades 1-5 with dyslexia who have above average academic aptitude and a strong desire to fulfill their educational goals. 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 beyond school. Wardlaw professionals create an educational environment designed to help each child reach his or her full potential in school and in life.
Woodward Academy’s Transition Learning Support Program supports students grades 2-8 with mild to moderate learning challenges, so they can flourish in a demanding college preparatory environment. Students learn from the same demanding college-preparatory curriculum as their peers in the mainstream track.