Selecting a Special Needs School

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When you’re selecting a school for your special needs child, it’s good to have some questions in mind to help you pick an institution best-suited for your child’s personal needs.

1. How is the school organized into departments – age, ability, or subject?

2. How many staff members does the school employ for teaching, non-teaching/support and special needs teaching?

3. What will the school do to ensure that all staff members know about my child’s individual needs?

4. How many children will be in my child’s class?

5. How is work assessed for progress?

6. How will my child be encouraged to take part in out-of-class activities such as sports or clubs?

7. How often are written reports sent home?

8. How will I be involved in the individual planning for my child’s special education needs?

9. What health or medical facilities does the school have?

10. Are all areas of the school accessible to my child?

Here are 10 special needs schools in and around Atlanta that are tailored to a variety of ages and abilities.

Alexsander Academy – Alpharetta
All boys, 11 students, grades 5-9

Challenged Child & Friends – Gainesville
160 students, 6 weeks-6 years

Cumberland Academy of Georgia – Atlanta
School for autism, 78 students, grades 4-12

Gables Academy – Stone Mountain
26 students, grades 7-12

Gerard Preparatory School – Lawrenceville
88 students, grades pre-k-12

Hope Springs Christian Learning Center – Lawrenceville
22 students, grades 2-8

Porter Academy – Roswell
70 students, grades K-8

Sage School – Suwanee
12 students, grades 1-6

Special Needs School of Gwinnett – Lawrenceville
52 students, grades pre-k-12

The Howard School – Atlanta
250 students, grades K-12