Founded in 1985, The Cottage School provides an innovative educational program for middle and high school students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and/or social/emotional issues who have experienced difficulties in succeeding in traditional school settings. With a ten-to-one student-faculty ratio, small classes that accommodate various learning styles, and highly individualized instruction, The Cottage School provides a comprehensive academic college preparatory curriculum as well as vocational and special "hands on" classes including carpentry, culinary arts, drama, studio art, landscaping, and forensics. Building a sense of self for students with special learning needs through academic and experiential programming, the Cottage School prepares individuals for fulfillment of their true potential as confident, productive, and independent adults. Our Philosophy. The Cottage School’s history of success repeatedly demonstrates that students who come to the school disillusioned or discouraged–some to the point of “giving up” on education–flourish in the school’s environment and emerge as independent, capable, and successful young adults. Carefully designed to meet State of Georgia high school graduation standards, as well as HOPE scholarship requirements, the curriculum also exposes students to various situations and subjects that assist them in unlocking their own unique talents and finding their niche in life. All seniors must prepare an approved post-secondary plan as part of graduation requirements.The centerpiece of The Cottage School program teaches students the basic work skills that will prove essential to them as adults. Among the school’s unique learning techniques is a time management system, similar to the daily planners utilized by many adults. Students receive assignments in two-week blocks, enabling them to engage in short-term planning, with rewards for completing tasks on a timely basis. An instant “task feedback system” rewards students for completing assignments on time through the payment of a mock “salary” which they manage through a checking and savings account. Students learn that wages can increase for a job well done, and they learn the value of saving to pay for privileges such as off-campus activities or trips.Every other week, the students participate in “levels,” a model of the corporate staff meeting, in which students can apply for promotions, give or receive feedback from peers and teachers, and discuss issues of interest. Dress code and respectful ethic builds awareness and appreciation for appropriate workplace attire.In addition to the traditional day school program, The Cottage School offers a wide range of educational opportunities, including:Summer High School for Credit: customized academic instruction, either for current students or students from area schools requiring specific courses for full or half Carnegie Credit units;Summer Success: Art Enrichment, Reading Comprehension, Math, and SAT/Test Preparation;After School for Credit: All high school core curriculum subjects;After School Success: Homework reinforcement, study skills, test taking, and organizational skills;Project Work:Learn work skills that will help you get your first job, while you have a great time working as part of a team;Art: Art and Self Expression for the Creative Thinker;High School: Post Secondary Enrichment: Public Speaking, SAT/ACT Prep, Written Expression;TutoringAll Subjects.The Cottage School’sCAPstone Programserves adults, over 18, in a variety of formats intended to provide individualized post-secondary transitional services. Clients may be referred by outside agencies such as educational consultants or Vocational Rehabilitation Services, or may come directly from schools and families seeking transitional services for their young adults.