In the Atlanta Jewish community there are a few schools that have programs for students with disabilities:
- Atlanta Jewish Academy (AJA) offers many pathways to learning. In addition to the Matthew Blumenthal M’silot Program of AJA, which is a self- contained program designed for children who learn differently, the school also has a Learning Support program for students in grade Kindergarten through 12th. This program offers a combined inclusion/academic support model to reach learners based on their learning profiles. In the Lower School, the Learning Support program focuses on remediation and helping students learn how to learn. In the Middle School, the program focused on accommodations for success in mainstream classes, and in the High School, the focus is study skills and strategies for independent success.
- The Davis Academy offers the Davis Learning Center (DLC), which provides learning support services for students with identified learning challenges in literacy, as well as additional strategies for academic success across the curriculum.
- The Epstein School offers a variety of support services to support the learning process for every learner, including those with unique needs. They offer Morning Reading Group for Kindergarten – 1st graders, Kesher for 1st graders, Sha’ar for students in grades 2-5, Hebrew Transition for 2nd-5th grade students, Learning Lab to assist 6th grade students and Extended Learning Lab for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
You may also want to look into The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program, a school choice program available for special needs students who currently attend Georgia public schools and are served under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) but whose families are considering private school. This is also referred to as SB10 funding.
Supplementary Jewish Learning
The Jewish community is committed to providing accessible Jewish education to all students. Through funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta a Community Inclusion and Training Coordinator (CITC) position was created. Lisa Houben, Federation’s CITC, provides inclusion support and resources to local congregational schools in the Atlanta area. She also provides observation and training for inclusive strategies in the classroom. For more information on how she can assist your child and their support team, please contact Lisa at Lhouben@jewishatlanta.org.