Mission & History

Our Mission

The Howard School educates students with language-based learning disabilities and learning differences through instruction designed to complement and address each student’s individual needs, and to help each student understand and advocate for his or her own learning process. The curriculum focuses on depth of understanding to make learning meaningful and therefore, maximize educational success.


Dr. Curtis Reding, Pam Helms, and a Howard School parent at a graduation ceremony at the Central Campus in the 1980's.

The Howard School from 1979 - 2007

Our History

Our vision began in 1950, when Marian Howard, a young teacher and graduate of Agnes Scott College, poured her life savings into starting her own school. She saw the potential in students whose motivation to learn was diminished as they faced constant failure and challenge. She knew that teaching and learning could go beyond rote memorization and recitation of disjointed facts. She wanted to open a door.

Since then, thousands of students — the legacy of her leadership and learning — have passed through the doors of The Howard School out into a world they’ve helped to create. And for more than 65 years, those students, inspired by the school’s original progressive vision and its history of innovation, have offered tangible proof of our success.

Guided by the light of Marian Howard, we do not recognize boundaries. Nor labels. Nor diminished expectations.