April 17, 2018 (Atlanta)--The Howard School announced today the public phase of its capital campaign, "Opening Doors," which is the largest campaign in the school's 68-year history and the first large-scale fundraising effort since the school moved to its present location on Atlanta's vibrant Westside.
The school aims to raise $14.3 million by the end of 2018 to support the building of a new high school, a new multi-purpose building with a kitchen, cafeteria and P.E. space, and an additional access road.
Since 1950, The Howard School has been a trailblazer in the education of students with language-based learning disabilities, staying on the cutting edge of neuroscience and assistive technology. Serving families with children five years old through 12th grade, the school holds the distinction of being the only school of its kind in the City of Atlanta that offers a high school program. As a result of its success and growing demand for its services, the school's enrollment has nearly doubled over the past decade, and is now at maximum capacity with a waiting list for applicants.
Head of School Marifred Cilella made the announcement to The Howard School community on Tuesday morning. "Creating this new space for high school students with learning differences speaks to a real need in the community and proves unequivocally you can be a high school for students with learning differences and still be college preparatory," Mrs. Cilella said. "I am incredibly thankful for the generosity of our donors during the quiet stage of this campaign and feel confident that the public phase will reach success over the coming year," she added.
At the campaign's current pace, the school anticipates breaking ground for the first project--the new high school--in early 2019.
Howard School Board Chair Beth Tanis said, "The benefits of these new spaces will enhance and expand our education for our current students and allow us to open the doors of The Howard School to many more children with learning disabilities in the future."