Learning at The Howard School
The Howard School is a K-12 institution in the city of Atlanta specializing in educating children with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. In addition to language-based learning differences, Howard School students may also have ADHD and/or executive function weaknesses. It's no surprise that the school attracts students from over 60 different zip codes to its modern campus located in one of Atlanta's trendiest neighborhoods. Similar to the city of Atlanta itself, the campus is abundant with resources that form the core of a robust academic curriculum that utilizes state-of-the-art assistive technology to enhance the student experience. In the high school, a team of interdisciplinary specialists guides approximately 100 students in grades 9-12. Faculty deliver instruction within small class settings, offering layered support at every level to create tailored plans and programs for each student's needs.
Expertise in Language-based Learning Differences
Language teaching permeates every aspect of The Howard School. The communication components of Understanding, Speaking, Reading and Writing are key cornerstones of our program. Language is what we are all about!
Explicit focus on language development occurs in the context of a rich curriculum that includes English Language Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies, Physical Education, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.
Speech language pathologists work together with classroom teachers at every level of the school in a classroom-based model. In the classroom, students learn to ask questions with specificity, delve into higher levels of vocabulary, and take notes from reading or lecture. They learn to understand and write complex sentences necessary to conveying the essence of all the academic disciplines.
On any day you might see students expressing themselves through discussion, poetry, song, art, movement, or technology.
A Full and Robust Curriculum
We believe that our students deserve a full and robust program and curriculum that inspires and engages them, not a remedial experience. As the students engage in this rich experience, an interdisciplinary team supports skills in language, writing, math, reading and other areas to ensure that areas of weakness do not become a barrier to understanding, and also to ensure that they are bringing their strengths and self-knowledge to bear in their own learning.
We draw from many curriculum sources, including national and state education standards and offer a full curriculum of literature and language, math, science, social studies, history, foreign language, art, music, health, and physical education. The curriculum focuses on depth of understanding to make learning meaningful and inspiring, with the ultimate purpose of teaching students to think critically about their world and their own work, and to respond flexibly to the challenges and opportunities the world presents them.