Howard School (Atlanta)
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|The Howard School|
|1192 Foster Street, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
|School type||Special education|
|Motto||"A Different Approach Makes All the Difference"|
|Head of school||Marifred Cilella|
|Number of students||250|
|• Grade 1||10|
|• Grade 2||12|
|• Grade 3||12|
|• Grade 4||11|
|• Grade 5||10|
|• Grade 6||22|
|• Grade 7||33|
|• Grade 8||18|
|• Grade 9||15|
|• Grade 10||9|
|• Grade 11||9|
|• Grade 12||12|
|Student to teacher ratio||8|
|Hours in school day||6|
|Campus size||16 acres (6.5 ha)|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancED,
Southern Association of Independent Schools
|Tuition||Age 5 through grade 12: tuition ranges from $31,000 - $34,000|
|Revenue||$18,150,000 (2004 fund)|
The Howard School (THS) is located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It was founded by Marian Howard in 1950 to give students alternative approaches to learning. Students with language-based learning disabilities and learning differences from grades K-12 may attend the school.
In 1950, one teacher following a dream helped academically frustrated students succeed through pouring her life savings into a school. The Howard School was established. The school later relocated to a 16-acre (65,000 m2) campus with one classroom building, a gymnasium and a multi-purpose facility. The initial student population grew to almost 300.
In 2004, with the support of the Board of Directors, and a strong parent base, the school embarked on a major capital campaign and building project. The school raised $18,150,000, and a major overhaul of the campus was completed along with one classroom building, a gymnasium and a multi-purpose facility. These buildings provided classroom space, gym and photography labs, a lunch room and a small meeting center. In January 2007 the ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred and students moved in. Planning began almost immediately for future growth, specifically for the middle school and the enlargement of the lower school and elementary school.
The Howard School sits on 16 acres (65,000 m2) of beautiful woodlands overlooking the Howell Mill. The school currently has one classroom building, a gymnasium and a multi-purpose facility. Over the past three years, the Howard School has been working on renovating and constructing new buildings to further enhance the students' education. In January 2007, THS cut the ribbon on a brand new state-of-the-art middle school and high school. This provides one much-needed classroom building, a gymnasiumm with two full-sized basketball courts, and a multi-purpose facility that houses a black box theater, music room and cafeteria.
Middle school program
The Howard School's middle school follows the Fulton County curriculum. The small class size of 10 students or fewer allows the teacher personal hands-on time, making class time very conducive to learning. As a result, there is little need for the traditional hours of homework that many students have experienced in the past. Since homework should ideally be the independent practice of newly acquired educational skills, drill and kill is definitely not part of the curriculum.
In larger classroom settings, lecture is the most efficient way to teach. The smaller class sizes allow the teachers to facilitate hands-on learning. Whether using manipulatives in math to solve algebraic equations, taking care of the habitat of bearded dragons, or building a waterfall to connect two outdoor ponds, the students are actively involved in their own learning. Since most of the school's students struggle with issues due to ADD or ADHD, the mental as well as physical strain of staying focused can make for a tiring day. As a result, the academic subjects are only taught in the morning.
In the afternoon, students choose two elective classes on a Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday time frame. The school offers a wide variety of electives and exploratories, giving students the opportunity to pursue personal interests and explore new opportunities. These courses include Co-op work experiences, Promotional Art, Drama, Culinary Arts, Yearbook, Forensics, Computer Exploration, Carpentry, Multicultural Art, Photography, Ethics/Debate, Drivers Education, Aviation/Space, Cheerleading, Mountain Biking, Jewelry-Making, Fencing, Bowling, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Cross Country, Swimming, Personal Fitness, and Volleyball.
High school program
The Howard School's high school curriculum follows the State of Georgia's academic graduation requirements. A total of 22 Carnegie Units is required for graduating. Besides the four core academic subjects, mathematics, English, social studies and science, both Spanish and American Sign Language are offered as foreign languages. THS emphasizes organization, time management, study skills, and preparation for a successful future.
Based on the individual needs of the students, the academic curriculum prepares students for post-secondary options. These may include college preparatory, technical, or vocational education, or apprenticeship training for a specialized career. An integral component of this preparation, as well as a graduation requirement, is the completion of an accepted post-secondary plan.
The awarding of the diploma is contingent upon finalization of this plan by any of the following:
- Letter of acceptance, on file, with the Academic Counselor to a two or four-year college, university, technical college, vocational program, training or apprenticeship program by a company or business
- Letter of induction to any branch of the military, on file with the Academic Counselor indicating the date of induction