Cumberland Academy of Georgia Recognized by Common Sense Education

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Atlanta special-needs school, Cumberland Academy of Georgia, received recognition from Common Sense Education in January.

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We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense digital citizenship-certified school, stated Debbi Scarborough, Headmaster of Cumberland Academy.

In addition to receiving accreditation from the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC) last month, Cumberland Academy of Georgia also received a second honor in January. Common Sense Education (CSE), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive using digital media and technology, recognized Cumberland Academy as a Common Sense-certified school for digital citizenship.

Liz Kline, Vice President for Education Programs at CSE stated, “We applaud the faculty and staff of Cumberland Academy of Georgia for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education. Cumberland deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

Cumberland has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, commonly known as Common Sense Media, since 2015. CSE’s program was created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources provided by Common Sense Media prepare students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, risks including plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. CSE’s groundbreaking resources are now used in over 100,000 schools across the country.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense digital citizenship-certified school,” stated Debbi Scarborough, Headmaster of Cumberland Academy.“This recognition acknowledges our school’s commitment to creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship. By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

About Cumberland Academy of Georgia:
Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, director of admissions, at 404-835-9000, or email admissions(at)

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Deedra Hughes
Cumberland Academy of Georgia
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