Atlanta Autism School Cumberland Academy of Georgia Kicks off its 10th Year with a School-Wide Rafting Trip

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Now in its 10th year, Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an Atlanta special-needs school, kicked-off the 2016-17 school year with an increase in enrollment, their largest senior class ever, and plans for a school-wide rafting trip.

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We are pleased to welcome students back for the 2016–17 school year and are committed to providing every child, new students and returning students, with an education that prepares them to thrive in the 21st century

Excitement is in the air at Cumberland Academy of Georgia! Now in its 10th year, the Atlanta special-needs school started the 2016-17 school year August 13 with its largest senior class yet, and an increase in student enrollment. This year’s new students represent 30 percent of the total student body, making this the second best year for growth for the school since it opened its doors 10 years ago.

“We are pleased to welcome students back for the 2016–17 school year and are committed to providing every child, new students and returning students, with an education that prepares them to thrive in the 21st century,” says Debbi Scarborough, founding director at Cumberland Academy of Georgia.

Adding to the excitement is plans are underway for a school-wide rafting trip this fall. “This will be a special opportunity for Cumberland students, many of whom have never had the opportunity to go on this type of outing,” Scarborough says.

During the rafting trip, teachers will encourage the students and lead them step-by-step into the boats and down the river. The guides know the student population and will work closely with them to make sure they all have an enjoyable—and safe—time. This is an example of how Cumberland works to not only educate students with special needs, but help nurture life skills to help them overcome obstacles and thrive as adults.

“The takeaway for students is that they can overcome their fears and do things they never thought they could do before,” Scarborough says. “If they can do that, they can do just about anything.”

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)cumberlandacademy(dot)org.

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