Atlanta Special Needs School Cumberland Academy of Georgia Receives Renewal of Accreditation

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Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an Atlanta special needs school for children with Autism, Asperger’s and other learning disabilities, recently received a renewal of SACS-CASI accreditation from AdvancED.

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This re-accreditation attests to our dedication to providing our students with high-quality education in a nurturing environment, allowing them to receive focused attention and specialized programs not found other schools.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia, a private special needs school in Atlanta, recently received a renewal of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Accreditation and School Improvements (SACS-CASI). To receive this credential, schools must undergo an extensive evaluation process every five years. The analysis consists of both an internal self-assessment and an external review conducted by a team from AdvanedEd..

Cumberland specializes in the education of children with Autism, Asperger's and other learning disabilities. “We create an environment that is both nurturing and stimulating for the students,” says Debbi Scarborough, founding director of Cumberland Academy of Georgia. “This helps them achieve their full potential, thriving both educationally and socially.” SACS-CASI accreditation indicates the school’s dedication to their mission and the effectiveness of their educational and administrative programs. In order to receive accreditation, a school must first conduct an internal self-assessment. This consists of compiling student performance data, conducting surveys of parents, students and staff, preparing an executive summary defining the school’s mission and direction, and demonstrating compliance with AdvancED and government criteria. “We spend hours preparing documentation prior to the external evaluation,” says Scarborough. “The reaccreditation process recognizes everyone’s hard work and dedication to upholding Cumberland’s reputation as an exemplary school for students with special needs.”

Upon completion of the self-assessment, Cumberland welcomed an AdvancED team to conduct a multi-day evaluation, which included classroom observation and meetings with parents, board members, staff and administration. After reviewing the school’s self-assessment and conducting their own internal review, the AdvancED team presented Cumberland with a renewal of their SACS-CASI accreditation. A comprehensive report described the evaluation and conclusions regarding Cumberland Academy of Georgia, noting “the innovative educational program provides individualized learning tailored to the needs of each student.” In addition, “the school maximizes instructional time to help students succeed based on their individual learning needs and styles.”

“At Cumberland, we provide all of our students with the opportunity to realize their full potential and succeed in life,” says Scarborough. “This re-accreditation attests to our dedication to providing our students with high-quality education in a nurturing environment, allowing them to receive focused attention and specialized programs not found other schools.”

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, 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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