Atlanta School for Autism Hosted by Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

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Students from Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an Atlanta school for autism, recently visited with students at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.

Jesse Durden, Cumberland Academy of Georgia Student & Hannah Huff, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Student

This activity provides an excellent opportunity for Cumberland and MVPS students to practice their social skills.

Students at Cumberland Academy of Georgia, Inc., a SACS-CASI accredited, private, non-profit independent school dedicated to educating students with special needs, enjoyed a special event on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Continuing a tradition which began last year, eleven Cumberland students visited the neighboring Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and enjoyed two hours of camaraderie with some of MVPS’s eighth grade students. The students from both schools joined together and participated in an “ice breaker,” during which they shared and talked about some of their favorite things. Next, the students separated into mixed teams to compete in a lively game of kickball. Finally, the students paired up and formed small, mixed groups to play a variety of board games. “This activity provides an excellent opportunity for Cumberland and MVPS students to practice their social skills," said Don Sasso, Principal of Cumberland Academy of Georgia. “Our students had a great time visiting with the students at MVPS and we look forward to seeing them again in the spring.” Cumberland Academy of Georgia will host students from Mount Vernon Presbyterian School sometime later next spring to enjoy similar activities with their new friends.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia takes the stress out of academic learning; therefore, classes are taught with each individual student in mind. The school strives to teach each student Georgia Academic Standards, utilizing their preferred learning style. The ultimate goal for the Cumberland student is to become an independent, successful young adult. To reach this goal, students are taught to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills while working collaboratively in groups.

There are so many incredible opportunities for students to learn, experience, and thrive at Cumberland Academy of Georgia. The school provides a tailored learning experience for students with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADD/ADHD. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, Cumberland Academy of Georgia is designed for the needs of many students who do not learn well in traditional settings. Cumberland Academy of Georgia is fully accredited and addresses the student’s academic, emotional and social concerns through nurturing, innovative and challenging programs.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia is currently offering rolling admissions and accepting applications for grades 4 through 12. To schedule a tour of our school, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions at 404-835-9000 or email Open House will take place Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 2pm - 4pm. To learn more, please visit

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