Headmaster of Special Needs School in Atlanta Featured on Educational Radio Program

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The headmaster of Cumberland Academy of Georgia, a school for children with autism in Atlanta, made a guest appearance recently on an educational program on America’s Web Radio.

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I always like to say that Cumberland Academy of Georgia is a typical school for untypical children.

Debbi Scarborough, founding director and headmaster of Atlanta special needs school Cumberland Academy of Georgia, was recently featured on the America’s Web Radio program Education Forum. The show, hosted by Karen Powell, aired on October 29.

America’s Web Radio describes itself as “a most eclectic mix of conservative shows.” In the Education Forum, Powell discusses news and developments with local experts in education. The program airs every Wednesday from 3 – 4 p.m.

Scarborough and Staci Gelbaum, an instructor at Cumberland Academy of Georgia, discussed the founding of the school for children with autism and its curriculum.

Scarborough and husband Matthew founded the school in 2007 after struggling to find a specialized school for their son who has Asperger’s. They created an institution that would allow their son to thrive in an academic environment as opposed to struggling in it. Students are considered eligible once they reach fourth grade, as this is when children on the Autism Spectrum begin to display increased difficulties when learning and socializing.

At Cumberland Academy of Georgia, the curriculum and classrooms are uniquely structured so that students can learn academic and social skills effectively. Classes are very small and change every 50 minutes, allowing students to remain focused and engaged. The school academics follow the Georgia performance standard, and Cumberland Academy of Georgia is SACS accredited. Students thrive in this environment, and upon graduation continue on to college or a new career.

Debbi and Staci discussed these topics and more on the radio program, including new sports available for students, college visits, peer-to-peer mentoring programs and educational field trips.

“I always like to say that Cumberland Academy of Georgia is a typical school for untypical children,” said Scarborough. “We are so grateful to have the opportunity to discuss our amazing students on a respected program like Education Forum.”

About Cumberland Academy of Georgia:
Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades four 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 send an email to admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org. To learn more about Cumberland Academy of Georgia, please visit http://www.cumberlandacademy.org.

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