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Mill Springs Academy

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Posted June 25, 2014

MSA was a huge mistake that we made by sending our Aspergers son there a few years ago. He actually ask me to get him out of the school because it was that bad of an experience for him. He loved public elementary school, but after a year at MSA he was a changed child and no longer happy. They only want your child to be medicated and they have no OT or other therapists on staff that know anything about Aspergers. The only teacher that was good was the Art Teacher and she has a background in Art Therapy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2014

This school was not promising academically.Teachers are not honest towards there students and lie about them


Posted May 5, 2014

I came to this school from a public elementary school in 6th grade and the school became a second home for me through graduation. The faculty was embracing and always wanted students to succeed. They absolutely condemned bullying and punished those who were not compliant with the community. I made a lot of friends for life and excelled in athletics. As an alum, I am proud to say I was a MSA Mustang!


Posted April 25, 2014

This school does not agressively address racism. I have a middle school aged child that was subjected to blatant bullying and racism by 3 highschool students for 1 week. They asked him questions like: Do you eat water melon? Do you eat fried chicken? Do you eat collard greens? Do you ride on the back of the bus? We were never told of the situation and instead had to confront the administration which we were informed they were aware of the problem. They stated the 3 students had been spoken to and apologized. At that point the problem was over 1 month old. The head master was not aware of the issue but once informed was very dismissive and showed an unwillingness to agressively address such a horrible act. We were not asking for the students to be expelled but something be done (level demotion) that sends a message to everyone that this is not acceptable or tolerated. This is not the 1st time we have encountered racism at this school be so warned. In my opinion racism has to be dealth with agressively and immediately and it has not happened here. Instead the head master will read you the policy of how the school handles "bad language" which is very different from racism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

MSA has been a blessing for my son. He struggled in the public school for four awful, horrible, draining years. He was punished daily for having his learning differences because he was unable to stay focused. I am no longer losing sleep over my terrible Gwinnett County public school experience. There is a lot of technology assistant available for reading, writing and math. My son's reading level and comprehension has increased leaps and bounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

As a private school teacher myself, I am very impressed with Mill Springs! My daughter is so much happier and more successful there than she has ever been at any other private school. She finally KNOWS that she can learn and she has value, as well as her teachers care!!!!! thank you Millsprings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

This school has saved my son! My child has ADD and struggled in other private and public schools, despite the fact that he is extremely bright. He had no friends that he connected with personally and really feared school. At Mill Springs he has loads of friends and sleep overs and playdates. He has attended Mill Springs for 2 years and his academic acheivment is outstanding. He is now above grade level and it is all thanks to the fantastic teachers. We no longer have any work to do with him at home and he loves going to school. They have given him not just the best education, but a childhood with friends and a world in which he belongs. We sacrifice a lot for him to attend this school and we are so thankful to have this opportunity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

I have two children at Mill Springs. They are very different in their styles of learning. The school serves both and they are so happy. I have been reading older posts indicating that perhaps the schools curriculum doesn't support technology. we have not found this to be true. Both of our children impress daily with their knowledge regarding technology. Technology is integrated into the school day and spans the academic platform. Our children are supported and encouraged and taught in a way that they understand. There is a constant effort among all staff to assure that they are on track, not only academically, but socially. Since we have been a member of the MSA community our children have become advocates for themselves and for what they need to support their learning. They are confident and in control of their academic success. Mill Springs teaches life skills. We couldn't be more pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2009

I can't even begin to describe what this school has done for my daughter. After being beaten down in a snobby private school because she did not fit the neurotypical mold, thank God we found this school. The reason Mill Springs is successful is that the caring, respect and concern for our children starts at the top and if a teacher can't learn to teach the way a child learns, they don't belong at this school. Every teacher my child has had during her 3 years at this school has taught her not only the academic subject they were required to teach, but also how to be the very best person she can be. She has learned acceptance of others, kindness and consideration, and gained self confidence in realizing that she may learn differently - but she is definitely capable of reaching for the stars. Definitely visit this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2008

The social program is wonderful, but in grades 1-6 the academics are weak (especially in the lower school (grades 1-4) and communication is poor. This improves in the pre-upper school (grades 7-8). They claim to be a laptop school, but little emphasis is placed on teaching technology or even on teaching the students how to use the required laptops. It is a good school for kids with ADHD and my child has been very happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

This school does a good job of helping children socially and gives kids a opportunity to participate in athletics but besides that I feel like it is majority lacking academically. I attended this school for 3 years and by the end of the third year I was bored. Just because a student has ADD does not mean they need easier classes
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2007

My son has been very happy at the school. the social program/levels system is wonderful. They teach the kids to be responsible and accountable for their choices. My only real complaint, is that for a laptop school, they don't put enough emphasis on teaching technology. Each child grades 4th & up are required to purchase a laptop through the school, but they don't really teach the kids how to use them. Technology is taught in 4th grade, but that's it. There are no classes for kids who enter the school after the 4th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

A very good alternative to public schools for students that do not thrive in larger forums. The average class size of <10 enables teachers to keep the kids on task more than other schools. My son has been happy here (relatively - we are still talking teenagers) after being miserable in public schools previously. Good parts are the small classes and large variety of activities for such a small school. Easy to be involved without being a superstar. Teachers are overall good, there are few that just do not get the system - they are dealing with ADD/other issues students - but these are counteracted by a large percentage that really are very caring about the kids. I have questioned whether they are demanding enough academically, but my son says he is learning more here than elsewhere. Facilities are good and improving, worth a visit if you are considering the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

What has impresses me most about Mill Springs is their levels system. The levels system gives my son achieveable goals and clear guidelines under which he can learn and mature socially. My family uses the 'student generated' feedback that is part of the levels system in our weekly family meetings where we go over personal progress and issues. I have nothing but praise for the staff and the atmosphere they foster at the Academy. I have a productive, maturing, and most importantly, happy child, due in large part to his attendance at Mill Springs Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2005

I am a former student and have nothing but good things to say about this school. I think that because of the Staff of Mill Springs I had a successful education. I had/have ADD and this facility helped me have that successful education. Thank you to all of them.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 25, 2004

Mill Springs Academy provides an outstanding education for its students. They have a genuine concern for each student and help students reach their maximum potential by providing training, resources and an outstanding staff for each students individual needs. We are so thankful for such a wonderful school. The education my son received was well worth the money, what a great investment in your child's future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2004

I have two children there and it is wonderful. They get all the help they need both during school and can stay after. It is well worth the money. The head master is involved in every thing at school. He knows all the students and parents. The staff is well trained. All children should do well. They have very little displine problems becouse they have alot of contact with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2004

After 3 months at this school our daughter was happier, and has a much higher self esteem. She tries harder, sets goals, and is learning what her individual strenghts are. I recommend this school highly for kids who are struggling in larger classroom settings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I have been really pleased with the education my son has received at this school. I would recommend it to all parents of children with ADHD. Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 44%
Black 3% 37%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 12%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • "Cool School" by Better Mornings Atlanta (2009)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15
School end time
  • 3:15
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Robert W. Moore - Headmaster
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • CEC
  • NAIS
  • NAPSEC
Fax number
  • (770) 360-1341

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special ed
  • Special education
  • Special eduction
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Msa has a very active parent volunteer association that is involved closely with the school.
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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  • We continue to upgrade our facilities. Our first capital campaign allowed the school to build out permanent facilities for our Upper and CommArts Schools. The second phase of the capital campaign provided a permanent facility for the PreUpper School as well as sports fields (soccer, baseball, track, tennis courts). A third capital campaign will be planned for the near future.
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13660 New Providence Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004
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Phone: (770) 360-1336

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